A Special Bar Mitzvah Guest

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Maryland Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford recently attended Baltimore resident Mendel Tenenbaum’s bar mitzvah, at which he presented the bar mitzvah boy with the Governor’s Citation. Mendel’s father, Baltimore Chabad Rabbi Chesky Tenenbaum, is director of Jewish Uniformed Service Association of Maryland.

Rabbi Batya Glazer to Head JCRC of Greater Philadelphia

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It is kind of poetic that Rabbi Batya Glazer, director of DC and Maryland government relations and interfaith relations for the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington, will be the new head of the JCRC of Greater Philadelphia. It is, after all, the City of Brotherly Love.

Kesher Israel Officially Installs Rabbi Shafner

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Speaking at the formal installation of Kesher Israel’s Rabbi Hyim Shafner on June 10, Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman, president of Yeshiva University in New York City, noted that a rabbi must have three attributes.

Possessing chochma (wisdom) means that a rabbi should be deeply learned not only in Torah but also “have a deep understanding of broader world,” said Rabbi Berman. Additionally, a rabbi should have anava (humility) and ahava (love) in order to love one’s congregants and develop deep connections with one’s community.

Rabbi Melchior Comes to Greater Washington

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On June 25, the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington sponsored a luncheon with Rabbi Michael Melchior, former Israeli Minister of Social and Diaspora Affairs, on “Jewish Unity At A Crossroads: A Briefing on the Current State of Israel-Diaspora Relations.” Speaking to a capacity crowd, Rabbi Melchior shared his perspectives on current challenges in the relationship between American and Israeli Jews, both with respect to religious pluralism and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

What Happened at the OU Event?

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On Wed. June 20, President Trump signed an executive order potentially paving the way for immigrant families to stay together after entering the U.S. Last week, the Orthodox Union (OU) was the 27th organization to join the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) letter calling for an end to the separation of families detained crossing the southern border of the United States, but not before the organization inadvertently drew some negative attention of its own. 

Beth El Hosts Political Forum With County Executive Candidates

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Most of the seven candidates vying to be the next Montgomery County Executive spoke out for social justice, health care, and immigration during a June 11 candidates’ forum at Beth El Congregation in Bethesda, Maryland.

They disagreed, however, about the future of the liquor control board, whether bringing Amazon headquarters to the county would be a positive development, and the importance of political experience.


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On June 12, tens of thousands gathered in DC for a parade down Constitution Avenue and a rally on the National Mall celebrating the Washington Capitals' first-ever Stanley Cup win — and DC’s first major professional sports title in 26 years.