Learning From the History Around Us at MILTON

Written by Rachel Kohn on . Posted in Community News

Fifth graders at MILTON in Washington, D.C., wanted to learn more about a worn stone obelisk erected as a memorial to Confederate soldiers near the school campus, so they invited the reverend of the church next to the memorial to share its history. Students asked Reverend Walter thoughtful questions, and were engrossed and respectful throughout the talk. After his visit, the class had a brief discussion about the recent events in Charlottesville. They talked about different people's reactions to seeing the Confederate flag or Confederate monuments and memorials, and the difference between remembering or learning from parts of our history and respecting or revering those parts.



Sharing Sukkot Brings Jews Together in DC

Written by Jackie Feldman on . Posted in Community News

Next week, Jews across the world will celebrate Sukkot, a week-long holiday that commemorates the miraculous protection G-d provided for the children of Israel when they left Egypt. Observing this major festival on the Jewish calendar involves dwelling in the foliage-topped booths from which the holiday gets its name: We eat meals in the sukkah, learn in the sukkah, and wave the arba minim (four species) that symbolize a coming-together of Jews of all types and stripes.

At the FIDF Baltimore Gala, A Surprise Homecoming

Written by Malka Goldberg on . Posted in Community News

When Murray and Shifra Singerman attended the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Baltimore Annual Gala on Sunday, Sept. 17, they expected to support their children Yaniv and Hila, both serving as Lone Soldiers in Israel, from afar.  Little did they know that the night was about to surpass their wildest expectations.

Federation Starting New Year With New CEO

Written by Malka Goldberg on . Posted in Community News

Gil Preuss’s parents still live in the Rockville, Maryland, home of his teenage years, and his sister and her family live in Takoma Park. He returned to the area this summer with 15 years of Jewish communal professional experience under his belt; most recently, he was the executive vice president of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), the Greater Boston-area’s Jewish Federation. Preuss spearheaded several innovative programs during his tenure, giving him a solid foundation to draw upon as the new CEO of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

Federation’s Grand Slam Sunday Hits It Out of the Park

Written by Ezra Troy on . Posted in Community News

The third Annual Grand Slam Sunday, held on August 27 at Nationals Park, drew over 1,500 members of the Jewish community and involved 50 community partners — one of the largest groups to ever participate in a themed day at the venue. Organized by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, the event featured an afternoon of food, fun, and a Nationals vs. Mets baseball game.

At Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim, Congressman Shares Influence of His Jewish Identity On His Public Life

Written by Frank Solomon on . Posted in Community News

Jews may be “People of the Book,” but Congressman Jamie Raskin (D – Md.) believes in putting words into action to help make the world a better place. That was one of the messages the new representative for Maryland’s 8th District had for the packed audience at Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim in Silver Spring, Maryland, on Sept. 23, Shabbat Shuva.

Boots on the Ground

Written by Dovid Nachshon Albright on . Posted in Community News

Volunteers from Baltimore to Fairfax and everywhere in between rush to Houston's aid after Hurricane Harvey.

The Greater Washington and Baltimore Jewish communities responded in force to provide aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey this month. In addition to the massive donations of money, clothing, food, and other resources, an army of rabbis, philanthropists, and concerned citizens took the time and spent the resources to go to Houston, Texas, where they attended to the community’s physical and spiritual needs.

Kemp Mill's Minchas Yitzchok Closes After Eight-Year Run

Written by Jared Fusia on . Posted in Community News

The Kemp Mill neighborhood of Silver Spring, Maryland, boasts a thriving and diverse orthodox Jewish community. With Modern Orthodox, yeshivish, and Chabad congregations, there is a plethora of different flavors for Jews to choose from when looking for a place for tefillah (prayer) and socializing.

Network at the Nats

Written by Malka Goldberg on . Posted in Community News

Network at the Nats, part of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Grand Slam Sunday event on August 27, gave Federation supporters the opportunity to unwind and connect while enjoying America’s favorite pastime.

Springfield's Congregation Adat Reyim Modernizes Synagogue

Written by Rabbi Bruce Aft and Jennifer Auble on . Posted in Community News

The evening of Friday, September 8, was a sacred moment in Congregation Adat Reyim’s history. After 36 years, the independent synagogue in Springfield, Virginia, underwent a major renovation of its sanctuary and front lobby. Founding members who helped construct the synagogue in 1981 joined alongside the next generation of members to ensure that Adat Reyim continues to serve the needs of its members and maintain its relevance in today’s community.