Pirate Purim at HTAA

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Pirate Purim at Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim in Silver Spring, Maryland, was a huge success! About 175 people attended the Feb. 28 festivities. First, Captain Moshe, a pirate magician, entertained the children for an hour. Then there was a pizza dinner, followed by Megillah reading.

Fun at Any Age

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Thing 1, Thing 2 — and Thing 3? Residents of Ring House in Rockville, Maryland, celebrate Purim in costume. (Photo credit: Charles E. Smith Life Communities/Twitter)

 

Sulam Bowlathon a Smashing Success

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On Feb. 25, participants from across the Jewish community joined together for a fun-filled night of competitive bowling with amazing food, drinks, raffles, and prizes at the annual Sulam Bowlathon. Spearheaded by Sulam Director of Marketing Ahuva Orlofsky and hosts Bassie and Yitzi Katz and Bayla and Jeremy Goodman, the event raised money for Sulam, a local organization that provides an inclusive education to students with learning differences. The Beltway Vaad Bowlers snagged the highest team score, and Aryeh Wielgus of Team Coke Zero was the top fundraiser.

ChaiSymposium Shares Insights on How Schools Can Support Children Living With Loss

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Educators from across the Greater Baltimore area came together to learn more about the challenges faced by children living with loss at a Chai Lifeline symposium Feb. 19 at Suburban Orthodox Congregation in Baltimore. The program, which focused on the many difficulties these children face in classrooms, is the first in a planned series of 2018 ChaiSymposium for Baltimore’s Jewish community.

Regional ADL Director Addresses Increasing Hate Speech, Anti-Semitism

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On Thursday, March 1, the Pikesville Library in Baltimore held an event featuring Doron Ezickson, Washington, D.C., regional director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), who spoke about the disturbing trends in hate speech and the rise in anti-Semitism. Ezickson discussed the findings of ADL’s 2017 Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, released on Feb. 27, which reported a 57 percent increase in the number of anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. in 2017 (compared to 2016). This is the largest single-year increase on record.

The Great Washington, D.C., Purim Party

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DC's American Friends of Lubavitch's annual Purim Party exceeded its maximum capacity with over 800 tickets sold! Besides hosting the enormous party, they read the Megillah at a number of locations, including the White House, Israeli Embassy, Capitol, AIPAC, George Washington University, Georgetown University, and American University.

 

Sensory-Friendly Purim

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On Sunday, March 4, children with special needs and their families had the opportunity to experience Purim in a sensory-friendly way, thanks to a program organized by PJ Library, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, Federation’s Jewish Food Experience, and Washington Hebrew Congregation. (Photos Courtesy of Sarah Rabin Spira)

Joshua Muravchik at HTAA: Attitudes Toward Jews ‘Inseparable From Attitudes Toward Israel’

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At a recent Shabbat lecture in Silver Spring, Maryland, Joshua Muravchik, distinguished fellow at the DC-based World Affairs Institute and adjunct professor at the Institute of World Politics, shared his concerns about a growing divide between Democrats and Republicans on their support for Israel. The leaching of radical left ideas into moderate left circles creates “real worry” that the Democrats, the party with which most American Jews historically align, will become anti-Israel, he said.

Kindness is a Team Sport With the Baltimore Chesed League

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The Baltimore Chesed League (BCL), which provides Jewish boys in Baltimore with opportunities to engage in meaningful chesed-focused activities through team camaraderie and an exciting league format, was very active on Sunday, March 4. The boys split into teams to tackle several chesed (community service) projects around Baltimore.