You Should Know… Tali Herskowitz

Tali Herskowitz is passionate about building a better Israel. Thee 36-year-old Beersheva native is the development and program officer at the New Israel Fund in Washington, a nonprofit organization working to advance social justice, democracy, equality and human rights in Israel. But for Herskowitz, music is her No. 1 love. While she doesn’t perform as much these days, she used to play folk music… Read More

Teach your children, but do not favor them

This week’s Torah portion is Metzora, Leviticus 14:1 – 15:33. “And He shall restore the heart of the fathers to the children and the heart of the children to their fathers” (Malachi 3:24). This Sabbath is known as Shabbat Hagadol, the Great Sabbath. In a usual calendar year, when there are at least several days… Read More

New kosher wine with Tuscan soul

At a recent wine tasting, I had the good fortune to taste something new and really rather nice. There is an impressive new kosher Chianti by Cantina Giuliano (, a new small kosher wine producer in the suitably small village of Casciana Alta, in the heart of Tuscany. Besides wine, they also — according to… Read More

Marc A. Nerenstone

On March 21, Marc A. Nerenstone of Chantilly. He was born in 1929. He left Alfred University in 1953 with Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees. He was employed in materials development for several years and spent two years in the Army. When the Cuban Missile Crisis broke out in October 1962, he… Read More

Shirley J. Mindel

On April 2, Shirley J. Mindel of Silver Spring. Beloved wife of the late Herman B. Mindel; devoted mother of Sherri (Bruce) Steinberg, Vickie (Ron) Mazie, Debbie-Jo (David) Mindel-Zarnick and Corey (the late Dianne) Mindel; dear sister of Sonia Fox; loving “Bubby” of Melissa (Matt) Jorgensen, Andrew (Jess Kennedy-Steinberg) Steinberg, Ryan Steinberg, Shane Steinberg, Kara… Read More

Herbert Jaffe

On March 23, Herbert Jaffe of Chevy Chase. Beloved husband of Susan B. Jaffe; devoted father of Kenneth (Deborah) and Philip (Christine) Jaffe and Andrea (William) Grieser; dear brother of Florence Bruckner and Libby Weingarten; loving grandfather of Eric, Matthew, Caroline, Nicholas, Alec and Joseph. Contributions may be made to the American Lung Association. Arrangements… Read More

Julius Murray Abrams

Julius Murray Abrams, born May 30, 1926 in Brooklyn, N.Y., died March 30 in Rockville at age 89. He is survived by his loving wife, Anita Willens, and his children Ronald Abrams and Diane Brossart; as well as two stepchildren, Michael and Gina Willens. Other survivors include his daughter-in-law Helen Abrams; grandchildren Brian Abrams and… Read More

Hip-hop artist seeks a place for Israel in Arab Middle East

Israeli hip-hop star Shaanan Streett joked that his progressive perspective on Israeli society probably wasn’t reflected at the recent AIPAC policy conference. The lead singer of Israeli hip-hop groove collective Hadag Nahash led a candid conversation on April 4 at the Washington, D.C. Jewish Community Center. “The first thing I want to speak about is… Read More

A month after AIPAC talk, Biden to address J Street

Vice President Joe Biden will address J Street, the liberal Jewish Middle East policy group. The April 18 event comes a month after Biden, the Obama administration senior figure closest to the pro-Israel community, addressed the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a center-right group often at odds with J Street. It also comes as speculation… Read More