Study brings U.S. Latino Jews into focus

Ernesto and Bely May had a decision to make in 1984. Having come to the United States from Mexico five years earlier, the couple now lived in Washington, where Ernesto May had taken a job at the World Bank. When that job was over, would they return home for good? The Jewish community in Mexico… Read More

Dancer leaving Rockville to train in Tel Aviv

Jennifer Wienner has performed from Baltimore and Washington to New York and San Francisco. This summer she’ll add Tel Aviv to her resume when she trains with some of Israel’s finest dancers. The 17-year-old Baltimorean was accepted to three summer intensives — full-time programs where dancers train up to 12 hours per day — including… Read More

The real heart of the Pesach seder

The story of Passover is at the heart of every seder meal. It overflows with the rituals and tradition that make this holiday so different from any other. Passover reminds me of my late mother who stood on line to buy whitefish, pike and rockfish — the only mixture she would use — as she… Read More

I’ll pour while you drink

This is a busy time for the kosher wine market. Not only are new wines invariably being introduced for Passover, but many wine purveyors will also offer wine tastings to educate their potential consumers about what’s on offer. Usually, though not always, these wine tastings are free, and usually, though not always, there are discounts… Read More

The first Jewish doctors

This week’s Torah portion is Tazria, Leviticus 12:1-13:59. In 1990, Dr. Gail Wilensky asked me to make an invocation at her installation as director of Medicare and Medicaid. I included Birkat Ha-kohanim, the priestly blessing, as the Torah speaks about the role of the kohen in diagnosing illness and disease. It also makes the kohanim… Read More

Dr. Robert I. Keimowitz

Dr. Robert I. Keimowitz of Chevy Chase peacefully passed away on March 25 in Boston. Born and raised in upstate New York, Keimowitz earned his bachelor’s, master’s and medical degrees in the 1960s from the University of Vermont. He studied renal physiology at the National Institutes of Health before joining the George Washington University School… Read More

Nobel laureate Imre Kertesz, Holocaust survivor, dies at 86

Imre Kertesz, a Holocaust survivor who won the Nobel Prize for Literature, has died. Kertesz, who portrayed the horrors of Auschwitz in some of his writings, died March 31 at his home in Budapest, said his publisher, the Magyeto Kiado firm. He was 86 and reportedly suffered from Parkinson’s disease. Kertesz was deported from his… Read More