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.
Jews may be “People of the Book,” but Congressman Jamie Raskin (D – Md.) believes in putting words into action to help make the world a better place. That was one of the messages the new representative for Maryland’s 8th District had for the packed audience at Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim in Silver Spring, Maryland, on Sept. 23, Shabbat Shuva.
Volunteers from Baltimore to Fairfax and everywhere in between rush to Houston's aid after Hurricane Harvey.
The Greater Washington and Baltimore Jewish communities responded in force to provide aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey this month. In addition to the massive donations of money, clothing, food, and other resources, an army of rabbis, philanthropists, and concerned citizens took the time and spent the resources to go to Houston, Texas, where they attended to the community’s physical and spiritual needs.
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.
Next week, Jews across the world will celebrate Sukkot, a week-long holiday that commemorates the miraculous protection G-d provided for the children of Israel when they left Egypt. Observing this major festival on the Jewish calendar involves dwelling in the foliage-topped booths from which the holiday gets its name: We eat meals in the sukkah, learn in the sukkah, and wave the arba minim (four species) that symbolize a coming-together of Jews of all types and stripes.
When Murray and Shifra Singerman attended the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Baltimore Annual Gala on Sunday, Sept. 17, they expected to support their children Yaniv and Hila, both serving as Lone Soldiers in Israel, from afar. Little did they know that the night was about to surpass their wildest expectations.
Gil Preuss’s parents still live in the Rockville, Maryland, home of his teenage years, and his sister and her family live in Takoma Park. He returned to the area this summer with 15 years of Jewish communal professional experience under his belt; most recently, he was the executive vice president of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), the Greater Boston-area’s Jewish Federation. Preuss spearheaded several innovative programs during his tenure, giving him a solid foundation to draw upon as the new CEO of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.
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