Around Town


in CONCERT / Dances from Sweden and Israel

Friday, March 1
“WHO LET THE DOGS OUT,” by Swedish Choreographer Lidia Wos is a provocative look as social order and disorder. “ALMA” by Israeli choreographer Rachel Erdos is a metaphor for knowledge and desire.

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JeSSI The Jewish Student Satellite Initiative

Feb 19th | A near-space mission launch opportunity for 13-16-year-old Science/Art lovers by JeSSI.

Sephardic Music Concert

Sunday, February 17, 2019, 7pm – Bethesda Jewish Congregation
An Evening of Ladino Music with Susan Gaeta and Gina Sobel
Concert, Art Auction, Cuban Jewish Crafts for sale, Cuban Drinks and Snacks

Bethesda Jewish Congregation is delighted to host this concert featuring the music of Spanish Jews expelled from their homeland during the Spanish Inquisition.  All proceeds benefit the Cuba America Jewish Mission programs in Cuba.

Vocalist and guitarist Susan Gaeta is part of a new generation of musicians exploring the rich traditions of Sephardic music. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, Strathmore Center, the Ashkenazi Festival in Toronto, and historic concerts in Istanbul and Sarajevo. Susan is apprenticing the beloved Charlottesville singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Gina Sobel who will perform with Susan. Together, they bring the stories and preserve the emotional sounds of millions of Jewish refugees.

Tickets: $20 in advance ($25 at the door)
For reservations, visit or call 301-469-8636.
Location: Bethesda Jewish Congregation, 6601 Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda, MD


Summer Fun at Capital Camps

Enjoy a summer of limitless fun, friends, memories, and more at Capital Camps! Don’t miss out on opportunities for children and/or the whole family at Capital Camps this summer. Experience Limitless Adventure: on our brand new static tower, the ropes course, our beautiful lake and aquatics center, sprawling sports fields, impressive arts offerings, and more. Get a taste of camp at Yotair (Rookie Camp) and Family Camp (August 16-18), or during traditional 2-4 week sessions. New camper grants are available! Learn more at 301-468-2267 or on an upcoming tour. Visit for more information or to RSVP for a tour.

The Haberman Institute for Jewish Studies (formerly the Foundation for Jewish Studies) presents a Presidents Day of Learning:

“Jewish Wisdom’s Contribution to Contemporary Ethical Challenges” with Professor Paul Root Wolpe, Emory University

Date: Monday, February 18

Time: 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Location: Johns Hopkins University, Montgomery County Campus, Gilchrist Hall, 9601 Medical Center Drive Rockville, MD, 20850

Rates: $50 In advance for Friends, $65 In advance for the general public, $75 At the door for all.

The registration fee for this Day of Learning includes morning coffee and “nosh,” along with a kosher lunch.

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Professor Wolpe is a nationally recognized authority in the field of ethics, a keen observer of ethical issues in medicine, technology, and space exploration. He will identify ethical dilemmas and how they may be understood in the 2000-year Jewish tradition and in modern thinking. He will discuss the Jewish disproportionate representation in the field of ethics, and the reason for this.

Medical Ethics for the 21st Century
A New Scholars Course

The Haberman Institute for Jewish Studies now offers Melton School for Adult Jewish Learning classes!  Please join us for a new Scholars Course, “Medical Ethics for the 21st Century.”

Within the field of ethics, one of the most challenging frontiers is medical ethics. While contemporary medical knowledge preserves life, modern advances have raised moral and ethical issues related to the sanctity and dignity of life – issues whose scope was unimaginable a generation ago.  A new ten-lesson Melton course on Jewish Medical Ethics explores Jewish approaches to a number of challenging dilemmas including human cloning, surrogate motherhood, transsexual surgery, assisted suicide and genetic manipulation.

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Location: Beth Ami, 14330 Travilah Rd, Rockville, MD 20850
Dates: Thursdays beginning February 21
Times: 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Presented by:  Rabbis Gary Pokras, Adam Raskin, Michael Safra and Baht Yameem Weiss

This course is presented as part of a new collaboration between the Federation, the Melton School, the Haberman Institute and three local congregations: Beth Ami, B’nai Israel and Har Shalom. 

Montgomery County Child Welfare

Montgomery County Child Welfare is always seeking new foster parents. Areas of greatest need are families that can take sibling groups and teenagers. Foster parents are people who are committed to the safety and well-being of all children in their community. If your family is interested in becoming a licensed foster home, please visit our website at or contact our foster parent recruiters at 240-777-1664 or

MentorPrize seeks Mentors to serve the community

MentorPrize recruits mentors for various non-profit organizations in the Washington region that serve a broad range of constituencies — from at-risk-youth to immigrants struggling to gain a foothold in the job market. It is aggressively working to identify quality mentors for its partners, which is why it is reaching out to the Bender JCC community.

Research confirms that mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on mentees in a variety of personal, academic and professionals situations. The benefits extend to the mentors as well — improving their morale, communication skills, and emotional well-being.  But finding a meaningful mentoring opportunity can be daunting given the region’s dizzying array of programs. MentorPrize has taken the time to assess dozens of these programs. It is well-positioned to match you with a program that suits your interests and takes into account your time constraints and preferred location.

Go to for more information or fill out a MentorPrize application.  Are you ready to make a difference?

Disability Partnerships

Disability Partnerships is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Rockville, Maryland that seeks to improve the quality of life for persons living with physical disabilities. They created a survey on the health and wellness needs of the physically disabled in our area. Click here to take the survey.

IAC Eitanim

Innovate. Create. Lead. If you are a high school student and are interested in developing your leadership and professional skills while working with leading experts on tangible projects, you are IAC Eitanim! Learn from mentors in marketing, television news, and CEOs. Apply today by visiting!

For more information, contact: | 301-348-7308

Experiential Education & Jewish Cultural Arts Master’s Program

at George Washington University is Currently Accepting Applications!

This is the only master’s program of its kind in the United States. We offer an intensive 13-month, cross-disciplinary curriculum combining coursework in Jewish cultural arts, experiential education and museum education. Graduates will be prepared for careers in Jewish museums and arts institutions, JCCs, college campus organizations, summer camps, and other innovative educational and cultural settings.

Qualified applicants receive up to 85% tuition support, thanks to the generous support of the Jim Joseph Foundation and George Washington University.

Partnering theory with practice, and the classroom with fieldwork, the EE/JCA curriculum enables students to become competent, creative, and reflective professionals. The program:

  • Inspires students to develop exciting and relevant programming for a range of audiences
  • Offers a year-long series of internships at cultural arts and educational institutions
  • Develops professional skills including budgeting, grant writing, workplace collaboration, and effective communication

*Applications need to be submitted by February 1 for funding consideration.

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