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.

January 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.

Mazel Tov to the Incoming Board for 2021!

We welcome Amy Greenwood and Suzan Wynne as our new co-presidents; Ann Klein as vice president; Joe Davidson as treasurer; Diana Glockner as financial officer; and Ann Joseloff as recording secretary.  Together, they bring a wealth of skills and a strong commitment for inclusivity.  Click here for their photos.  To access the profiles of some of our executive board members (from the December 2020 nominations page), click here.

Click here for a message from Amy Greenwood, one of our incoming co-presidents.

Shabbat Services

Shabbat services are now pre-recorded by Rabbi Stan Levin through January 15 and broadcast only at 7:00 pm on Fridays on Channel 976.  All Shabbat services will run one hour in length.

Friday, January 1 at 7:00 p.m.: Rebroadcast of December 25 service.

Friday, January 8 at 7:00 p.m.: Rabbi Stan will lead a new Shabbat service.

Friday, January 15 at 7:00 p.m.: Rebroadcast of January 8 service.

Friday, January 22 at 7:00 p.m.: to be determined.

Friday, January 29 at 7:00 p.m.: to be determined.

Click here for a pdf of Highlights of Gates of Prayer siddur which Rabbi Stan is using 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.

Ritual Roundup

This month, Sidney Kirschner takes us on a whirlwind tour through the Jewish calendar, giving us an overview of all the major (and some minor) holidays we’ll be observing this year. Click here to read Sidney’s column.

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.

 RJC Calendar

Click here to see a listing of January events.



RJC Presents

This month, RJC Presents “The New York Cantors,” on Sunday, January 10 at 2:00 p.m. on Riderwood TV Channel 972. Filmed in Amsterdam’s revered 17th century Portuguese Synagogue, this concert features both sacred and secular music arranged for orchestra and choir.  Starring several cantorial stars of the American Jewish music scene, it will include some beautiful Shabbat prayers, secular songs, and some Broadway favorites.  We hope you can join us for this beautifully heart-warming concert on a winter Sunday afternoon.

Opportunities to Connect, Share and Learn

Moment Magazine Zoominars

  RJC Presents also 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!

January 5: What’s So Funny About Jewish Humor with author William Novak

January 12: From Folktales and Fables to Harry Potter: Yiddish Storytelling for a New Generation

Additional topics to be posted as available.


Ramon Hadassah, part of Hadassah Greater Washington, will host its next meeting on  Sunday, January 3 at 2:00 p.m. on Zoom.  This mouth-watering program is entitled “Chocolate: It’s Not Just Delicious.”  Montgomery College instuctor Naomi Daremblum will discuss the history, meaning and impact of chocolate on cultures around the world.

If you would like to attend, virtually of course, please contact Ramon advisor Judy Rumerman at or Hadassah liaison Milly Spector at Riderwood.  You will be sent a Zoom link several days before the meeting.

Upcoming programs (via Zoom until further notice):

February 7: Magda Weisz Rosebaum will be speaking on: “Surviving the Holocaust in Hungary.”

March 7: Meredith Weisel, Anti-Defamation League Attorney

Manischewitz Social Group aka RJC Cares Welcome Shabbat Get-Together

RJC CARES will have our next get-together, via Zoom, on Friday, January 22 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.  If you are interested in joining the Zoom group, contact Al Jacobs.  Although highly unlikely, if we are permitted to meet in person, we will cancel the Zoom get-together and alert everyone through RJCFlash.

RJC Book Club

The RJC Book Club meeting will take place on Saturday, January 23 at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom.  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.

This month’s book is The Liar  by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen.   It is a compelling story in which one lie and one liar evolve into a psychologically complex tangle of many lies and liars. The discussion will be led by Janis Colton; Ann Klein will be our Zoom host.  Please contact Ann if you have any problems connecting.  Everyone is welcome to attend!

ALL PARTICIPANTS: This connection information will be used for future Book Club meetings held via Zoom so 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.

Advance notice: The book for our February meeting is America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today by Pamela Nadell.

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.

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.


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, January 5 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 January 3.  To contact the web page editor, please email to Leslie Montroll at

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.


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