Former Ambassador to CPAC: U.S. Dollars to Israel Are an Investment, Not Aid

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Speaking March 1 at the American Conservative Union’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Yoram Ettinger stated point-blank that the U.S. does not extend foreign aid to Israel. Rather, he said, “The U.S. makes an annual investment in Israel, and the question is what is the extent of the rate of return?”

Community Safety Training at JCCNV

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Stop the Bleed, a national awareness and training program, came to the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCCNV) March 6. Stop the Bleed trains bystanders to act in emergencies, including terrorist attacks, active shooter incidents, car accidents, and other emergency situations where the injured can die from blood loss before help arrives.

Virginia FIDF Supporters Represent at Tel Aviv Marathon

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On Feb. 22, two Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) supporters from Virginia, Ilana and Gary Gamerman, participated in the 2019 Tel Aviv Marathon together with Gabriel Traub. Traub, whose education FIDF sponsored through the FIDF IMPACT! Scholarship Program, met and bonded with the Gamermans during an FIDF event in Washington, D.C. Traub studied law at the IDC University in Herzliya, Israel, and served as a combat fighter and paramedic in the IDF Paratroopers.

Local Couples Experiencing Infertility Now Have Bonei Olam of Greater Washington

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Bonei Olam of Greater Washington’s inaugural event, titled Beyond Imagination, held Feb. 24 at the Kemp Mill Synagogue (KMS) in Silver Spring, Maryland, was a bigger success than the organizers imagined it could be. Since its founding in 1999, Bonei Olam's mission is to provide whatever means or resources are necessary to help childless Jewish couples achieve the dream of parenthood. Their myriad programs cover every step of the process including financial assistance, work up, medication, high-risk pregnancy, pre-implantation, genetic diagnosis, pre- and post-cancer fertility, education, awareness, and adoption assistance, according to the organization’s website. Although Bonei Olam, which is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, has distributed over $100 million, and is responsible for over 5,000 babies being born, the organization has not had a local presence.

Iron Dome Rocket Scientist Ari Sacher is a Hit at JNF’s Breakfast for Israel

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Approximately 350 people from across the Greater Washington area defied predictions of snow to converge on the JCC of Northern Virginia on March 3 for the annual Jewish National Fund (JNF) Breakfast for Israel. This year’s featured speaker was Ari Sacher, the primary engineer responsible for the creation of the Iron Dome system deployed by the Israel Defense Forces to protect against rocket attacks.

Panel Discussion at Rodef Shalom Tackles the ‘Pay Gap’

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On Feb. 10, panelists agreed that 100 years after women obtained the right to vote, they still are paid less than their male counterparts for the same work and continue to suffer a motherhood penalty. The event, called The Gender Pay Gap and You, took place at Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, Virginia. The speakers connected Judaism with pay equity as well, citing the Bible’s call for fair and timely payment of workers.

Trump Peace Plan Strategy May ‘Surprise,’ Says Advisor

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While details on a possible Trump-directed Israeli-Palestinian peace plan are still under wraps, a discussion on Thursday, Feb. 7, organized by the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) at the Senate Visitor Center in Washington, D.C., aimed to shed some light on the “deal of the century’s” underlying strategies.The discussion was moderated by EMET founder Sarah Stern and featured Jeff Ballabon, an adviser to the GOP on its Israel policy and a Trump 2020 campaign board member, and historian Daniel Pipes.