25 Years Later, a Peek Behind the Scenes of the Oslo Accords

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On Dec. 11, one local Jewish day school marked the 25th anniversary of the Oslo Accords with a public discussion between two individuals directly involved in the historic event. At this year’s Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Lecture at Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital (MILTON) in Washington, D.C., former Israeli negotiator Joel Singer and Norwegian diplomat Terje Rod-Larsen talked about the characters and dynamics behind the Oslo Accords in a discussion moderated by Tamara Cofman Wittes, senior fellow for foreign policy at Brookings Institution's Center for Middle East Policy.

Chanukah Means Party Time With FIDF NEXT

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FIDF NEXT Midatlantic, the region’s young professionals arm of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF), hosted its annual sold-out blowout celebrating Chanukah and giving locals the chance to hear personal stories from Israeli soldiers. It was held Dec. 1 at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Maryland. Chaired by Alix and Paul Bortnik and Miriam and Micha Weinblatt, the event was catered by Souk and featured live music, dancing, and a very festive atmosphere!

Jewish War Veterans at Leisure World Celebrate Chanukah With Staff From Signal Financial Credit Union

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On Dec. 3, members of the Jewish War Veterans (JWV) Post 567 joined management and staff from the Signal Financial Credit Union to light Chanukah candles and celebrate the holiday at Leisure World, a seniors community in Rockville, Maryland. The celebration was planned and executed by Signal Financial Credit Union Membership Relationship Manager Nabiha Zayat and coordinated with the officers of the JWV post based at Leisure World.

National Menorah Lighting

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Over 3,000 people attended the Dec. 2 National Menorah Lighting on the Ellipse, with the White House in full view. The event featured performances by the United States Army band, The Three Cantors, and the band 8th Day. The Menorah was lit by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. The National Menorah, a project of American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad), was first lit in 1979. President Donald Trump sent remarks honoring victims of the Pittsburgh shooting. “Jews today continue to face many different forms of violence, hatred, and bigotry around the globe,” he wrote in a statement, adding that the country pledges its “continued love and support” to the victims and their families for the holiday.

When a Menorah is More Than Just a Menorah

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"'Make your own Menorah' personifies the ethos of the GW Hillel," which is centered around tool-giving and hyper-customization, said George Washington University Hillel’s Rabbi Daniel Epstein. "Everyone’s Judaism is unique and beautiful, we give you the raw materials and you make it your own."

Bringing the Joy of Chanukah to Arcola Rehab

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More than 50 students from local Jewish and public schools gave it their all at a Chanukah-themed musical performance for the residents of Arcola Health and Rehabilitation Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. The event was planned by Miriam Friedman and co-sponsored by the Berman Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and Kemp Mill Synagogue (KMS).


When You Give, You Also Get

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This year, a representative from Chai Lifeline worked with Miriam Cleeman, chesed chair at Kesher Israel Congregation in Washington D.C., to match 16 Chai Lifeline families from the Greater Washington area with 25 members of the Kesher community. The generous Kesher members collected toys and games, organized, and wrapped up the presents for the Chai Lifeline families, and the personalized presents were presented to each family at the organization’s annual Chanukah party.