Community Safety Training at JCCNV

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Stop the Bleed, a national awareness and training program, came to the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCCNV) March 6. Stop the Bleed trains bystanders to act in emergencies, including terrorist attacks, active shooter incidents, car accidents, and other emergency situations where the injured can die from blood loss before help arrives.

Panel Discussion at Rodef Shalom Tackles the ‘Pay Gap’

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On Feb. 10, panelists agreed that 100 years after women obtained the right to vote, they still are paid less than their male counterparts for the same work and continue to suffer a motherhood penalty. The event, called The Gender Pay Gap and You, took place at Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, Virginia. The speakers connected Judaism with pay equity as well, citing the Bible’s call for fair and timely payment of workers.

Trump Peace Plan Strategy May ‘Surprise,’ Says Advisor

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While details on a possible Trump-directed Israeli-Palestinian peace plan are still under wraps, a discussion on Thursday, Feb. 7, organized by the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) at the Senate Visitor Center in Washington, D.C., aimed to shed some light on the “deal of the century’s” underlying strategies.The discussion was moderated by EMET founder Sarah Stern and featured Jeff Ballabon, an adviser to the GOP on its Israel policy and a Trump 2020 campaign board member, and historian Daniel Pipes.

Find Your Way to Participate in Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month

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For the past 12 years, Jewish communities around the world have marked February as Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) in a unified effort to raise awareness and champion the civil rights and community inclusion of people with disabilities. The Greater Washington area offers a diverse array of ways for people to engage in the month’s message and mission. Check out the list below to find an option — or several — that speaks to you.

Virginia FIDF Supporters Represent at Tel Aviv Marathon

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On Feb. 22, two Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) supporters from Virginia, Ilana and Gary Gamerman, participated in the 2019 Tel Aviv Marathon together with Gabriel Traub. Traub, whose education FIDF sponsored through the FIDF IMPACT! Scholarship Program, met and bonded with the Gamermans during an FIDF event in Washington, D.C. Traub studied law at the IDC University in Herzliya, Israel, and served as a combat fighter and paramedic in the IDF Paratroopers.

Local Couples Experiencing Infertility Now Have Bonei Olam of Greater Washington

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Bonei Olam of Greater Washington’s inaugural event, titled Beyond Imagination, held Feb. 24 at the Kemp Mill Synagogue (KMS) in Silver Spring, Maryland, was a bigger success than the organizers imagined it could be. Since its founding in 1999, Bonei Olam's mission is to provide whatever means or resources are necessary to help childless Jewish couples achieve the dream of parenthood. Their myriad programs cover every step of the process including financial assistance, work up, medication, high-risk pregnancy, pre-implantation, genetic diagnosis, pre- and post-cancer fertility, education, awareness, and adoption assistance, according to the organization’s website. Although Bonei Olam, which is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, has distributed over $100 million, and is responsible for over 5,000 babies being born, the organization has not had a local presence.

A Rare Spotlight on the Holocaust Experience of Sephardic and Romaniote Communities

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The Holocaust is often remembered through a Central or Western European lens, but a recent event organized by Sephardic Heritage International DC (SHIN DC) provided a different perspective. Held Jan. 31 in the Rayburn House Office Building's Gold Room on Capitol Hill, the event highlighted the pain, memory, and suffering of Romaniote and Sephardi Jewish communities during the Holocaust through the experiences of local survivors.

Elan Carr Appointed as State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism

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On Feb. 5, the Trump administration announced the appointment of attorney and U.S. military veteran Elan Carr as the U.S. State Department’s special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism. Carr will be responsible for overseeing efforts at the State Department to monitor and combat anti-Semitic acts and incitement outside the United States. The position was first created in 2004 and was vacant for two years until Carr’s appointment this month.

Struggling with Fertility Challenges? This Jewish Organization May Be Able to Help

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For couples struggling to conceive children, the most innocent things can be privately heartwrenching. Take, for instance, the sight of children running around town in their Purim costumes next month, said Silver Spring, Maryland, resident Chaim Lazarus. Empathy for this plight is one of the reasons Lazarus supports Bonei Olam, an organization that offers counseling, referrals, genetic testing, financial assistance, and other services to Jewish couples seeking fertility treatments and navigating the related challenges. Bonei Olam provides millions of dollars internationally in financial assistance to cover the costs of fertility treatments and associated medical procedures, and thousands of children have been born through the financial assistance from the organization, according to its website.