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Hometowne USA Barbershop Chorus of Montgomery County 2018 Musical Extravaganza

Saturday, October 20 | 7:30 PM | Kreeger Auditorium at the Bender JCC | 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD
Saturday, October 27 | 3:00 PM | Rosborough Center Theater at AMV | 409 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD
Montgomery County’s own barbershop chorus, Hometowne USA, proudly hosts AN EVENING and AN AFTERNOON celebration of a cappella choral singing presenting contemporary and classic American popular songs. Special Guest Barbershop Quartets include:
CHORDIANS of the GALAXY (Oct. 27)And Featuring our own Chorus and Quartets:
Hometowne USA Chorus
Irrational Exuberance Quartet
Last Minute QuartetTickets: $20 at the door, children 10 & under free.  $15, if bought from a chorus member or in advance.To order please call: Doug Mader (301) 466-1378 or email:
Or Director: Barry Davis (301) 518-6586 or email:

What Can Jewish Culture of Pre-War Germany Teach Us Today?
Presented by The Foundation for Jewish Studies

Tuesday, October 23 | 7:30 – 9:00 PM | Professor Michael Brenner, American University

The 19th Century German Jewish community was the first to attempt to integrate Jewish traditions into a modern European society. Today, it might appear that this attempt failed as a result of the rise of Nazism, and the tragic events of World War II and the Holocaust. But from a distance of almost 80 years, perhaps this conclusion should be reconsidered, as we look at the extent to which the prewar German Jewish community served as the cultural pioneers and role models for Jewish communities generally, and in particular the American Jewish community.

Venue: Adas Israel Congregation
Registration: There is no fee for this program, however, pre-registration is recommended online at

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Saturday, October 27 | Bender JCC is a convenient drop-off location 
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. National Take-Back Day is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs.

Federation’s The Network Presents David Schizer, CEO of JDC

Wednesday, November 7

Don’t miss an opportunity to hear from David Schizer, Executive Vice President & CEO of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), one of Federation’s critical overseas partners and the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian organization, who will share his vision for JDC’s future.

2018 Gap Year Fair

Presented by Masa Israel

Thursday, November 8 | 6:30 – 8:30 PM | Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School | 11710 Hunters Ln, Rockville, MD 20852

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get all your gap year questions answered and find out about the different types of experiences Masa Israel offers. Let’s talk about taking a year on – not off!

For more information, contact:

The Foundation for Jewish Studies Presents “Lincoln and the Jews”

with Dr. Jonathan D. Sarna, Brandeis University 
Sunday, November 11, 7:30 – 9 PM
The first U.S. President who actively sought to attract support from Jewish voters was none other than Abraham Lincoln. Renowned historian Jonathan D. Sarna will reveal how Lincoln’s remarkable relationship with American Jews impacted both his path to the presidency and his policy decisions as president. Using recently discovered documents featured in his book (written with collector Benjamin Shapell), Lincoln and the Jews, Professor Sarna will share this new and previously unknown aspect of Abraham Lincoln’s life, one that broadened him, and, as a result, broadened America. This talk will include the issue of slavery tying it to the Learning on Wheels trip the following day.
Venue: Ohr Kodesh Congregation, 8300 Meadowbrook Lane, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Registration: There is no fee for this program, however pre-registration is recommended online at

Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy Presents: Nourish Your Soul

Wednesday, November 14

Join Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy to connect with women from across our community. We’ll enjoy delicious food, great conversation and be inspired by the stories of award-winning restaurateurs and cookbook authors, Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook, in conversation with Joan Nathan.

The Foundation for Jewish Studies Presents “Lincoln and the Jews “Healing, Health and Jewish Sensibilities”

with Rabbi Vanessa Ochs, Ph.D., University of Virginia
Sunday, November 18, 7:30 – 9 PM

Derived from Jewish texts, traditions, laws, practices, rituals, and experiences, “Jewish Sensibilities” are ways in which Jews (religious and secular alike) act “Jewishly,” whether consciously or not. Understanding such Jewish sensibilities, rooted in a combination of tradition, law and culture, can help us understand our gut responses and complex motivations when faced with healing and healthcare decisions. In this session, Professor Ochs will share her groundbreaking work on how the most pervasive Jewish sensibilities in our own lives can help us thoughtfully navigate these challenges.

Venue: Congregation Olam Tikvah, 9300 Glenbrook Rd., Fairfax, VA 22031
Registration:  There is no fee for this program, however pre-registration is recommended online at

The Play That Goes Wrong

Starting in December | Kennedy Center are beyond excited to be presenting The Play that Goes Wrong starting in December. This hilarious, award-winning comedy shows what would happen if Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python had an illegitimate Broadway baby! Called “the funniest play Broadway has ever seen” (The Huffington Post), this classic murder mystery is chock-full of mishaps and madcap mania. Find out more about the production here. gain early access, simply click the below link, or use the promo code starting on Friday, 9/7/18 at 10 am.
Unique link:
Promo code: 307085
Details: valid starting at 10 am on 9/7/18. Use on the web, by phone, or in person


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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