For NCSY Teens, December is Shabbaton Season

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Between leadership workshops, Jewish learning, and onegs, Atlantic Seaboard NCSY underclassman also got to enjoy the “New York experience” with activities like touring Times Square on their recent trip. “I learned so much about Judaism, met so many new people, and had amazing experiences. It was truly an inspiring and amazing shabbaton,” said Mattie Watson, a student at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS) in Rockville, Maryland.

Loving the Message, If Not Always the Messenger

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The impact of President Donald Trump’s official recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel last week and his gesture of support for moving the embassy — even if it isn’t going to happen in the immediate future — is still reverberating through communities in Israel, the U.S., and around the world.

Annual Summit of Imams and Rabbis: Communities Have Mutual Concerns, Need to Increase Collaboration

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Be vigilant. Understand the difference between hate crimes and free speech. Be willing to work together to fight the demonization of both Muslims and Jews. These were among the takeaway messages of a Dec. 3 Summit of Imams and Rabbis. The fourth annual summit, which drew some 100 rabbis, imams, and community leaders to the Islamic Center of Northern Virginia in Fairfax, was co-sponsored by the Greater Washington Muslim-Jewish Forum (GW-MJF), the Jewish-Islamic Dialogue Society of Washington, and the Interfaith Action for Human Rights.

Local Leaders Join Executive Ranks of Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation

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Joan Kuriansky, a long-time leader and advocate in the domestic violence and women’s communities, and Karen Paul, a writer, local fundraiser, and activist for progressive causes, joined the Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation (TOWF) last month as the new chair of the board of trustees and executive director, respectively. Founded in 2005, Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation of Greater Washington was created in order to promote social change for women and girls locally and in Israel, and to empower purposeful, effective philanthropists.

Baltimore NCSY Benefit Concert Honors Ed and Robyn Hoffman

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Downtown Baltimore’s Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall often plays host to various classical music and theater performances, but on Sunday, Dec. 3, the 2,400-seat venue was filled with a slightly different sound: chart-topping Jewish hits accompanied by screaming fans. The crowd gathered for NCSY Atlantic Seaboard’s 43rd Annual Isaac H. Taylor Jewish Music Festival, which highlighted the work of NCSY and honored Robyn and Ed Hoffman for their selfless support of NCSY and their dedication to the Baltimore Jewish community.

Violent Crimes Spike in Baltimore

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As police continue working with the Jewish community, residents are taking measures to protect themselves.

A series of carjackings, assaults, home invasions, and other crimes in northwest Baltimore are leading the Jewish community and law enforcement to seek new solutions and increased protections.

Susie Turnbull Joins Race for Maryland Lieutenant Governor

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When young Susie Turnbull was a member of United Synagogue Youth (USY), the first convention she attended had the theme “Justice, Justice, Thou Shalt Pursue.”

That was back in 1967, but the Bethesda, Maryland, resident still looks to that Shabbat as the start of her interest in politics and, in particular, social justice. She’s held leadership positions in numerous Jewish and Democratic party organizations, and her newest turn on that road is a run for Maryland lieutenant governor.

Latest STU Talks Examine Judaism as a Catalyst for Positive Change

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In a two-part “STU Talk” — billed as a merger of his signature lectures and YouTube’s popular “TED Talks” — Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt of B’nai Tzedek Congregation in Potomac, Maryland, shared his thoughts on “Judaism: The Ultimate Disrupter - Four Ways Judaism Radically Changed the World.” The Dec. 3 lecture focused on the impacts of Messianism and Zionism. Seventy people attended the event.

Jews, India, and the Opium Trade: A Night of Learning with Tom Timberg

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Educational programming at Am HaTorah can be a chance to learn about your neighbors, too.

When you pray and share Shabbat and holiday meals with someone in your congregation, you may easily overlook or be unaware of that person’s extensive or impressive scholarly background. In the course of praying, fasting, and celebrating, one’s resume rarely comes up.

The Downtown Synagogue and YCT Launch ‘Downtown Beit Midrash’ in Baltimore

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The historic building housing B’nai Israel: The Downtown Synagogue may be old, but the congregation inside approaches Judaism through a contemporary lens. Located minutes from the Baltimore Inner Harbor, the Modern Orthodox congregation is one of the longest continually operating synagogues in the state of Maryland. As part of its dedication to welcoming Jews of all demographics, B’nai Israel recently launched a year-long adult education program in partnership with Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (YCT), the Modern Orthodox rabbinical school located in Riverdale, New York.