Cut that shtick out. Save it for the wedding.

The checklist for Gavri and Laura Yares’ wedding last year included British and American flags, a ton of Star Wars paraphernalia, animal figurines, Hawaiian leis and grass skirts. At least that was the checklist their guests had made when planning their shtick — the comical dancing, tricks and other gags that guests at Jewish weddings… Read More

Celebrations for February 16, 2017

Sammy Polott will celebrate his bar mitzvah at Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County on Feb. 18, with his parents, Arthur and Anita Polott; brother, Daniel Polott; and grandparents, Lena and Zalman Polott and Barbara and Ron Blumenthal. Sammy attends Tilden Middle School, loves to play baseball and is a big Nationals fan. Sammy volunteers… Read More

Celebrations for February 2, 2017

Carmiya and Michael Weinraub of Aspen Hill announce the birth of their son Joshua Robert (Yehoshua Avraham) on Jan. 3. He was born at home with Riverside Midwifery LLC and weighed 7 lbs. 5 oz.  He is named in memory of his paternal great-uncle Robert Karlstein. Also welcoming Joshua Robert are his siblings Lily, Isaac,… Read More

Celebrations for Nov. 22, 2016

Judy and Howard Kramer of Rockville announce the engagement of their son, Justin, to Eva Davis, daughter of Scott Davis and the late Carolyn Raizes Davis of Houston. Justin is the grandson of Thelma and Arthur Finkelstein of Pittsburgh and the late Ruth and Donald Kramer of Baltimore. Eva is the granddaughter of Sonia Raizes… Read More

Going up We all dance the hora — but why?

One thing all Jews seem to agree on is that a child’s passage into adulthood must be celebrated by the boy or girl being lifted several feet off of the ground in a chair and enthusiastically danced around. But why? “In the Bible, Israelites use dance as a form of religious expression,” Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer writes… Read More

Gently! Gently! A bar mitzvah or a food fight?

Candy is dandy, but “13-year-old friends of a bar mitzvah boy tend to get competitive” when you give them free reign to start throwing stuff at the guest of honor. That’s the experience Rabbi Gilah Langner of Kol Ami, a Reconstructionist Jewish community in Northern Virginia, has had with the custom of showering the bar… Read More

Celebrations for November 3, 2016

Jory Alan Schofer, son of Gregory and Lucinda Schofer, will become a bar mitzvah on Nov. 5 at Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda. Joining in the simcha are brother and sister Noam and Talia, and grandparents Stanley and Paulette Schofer of Potomac, and John and Rosemarie Trella of Warrington, Pa. For his mitzvah    pro-ject,… Read More