Yad Ezra V’Shulamit: Providing Purim Joy Year-Round

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Experiencing poverty is a challenge at any point, but at Purim it can be especially painful. When the world around you is joyful and celebrating in abundance, poor children can feel profoundly excluded. Jewish tradition is sensitive to this suffering. The very traditions of Purim act as a guide in how to uplift those less fortunate so that they too can celebrate a happy Purim.

Bethesda Attorney Inspired to Give Back Every Day

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Gary Jay Kushner remembers growing up in a home with a Jewish National Fund (JNF) Blue Box always being present. But it was an unforgettable trip to Israel in 2010 on JNF’s Culinary, Wine, and Music Tour that forever changed his life and view of Israel. “My wife Gail and I went on this trip because it looked like a great way to see Israel,” said Kushner. After visiting several JNF partner projects, especially the Be’er Sheva River Park, a 1,300-acre urban renewal project that’s rehabilitated the city into a vibrant and desirable place to live, Kushner wanted to get involved. “After that visit, Gail and I decided to make our first pledge,” Kusher said. 

CESJDS Fourth Graders Mark Annual Milestone

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Every year, the fourth graders at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS) celebrate the Sara and Samuel J. Lessans Fourth Grade Havdalah Service as a milestone event. This year’s service recently took place at B’nai Israel Congregation, with each student’s active participation.

Six Female Business Leaders Share Lessons Learned for the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

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Despite the arduous work, long hours, and numerous headaches, six area female business owners all agree they have the best of so many worlds. They can take days off during Jewish holidays and for family events because they control their own schedules. They are able to give back to the Jewish community they love by financially supporting local institutions and sponsoring community events. And through it all, they have supported and raised their families.

Questions to Ask When Choosing a Preschool

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Preschool offers families the opportunity for a deep and meaningful shared early childhood experience. It is where children explore, play, learn, and build confidence, and where they start discovering that they are capable and competent. While preparing for this new chapter in your child’s life and exciting time, the process of choosing a preschool program can also be intimidating. How will you know which one is the right fit for your child and your family?

Choosing a Camp for Your Child

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Recognizing that Jewish summer camp is one of the formative experiences through which our youth build a strong Jewish identity, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore created the Center for Jewish Camping (CJC) in 2013. The CJC provides community outreach, education, and public awareness about the benefits of attending a Jewish camp and showcases the many options available, locally and nationally.

Remembering Rabbi Leonard Cahan

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Rashi and Ramban teach that a person’s rebbe is like his father (Exodus 3:2-3; Sanhedrin 19b). Many of us who grew up at Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac, Maryland, feel that we have lost our father with the passing of Rabbi Leonard Cahan on Rosh Chodesh Shevat (Jan. 17).

The High-Impact Partnership Between Vaad of GW and Star-K

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The Vaad Harabanim (Rabbinical Council) of Greater Washington serves many functions for the Greater Washington area Jewish community, but kashrut (kosher certification) is by far the Vaad’s most visible function. Their Capitol-K symbol appears on kosher foods and certificates throughout the area.