Alan Meltzer: Building and Supporting the Local Community

Written by Kol HaBirah Staff on . Posted in Features

Kol HaBirah talked with Alan Meltzer, founder of the highly successful Bethesda, Maryland-based insurance brokerage firm The Meltzer Group, about his personal and professional journey, his connection to and support of the Jewish community, and the implications of The Meltzer Group’s recent sale and rebranding to national insurance broker NFP.

Israeli Defense Companies Flourish in The Free State

Written by Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman on . Posted in Features

Government, MIDC, and Academia All Play a Role

In 2017, Maryland ranked second among the 50 states and Washington, D.C., in WalletHub’s list of the “Most Innovative States.” The study reinforced what many Marylanders already know and what Israeli companies are learning. A hub for technology in general and defense technology in particular, Maryland has emerged over the past several years as a critical partner for Israel’s cutting-edge defense companies.

Behind the Matzah: Tales From the Pesach Lecture Circuit

Written by Rachel Kohn on . Posted in Features

Participating in a Pesach program at a hotel can feel a little bit like being on a cruise: the 24/7 gourmet kosher for Passover food, the exciting entertainment, and staff willing to go the extra mile. Scholars in residence also feature heavily in several Pesach destinations, and many hail from our own community.

Berman Students Run Jerusalem Marathon to Support Shalva

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Yasher koach to Berman Hebrew Academy students who pounded the pavement for a good cause and ran the Jerusalem Marathon in support of Shalva, an Israeli organization that provides quality care for children with disabilities. Participants included: Zachary Winters ‘20, Natan Winter ‘21, Niv Leibowitz ‘21, Eitan Berman ‘21, Benjy Coplin ‘21, Ava August ‘21, and proud alum (and current parent) Brian Berman ‘97.

Tackling the Issue of Food Waste in Israel and Beyond

Written by Travis Hare on . Posted in Features

Spring has finally sprung, and with the change of season many of us welcome the sense of growth and renewal.

For the homeless population in our region, however, leaving the debilitating winter months means much more than renewal. The changing season signifies survival, with easier access to shelter and increased opportunities to attain nutritious sustenance.

Having a Ball With MILTON

Written by Ronit Greenstein on . Posted in Features

Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital (MILTON) honored its leaders and heroes at its annual Purim Ball, catered by Medina Cuisine, on March 11 at the National Housing Center in Washington, D.C.

Celebrating Israel at Leisure World

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Shir Madness, an a capella group from Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (JDS) in Rockville, Maryland, performing at Leisure World’s celebration for Israel’s 70th birthday.

(Photo credit: Fred Shapiro)


Cyber Synergy Between Maryland and Israel

Written by Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman on . Posted in Features

Cybersecurity is a critical industry for both Israel and the mid-Atlantic region. Israel is one of the countries most frequently subjected to cyberattacks, while the Baltimore-Washington corridor houses key U.S. government strongholds, including the National Security Agency (NSA), the United States Cyber Command, the Aberdeen Proving Ground, and the Pentagon. Several Israeli and mid-Atlantic region companies are working together to fight cyberterrorists.