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The Connector - May 18, 2012

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Between Us

Good morning,

This week’s double parasha of Behar/Bechukotai completes the Book of Leviticus. We are told repeatedly of the choice between following God’s commandments and disobeying. With the former, we will live well; the latter choice will lead to disaster.

Some reject the notion of cause and effect in following the commandments and their lot in life. After all, don’t "bad things happen to good people?" and vice-versa? It’s interesting, however, to note that while the consequences for not following the commandments are dire, the covenant always remains intact. One commentator points out that this caveat is repeated 5 times, as if to underscore that we can "go home again." The relationship is always available; we just have to make it happen.

In a Chasidic tale, Rabbi Mendel of Kotzk taught about the Veahavta, "And these words that I command you this day shall be upon your heart." The verse does not say "in your heart," for there are times, Kotzk notes, when the heart is shut. But the words lie upon the heart; ready for when the heart opens and the words can sink deep down into it.

As always, sounds like it’s up to us.

Shabbat Shalom


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

 

 

 

  

 

Birthright alumni strengthen the bonds that they created in Israel by gathering to celebrate Shabbat back home in Greater Washington.


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Welcome to the May 18 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 

2nd Annual Birthright Israel Shabbat!
On May 18-19, Taglit-Birthright Israel will celebrate its Bar/Bat Mitzvah year with the 2nd Annual Birthright Israel Shabbat! This Shabbat celebration will salute Birthright Israel participants, their parents, and the impact this life altering program has had on Jewish communities around the world. Since its inception, more than 11,000 young adults from the Greater Washington area have participated and this summer, we are continuing the tradition by sending 120 individuals on their first trip to Israel, as well as a group of 25 Birthright alumni on the 3rd Annual Birthright Israel NEXT DC Alumni Leadership Mission.
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Happy 64th Birthday Israel!
Presented by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, Israel@64 will host celebrations in partnership with the JCC of Northern Virginia at Fairfax Corner and the JCC of Greater Washington at Rockville Town Square. Fun for the whole family, the celebrations will feature the very best in Israeli music and culture. Activities will include, local Israeli dance and choir groups, exhibits from the Embassy of Israel and performances by Israeli Rock n’ Roll legend Danny Sanderson. Click here for a full schedule of activities.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Annual Meeting
Save the Date - Monday, June 11
This year's meeting features a keynote address by Dr. Michael Oren, Ambassador of Israel to the United States, as well as the introduction of 10 innovative projects developed by the 2012 ConnectGens Fellows at an Innovation Expo. We will also honor the Jerome J. Dick Young Leadership Award winners, Rachel Cohen-Gerrol and Jeremy Rosen, and the winner of the Ted B. Farber Professional Excellence Award, Avi West, Director of Educational Resources at The Partnership for Jewish Life & Learning. If there is one meeting you can’t miss, this is it!
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Innovation Explosion
What can you expect at this year’s Annual Meeting Innovation Expo? If you haven’t heard about The ConnectGens Fellowship powered by PresenTense, then you are in for a real treat. The ConnectGens Fellowship offers social entrepreneurs training, support and mentorship to turn creative ideas into programs that will strengthen and enhance our Jewish community. In its first year in Greater Washington, we are excited to introduce to the community the Fellows and their ventures. If you can’t wait until the Innovation Expo, you can learn more about the Fellows, get involved with their ventures or submit your own idea for social change now!
Learn More

A Piece of Community History
Provided by the Jewish Historical Society
Did You Know...
Clara Hartogenesis was issued a passport in April 1922, which she used on a six-week tour through Europe in 1937. View passport

Around Town
13th Annual Washington Jewish Music Festival
May 3 - 21
Lovers of jazz, funk, hip-hop, klezmer and indie pop will find it all at this year’s festival.
Register Here

Hands-On Volunteer Opportunity
Sunday, May 20; 10:30 a.m.
Team up with The Federation's Mitzvah Mavens and Behrend Builders from Washington DCJCC to repaint and revitalize the Community for Creative Non-Violence, a homeless shelter with over 1,350 beds. Join the Mitzvah Mavens at this important hands-on volunteer project, because you are the best gift anyone could ask for.
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Breakfast, Lecture & Book Signing Featuring
The Honorable Stuart E. Eizenstat
The Future of the Jews: How Global Forces are Impacting the Jewish People, Israel, and its Relationship with the United States
Sunday, May 20; 9:30 a.m.
If you’re concerned about the future of the Jews worldwide and in Israel, hear Ambassador Eizenstat’s provocative analysis of the inevitable challenges that are sure to emerge in the years ahead.
Learn More

50+ Employment Expo
Monday, May 21
Are you over 50 and looking for a new job? Take the first step towards a new career. Meet with recruiters, attend seminars, get resume help and learn how to do beneficial internet searches.
Learn More

