Community members at Chabad Lubavitch of Alexandria-Arlington’s Chanukah Festival. (Source: Chabad Lubavitch of Alexandria-Arlington/Facebook)
On Dec. 14, 100 people gathered at the Kimpton Glover Park Hotel in Washington, D.C., to celebrate Chanukah. Sponsored by Temple Sinai, Temple Micah, Adas Israel, Sixth & I, Washington Hebrew Congregation, and Adat Shalom, the gathering raised funds to support HIAS, the global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees. Pictured lighting candles, from left to right: Cantorial Intern Ilana Goldman, Rabbi Aaron Alexander, Rabbi Hannah Goldstein, Rabbi Penina Alexander, and Rabbi Susan Landau. (Photo credit: HIAS)
The Chanukah Parade, also part of the Baltimore Chanukah Festival, took place Dec. 19 in northwest Baltimore. The Baltimore Chanukah Festival is a project of Chabad Lubavitch Centers of Greater Baltimore in conjunction with Baltimore City, Office of the Mayor, Council President and Police Department. (Photo credit: G. lnocentes. Source: Baltimore Police Department/Facebook.)
Kids of all ages dressed up to attend a Chanukah carnival replete with fun games, face painting, cotton candy, and great prizes at Camp Shoresh in Adamstown. Who says camp is just for the summer? (Photos courtesy of Shoresh)
Shoppers, pedestrians, and visitors to Bethesda Row were treated to some serious holiday spirit with a passing Menorah Parade on the sixth night of Chanukah. Menorah-adorned limousines and stretch Hummers rolled down the streets of Maryland, caravan-style, filled with teens from across the region. Windows wide open and Chanukah music blaring, teens excitedly wished the passing crowd a happy Chanukah, sparkling with their Jewish and CTeen pride!
Between leadership workshops, Jewish learning, and onegs, Atlantic Seaboard NCSY underclassman also got to enjoy the “New York experience” with activities like touring Times Square on their recent trip. “I learned so much about Judaism, met so many new people, and had amazing experiences. It was truly an inspiring and amazing shabbaton,” said Mattie Watson, a student at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS) in Rockville, Maryland.
The Chanukah parade organized by Chabad of Upper Montgomery County in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department drew hundreds of people. Starting off from the Rockville fire station, the parade made stops in local communities and at the Chanukah Wonderland event being held at a local shopping center. (PHOTO CREDIT: DAVID HARTZMAN)
Rabbi Shneur Zalman Minkowitz, director of Chabad Chevy Chase, gives the "all ready" signal at the outdoor Menorah lighting on the sixth night of Chanukah (Dec. 17) in Chevy Chase, Maryland. (Photo courtesy of Chabad of Chevy Chase)
On Dec. 14, an enthusiastic group of students and adults from the Kemp Mill community brought joy and cheer to residents of the Arcola Health and Rehabilitation Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. From music and singing to dancing and schmoozing, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the festivities. The event was sponsored by the Berman Hebrew Academy PTO and Kemp Mill Synagogue (KMS). (Photo credit: Miriam Friedman)
Hundreds of BBYO chapters and communities across 20 countries in North America, South America, and Europe took part in BBYO’s Global Shabbat 2017 on Dec. 8 – 9. Jewish teen leaders hosted Friday night, Saturday morning, and Havdalah services in a truly international celebration of the joy of Shabbat.
The impact of President Donald Trump’s official recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel last week and his gesture of support for moving the embassy — even if it isn’t going to happen in the immediate future — is still reverberating through communities in Israel, the U.S., and around the world.
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