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)
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!
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.
As police continue working with the Jewish community, residents are taking measures to protect themselves.
A series of carjackings, assaults, home invasions, and other crimes in northwest Baltimore are leading the Jewish community and law enforcement to seek new solutions and increased protections.
When young Susie Turnbull was a member of United Synagogue Youth (USY), the first convention she attended had the theme “Justice, Justice, Thou Shalt Pursue.”
That was back in 1967, but the Bethesda, Maryland, resident still looks to that Shabbat as the start of her interest in politics and, in particular, social justice. She’s held leadership positions in numerous Jewish and Democratic party organizations, and her newest turn on that road is a run for Maryland lieutenant governor.
In a two-part “STU Talk” — billed as a merger of his signature lectures and YouTube’s popular “TED Talks” — Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt of B’nai Tzedek Congregation in Potomac, Maryland, shared his thoughts on “Judaism: The Ultimate Disrupter - Four Ways Judaism Radically Changed the World.” The Dec. 3 lecture focused on the impacts of Messianism and Zionism. Seventy people attended the event.
Hundreds of BBYO chapters and communities across 20 countries in North America, South America, and Europe took part in BBYO’s Global Shabbat 2017 on Dec. 8 – 9. Jewish teen leaders hosted Friday night, Saturday morning, and Havdalah services in a truly international celebration of the joy of Shabbat.
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.
Be vigilant. Understand the difference between hate crimes and free speech. Be willing to work together to fight the demonization of both Muslims and Jews. These were among the takeaway messages of a Dec. 3 Summit of Imams and Rabbis. The fourth annual summit, which drew some 100 rabbis, imams, and community leaders to the Islamic Center of Northern Virginia in Fairfax, was co-sponsored by the Greater Washington Muslim-Jewish Forum (GW-MJF), the Jewish-Islamic Dialogue Society of Washington, and the Interfaith Action for Human Rights.
Joan Kuriansky, a long-time leader and advocate in the domestic violence and women’s communities, and Karen Paul, a writer, local fundraiser, and activist for progressive causes, joined the Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation (TOWF) last month as the new chair of the board of trustees and executive director, respectively. Founded in 2005, Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation of Greater Washington was created in order to promote social change for women and girls locally and in Israel, and to empower purposeful, effective philanthropists.
U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., gazed out at the 200 people attending the Jewish Community Relations Council’s (JCRC) Schmooze and Nosh Legislative Breakfast.
“I love starting my day with bagels and lox, so I am well on my way to the bar mitzvah,” he said.
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