WALKING TOUR: Trace the Steps of German Immigrants
Thursday, May 24; 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
This walking tour, given in collaboration with the National Archives and led by Alice Stewart, local historian, and illustrated with photocopies of several different primary sources found in the Archives (and other local research facilities) about some of the German immigrants who lived in or who worked in our neighborhood.
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The Connector - May 4, 2012

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D'Var Torah

Good morning,

Usually when we talk about Jewish time, we’re joking about being late. Emor, this week’s Torah reading, presents the cycle of the Jewish holiday calendar and this statement on Jewish time: “These are the set times of the Lord, the sacred occasions, which you shall celebrate each in its appointed time.” The reading takes us through the familiar holidays that punctuate our year, helping us understand the importance of making a sacred pause.

In community life, it’s also important to pause (though not for long since we have so much to do!) A number of us have been discussing the issue of multi-generational philanthropy and how we can ensure that the next generation cares as deeply about the community as we do. We fully expect that younger adults will approach philanthropy differently and indeed, many have. But it is passion that drives philanthropy and it is critical that we pause and listen to our children and their peers, understand their passions and help frame the conversation so they not only have a place at the table, but have a hand in setting the table.

Last week, a group of major donors gathered to have this conversation. There were 3 generations of philanthropists in the room and the discussion was robust and thoughtful. Each of us expressed our love for the Jewish community, our concern for unmet needs and ways of engaging each generation to help ensure continuity of leadership and philanthropic support. It was especially important to hear from the youngest attendees, who told us of their desire to make a significant impact on both the Jewish and general communities.

I welcome your thoughts on how we can best engage the next generation in caring for and helping to lead our community.

Shabbat Shalom


Stuart S. Kurlander
President

 

 

 

  

 

Happy 64th birthday, Israel! Join the community on June 3 to celebrate Israel's birthday!


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Welcome to the May 4 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 Bigger The Birthday, The Bigger The Celebration!
The only thing better than having one party is having two! And that is just what we are doing to celebrate Israel’s 64th birthday! Israel@64, presented by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, will host celebrations in partnership with the JCC of Northern Virginia at Fairfax Corner and the JCC of Greater Washington at Rockville Town Square featuring the very best in Israeli music and culture. Activities will include, local Israeli dance and choir groups, exhibits from the Embassy of Israel and performances by Israeli Rock n’ Roll legend Danny Sanderson.
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Building Community, Building Dignity
We have it, we spend it. We own it, we use it. We cook it, we eat it. Most of us have the privilege of taking these acts for granted. However, thousands of homeless men, women and children are not as fortunate. On Sunday, May 20, our own Mitzvah Mavens will team up with the Behrend Builders from Washington DCJCC to repaint and revitalize the Community for Creative Non-Violence, a homeless shelter with over 1,350 beds. Join the Mitzvah Mavens at this important hands-on volunteer project, because you are the best gift anyone could ask for.
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Celebrate Your Jewish American Heritage
Get in touch with your Jewish side. May is Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM), recognizing Jewish contributions to American culture and heritage. In celebration of JAHM, The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington is hosting a series of programs and events during the month of May. Join the fun today!
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Traces Of Memory
In the spirit of Jewish Heritage Month, allow yourself a brief glimpse into history. Through May 21, the Washington DCJCC’s  Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery will feature Traces of Memory, an exhibit by photo journalist Chris Schwarz and Professor Jonathan Weber. The exhibition pieces together the relic of Jewish life and culture in Polish Galicia, a region in Eastern Europe that straddles present-day Poland and Ukraine. The unique images serve as a lament to the destroyed Jewish civilization that once stood strong in Poland; provoking visitors to reflect on the how and why of this lost Jewish community.
Learn more about this powerful legacy to those lost in the Holocaust.

Gesher Is Turning The Big 3-0!
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is a proud partner of Gesher Day School and congratulates them on 30 years of excellence in education.
Learn more about Gesher and their milestone anniversary.

A Piece of Community History
Provided by the Jewish Historical Society
Did You Know...
As part of the local Soviet Jewry movement, a 50th birthday ceremony for Ida Nudel, a Soviet prisoner of conscience, was held in the Rayburn House Office Building in April 1981. 
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Around Town
13th Annual Washington Jewish Music Festival
May 3 - 21
Lovers of jazz, funk, hip-hop, klezmer and indie pop will find it all at this year’s festival.
Register Here

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.
Learn More

Walking Tour: Jewish Sites in Arlington National Cemetery
Sunday, May 6
Visit memorials by or for Jews, and headstones of prominent Jewish leaders buried at Arlington.
Register Here

Coming of Age in Maryland Free Film Screening
Consider the Conversation followed by expert panel Q&A
Thursday, May 10; 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Learn how to talk about end-of-life planning.
Register Here

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.
Learn More

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 remarks by Dr. Michael Oren, Ambassador of Israel to the United States as well as the introduction of 10 innovative projects developed by the 2012 ConnectGens Fellows. Following the meeting, join us for a dessert reception where you will have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with the fellows to learn more about their exciting concepts.
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The Connector - April 20, 2012

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Between Us

Good morning,

This week’s parasha is Shemini, in the Book of Leviticus. There are two main themes, and at first they do not appear to be connected. We read of how the priests Aaron and his sons become purified to do God’s work and then we learn about the laws of kashrut and which animals we are permitted – and not permitted – to eat. 
 
