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Turning Point: The Quest for a Cure | A Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Wednesday, August 28 | 6:00 – 8:30 PM

Where will the future of Alzheimer’s research take us? The race to find treatments, if not a cure, for Alzheimer’s disease has seen setback after devastating setback in recent years, prompting the medical and scientific community to question their answers about the underlying mechanisms of the disease.

Register: Here

Genealogy in the Comics: A Kids’ Lecture for Grownups

JGSGW Special August Bonus Meeting Co-sponsored with the Bender JCC
Daniel Horowitz, Genealogy Expert at MyHeritage. This program is FREE and open to the public.

Sunday, August 25 | 1:00 PM Schmooze and Maven Tables | 1:30 PM Meeting and Speaker

Hollywood and the movie industry included genealogy references and techniques in many of their productions for a long time. Comics and cartoons also used genealogy to create intrigue and interest. Danie will show how these classics reveal family history and relationships – sometimes hidden, and sometimes in plain view. Come and enjoy this kids’ lecture for grownups – revive your childhood moments and discover some of the characters’ family secrets you never knew were there.

Daniel Horowitz is the Genealogy Expert at MyHeritage. he is responsible for outreach and liaison with genealogy societies, bloggers, and media, as well as lecturing and attending conferences around the world. He was the teacher and the study guide editor of the family history project. “Searching for My Roots” in Venezuela for 15 years. Daniel is involved in several crowdsource digitization and transcription projects and holds a board-level position at the Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA). He has been dedicated to genealogy since 1986.

Day of Learning: New Finds in an Ancient Land 

September 2 |  9:30 AM – 3:30 PM | Ohr Kodesh Congregation

The Haberman Institute for Jewish Studies invites you our annual fall Day of Learning. Acclaimed archaeologist Dr. Jodi Magness will reveal her newest discoveries about the history and legend of Masada. She will take us on an archaeological journey which will include an examination of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the ancient synagogue at Huqoq, as well. Registration includes morning coffee and “nosh,” and a kosher lunch.

Learn more and register online here. 

Jewish Communities in the Aftermath of Crises
September 10 | 7:30 – 9 PM | Leisure World, Clubhouse #1
More and more often, Jewish communities are experiencing crises that were unthinkable twenty years ago (e.g. Chabad of Poway, Tree of Life in Pittsburgh). While most of these tragedies make the news, what happens to these communities once the crisis has abated is often left uncovered. Seth Bernstein, a venerated rabbi and an experienced chaplain, is often called upon to help communities and families after such tragic events. His experiences from the World Trade Center destruction in 2001 to the shooting in Pittsburgh last year have caused him to recognize patterns that follow from these incidents. Such occurrences often leave the communities in disarray in their aftermath. Rabbi Bernstein will share his unique, behind-the-scenes perspective on the real needs of Jewish communities confronting such challenges.

This program is free and open to the public. Advance registration is requested. Learn more and register here

Jews & Genetics: Looking At Our History Through Our Heredity

September 11 |  7:30 – 9 PM | Washington Hebrew Congregation
Moment Magazine’s editor-in-chief, Nadine Epstein, shares her efforts to discover her family that had vanished over many generations. She utilized genealogical sleuthing, DNA and genetic testing, as well as “cousin-fishing” to reassemble her family tree. Her adventures took her to shtetls and cities in Eastern Europe and introduced her to an online universe of fellow travelers and close relatives, finally curing what she calls her chronic “familial loneliness syndrome.” Epstein has been writing about Jewish genealogy since the 1990’s.

This program is free and open to the public. Advance registration is requested. Learn more and register here

Seasons & Reasons: Fall Holidays 

September 17 | 7:30 – 9 PM | Gary Rosenthal Studio
In this fall session, we will explore the universal themes of creation/stewardship, redemption and forgiveness, gratitude, and what’s really important in life. We will then see how the particular rituals and texts associated with the Jewish fall holidays, (Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret), provide perspectives – some 3,500 years in the making – for wrestling with these themes. This is not a “how to celebrate” class; rather, it frames rituals as responses to the human condition, which we benefit from by revisiting each year.

This class is free and open to the public, however spaces are limited. Please pre-register here to reserve your spot. 


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.


2019 Dash Through the Dirt 5K, 10K, & Half!

We’re excited to help local Maryland Criminal Attorney Kush Arora in supporting the EOD Warrior Foundation through the 2019 Dash Through the Dirt 5K, 10K, & Half! The race proceeds will benefit the foundation as they help our military facing injuries and illnesses.

To register for the race, please click here.

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!