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ABOUT US The mission of Kol HaBirah is to serve, connect, and strengthen the Greater Washington Jewish community. To achieve this, we will provide Kol HaBirah Mission and Goals traversing various ge

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COMMUNITY JCRC, Rodef Shalom Hold Virginia Gubernatorial Forum CONTINUED FROM P. 1 can candidate, declined to attend. Each candidate will be given 20 minutes, with five minutes for an introductory st

COMMUNITY NEWS Kotel Liberators to Visit Chabad of Northern VA By Dovid Nachshon Albright Three iconic liberators of the Kotel Western Wall and the Temple Mount in the 1967 Six Day War will visit the

COMMUNITY NEWS Community Flocks to Revamped Kemp Mill Urban Park By Suzanne Pollak While the official ribbon cutting is at least a month away, children of all ages are already descending in droves up

COMMUNITY NEWS Exploring the Idea of Democracy in the Jewish State By Lior Doron During the month of May, Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, Virginia, began its latest semester of Beit Midrash, an

COMMUNITY NEWS Washington Welcomes Whitwell Students from the Tennessee middle school of Paper Clips made a special visit to the Greater Washington Jewish community. By Rabbi Benjamin Shull It was Ap

COMMUNITY NEWS Alternative Graduation Ceremony a Prime Example of UMDs Support for Jewish Students By Elan Burman The University of Maryland, College Park UMD is an outstanding place to be a Jewish s

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COMMUNITY NEWS Bnai Tzedek Hosts Communitywide Yom Yerushalayim Celebration By Heidi Krizer Daroff On Tuesday evening, May 23, people from across he Greater Washington area gathered at Congregation B

COMMUNITY NEWS Bat Mitzvah Club Holds End of Year MotherDaughter Tea By Ellie Guberman On Wednesday, May 24, Chabad of Silver Spring held their last Bat Mitzvah Club BMC meeting, a celebration that t

COMMUNITY PHOTOS A Day in Photos Yom Yerushalayim 2017 in Jerusalem By Ron Sheinson Flag dancing and Yom Yerushalayim Parade starting area. Joyous dancing. Parade arriving at the Kotel. Ronald She

COMMUNITY PHOTOS Box Week at Beth Sholom Early Childhood Center By Suzanne Pollak Photos by Abbie Salamon Take an empty box and turn it upside down. Remove the cardboard from the two shorter sides. P

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COMMUNITY PHOTOS Arts ChaiLights 2017 at CESJDS By Laurie Ehrlich Photos by Abbie Salamson On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School CESJDS threw a Yom Yerushalayim extravaganza

ISRAEL NEWS Celebrating a Unified City By Noa Amouyal U.S. President Donald Trumps visit to Israel was already distant memory by Wednesday morning as the capital citys Jerusalem Day festivities, celeb

ISRAEL NEWS Trump, Netanyahu, and Barkat Receive Jerusalem Declaration By Elie Klein Just prior to U.S. President Donald Trumps whirlwind tour of Israel and the breathtaking and emotional 50th annive

CAPITAL COMMENTARY Hogan Vetoes Paid Sick Leave Law By Gabe Aaronson Special Correspondent On May 25, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan vetoed a bill HB 1 mandating five days of paid family sick leave for

CAPITAL COMMENTARY Celebrating Jerusalem at the U.S. Capitol Congressional leadership joined 25 national Jewish organizations in a show of support on the 50th anniversary of Jerusalems reunification.

OPED Trump and Transactionalism By Naftali Quartey Those of us who observed Shavuot last week by unplugging for the duration of the holiday emerged from our media blackout to the news that President

OPED Best Not to Move the Embassy to Jerusalem Until US Law Is Changed By David Bedein When Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act in October 1995, there were great expectations among those of us

FEATURES To Be or Not to Be in the OU Is That Really the Question CONTINUED FROM P. 1 then, representatives of the OU have met with three of the four shuls that have maharats and plan to meet with t

FEATURES The First Thing We Need to Do is Hijack a Plane A Weekend With Rabbi Yosef Mendelevich By Ariel Levi I walk into a packed shul on a Saturday evening. At least 200 people are listening to a r

Seasonal Pace Up. Lower Listing Inventories Holding Back Sales The graphs below show the seasonal uptick in the overall MoCo market. Inventory of Active Listings, was down sharply, 14.9 this April ove

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FEATURES STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS Sacrificing Security on the Altar of Privacy By Rabbi Jonathan Gross Government power comes at the cost of personal liberty, but sometimes we willingly sacrifice cert

