Program will illuminate customs at Jewish weddings

The upcoming marriage of Cantor Rochelle Helzner’s daughter served as inspiration for Under the Chuppah: The Music of Marriage. The program, to be held on Sunday, May 19 at Rockville’s Tikvat Israel Congregation will capture the spirit of one of the most happy of days. “My daughter is getting married on July 22, and it… Read More

A different ‘Golem’

by Lisa Traiger Arts Correspondent Don’t expect a mystical retelling of the legend of 16th-century Rabbi Judah Loew and the infamous protector of the Jews he created out of clay in Taffety Punk Theatre Company’s latest production of The Golem. In this one-man show, actor/writer Daniel Flint has immersed himself in Austrian-born fantasy novelist Gustav… Read More

What’s really in that glass of wine

Last week we noted that a wine’s flavors are primarily the result of how and where the grapes are grown coupled with the skill of winemaker, and that wine is essentially free of additives. There are parts of the wine producing world where the nonadditive approach is simply common practice and well-established tradition, while there… Read More

Hank Greenberg in extra innings

Washington filmmaker Aviva Kempner rereleases her bio of the Jewish slugger by David Holzel Senior Writer “I think Hank Greenberg was the great American hero,” Washington filmmaker Aviva Kempner says. “What he did on Yom Kippur. What he faced. He was our Jackie Robinson.”

Jewish music festival returns to D.C. metro area

by Emily Jacobs Staff Writer The 14th annual Washington Jewish Music Festival is back and ready to bring a diverse mix of Jewish musical styles to the D.C. metro area. Sponsored by the Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation and put together by the Washington DC Jewish Community Center, this year’s festival runs from April 28-May 11… Read More

Turkish dance troupe, Israeli dances

Collage Dance Ensemble to perform at Israeli Dance Festival DC   by Lisa Traiger Arts Correspondent Collage Dance Ensemble aims to build bridges through dance and music. The Boston-based dance troupe, founded by Ahmet Luleci, a native of Turkey, is as likely to dance a chasidic-style folk dance as a Turkish one. The company, Luleci… Read More

Wrestling with shadows

Ari Roth’s play is essentially his own story by Lisa Traiger Arts Correspondent An abstract angular frame of a house containing a few nearly empty rooms is an appropriate space in which to wrestle with shadows – both those thrown into relief by lighting designer Colin K. Bills and those drawn from family history and… Read More

Kitchen conversions

Chef Todd Gray, owner of Equinox in the District, prepares his pistachio crusted loin of lamb with roasted garlic jus. Photos by Stacy Zarin Photos by Stacy Zarin Pistachio Crusted Loin of Lamb with Roasted Garlic Jus by Meredith Jacobs Managing Editor For Todd Gray, owner and chef of Equinox, Jewish food taught him about… Read More