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Congregation Beth Emeth: It’s a synagogue. It’s a wildlife sanctuary.

September 25, 2020

Washington Jewish Week

Woodchucks, tree frogs and bluebirds. Those are just some of the species documented on Congregation Beth Emeth’s eight-acre property in Herndon. In July, the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia certified a three-acre portion as a wildlife sanctuary...

You Should Know...David Markovich

August 14, 2019

Washington Jewish Week

From growing up as a first-generation American to overcoming sudden paralysis, 27-year-old David Markovich has quite the interesting story. These days he is executive director of Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation in Reston, which is where this interview took place...

How much does synagogue security cost?

November 20, 2018

Washington Jewish Week

In the aftermath of the deadly Pittsburgh shooting last month, synagogue leaders across the country began reconsidering their security. David Markovich, administrator for Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation in Reston, was among them...

9 Things I Learned When I Became A Paraplegic Overnight

February 01, 2018


The day started off like any typical Saturday. It was April, so preparing for finals week was on my mind. Little did I know, however, it would be the last normal day of my life for quite some time. My name is David, and when I was 22, I was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis – a neurological condition that damaged the insulation around my nerves, leaving me unable to walk or do much of anything else. Here’s what it taught me...

USC Leonard Davis Represented at Annual Clinton Global Initiative University Meeting

October 30, 2017

University of Southern California

Two members of the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology community, Kevin Xu Professor of Gerontology George Shannon and graduate student David Markovich MSG ’18, MHA ’18, participated in the annual Clinton Global Initiative University meeting held October 14-15, 2017 in Boston...

Visitor helps seniors ‘connect with Judaism’ after Harvey

October 12, 2017

Houston Jewish Herald-Voice

Seniors at The Medallion Jewish Assisted Living Residence were treated to Sukkot programming and additional entertainment from a graduate student, who traveled from Los Angeles to Houston to help with Hurricane Harvey-recovery efforts...

Shower Balance System Won Brighten Award for Entrepreneurial Gerontology At USC Leonard Davis School

February 06, 2017

Huffington Post

In 2014, David Markovich chalked up a tingling sensation in his legs and pain in his lower back to nothing more than signs of being tired. But in a matter of hours, he lost the ability to walk. It wasn’t due to an accident or injury but rather a rare condition called acute transverse myelitis, a neurological disorder caused by inflammation in sections of the spinal cord...

March 01, 2015

Runner's World Magazine

David Markovich never had a desire to run--until he couldn't. Last April, Markovich, 22, woke up unable to move his legs. The John Carroll University senior was diagnosed with a neurological disorder...

December 11, 2014

The Carroll News

Alumnus David Markovich ‘14 spoke on Thursday, Dec. 4 at the Donahue Auditorium about his life journey. Markovich went from having paralysis to eventually running a half marathon. His presentation was sponsored by the JCU Student Athlete Advisory Committee...

November 13, 2014

The Cleveland Jewish News

This past spring, David Markovich, 22, of Beachwood, was a John Carroll University student studying gerontology and looking forward to his graduation in May. But on April 20, a week prior to finals, he woke up early in the morning to sharp, shooting pains down his back and in both legs, and a fever of 103 degrees...

November 08, 2013

The Cleveland Jewish News

David Markovich is the guy every student knows on campus. Walking the halls of John Carroll University in University Heights, it’s difficult for him not to run into another student who stops to say “hi” or strike up a quick conversation...

April 10, 2013

The Cleveland Jewish News

David Markovich, founding president of Hillel at John Carroll University, is proud of his grandfather, a Holocaust survivor who died six months ago. That pride came through clearly during JCU’s first Holocaust Remembrance Day April 8 at the university’s Dolan Center of Science and Technology in University Heights. About 75 people attended...

April 04, 2014

The Cleveland Jewish News

John Carroll University will host its first Holocaust Remembrance Day event from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 8 in the Dolan Science Center at 20700 N. Park Blvd. in University Heights. The event will include a memorial ceremony led by David Markovich, founding president of Hillel at John Carroll University...

February 13, 2013

The Cleveland Jewish News

David Markovich, who founded Hillel at John Carroll University in 2011, recently promoted the Jewish group’s upcoming “Purim Gras” event during a Web interview with Cleveland television personality and personal injury attorney Tim Misny. The event will take place at the student center atrium at 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16...

May 30, 2012

The Cleveland Jewish News

David Markovich, who started a Hillel program at John Carroll University with the help of the Cleveland Hillel Foundation and JCU’s student affairs division, was presented the Outstanding Student Leader Award by the office of orientation and leadership programs...

July 08, 2011

The Cleveland Jewish News

Hillel at a Catholic school? Really? For John Carroll University (JCU) sophomore David Markovich, the answer is a resounding yes. Really. “I’d like to see Jewish students at John Carroll be able to relate to each other, to use each other as a means of support, and to have fun,” said Markovich, 19...

February 11, 2011

The Cleveland Jewish News

The room is humming with a lively discussion about the Russian government’s announcement it will work to achieve an independent Palestinian state. Sitting around tables arranged in a U, some people are pretty knowledgeable about global politics; others speak from the heart...

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