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The Connector - September 7, 2012

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Between Us

Good morning,

This week’s parasha, Ki Tavo, opens with a commandment to the Children of Israel that, after settling the land that God has given them, they were to gather some of the "first fruits" from the soil they have farmed. In making the offering, they were to declare: "My father was a fugitive Aramean. He went down to Egypt with meager numbers...The Egyptians dealt harshly with us and oppressed us...We cried out to Adonai, the God of our ancestors...Adonai freed us from Egypt by a mighty hand, by an outstretched arm and awesome power...He brought us to this place and gave us this land...Wherefore I now bring the first fruits of the soil which You, Adonai, have given me."

Talk about creating context! As we reached the Promised Land, we were instructed to share the first fruits and remember both who we are and where we come from. Straight from the Passover narrative, this summary recounts the story of the creation of the Jewish nation. It also reminds us that life – its fruits and its labors – consists of history, family and faith. Remembering that we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us is both humbling and empowering. In fact, the political conventions we’ve watched spent a great deal of time recounting stories of the immigrant experience and “bootstrap” efforts to create opportunities for their children.

We clearly did not get here by ourselves, but now that we’ve arrived, look how far we can see and how much we can do!

Shabbat Shalom


Steven A. Rakitt
Chief Executive Officer
steve@shalomdc.org

 

 

 




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Children in Kibbutz Tzora enjoy books donated by Greater Washington community members as part of Good Deeds Day 2012.


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Welcome to the September 7 edition of The Connector -- a
bi-monthly link to the agencies and programs in our community that you care about most. You are a key part of our community -- join us! Get involved, donate and volunteer at: shalomdc.org 

Books with Wings
Children in Israel are starting off the school year with a library full of new books thanks in part to the book drive held during The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Good Deeds Day. Last spring our community hosted one of the largest volunteering events in the area with over 40 different volunteer projects, including the collection of children’s books. These books recently made their way to Israel in the suitcases of the Birthright Alumni Mission participants and became a part of the new children’s library that recently opened in Kibbutz Tzora, in our Partnership 2Gether region. Don’t miss your chance to get involved in a community day of service that has a lasting impact.
Save the date for Good Deeds Day 2013!

Calling All 8th and 9th Graders!
Imagine being told you have $10,000 to give away! How would you decide who to give it to? The Partnership’s Jewish Youth Philanthropy Initiative (JYPI) offers young people real life experiences giving them the opportunity to learn how philanthropy and service is an integral part of our Jewish tradition and can be an expression of our Jewish values. If you know of young people in 8th or 9th grade, encourage them to register for the Northern Virginia Collaborative JYPI Group and get the chance to evaluate grant proposals from local, national and international nonprofits. Space is limited, register by December 14 to guarantee your spot!
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2012 General Assembly Is Here
Registration is now open for The Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly (GA) in Baltimore on November 11 – 12! Join us at the premier annual North American Jewish communal event where Federation volunteer leaders and professionals come together with the leadership of our partner organizations, national Jewish organizations and rising leaders within the Jewish community to share innovations, celebrate achievements and get inspired. Visit GeneralAssembly.org to learn more and register today!

Mazel Tov to Liza and Shelly
Shelly Kupfer and Liza Levy are being nationally recognized by Jewish Federations of North America! Shelly has been selected as the national Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award recipient for the substantial role she plays in Jewish philanthropy and for her achievements as an immediate past co-chair of the National Young Leadership Cabinet. In addition, we would like to congratulate Liza, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Vice President for Financial Resource Development, who has been selected as Greater Washington’s Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award recipient. Both women will be honored at the International Lion of Judah Conference in New York City, September 10-12.

Making Marriage Work
“For ever-after,” doesn’t have to be just a fairy tale. JSSA’s Making Marriage Work program was developed to help couples learn the necessary skills to strengthen relationships and nurture a successful family life. This workshop series for those considering marriage or who are newly engaged can help create a marriage that endures the test of time. Couples will have a chance to explore healthy communication, how to fight fair, manage personality differences and how to identify the expectations of love and marriage.
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A Piece of Community History
Provided by the Jewish Historical Society
Did You Know...
In September 1940, a new community mikvah was dedicated on 14th Street, NW, within walking distance of Beth Sholom, JSSA, and the Hebrew Home.
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Around Town
Jconnect – High Holiday Resources
Whether you need tickets for services, recipes for your celebration, holiday volunteer opportunities or fun family activities, Jconnect is your resource for the High Holidays and everything Jewish in Greater Washington.
Visit Jconnect today!

