Star storytellers come to Tikvat Israel

From the deeply personal to the downright silly, the tales — all true, the audience was assured — were told. Nine storytellers spun them at Tikvat Israel Congregation in Rockville for its fifth annual True Stories event, all with skills honed on the emerging storytelling circuit, which features competitions across the country. And the roughly… Read More

Chanukah gift bazaars a holiday tradition

No matter the holiday greeting you like to use, you’re probably already searching for gifts. In Northern Virginia, synagogues are breaking out their inventory for Chanukah bazaars and boutiques. The wares range from local to global, with everything from Chanukah slippers to picture frames made from hockey sticks. Temple Rodef Shalom At Temple Rodef Shalom… Read More

Community for Nov. 16, 2017

Several past presidents of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington had dinner on Nov. 7, hosted by current Co-president Gary Berman, to welcome the organization’s new CEO, Gil Preuss. Standing, from left, are Phillip Margolius, David Butler, Michael Gelman, Stuart Kurlander, current co-presidents Berman and Liza Levy, and Preuss. Seated, from left, are Paul Berger,… Read More

Many wines go well with Thanksgiving

When it comes to pairing wines with your Thanksgiving meal, keep in mind that there is no perfect pairing. The interplay of wine and food is necessarily subjective. Besides, in the context of the general bonhomie of Thanksgiving, it’s hard to imagine anybody being actively displeased by whatever wines you offer. Barring relationship breakups, tumultuous… Read More

How I came to love raw eggs

The Snowball cocktail was all the rage in the United Kingdom a few decades back. I’ve avoided it since I learned of its existence and its primary ingredient: Advocaat. Advocaat is a traditional Dutch liqueur made from raw emulsified egg yolks, sugar, and booze (usually brandy, but sometimes grain-based distillate). It seems like a cross… Read More

Groups see surge in activism since election

Rebecca Ennen clearly remembers the raw emotions of the day after Donald Trump’s election as president. Ennen, deputy director of the progressive nonprofit Jews United for Justice, was in the group’s Washington office. JUFJ had put the word out to its volunteers, donors, petition-signers and anyone else to come by if they were in need… Read More