Kindness is a Team Sport With the Baltimore Chesed League

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The Baltimore Chesed League (BCL), which provides Jewish boys in Baltimore with opportunities to engage in meaningful chesed-focused activities through team camaraderie and an exciting league format, was very active on Sunday, March 4. The boys split into teams to tackle several chesed (community service) projects around Baltimore.

Regional ADL Director Addresses Increasing Hate Speech, Anti-Semitism

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On Thursday, March 1, the Pikesville Library in Baltimore held an event featuring Doron Ezickson, Washington, D.C., regional director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), who spoke about the disturbing trends in hate speech and the rise in anti-Semitism. Ezickson discussed the findings of ADL’s 2017 Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, released on Feb. 27, which reported a 57 percent increase in the number of anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. in 2017 (compared to 2016). This is the largest single-year increase on record.

Jewish Community Members Present Their Top Priorities to Legislators at Maryland Jewish Advocacy Day

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Hundreds of Jewish advocates from Montgomery, Baltimore, and Howard Counties spent three hours in Annapolis, Maryland, on Feb. 6 lobbying their state representatives for money to help pay to make area buildings more secure, for a new Hillel building at University of Maryland, College Park, and for stronger penalties for hate crimes. Maryland Jewish Advocacy Day, which was sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington and the Baltimore Jewish Council (BJC), is an annual opportunity for representatives and staff of Jewish organizations to advocate directly with state employees and legislators.

Eva Schloss Captivates Audience at George Mason University

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Over 1,000 people braved a cold and rainy night to hear from Eva Schloss, a Holocaust survivor, educator, and humanitarian, at George Mason University on Feb. 8.

A childhood friend of Anne Frank, Schloss became Anne’s stepsister after the not-yet-famous diarist had already died at the hands of the Nazis: Schloss’s mother married Anne’s father, Otto Frank, after he lost his wife and children in the war.

Harnessing a Different Model to Boost Jewish Engagement

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The 2017 Jewish Community Demographic Study, released Feb. 13, 2018, by the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, painted a picture of a growing and relatively young Jewish population in the Greater Washington area; one that is engaging in Jewish life, but not necessarily through traditional Jewish institutions.

DC Event Spotlights Role of Jews and Jewish Thought in America’s Formative Years

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On Feb. 14, U.S. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rabbi Dr. Meir Y. Soloveichik discussed the relationship between religion and American government and the contributions that biblical ideas have made to American political thought at an event hosted by the Hoover Institution. The discussion, which took place in partnership with the Tikvah Fund at the Hoover Institution’s Washington, D.C., satellite office, was part of the institution’s monthly “Opening Arguments” series and was moderated by Research Fellow Adam J. White.

Local Rabbi and Wife Recognized for Support of Israel

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Rabbi Stuart and Mrs. Symcha Weinblatt of Congregation B’nai Tzedek in Potomac, Maryland, were presented with the Israel 70 Award at the prestigious Israel Bonds International Prime Minister’s Club Dinner Feb. 11 in Miami. The keynote speaker, Israel’s Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, recognized supporters of the Jewish State from around the United States and others in the Diaspora.

Mentalist Alain Nu Wows Crowd at Torah School Auction

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From the O’Fishel sushi to the great prizes and mentalist performance, the Torah School of Greater Washington (TSGW) of Silver Spring, Maryland, outdid itself with its 14th annual auction. The Feb. 11 event — co-chaired by Torah School parents Bayla Goodman, Yaffa Koff, Meghann Schwartz, and Dana Sicherman — was held at Beth Sholom Congregation in Potomac, Maryland, and attracted approximately 250 attendees.