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Shoresh Hebrew High School Open Houses

Sunday, September 8 | 5:30 PM
Sunday, October 6 | 5:30 PM
Sunday, November 3 | 5:30 PM
Sunday, December 8 | 5:30 PM

Join us to learn about a unique Judaic Studies Program for teens in grades 8-12 attending
secular schools in the Washington D.C. area.
Open Houses begin at 5:30 PM
Please RSVP to OR 301-828-1912
Shoresh Hebrew High School Shoresh builds a strong
foundation for students to become critical
thinkers about our Jewish heritage, to find a sense of
shared community and destiny among all Jews, and to
meet the challenges of American Jewish life.

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

DC COUNCIL Intake Night! 

September 16 | 6:30 – 8:00 PM | At the Bender JCC

Teens & Parents are invited:
BBYO’s DC Council is the world’s largest youth movement for 8th – 12th graders. Come check out what we have to offer!
Interested in attending? Know of anyone who we should invite? Fill out this form 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. 

AJC’s Leaders for Tomorrow

Apply by Wednesday, September 18:

AJC’s Leaders for Tomorrow program is a pioneering leadership development program for high school students. Located at the Bender JCC, LFT empowers high school students to become young leaders in their communities and explore challenges facing global Jewry through advocacy training, congressional and diplomatic engagement, and sessions with AJC policy experts. The program trains students as advocates for Israel and gives them the tools to effectively use their voices against anti-Semitism.

The program will meet once a month on Sunday evenings from October – May. There is no cost to apply or participate.

Questions? Contact Monica Azhdam at


Gap Year Fair Tour 

November 13 | 6:30 – 8:30 PM | Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School – Annette M. and Theodore N. Lerner Family Upper School Campus

Join Masa Israel Journey as we go on tour! One of our Gap Year Fair stops this year is Rockville – we’re excited to bring you an evening of food, raffles, and a chance to learn about your opportunities to get to Israel!
For more information contact Stephanie Aseraph, Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager & Gap Year Segment Manager, at


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!