Tigers For Israel

Coming from a strong Jewish Israeli background, I came to Towson University wanting to explore what else is out there. It wasn’t until Yom Ha’atzmaut my freshman year that I decided to take part in Jewish life on campus. My passion for Israel made me want to take part in planning the Yom Ha’atzmaut event… Read More

What Peacekeepers Are — And Are Not

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On June 6, when the Syrian army retook the Kuneitra crossing on the Golan Heights from anti-government rebels, it crossed into the demilitarized zone that has separated Syrian and Israeli forces since 1974. When that happened, Israel threatened to strike Syrian tanks, according to a leaked U.N. document. In response, Syria promised to fire solely… Read More

Why I Give

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In this week’s cover story, we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Marc B. Terrill as president of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. For those who know Marc, he is certainly worth the salute. But it’s not just about Marc; it’s about what he stands for in his role as president of The Associated…. Read More

The Unclear Message In The Telephone Data

Reaction to revelations that the U.S. government is secretly collecting data from an estimated three billion phone calls a day as well as from nine major U.S. Internet providers has been of two general varieties. One has been a shrug, that the same information has long been gathered by Internet companies to enrich their coffers… Read More

The Search For Truth In The Argentina-Iran Commission

On May 29, Argentine special prosecutor Alberto Nisman accused Iran of infiltrating South America and setting up sleeper cells, similar to the one that carried out the deadly attack on the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires in 1994. Iran’s foreign ministry rejected Nisman’s accusation with the dismissive statement that “due to the prosecutor’s background… Read More

Frank Lautenber

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Last week, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) was honored by Hillel at its annual dinner in New York City. He was cited for a lifetime of work on behalf of the Jewish people, both inside the Senate and in the broader community. The five-term senator was too ill to attend the celebration. So his wife, Bonnie,… Read More

Are Synagogues Passé?

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Let’s continue the conversation about the nature of community and the future of the synagogue, some of which has already found its way onto the pages of the Baltimore Jewish Times. The organized Jewish community faces an increasingly challenging landscape: Congregations are “graying” along with the Jewish community; affiliation rates are in a downward spiral;… Read More

President Obama Is Abdicating Responsibility On Syria

With more than 80,000 people killed and more than a million Syrian refugees having fled to neighboring Jordan, Turkey and Iraq, the United States appears to be standing idly by, hoping that an international conference, co-sponsored with Russia, will solve the problem. This is an idle hope. The longer the U.S. waits to take action,… Read More

A Tough Skin

Fourteen years ago, when I was a staff reporter at the Johnson County (Kansas) Business Times, I remember my then-editor, Rebeeca Shelton, delivering to me a piece of advice: “Develop a thick skin.” The advice was provided after I received an angry voicemail from a company, irate that it did not make one of our top lists…. Read More

A Group Effort

Anyone who has served in the leadership of a Jewish organization will immediately recognize the claim of Korach and his group of rebels that begins this week’s Torah portion: “They combined against Moses and Aaron and said to them, ‘You have gone too far! For all the community are holy, every one of them, and… Read More