A young man walked out of Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac, Maryland, on Rosh Hashanah 5778. He wore a yarmulke on his head, as did many celebrating the Jewish New Year across the District of Columbia, Virginia, and other parts of Maryland. Marking the holiday connected him with Jews around the world, but this man’s sense of joy was abruptly disrupted when a passing vehicle slowed down so the passengers could deliver their own holiday greetings. Through an opened window, they screamed two words:
Some 50 people gathered outside the Embassy of Qatar on Sept. 28, a day before Yom Kippur began, demanding that the Qatari government use its influence over Hamas to return two of Israel’s slain soldiers, Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, whom the terrorist group killed and kidnapped in 2014.
During a special trip to the nation’s capital over Sukkot, Chai Lifeline kids and volunteers had the privilege of visiting the White House — where they were surprised by some very famous guests!
Capital Connection, a Kemp Mill, Maryland, based organization bringing together marriage-minded singles, is gearing up for its second annual shabbaton. It will take place over the weekend of Nov. 10-12 and is expected to once again draw Orthodox singles from across the country.
- The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) honored Maryland Governor Larry Hogan at an event held in the sukkah of Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah in Bethesda, Maryland, on Sunday, Oct. 8. The organizers recognized Hogan and his administration for their support for several issues of interest to the Jewish community. These include the allocation of millions of dollars to local Jewish social service agencies, which proudly assist Marylanders of all identities; demonstrating strong support for Israel; and advocating for funding for private school scholarships for lower-income families.
“We can give you the connection with Israel and Israel will connect with you,” said Shoham Nicolet, CEO of Israeli-American Council (IAC), in an interview in advance of the Fourth Annual IAC National Conference.
On Sept. 25, legal aid group Tzedek DC held its inaugural “Eat Well, Do Justice! Celebrity Chef Kugel Cook-off,” showcasing DC chefs as they created their own takes on kugel.
The words “Yom Kippur” and “Hillel” are not usually associated with prison and incarceration, but 18 University of Maryland students spent this past Yom Kippur in correctional facilities.
Fifth graders at MILTON in Washington, D.C., wanted to learn more about a worn stone obelisk erected as a memorial to Confederate soldiers near the school campus, so they invited the reverend of the church next to the memorial to share its history. Students asked Reverend Walter thoughtful questions, and were engrossed and respectful throughout the talk. After his visit, the class had a brief discussion about the recent events in Charlottesville. They talked about different people's reactions to seeing the Confederate flag or Confederate monuments and memorials, and the difference between remembering or learning from parts of our history and respecting or revering those parts.
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