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.

NCSY Cardin Program is Back in Action

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Each Wednesday at Magen David Sephardic Congregation in Rockville, Maryland, teens join mentors for learning, dinner, and a speech from a special guest. Most recently, they heard from Denny Berman about the theme of charity and chesed. (Photo courtesy of Mattie Watson)


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.

Remembering Cantor Mark Levi

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Cantor Mark Levi, who served as cantor for Beth Tikva Congregation, now known as Tikvat Israel in Rockville, Maryland, and earlier at Beth Torah in Hyattsville, Maryland, died Dec. 28, 2017. He was 103 years old.

‘The Notorious RBG’ Talks Outsider Politics and Equal Rights at Adas Israel Event

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In a wide-ranging conversation in front of a sold-out crowd on Feb. 1, 

Forward editor-in-chief Jane Eisner and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg talked about Justice Ginsburg’s family, her professional trajectory, and her future. One theme was clear: America has improved over the course of its history in how it deals with institutional racism, sexism, and anti-Semitism, but there is still room for improvement.