Alexandria

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Community members at Chabad Lubavitch of Alexandria-Arlington’s Chanukah Festival. (Source: Chabad Lubavitch of Alexandria-Arlington/Facebook)

Washington, D.C.

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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)

Baltimore

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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.)

Adamstown

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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)

 

Teens Roll Through Bethesda in Style in Menorah Parade

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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!

For NCSY Teens, December is Shabbaton Season

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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.

Rockville & Gaithersburg

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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)

Chevy Chase

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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)

 

Silver Spring

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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)

Loving the Message, If Not Always the Messenger

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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.