Jewish Community Members Present Their Top Priorities to Legislators at Maryland Jewish Advocacy Day

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Hundreds of Jewish advocates from Montgomery, Baltimore, and Howard Counties spent three hours in Annapolis, Maryland, on Feb. 6 lobbying their state representatives for money to help pay to make area buildings more secure, for a new Hillel building at University of Maryland, College Park, and for stronger penalties for hate crimes. Maryland Jewish Advocacy Day, which was sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington and the Baltimore Jewish Council (BJC), is an annual opportunity for representatives and staff of Jewish organizations to advocate directly with state employees and legislators.

DC Event Spotlights Role of Jews and Jewish Thought in America’s Formative Years

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On Feb. 14, U.S. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rabbi Dr. Meir Y. Soloveichik discussed the relationship between religion and American government and the contributions that biblical ideas have made to American political thought at an event hosted by the Hoover Institution. The discussion, which took place in partnership with the Tikvah Fund at the Hoover Institution’s Washington, D.C., satellite office, was part of the institution’s monthly “Opening Arguments” series and was moderated by Research Fellow Adam J. White.

Local Rabbi and Wife Recognized for Support of Israel

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Rabbi Stuart and Mrs. Symcha Weinblatt of Congregation B’nai Tzedek in Potomac, Maryland, were presented with the Israel 70 Award at the prestigious Israel Bonds International Prime Minister’s Club Dinner Feb. 11 in Miami. The keynote speaker, Israel’s Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, recognized supporters of the Jewish State from around the United States and others in the Diaspora.

Mentalist Alain Nu Wows Crowd at Torah School Auction

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From the O’Fishel sushi to the great prizes and mentalist performance, the Torah School of Greater Washington (TSGW) of Silver Spring, Maryland, outdid itself with its 14th annual auction. The Feb. 11 event — co-chaired by Torah School parents Bayla Goodman, Yaffa Koff, Meghann Schwartz, and Dana Sicherman — was held at Beth Sholom Congregation in Potomac, Maryland, and attracted approximately 250 attendees.

Suburban Orthodox Congregation Celebrates 60 Years With Night of Comedy

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Internationally-known comedian Elon Gold made for a very personal and very funny night of comedy at a celebration Feb. 11 benefiting the Institute for Jewish Continuity and Suburban Orthodox Congregation Toras Chaim in Baltimore. In addition to the hilarious “glatt kosher” show, more than 500 guests enjoyed Israeli cuisine and a decadent dessert reception.

American University Conference Examines State of Israel’s Relationship With its Arab Citizens

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On Sunday Feb. 11, American University’s Center for Israel Studies organized a mini-conference called “The Arab Population in Israel 1948 to Today." It brought scholars and activists together from around the world to discuss the changing agendas, facets, and aspirations of Israeli Arabs. A theme that resonated throughout the conference was the duality of feeling Palestinian or Arab while recognizing one's Israeli citizenship.

Eva Schloss Captivates Audience at George Mason University

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Over 1,000 people braved a cold and rainy night to hear from Eva Schloss, a Holocaust survivor, educator, and humanitarian, at George Mason University on Feb. 8.

A childhood friend of Anne Frank, Schloss became Anne’s stepsister after the not-yet-famous diarist had already died at the hands of the Nazis: Schloss’s mother married Anne’s father, Otto Frank, after he lost his wife and children in the war.

Get Ready for a Local Olympic Experience With the Mini and Junior Maccabi Games

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The JCC Maccabi Games are currently celebrating 36 years of bringing Jewish youth together to connect and compete with their peers from around the country and the world. The Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater Baltimore is getting in on that action as the host of the first-ever combined Mini and Junior Maccabi Games. Tryouts for the Baltimore-area teams have concluded, and the JCC of Greater Baltimore recently publicized the roster of local athletes and volunteer coaches participating.

Maryland Hillel Goes the Extra Mile to Provide Diverse and Engaging Shabbat Experiences

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Ahad Ha’am is famously quoted as saying that more than the Jews have kept Shabbat, Shabbat has kept the Jews. The potency of designating a space and time for learning, reflection, dialogue, and community is hard to overstate. Whether one is observant, secular, traditional, “just Jewish” or culturally Jewish, Hillel has worked diligently to foster varied and meaningful opportunities for Shabbat engagement.