Chag Kasher V'Sameach!

04/07/2017 05:16:51 PM

Apr7

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Scholar-in-Residence Weekend & Shabbat Shalom!

03/17/2017 06:22:08 AM

Mar17

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Happy Purim!

03/11/2017 11:57:44 PM

Mar11

It's Purim - the time we recount the miraculous circumstances that enabled our survival as a people. Thanks to Mordechai and Esther's perilous plan and Divine safeguard, eventually, things somehow fell into place. The faithful and the wicked received...Read more...

All That Jazz

11/11/2016 11:56:04 AM

Nov11

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Lekh Lekha 5777

11/11/2016 11:44:34 AM

Nov11

A wave of emotions overcame the nation this week as the world was stunned by the outcome of our presidential election. If my Facebook feed is a scientific gauge, my own family, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances expressed a range of passionate emotions and...Read more...

Purim 5776

09/16/2016 05:21:26 PM

Sep16

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Vesheenantam Levanecha : Teach Them to Your Children

02/12/2016 03:40:25 PM

Feb12

This week, I attended the 1st Grade Siddur Ceremony at the Berman Hebrew Academy. It was inspiring to watch the the students receive their first "real" prayerbook and demonstrate their newly acquired Hebrew...Read more...

Get Involved

01/29/2016 02:14:24 PM

Jan29

There is a Midrash, a rabbinic parable, taught on this week's Torah portion, about the place God chose to give the tablets containing the 10 Commandments. It describes, all the mountains assembling before God and pleading their cases as to why they should be the chosen place for...Read more...

A White Shabbos!

01/22/2016 01:28:33 PM

Jan22

Shared Values: Moses, Martin & Me

01/18/2016 03:56:29 PM

Jan18

  How apropos that we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. the very week that we read a Torah portion recounting the persecution of the Hebrews and the abuse they endured at the hands of the Egyptians. One can’t help...Read more...

From Carmi Kobren & Abbé Levin

01/08/2016 12:49:39 PM

Jan8

  A message from our congregants, Carmi Kobren & Abbé Levin

This story begins while I was siting in Shul during Shmeni Atzeret of this year.  The congregation was getting ready to begin Yizkor.  I was sitting with my parents thinking about my brother Ami.  Abbé was there to say Kaddish for, among others, her brother...Read more...

A Message From Cantor Ben Bazian

12/29/2015 09:19:55 AM

Dec29

Dear Friends,   As Eva and I are in the final preparations for the wedding of our son and future daughter, Sam & Jessica, this weekend, I was tasked to prepare a D’var Torah for the Shabbat meals.  How wonderful that I have a son who made it so easy for me to connect the this week's torah reading with our Simcha.   Parashat Vayechi culminates the story of our Patriarchs with the passing of...Read more...

E-Lites: Parashat Miketz 29 Kislev 5776

12/11/2015 04:01:32 PM

Dec11

Dear Friends,   Yesterday, our Hanukkah lights glowed dimmer as our synagogue community was, once again, touched by the tragic death of a beautiful soul, gone far too young. Noah Aaron Leotta, of blessed...Read more...

What You Can Do To Support Israel - By Rabbi Steven Suson

11/12/2015 11:32:08 AM

Nov12

 

Last summer, a group of us from HTAA travelled to Israel. There, we visited the Western Wall, toured the country, and witnessed how this tiny 

Jewish state makes incredible use of the land it possesses. Indeed its people are the most valuable resource that bless Israel. My favorite part of the trip was the Shabbat we spent together in Jerusalem. We had invited lone soldiers,...Read more...

Shana Tova 5776

09/11/2015 01:10:16 PM

Sep11

Will we ever see justice in the AMIA bombing case? by Dan Mariaschin

07/21/2015 10:35:35 AM

Jul21

Did the best chance for justice in the AMIA bombing case die with Alberto Nisman?

 

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Not Just Numbers - The Sanctity of Speech - by Charles Shenitz

07/08/2015 10:27:45 AM

Jul8

This past Monday, June 29 the 12th of Tammuz was the first yahrzeit for my father George Abraham Shenitz, Yosef Avraham ben Binyamin Halevi z"l. I presented a Torah learning session in memory of my father after daily morning services. I chose to focus on my father's ability to carefully choose...Read more...

The JCRC of Greater Washington Stands with the Community of Charleston at This Time of Tragedy

06/19/2015 02:57:06 PM

Jun19

 

The murders committed in Charleston at the historic Emanuel AME Church and the desecration of the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes at Tabgha reflect a fundamental misunderstanding of the unity of all of G-d's creation. We issue the following statements in response to these heinous crimes:

The JCRC of Greater Washington Stands with the Community of Charleston at This Time of Tragedy...Read more...