Theater J – Body Awareness
Saturday, September 8, 8:00 p.m.
Washington DCJCC
From the Obie Award-winning author of Circle Mirror Transformation, check out this touching and hilarious comedy about identity, sexuality, role modeling and political-correctness!
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Just Between Us: a piano, a mic and a memory
Saturday, September 8, 8:45 p.m.
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia
Catch this performance before it goes to New York! Join Marilyn Hausfeld and Alex Rybeck for this premier performance!
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Growing Jewish Families: You're the Apple of my Eye, Honey!
Sunday, September 16, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia
Join us to celebrate Rosh Hashanah with all five senses: look and listen to a special book about Rosh Hashanah; smell and taste apples and honey; touch and create a special calendar in honor of the people we love.
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The Connector- August 17

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Between Us

Good morning,

This week’s parasha is Re’eh, (“see”) and begins, “See, this day I set before you blessing and curse: blessing, if you obey the commandments of Adonai your God that I enjoin upon you this day; and curse, if you do not obey the commandments of Adonai your God but turn away from the path that I enjoin upon you this day and follow other gods, whom you have not experienced.”

We are asked to see something that is not really there. Or is it? The verb “see” in the beginning of the portion draws our attention to the powerful distinction between blessings and curses and our ability to choose between them. We are confronted with these choices daily, if not hourly, and our futures are determined by the choices we make. So while we may not be able to see our future, we actually create our own personal future – according to the text - by either obeying God’s commandments or not.  

The analogy holds: when we hike along a mountain trail, we cannot see beyond the next bend. The path referred to in this opening text continues well into the future, and has twists and turns beyond our current field of vision. The care with which we take our next steps determines the success of our future travels.

Shabbat Shalom


Steven A. Rakitt
Chief Executive Officer
steve@shalomdc.org

 

 

 


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“Lights, Camera, Action”! Wonderful Women participants collaborating on another film project.


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Welcome to the August 17 edition of The Connector -- a
bi-monthly link to the agencies and programs in our community that you care about most. You are a key part of our community -- join us! Get involved, donate and volunteer at: shalomdc.org 

The Magic of Film!
This spring, Partnership2Gether, a program of the Jewish Agency of Israel and The Jewish Federation announced four new initiatives receiving grants to help make a difference in our sister city of Mateh Yehuda-Beit Shemesh. Today, we are highlighting the amazing work being done by the Wonderful Women project, one of the four initiatives moving full steam ahead! Led by Hila Timor, a secular woman and Haya Yosovitch, a haredi woman, the Wonderful Women project strives to bridge the gap between the ultra-orthodox community and non-religious sectors using the magic of film. Through the process of writing, editing and producing a film, the women get a unique opportunity to understand each other and share experiences in an atypical fashion. Timor and Yosovitch are breaking ground as they encourage dialogue and empower women from two very different worlds.
Read more about the initiative that has communities talking!

A Memorial: Remembering The Munich 11
This year is the 40th anniversary of the massacre of the eleven Israeli athletes and coaches at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. On Wednesday, September 5, please join the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington and the Embassy of Israel, in tribute and commemoration of all those who lost their lives at the most tragic event in the history of the Olympic Games. Please RSVP today.

Israel Is Just A Click Away
Young adults from our community are currently in Israel through a Taglit-Birthright Israel: DC Community Trip! Be part of the fun by following their adventure online! 
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New! Life Coaching Program
Are you looking to make personal or professional changes? Thinking about what’s next? JSSA’s new Life Coaching Program is a creative, action-oriented approach that helps you maximize where you are now, design your future and take your next steps forward. From college seniors - to senior managers - to senior citizens, life coaches can help you achieve what matters most to you. Get in the game and get your coach now!
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Youth Giving Back - Check Out The Video
This past school year, 225 students participated in the Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning’s Jewish Youth Philanthropy Initiative (JYPI) through partner congregations, day schools, agencies and JCCs, awarding more than $70,000 to 40 local, national and international nonprofits. Way to go teens! Jacob Rasch, a JYPI teen made a video highlighting their work.

