Nearly 100 Jewish professionals and leaders gathered in Chicago earlier this month at the third Birthright Israel Fellows training seminar. Implemented by Birthright Israel in partnership with the iCenter for Israel Education, the professional development program aims to increase the quality of the Birthright Israel experience through more highly skilled staff with better tools at their disposal. Local participants included Tiffany Harris, Ari Weiss, Joe Brophy, Yoav Magid and Stephanie Mandelblum.
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The Anti-Defamation League presented Kenneth A. Samet, president and CEO of MedStar Health, with its Achievement Award at a tribute dinner in his honor at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Oct. 8. Photo by Dovi Meyer
The Men’s Club of Congregation Har Tzeon -Agudath Achim of Silver Spring organized a “Yontif Bowl” touch football game during the afternoon on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, on Sept. 14. Photo provided
Akira Matthew Morgenstern, son of Keiko and Michael Morgenstern of Bethesda, became a bar mitzvah on Oct. 10, at Kol Shalom in Rockville. Family members joining in the simcha included his sister, Emiko, grandparents Ken and Mika Wakeshima of New York, cousins Beth and Scot Krumbein of Ohio and many relatives from around the country. In honor of his bar mitzvah, Akira requested that in lieu of gifts, donations be made to the Israel Tennis Centers, a charitable organization with 14 tennis centers throughout Israel. The Israel Tennis Centers strive to improve the lives of children in one of the most conflicted regions of the world. The coexistence program brings Jews, Arabs, Christians and Druze together to play tennis in a safe and nurturing environment to foster peace and understanding. Akira is a tournament tennis player with a national ranking. He is a seventh-grade student at Sidwell Friends School in Washington. Photo provided
Arthur and Janice Wilson of Philadelphia announce the birth of their grandson, Samuel Vincent Cetrone (Zalman Yisrael), on Sept. 18, in Washington. He is the son of James and Ariel Cetrone, of Washington. His paternal grandparents are Mark and Helen Cetrone, of Stony Brook, N.Y. Sammy is named in loving memory of his maternal great-grandfathers, Sol Silverstein and Irving Wilson; his maternal great-great-grandfathers Samuel Roth and Samuel Wilson; and his paternal great-grandfather Vincent Cetrone. Photo provided
Chilean-Jewish philanthropist Leonardo Farkash on Oct 4. donated a Torah scroll in memory of Master Sgt. Zidan Sayif, the Israeli-Druze policeman murdered in last year’s massacre at the Har Nof synagogue. The Torah scroll was donated to the Haifa Police Headquarters. Photo by Dovi Meyer