Jewish Community of Riderwood

Welcome to the website for the Riderwood Jewish Community (RJC). The RJC invites you to experience our warm and vibrant Jewish life at Riderwood Village. The RJC was established to provide a focus for the spiritual, cultural and educational activities for all Jewish residents. All are welcome to participate.

Happy New Year! – January 2020

Congratulations to the newly elected Board which will lead us through calendar year 2020.


From l to r: Recording Secretary Diana Glockner, President Howard Ledder, Vice President Mel Krupin, and Treasurer Ketta Abeshouse.


Shabbat and Holiday Services

shabbat-candles-150x150Shabbat services are conducted in the Riderwood Chapel the second and fourth Friday nights of each month. The prayer book we use is Gates of Prayer, and a Torah portion is read in Hebrew and English. An Oneg Shabbat follows, providing opportunities to mingle with friends and meet new neighbors. Shabbat services are also held at Arbor Ridge on the first Friday evening, and second and fourth Saturday mornings of each month.

We are delighted to announce that our once-monthly Friday afternoon Shabbat services at Arbor Ridge have returned!  We encourage Riderwood’s independent-living residents to attend these spirited services in order to help ensure that a minyan (at least 10 people) will be present.  There will be sufficient time to get back to all campus dining rooms for dinner.

The following services will be held this month:

Friday, January 3 at 4:00 p.m.  Shabbat evening services in the Garden Room at Arbor Ridge led by Rabbi Yaffa-Shira Sultan.

Friday, January 10 at 7:30 p.m. Shabbat evening worship service in the Chapel led by Reb Lisa Levine.

Saturday, January 11 at 10:30 a.m. Members of Oseh Shalom will conduct Shabbat services in the Evergreen Terrace 1st Floor Living Room at Arbor Ridge.

Friday, January 24 at 7:30 p.m. Shabbat evening worship service in the Chapel led by Rabbi Devorah Lynn.

Saturday, January 25 at 10:30 a.m. Members of Oseh Shalom will conduct Shabbat services in the Evergreen Terrace 1st Floor Living Room at Arbor Ridge.

If you are interested in participating in a Friday evening Shabbat service, please contact Mina Sweet. Honors include lighting candles, having a speaking aliyah, opening/closing the ark, kiddush, and hamotzi.

If you are in need of having Friday evening Shabbat services signed, please contact Sidney Kirschner.

Friday night services in the Chapel are simulcast on Riderwood TV Chapel Channel 976.

High Holiday Sermons Fall 2019

Many people have requested an opportunity to read the series of sermons given by Rabbi Devorah Lynn at this year’s High Holy Day services.

She is delighted that so many people have inquired and has graciously shared them with us here.

There are five sermons in this series: Erev Rosh HaShanah, Rosh HaShanah Morning, Kol Nidre (Erev Yom Kippur), Yom Kippur Morning, and Ne’ilah (the closing service of Yom Kippur).  Click on each one to read and/or print it.  Thank you again, Rabbi Lynn, for your inspiration, your wit, and for sharing!

Ritual Roundup

This month, Sidney Kirschner looks forward to the year’s Jewish holidays, many of which we’ll observe at Riderwood.

Residents are always welcome to submit material for publication in the Bulletin as well as this web page. Essays, poems, anecdotes, stories of interest, etc. will be considered for publication. Please submit your text for review to Irv Slott (cubby CT-T08 at Montgomery Station).

Click here to read this month’s Ritual Roundup.

Click here for this month’s new column, “Looking Forward,” by RJC’s immediate past president Bert Kaplan.

RJC Presents the movie: Dough

Please join us on Sunday, January 12 at 3:00 p.m. in Maryland Hall at Montgomery Station as RJC Presents the movie, Dough.  The movie is the story of an elderly Jewish man, the owner of a kosher bakery, who hires a young Muslim man as his apprentice.  Their experiences together provide many comedic and poignant moments. We look forward to seeing you at the movies!  RJC Presents is a special program usually held the second Sunday of each month.  Contact Judy Gordon or Marilyn Tublin for further information. 

Educational Opportunities


A variety of Jewish educational opportunities are available at Riderwood. Some classes are sponsored by the RJC; others are independent. All offer stimulating and exciting opportunities to learn and share.

The Secular Humanistic Judaism Social Group will meet for an informal lunch on Thursday, January 9 at 11:30 a.m. in the Seasons Lounge at Town Center.  The group meets for fellowship and fun, usually on the second Thursday of every month. Contact Milton Moskowitz for more information.

The RJC Education Program will meet on Tuesday, January 21 at 11:00 a.m. in the Music Room at Village Square. RJC member and author Daniel Sachs, will trace the history of Jewish superstitious beliefs, from the Creation to the present time.  The Talmud and rabbinical writings reveal that our ancestors relied heavily on fortune-telling and that their daily lives were laced with what today we call bubbe meises.  Come learn their origins.  The RJC Education program usually meets on the third Tuesday of each month.  Contact Allan Lowe for further information.

The RJC Study Group will meet on Tuesday, January 28 at 11:00 a.m. in the Music Room at Village Square.  This month, we conclude our 24-part DVD lecture series entitled Between Cross and Crescent: Jewish Civilization from Mohammed to Spinoza. Featuring noted Jewish history professor David Ruderman, this series presents an overview of Jewish culture and society from its rabbinic foundations in late antiquity until the dawn of modernity in the 17th century.  It provides a unique perspective from which to examine the three major Western religions as they interact over time. The DVD programs for this month are: “The Rise of Eastern European Jewry” and “The Sephardim of Amsterdam.” This class is usually held the fourth Tuesday of the month. Contact Allan Lowe for further information.

