Bringing Torah Learning to Leisure World

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What would you expect a pulpit rabbi to do after moving to a retirement community? That was the situation faced by Rabbi Moshe Samber after leaving his congregation in New Jersey and moving to Leisure World in Silver Spring, Maryland. When he learned that the Jewish residents of the community had only one Shabbat service a month, Rabbi Samber initiated a service the other three Shabbats, bringing together a growing number of Jews in the community. The service started about three years ago and is growing in numbers each week.

Teens Get Hands-On Training in Jewish Philanthropy

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On Sunday, April 15, the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Jteen Philanthropy program concluded its second year of grantmaking and leadership as 38 teens celebrated their achievements by allocating more than $27,000. The program is led by Federation’s Manager of Teen Engagement and Philanthropy Samantha Vinokor-Meinrath.

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.

Readers Respond to 'Other to Brother' Event Coverage

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Israelis are generous and compassionate people. Sometimes, unfortunately, that can make them vulnerable to exploitation by people whose agendas are not in Israel’s best interest. Case in point: the program at Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac, Maryland, on Wednesday, March 14, featuring an Israeli rabbi and a Palestinian Arab activist.

MILTON Partners With Tzedek DC for Week of Justice-Themed Learning

Written by Elana Handelman on . Posted in Features

A group of sixth graders from the Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital (MILTON) recently embarked on a trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture as part of a justice-themed immersive learning week. At the museum, the students, led by Gottesman teacher Fani Bettmann, were joined by two representatives from Tzedek DC, a Greater Washington Jewish community legal services nonprofit organization devoted to closing the justice gap for low-income families facing debt-related crises.

Alan Meltzer: Building and Supporting the Local Community

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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.