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COMMUNITY 13 Reasons Why What Lessons Have We Learned From the Controversy By Kami Troy On Sunday April 24, I opened an email entitled Important Message from Upper School Guidance and Administration f

COMMUNITY NEWS Dr. Alexis Soffler Nominated as Nationally Influential STEM Educator By Kol HaBirah Staff Dr. Alexis Soffler, Lower School Science STEM Coordinator at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day

COMMUNITY NEWS JCRC Yom HaShoah Events Draw Contemporary Lessons From the Holocaust By Kol HaBirah Staff A Syrian Muslim who was living in Albania and came under threat for organizing against the Syr

COMMUNITY NEWS Temple Emanuel Students Collecting Six Million Stamps for Creative Holocaust Education Project By Haley Cohen KENSINGTON Md. Six million is an incomprehensible number, but seventh gra

COMMUNITY NEWS Local Congregations Join Paper Clips Community for Yom HaShoah By Rabbi Uri Topolosky When you pull up to the Whitwell Middle School, deep in the heart of Tennessee coal mining country

COMMUNITY NEWS Bender JCCs Seventh Annual To Life Health Wellness Expo Coming to Leisure World By Sue Kleit The Bender JCCs Coming of Age in Maryland program will present its annual expo at Leisure

COMMUNITY NEWS A Journey Helped by Eshel By Phil Jacobs lts perhaps inarguable that for most Orthodox Jewish parents, the path for their children is to meet get an education, meet the right person, g

COMMUNITY NEWS Local Teens Dance in Memory of Terror Victim By Marnina Cowan Hallel Ariel, a 13yearold girl from Kiryat Arba, was brutally killed in her sleep in a terrorist attack on June 30, 2016.

COMMUNITY NEWS Celebrating Mimouna at Moishe House By Alyssa Silva A threecenturyold North African Sephardic celebration known as Mimouna is now celebrated around the world with parties to mark the r

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COMMUNITY PHOTOS Leisure World Hosts Yom HaShoah Event Contest Winners Benjy Levi and Lucas Druskin enjoying their favorite newspaper at Souper Girl Beth Sholom Early Childhood Center celebrates Yo

ISRAEL NEWS On Independence Day, UNESCO Denies Israeli Sovereignty Over Jerusalem JNS.orgKol HaBirah Staff As millions of Israeli and Diaspora Jews marked Israels 69th Independence Day, the United Nat

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CAPITAL COMMENTARY I Think Striking Syria Was Absolutely Right CONTINUED FROM P. 1 some different viewpoints on subjects, including Israel. Youve written extensively about the dangers of isolationism

CAPITAL COMMENTARY EdChoices Jason Bedrick Talks School Choice and Jewish Education By Jackson Richman Recently, billionaire philanthropist Betsy DeVos was narrowly confirmed by the Senate as Secretar

CAPITAL COMMENTARY Assessing Costs and Defining Our Environmental Future By Jennifer Helgeson Ldor vador from generation to generation. This is a central tenet of so much of Judaism passing on knowle

CAPITAL COMMENTARY Connecting With Israels Fallen Soldiers By Atara Mayer Dedicated to Second Lieutenant Erez Orbach, who was killed in Jerusalem on January 8, 2017. When I was a commander in the Isra

OPED Orienting to Israel Asia, Israel, and the UN By Meshulam Ungar Asian countries have a consistent antiIsrael voting pattern in the United Nations U.N., yet Israels relationship with several Asian

OPED Disposing of Middot By Phil Jacobs Yes, I know that were not allowed to bring up politics at the Shabbos table anymore, lest we offend Uncle Louis who has always insisted that hes been altright

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FEATURES JScreen Improving Access and Dispelling Myths About Genetic Testing CONTINUED FROM P. 1 The couple was overcome with joy when they gave birth to their first child, an active, sweet, adorable

FEATURES Supporting Our Survivors CONTINUED FROM P. 1 tration camps, this woman, who didnt want her named used for this article, is very much in demand. As a survivor of Auschwitz and a death march,

FEATURES My Beloved Son Erez By Caryn Orbach My beloved son Erez was killed in a terrorist attack in Jerusalem on January 2, 2017. Erez was an amazing person, loved by all who knew him. Erez was 20 y

FEATURES Keep Your Pence On The Vice Presidents commitment to building a zone around his marriage has sparked a larger conversation about men and women in the workplace. By Miriam Gross If theres alc

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FEATURES A Synagogue Without Walls Campus rabbis equipped with training as pastoral counselors are a resource for oneonone and communitywide support for Jewish students. By Emma Murray For many stude

FEATURES We Are One People. We Take Care of Each Other WJC Gathering Confronts AntiSemitism By Eli Chomsky Shortly after 10 a.m. sirens blared throughout the New York Hilton Midtowns Grand Ballroom.

