UMD Israel Advocates Shine as BDS Bill Dies

Written by Rachel Kohn on . Posted in Community News

College is often described as the first opportunity for young adults to explore new ideas and form their own opinions outside the confines of home. This can explain the fervor with which Jewish institutions prepare today’s youth to combat anti-Israel propaganda on campus.

Federation Unites Community for Day of Jewish Learning in NoVa

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From a musical approach to midrash to a data-driven look at the future of Jewish life, ROUTES: A Day of Jewish Learning offered educational sessions on a broad range of Jewish topics. Presented by the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, ROUTES 2017 took place at the George Mason University’s Johnson Center on Sunday, Nov. 5. Nearly 400 individuals from the Greater Washington area attended the event.

On Balfour Declaration’s Centennial, EMET Gathering Celebrates the History of Support for a Jewish State

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One hundred years ago, on Nov. 2, 1917, British Foreign Secretary Lord Arthur James Balfour wrote a letter to Lord Walter Rothschild for the Zionist Federation on behalf of His Majesty’s government. In the letter, the following words strongly expressed his public support for a Jewish homeland: “His Majesty’s government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.”

Want to Learn the Talmud Standing on One Foot? This Rabbi’s Podcast Could Be For You

Written by Benjamin Parker on . Posted in Community News

If you’ve ever studied a page of Talmud, you’re ahead of me. For me, the language barrier and the investment of time are — at least for now — too much. But I could tell you the four sins named in the Gemara as the causes of the flood in the time of Noah. And I could explain to you the Rambam’s classification of the different levels of charity. I’ve never read a page of Talmud, but I can learn the teaching of the rabbis, thanks to the efforts of Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld.

Advocate for Religious Pluralism in Israel Shares His Ideas as the Latest ‘Imagine Israel Changemaker’

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Have you met Rabbi Esteban Gottfried, co-founder and director of the Beit Tefilah Israel (BTI) movement in Israel? The first visitor from Israel for the 2017-2018 season of the Federation’s Imagine Israel Changemakers Series, Rabbi Gottfried led a special Havdalah service in DC Nov. 4 and gave a presentation at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s ROUTES: A Jewish Day of Learning in Northern Virginia Nov. 5.

Bikur Cholim of Greater Washington Honors Four Outstanding Volunteers at Annual Gala

Written by Kami Troy on . Posted in Community News

On Oct. 29, approximately 230 people from across the Greater Washington Jewish community gathered to honor four special volunteers with Bikur Cholim of Greater Washington (BCGW) volunteers. In addition to recognizing the contributions of Heidi Lamar, Larry Korb, Lori Snyder, and Deedee Rosenfeld, the Hope & Healing Gala brunch also celebrated BCGW’s growing reach in providing services to the community.