JPDS Sponsors McCain Lecture at Sixth and I Synagogue

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On May 24, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) spoke in front of an audience of several hundred at the 11th annual Yitzhak Rabin Memorial lecture at the Sixth and I Synagogue in Washington, D.C. He reminded them that American values, from courage to responsibility, are not only alive, but strong.

Charles Krieger Jewish War Veterans Post 567 Installs News Officers in Leisure World

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At its June 11 brunch in Leisure World, Charles Krieger Post 567 of the Jewish War Veterans installed Milton Loube as post commander for the 2017-2018 term of office. He replaces Marvin Franklin, who held the office for the past three years. Loube and the slate of new officers were sworn in by Department Commander of Maryland Colonel Erwin Burtnick.

A Final Goodbye to Eli’s

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What is now a pile of rubble making way for new high-rise construction on the southeast corner of 20th and N Street NW was once the best kosher restaurant in Washington, D.C. Of course, that was when it was the only kosher restaurant in Washington, DC. Its successor Char Bar is but a few blocks away. (Photos by Steve Rabinowitz)

Anne Frank House Recognized for 30 Years of Service

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Anne Frank House, a nonprofit organization providing housing to formerly homeless people with mental health issues in Washington D.C., turns 30 this year. The organization, which was founded in 1987 by members of Adas Israel Congregation in Cleveland Park, currently house 10 clients, all in individual apartment units, in Wards 3 and 4. The DC Council issued a resolution in May (pictured) honoring Anne Frank House, and it was presented at Adas Israel on June 17.

Kotel Liberators to Visit Chabad of Northern VA

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Three iconic liberators of the Kotel (Western Wall) and the Temple Mount in the 1967 Six Day War will visit the Chabad of Northern Virginia on Sunday, June 18, in an event sponsored by the combined Chabad shuls of northern Virginia and the Friends of the IDF (FIDF).

Grandparents Day at the Torah School

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Bubby! Savta! Zaide! Saba! Grandma! Grandpa!

These were some of the sounds that greeted us on May 19 as we entered the halls of the Torah School of Greater Washington (TSGW) for the annual nachas-fest known as Grandparents’ Day. From near and far, the grandparents trooped in, excited to enjoy a morning with their grandchildren, visiting their classrooms, taking pictures, and eating lunch together.

Temple Isaiah of Howard County Families Have a Ball at 5K and One Mile Fun Run

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Temple Isaiah hosted its 13th Annual Matzohball 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run on Sunday, June 3, at Centennial Park in Ellicott City, Maryland. The event was part of drew its largest turnout yet, with over 350 runners and walkers. The event has dozens of corporate and family sponsors from the community, and the proceeds benefitted Temple Isaiah, DreamBuilders, GRASSROOTS, and Hope Works.

250 USY Students and Staff Gather at Camp Louise for the Seaboard USY Spring Convention

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The Seaboard Region of United Synagogue Youth (USY) held its largest Spring Convention in many years, with students from eighth grade to 12th grade participating in fun and educational activities. Over the course of the weekend, elections were held for the regional executive board, chapter awards were given out, and Jordan Kalfon, incoming seaboard regional president, gave his State of the Region Address. Over the course of the weekend, Seaboard USY raised over $1,200 in for the organization’s tzedakah (charity) fund.


At Reverse Mifgash, American and Israeli Birthright Alumni Meet Stateside

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Following her Birthright Israel trip in 2000, one Washington, D.C., native committed to bringing Israelis to the United States for a similar experience. The idea has turned into an annual program, called Reverse Mifgash (Hebrew for encounter). This year, the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington hosted the unique program for the fifth time, with an action-packed schedule consisting of social, educational, cultural, and religious programing beginning on May 17 and ending on May 25.