FIDF’s Baltimore Chapter Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

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Approximately 700 supporters from the Baltimore area gathered on Oct. 23 for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Baltimore Annual Gala at Martin’s Valley Mansion, in Hunt Valley, Maryland, to salute the men and women of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Baltimore FIDF Chapter.

Give a Salute for This Sukkah!

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Chabad Rabbi Chesky Tenenbaum of Baltimore, director of the Jewish Uniformed Services Association of Maryland (JUSA), stands with Aberdeen Proving Ground Garrison Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Michael King outside the first-ever sukkah built at Aberdeen Proving Ground, a U.S. Army facility located adjacent to Aberdeen, Maryland. Rabbi Tenenbaum worked with LTC King and his office to make this special sukkah possible. It was located in the courtyard of the main chapel on base and available for use throughout the holiday, including a sukkah party on the third day of Chol Hamoed.

Recent Moves Illustrate Trump’s Different Approach to the Palestinian Authority

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On Sept. 10, the U.S. Department of State announced it would close the office of the General Delegation of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) on Wisconsin Avenue in Washington, D.C. This local development fits into the larger context of the Trump administration’s efforts to bring the Palestinian Authority (PA) to the negotiating table for a peace deal with Israel.

In Response to Vandalism, a Celebration of Unity

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After the JCC of Northern Virginia (JCCNV) was targeted in an act of vandalism earlier this month, the community responded with an event celebrating unity and inclusion on Sunday, Oct. 14. Drawing almost 500 attendees, the "CommUNITY Gathering" featured interfaith leaders as well as politicians such as Del. Eileen Filler-Corn and U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly.

ADL and BBYO Join Movement to Build Intergroup Connections and Understanding

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A diverse coalition of corporations, media outlets, nonprofits, and youth movements — including the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the non-denominational Jewish youth group BBYO — announced this week they are mobilizing “to speak out against hate by fostering conversations of understanding” with an inaugural national day of action on Oct. 1, 2018.