LBJA Performs at Israeli Embassy

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On Yom Hazikaron (Israel’s Day of Remembrance for Fallen Soldiers), Leo Bernstein Jewish Academy of Fine Arts (LBJA) in Silver Spring, Maryland, held a solemn ceremony featuring the lighting of candles, the recitation of the Yizkor (memorial) prayer for fallen soldiers, and songs representing each decade of Israel’s existence. Among the many guests, LBJA was honored to have Delphine Gamburg, the Director of Cultural Affairs of the Israeli Embassy, attend the ceremony; afterward, she expressed how impressed she was and invited LBJA’s children to perform at the Israeli Embassy in honor of Israel’s Jerusalem Day.

Gabe Albornoz Visits Yeshiva of Greater Washington

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Gabe Albornoz, one of the Democratic candidates running for County Council At-Large in Montgomery County this month, visited the Yeshiva of Greater Washington (YGW) Boys Division campus in Silver Spring, Maryland, on May 31. He toured the school, sat in on a class, and met with Headmaster Rabbi Yitzchok Merkin to learn about some of the hardships facing the school and his vision for the future.


KSDS Wins Grand Prize in BGE Video Challenge

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On May 23, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) surprised students at Krieger Schechter Day School (KSDS) by awarding $10,000 and a trophy to teacher Alex Thaler and his class for their grand prize-winning video in the company’s Wires Down Video Challenge.

The Benefits of Voting

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Jewish advocacy groups scored several legislative wins in the 2018 Maryland legislative session, including funding for day school security, more scholarships for day school families, and infrastructure improvements for various Jewish institutions. Funding also held steady for several existing programs important to the Jewish community. According to experienced local advocates, a key enabler for securing wins like these is for Jews to register and vote on election days — and the upcoming primary elections June and general elections in November are no exception.

Standing in the Presence of Greatness: Remembering Shoshana Cardin

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I don’t know what I can offer that perhaps you haven’t already read or that you don’t already know about the late Shoshana S. Cardin. For younger readers of Kol HaBirah, especially young women, you need to learn everything you can about her. During many of my 29 years working for Alter Communications, the great owners of the Baltimore Jewish Times, I had every reason to connect with this local Conservative Jewish lay leader, typically with a reporter’s notebook in hand.

Expert Insights on Protecting Children

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Administrators at youth-serving institutions such as schools, summer camps, and synagogues have multiple resources at their disposal to keep their hiring practices and sexual abuse reporting mechanisms up to snuff. These include guidelines available online, local organizations, and publicly recognized child abuse experts.

JCRC’s Ron Halber Wants YOU to Take Action

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Ron Halber has the best job in the Jewish community. At least that’s how he feels.

“I wake up every day eager to go to work and I am very proud of what I do,” said Halber, the executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC). “I consider it an enormous privilege to lead the JCRC in the nation’s capital.”

Making Summer Count

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What are you doing to enhance your profile?

Ah, the allure of a cool pool and an alarm that doesn’t go off until noon. Summer is almost here — and with it, a myriad of missed opportunities to enhance your college profile.

For World War II Veteran Hy Eliasof, Time Heals

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It is hard to imagine a Jew who fought the Nazi war machine and saw its barbarity firsthand would, decades later, go road-tripping with German veterans of the same war. Then again, there are many things the dwindling number of veterans of Elias “Hy” Eliasof’s generation have to teach us about war, and life.