Commentators note that the connection is the Jewish value of holiness (kedushah). In the section referring to Aaron and his sons, we read that they must learn to “make a distinction between the holy and the unholy and between the clean and the unclean.”  In the section regarding kashrut, we are once again instructed to distinguish “between the unclean and the clean, between the animals that may be eaten and the animals that may not be eaten.”
 
The Hebrew word for “to make a distinction” is lehavdil – which has the same root as the word Havdalah, the Saturday night ceremony which distinguishes between Shabbat and the rest of the week. We make distinctions – and decisions - every day between good and evil, right and wrong, clean and unclean. In doing so, we strive to not only make the right decisions, but also to clarify the lines and achieve holiness in our daily lives. 



Steven A. Rakitt
Chief Executive Officer

steve@shalomdc.org

 

 

 

  

 

 

An enthusiastic Let’s ALL Play camp attendee enjoying a day of swimming lessons from one of the many dedicated instructors working for the program.  


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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.


Around Town
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.
Learn More

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
JCCNV
Come in costume and enjoy square dancing, food, informational talks and other activities.
Learn More

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.
Learn More

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.
Learn More

Israel@64
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. 
Learn More

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.

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April 16, 2012 - Yom HaShoah Community Events

 

Remembering Their Past, Strengthening Their Present, and Securing Their Future

 

As we observe Yom HaShoah - remembering the millions of Jewish victims of the Holocaust - we are also called to acknowledge the hundreds of Holocaust survivors who still live in our community today.  Many of these survivors are frail, poor, and ill, but are able to continue to live independently, in dignity and comfort, through the basic safety net services and compassionate care provided by JSSA’s Holocaust Survivor Program.

 

Mrs. X*, a Ukrainian Jewish Holocaust survivor who lost most of her family, is one recipient of this care.  Mrs. X’s immigration status made her ineligible for U.S. government assistance.  With support from the Claims Conference, JSSA provided her with low and no-cost medical care and medication; arranged for Meals on Wheels, holiday baskets, and free corrective lenses to assist with her severe vision loss; and included her in socialization opportunities designed especially for survivors.  JSSA also paid for naturalization classes and her naturalization test so that Mrs. X could gain her U.S. citizenship. 

 

Learn more about JSSA’s Holocaust Survivor Program and its ongoing mission to “Remember Their Past, Strengthen Their Present, and Secure Their Future.” 

 

*Note that the name of the JSSA client in this story has been changed to protect her privacy.

Between Us

Each year of life is precious. To be held dear. To be savored.

 

And each year, we take time to bear witness to the emptiness and pain in the loss of six million Jews in the Nazi Holocaust. It’s a number too large to fathom, too difficult to convey. It jars our senses and numbs them at the same time. As individuals, we focus our thoughts and in unity, we stand together. 

 

We recall the time we had with loved ones who are no longer with us. We wish we knew the members of family we never met. And most importantly, we remember their names. Having and holding onto names prevents the unthinkable: the loss of our memories and their precious identities. 

 

This Yom HaShoah, join us in standing together as a Washington Jewish community – in solidarity with Jews around the world - to remember and to never, ever forget.

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

 


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 Michael Berenbaum and Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat.
Learn More
 

Washington DCJCC:
Film: Nicky’s Family

Tuesday, April 17
Commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day with a film about one heroic man’s effort to save 669 children on the eve of the Holocaust.
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Holocaust Remembrance Day -- Spoken Word & Music Performance
Thursday, April 19

On this special evening, join poet, Davi Walders, accompanied by cellist, Douglas Wolters at the Embassy of France, as they present a unique portrait of women resisters during the Holocaust.
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The Connector - February 3, 2012

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Between Us

Good morning,

This week’s parasha is Beshalach, the fourth portion in the Book of Exodus. After leaving Egypt and escaping toward the Sea of Reeds, Moses gets his first taste of the challenges of leading the Israelites to freedom:  “As Pharaoh drew near, the Israelites caught sight of the Egyptians advancing upon them. Greatly frightened, the Israelites cried out to the Lord.  And they said to Moses, "Was it for want of graves in Egypt that you brought us to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us, taking us out of Egypt? Is this not the very thing we told you in Egypt, saying, 'Let us be, and we will serve the Egyptians, for it is better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness'?"