Looking For Your Beshert?
Look no further than the Washington Jewish Week. "The Chosen One" is WJW’s new, fun and free Jewish dating project. If you're 21 or older, live in the DMV area and identify as Jewish, WJW will send you on an unforgettable date and write all about your experience! Once the article gets published, readers will decide your fate by either sending you on a second date or bidding you goodbye!
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A Piece of Community History
Provided by the Jewish Historical Society
Did You Know...
In August 1911, Washingtonian Arthur Welsh, America’s first Jewish aviator, set an aviation record by flying more than two hours with a passenger.
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Around Town
ReelIsraelDC: Screening of Israeli Film “Vasermil”
Wednesday, August 22, 8:00 p.m.
Avalon Theater
Named after the local soccer stadium in the Southern Israeli town of Beer Sheba, VASERMIL tells the story of three teenagers from separate marginalized communities, who pin their hope on soccer as a way out.
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Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington Summer Book Club
Thursday, August 23, Noon
Lillian and Albert Small Jewish Museum
Love books? Join a new summer book club with the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington. “People of the Book” by Geraldine Brooks will be the book of the hour. Bring your lunch and drinks/dessert will be provided!
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Newcomer Brunch
Sunday, August 26, Noon
Washington DCJCC
Whether or not you are new to the city, join the DCJCC’s EntryPointDC for a bagel and schmear and meet other young Jewish professionals in our area.
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7th Annual GLOE Pool Party
Sunday, August 26, 1:00 p.m.
Beat the DC summer heat at this annual social event at the home of GLOE founder Stuart Kurlander and David Martin. Play beach games, take a dip in the pool, and enjoy all the food and drinks while chatting with new and old friends.
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Social Clubs for Teens and Young Adults with Asperger's Syndrome August Training Session
August 29, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
JSSA, 3018 Javier Rd., Fairfax, VA
JSSA, Ina Kay Building, 200 Wood Hill Rd., Rockville, MD
Volunteer and help support individuals with Asperger’s syndrome and related disorders learn valuable skills to achieve greater independence.
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The Connector - August 3, 2012

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Between Us

Good morning,

This week’s Torah portion, Vaetchanan (“I pleaded”) begins with an honest and unflinching first-person account by Moses as he dared to again bring up with God the subject of not being able to cross into the Promised Land: “I pleaded with the Lord at that time, saying, ‘O Lord God… Let me, I pray, cross over and see the good land on the other side of the Jordan...' But the Lord was wrathful with me on your account and would not listen to me. The Lord said to me, "Enough! Never speak to Me of this matter again!”

How many of us, after hearing such a rebuke, would either respond in anger or retreat in silence? In one of the most extraordinary displays of humility and leadership, Moses uses the remainder of the parasha to remind the Children of Israel to obey the laws of God. He repeats the Ten Commandments, and then offers us the most famous passage in Jewish liturgy, the Shema: “Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is One. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your might…" 

Through Moses’ sealed fate, his experience and words reflect the dual nature of God: compassion (Adonai) and judgment (Elohim). Each of us relates (or perhaps not) to these attributes of God in our own ways. From the simple perspective we have as children to the complex and often contradictory views we may have as adults, the Shema remains as a constant.

Shabbat Shalom


Steven A. Rakitt
Chief Executive Officer
steve@shalomdc.org

 

 

 

  

 

Campers in the Former Soviet Union connect with Israel through song and dance.


