Matzah-Making Mania

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Congregation Ohev Sholom – The National Synagogue takes matzah baking seriously. If they hosted a matzah baking activity to teach children about the mitzvah, it would have been enough. If they got a matzah oven to bake kosher for Pesach matzah by hand, it would have been enough. If they made sure the wheat was watched (shmurah) from the moment of harvest, it would have been enough. But this year, Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld helped harvest the grain himself, and members of the congregation of all ages hand-ground 200 pounds of wheat berries into RaSHI flour. (RaSHI stands for reichayim shel yad, meaning milled by hand.) Next week, they will bake the flour into RaSHI matzahs — only time will tell if they will make enough!

Trump’s Jerusalem Announcement Laid 'Cornerstone for Peace,' Says Former Israeli Ambassador

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Dore Gold, president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations (U.N.), recently delivered a presentation entitled “Jerusalem: What is At Stake?” to about 100 legislators, congressional staffers, and think tank members in the Senate Auditorium of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

Fourth Annual Black Jewish Unity Seder Explores Shared History of Slavery and Redemption

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The American Jewish Committee (AJC) hosted its fourth annual Black Jewish Unity Seder at Adas Israel in Washington, D.C., on March 11. Politics and the story of the Seder—the ceremonial Passover meal to commemorate the exodus from Egypt — were intertwined as participants explored the Black and Jewish communities’ shared message of freedom from slavery. Rabbi Aaron Alexander of Adas Israel and the Rev. Ronald Hopson of the Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ (which also sponsored the event) led the program.

Local Rabbi Honored at NCYI Annual Gala in New York

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Rabbi Yosef Singer, spiritual leader of the Young Israel of Potomac and President of the Rabbinical Council of Greater Washington, was one of several honorees representing a cross-section of American Jewry National Council of Young Israel (NCYI) Gala Dinner March 15 in Flushing, New York.

‘Other to Brother’ Event Urges Dialogue Between Jews and Palestinians

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On Wednesday March 14, American-Israeli Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger and Palestinian activist Shadi Abu Awwad spoke before a packed audience of 150 people at Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac, Maryland. The event, titled “Other to Brother,” was part of a grassroots initiative led by Roots/Shorashim/Judur, an organization that fosters dialogue between Jews and Palestinians living in the West Bank.

Gesher Event Highlights Israeli Tech Industry

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On the evening of March 15, Gesher Jewish Day School in Fairfax, Virginia, hosted “Virginia is for Israeli Tech Lovers,” the latest event in this year’s “Gesher With a Twist” series. The headline speaker was Sheryl Schwartz, COO of CareTek, LLC, who has a résumé replete with technology and consulting roles. Recognized as a “Technology Titan” by Washingtonian Magazine, Schwartz is a board member of American Friends of Hebrew University and passionate about Israel’s tremendous ability to use technology research to address the world’s problems.

Shared Interests Make Allies of Jewish and Non-Jewish Advocates for BOOST and Other School Programs

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Eleven hundred students, teachers, and parents came to Maryland’s capital to rally for the continued support and expanded funding of the BOOST (Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today) Scholarship Program and other initiatives that benefit both Jewish and non-Jewish families who send their kids to nonpublic schools.