Let My People Stay: Jewish Community Stands With the Dreamers

Written by Jason Langsner on . Posted in Community News

Over 100 Jewish community leaders and activists from around the country staged a protest in the rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building on Wednesday, Jan. 17. Bend the Arc Jewish Action — along with a coalition of 17 other organizations — led the sit-in, during which participants demanded that Congress pass the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act to protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation. The Capitol Police forcibly removed the protestors from the building and arrested 86 of them.

Fairfax Woman’s Photo Helps Send Former SS Guard to Prison

Written by Suzanne Pollak on . Posted in Community News

Irene Fogel Weiss of Fairfax, Virginia, was a young girl when a train took her from a ghetto in Hungary to the Auschwitz concentration camp. As she stepped onto the platform, where she underwent a selection process that determined who would live and who would die, the Nazis snapped a photo, recording the moment for posterity.

With the Launch of Her App, Woman Fulfills Childhood Dream

Written by Malka Goldberg on . Posted in Community News

Sarah Hostyk’s Place Tempo helps people uncover  nearby sweet spots for working remotely and studying.

Walking around town in a life-sized phone costume is one of the many ways Sarah Hostyk, a native of Montgomery County, Maryland, has demonstrated her entrepreneurial zeal and dedication toward launching Place Tempo. A free app for Apple and Android, Place Tempo matches remote workers and students with the six best nearby places to telework or study, based on users’ selected criteria and real-time crowdsourced location ratings. Over the past few months, Hostyk walked to every major café and coffee shop in DC and in Silver Spring, Maryland, moving from table to table to pitch her app to customers.

At the ‘Forefront’ of Jewish Teen Engagement, 4Front is Getting Adults Involved With New Program

Written by Kol HaBirah Staff on . Posted in Community News

The Baltimore-based 4Front Teen Engagement Initiative recently announced the formation of a new Lay Advocates Program to assure adults play a vital role in the engagement of current and future generations of teens.  The 4Front initiative, directed by the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Baltimore and supported by The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore, is funded by a five-year matching grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation.

Interfaith Day of Service Focuses on Kids in Foster Care

Written by Felicia R. Black and Amy Matathias on . Posted in Community News

On Jan. 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 100 people from two Rockville, Maryland, congregations — Tikvat Israel Congregation (TI) and Twinbrook Baptist Church — gathered at Tikvat Israel to assemble “Comfort Cases.” Comfort Cases is a Gaithersburg, Maryland, non-profit organization that provides backpacks or small duffel bags with new essential and comfort items for children and teens entering foster care.

A Year in Review: Israel Bonds New Leadership Division Continues to Grow

Written by Adam Herman on . Posted in Community News

Many of the Washingtonian families, individuals, foundations, pension funds, and institutions who purchased Israel bonds as a part of their investment portfolio before I joined Israel/Israel Bonds Washington as executive director for Development Corporation for Israel last year. After all, Israel Bonds have been around since 1951; and as the recent profile piece on Bruce Pascal highlighted in Kol HaBirah, his grandfather was the first person in our community to buy an Israel bond that year. From generation to generation, l’dor v’dor, the importance of investing in Israel continues beyond the Pascals.

A Spa for the Soul at Chabad of Potomac

Written by Barbara Schaffer on . Posted in Community News

Are you a busy woman? I know I am. Between all of your commitments and obligations, life leaves very little time to nurture yourself physically, let alone spiritually. I know that when I force myself to take the time to sit down and learn something meaningful, my entire day is uplifted. I feel energized and refreshed, ready to tackle the day’s challenges.