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Welcome to the August 3 edition of The Connector -- a
bi-monthly link to the agencies and programs in our community that you care about most. You are a key part of our community -- join us! Get involved, donate and volunteer at: shalomdc.org 

Camping Around The World
You probably don’t remember all of the Jewish songs, line dances and games from your own Jewish summer camp experience. But, for thousands of children, teens, university-age students and their families, who are taking part in their first Jewish summer camp experience in the former Soviet Union, these are things that they will never forget. With our support, the Jewish Agency for Israel is connecting them to their heritage, Israel and the Jewish people through Zionist Summer Camps in the former Soviet Union. The week-long summer camps immerse campers in Jewish life, learning and culture that they cannot get in the small peripheral cities and towns, where they are often the only Jews. It also encourages campers to further explore their heritage when they return home and become involved in youth clubs, Sunday schools and Jewish holiday celebrations.
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Reduce Reuse ReSukkah
It’s never too early to start planning your sukkah. What can you do with repurposed material to honor the spirit of the holiday? This year the DCJCC is challenging you to channel your artistic and environmental talents to design and build a model sukkah with recycled and repurposed materials. Models will be on display in the Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery at the DCJCC and the winner will be chosen by a specially selected jury. Don't wait, the entry form deadline is August 30!
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Program of Distinction
Mazel Tov to the Interages Committee of the JCA Board and their Interages staff! Generations United, a national organization dedicated to "improving the lives of children, youth and older adults through intergenerational collaboration, public policies and programs" has named the JCA Heyman Interages Center a national Program of Distinction. This is the second national award that JCA’s Interages Center has won in the last few weeks! The American Society of Association Executives just selected the Interages Center to receive a 2012 silver award for program excellence.
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A Piece of Community History
Provided by the Jewish Historical Society
Did You Know...
In August 1861, officials arrested Eugenia Levy Phillips, wife of a Jewish Congressman, for participating in a Confederate spy ring, and held her under house arrest just a few doors from the White House.
Learn more about Jewish DC during the Civil War.

Around Town
Growing Jewish Families: Picnic & Playtime
Sunday, August 5, 2012 10:00 a.m.
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia
Meet up with Growing Jewish families, friends and make new friends at a local playground! Everyone is encouraged to bring sunscreen, snacks, water and a picnic lunch for this low-key, outdoor play date.
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Job Search Networking Group
Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA)
Every Monday, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
JSSA Rockville, MD
2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
JSSA Fairfax, VA

Join this free ongoing Job Search Networking Group. Meet with your peers, learn from other’s experiences, get expert advice from a professional career coach and much more.
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Newcomer Brunch
Sunday, August 26, Noon
Washington DCJCC
Whether or not you are new to the city, join the DCJCC’s EntryPointDC for a bagel and schmear and meet other young Jewish professionals.
Learn More

7th Annual GLOE Pool Party
Sunday, August 26, 1:00 p.m.
Beat the DC summer heat at this annual social event at the home of GLOE founder Stuart Kurlander and David Martin. Play beach games, take a dip in the pool, and enjoy all the food and drinks while chatting with new and old friends.
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Social Clubs for Teens and Young Adults with Asperger's Syndrome August Training Session
August 29, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
JSSA, 3018 Javier Rd., Fairfax, VA
JSSA, Ina Kay Building, 200 Wood Hill Rd., Rockville, MD
Volunteer and help support individuals with Asperger’s syndrome and related disorders learn valuable skills to achieve greater independence.
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The Connector - July 20, 2012

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Between Us

Good morning,

In this week’s double parasha Mattot – Mase’ei, we read a long (49 verses) text in which Moses recounts each of the 42 places the Israelites stopped during their 40-year odyssey in the desert:  “These were the marches of the Israelites who started out from the land of Egypt, troop by troop, in the charge of Moses and Aaron….”
 
Commentators note that there is no divine commandment for the recitation of these rest stops. Rather, Moses seems to have taken it upon himself to detail the travels – a sort of MapQuest or Google Earth for the record (I was going to say AAA “Triptik”, but that would have dated me). It may be that as he prepared to separate from the Israelites who would be led into Canaan by Joshua, Moses wanted to be sure that this new nation would remember where they came from, both literally and figuratively. We are, after all, a product of our (and our ancestors’) travels and experiences. 
 
Whenever I look at family photo albums, I relive the experiences we’ve had, marvel at how much the children have grown and reminisce about places we’ve visited and lived. Perhaps Moses sensed that at this propitious moment, as the Israelites prepared to enter a new land and a new chapter as a nation, it would be good to pause and review the family album.

