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.

April 2021

In full compliance with Riderwood policy, ALL in-person RJC-sponsored services, classes and events are cancelled until further notice.  Any changes will be posted here and on RJCFlash.  We continue to pray for the health and welfare of all our friends, neighbors and loved ones and a speedy end to this scourge affecting the world.

Shabbat and Passover Services

The RJC Executive Board is delighted to announce that Rabbi Robert Goldstein has been selected to be our new rabbi.  In addition, Cantorial Soloist Shari Feldman has been selected to co-officiate.  They will both begin in May.  Further details will be available next month.  Until we can meet again in person, Shabbat services will continue to be pre-recorded and will be broadcast as before.  Services are broadcast only at 7:00 pm on Fridays on Channel 976 but may also be available via video link through RJCFlash. All Shabbat services will run one hour in length.

Friday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m.: Shabbat evening service with Cantor Linda Baer (rebroadcast from March 19).

Saturday, March 27, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.: First Night Seder with Rabbi Yaffa-Shira Sultan (pre-recorded) on Channel 976.

Sunday, March 28, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.: Second Night Seder with Rabbi Yaffa-Shira Sultan (pre-recorded) on Channel 976.

Saturday, April 3, 11:00 – 11:30 am: Passover Yizkor Memorial service with Rabbi Yaffa-Shira Sultan (pre-recorded) on Channel 976.

Friday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m.: Shabbat evening service and Yom HaShoah Commemoration with Cantor Linda Baer.

Friday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m.: Shabbat evening service with Cantor Linda Baer.

Click here for a pdf of Highlights of Gates of Prayer siddur which is used for Shabbat services.  In order to achieve the best copy available, and as knowledge permits, you may adjust your printer settings as follows:  From the pdf, select the printer icon and a box will come up.  Select: Print on both sides of paper; Flip on short edge; Click on Landscape (under Orientation).  Then click Print.  Your copy should look the same as the prayer books we use in the Chapel and the type should be the same size.  Alternatively, you may request a printed copy of the Highlights or a large print copy of the Gates of Prayer siddur by clicking here for the request form.

President’s Message

Click here to read this month’s message from our co-president Suzan Wynne.


Ritual Roundup

This month, Sidney Kirschner reviews our upcoming holidays and commemorative events in April, from Passover to Lag B’Omer.  Other events taking place this month include Yom HaShoah, Yom HaZikaron, and Yom Ha’atzmaut.  Click here to read Sidney’s column.

This month, we include a special piece from Kate Lorber entitled “Forbidden.”  Click here to read.

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 Elaine Mondschein  (cubby WC-514 in Village Square).

Click here for Bert Kaplan’s monthly column, “Looking Forward.” Bert is a past president of RJC.


Passover begins on Saturday evening, March 27. Because of Covid-19 social distancing restrictions, we will not be able to hold our traditional RJC group Seders (with 250 people) this year. However, we are delighted to be able to present a pre-recorded seder led by Rabbi Yaffa-Shira Sultan.  The one-hour program will be shown at 5:00 p.m. on both Saturday, March 27 and Sunday, March 28 on Riderwood TV Channel 976. We wish RJC members and their families a healthy and meaningful Passover and look forward to being able to be together in person to share an RJC Seder next year.

Commemorating Yom HaShoah

On Friday, April 9, our Riderwood Jewish Community will commemorate Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day). Observed this year on April 8, this modern Jewish holiday honors the memory of the six-million Jews who perished during the Holocaust. We are grateful to call 16 Holocaust survivors our Riderwood friends and neighbors.  They each enrich our lives. Please join our Riderwood Holocaust survivors for our recorded Shabbat Evening Worship Service which will be shown Riderwood TV Channel 976 on April 9 at 7:00 p.m.  Cantor Linda Baer will focus on the
message of the Holocaust during the service.

 RJC Calendar


Click here to see a listing of April events.



Ramon Hadassah and RJC Presents: “The Old Days: Jewish Life in Washington, D.C.”

