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

When Public Prayer Crosses The Line

It is a longstanding American custom to begin public meetings with a prayer. For some participants, the ritual serves as a reminder of the solemn work about to be undertaken. Others do so because their faith teaches that prayer can affect outcomes. And still others may find it a disturbing formality for a number of… Read More

Leading When Things Go Wrong

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Much of the current controversy surrounding the 15-year, $57 million fraud against the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany is focused on the responsibility of the organization’s leadership, which apparently didn’t discover or stop the theft even after receiving allegations about it.

One Word: Identity

Our community is undoubtedly blessed by the various opportunities available to teens, young adults and families. Many of these opportunities focus on Israel. Whether it be through travel, lectures or leadership roles, there is no question: In Baltimore, if you want to be connected to Israel, there is an opportunity that can suit both your… Read More