Portraits of remarkable people Review

Survivor: A portrait of the survivors of the Holocaust,” by Harry Borden. London: Cassell Publishing, 2017. 276 pp. $39.99. Peter Lantos has reached a “perfect moment of peace.” He feels “no pain, no anger and no hate.” Leon Jedwab, on the other hand, says he “still lives with his nightmares.” Adam Nathan Adams seems upset… Read More

The lore and lure of the Southern-style mint julep

Pining for the regularity of traditional seasons, I find my mind turning to one of the greatest hot-weather cocktails of all time: the Southern-style mint julep. Little more than a concoction of whiskey, mint, ice, sugar and water, this mix becomes an enchanting, seductive ambrosia when mixed right: The tang of the mint perfectly balances… Read More

Upstart bookstore makes rolling stop

Behind a small wooden counter inside her bookstore on wheels, Rabbi Deborah Bodin Cohen stands in a black T-shirt embellished with the words The Story House in gold cursive. That’s the name the Rockville children’s book author picked for her new business — a bookmobile that looks like an old-fashioned trolley car. Cohen is parked… Read More

Fun on the 33rd day

More than 400 people came together in Northern Virginia on Sunday to celebrate Lag B’Omer — the 33rd day between Passover and Shavuot — with face painting, archery and music. A bonfire was a highlight of the festival, held at Gesher Jewish Day School in Fairfax. The celebration was also sponsored by the Jewish Community… Read More

Tifereth Israel celebrates its 100th birthday

Tifereth Israel in Washington celebrated its 100th anniversary on May 7. Photos by Earl Dotter Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser addresses members of Tifereth Israel at the congregation’s 100th anniversary celebration on May 7.     Beth Naftalin and other Tifereth Israel members enjoy the roast of Rabbi Ethan Seidel.            … Read More

5 Jewish rappers (who aren’t Drake)

One of the most famous rappers in the world right now is a Jew from Canada. Drake, who grew up as Aubrey Drake Graham, attended day school in Toronto, once rapped about his bar mitzvah on “Saturday Night Live” and has appeared on the cover of Vibe wearing a diamond-studded chai. As it happens, however,… Read More