Athletic Prowess and Jewish Values on Display at Mini and Junior Maccabi Games

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On Sunday, May 6, the first-ever combined Mid-Atlantic Mini and Junior Maccabi Games drew 750 young athletes, 150 coaches, and 200 volunteers from 19 Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) to the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC in Baltimore. The event marked the 20th anniversary of the Junior Maccabi Games and drew 2,000 spectators, according to JCC staff.

A Great Day for Good Deeds

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8,000 volunteers participated in Jewish Federation of Greater Washington programs on Good Deeds Day.

Stuffing goodie bags for veterans, the sick, and the homeless; painting pictures to be sent to Israeli victims of terror; repairing houses and collecting clothes, books, toiletries, and toys for those in need. This is just a sampling of the 150 projects undertaken throughout the Greater Washington area for the Seventh Annual Sara and Samuel J. Lessans Good Deeds Day on Sunday, April 29, organized by the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

Rabbi Yom Tov Glaser Inspires and Entertains During Visit to Baltimore

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On Sunday evening, April 22, over 500 participants from the Baltimore community gathered to hear Rabbi Yom Tov Glaser, a senior Rabbi at Aish HaTorah Jerusalem and an international lecturer, present his talk “The Possible You” at the 46th Annual M. Leo Storch Memorial Lecture. The event, held at Bais Yaakov High School’s M. Leo Storch auditorium, was the capstone of Rabbi Glaser’s four-day visit to Baltimore, which included visits to local schools and a festive Shabbaton with over 250 people at the Storch family home.

At Congregation Beth Tfiloh, A Deep-Dive Into Israel’s Future

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Two well-known Jewish figures in the field of journalism today — Editor in Chief Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic and New York Times columnist Bret Stephens — were a model of intelligent civil discussion across the political aisle at this year’s Dahan Lecture at Beth Tfiloh Congregation in Baltimore. Their conversation before the packed synagogue on April 17, featuring U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D – Md.) as moderator, covered the U.S.-Israel relationship; the recent U.S. missile strike on Syria and Iran’s role in the region’s unrest; and the future of Israel as a democratic Jewish state.

Sunflower Bakery Celebrates Graduates From Its Pastry Arts and Employment Training Programs

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On Sunday April 29, Sunflower Bakery celebrated the graduation of 15 students from the Sunflower Bakery Pastry Arts and Café Sunflower Employment Training Programs, and honored Laurie Wexler with the Sunflower Bakery Leadership Award, Dottie Bennett with the Community Vision Award, Jason Salamon with the Trusted Advisor Award, and Sarah Dwyer with the Employer Partner award.

The Associated Earns Top Recognition From Charity Watchdog for Fifth Consecutive Year

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The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore has once again achieved the highest possible ranking by Charity Navigator, an independent organization that evaluates institutional philanthropy throughout the United States. This is the fifth year in a row that The Associated has earned the top distinction — an achievement matched by less than 10 percent of charities in the nation, according to The Associated’s vice president of marketing, Rochelle Eisenberg.

A Learning Opportunity for All

Written by Rachel Kohn on . Posted in Community News

In the past six weeks, DC Councilmember Trayon White Sr. (D-Ward 8) has been called out for claiming that “the Rothschilds” manipulate the weather; ducking out early from a subsequent tour of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum; and making a $500 donation from city funds to the Nation of Islam, an organization known for its anti-Semitic rhetoric.