‘Sometimes There is a Clash That Needs to be Reconciled’

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Israeli delegation to DC seeks to understand American Jewish perspectives.

A week before Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely drew fire for comments about the “convenient lives” of American Jews,  an Israeli delegation visited Washington, D.C., with the express purpose of building bridges between Israel and the American Jewish community. The delegation was part of Project Community, a joint initiative of Israel’s Ministry of Diaspora Affairs and the Israeli NGO Gesher, which promotes mutual understanding and cohesive living among secular, religious, and ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel. The visit took place Nov. 13-19, with the delegates spending two busy days in the Greater Washington area before heading to meetings in New York.

A Treasure Restored

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The Chabad movement recently won a small but significant victory in an ongoing battle for a historic Jewish treasure, thanks to the efforts of a local legal team: Nathan Lewin and Alyza Lewin of Lewin & Lewin LLP and Steven Lieberman, Robert Parker, Jen Nock, Dan McCallum, and Nechama Potasnik of Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, PC.

Blood Drive Honors Memory of Kemp Mill Community Members

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Following the passing of her husband Avi Karkowsky in June 2013, longtime Kemp Mill resident Nancy Karkowsky decided to hold a blooddrive in his memory; Avi had relied on generous blood donors over the course of his illness. In May 2017, when Iris and Adam Bashein were presented with the Community Service Award at Young Israel Shomrai Emunah’s annual banquet, the couple recalled the community blooddrive in their acceptance speech and proposed that it should be done again. Nancy, the Basheins, Eli Landy (who played a big role in the previous blooddrive), Barbara Price, and other volunteers partnered with INOVA to organize the Community BloodDrive in Memory of Avi Karkowskyz”l and Clif Price z”lon Nov. 12.

Change is Coming to Longstanding Potomac Shopping Center

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The owner of the Cabin John Shopping Center in Potomac, Maryland, has received approval for initial plans to reinvigorate the property by incorporating more stores and office space as well as townhomes. The owners of Goldberg’s Bagels and Breadsmith, both kosher establishments located in the shopping center, say they’re waiting for more concrete information before making any plans of their own.

AZM Conference Examines Zionism Across the Aisle and the Religious Spectrum

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The American Zionist Movement (AZM) Washington National Conference commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration through its theme, “Zionism Forward: In the Spirit of Balfour.” AZM, the World Zionist Organization’s (WZO) Department for Diaspora Activities, and the Israel Forever Foundation’s Balfour Initiative hosted the conference in Washington, D.C., from Nov. 15-17.

Federation Unites Community for Day of Jewish Learning in NoVa

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From a musical approach to midrash to a data-driven look at the future of Jewish life, ROUTES: A Day of Jewish Learning offered educational sessions on a broad range of Jewish topics. Presented by the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, ROUTES 2017 took place at the George Mason University’s Johnson Center on Sunday, Nov. 5. Nearly 400 individuals from the Greater Washington area attended the event.

Baltimore, Israel, and Ukraine JCCs Partner Through Global Fellowship Program

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Jewish Community Centers in Baltimore, Israel, and Ukraine will partner for the first time as part of the JCC Global’s Amitim 2.0-Fellows: A Global Leadership Network program. The JCCs officially launched the partnership earlier this month at the JCC Global World Conference  in Tarrytown, New York. The Amitim 2.0-Fellows is a three-year Global Leadership Network program that brings Jewish peoplehood concepts and programs to the next generation of JCCs worldwide and expands the global network of Jewish leaders and JCCs.

Start-ups Brew at American University

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Israeli tech fair draws nine innovative companies to campus.

A group of college students huddled around a coffee machine — an unsurprising sight, considering college students’ caffeine habits. But this was no ordinary coffee machine: Instead of merely dispensing coffee, it brewed up cappuccino with designs printed on the drink — everything from sports team logos to tiny adorable illustrations of puppies and kittens.

UMD Israel Advocates Shine as BDS Bill Dies

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College is often described as the first opportunity for young adults to explore new ideas and form their own opinions outside the confines of home. This can explain the fervor with which Jewish institutions prepare today’s youth to combat anti-Israel propaganda on campus.

Advocate for Religious Pluralism in Israel Shares His Ideas as the Latest ‘Imagine Israel Changemaker’

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Have you met Rabbi Esteban Gottfried, co-founder and director of the Beit Tefilah Israel (BTI) movement in Israel? The first visitor from Israel for the 2017-2018 season of the Federation’s Imagine Israel Changemakers Series, Rabbi Gottfried led a special Havdalah service in DC Nov. 4 and gave a presentation at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s ROUTES: A Jewish Day of Learning in Northern Virginia Nov. 5.