When a Menorah is More Than Just a Menorah

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"'Make your own Menorah' personifies the ethos of the GW Hillel," which is centered around tool-giving and hyper-customization, said George Washington University Hillel’s Rabbi Daniel Epstein. "Everyone’s Judaism is unique and beautiful, we give you the raw materials and you make it your own."

Jewish War Veterans at Leisure World Celebrate Chanukah With Staff From Signal Financial Credit Union

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On Dec. 3, members of the Jewish War Veterans (JWV) Post 567 joined management and staff from the Signal Financial Credit Union to light Chanukah candles and celebrate the holiday at Leisure World, a seniors community in Rockville, Maryland. The celebration was planned and executed by Signal Financial Credit Union Membership Relationship Manager Nabiha Zayat and coordinated with the officers of the JWV post based at Leisure World.

Amazon Is Coming to Town

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How will the move impact housing prices, job markets, and public spending?

On Nov. 13, online retail giant Amazon announced it is establishing a second headquarters in Northern Virginia. While state officials are celebrating the development, the anticipated impact it will have on the area’s housing market is eliciting varied reactions.

Veterans Day Events Recognize Contributions of Jewish Vets, Offer Window Into Military Culture

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On Nov. 11, communities across the country held events in honor of Veterans Day. Two gatherings in Montgomery County, Maryland, focused specifically on Jewish veterans of the United States military, recognizing those who currently or previously served, and remembering those who have perished in the line of duty. The events were also an opportunity for civilians to witness the intersection of American Jewish identity with U.S. military history and culture.

Bringing the Joy of Chanukah to Arcola Rehab

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More than 50 students from local Jewish and public schools gave it their all at a Chanukah-themed musical performance for the residents of Arcola Health and Rehabilitation Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. The event was planned by Miriam Friedman and co-sponsored by the Berman Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and Kemp Mill Synagogue (KMS).


When You Give, You Also Get

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This year, a representative from Chai Lifeline worked with Miriam Cleeman, chesed chair at Kesher Israel Congregation in Washington D.C., to match 16 Chai Lifeline families from the Greater Washington area with 25 members of the Kesher community. The generous Kesher members collected toys and games, organized, and wrapped up the presents for the Chai Lifeline families, and the personalized presents were presented to each family at the organization’s annual Chanukah party.

Campaign for Kindness Strikes a Chord

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Becky Simkovich woke up on the morning of Nov. 8 excited to begin the Jewish month of Kislev, which is traditionally marked by the theme of bringing light into darkness and the celebration of Chanukah. She then learned of the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, that left 13 people dead.

New MIDC Initiative Aims to Help Entrepreneurs From the Start-Up Nation Break Into the U.S. Market

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Trade between Maryland and Israel reached $470 million in 2017, creating 600 jobs throughout the state, thanks in large part to the Maryland/Israel Development Center (MIDC). MIDC is a nonprofit, public-private partnership designed to promote bilateral trade and economic development between Israel and Maryland. It frequently runs programs showcasing Israeli business startups in Maryland in hopes of finding them local funders.

Local Organizations Commit to Increased Funding for Security

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In the wake of a bloody anti-Semitic terror attack that claimed the lives of 11 Jews at prayer in Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life – Or L’Simcha synagogue, the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and its donors have committed a minimum of $100,000 towards emergency grants to synagogues and other Jewish organizations that are struggling to afford security.