Shabbat Shalom


Steven A. Rakitt
Chief Executive Officer
steve@shalomdc.org

 

 

 

  

 

Jewish Community Condemns Bulgaria Terror Attack

On July 18, a terrorist attack occurred on a tour bus carrying Israeli travelers in Bulgaria. Earlier this week, The Federation condemned the loss of life and stood in solidarity with Israel. May the victims and their families be comforted and may the wounded find a speedy and full recovery. To read the full story, please click here


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Welcome to the July 20 edition of The Connector -- a
bi-monthly link to the agencies and programs in our community that you care about most. You are a key part of our community -- join us! Get involved, donate and volunteer at: shalomdc.org 

Summer in the City
Temperatures are heating up and so are the activities happening around Greater Washington. Jconnect.org is your resource for everything Jewish this summer. Let Jconnect help you plan - from street festivals, concerts and films to valuable networking seminars and programs at your nearest community centers, museums, and congregations. Check us out today to find opportunities that peek your interest!
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Women Without Borders
Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation (TOWF) along with 16 other Jewish women’s foundations recently began a momentous collaboration to effect social change in the lives of women and girls in Israel. This coalition of women’s foundations each awarded a $10,000 grant over a two-year period to help reduce the gender gap and promote women’s rights in the economic, social and occupational spheres – making Israel a more gender-equal society. Until today, collaborative grant making by a coalition of women’s funds has been a long-unattained goal. We congratulate TOWF for playing a significant leadership role in coordinating and moving this process along towards success.
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The World Memory Project
Technology has taken us further into the future than we thought possible. However, it has also given us the capacity to reach deeper into our past. Approximately one year ago, The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Ancestry.com developed the World Memory Project allowing anyone, anywhere to help build the largest free online resource for information about victims and survivors of the Holocaust and Nazi regime. At the heel of their one year anniversary, over 2,500 people contributed around the world, 1.3 million records were indexed and 65,000 searchable records related to victims from all over Europe were entered. This phenomenal project took off faster than anyone expected and is bridging the gap in information that was lost for decades.
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A Piece of Community History
Provided by the Jewish Historical Society
Did You Know...
In 1941, Flora Atkin started Washington’s first Jewish summer camp at the JCC downtown. A recreational arts day camp, Camp JCC offered drama, dance, singing and arts and crafts on the JCC rooftop.
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Around Town
Jewnity 2012 
Eastern Market
Sunday, July 22, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sample wine, beer, and food provided by more than a dozen organizations that have come together to showcase the unity of our great community.
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Job Search Networking Group
Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA)
JSSA Northern Virginia Office
Wednesday, July 25, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Missed the last Job Search Networking Group opportunity, no need for concern. Join this free networking opportunity held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month.
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Mama Doni - Family Concert!
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia
Thursday, July 26, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Mama Doni celebrates Jewish culture with irrepressible zest in its high-energy, interactive family rock concerts and acoustic Shabbat experiences. This award-winning band is an experience for the whole family. Bring a dairy dinner and come enjoy the concert.
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LGBT Life Planning Series: Family Building
Washington DCJCC 
Sunday, July 29, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
This series gathers experts to help navigate the unique issues and laws  that LGBT people often encounter at various stages of life with information specific to the DC-MD-VA area. Experts will discuss the variety of options available to LGBT families interested in having (or having more) children.
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The Connector - June 29, 2012

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Good morning,

This week's parasha is one of the most perplexing of the Torah. In Chukat, we learn that God forbids Moses from entering the Promised Land. The reason, we are told, is that instead of instructing a rock to yield water with a rod as God had commanded, Moses struck the rock - twice - and did it himself rather than working with Aaron as mandated by God.
 
The punishment seems harsh. After all that Moses did for the people of Israel, and after 40 years of diligent service, he surely deserved to join the Israelites as they crossed the border into Canaan. What failure he must have felt! Interestingly, few of us would look at Moses as a failure at all, and judge his life by what he had accomplished. Goals are critical, and meeting goals is important. But measurement of success is more than the specific goal, especially when it comes to judging our own lives. The process of living, the impact we have on our families, friends, associates and our community are critical measures of success. Perhaps the lesson from this week's reading is just that: our destinations in life are important, but so is the way we travel the roads on the way. 

