Empowering Teens to Combat BDS

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Northern Virginia participants in the Senator Ben Cardin Jewish Scholars Program recently heard from the Maria Swu Ntourlia of Stand With Us about the severity of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement and how to empower teens like them to combat it. The Cardin Scholars program, run by national Jewish youth group NCSY, is designed to create the next generation of Jewish leaders through individual training and exposure to current world influencers. (Photo credit: Aryeh Wielgus/Facebook)

 

Eye on the Upcoming Elections

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Teach MD questionnaire reveals MoCo candidates’ stances on important community issues.

This article is the first in a series in advance of the upcoming primary elections. In addition to providing an analysis of responses to the Orthodox Union’s (OU) candidate questionnaire, we will also cover responses a future candidate questionnaire and provide background on the elections at the state, local, and federal levels.

80s Night Purim Party

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B'nai Israel Young Adults (BIYA) hosted a rockin’ 80s Night Purim Party Feb. 28 at B'nai Israel Congregation in Baltimore. Pictured, from left: Jess Cohen Taubman, Daniel Taubman, Nicole Talor, Alisa Beth Rank, Rona Rubin, and Mickey Rubin go for the 80s gold with rocker duds, crimped hair, and Miami Vice styling in the photo booth.
(Photo courtesy of B'nai Israel Congregation)

Yeehaw for Purim!

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On Feb. 28, Chabad Lubavitch of Alexandria-Arlington hosted a Western-themed Purim celebration complete with fun décor, all the fixin’s (including hamentashen, of course), and live performances.

Shared Interests Make Allies of Jewish and Non-Jewish Advocates for BOOST and Other School Programs

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Eleven hundred students, teachers, and parents came to Maryland’s capital to rally for the continued support and expanded funding of the BOOST (Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today) Scholarship Program and other initiatives that benefit both Jewish and non-Jewish families who send their kids to nonpublic schools.

Schools Look to Best Practices — and Lawmakers — to Ensure Students' Safety

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On Feb. 21, approximately 1,000 high school students left their desks behind in classrooms across Montgomery County (MoCo) to converge upon the nation’s capital, according to reports from Montgomery County officials. Teens from Richard Montgomery, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Blair, Albert Einstein, Northwood, and Wootton High Schools marched to the closest metro station or hitched a ride with friends to join the demonstration outside the U.S. Capitol and the White House supporting legslative action that could help prevent school shootings like the one on Feb. 14 in Parkland, Florida.

The Sound of Music Purim

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Students and congregants at Beth Shalom Congregation in Columbia, Maryland, joined together to form the Silly Symphony. Top left to right: Randy Dalnekoff, Rabbi Susan Grossman, Lily Glushakow-Smith, Cantor Yael Fischman, Rick Nachenberg. Bottom left to right: Cora Caplan, Phyllis Lipiner, Mary Anne Newkirk, Emily Rudo, Leila Mammel, Mark Mammel, Dan McGrain, Rachel McGrain, Isaac Mammel, and Nathan Osheroff. Not pictured: David Heiligman, Gary Heiligman, Matthew Seliger, Addison Burstein, and Ethan Lee.

 

Dressed to Impress at Purim Palooza 2018

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This Energizer Bunny was one of many creatively-costumed students attending a special morning of Jewish learning as part of the Jewish Federation of Howard County’s 26th annual Purim Palooza on Feb. 25. (Source: Jewish Federation of Howard County/Facebook)

 

Haman: The WICKED Back Story

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The clergy and staff of Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, Virginia — masked super heroes — dressed and ready for the family-friendly Purim Spiel. (Photo credit: Henry Winokur)