Bikur Cholim House Playroom Dedicated in Memory of Beloved Son, Brother

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When a family loses a loved one, as the Rasooly family did in 2014, it can be difficult to find ways to honor their memory. Ilan Rasooly died tragically at age 20, when he fell while running backward during a visit to friends at the University of Maryland. Although he grew up in the Kemp Mill neighborhood of Silver Spring, Maryland, Rasooly was then in his senior year at the Cornell University School of Hotel Management in Ithaca, New York.

The Chesed Fund and Project Ezra Honor Baltimoreans for Their Community Service

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When Tzviel “BK” Blankchtein started Masada Tactical, LLC in 2007 in Baltimore, he knew he wanted to offer services that genuinely equipped people to protect themselves in real-life situations. In addition to teaching personal self-defense, Masada Tactical offers specialized seminars on counter-abduction and counter-carjacking, home invasion defense, firearms skills, trauma care, travel safety, and active shooter response.

Elevating the Discourse: Federation and Shalom Hartman Institute Announce New Initiative

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The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington announced a new partnership this week with the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America (SHI). Convening leaders from across the Greater Washington area, the initiative will be a strategic response to the current challenges facing American and Jewish civic societies and tailored to the unique dynamic of Greater Washington — bridging ideological, political, denominational, and geographic gaps.

Rabbi Melchior Comes to Greater Washington

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On June 25, the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington sponsored a luncheon with Rabbi Michael Melchior, former Israeli Minister of Social and Diaspora Affairs, on “Jewish Unity At A Crossroads: A Briefing on the Current State of Israel-Diaspora Relations.” Speaking to a capacity crowd, Rabbi Melchior shared his perspectives on current challenges in the relationship between American and Israeli Jews, both with respect to religious pluralism and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Takeaways from the 2018 Primaries in Maryland

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The mix of new and seasoned candidates running for office produced “very exciting” primaries, according to Meredith Weisel, director of Maryland Government and Community Relations for the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington. Term limits and a new public campaign financing system in Montgomery County — along with a nationwide push for political newcomers (women in particular) to run for office — created a large slate of candidates in the June 2018.

A Special Bar Mitzvah Guest

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Maryland Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford recently attended Baltimore resident Mendel Tenenbaum’s bar mitzvah, at which he presented the bar mitzvah boy with the Governor’s Citation. Mendel’s father, Baltimore Chabad Rabbi Chesky Tenenbaum, is director of Jewish Uniformed Service Association of Maryland.