Welcome to the April 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
From American Idol To JCCGW
Most of us are familiar with former American Idol winner Clay Aiken, who is now a rising star on Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice. But how many of us know of Clay’s connection with The Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington? For the second year in a row, JCCGW is partnering with the National Inclusion Project, co-founded in 2003 by Clay Aiken, to continue its Let’s ALL Play program for children with special needs. The partnership will allow children with developmental disabilities to enjoy a successful summer camp experience filled with inclusive recreational activities such as swimming, arts and crafts, community service, physical fitness and more.
Learn more about JCCGW's special needs programs.
The Sound of Music
Greater Washington is coming alive with the sound of music! Lovers of jazz, funk, hip-hop, klezmer and indie pop will find it all at the 13th Annual Washington Jewish Music Festival, May 3-21. This festival not only entertains, but also engages the community in cross-cultural dialogue, promoting the appreciation of Jewish culture through music. Give your iPod a break and enjoy some live music!
To see a full schedule of artists and to purchase tickets, click here.
WJW Purchases Baltimore Jewish Times
Spring is typically known for new beginnings and this week, both the Washington Jewish Week and the Baltimore Jewish Times will experience just that. Washington’s Route 95 Publications, LLC an affiliate of WJW Group LLC, owners of the Washington Jewish Week are now the proud owners of Alter Communications, publishers of the Baltimore Jewish Times and Style Magazine.
To read more, click here.
A Piece of Community History
Provided by the Jewish Historical Society
Did You Know...
Among those marching in President Lincoln’s funeral procession on April 1865, were 125 men of Washington Hebrew Congregation, the only existing synagogue in D.C. at the time. Click here to view a picture.
JCRC: Community-Wide Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Day
Sunday, April 22
Join us as we observe Holocaust Remembrance Day in Maryland and Northern Virginia. Participate in a multi-generational memorial candle lighting, reading, prayers, music and listen in on keynote speakers Dr. Michael Berenbaum and Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat.
Wizards Jewish Heritage Night - Wizards vs. Charlotte Bobcats
Monday, April 23, 7:05 p.m.
Get your discounted tickets online by entering offer code: JHN. Enjoy a national anthem by a Jewish a capella group, lottery to win a fan-tunnel and bench warming activities for children and teens, early bird registration prizes and lots more!
Learn More or Buy Tickets
3rd Annual Active Retiree Theme Day: The Wild West
Thursday, April 26
Come in costume and enjoy square dancing, food, informational talks and other activities.
Jewish Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Awareness Shabbat
Saturday, May 5
This nationally recognized Jewish Shabbat encourages the community to raise awareness on the importance of including the deaf and hard-of-hearing into the wider Jewish community.
50+ Employment Expo
Sunday, May 21
Are you over 50 and looking for a new job? Take the first step towards a new career at the 50+ Employment Expo with recruiters from dozens of employers, seminars, continuing education, resume help and internet searches.
Sunday, June 3
Fairfax Corner 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Rockville Town Square 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Celebrate Israel’s 64th birthday at the biggest Israel event of the year. Music, dancing and food will fill this afternoon of fun for the whole family.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Annual Meeting and ConnectGens Launch Night
Save the Date - Monday, June 11
This year’s Annual Meeting will feature highlights of 10 innovative projects created by the 2012 ConnectGens Fellows.
For a full listing of Jewish community events please visit the community calendar.