Happy New Year!

Dear Readers,

The holiday season approaches. The team at Jmore wishes you and your family a healthy and happy New Year.

This issue is our largest ever!! Thanks to the advertisers who support our mission of connecting our community and helping maintain its strength. The business community now recognizes that Jmore is the single best way to reach out to Baltimore’s Jews to educate, sell product, and strengthen their businesses. No other publication has Jmore’s reach.

A few weeks ago, I had my 60th birthday. As I age, health care becomes a more important topic. This issue of Jmore features “Innovation in Health Care.” We want to expose the community to the array of world-class medical services available in Baltimore. We are also running a “JBiz Health Care Networking Event” on Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. at the Cylburn Arboretum. Anyone in health care, health care business, or health care research should be there.

As this issue comes out, I will be on my birthday trip to Kenya to see the Great Migration cross the Mara River. Truly an amazing spectacle. The trip is a group excursion under the auspices of the wonderful Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. If you haven’t visited the zoo lately, you need to go see the new Africa exhibit, the new penguin habitat, and the many other well-cared for and very accessible animals. If we want our kids to care about saving these animals in the wild, we need to expose them to them as children.

Finally, our president seems to be getting more and more bizarre. He accused the 79 percent of American Jews, who vote against Republicans, of being disloyal. That gave me a chill. The concept of Jews as disloyal as a pretext to murder, pogroms, and eviction is a real part of our past.

Oh, and don’t tell me that the president isn’t anti-Semitic because his daughter married a Jew. Or because he moved the embassy to Jerusalem. These are trinkets that some would sell their votes for. Israel is less safe today than three years ago. The U.S. is no longer the world’s moral leader that can organize a political coalition to support a democratic state in a time of need. The president is destroying our legacy with poor decisions based on racism and his hate for Barack Obama.

Be Safe,

Scott Rifkin, MD, Publisher

[Originally on JMORE]