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.

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.

A Dramatic Midterm Election Season Nears Its End

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The general election is less than a week away, but the intensity of this election cycle is not letting up one iota. Don’t forget to go online to learn about the candidates running to represent your interests and any issues on the ballot for referendum. Visit your state or DC’s department of elections website for a list of candidates and referendums, and go to to find your polling place and answers to frequently-asked questions about voting.

Floreen and Elrich Soothe Concerns About Berman’s Future

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It’s been eight years since the Berman Hebrew Academy purchased the former Peary High School building and accompanying land in Aspen Hill, Maryland. That might seem like a long time ago, but it was a memorable negotiation for members of the Jewish community — and a battle they want assurances they won’t have to fight twice, regardless of who wins the race for Montgomery County Executive.

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.

Maximum Impact: Federation Pairs Gala With Day of Volunteering

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Every year, hundreds of young professionals in their 20s and 30s dance, raise a glass, and mingle at one of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s major Young Leadership fundraisers, Impact DC: An Evening of Philanthropy. This year’s glittering night of fun and philanthropy, held Oct. 18 at the National Union Building in Washington, D.C., was followed by something new, however: On the following Sunday, over 100 of the gala attendees participated in the Day of Impact, an opportunity for them to roll up their sleeves and be part of the change they helped fund at the gala.

Congregations Reflect and Recommit on National Refugee Shabbat

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National Refugee Shabbat, a campaign coordinated by the refugee resettlement and advocacy organization HIAS, encouraged Jewish communities across the United States to use Oct. 19-20, the Shabbat of the Torah portion where Abraham begins his journey to the land of Canaan, to create a Shabbat experience dedicated to refugees.

FIDF’s Baltimore Chapter Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

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Approximately 700 supporters from the Baltimore area gathered on Oct. 23 for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Baltimore Annual Gala at Martin’s Valley Mansion, in Hunt Valley, Maryland, to salute the men and women of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Baltimore FIDF Chapter.