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.

July 2019

Shabbat 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 the first Friday evening of each month and on the second and fourth Saturday mornings of each month.

The following services will be held this month:

Friday, June 28 at 7:30 p.m. Shabbat evening worship service in the Chapel. Please be sure to join us for Shabbat services this evening as we welcome the second applicant to “audition” for the position of RJC rabbi. Rabbinic Pastor/Cantor Lisa Levine will lead services. She is a nationally renowned composer, recording artist, author, poet and worship artist — who enjoys being called Reb Lisa! Please read about her impressive credentials here and join others in our community as we welcome her to Riderwood.

Friday, July 5 at 4:00 p.m. Rabbi Yaffa-Shira Sultan will conduct services in the Garden Room at Arbor Ridge.

Friday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m. Shabbat evening worship service in the Chapel.

Saturday, July 13 at 10:30 a.m. Members of Oseh Shalom will conduct services in the Evergreen Terrace 1st Floor Living Room at Arbor Ridge.

Friday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m. Shabbat evening worship service in the Chapel.

Saturday, July 27 at 10:30 a.m. Members of Oseh Shalom will conduct 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.

Ritual Roundup

This month, Sidney Kirschner once again honors the Holocaust survivors who live 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 DVD: The Band’s Visit

Please join us on Sunday, July 14 at 3:00 p.m. in Maryland Hall at Montgomery Station as RJC Presents the DVD of the award-winning film The Band’s Visit.  Come see the movie that launched the Broadway musical!  It is the story of the Alexandria (Egypt) Ceremonial Police Orchestra which arrives in Israel to perform at the opening of an Arab Cultural Center. However, the band finds itself stranded in a small town in the Negev rather than in its intended destination of Petach Tikvah in central Israel. This movie was selected by Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times as one of the 20 best films of 2008. It also received the Ophir Award (the Israeli Oscar) for best film that same year. This is an enjoyable and meaningful movie that incorporates comedy to explore interpersonal and intercultural relationships. 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, July 11 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, July 16 at 11:00 a.m. in the Music Room at Village Square. The speaker will be Irv Elenberg, Director of Development for the Mid-Atlantic Region of The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.  Irv will present a program entitled: “From Visionary Education to a World of Impact”.  Come learn how the Technion has become a major source of innovation and brainpower that drives the Israeli economy. Established during the Ottoman Empire in 1912 in Haifa, the Technion is the oldest university in Israel.  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, July 23 at 11:00 a.m. in the Music Room at Village Square.  This month, we continue with 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 Church and the Jews Prior to 1096″ and “The Crusades and the Jews.”  This class is usually held the fourth Tuesday of the month. Contact Allan Lowe for further information.

Rabbi Stan Levin’s Lecture/Discussion Series: Being Jewish in Modern America has been suspended.  When a new rabbi is in place, the RJC Board will explore resuming this ever-popular program.

Additional Sharing Opportunities

Ramon Hadassah, part of Hadassah Greater Washington, will meet on Sunday, July 7 at 2:00 p.m. in the Music Room at Village Square.  The speaker will be Elaine Parreco of the Montgomery County Stroke Association.  Topics will include signs and symptoms of a stroke, new research and treatments, and understanding how to deal with a stroke.  Everyone is invited to attend this extremely relevant and informative meeting.  The group usually meets on the first Sunday afternoon of each month. We welcome Milly Spector as our new Hadassah Riderwood liaison and thank Shirley Kahan for her past service in this role.  Please contact Milly for more 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 July 1 and July 15. 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 a few openings for the dinner on Thursday, July 11 at 5:00 p.m. You may also sign up for the dinner on Thursday, August 8.  Both 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, July 27 at 2:00 p.m. in the Classroom at Village Square for its monthly meeting. We will be discussing the book Second Person Singular by Sayed Keshua.  A Palestinian who writes in Hebrew, Kashua defies classification and breaks through cultural barriers. He communicates, with enormous emotional power and a keen sense of the absurd, the particular alienation and the psychic costs of people struggling to straddle two worlds. This book is a gripping tale of love and betrayal, honesty and artifice, which asks whether it is possible to truly reinvent ourselves, to shed our old skin and start anew. 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 Marsha Price or Susan Samuel.

RJC Archives

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.  An inventory of all these materials will be published in a future edition of this Bulletin.  In the meantime, please return any items you have borrowed to Judy Gordon so she can conduct a complete inventory.  You may also contact Judy if you have items you wish to donate to the RJC Archives.

Save the Date


Sunday, August 4: RJC Presents “A Classy Jazz Orchestra”






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, July 2 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 $30 per person per calendar year. Please consider becoming involved to make this organization even better!

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 June 26.

Click here to access the complete calendar for July.  

Click here to access the President’s Column for July 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

CandleWhile 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.

Photo Gallery

Everyone enjoyed singing and dancing along with the Baltimore Klezmer Orchestra at RJC Presents on June 9!
















































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