Federation allocates $1.1 million to innovative ideas

Twenty-four local Jewish organizations with ideas about how to bring the munity closer together have been awarded $1.1 million by the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. The grants were approved by the Federation on May 14, said Shari Merrill, the agency’s chief impact officer. “The goal [of the grants] is really about creating a space… Read More

It was all about being 2 at the preschool fair

Here are some of the people who came preschool shopping on Sunday at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Montgomery County Jewish Preschool Fair. Twenty county preschools were at the Federation building in Rockville to answer questions. Photos by David Holzel.

Kick your meatloaf up a notch Food & Dining

Meatloaf is often maligned: It has a reputation as a bland way to stretch a pound of ground meat to feed an entire family. But the meatloaf of our childhoods need not be the meatloaf of today. I proved this case in point last week, and in the process managed to use some surplus matzah… Read More

Rachel Wenitsky is the Jewish queen of satire

  Rachel Wenitsky’s edy can be categorized by four themes: anxiety, feminism, poop and France. Oh, and buttholes (I promised her I’d include that one). Since her breakout role as Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” in high school, the Jewish edian has conquered all creative mediums. She’s half of the talented quirky edy folk… Read More

If these wines could sing, the sound would be fine and mellow L'chaim

The Judean Hills Quartet sounds like lounge act, but it’s actually a consortium of four Israeli wine producers from the Judean Hills wine region who joined forces in 2017 to promote not only their wines, but the region. As their sleek website (judeanhillsquartet.) puts it: “The Quartet’s purpose is to educate and explain about this… Read More

Domestic issues top Jewish voter poll

New poll findings released last week by Greenberg Research on behalf of the Jewish Electorate Institute (JEI) found that American Jewish voters are predominantly concerned with domestic policy issues, particularly health care and immigration, as well anti-Semitism and rising insecurity due to white nationalists threats. Jewish opinions have not changed since JEI’s last poll in… Read More

Ringing in new trends Wonderful Weddings

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but how they’re mounted on rings is still up for discussion. We’ve spoken to some experts about emerging and consistent trends in the engagement ring industry. “We’re probably seeing more and more rose gold,” said Leslie Schwab, manager at Aras Jewelers in Rockville. Kayda Araki, manager at Secrete… Read More

They sang to win at Israel Fest

Visitors to Israel Fest in Rockville last week danced and sang along to eight local singers trying to win the JVoice petition. Contestant Andrea Hancock, who goes by the stage name Senorita Sunshine, was one of the professional singers at the May 19 celebration of Israel, held at the Bender Jewish munity Center of Greater… Read More

A Sephardic Lag B’Omer

Lag B’Omer, the 33rd day between Passover and Shavuot, is traditionally celebrated with bonfires, parades and weddings. But at Magen David Sephardic Congregation, the celebration is on the 34th day. Lag B’Omer celebrates the life of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai 2,000 years ago, explained congregant Samy Ymar. It also marks the end of a plague… Read More

What Jewish law really says about abortion Voices

Alabama and Georgia have passed laws recently that limit or forbid abortions in unprecedented ways, joining a growing number of states that are attempting to dramatically restrict abortion access. During these charged times, it is appropriate for the Jewish munity to remind ourselves that halachah (Jewish law) has a nuanced view of abortion. It seems… Read More

What is Israel?

At the May 19 Israel Fest at the Bender Jewish munity Center of Greater Washington in Rockville, we asked what was at the top of everybody’s mind.                   ?                                    … Read More

How to put the brakes on draconian state laws banning abortion Voices

Eighty-three percent of American Jews say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, the Pew Research Forum found. And yet, women’s reproductive health care is under attack like never before — and women’s lives hang in the balance. The torrent of abortion bans raging through our country’s statehouses and eroding women’s reproductive freedom… Read More


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