WEB EXCLUSIVE: SEEN: Yom Ha’atzmaut

The United States will equip Israel with a fifth-generation stealth aircraft in 2016, Vice President Joe Biden said April 16 in downtown Washington. “Next year we will deliver to Israel the F-35 joint strike fighter, our finest, making Israel the only country in the Middle East with a fifth-generation aircraft,” Biden said at an Israeli… Read More

Paws for a Cause 2015

Photos and text by Geoffrey W. Melada At a garden party fundraiser last Sunday afternoon at the Bolger Center held by American Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, attendees were well groomed, as philanthropists are wont to be, and most played nicely with each other. A few, however, barked and growled when they met…. Read More

Faces of Survival

On March 27, Washington Jewish Week photographer David Stuck photographed Holocaust survivors at the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. He used a Nikon 24-70 mm lens with a Nikon D4 camera as well as an Elinchrom 400 bx moonlight flash with a soft box. The photos were processed in Adobe Lightroom-4.

Let freedom sing

Adas Israel Hazzan Arianne Brown, Shirat HaNefesh Hazzan Dr. Ramón Tasat, the Adas Israel Flash Choir and other guest performers joined the Kolot HaLev Community Choir at Adas Israel Congregation on Sunday afternoon for Pesach: The Sounds of Freedom – musical interpretations of The Haggadah and other sources, including such Passover favorites as Go Down,… Read More

Hoop dreams: BBYO basketball playoffs

Hundreds of area hoops players participated in this year’s BBYO AZA Athletics basketball league. At the league’s playoffs on March 29 at the Jewish Community Center in Rockville, Einstein AZA, based in Rockville/Potomac, swished its way to victory. Photos by Geoffrey W. Melada

SEEN: Good Deeds Day

Thousands turned out this year for Good Deeds Day, a volunteer event run by the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Volunteers from 72 organizations signed up to lend a hand on nearly 100 different service projects. Good Deeds Day is now a permanent annual event, thanks to a $500,000 gift from Dr. Stuart and Ellen… Read More

Sing out loud

Eight Jewish a cappella (vocals only, no instruments) singing groups squared off on Adas Israel Congregation’s bimah Saturday night in Kol HaOlam, the National Collegiate Jewish a Cappella Championship. Mezumenet, an all-female ensemble from the University of Maryland, had the crowd in stitches during its rendition of “Not About That Traif,” but it was Tizmoret, a… Read More

SEEN: DC Purim Bash 2015

Hundreds of Jewish young adults danced the night away last Saturday at the second annual DC Purim Bash at Sidney Harman Hall in Chinatown. Haman was no match for festive partygoers, who dressed to impress with colorful costumes in the spirit of the holiday. Sponsors included: 2239, Adas Israel Congregation, EntryPointDC of the Washington DCJCC,… Read More

‘Times of Israel’ gala brings luminaries out

More than 1,000 people turned out Sunday for the first-ever Times of Israel gala at New York’s Waldorf Astoria. Among the luminaries attending: lawyer Alan Dershowitz, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Israeli entertainers Gal Gadot and Miri Mesika, Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli and former Israeli President Shimon Peres. Peres seemed to repudiate Israeli Prime… Read More