Such questions!  Such gratitude!  Moses is instructed by God to hold his rod over the sea to split it, and you know the rest of the story.  But this is only the first of a series of challenges by the recently-freed slaves to both Moses’ and God’s ability to keep them safe.  Even the miracle of the crossing of the Sea doesn’t transform the Israelites into believers.

We have all heard stories of “life-changing experiences”, and some of us may have even had one.  This week’s parasha, however, teaches that faith, while it may be prompted externally, most effectively comes from within.  The miracles of the plagues and the parting of the sea do not in and of themselves transform the Israelites – that comes over time, and even then is not a straight line progression.  Rather, it is the strong leadership of Moses and the readiness of the Israelites to receive the Torah that creates the construct within which faith emerges.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good Deeds Day Honorary
Chairs
Mark and Judy Lerner
& Family

The Jewish Federation of
Greater Washington
In partnership with:

JCCGW
JCCNV
Partnership for Jewish
Life & Learning
Ruach Tova
Arison Group
Washington DCJCC

GoodDeedsDayGW.org

 

  

 

Children participating in Kochavim Camp at the JCC of Greater Washington.


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Welcome to the February 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

February Is Jewish Disability Awareness Month 
Join a unified effort to raise disability awareness and support endeavors to foster inclusion in Greater Washington. Click here to learn about exciting programs and events happening throughout the month.

Thinking Ahead 
Prepare for success and plan for change in 2012 by Thinking Ahead. Disability awareness does not stop at the end of the month - join us and keep the momentum going by participating in Thinking Ahead, an afternoon of workshops and exhibition booths designed to provide insight to individuals, parents, educators and professionals who have been touched in some capacity by special needs. As a community, we have made great strides to include all of our members in Jewish life and learning. Let’s keep it going for 2012 and beyond!
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Explore Israel On A Taglit-Birthright Israel: DC Community Trip
If you are Jewish, 18-26 years old and have never been on an organized program to Israel – let your journey begin! Don’t miss your opportunity for this free 10-day trip.
Registration for 2012 summer trips will open on February 14.  

We Want You! Yes, YOU!
On Sunday, March 25, join thousands of volunteers for Good Deeds Day as we take part in this international day of community service. Over 60,000 volunteers in Israel have already committed to taking part in Good Deeds Day 2012! Sign up today and be among the first to get your pick of volunteer opportunities in our area. The MD, DC and Northern Virginia communities are buzzing with excitement and ramping up to make an impact on the community; from spending time with elderly residents to sprucing up a community room with new paint. Sign up with family members, co-workers, neighbors or your best friend!
Yes! I want to volunteer

Give A Gift And Get A Gift
Subscribe to Washington Jewish Week and help your community at the same time. Use promo code GDD to save $5 off a 1-year print and digital subscription and WJW will donate $5 for supplies to help the community.

Rising To The Top 
Punxsutawney Phil may have seen his shadow and gone back into hibernation for the next six weeks, but our local partners are rising to the top this winter. Mazel Tov to their success!
The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) was recently named as one of 23 programs across the country that were awarded funding by the Israel Action Network (IAN). JCRC’s programming is serving as a model for other organizations, has a lasting impact on the community and enhances relations in Israel advocacy.
The Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital (JPDS-NC) recently swept away the competition and took home the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education Challenge Award! Out of the 141 applicants from Jewish day schools worldwide, JPDS-NC was one of 27 schools and the only local school to win the $25,000 award.

A Piece of Community History

Provided by the Jewish Historical Society

Did You Know...
Isaac Polock, a land speculator from Savannah, became Washington’s first Jewish resident when building opportunities drew him to the new capital in 1795.
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Around Town 
Commemorate Four Chaplains Day
February 3, 2012, 6:00 p.m.
Come out to a special Shabbat service and dinner honoring four chaplains who bravely gave up their lives to save the lives of soldiers.
More Info

Greener, Cleaner, Better: Israeli Innovation in Greentech
February 7, 2012 at Abramson Family Founders Hall at American University
Highlighting three themes: new thinking on green technologies and ecosystems, the unique Israeli success in this sector, and the special regional/political issues. 
Register

The Maryland Jewish Community 2012 Annapolis Advocacy Day and Legislative Reception
February 7, 2012
Featuring: Governor Martin O'Malley and Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown
Support the Maryland Jewish Community's legislative agenda and join us for advocacy meetings with legislators followed by an evening reception.
Purchase tickets 

ROUTES: A Day of Jewish Learning
RE-FUEL YOUR THINK TANK
Sunday, March 11, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
University of Maryland, College Park
From Kabul to Kabbalah, great books to great sex, raising children to raisin challah. 70 great conversations with inspiring speakers.
routeslearning.org

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