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Unvaccinated worshipers included in newly opened synagogues

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After more than a year of virtual services, Tikvat Israel Congregation in Rockville returned to its sanctuary for an in-person Shabbat on April 24....
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Mark Levine wants to make history in Virginia. But will voters let him?

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Mark Levine stands at the ready, with a handful of pamphlets and a friendly disposition. It’s April 23, the start of early primary voting...

NoVa to be ringed by two ritual enclosures

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Two ritual enclosures that allow Shabbat-observant Jews to carry items beyond their homes are nearing completion in Northern Virginia. Kesher Israel Congregation in Georgetown is...

WJW takes 6 regional awards for journalistic excellence

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For its work during a year of pandemic and lockdowns, toilet paper shortages and virtual prayer and education, Washington Jewish Week took home six...

Sharp rise in anti-Semitism in Maryland, Virginia and D.C., ADL reports

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Last spring, Rabbi Lizz Goldstein of Congregation Ner Shalom in Woodbridge encountered an unwanted guest at her virtual Torah study. The person made derogatory...

Virginia Jews both insiders and outsiders, historically

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In 1790, there were 200 Jews in Virginia. By 2013, the commonwealth was home to 95,000, most of them near Washington, D.C., according to...

At Beth Sholom in Potomac, a close reading of ‘Shtisel’

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Can’t get enough of “Shtisel,” even after binge-watching the long-awaited third season on Netflix? At Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah in Potomac, the...

AJC honors Md. state Sen. Cheryl Kagan

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Maryland state Sen. Cheryl Kagan's passion for civic service, the Jewish community and Scrabble were all mentioned at a virtual event honoring her on...

Elie Wiesel to be the first Jew honored with a bust in the National...

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Washington’s National Cathedral, known for its role during presidential inaugurations and other days of national import, is honoring Elie Wiesel, the Nobel Peace Laureate...

After legislative session, Jewish groups see some wins, some losses

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The recently completed Maryland General Assembly session began under the haze of the pandemic, with many residents and businesses suffering financially and legislators having...