The Chesapeake Region, directed by Jackie Land, serves Reconstructionist congregations in Maryland, Washington DC and Virginia. Our office is located in Laurel, Maryland. For more information, please email Jackie or call her at (301) 206-3332.
If you like to write and would like to help promote Chesapeake JRF throughout the media in the greater Washington area, please let Jackie know. We can use your help promoting future activities.
We continue to look forward to lots of exciting programs this year. Plan to be a part of as many as you can.
For more information about any of the activities listed on this page or if you would like to be on a committee to help plan any of the regional activities, please contact Jackie Land at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 301-206-3332. read more »
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JRF, RRC and the RRA are sponsoring organizations of The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL's) 2012 Jewish Environmental and Energy Imperative Declaration. Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, the Director of the social justice rabbinic training program at RRC was there signing on our movement’s behalf as were numerous other Jewish leaders from among the 50 signing leaders. Among the signers are Bob Barkin, interim EVP of JRF and Rabbi Richard Hirsh, Exec-Dir of the RRA (see http://coejl.org/jecc/signatories/). read more »
Hydrofracking is a new form of drilling for natural gas and oil that is on the brink of a huge expansion. Jews Against Hydrofracking is encouraging every Jewish community to learn about this issue by screening Gasland, a documentary that asks the question, is fracking safe? Plan a screening in your living room, synagogue, JCC, or youth group as part of the 100 Jewish Communities Wake Up to Hydrofracking Campaign. More Information
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Joshua Schon Wirtschafter has founded two Reconstructionist havurot: Or Zarua Havurah in Berkeley and Mayim Rabim Congregation in Minneapolis. He is a semi-professional klezmer violinist and mandolinist, who collaborates frequently with his wife, Yiddish singer Diane Schon Wirtschafter, and most recently with the Kehilla Klezmer Band of the Kehilla Community Synagogue in Piedmont, CA. He has studied klezmer at KlezCamp in New York and KlezCalifornia in the Bay Area, and in private lessons with violinists Michael Alpert and Alicia Svigals. Beyond these extra-curricular passions, Josh currently holds two day jobs: enforcing environmental law for the United States Environmental Protection Agency and teaching at Golden Gate University Law School.