Maryland Hillel and Chabad Host 'Alternate Graduation' for Observant Students

Written by Elan Burman on . Posted in Community News

Even at a university known for going the extra mile to support Jewish life on campus, the pragmatic concerns of serving several thousand students may sometimes conflict with the needs of a minority, like observant Jewish students. Such was the case this year, when the University of Maryland, College Park’s graduation occurred over Shabbat and Shavuot. Not wanting students to be precluded from marking this important milestone in their lives, however, the University of Maryland (UMD), Maryland Hillel, and UMD Chabad collaborated to host an “alternate graduation.”

Analysis: JCRC Candidate Questionnaire

Written by Gabe Aaronson on . Posted in Community News

High taxes, slow job growth, traffic congestion, and growing K-12 education costs are some of the most serious problems facing Montgomery County, according to a candidate questionnaire released by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington last week. In their responses, the seven candidates running for county executive and 25 of the candidates running for at-large and district county council positions pitched their qualifications — if not their detailed policy solutions — for addressing these issues.

Celebration at Israeli Embassy Features Mike Pence,Ron Dermer

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Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer introduces U.S. Vice President Mike Pence at the Israeli Embassy's celebration of the 70th anniversary of Israel's foundingon May 14 in DC.(PHOTO CREDIT: EMBASSY OF ISRAEL)

The Embassy of Israel to the United States in Washington, D.C., hosts an annual celebration commemorating Israel’s founding, but this year, the event took on additional significance. The celebration, held at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium on May 14, marked Israel’s 70th birthday and coincided with the historic opening of the United States Embassy in Jerusalem.

Chai Lifeline Scales Buildings to Support Families

Written by Howard Silverman on . Posted in Community News

This past Sunday, June 3, Chai Lifeline changed the rules of the game. Beginning at 9 a.m., Chai Lifeline Mid-Atlantic hosted their inaugural Over the Edge community fundraiser, featuring the bravest and staunchest supporters of Chai Lifeline’s presence in the Mid-Atlantic Region. It was more than just another fundraiser for a local nonprofit organization. It was more than just about raising awareness and community engagement. It was like a marathon, only vertical.

Running for a Great Cause

Written by Havi Schwechter on . Posted in Community News

On June 3, I ran in the Jewish Caring Network’s (JCN) 5K race as part of Team YGW in order to raise money for families with medical needs. JCN is a Baltimore organization that provides support services to families facing serious, life-threatening, and lifelong illnesses.

Local Torah Hits the High Seas on the USS Oak Hill

Written by Kami Troy on . Posted in Community News

When the Israelites crossed the Red Sea on the seventh day after that historic first Passover night, they sang “Shirat Hayam” (Song of the Sea) to celebrate their safe crossing. On the seventh day of Pesach this year, Jewish sailors and Marines read the very same song from the Broder Torah in the Red Sea aboard the USS Oak Hill.

Overview of County Executive Candidate Positions

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Background

Security Funding for
Religious Facilities

Bus Service for Nonpublic Schools

Provide Federal Funded Services
On-Site in Nonpublic Schools

Bill Frick

Majority Leader, MD House
of Delegates

Supports

Supports

Supports

David Blair

Businessman, Former CEO
of Catalyst Health Solutions

Supports

“I will be looking into all options of how to best use our county-owned assets, like school buses.”

“I will support expanding access to
special needs programs and helping
our students that need higher levels
of support to succeed.”

George
Leventhal

County Councilmember, At-Large

Supports

Supports

Supports

Marc Elrich

County Councilmember, At-Large

Supports

“Open to ideas that don’t push up county costs but may possibly reduce transportation costs for other schools.”

Supports

Robin Ficker

Attorney, Real Estate Broker

“We shall use our police force to protect you.”

“Opposed except where the nonpublic student is on a public school bus route.”

Supports

Roger
Berliner

County Councilmember, District 1

Supports

Opposes

Opposes

Rose Krasnow

Mayor of Rockville, 1995-2001

Supports

Opposes

Opposes

 

Tour de Court: A Pikesville Tradition Continues

Written by Jon Minkove on . Posted in Community News

The 24th annual Tour de Court (TDC) basketball tournament in Pikesville, Maryland, is coming up on June 17, with 64 players — 48 men and 16 women — aiming to raise $40,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting blood cancer.