Not ‘The Wire’

Thank you for the excellent cover story on the historic B’nai Israel synagogue (“Above The Wire,” April 26).  My only criticism is associating our shul with “The Wire” on your cover and in the opening paragraph.  Our only concern with wires is how to string a kosher eruv to encompass our growing community, which now… Read More

Mazal Tov

While reading Melissa Davis’ article, “Looking Back” (April 19), I thought she was writing about me.  I, too, was in BBYO when in school and made many friends.  …  I, too, was the president of my B’nai B’rith Girls group called Balmap. When I finished school, the adult group requested me to join.  [Soon after],… Read More

Myerberg: Enriching Lives

I want to applaud your recent issue on topics related to the older members of our community (“Being Senior,” April 19).  The “age wave” of older adults is increasing in the Baltimore area, and the members of that age group are, and will continue to be, in need of a variety of services, options and… Read More

Elder Uncared

Although the cover story “Being Senior” (April 19) addressed several facets of this topic, one important side was omitted. Upon reading the article, one might get the impression that living at Levindale’s new state-of-the-art residential quarters is a wonderful way to live out one’s rem-aining years. If a person is extremely wealthy and is able… Read More

We’re Hooked!

Congratulations to Patsy Taubman and her wonderful committee on an outstanding 25th anniversary Jewish Film Festival (“Jewish Film Festival Opens With Glimpse Of ‘The Simpsons,’” March 28).  We received our subscriptions as a gift, and we were captivated by every film we viewed.  Each guest speaker was engaging and knowledgeable.

I Had Mazal

As a child of Holocaust survivors and a first-generation American, I never had a problem accepting my Jewish identity. I spoke Yiddish with my family, went to Hebrew School and in September 1963 celebrated my bar mitzvah. In November, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. I mourned his death by putting on a yarmulke while I… Read More

Political Posturing Not Welcome

When a “movement” has more media appearances than members, do we notice something amiss? When a group claiming to favor prayer calls for dismantling a place of worship, do we smell smoke? And when leaders of an organization demand “Ahavat Yisrael” and then express outright rev-ulsion for all who oppose their agenda, do we finally… Read More

Celebrating Community

Michal Balass As an Israeli-American Jew living the Diaspora, I have an undying urge to remain connected to my roots. I never want to be the Jew who stands alone.  As a young adult living in Baltimore, I feel very fortunate to be part of a thriving community of other young adults who feel the… Read More

Where Are We Going, What Are We Doing?

A few years ago, I took a trip to Phoenix. The highlight was a day-long outing to the Grand Canyon. If you have been there, you know how absolutely breathtaking the first sight of the Grand Canyon is. After looking out into the canyon for quite some time, I decided to engage in one of… Read More

Anticipating A New Israeli Chief Rabbi

Many Jews who are concerned about ultra-Orthodox control of religious life in Israel are looking to the election in June of a new Ashkenazi chief rabbi as an opportunity to set the country on a more moderate course. Those seeking change see Modern Orthodox Rabbi David Stav as their best hope.