Preuss Seeks Community Input to Guide Federation’s Future

Written by Kami Troy on . Posted in Community News

Both the makeup and the needs of Jewish communities in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia have evolved over recent decades. At three town hall gatherings held over the course of May by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, residents provided input that will go toward developing a vision for the institution’s future.

Smithsonian Museum of African Art Spotlights the Ethiopian Israeli Experience

Written by Rachel Hellman on . Posted in Community News

Thanks to a partnership between Sephardic Heritage INternational DC (SHIN DC) and the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, a film celebrating Ethiopian Jewish heritage taught visitors to the museum about this special sector of the Israeli community. The event on Sunday, May 27 took place on the 27th anniversary of Operation Solomon, one of the covert operations to bring the Ethiopian Jews to Israel, and was followed by a moderated discussion and festive reception.

A Scene from Section 60: Trump’s Chief of Staff Comforts Family of Fallen Jewish Marine

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Section 60, sometimes referred to as “the saddest acre in America,” is the area of Arlington National Cemetery where U.S. servicemen and women who died in Iraq and Afghanistan are laid to rest. On Memorial Day, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, a retired Marine General whose son was killed in Afghanistan in November of 2010, joined Jim and Alison Malachowski at the grave of their son, Marine Staff Sergeant Jimmy Malachowski, who was also killed in action in Afghanistan.

Maryland Hillel and Chabad Host 'Alternate Graduation' for Observant Students

Written by Elan Burman on . Posted in Community News

Even at a university known for going the extra mile to support Jewish life on campus, the pragmatic concerns of serving several thousand students may sometimes conflict with the needs of a minority, like observant Jewish students. Such was the case this year, when the University of Maryland, College Park’s graduation occurred over Shabbat and Shavuot. Not wanting students to be precluded from marking this important milestone in their lives, however, the University of Maryland (UMD), Maryland Hillel, and UMD Chabad collaborated to host an “alternate graduation.”

Chai Lifeline Scales Buildings to Support Families

Written by Howard Silverman on . Posted in Community News

This past Sunday, June 3, Chai Lifeline changed the rules of the game. Beginning at 9 a.m., Chai Lifeline Mid-Atlantic hosted their inaugural Over the Edge community fundraiser, featuring the bravest and staunchest supporters of Chai Lifeline’s presence in the Mid-Atlantic Region. It was more than just another fundraiser for a local nonprofit organization. It was more than just about raising awareness and community engagement. It was like a marathon, only vertical.

Running for a Great Cause

Written by Havi Schwechter on . Posted in Community News

On June 3, I ran in the Jewish Caring Network’s (JCN) 5K race as part of Team YGW in order to raise money for families with medical needs. JCN is a Baltimore organization that provides support services to families facing serious, life-threatening, and lifelong illnesses.

UMD Stands By Israel Studies Professor After Hostile Exchange Caught on Camera

Written by Rachel Kohn on . Posted in Community News

An official statement from a University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) spokesperson June 6 expressed the administration’s support for the claim of visiting adjunct professor Pnina Peri that she was “provoked and verbally attacked” in the minutes prior to an altercation in Ben Gurion International Airport that has since gone viral. The statement cited as evidence a second video clip of the incident, taken from another vantage point at the scene and during a part of the exchange not included in the original footage.

A Special Memorial Day Service at Leisure World

Written by Fred Shapiro on . Posted in Community News

To commemorate Memorial Day, the Foundation of Leisure World sponsored a ceremony on the morning of Monday, May 28, to honor the veterans who served in the United States military. As the only veterans’ organization in Leisure World, the Jewish War Veterans (JWV) Post 567 was asked by organizer Billy Saunders to provide the personnel and help plan the event. As acting commander of the Post, I arranged for the participants. Marian Altman, president of the Foundation, gave the 100 attendees a welcoming message.

Analysis: JCRC Candidate Questionnaire

Written by Gabe Aaronson on . Posted in Community News

High taxes, slow job growth, traffic congestion, and growing K-12 education costs are some of the most serious problems facing Montgomery County, according to a candidate questionnaire released by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington last week. In their responses, the seven candidates running for county executive and 25 of the candidates running for at-large and district county council positions pitched their qualifications — if not their detailed policy solutions — for addressing these issues.