The long goodbye as a teaching moment

Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Devarim, 1:1-3:22. This Shabbat we begin the final book of the Torah, Devarim, in which Moshe begins his several-week-long farewell speech to the children of Israel. One explanation can be found in the Greek name of this book, Deuteronomy, or “Second Law.” While this translation is incorrect,… Read More

Like their vinegar, love their wine

Special to WJW I first noticed De La Rosa Real Foods & Vineyards through their non-wine products — organic olive oils, vinegars and grape juice. I eventually got to taste some of their wines in various settings — on their own, accompanying meals, against competing wines. I was and remain impressed. De La Rosa offers… Read More

Obituaries for July 27, 2017

Johanna Jutta Neumann Johanna Jutta Neumann (née Gerechter), of Silver Spring, died on April 26. She was 86. She was born Dec. 2, 1930, to Alice and Siegbert Gerechter in Hamburg, Germany. In 1939, after failed attempts to obtain United States visas, Neumann and her parents escaped to Albania, where they were welcomed and protected… Read More

Getting pickled? Here are the best wines

The other day a buddy presented this wine-pairing challenge: What goes with homemade pickles? This is fairly tricky. For one thing, vinegar can make wines seem thin and acidic on the palate. Hot spice tends to make alcohol seem hotter, not only throwing off perceptions of a wine’s balance, but also potentially neutering those qualities… Read More

Community for July 20, 2017

The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington has named Kara Blond as its new executive director, effective in September. She is director of exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. A netive of Washington, Blond holds a master of arts degree in education in learning, design and technology from Stanford University and… Read More

Obituaries for July 20, 2017

Martin Landau, 89, Oscar winner and ‘Mission: Impossible’ star Martin Landau, a versatile actor who won an Academy Award for the 1994 film “Ed Wood” and played a spy on TV’s “Mission: Impossible” in the 1960s, has died. Landau died July 15 at the UCLA Medical Center of “unexpected complications” from surgery several days earlier,… Read More

Why it’s the journey that counts

Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Matot- Masei, Numbers 30:2 – 36:13. The word masei, meaning journeys, refers to motion, travel and wanderings. These are profound religious and life themes, beginning with the creation of Earth which is moving, while we observe the change of evening to day, darkness and light, helping to… Read More

Athletes take home medals from Maccabiah in Israel

Teenage athletes from the Washington area brought home gold, silver and bronze medals in fencing, gymnastics, soccer and lacrosse from the 20th Maccabiah Games in Israel. Ellie Cowen, 15, of Rockville, won gold with the female junior lacrosse team. “It was an incredible feeling to win gold,” she said in an email from Israel. “It… Read More