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Since our building is currently closed, we cannot distribute flyers and other information about community interest events and other items there. We have started a virtual bulletin board where these items can be posted. Do you have an event, opportunity, recipe, human interest piece, or other information that you think would be of interest to the BCRC community? Email our office at

The Raphael Patai Memorial Lectureship Series: A Tale of Two Peoples, Phoenicians and Jews at Kedesh


Monday, April 26, 3pm (AZ Time)
Live | Free & Open to All
Zoom Registration:

A Tale of Two Peoples: Phoenicians and Jews at Kedesh
Recently completed excavations at Tel Kedesh, the largest mound in Israel's Upper Galilee, have brought to light a huge administrative compound. Its discovery was wholly unexpected and the finds have changed our understanding of the region’s history during the Second Temple Period. Under the rule of, respectively, the Achaemenid Persians, the Ptolemies of Egypt, and the Seleucids of Syria, the large compound was the setting for interactions between imperial powers and local elites. Discoveries such as glass and stone seals show the embrace of Persian styles; store rooms with jars filled with an experimental strain of wheat show Ptolemaic agricultural exploitation in action; an archive with over 2000 clay bullae depicting Greek and Phoenician deities, along with the largest and earliest gold coin ever found in Israel, reflect power diplomacy between Phoenician elites and Seleucid officials. The compound's life ends in the wake of a battle between the Hasmonean leader Jonathan and a Seleucid faction, an event which the author of 1 Maccabees incorporates and re-frames as a key event in the birth of the independent Jewish Hasmonean kingdom.

Prof. Andrea M. Berlin, James R. Wiseman Chair in Classical Archeology at Boston University


Lech Lecha Hiking & Backpacking Group Trips for Teens and Adults!

Lech Lecha specializes in gathering Jewish teens and adults for outdoor adventures! Click here to find out about day trips (including an upcoming trip to our local Bill Goat Trail!), and backpacking trips (including a week on the Appalachian Trail in Maryland!). Lots of great opportunities to get outdoors and make new friends in the Jewish community!

Upcoming Webinar on April 15th

DHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships


Faithful Action

Join Us For Our Webinar on April 15 @ 2p.m. ET:

Faithful Action: Strategies to Support Families in Preventing and Protecting Against Online Child Sexual Exploitation

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. To commemorate the month, the Department of Homeland Security, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and theHomeland Security Investigations (HSI), Cyber Crimes Center, Child Exploitation Investigation Unit are hosting a webinar to assist faith and community groups and caregivers of youth and teens on how they can help children to be safer online. The webinar will also address support for families when their children have been victimized by online sexual exploitation.   

To stop the abuse from happening we must understand how abusers operate on internet platforms. We have brought together four of the leading organizations in this fight that will share insights on how to prevent child exploitation online, identify what child sexual abuse material (CSAM) looks like in communities, and provide tips on how to support children and their families if they become victims of this crime. We will also share resources you can use to educate children on how to be safer online and to support families dealing with the aftermath of this crime.

Presentations will include:

  • An overview of the latest research on technology and youth’s online risk-taking behaviors, including sexting, sextortion, and online grooming
  • Approaches to prevent and reduce online harms to youth
  • An overview from a HSI Special Agent on child sexual exploitation investigations 
  • Strategies to support families when their child has been sexually exploited
  • Resources from the Department of Homeland Security, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and Thorn

DATE: April 15, 2021

TIME: 2- 3:30 p.m. ET



  • Brooke Istook, Vice President of Youth and Communities, Thorn 
  • Erin Burke, Unit Chief, Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, Cyber Crimes Center, Child Exploitation Investigation Unit
  • Shannon Traore, Program Manager, Family Advocacy Division, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
  • Brandi Bynum, Acting Program Manager, Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign
  • Nicole C. Wood, Moderator, Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

How to Join the Webinar:

  • Please register for the event using the Adobe Connect registration web link.
  • Test your Adobe Connect prior to the meeting; you may need time to update or install software to access the audio-visual content.
  • This webinar will offer captioning on the webinar platform.
  • For more information, contact:
  • A recording of webinar will be sent by email to all registered participants, in case they are unable to attend or wish to share.

We hope that you will join us on April 15!


Keep Children and Teens Safe with Project iGuardian 

Project iGuardian aims to counter a disturbing fact: many online child predators can find victims online because children are not always aware of how dangerous online environments can be.

