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.

Congratulations to the New RJC Board!

At the RJC Annual Membership Meeting held on December 10, the following slate of officers was elected:  Howard Ledder – president, Mel Krupin –  vice president, Annette Graubart –  Treasurer, and Lenore Cohen – recording secretary.  We wish them all congratulations as they begin their new terms of office! Kol haKavod!

(L to R): Lenore Cohen, Howard Ledder, Mel Krupin and Annette Graubart

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, February 1  at 4:00 p.m. Rabbi Yaffa-Shira Sultan will conduct services in the Garden Room at Arbor Ridge. Please note new time.

Friday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m. Rabbi Stan Levin will conduct services in the Chapel.

Saturday, February 9 at 10:30 a.m. Members of Oseh Shalom will conduct services in the Evergreen Terrace 1st Floor Living Room at Arbor Ridge. Please note new time.

Friday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m. Rabbi Stan Levin will conduct services in the Chapel.

Saturday, February 23 at 10:30 a.m. Members of Oseh Shalom will conduct services in the Evergreen Terrace 1st Floor Living Room at Arbor Ridge. Please note new time.

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 discusses the ins and outs and ups and downs of Adar I and Adar II.  It’s not too early to start thinking about your Purim costume for next month!

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.

“RJC Presents” David Shneyer on “Hassidic Life through Stories and Music”

Please join us on Sunday, February 10 at 3:00 p.m. in Maryland Hall at Montgomery Station as “RJC Presents” local music greats David Shneyer along with Alan Oresky.  The founders of the Fabrangen Fiddlers band, David on guitar and Alan on violin, will lead us on a journey of “Hassidic Life through Stories and Music.”  Reb David and Alan have recorded a number of albums and have performed in 39 states and several foreign countries.  David also serves as the spiritual leader of Am Kolel and Kehila Chadasha, two progressive Jewish communities based in the DC-area.  You won’t want to miss this program!  We hope you’ll join us.  “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, February 14 at 11:30 a.m. in the Classroom 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, February 19 at 11:00 a.m. in the Music Room at Village Square. Dillies Pilevsky will present the third of a four-part talk about the life and works of Jewish author Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991), an icon of Jewish literature.  This month, we’ll focus on Singer’s short story “Spinoza of Market Street.”  Please contact Allan Lowe to receive an advance copy of the story.  Dillies recently retired as a college-level English and History instructor.  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, February 26 at 11:00 a.m. in the Music Room at Village Square.  This month, we will begin a new 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: “On Studying Jewish History” and “The Rabbinic Legacy Prior to Islam.” This class is usually held the fourth Tuesday of the month. Contact Allan Lowe for further information.

The Reconstructionist Chavurah has disbanded.  A huge debt of gratitude is owed to 102-year-old resident Sam Seeman who organized and administered this group for many years — both here and at a similar group decades early in the Washington, D.C. area.  While this does represent the end of an era, we wish Sam well and thank him for all his efforts toward sustaining this group for as long as he did.


Rabbi Stan Levin’s Lecture/Discussion Series: Being Jewish in Modern America

jewish-in-america Rabbi Levin continues his twice monthly discussions on the topic “Being Jewish in Modern America.” The focus will be on looking at the modern world through the lens of the Torah.  These sessions are usually held on the first and third Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m. in the Encore Theater at Lakeside Commons. All are welcome for these always engaging and thought-provoking discussions. Topics for this month are:

February 2: “Rules Derived from the Ten Commandments — as if the Ten Were not Enough” based on the Torah portion Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1 – 24:18).  After Moses brings the two tablets down from Sinai, there are a series of laws created that are new and random.  Or are they?  Could they possibly be derived from the Ten Commandments?  And what does the Torah mean by “An Eye for an Eye”?

February 16: “Dress for Success — the Priest’s Version” based on the Torah portion Tetzaveh (Exodus 27:20 – 30:10).  This Torah portion provides details about the holy items for the Tabernacle, such as the Menorah.  The priests’ garments are given the same degree of detail and holiness.  Does the outward appearance of someone performing religious rituals really make a difference?

Additional Sharing Opportunities

Hadassah Ramon Group, part of Hadassah Greater Washington, will not meet in February.  Plan now for the next meeting on March 3 when we will feature the shaliach (emissary) from the Federation of Greater Washington, Tzachi Levy, who will speak on “The Special U.S.-Israel Connection: A Loving (and Sometimes Thorny Relationship.”  All our welcome to join us for our meeting.  The group usually meets every other month on the first Sunday afternoon of the month. Contact Shirley Kahan 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 February 4 and February 18. 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!  While the February dinner has already filled, please sign up for our dinner on Thursday, March 14 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, February 23 at 2:00 p.m. in the Classroom at Village Square for its monthly meeting. We will be discussing the book Outwitting History by Aaron Lansky.  By 1980, precious volumes of Yiddish literature were on the verge of being tossed and lost as an older generation died off and their non-Yiddish speaking descendants found no value in them.  Along came 23-year-old grad student Aaron Lansky who issued a world-wide appeal for these volumes.  Along the way, he wrote a book about his poignant experiences and laugh-out-loud adventures. This collection eventually became the heart of the Yiddish Book Center based in Amherst, Massachusetts.  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, March 10: “RJC Presents” Steve Friedman discussing “Jewish Broadway”





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 Wednesday, February 5 at 10:00 a.m. in the Classroom 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 December 30.

Click here to access the complete calendar for February.  

Click here to access the President’s Column for February 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 Arlene Bennof. If you would like to volunteer to participate in this new 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

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Chanukah Party with Rabbi Yaffa-Shira Sultan
December 9, 2018

























Annual Membership Meeting
December 10, 2018













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