Federal Workers Face Internal Struggle Between Optimism and Practical Anxieties

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The heavy snowfall last weekend translated into snow days for both kids and adults on Monday. The children have since gone back to school, but many adults in the Greater Washington area — an estimated 360,700 federal employees and third-party contractors — are dealing with disrupted schedules and financial uncertainty as the partial shutdown of the federal government continues into its fourth week.

Rockville Couple Launches Local Free Loan Fund

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“You’re here for a very specific reason. I don’t know what the reason is, you’ve got to figure it out.”

Like a song on the radio that burrows into one’s ear, these words from Erik Lindenauer’s rabbi, Rabbi Zvi Teitelbaum of Mesorah DC, echoed in his mind. “My rabbi always tells me every day, what are you doing to make this world a better place?” he said.

Legislative Advocates for the Win: New Cost-Saving Measures and Security Funding

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As founding members and co-chairs of the interfaith River Coalition, the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington recently announced that the DC Council and Office of the Mayor agreed to create a $4 million fund to help houses of worship, cemeteries, and nonprofits pay what it characterized as “onerous water charges.” The Clean Rivers Impervious Area Charge (CRIAC) Nonprofit Relief Program, operated by DC’s Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), is rolling out this month.

Bnei Akiva Teens Run Action-Packed Shabbat at KMS

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Bnei Akiva Silver Spring (BASS) serves as one of the main youth groups in the Kemp Mill community of Silver Spring. BASS differs from many of the other Bnei Akiva chapters across the country, as it is entirely youth run. The leaders executing the events, Shabbatonim, and even fundraising efforts are run by high school age leaders. This epitomizes Bnei Akiva’s mission as a youth movement dedicated to the empowerment of youth leaders, in addition to its other core values of Torah v’Avodah — living a Torah lifestyle, support for aliya, love of the Jewish people, and love of Israel.

JCRC Finds Ally in Evangelical Pro-Israel Advocacy Giant

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The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington and Christians United for Israel (CUFI) are embarking on a strategic relationship in Israel advocacy.

“We are limited demographically," said JCRC Executive Director Ron Halber. "We can’t be everywhere fighting every battle. We need friends."

Oldest Synagogue in DC Moves to Future Grounds of Capital Jewish Museum

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The oldest synagogue building in Washington, D.C., rolled through the city streets for the third — and hopefully last — time on Wednesday, Jan. 9. Built in 1867 as the home of Adas Israel Congregation, the building was relocated to the corner of 3rd and F Streets NW, where it will be a part of the new Capital Jewish Museum, which is scheduled to open in 2021.

Education Entrepreneur Suggests Shooting for the Moon on Tu B’Shvat

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On Jan. 17, the Jewish Student Satellite Initiative (JeSSI) is offering a free webinar for Jewish educators and clergy on combining the subject of the upcoming lunar eclipse and Tu B’Shvat for a unique seasonal lesson plan. JeSSI is a hybrid Judaic and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education project, started by Ted Avraham of Rockville, Maryland, to address post-bat/bar mitzvah attrition from Jewish engagement with an interdisciplinary approach to Jewish learning.

New Communal Network Taps Into Hopes and Needs of Today’s Jewish Women

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Earlier this month, 50 Jewish women gathered to launch a new kind of Jewish communal space. SVIVAH is both a community and a resource clearinghouse, providing for the spiritual, intellectual, and emotional needs of Jewish women. The initial lineup of events demonstrates this commitment to serving a broad spectrum of women’s interests and needs: SVIVAH’s launch event focused on forming a personal spiritual connection to Chanukah; the second program addressed the need for a space where women can support each other through life’s transitions and challenges; and upcoming programs for 2019 include a girls' empowerment dance class and a discussion about the tradition of women’s liturgy and song.

25 Years Later, a Peek Behind the Scenes of the Oslo Accords

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On Dec. 11, one local Jewish day school marked the 25th anniversary of the Oslo Accords with a public discussion between two individuals directly involved in the historic event. At this year’s Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Lecture at Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital (MILTON) in Washington, D.C., former Israeli negotiator Joel Singer and Norwegian diplomat Terje Rod-Larsen talked about the characters and dynamics behind the Oslo Accords in a discussion moderated by Tamara Cofman Wittes, senior fellow for foreign policy at Brookings Institution's Center for Middle East Policy.