Around Town


Bulgarian Night

February 22 | 8:00 PM
Megen David Sephardic Congregation
11215 Woodglen Dr, North Bethesda, MD 20852

Join us for a festive and interactive journey through Bulgaria’s rich heritage. Music, Balkan dancing, Bulgarian food – and more!
With Joseph Benatov – Hebrew lecturer in foreign languages, and expert on Bulgarian Jews, at the University of Pennsylvania.

Bulgarian Dance Ensemble “Pendari” at Botev Academy

$10 entry. Visit for more information

Happy Hour with Federation’s Community Shlichim (Emissaries) and Federation’s Young Leadership

Monday, February 24 | 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Register TODAY for happy hour with Federation’s community shlichim (emissaries) and Federation’s Young Leadership. Meet the young Israelis who work to connect us with Israel. Learn more about their lives in Israel, what motivates their mission to educate people around the world, and how they inspire others with their stories.

Dacha Beer Garden
1600 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Cost: $15
Lite bites and one drink ticket included. Kosher dietary laws observed.



with Dr. Erica Brown, Associate Professor and Director, Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership, George Washington University

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
7:30 PM  9:00 PM
Kemp Mill Synagogue, 11910 Kemp Mill RoadSilver Spring, MD, 20902

Learn more and register online here.

Unstable governance. Material affluence. Royal intrigue. This text-based, interactive presentation will examine key moments of transformation in the Book of Esther, and parallel biblical stories, of courtier identity struggles that build lasting leadership (and may even have relevance today!). Local scholar of national prominence, Dr. Erica Brown, will guide us through this intriguing investigation. 

This program is free and open to the public. Advance registration is requested.

Yolit Flamenco Presents – Primavera Flamenco show

Saturday, March 28 | 8:00 PM

Yolit Yospe-Kachlon is returning to the Kreeger Auditorium with her newest and original production- Primavera!

After her Sold Out production Raíces, Mrs. Yospe-Kachion returns the Bender JCC stage, with an entirely new and original production- PRIMAVERA (Spring)!

The show will feature Yolit and her Alma Flamenca Dance Company and will host special guest musicians, including Sevilla native, and now NYC based Alfonso Cid!

Momentum Year-Long Journey

Your year-long journey with Momentum includes 8 days in Israel. Mental Health Professional July 13-20, 2020
For more information contact Sheryl Frank | 301-455-8825 |

Back to the Future: A New Look at Deuteronomy, Trimester #2

Haberman Institute Course
Sundays, 10:30 AM – Noon, Bender JCC

10-week trimester begins December 8;  Prior enrollment is not a pre-requisite 
The book of Deuteronomy is written primarily as three long speeches by Moses just before his death. There are two particularly fascinating aspects of this book. First, Moses retells the story of the Exodus and the tribal wanderings in the desert in his words (with some interesting twists and changes). Then, Deuteronomy embarks on a shift in the theology of the earlier Torah books. As such, this book becomes the foundation of the biblical theology which emerges throughout the rest of the Hebrew Bible.
In this course, we will compare the biblical styles of the first four books of the Torah with Deuteronomy and later texts, as well as how both traditional and modern biblical scholars viewed them.

Instructor: Gideon Amir

Learn more and register here.


Join An NIH Study

on Anxiety and how to better understand it –  learn more here

for Healthy Adults to explore how the brain and body work when people feel anxious – learn more here

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.

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:

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.

For more information visit:

Jews United for Justice, a nonprofit in DC, is currently recruiting for an Executive Assistant. Would you be able to share this job opening with members of your community? Thank you!