A whiskey that only Ol’ Blue Eyes could afford L'chaim

The annual WhiskyFest DC rolled into the Marriott Marquis on April 10. For the $250 price of admission, whisky aficionados and geeks sampled from more than 300 whiskies and other distilled spirits from around the world. For the intellectually minded, there were also lively and educational tasting seminars. Among my favorite booths this year were… Read More

Memories that haunt and heal Forum

For many of us, memory is a cherished panion. ?We remember sayings from our elders, childhood explorations, loves gained and lost, and a host of other life events.? Even after the death of a loved one, the pain of loss is eventually replaced by the remembrances of a valued life. For survivors of the Shoah,… Read More

In a time of division, Mimouna celebration unites

As Moroccan Gnawa music, a style that mixes traditional Islamic and African rhythms, played, people danced and ate honeyed dates and Moroccan pancakes known as Msemmen. It was Mimouna, a Moroccan Jewish holiday celebrating the end of Passover. And for 20-year-old Israeli Reut Elgrably, the Mimouna party Sunday at the Smithsonian National Museum of African… Read More

On Yom Hashoah, a call for renewal over ‘Never Forget’ Voices

As a kid in the 1960s and ‘70s, I somehow internalized a mon unspoken message of the time: “Be proud of being a Jew, but don’t tell anyone.” At that time, ethnicity was still a strong driver of Jewish identity. We were not fully assimilated Americans, although we were chipping away at the remaining barriers…. Read More

J’s menu for her gals night in Food & Dining

I was recently invited to dinner at the home of a friend who was aiming to create some social alchemy. She invited eight women to dinner to connect, share, relax, enjoy a festive meal and pause after a long, busy week. The hostess, J., an artist, teacher, mother, gardener, environmentalist, hiker, traveler, avid reader and… Read More

Film and music e together at new JxJ Festival

For the first time, the annual Washington Jewish Music Festival and Washington Jewish Film Festival will e under one banner: JxJ, an arts and culture festival spanning nearly three weeks organized by the Edlavitch DC Jewish munity Center. Ilya Tovbis, who’s been directing the film festival since 2012 and is heading up JxJ, said bringing… Read More

Seder of mirrors held in Montgomery County

Some 20 rabbis, imams, ministers and leaders of other religious organizations came together last week to share a seder dinner, hosted by Montgomery County Council Vice President Sidney Katz (D-District 3). “The idea actually came from Laurie Edberg from my staff,” Katz said. “I’ve gone to vigils when the interfaith munity came together right after… Read More

Anti- Semitic assaults up, ADL reports

Anti-Semitism in the Washington region took a significant shift away from acts of vandalism toward incidents of harassment and assault, the Anti-Defimation League said Tuesday. ADL’s annual survey of incidents found that last year had the third-highest number of anti-Semitic incidents since 1979, despite a decrease from the previous year. Though the 1,879 incidents in… Read More

Novel is honest about illegal abortions

Author Myla Goldberg is back with “Feast Your Eyes,” a beautiful and pelling novel about a female photographer who grapples with being a mom and an artist. The novel is structured as catalog notes from an exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. It’s a retrospective focused on Lillian, a street photographer; the 118… Read More

Lori Gilbert-Kaye, 60, killed in Poway attack, shielded rabbi from bullets

POWAY, California — Lori Gilbert-Kaye, who was killed in the attack at a Chabad synagogue near San Diego, is credited with jumping in front of the synagogue’s rabbi to shield him from the gunman’s bullets. Gilbert-Kaye, 60, of San Diego, is survived by her husband and 22-year-old daughter. “Lori you were a jewel of our… Read More

1 dead, 3 injured in San Diego-area synagogue shooting

A shooting at a Chabad synagogue in Poway, near San Diego, California, has left one person dead and three injured, including a child. Police in Poway detained a white 19-year old San Diego man in connection with the shooting on the last day of Passover, and hospitals said they were taking in the wounded people…. Read More


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