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Kol Ish Live in Concert - Beatbox

02/08/2018 11:45:49 PM


Rhythm 'N' Ruach: Shalom at Home Interview with the Rabbi! 

03/31/2020 03:09:06 PM


Adrienne Suson

Click the video to watch Rabbi Suson discuss his COVID-19 experiences on Rhythm 'N' Ruach's Shalom at Home! Read more...

Let the Light In - Parashat Noach 5780

11/01/2019 01:14:25 PM


Rabbi Suson

Yom Kippur 5780

10/08/2019 11:38:21 AM


Rabbi Suson

The Kitchener Camp: When Britain Welcomed 4,000 German Jews

07/02/2019 12:42:53 PM


Linda Topping Streitfeld

Irmgard Brill was pregnant with her first child, and she was terrified. Nazis had burned down the synagogue, violence reigned in the streets, and she and her husband Walter had been forced to hide in the home of a friend. After years of increasing abuse and discrimination against Jews in Germany, this horrific night focused their dilemma. Irmgard must have wondered if they should stay in their hometown of Munich, Germany. And if...Read more...

Rabbi and Kids Prepare for Passover Seder

04/19/2019 11:01:58 AM


The Taming of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Frank Solomon

11/05/2018 07:02:48 PM


Frank Solomon

Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain on the African continent and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. It contains almost every kind of ecological system on earth: cultivated land, rain forest, heath, moorland, alpine desert and an arctic summit. At a colossal 19,341 feet, Mt. Kilimanjaro is one of the largest volcanoes to ever break through the earth’s crust. Hemingway made the mountain a...Read more...

Shabbat Hazon, Devarim, Tisha B'Av, Tu B'Av 5778

07/20/2018 12:35:46 PM


The Comfort of DisComfort
by Abigail Leibowitz
Featured in this week's WJW!

If you Google “Jamaica images” you get sparkling beaches, white sRead more...

Kol Ish in Concert

05/15/2018 03:18:19 AM


Passover 5778

04/02/2018 10:22:55 PM


Rabbi Steven Suson

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02/08/2018 09:00:07 AM


Frank Solomon

Did you know the U.S. government’s first official counterterrorism office was created in response to an attack on Israelis? In fact, many of the components of the U.S. responses to terrorism were prompted by developments affecting Israel.

During his Shabbat morning guest lecture on Jan. 27, Michael Kraft, a 19-year veteran of the U.S. State Department’s counterterrorism office, shared these and many other insights about about...Read more...

Sen. Cardin Urges Jews to Speak Up Against Bias and Injustice

12/17/2017 08:10:16 PM


Frank Solomon

To help repair the world is in the DNA of Jews, according to U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin.   "Our upbringing and culture teach us to be concerned about the rest of human beings, to help correct the wrong, and to help repair the world," Maryland's senior senator said on Hanukah Shabbat at Har Tzeon Agudath-Achim. "This is our Jewish value. This is in our DNA as a people."   "We must not be afraid of speaking up when we see evil things....Read more...

A World View Shaped from a Small Town Jewish Perspective

12/08/2017 02:11:22 PM


Daniel S. Mariaschin, B'nai Brith Executive VP & HTAA Past President

A World View Shaped from a Small Town Jewish Perspective
by Daniel S. Mariaschin, B'nai Brith Executive VP & HTAA Past President

In 1955, just before I entered the first grade, we moved from Englewood, New Jersey, to Swanzey, New...Read more...


11/16/2017 04:44:58 PM


Kami Troy - Kol HaBirah News

Silver Spring historian Professor David Rotenstein was the latest lecturer in Congregation Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim’s adult education series.

Today we think of Silver Spring, Maryland, as a very Jewish area, but this wasn’t always the case. In reality, Jews were banned from living in Silver Spring for decades as a result of restrictive residency covenants and land-use laws explicitly prohibiting the sale of property to specific...Read more...

Congressman Jaime Raskin's visit to HTAA!

10/18/2017 03:12:19 PM


Frank Solomon

Mazal Tov to Frank Solomon  for his recent write-up in Kol HaBirah on Congressman Jaime Raskin's visit to HTAA! 

Click Here To Read The Article! 



09/28/2017 01:35:01 PM


Frank Solomon - Kol HaBirah News

Jews may be “People of the Book,” but Congressman Jamie Raskin (D – Md.) believes in putting words into action to help make the world a better place. That was one of the messages the new representative for Maryland’s 8th District had for the packed audience at Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim in Silver Spring, Maryland, on Sept. 23, Shabbat Shuva.

The former American University law professor and veteran Maryland state legislator said...Read more...


09/14/2017 01:37:02 PM


Ira Brandriss - Kol HaBirah News

My mother, Perla Brandriss, often mentioned to us as children that it was Erev Rosh Hashanah, 1942, that the Nazis came to take her parents. They and their two youngest children were rounded up and taken to the railway station in their home town of Lille, France, together with many of the city’s other Polish Jews, to be sent to their deaths at Auschwitz.

Erev Rosh Hashanah that year fell on September 11, the date on which, 59 years...Read more...

The Untold Story of the Jewish Effort to Pass the G.I. Bill.  By our newest congregant,  Anna Selman

07/15/2017 01:00:33 AM


On June 22nd, we celebrated the anniversary of the G.I. Bill, a historic act that was the first major piece of legislation dealing with the postwar era challenges to come.  With veterans coming home to already fully staffed factories, the G.I. Bill, officially known as the Service Member Readjustment Act of 1944, helped stop another recession by providing education and housing opportunities to...Read more...

Chag Kasher V'Sameach!

04/07/2017 05:16:51 PM


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A White Shabbos!

01/22/2016 01:28:33 PM


From Carmi Kobren & Abbé Levin

01/08/2016 12:49:39 PM


  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


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...

Shana Tova 5776

09/11/2015 01:10:16 PM


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

07/21/2015 10:35:35 AM


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



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

07/08/2015 10:27:45 AM


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 his words on all...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



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 Is A God-Fearing Person? 

06/04/2015 05:04:20 PM


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?...

Happy Mother's Day

05/09/2015 11:59:30 PM


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


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


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


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...

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