Who Wants to Be a Minyanaire?

06/19/2015 12:39:55 AM

Jun19

Overwhelmed. I am simply overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from this congregation during an extraordinarily difficult period in my personal life. Never have I been on the receiving end of comfort to a...Read more...

Who Is A God-Fearing Person? 

06/04/2015 05:04:20 PM

Jun4

In our Shavuot inter-generational Torah study we divided into pairs, and attempted to answer the following question:

Who is a "God-fearing" person? 

By looking at the 4 stories in the Torah where the term "God-fearing" is mentioned, we found a common denominator: 

A "God-fearing" person is one who treats the stranger and the underprivileged with compassion!

How did we arrive at that conclusion?...Read more...

Happy Mother's Day

05/09/2015 11:59:30 PM

May9

Someone once asked if the idea of observing Mother's Day is consistent with Jewish law and tradition. Not because he was bemoaning having to pay inflated prices for flowers but, as a traditionalist, the concept did not sit well with him. He suspected that identifying a single day to honor...Read more...

The Magic Omer Formula: How to Figure Out the Correct Count without A Calendar or Internet!

04/22/2015 02:22:22 PM

Apr22

By Shamai Leibowitz          

If you were stranded on an island without a Jewish calendar and no internet connection (oy gevalt!), how would you know what number to count in the Omer?

Every year, on the second night of Passover, we begin a special 49-day period in the Jewish calendar known as Sefirat Ha’omer, the counting of the...Read more...

Shabbat Shalom

04/17/2015 03:42:06 PM

Apr17

28 Nisan 5775 / 17 April, 2015

Parashat Shemini

Shabbat Shalom! 

Freedom is a value to which we can relate both as Jews and as Americans. It means that we respect others' rights to live and believe as they...Read more...

Happy Passover!

04/03/2015 05:08:04 PM

Apr3

14 Nisan, 5775 / April 3, 2015

Happy Passover! 

For a host of reasons, this Passover does not come at a most joyous time in my life. Don’t worry, I’m...Read more...

HTAA Students Play Music and Show Their Talents to Seniors at "Cohen-Rosen House" on Good Deeds Day 2015

03/22/2015 03:07:54 PM

Mar22

In order of appearance: 

Vivi - playing "Ode to Joy" on oboe

Annie Sacks - playing "Classical Sonatina" on piano

Emily, Nina and David twirling the hula hoops

Marta - playing "Russian Dance" on piano

Niv Leibowitz - breaking boards with Taekwondo punches and kicks

The More You Give, The More You Get

02/24/2015 04:14:06 PM

Feb24

משנכנס אדר מרבין בשמחה

"When Adar comes, we increase our happiness!" (Taanit 29a)

Today we celebrate Rosh Chodesh and joyously welcome the Hebrew month of Adar.  When this time comes around, the Talmud instructs us to increase our happiness level.  In fact, this is one of the few seasons that we are actually commanded to be in a positive, even happy, mood.  Although it seems strange...Read more...

Lessons from the Olive Tree 

02/10/2015 12:33:40 PM

Feb10

By Chana Williams

A 2000-year-old olive tree in Israel (credit: Dawn Moraski)

On Tu Bishvat, one of the fruits we eat is olives. The Hebrew word for olive tree is "etz shemen," meaning “tree of oil”. As you probably know, olives can be squeezed to make olive oil, which has many uses in...Read more...

Just Before His 95th Birthday, Seymour Greene Plays "Oyfn Pripetchik"

02/05/2015 12:32:40 AM

Feb5

Parashat Vayechi - Why is "Yehuda" Special This Week?  by Shamai Leibowitz

01/05/2015 11:43:37 AM

Jan5

    In writing a Sefer Torah, the scribe has has wide latitude on how to place the words in the columns. There is no halachic or mesorah imperative that the columns start or end with any particular word, and the scrolls vary from sefer to sefer. Although some Sifrei Torah start all the columns with a “vav,” this custom is controversial, with sages such as Maimonides opposing it...Read more...

Parashat Vayeitze

12/01/2014 10:27:03 PM

Dec1

Was Laban Really A Wicked Person?

By Charles Shenitz and Shamai Leibowitz

In this week’s Torah portion, Vayeitze, one of the main characters is Laban, or Lavan, Rebecca's brother and Yaakov's uncle, with whom Yaakov has a tumultuous relationship. 

 We referenced Lavan in this column several few weeks ago in our commentary on the Torah portion...Read more...

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