Teaching the world to sing

Cantor Ramon Tasat’s Kolot HaLev to perform at Ohr Kodesh by Lisa Traiger Arts Correspondent Ramon Tasat wants to teach the world to sing. The Buenos Aires-born cantor believes singing is everyone’s birthright, even the guy whose high school music teacher told him he could join the choir only if he moved his lips silently…. Read More

Ben Katchor illuminates the results

The graphic novelist speaks at Sixth & I by David Holzel Senior Writer Ben Katchor pondered the topic of sardine cans during his appearance at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in the District last week. Katchor, creator of graphic books including Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer and The Cardboard Valise, was asked about an illustrated… Read More

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