‘Fiddler’ Cast at James Madison High Gets Crash Course on Jewish Customs

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Rabbi Aryeh Wielgus, the Greater Washington Jewish Student Union director for NCSY, visited James Madison High School’s theater department on March 19 to speak to the cast of the upcoming spring musical, “Fiddler on the Roof.” The 60 students, comprising onstage actors, crew chiefs, and members of the school’s Jewish Student Union, had compiled dozens of questions about practical Jewish customs and how to portray them on stage.

Jewish Teens From Across the Country to Convene for ‘Shabbat for Our Lives’ Programming

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Jewish students throughout the Washington, D.C., area are preparing to add some Shabbat flavor to the upcoming March for Our Lives — a demonstration demanding an end to gun violence — on March 24. They are working to provide space for out-of-town students to spend Shabbat, ensure guests can attend communal services, and manage logistics like food and sign making.

JCRC Events Focus on Women’s Empowerment

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Spurred by the #MeToo movement and the record number of women running for local, state, and national office this year, the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington this week held several events focused on women’s political empowerment and featuring JCRC scholar-in-residence Mazal Shaul, executive director of WePower, an Israeli nonprofit that trains women of all affiliations to run for office.

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.

Lior Raz of ‘Fauda’ Headlines Federation’s Network Event

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Over 400 philanthropic community leaders and business professionals attended The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s 2018 Network Event at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C., on the evening of March 6. Lior Raz, star of the hit Israeli TV show, “Fauda,” headlined the event after the attendees had a chance to network while enjoying delicious food and drink catered by the Grand Hyatt’s kosher kitchen.

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!

‘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.