Online Kerfuffle Over Proposed Kosher Restaurant Shows Importance of Respectful Community Discourse

Written by Suzanne Pollak on . Posted in Community News

A survey to gauge interest in a kosher Chinese restaurant at the Kemp Mill Shopping Center recently prompted a stream of emails on neighborhood listservs. These online conversations highlighted the interests and concerns of Jewish and non-Jewish residents alike when a non-kosher establishment becomes kosher in a diverse neighborhood.

Bethesda Native Experiences Israel Anew as a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow

Written by Emma Murray Guest Contributor on . Posted in Community News

Ariel Gordon of Bethesda, Maryland, a 2016 graduate of Elon University, recently returned from a 10-month trip to Israel. This was not Gordon’s first time in the country, yet she described the experience as unlike any of her previous visits; it provided her with a unique type of exposure to Israeli society and culture and gave her a new understanding, and appreciation for everything that makes Israel special.

FIDF Youth Leaders Experience Israel Through Soldiers’ Eyes

Written by Malka Goldberg Community News Editor on . Posted in Community News

Nearly 60 participants joined the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Young Leadership (YL) Mission to Israel from June 30 to July 9. Throughout the mission, these FIDF leaders and supporters — from all walks of life and communities across the U.S. — demonstrated their support for the brave men and women of the IDF.

One More Tuesday

Written by Sarah B. Cohen Kol HaBirah Staff on . Posted in Community News

Sixth & I celebrates the legacy of “Tuesdays with Morrie” with a special speaking engagement.

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the publication of “Tuesdays with Morrie,” Politics and Prose hosted a conversation between author Mitch Albom and broadcast journalist Ted Koppel at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, July 25. The discussion, which covered the book, Morrie, and how each affected Albom and Koppel, was followed by an open dialogue with the audience and a book signing.