FEATURES LEARNING FROM HISTORY Struggling for Freedom An American Journalists Visit With Imprisoned Jewish Fighters in 1946 Palestine By Rafael Medoff The fight to establish the State of Israel was w

FEATURES The TenDay Adrenaline Rush Part 1 By Devora Jaye The noise is deafening and the chaos is unbelievable as hundreds of college students try to find each other in a crowded, postNew Years bedla

TORAH PERSPECTIVES Principles From the Parsha Do Not Enter By Joshua Z. Rokach The parsha Acharei Mot opens with an admonition for Aaron. After the death of Nadab and Abihu, the High Priests two elder

TORAH PERSPECTIVES The Two Faces of Sefirat Haomer By Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz This issue of Kol HaBirah is dedicated to wellness and health, certainly important factors in our service to Hashem. A

HEALTH WELLNESS Why Talk to Your Adult Child About Intimacy By Rivka Sidorsky Heres a typical scenario I see a lot as a therapist a young Orthodox couple has been married a year, and unfortunately th

HEALTH WELLNESS Take a Hike Wellness Through Nature By Rabbi Daniel Moses In a recent interview, Richard Louv, cofounder of the Children and Nature Network, was asked about his description of childre

HEALTH WELLNESS How to Build and Maintain a Fitness Routine By Justin Walls For some people, it can be easy to find the right balance in their lives to get in enough activity and good food to keep th

HEALTH WELLNESS Alternative Medicine Is Arthritis Stopping Your Fun By Simeon Pollack Just the other day, my mother sent me an advertorial, written by a naturopath, extolling the virtues of a special

HEALTH WELLNESS Top Tips for Allergy Management By Kol HaBirah StaffStatePoint Media Allergy symptoms can lead to a major disruption in quality of life. And unfortunately, they affect a lot of people

Gregg Popovich Should be the Coach of the Year By Efraim Andrew Wakschlag Gregg Popovich is by far the best coach in the NBA and should win a recordbreaking fourth Coach of the Year award. Just like L

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SP RTS A Recap of April Baseball By Roey Herzfeld and Ezra Troy Five Things We Learned From April 1. Eric Thames is a beast Even though he got injured for a few days, Thames still has 11 HRs home run

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FOOD DINING RECIPES Finding Your Drink Healthier Options By Armand Kohn Unfortunately, this weeks article starts without a quote. It would seem none of my favorite sources for drinking quotes Heming

FOOD DINING Kosher Thais By Klaofa Shira Kavanagh Twentyfive years ago, I came to the United States from Bangkok to get an MBA, and within a couple of years I was keeping kosher. Since then, I helped

Eating Your Way to Healthy By Marnina Cowan, with contributions from Seth Coburn Food has been an integral part of Jewish culture for thousands of years. Year after year, we read many Biblical stories

Fashion Entrepreneur Lizz Billington Be Unapologetically Yourself Interview by Batya H. Carl Lizz Billinson, 30, originally from Virginia and a longtime D.C. resident, added an extra z in her name as

ARTS ENTERTAINMENT Coming Soon The 27th Annual Washington Jewish Film Festival By Alexis Rodriguez The Washington Jewish Film Festival WJFF announced the program for its 27th annual event. The Festiv

ARTS ENTERTAINMENT FREE TO SEE Free to See Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia By Dinah Rokach Spending time exploring new vistas, breathing clean mountain air, contemplating the splendor of

ARTS ENTERTAINMENT LARRY SHORS GREATER WASHINGTON Indian Spring Country Club By Larry Shor A few months ago, there was a big tzimmes brewing about whether or not former president Barack Obama was go

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ADVICE DEAR RIVKIE Dear Rivkie A Weighty Issue Im continually frustrated at attempts to control my weight I have to make sure to pack up all my food for the day each morning because I work far from a

ADVICE Carpool Karaoke By Chani Feldman I love driving carpool. Would you like to know why I love how clean my car is after each kid diligently takes his or her trash out upon exiting the vehicle. Wh

ADVICE JOB SEARCH NUGGETS STEALTH RECRUITING The Right Social Media Accounts and Profiles Can Help Your Next Job Find You By David Marwick for KempMillJobAssist Social media platforms like LinkedIn a

ADVICE Dating With Disabilities By Rachel Burnham Most of us have been set up with someone who was not a match, but with whom we shared maybe one or two commonalities family history, or height, for e

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS SPOTLIGHT Ari Katz Interview by Batya H. Carl Ari, 27, has worked in consulting for defense and homeland security solutions development since college. A Maryland native, he attend

COMMUNITY RESOURCES Community Calendar May 2017 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 1 5 Iyar 2 6 Iyar 3 7 Iyar 4 8 Iyar 5 9 Iyar 6 10 Iyar 7 11 Iyar 8 12 Iyar 9

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