An Ode to DC Sports Fandom

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When the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup Championship, it was a thrilling and dramatic event. In addition to the Caps’ long-suffering fan base, now richly rewarded for their loyalty and support, the entire city joined together in a happy and unified celebration, the likes of which had not been seen in these parts for over a quarter century.

This Theater Season in MoCo, Jewish Themes Converge With Communal and National Politics

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There’s never been a shortage of live theater in Montgomery County, but the 2018/2019 season will feature multiple productions with strong Jewish themes.

It is a concentration both rare and impressive, according to Rockville, Maryland, resident Lauren-Nicole Gabel. Gabel started Theatre@CBT, a community theater group that is run out of Congregation B’nai Tzedek in Potomac, and she is also vice president of the performing arts group Montgomery Playhouse.

Timely ‘Trayf’ Performs for Sold-Out Crowd

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Many Jews (and non-Jews) have been approached in a public location such as a train station or airport by a young member of Chabad-Lubavitch (the Orthodox Jewish, Chasidic movement devoted to outreach) asking them if they’d like to partake in a mitzvah (Jewish commandment/good deed). Depending on the time of day, or year, it could be lighting a menorah, laying tefillin, shaking a lulav and esrog, making a blessing, or completing numerous other types of mitzvot.

Avraham Fried is Coming to Town for Annual Yad Zlata Benefit Concert

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If there is a Chasidic pop star who can connect with the heart of Jews of every stripe, it is internationally popular American performer Avraham Fried: This is the message a promotional video released in advance of the New York-based Chabadnik’s performance at the upcoming Yad Zlata Benefit Concert, which aims to bring together the Jewish community as a whole for a night of fun and unity every year.

Federation is Taking the Party to NoVa with ‘Israel@70: A Musical Celebration’

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The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington will celebrate Israel’s 70th birthday through the universal languages of music, dance, and art at a free communitywide event on Sunday, June 3 in Tysons, Virginia. The event will be held at The Plaza at Tysons Corner Center, an open-air space that hosts concerts and other cultural events throughout the year.

Fifty Years Later, A Look Back: Part Five — Rebirth and Renewal

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By the late 1980s, two decades after the riots tore through Washington, D.C., the condition of the city was bleak. Crime, fueled by the crack epidemic, had skyrocketed. People referred to Washington as the “murder capital.” The city’s economic base had not recovered from the loss of so many businesses that had been destroyed or otherwise left the city. On many main streets, block after block still lay in ruins. It was a sad and depressing sight.

A Musical Birthday Celebration with Federation

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The Tzofim Friendship Caravan share their message of hope and peace for Israel through dance and song. (Photo credit: Jewish Federation of Greater Washington)

A venue change due to weather Sunday June 3 couldn’t dampen the spirits of the more than 2,000 people from across The Greater Washington area who gathered for the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Israel@70: A Musical Celebration. Relocated to the Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner in Virginia, just steps from the original outdoor venue at The Plaza at Tysons Corner Center, the event maintained its music festival vibe with a high-energy lineup of Tzofim Friendship Caravan, Rami Feinstein, Kippalive, and headliner Nadav Guedj.

Local Rabbi Makes Washington Post Bestseller List

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On Sunday, May 27, “Win: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Destiny,” a motivational book by local author Rabbi Steven Baars, climbed to number 10 on the Washington Post’s nonfiction Bestsellers List. The newly published book achieved this feat less than two weeks after it was released. In the book, Rabbi Baars teaches people how to change their thinking to achieve their goals.

Fifty Years Later, A Look Back: Part Four — The Institutions Leave Town

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The upheaval that gripped the Jewish community of Washington, D.C., after the riots that occurred 50 years ago did not only affect the merchants and houses of worship, as we described in previous installments; even the institutions that were the backbone of Jewish life in the city were now faced with terrible uncertainty. In many cases, they would move on to new places and new futures, leaving the city behind.

Fifty Years Later — A Look Back, Part Three: The Shuls

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Fifty years ago, the foundations of Jewish Washington were shaken to their core. For millennia, the synagogue — known in many Ashkenazi communities by the Yiddish term “shul” — had always been the focal point of Jewish communal life. During the 1960s and in the decades beyond, the fitful history of the shuls of Washington reflects not only the upheaval that occurred then, but also offers a look at the great changes that shaped the community until the present day.