Shabbat Shalom


Steven A. Rakitt
Chief Executive Officer
steve@shalomdc.org

PS   While in Israel this past week, I had the pleasure of joining the Congregation B’nai Israel Family Mission, led by Rabbi Jonathan and Beverly Schnitzer, for a day in Federation’s Partnership Region of Beit Shemesh/Mateh Yehuda. We had a great time with neighborhood Ethiopian children participating in a Federation-sponsored enrichment program in renovated space made possible through the generosity of the Igersheim Family Foundation, also of Washington. Before heading back to Jerusalem, we stopped for some breathtaking scenery and wine tasting in the Mateh Yehuda region.

Later in the week, I met up several times with our Birthright Alumni Mission, chaired by Spencer Gerrol and Emily Benovitz. What a terrific group of young leaders, all of whom went on Birthright and applied to return to Israel for a week of intensive leadership training. I had the privilege of having Shabbat dinner with the Alumni Mission and two Birthright buses from the Washington DC area. We were honored that evening with a visit by Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat, who spoke passionately about the importance of our Jewish community’s next generation. What a wonderful sight and experience: over 100 young adults from our community, gathered together for Shabbat, singing and sharing stories of their life changing trip – all made possible through The Federation and the generosity of donors like you. To read more about their journeys, click here.

 

 

 

  

 

Children from Youth Futures program in Afula, Israel.


The Connector
Welcome to the June 29 edition of The Connector -- a
bi-monthly link to the agencies and programs in our community that you care about most. You are a key part of our community -- join us! Get involved, donate and volunteer at: shalomdc.org 

Now Online: 2012 Annual Report
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Annual Report is now online! It’s fun, filled with photos and a short read - we promise!
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Providing Hope For The Future
Some experiences in life are unforgettable. And for one of our Youth Futures program volunteers in Afula, Israel, it was an experience worth sharing. Youth Futures provides at-risk children with comprehensive, tailored programs, interventions and community recourses. This means giving children who would otherwise fall through the cracks a chance to reach their full potential. We invite you to read about our volunteer’s experience with the Youth Futures program and how it impacted her life.
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Beautiful Minds – In Israel
Last week, a middle school team from Yeruham, Israel was honored at a ceremony in Washington, DC at the US Patent and Trademark Office as one of the four FIRST Global Innovation Award finalists. The team invented a FreezeStick to renew the freezing of ice in a cooler, allowing an extra 10 hours of cooling. Though the team did not win the international round, their dedication and determination is a testament to the entrepreneurial spirit found in young adults all over Israel.
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Reaffirming Our Commitment to Young Adults
Thanks to a generous donation and a matching gift from the government of Israel, The Jewish Federation is pleased to reaffirm its commitment to connecting young adults to Israel though the addition of a full-time professional to serve as an ambassador for The Jewish Agency for Israel’s Masa Israel program. This program connects Jewish young adults to gap year, study abroad, post college and volunteer programs in Israel. The ambassador’s focus will be two-fold 1) increase the number of Masa Israel participants over a two –year period and connect with Masa Israel participants upon their return to Greater Washington to help successfully integrate them into Jewish life.
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A Piece of Community History
Provided by the Jewish Historical Society
Did You Know...
In July 1862, President Lincoln signed a law enabling rabbis to serve as battlefield chaplains. Rabbi Arnold Fischel, lobbyist for the cause, made his temporary headquarters at Adolphus Solomons’ Pennsylvania Avenue bookshop. Read more about Adolphus Solomons, a local and national leader.

Around Town
Matisyahu and the Dirty Heads 
Sunday, July 8, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Prepare to dance and let loose as high-energy Hasidic Jewish dancehall/hip-hop singer Matisyahu joins the fun-loving reggae-pop band Dirty Heads for an afternoon party, filled with the good vibes of summer.
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2-Day Job Search Boot Camp
Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA)
Wednesday, July 11, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
In today’s market place, you are a product…Do you know how to sell yourself? Judy Smith, MA, JSSA Career Coach, has extensive professional experience in business and career coaching. Don’t miss out on this great learning opportunity!
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Mama Doni - Family Concert!
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia
Thursday, July 26, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Mama Doni celebrates Jewish culture with irrepressible zest in its high-energy, interactive family rock concerts and acoustic Shabbat experiences. This award-winning band is an experience for the whole family. Bring a dairy dinner and come enjoy the concert.
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