Series Didn’t Mention Chizuk Amuno Congregation

While I enjoyed reading the two-part series on Baltimore’s Jewish architecture (March 11 and March 18), a glaring omission was Chizuk Amuno Congregation and the ultra-modern design of its building on Stevenson Road. Completed in the late 1950s, the original building was  designed by noted New York architect Daniel Schwartzman, who served on the board… Read More

Meyer and Ayers Designed Bnos Yisrael

In “Baltimore’s Jewish Architecture Testament to Character, Conviction, Mobility of Its  People” (March 18), the photo of Bnos Yisroel, formerly Har Sinai Congregation, credits Erich Mendelsohn as its architect. Mendelsohn died in 1953, and the building was dedicated in 1959. This building was in actuality a copy of Mendelsohn’s Park Synagogue in Cleveland, which was … Read More

‘More Torah for More Jews in More Places’

When I think about the bright future I believe is ahead for the Conservative movement, I often frame it through a phrase that Rabbi Julie Schonfeld of the Rabbinical Assembly uses often in her conversations with colleagues. Our goal is to spread “More Torah to More Jews in More places.” Those places include synagogues and… Read More

Mob Mentality Fuels Vassar’s Israel Climate

At many colleges and universities today, Jewish students are often pitted against students of color when it comes to  Israel. In my three years at Vassar College, I have been told — by a Jewish student leader, no less — that supporting Israel is tantamount to supporting oppression. I have watched Jewish friends bullied into… Read More

The Political Olive Branch

Merrick Garland (The White House/Public Domain)

In nominating federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, President Barack Obama has met Republican senators at least halfway. The 63-year-old nominee does not appear to present an ideological challenge to the Senate majority, so there appears to be little for them to fear. But… Read More

Is ‘Separation’ a Step toward Peace?

Will a wall around Palestinian neighborhoods of Jerusalem help protect Jewish  Israelis from the violence that has plagued the city since last fall? Haim Ramon, a former government minister who spent much of his career in the Labor Party and later joined the Kadima Party, made that assertion on a tour of the city last… Read More

Bottom Line: Unity

Editor-in-Chief

The periphery of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center has always been somewhat of a circus when the American Israel Public Affairs Committee comes to town for its annual policy conference. This year was no different: There was, for instance, the Greek Orthodox-looking guy holding a sign reading,  “Occupy AIPAC with Jesus Christ!” That was… Read More

No More Donations

The JT’s Feb. 26 story “Morally Bankrupt Climate Spells Campus Trouble” is very troubling.  Universities have become bastions of left-wing radical ideologies, and Israel bashing and Jew bashing are becoming the norm. It is very upsetting when I talk with alumni and listen to them pooh-pooh these heinous developments and intellectualize them away as many… Read More

How Can You?

How can any Jew vote for Donald Trump? (In the JT’s March 11 poll result, 46 percent of respondents said they would vote for Trump). If you are not moved by his bigotry and racism against blacks, Hispanics and Muslims, then remember the words of Pastor Martin Niemöller:  “First they came for the socialists, and… Read More

Reviving a Jewish Court

During the centuries of its existence, the Sanhedrin — the great Jewish court of the First and Second Commonwealths, comprised of 71 elders and sages — ruled on every aspect of life and brought unity to the land in decisions binding on the entire nation. Its members had to be recipients of the classic Jewish… Read More