In the Space Between Silence and Violence

Written by Rachel Kohn and Suzanne Pollak on . Posted in Community News

After all of the hand-wringing leading up to Aug. 12, an estimated 20 to 40 individuals ultimately emerged from the Foggy Bottom Metro station in Washington, D.C., to participate in Unite the Right 2, a rally marking the anniversary of last year’s white supremacist gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia. Last year’s rally drew hundreds of boisterous white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and other flavors of bigot and ended in the death of one protester. This year’s group was taken the 10 or so blocks to their authorized demonstration ground in Lafayette Park by a significant police presence and encircled by a human chain of police officers to separate them from counterprotestors.

Announcement of Direct Flights From DC to Israel Represents a Triumph of Local Teamwork

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On Aug. 2, United Airlines announced it will begin its 20th year of service to Israel with a new nonstop flight between its hub at Washington Dulles International Airport and Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport, subject to government approval. The new flight, starting May 22, 2019, will be the first to be operated by a U.S. carrier between the two cities.

‘Special in Uniform’ Does More Than Help Israelis with Disabilities Serve Their Country

Written by Susan Berger on . Posted in Community News

As part of an 11-day tour of 14 cities across the U.S., Col. (Res) Tiran Attia of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spoke with members of Congregation Beth Emeth in Herndon, Virginia, on Aug. 8 about Special in Uniform, an innovative program that gives young Israelis with disabilities the opportunity to serve in the IDF. This opportunity is especially important in Israel, where military service is a given in most social circles — both a national rite of passage and way of giving back to the country — and a shared experience many Israelis reference throughout their lives.

Celebrating Summer at Congregation Adat Reyim’s Sha-BBQ

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Congregation Adat Reyim in Springfield, Virginia, was blessed with a warm and beautiful summer evening for its annual Sha-BBQ on Friday, Aug. 10. Members and guests joined together before Shabbat started to socialize and connect over a barbecue dinner, sharing summer stories and making new friends. Afterwards, friends and family gathered for a Shir Reyim musical Shabbat service.

Politicians and Faith Leaders Express Solidarity in Advance of Unite the Right Anniversary

Written by C.M. Ransome on . Posted in Community News

Last weekend marked the one-year anniversary of the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. On Aug. 11-12, 2017, various neo-Nazi, white nationalist, and neo-fascist groups descended upon the city to protest the removal of a Confederate statue and march in support of white supremacy in the United States. On the night of the 11th, around 200 men and women marched onto the University of Virginia campus yelling racist and anti-Semitic chants. Things turned deadly the following day when a white supremacist drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

Pilot Program Offers Affordable Way for Households to Get Solar Energy Without Roof Panels

Written by Joshua Kotz on . Posted in Community News

Helping to fight climate change by switching to solar energy can be a risky investment and may not be available or affordable for many people in the local Jewish community. But there is a new solar energy program, called Neighborhood Sun, which allows more people to join the climate revolution while eliminating the large upfront costs. Neighborhood Sun offers a big advantage: It provides solar energy to residents in Montgomery County and other areas of Maryland without the need to install panels on your roof and without any upfront costs.

Local Soccer Players Bring Home the Bronze

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Last week, three Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS) students and their team took third place in the girls’ soccer competition at the 2018 Maccabi Games in Orange County, California. Another student’s team brought home the gold for girls’ volleyball. The popular sports tournament brings together young Jewish athletes from around the world. CESJDS extended congratulations to students Kate, Ella, Romi, Viviane (not pictured), and the rest of their teams. (Photo courtesy of CESJDS)

 

Experts Urge American Jews to Support Democratic Norms in Israel

Written by Rachel Kohn and Anis Modi on . Posted in Community News

Even members of the Jewish community for whom civil rights or religious pluralism in Israel take a back seat to regional security and Palestinian terrorism have reason to follow recent developments in the country with concern, according to Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington Ron Halber.