Ramon Hadassah and RJC Presents join forces to present a very special program on “The Old Days: Jewish Life in Washington, D.C.”  via Zoom on Sunday, April 11 at 2:00 p.m. for a special treat. Join producer Esther McBride for an intimate talk with ancestors who were born early in the 20th century. Perhaps you’ll remember along with them as they describe their everyday lives in a long-ago city and remember horse-drawn fire engines, swimming competitions on the Potomac River and baseball games at Griffith Stadium. View historic photos and hear of immigrant parents struggling to fit in to American life and earn a living as they also pass on their Jewish traditions and values. Bring your recollections of growing up in America of yesteryear. A Zoom link will be sent a few days before the meeting through BOTH RJCFlash and Hadassah. To receive the link through Hadassah, contact Riderwood resident Milly Spector or Ramon advisor Judy Rumerman at or (301) 680-0850.

Commemorating Yom Ha’Zikaron and Yom Ha’Atzmaut

Each year, Israel, along with Jews throughout the world, observes two back-to-back events: Yom Ha’Zikaron (Israel Memorial Day) on April 14 and Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) on April 15. To commemorate these two important days, on April 12 at 7:00 pm, the RJC Education Committee will present the film Above and Beyond on Riderwood TV Channel 972.  The film documents the story of four American, foreign, and Israeli pilots who smuggled war planes out of the United States to help defend the new state of Israel during its War of Independence.

To paraphrase one critic, the movie “…is a sincere testimonial from actual Jewish and other pilots who risked their lives for underdogs.…” This documentary splendidly displays the best of mankind regardless of nationality or base ambition.  If you haven’t yet seen this film, it’s a MUST. If you have seen it, you’ll want to see it again.

Celebrating Our Volunteers

Each year in April, organizations across America pause to honor the significant contributions their volunteers make — and the RJC is no exception.  Volunteers are the heart and soul of the RJC.   We salute you and thank each of you, especially during these unprecedented times of a worldwide pandemic. Each of you has made such a meaningful contribution to make this organization such a vital part of our lives here at Riderwood. When good people come together to support a good cause, the possibilities are endless. Please click here to see the list of the volunteers we honor this year.

And there’s still room for you too!  We welcome everyone’s participation in making the RJC the best it can be. Click here to see a list of volunteer opportunities. Thank You!

Opportunities to Connect, Share and Learn

Moment Magazine Zoominars

  RJC Presents invites you to join us each Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. for Moment Magazine Zoominars. To access the site and register (free), go to:  This site also provides access to previous Zoominars.  Once you register, you’ll be notified of upcoming Zoominars.  Enjoy!

April 6: A Tale of a Niggun by Elie Wiesel with Elisha Wiesel and Mark Podwal

April 13: The Rise of Anti-Semitism in France with French Journalist Marc Weitzmann and Robert Siegel

April 20: Art, Sex, Loneliness, Liberation, and the Making of Midnight Cowboy, with Journalist Glenn Frankel and Film Historian Rebecca Prime

April 27: Codebreakers, Spies, and the Secret Struggle to Drive the Nazis from the Middle East with Journalists Gershom Gorenberg and Dan Raviv

Additional topics to be posted as available.


Ramon Hadassah, part of Hadassah Greater Washington, will host its next meeting in conjunction with RJC Presents on  Sunday, April 11 at 2:00 p.m. on Zoom.  Please see above for details and don’t forget to register to receive the Zoom link.


Manischewitz Social Group aka RJC Cares Welcome Shabbat Get-Together

RJC CARES will have our next get-together, via Zoom, on Friday, April 23 at 4:00 p.m.  The get-together will be a way for us to welcome Shabbat and socialize through Zoom since we can’t yet meet in person. A link will be sent via RJCFlash prior to the meeting.  For further information, contact Al Jacobs.

RJC Book Club

April is a bonanza month for the RJC Book Club! The March meeting  was rescheduled from Erev Pesach to April 3 and our regular April meeting will be held April 24. Both meetings will be held on Zoom beginning at 2:00 p.m. Plan to attend
both for interesting discussions of compelling books. You can join the Zoom meeting by computer or phone.  To join by computer, enter this link:  Once connected to Zoom, enter Meeting ID 894 9937 2101.  By phone, call 301-715-8592 and follow the prompts.  It is Meeting ID 894 9937 2101.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

On April 3, Barbara Putney will lead the discussion of I Want You to Know We Are Still Here,Esther Safran Foer’s memoir of her parents’ survival of the Holocaust, their meeting in the displaced person’s camp, where she was born, but most interestingly, their adapting to a very different culture as their children and grandchildren grow up in the United States. All three of Foer’s sons, Jonathan, Franklin and Joshua, are authors and you can see echoes of their heritage as their mother takes us on a fascinating journey.