TORAH PERSPECTIVES The Best Things in Life Are Never Free By Rabbi Stephen Baars As they say in Hollywood, You just cant make this stuff up. There are some things in the Torah that could not have been

TORAH PERSPECTIVES Principles From the Parsha Preparing and Cleaning the Menorah By Joshua Z. Rokach The opening verses of Behaalotcha seem out of place. Last weeks parsha closed with the story of th

HEALTH WELLNESS Some Habits Behind Hip and Lower Back Discomfort By Justin Walls Some daily habits can contribute to discomfort along the low back close to the hips, along the outside of the leg at t

HEALTH WELLNESS Keeping a Healthy Outlook on Aging, Even When Things Seem OffTrack By Paula Alarid Aging is a wonderful and unique path each of us follows. There is no perfect scenario for any one of

HEALTH WELLNESS Its All About the Li By Simeon Pollock I recently had the experience of treating someone who, for the last year, has been undergoing tremendous emotional trauma. In addition, in recen

HEALTH WELLNESS Incorporating Exercise Into Your Childs Life couraged to play. Parents often need to be role models or actively engage their In my last col children and participate with them. Makumn,

Lets Get the NBA Finals Started Already By Efraim Andrew Wakschlag I have never, until this year, had a tough time watching the NBA playoffs. I never even thought Id ever utter those words but here we

FOOD DINING A Special Sauce Saves the Day By Rachel Berger Sometimes, its easy to fall into a cooking rut. You know what Im talking about you make the same dishes over and over again and wonder why

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FOOD DINING RECIPES Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company Fuels AllNight Learning at Kemp Mill Synagogue By Jeremy Epstein For too many years, people wanting to experience Shavuot by staying up all night

FOOD DINING Contessa Annalisa An Italian Kosher Wine Revolution By Aaron Hollander Kol HaBirahs regular drinks columnist is out this week, so please enjoy this article from our parent publication, th

Dont Miss This Years Yad Zlata Benefit Concert on June 25 By Rachel Kohn Editor in Chief Billed as Greater Washingtons most spectacular Jewish concert of the year, the Annual Yad Zlata Benefit Concert

ARTS ENTERTAINMENT A Love of Israeli Dance By Phil Jacobs Theres Zumba, Body Flow, Body Pump, hip hop, ballet, ballroom, African dance, square dance, modern dance in short, a genre of dance for anyo

ARTS ENTERTAINMENT WASHINGTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL Screening of 90s Classic Clueless Includes a Party Cher Would Be Proud Of By Jackie Feldman The Washington Jewish Film Festival recently partnered

ARTS ENTERTAINMENT FREE TO SEE Old Town Alexandria By Dinah Rokach Graduations are marked by commencement ceremonies. Commencement means beginning. Whatever level of education the graduate has compl

ARTS ENTERTAINMENT LARRY SHORS GREATER WASHINGTON Glass Head The DC Birth of a Comedy Legend By Larry Shor Recently, the world of comedy lost one of its legends with the passing of Don Rickles. His

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TRAVEL Saying Kaddish in Croatia By Paul J. Blank Travel Columnist I had long wanted to travel to Dubrovnik, Croatia. I looked forward to swimming in pristine waters, sunning on rocky beaches, kayakin

TRAVEL Jewish Thailand, a Diaspora Story By Roland Leiser A rabbi in Bangkok I looked around the living room for signs of a Jewish home in this townhouse off of fashionable Sukumvit Road in Thailands

ADVICE DEAR RIVKIE Finding Focus During the Finals Frenzy Dear Rivkie, I am a teenage girl and am nervously anticipating my upcoming final exams. It is really hard for me to focus right now, especial

ADVICE Navigating Risky Waters How You Can Protect Your Retirement Assets By Joel Greenberg Saving for retirement cannot take place in a vacuum. Whether you are just starting out, nearing retirement,

ADVICE Chefs Table New Kosher Pop Up ASK THE MORTGAGE EXPERT, WITH CHAD FREEMAN Getting Ready to Purchase Chad, after a few years of saving, I feel that my wife and I are finally ready to purchase

ADVICE JOB SEARCH NUGGETS Phone Interviews By David Marwick for KempMillJobAssist If a prospective employer likes your resume, he or she will likely arrange to interview you. Increasingly, that inter

DATING A Flag on the Dating Field A look at common and less wellknown abusive behaviors in personal relationships. By Rachel Burnham Every Jew is created in the image of Gd. With that privilege comes

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