Additional Sharing Opportunities

Ramon Hadassah, part of Hadassah Greater Washington, will meet on Sunday, January 5 at 2:00 p.m. in the Music Room at Village Square.   Montgomery College instructor Naomi Daremblum will present a fascinating program on “Chocolate: It’s Not Just Delicious.”  She will present a brief overview of the history of chocolate, and its impact and meaning on cultures around the world with a delicious emphasis on the eating, drinking and appreciation of it.  You don’t want to miss this meeting!   All are welcome to attend. The group usually meets on the first Sunday afternoon of each month. Please contact Milly Spector for further information.


The Yiddish Interest Group usually meets the first and third Monday of each month at 11:00 a.m. in the Card Room at Village Square. This month, the group will meet on January 6 and January 20.   Everyone is always welcome — the meetings are always interesting and always fun! Contact Milly Spector for further information.


caringRJC Cares Dinners are proving a very successful way to meet new people!  At press time, there were still openings for the dinner on Thursday, January 9 at 5:00 p.m. It will be held in the Windsor private dining room at Montgomery Station.  Each person will use their Meal of the Day (MOD) number for their meal.  Because of space limitations, we are limited to the first 16 people who sign up.  Please contact Arlene Bennof if you would like to attend.

imagesCAWH1M93The RJC Book Club Club will meet on Saturday, January 25 at 2:00 p.m. in the Classroom at Village Square for its monthly meeting.  We will be discussing the book The Family Markowitz by Allegra Goodman.  This series of linked short stories depicts a warm, funny 15-year saga of three generations of an archetypal American Jewish family.  The characters, while somewhat wacky, offer a delightful familiarity in a depiction of Jewish culture in the last years of the 20th century.  Everyone is invited to attend. The Book Club usually meets the fourth Saturday of the month. If interested in joining or for further information, please contact co-chairpersons Marcia Price or Susan Samuel.

Interested in Starting/Joining a Chavurah?

The chavurah initiative announced in the December Bulletin is underway.  Several new groups have already formed and others are in the works.  If you would like to find friends to share an interest of yours, or just want to meet new people to have dinner with, please send a note with your interest, email, phone and apartment number to the Chavurah Committee c/o Manny Panar or you may click hereto download a form to send to Manny.  Also serving on this committee are Sandra Flank, Jane Handler, Ellen Ollendorf and Marilyn Tublin.  We look forward to connecting you with others who have similar interests.

A New Way to Communicate: RJCFlash

A new email group has been created as a vehicle for quickly notifying RJC members of urgent events and issues of immediate importance to the Riderwood Jewish Community.  In recognition of the purpose of the group — just-in-time communication to RJC members — the name of the group is RJCFlash.  Please download the ground rules and instructions for joining the group here.

RJC Archives: Now Updated and Available

The long-awaited inventory of the RJC Archives is now available!  The RJC has an excellent collection of Judaica books, DVDs and CDs.  Residents have an opportunity to check out items for their reading, viewing and listening pleasure.  Detailed instructions for borrowing or donating are available here.  The complete list of DVDs, CDs, and books is available here.  It will be updated periodically.

Save the Date


Sunday, February 9: RJC Presents Tu B’Shevat, Seven Species, and the First Earth Day






pencilThe Riderwood Jewish Community was established in 2000 with the opening of the Riderwood community. It has a constitution and bylaws and is administered by an all-volunteer board. Officers are elected at the annual meeting held each December. For a complete list of officers and board members, as well as contact information on our rabbis, please click here.

RJC Board meetings usually take place on the first Tuesday of the month. The next Board meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 7 at 10:00 a.m. in the Art Studio at Montgomery Station. All RJC members are welcome to attend.

RJC membership is open to all. Annual dues are $54 per person per calendar year. Please consider becoming involved to make this organization even better!   You may download the form here.

This web page is updated monthly in conjunction with the publication of the RJC Bulletin. The Bulletin is published at the beginning of each month and distributed via e-mail or print version to each Jewish resident. Print copies are also available at the Riderwood Sales Office at Town Center and at the Pastoral Ministries Office at Village Square. This web page was last updated January 2.

Click here to access the complete calendar for January.  

Click here to access the President’s Column for January by Howard Ledder.

Volunteer Opportunities

For a complete list of volunteer opportunities, please click here.

RJC Cares

caringRJC Cares is here to provide a friendly visitor or emotional support to any member of our community.  If we can be of help, please contact Marilyn Tublin or Arlene Bennof. If you would like to volunteer to participate in this RJC project and be available should a need arise, please call Arlene.


Being Prepared for the Journey’s End

While none of us like to think about death – for ourselves or a loved one – we all know it is inevitable. To assist you with the many considerations in planning a Jewish funeral, and gathering important information you should have on hand for your family, the Riderwood Jewish Community has just completed a report specifically written for Jewish residents of Riderwood. You may obtain a copy of this 12-page paper from Reverend James Bell in the Pastoral Ministries Office. Or, you may choose to print it yourself by clicking here.



Hanukkah Celebration December 8
with the Baltimore Klezmer Orchestra




















Annual Meeting December 9
































































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