On April 24, we’ll discuss The Only Woman in the Room, the delightful and surprising biography of Hedy Lamarr, by Marie Benedict. Besides
being “one of the most beautiful women ever to grace the silver screen (Kirkus Reviews),” Lamarr was a scientist who designed a secret weapon used against the Nazis. Her life, before escaping from her marriage to a Nazi through her movie career, is full of unusual twists and turns. Sylvia Raphael is the discussion leader.

In May, Elaine Hauptman will lead the discussion of A. B. Yehoshua’s The Tunnel, described by one reviewer as “a quirky,deeply affecting work by a master storyteller.”  In June, Sandy Nachenberg will lead a discussion on The Book of Lost Names by Kirstin Harmel.  It is an astonishing true story of a young woman who saved hundreds of Jewish children from the Nazis with her talent for creating forged documents for them.

Note to all participants: The Zoom connection information will be used for future Book Club meetings you may want to keep it handy.  It will be repeated in subsequent issues of the RJC BULLETIN until we can resume face-to-face meetings.

Anyone who is interested or has questions about the group, please contact chairperson Marcia Price or Janis Colton.

RJC Chavurah

The Chavura Project is a concept, not an organization. Its intent is to help people get together.  The hope is that everyone who is interested becomes part of the Project.  Marilyn Tublin, RJC Cares Co-Chair, is coordinating efforts to bring residents together.  Feel free to contact her or Barbara Yalisove, New Member Welcoming Chair.

While on hold during Covid-19, we look forward to getting together as soon as it is safe to do so.  Currently, Riderwood’s Covid-19 guidelines do not allow residents to meet in each other’s apartments to have discussion groups or in restaurants. We have saved all the Chavurah sign-up forms, so please don’t worry that we have forgotten about you. Once restrictions are lifted, we will review those forms and re-initiate the process of connecting people according to their areas of interest.

If you have questions, or have your own ideas that you want to implement, please feel free to email Manny Panar.

RJC Cares Support

The RJC Cares Committee offers support to members of our community.  There may be a time when a member needs a friendly visitor (as we are allowed) or emotional support.  If you, or someone you know, would welcome some help during a time of need, please call Marilyn Tublin.


The Newly Established Mel Krupin (z”l)
Music Fund

The Riderwood Jewish Community was blessed for many years with the love, humor and intelligence of Mel Krupin (of blessed memory). He added to our lives in so many ways. As RJC Hospitality Committee Chairperson, he brought his many years of experience to overseeing the magnificent and delicious meals we enjoyed on Rosh Hashana, Break-the-Fast and Pesach to name a few. He will always be remembered for his hilarious portrayal of Ahashuerus in our RJC Purim Shpiel.

Mel also loved music. We are pleased to honor this love and his memory through the creation of the Mel Krupin Music Fund. RJC plans to build on the outpouring of gifts from the community in his memory. The Fund will be used to provide and enhance music in our services, whether it be for a cantor, a cantorial soloist, or a musician. RJC members can continue to support the fund through contributions. You can direct your donations in honor or in memory of loved ones, or good wishes for a speedy recovery to the Mel Krupin Music Fund. Through this Fund, Mel’s memory will be a blessing for many years.

RJCFlash: The Quickest Way to Communicate

RJCFlash, an 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.


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.  For the Constitution and Bylaws (all one document), click here.

RJC Board meetings usually take place on the first Tuesday of the month.  The next Board meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 6 at 10:00 a.m.  To join, please contact Al Jacobs to receive a link to Zoom.  Virtual meetings will be held via Zoom until further notice.

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 2021 dues 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 March 26.  To contact the web page editor, please email to Leslie Montroll at

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.


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