Project iGuardian is focused on keeping children and teens safe from online predators through education and awareness. The project is an outreach effort to share information about the dangers of online environments, how to stay safe online, and how to report abuse and suspicious activity. In addition, the iGuardians ™ team is here to helps kids stay safe online by providing safety tips, a number to call, and a website with links to more information and resources. Project iGuardian helps kids, teens and parents be smarter about online safety and stay safe from online sexual predators.

To request an iGuardian presentation at your school or organization, send an email to: To report a crime, call 866-347-2423 (TTY: for hearing impaired: 802-872-6196) or visit the ICE Tip Line.

Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-843-5678. 

youth prevention guideHuman Trafficking Resource for Youth Caregivers and Individuals Working with Youth 

The DHS Blue Campaign developed the How To Talk to Youth About Human Trafficking guide for adults who work with, or care for, youth.

The guide includes information about:

  • How traffickers operate and reach potential victims
  • Myths and realities of human trafficking
  • Youth vulnerabilities
  • Indicators of human trafficking specific to youth
  • Dos and don’ts of talking to youth about human trafficking
  • Lifestyle factors that may help prevent exploitation
  • Reporting options

Learn more about the DHS Blue Campaign here!

DHS Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives

Have a comment, question or looking for information? E-mail us at


Offered by BCRC Member Faith Shoup: Young Entrepreneurs Academy for Middle and High School Students

Healthy Living for Your Brain & Heart

Yom Ha'Shoah Commemoration


Email from Email from Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington

Each year, the JCRC brings our community together to ensure that the legacy of the Holocaust is preserved. It is perhaps one of our most sacred obligations to honor the six million Jews killed during the Holocaust and to hear from the survivors and liberators among us.

We invite you to join us and participate in our programs commemorating Yom Ha'Shoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day: 

  • Dor L’Dor, Intergenerational program for teens and their families as well as educators to meet with and hear local Holocaust survivors share their living testimonies. 

    • Sunday April 11 at 11:00 am hosted by the JCRC in conversation with survivor, Peter Feigl, for teens & their families and educators
    • Thursday, April 8 at 7:30 pm hosted by B’nai Israel Congregation
      • A conversation for teens with Esther Bergman who was born in Belgium and hid during the war
      • A conversation for adults with survivor, Ruth Eisenberg 
  • Unto Every Person There is a Name, the annual reading of Shoahvictims’ names co-sponsored by B’nai B’rith International and the JCRC. Select this link to submit a name to be read.

  • Holocaust Remembrance Day: Voices of History, Lessons for Today at 7:00 pm on Thursday, April 8. Join 3GDC for stories, music, and prayer to commemorate those who perished. Hear from survivor Esther Geizhals in conversation with her granddaughter Mea, and from 3G Adam Zimmerman. After the ceremony, join in conversation about the rise of modern antisemitism and the lessons of the Holocaust. This program is run by 3GDC, in partnership with Sixth & I and the JCRC of Greater Washington.

  • Zikaron Basalon, Memory in the Living Room, a program started in Israel which allows community members to host an online Holocaust commemoration with your friends and family. 

  •  JCRC Community-Wide Commemoration at 1:00 pm on Sunday, April 11 with keynote speaker, Elisha Wiesel. Select this link to learn more.

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Get Interactive Online with Jewish Comfort Foods!

Take a spin on this virtual Lazy Susan on this table filled to the brim with Jewish foods. We can't promise that this activity won't build your appetite, but it will build your knowledge!

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"Fiddler on the Roof," and Other Movie and TV Show Streams Now Available! 

Fiddler on the Roof is on Netflix now. If that is not your cup of tea, try some of our Jewish childhood favorites, like Rugrats Passover or Prince of Egypt, or use this list to find a new Jewish comedian to watch.

Looking for Opportunities to Volunteer or to Give to those in Need in  Loudoun County? Find information here! has published multiple ways to give and to volunteer to help those in need in our community. 


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Jewish Educational Loan Fund 

Despite the uncertainty with COVID-19, JELF is still providing interest-free loans to Jewish students. If you need financial aid for the fall school year, please apply before April 30. JELF's interest-free loans can help with a variety of costs, including tuition, fees, food, books/supplies and more. Please visit

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