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)


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)

YISE and KMS Purim Carnival

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A great time was had by all at the Purim Carnival hosted by Young Israel Shomrai Emunah and Kemp Mill Synagogue on Feb. 25 in Silver Spring, Maryland. Festivities included face paint, games, and prizes galore! (Photo Credit: Brett Kugler)

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.

A 'Bit O'Megillah' at Congregation Beth El

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Talented storyteller Jennifer Rudick Zunikoff brought the Purim story to life for preschool families at Congregation Beth El in Bethesda, Maryland, through an interactive, engaging retelling of the holiday. (Photo credit: Emily Koo/Congregation Beth El Facebook)