From a musical approach to midrash to a data-driven look at the future of Jewish life, ROUTES: A Day of Jewish Learning offered educational sessions on a broad range of Jewish topics. Presented by the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, ROUTES 2017 took place at the George Mason University’s Johnson Center on Sunday, Nov. 5. Nearly 400 individuals from the Greater Washington area attended the event.
One hundred years ago, on Nov. 2, 1917, British Foreign Secretary Lord Arthur James Balfour wrote a letter to Lord Walter Rothschild for the Zionist Federation on behalf of His Majesty’s government. In the letter, the following words strongly expressed his public support for a Jewish homeland: “His Majesty’s government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.”
If you’ve ever studied a page of Talmud, you’re ahead of me. For me, the language barrier and the investment of time are — at least for now — too much. But I could tell you the four sins named in the Gemara as the causes of the flood in the time of Noah. And I could explain to you the Rambam’s classification of the different levels of charity. I’ve never read a page of Talmud, but I can learn the teaching of the rabbis, thanks to the efforts of Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld.
Over 1,600 people attended the 34th annual Jewish Foundation for Group Homes (JFGH) Gala at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Maryland, on Oct. 27. Many among those present had attended every JFGH gala for the past 34 years, a testament to the importance of JFGH to the local Jewish community.
Cantor Lisa Levine marked her 10th anniversary as cantor of Temple Shalom with a concert filled with celebration through song. The concert featured her own musical compositions of Jewish Gospel as well as healing prayers and songs from her most recent album collection “Bridge To Peace.”
Have you met Rabbi Esteban Gottfried, co-founder and director of the Beit Tefilah Israel (BTI) movement in Israel? The first visitor from Israel for the 2017-2018 season of the Federation’s Imagine Israel Changemakers Series, Rabbi Gottfried led a special Havdalah service in DC Nov. 4 and gave a presentation at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s ROUTES: A Jewish Day of Learning in Northern Virginia Nov. 5.
The Israeli-American Council (IAC) may be the new kid on the block among America’s powerhouse pro-Israel organizations, but the fourth annual IAC National Conference illustrated the organization’s understanding of important, evolving linkages between the Jewish community, Jewish and Israeli identity, and Israel.
For many decades, funeral homes have provided services to Jews of all backgrounds, but Orthodox customers can face an extra burden making sure everything is done to their level of observance.
On Oct. 29, approximately 230 people from across the Greater Washington Jewish community gathered to honor four special volunteers with Bikur Cholim of Greater Washington (BCGW) volunteers. In addition to recognizing the contributions of Heidi Lamar, Larry Korb, Lori Snyder, and Deedee Rosenfeld, the Hope & Healing Gala brunch also celebrated BCGW’s growing reach in providing services to the community.
With each new volley of gunfire that occurs at a college campus, concert, or office building, the debate over whether to restrict gun possession begins anew.
- Building Bridges Over Puddled Waters
- We Need to Talk Anti-Semitism, and Not Just Internally
- Local Protesters to Embassy of Qatar: Make Hamas Return Remains of Israeli Soldiers
- Looking Ahead to the Israeli-American Council National Conference
- Chai Lifeline Kids Have a 'Bowl' Lot of Fun at the White House
- Putting a New Spin on a Traditional Dish at Tzedek DC’s Kugel Cook-off
- The Shabbat Project Challah Bakes took place at Beth Sholom and Har Shalom on Sunday 10/30
- Maryland Hillel Students Spend Yom Kippur in Prison
- Looking for That Special Someone? Capital Connection Singles Shabbaton Returns Next Month
- Sukkot Around Town