Cold fact: There is an Israeli curling team

Israel has a professional curling team. Yes, you read that correctly. The country that barely sees any ice except in the coldest winter months held its first national team training camp earlier this summer, not in Israel, but in Blaine, Minn. It was there that two local curlers, Gabriel and Gilad Kempenich, 18 and 21,… Read More

Jewish Funeral Practices Committee funerals protect the bereaved

Ed Sagel, owner of the Sagel and Dazansky-Goldberg funeral homes, recently published a diatribe against the Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington (The Committee) in Washington Jewish Week (“Inexpensive funerals may not provide good services,” Sept. 4). Sagel recently bought ownership of Sagel and Danzansky from Service Corporation International. Our Committee’s successful effort at… Read More

Ex-Knesset Member: Zionism should welcome non-Jews

Former Israeli Knesset Member Einat Wilf sat with David Hazony, editor of the pro-Israel online publication, The Tower Magazine, on Wednesday of last week, to answer questions about her unique view of Zionism she outlined in a recent article – citing historical precedent to justify her belief that Zionism needs to update its narrative to… Read More

Dancing to the music and helping Israel

He puts on his headphones and focuses on the screen of his computer – going through the playlist of songs for the night. Which one will be best to start with? What are two great songs to mix together? Which playlist will keep the crowd moving? These are questions that DJ Arno, Elan Arnowitz, thinks… Read More

Free Holiday Services

A number of synagogues in the Washington area offer High Holiday services without charge. Please check with the synagogue to confirm times and location.   Fort Belvoir Jewish Congregation 5950 12th St., Fort Belvoir 703-806-3393   Rosh Hashanah Sept. 24 7 p.m.- Erev   Sept. 25 9:30 a.m. Children’s service 11:30 a.m. Tashlich following services… Read More

Harvest festival canceled

For the first time in 23 years, the annual Harvest Festival in Montgomery County will not be held this year, because it would have fallen on Yom Kippur. The 24th-annual festival, traditionally held on the first Saturday of October, has been canceled, said Mike Riley, director of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, the… Read More

Germany agrees to fund for child survivors

Germany last week agreed to contribute to a new fund to support child survivors of the Holocaust. Former Clinton and Carter administration official Stuart Eizenstat, who negotiated the agreement for the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, called the $250 million accord a “breakthrough.” “For the first time, there has been a special recognition… Read More