Like All Other Nation

With regard to the proposal of electing a “moderate chief rabbi … to help move toward gradual change in policies and procedures” (“Anticipating A New Israeli Chief Rabbi,” May 5), Israel is subscribing to the concept of n’hiyeh k’chol hagoyim, let us be as all the other nations. 

Diverse. Involved. Very Strong.

Last week was a perfect image of the diversity of Jewish Baltimore. In a four-day span, I attended (one I simply wrote about) four different programs that brought people from all pockets of the community together. A strong community is built on the combined experience, skills, talents, perspectives and capabilities of variant individuals. It includes… Read More

A Tragedy Made In Bangladesh

In the Jewish imagination, the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City is a kind of slavery-in-Egypt story: We all were there. One hundred forty-six workers — most were Jewish and Italian immigrant women bet-ween 14 and 43 years old — died in the fire because the managers had locked them in. The… Read More

Thinking Beyond Day School Education

With the announcement last week that the 22-year old Day School at Baltimore Hebrew will close at the end of the school year and not be replaced by the Independent Jewish Academy of Baltimore, as had been planned, it is time for a sober assessment of the demand for day school education in our community.

Hawking’s Other Choice

Stephen Hawking isn’t the first big name to ann-ounce he is boycotting Israel. And he won’t be the last. But as one of the world’s most famous and revered scientists, his decision to withdraw from speaking at a prestigious academic conference in Israel next month is a bigger blow than the posturing of a rock… Read More

Step Back

Harsh words in the Israeli Knesset and fisticuffs at the Western Wall have come to define the growing alienation of secular and ultra-Orthodox (haredi) Jews in Israel and of the political struggle under way regarding haredi participation in the national political and economic life of the country.  For many non-haredi Israelis, the ultra-Orthodox are seen… Read More

Feeling Like A Sandwich?

Last week was a perfect image of the diversity of Jewish Baltimore. In a four-day span, I attended (one I simply wrote about) four different programs that brought people from all pockets of the community together. A strong community is built on the combined experience, skills, talents, perspectives and capabilities of variant individuals. It includes… Read More

Glimpse Of The Divine

It was one of my first days as a chaplain resident at the University of Virginia Health System. As I visited patients during my regular rounds, I entered the room of a middle-aged man who was being treated for cancer.  We were different ages and came from dissimilar communities and backgrounds.  I was just 30;… Read More

Legislative Session Coming To A Close

In lieu of this week’s Opening Thoughts by a JT editor or reporter, Baltimore Jewish Council’s Cailey Locklair provides a legisl As the 2013 legislative session comes to a close, we are pleased to report the progress we made for our community this year. We believe all of our items will remain in the budget… Read More

Value & Validation

Last month, at Congregation Ahavath Torah in Englewood, N.J., a panel discussion brought together a Reform rabbi, an Orthodox rabbi and a Conservative rabbi. The clergy exchanged ideas in front of more than 250 people. Among the rabbis was Shmuel Goldin, spiritual leader of the Orthodox shul hosting the evening. Goldin is also the president… Read More