Mikvah-Related Events Focus on Sensitivity Training, Renewal

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On Feb. 10, the Orthodox Union’s Women’s Initiative held a “Sense and Sensitivity” professional development training at Kemp Mill Synagogue in Silver Spring, Maryland, for 22 mikvah attendants from the Silver Spring and Baltimore communities. The training focused on various topics such as mental health, domestic abuse, fertility, post-partum depression, and miscarriage, as well as other sensitivities surrounding the mikvah experience. Speakers included registered nurse Estee Silver; psychologist Dr. Ditza Berger; Avital Levin, director of eduction for Shalom Task Force; Melissa K. Rosen, national outreach director for Sharsheret; and Carly Chodosh, director of the Philadelphia area’s Lower Merion Community Mikvah. Mikvah attendants from Oregon to New Jersey also joined the audience via live stream.

Celebrating Community Service at Beth Sholom

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Beth Sholom Congregation’s 72nd Annual Honoree Celebration on Jan. 26 drew more than 220 people to honor congregants Debbie and David Felsen and Pearl Bassan for service to their community. Bassan was recognized for over 50 years of service to the Potomac, Maryland, synagogue, and the Felsens were honored as Pillars of Community for their role as Community Security Service (CSS) volunteers. The event raised over 25 percent more for the synagogue than the previous year’s gathering, according to synagogue officials.

KMS Clothing Drive Benefits CHANA

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Over 100 people participated in sorting and loading more than 700 bags of clothing at the community clothing drive held at Kemp Mill Synagogue (KMS) in Silver Spring, Maryland, on Jan. 20. The event was sponsored by KMS, Young Israel Shomrai Emunah (YISE), and NCSY. The drive benefitted CHANA, a Baltimore organization that assists people experiencing domestic abuse by providing crisis intervention, education, and consultation.

Federal Workers Face Internal Struggle Between Optimism and Practical Anxieties

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The heavy snowfall last weekend translated into snow days for both kids and adults on Monday. The children have since gone back to school, but many adults in the Greater Washington area — an estimated 360,700 federal employees and third-party contractors — are dealing with disrupted schedules and financial uncertainty as the partial shutdown of the federal government continues into its fourth week.

Rockville Couple Launches Local Free Loan Fund

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“You’re here for a very specific reason. I don’t know what the reason is, you’ve got to figure it out.”

Like a song on the radio that burrows into one’s ear, these words from Erik Lindenauer’s rabbi, Rabbi Zvi Teitelbaum of Mesorah DC, echoed in his mind. “My rabbi always tells me every day, what are you doing to make this world a better place?” he said.

Federation Exceeds 2018 Annual Campaign Goal

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The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington recently announced that it exceeded its 2018 Annual Campaign goal of $20.5 million. Not only do the total funds raised represent a $900,000 increase in commitments from the prior year, but Federation has also seen meaningful growth in the number of donors participating in the Annual Campaign.

Tech Day at Leisure World

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More than 50 high schoolers from Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS) and area public schools gathered in Leisure World’s Clubhouse 2 on Feb. 3 in order to assist seniors with their iPhones, Androids, tablets, and computers.

JCRC Finds Ally in Evangelical Pro-Israel Advocacy Giant

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The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington and Christians United for Israel (CUFI) are embarking on a strategic relationship in Israel advocacy.

“We are limited demographically," said JCRC Executive Director Ron Halber. "We can’t be everywhere fighting every battle. We need friends."

Oldest Synagogue in DC Moves to Future Grounds of Capital Jewish Museum

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The oldest synagogue building in Washington, D.C., rolled through the city streets for the third — and hopefully last — time on Wednesday, Jan. 9. Built in 1867 as the home of Adas Israel Congregation, the building was relocated to the corner of 3rd and F Streets NW, where it will be a part of the new Capital Jewish Museum, which is scheduled to open in 2021.