What Happened at the OU Event?

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On Wed. June 20, President Trump signed an executive order potentially paving the way for immigrant families to stay together after entering the U.S. Last week, the Orthodox Union (OU) was the 27th organization to join the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) letter calling for an end to the separation of families detained crossing the southern border of the United States, but not before the organization inadvertently drew some negative attention of its own. 

Rabbi Batya Glazer to Head JCRC of Greater Philadelphia

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It is kind of poetic that Rabbi Batya Glazer, director of DC and Maryland government relations and interfaith relations for the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington, will be the new head of the JCRC of Greater Philadelphia. It is, after all, the City of Brotherly Love.

Kesher Israel Officially Installs Rabbi Shafner

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Speaking at the formal installation of Kesher Israel’s Rabbi Hyim Shafner on June 10, Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman, president of Yeshiva University in New York City, noted that a rabbi must have three attributes.

Possessing chochma (wisdom) means that a rabbi should be deeply learned not only in Torah but also “have a deep understanding of broader world,” said Rabbi Berman. Additionally, a rabbi should have anava (humility) and ahava (love) in order to love one’s congregants and develop deep connections with one’s community.

Local Businessmen Meet ‘The Oracle of Omaha’ at Exclusive Israel Bonds Reception

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On June 7, Israel Bonds held an exclusive reception at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center in Omaha, Nebraska. More than 70 investors from across the U.S. and Canada attended the event, which generated over $80 million in Israel bond investments and intentions to invest. This was Warren Buffett’s third Israel Bonds event in the past 18 months. “I’ve lived through Israel’s entire 70-year history and I believe it is one of the most remarkable countries in the world,” Buffett said.

Supporting Israeli Soldiers With FIDF Midatlantic

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A record 800 business and community leaders from the Washington metro area gathered on Sunday, June 10, for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Midatlantic Solidarity Gala at the Ronald Regan Building to honor Israel’s soldiers and celebrate 70 years of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

Beth El Hosts Political Forum With County Executive Candidates

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Most of the seven candidates vying to be the next Montgomery County Executive spoke out for social justice, health care, and immigration during a June 11 candidates’ forum at Beth El Congregation in Bethesda, Maryland.

They disagreed, however, about the future of the liquor control board, whether bringing Amazon headquarters to the county would be a positive development, and the importance of political experience.


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On June 12, tens of thousands gathered in DC for a parade down Constitution Avenue and a rally on the National Mall celebrating the Washington Capitals' first-ever Stanley Cup win — and DC’s first major professional sports title in 26 years.

EMET Confers Honors to Friends of Israel at Annual Gala

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The Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) held its annual Rays of Light in the Darkness dinner on Tuesday, June 12, in Washington, D.C., at the Grand Hyatt hotel. EMET is a DC-based think tank with an unabashedly pro-America and pro-Israel stance, that educates policymakers to help them make informed decisions that will improve American security and the security of its one true ally in the Middle East: Israel. EMET also holds monthly seminars on Capitol Hill to educate the public on issues involving the Middle East.

JCRC Gala Focuses on Unity

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JCRC honorees, from left: Johanna Chanin, Randy Levitt, Meredith Polsky, and Harvey Reiter. (Photo credit: Anthony Marill Photography)

More than 500 people gathered at Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac, Maryland, on June 11 for Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington’s (JCRC) 80th anniversary gala. The event focused on a theme of unity, highlighted the organization’s impact on the community through its legislative advocacy, and honored four area residents.