Boots on the Ground

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Volunteers from Baltimore to Fairfax and everywhere in between rush to Houston's aid after Hurricane Harvey.

The Greater Washington and Baltimore Jewish communities responded in force to provide aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey this month. In addition to the massive donations of money, clothing, food, and other resources, an army of rabbis, philanthropists, and concerned citizens took the time and spent the resources to go to Houston, Texas, where they attended to the community’s physical and spiritual needs.

Federation Starting New Year With New CEO

Written by Malka Goldberg on . Posted in Community News

Gil Preuss’s parents still live in the Rockville, Maryland, home of his teenage years, and his sister and her family live in Takoma Park. He returned to the area this summer with 15 years of Jewish communal professional experience under his belt; most recently, he was the executive vice president of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), the Greater Boston-area’s Jewish Federation. Preuss spearheaded several innovative programs during his tenure, giving him a solid foundation to draw upon as the new CEO of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

Federation’s Grand Slam Sunday Hits It Out of the Park

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The third Annual Grand Slam Sunday, held on August 27 at Nationals Park, drew over 1,500 members of the Jewish community and involved 50 community partners — one of the largest groups to ever participate in a themed day at the venue. Organized by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, the event featured an afternoon of food, fun, and a Nationals vs. Mets baseball game.

Leisure World's Jewish War Veterans Kickoff Brunch Highlights FIDF's Work With Israeli Soldiers

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The Leisure World Jewish War Veterans Post 567 held its kickoff brunch for the new season on Sunday, September 10. Henry Rosenbaum, director of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Baltimore Chapter, introduced the featured speaker for the event, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) veteran First Sergeant Daniel Solomon. They both addressed various issues and concerns confronting Israel today and the role of the IDF in defending the country from its enemies.

Jews of Charlottesville Stand Strong

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From local rabbis to college students, members of Charlottesville’s Jewish community are expressing shock but also resolve following the white supremacist gathering that rocked their college town and the nation on August 11-12.

Kemp Mill's Minchas Yitzchok Closes After Eight-Year Run

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The Kemp Mill neighborhood of Silver Spring, Maryland, boasts a thriving and diverse orthodox Jewish community. With Modern Orthodox, yeshivish, and Chabad congregations, there is a plethora of different flavors for Jews to choose from when looking for a place for tefillah (prayer) and socializing.

Network at the Nats

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Network at the Nats, part of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Grand Slam Sunday event on August 27, gave Federation supporters the opportunity to unwind and connect while enjoying America’s favorite pastime.

Springfield's Congregation Adat Reyim Modernizes Synagogue

Written by Rabbi Bruce Aft and Jennifer Auble on . Posted in Community News

The evening of Friday, September 8, was a sacred moment in Congregation Adat Reyim’s history. After 36 years, the independent synagogue in Springfield, Virginia, underwent a major renovation of its sanctuary and front lobby. Founding members who helped construct the synagogue in 1981 joined alongside the next generation of members to ensure that Adat Reyim continues to serve the needs of its members and maintain its relevance in today’s community.

Legacy of a Heart of Gold

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Bender JCC honors its camp counselors in special ceremony.

On May 25, 2005, Richard Andrew Helgeson died of a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), just one week before his high school graduation. He was very healthy, had no symptoms, and the cause of the arrhythmia was never determined.