Washington-area Jews react to Jerusalem announcement

Jerusalem has been recognized as Israel’s official capital, 22 years after Congress mandated it be so. But Jews throughout Washington are reacting with every emotion from anger to appreciation. Those who support President Donald Trump’s decision last week to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and reiterate his commitment to move the American embassy there… Read More

Sex abuse allegations hit home for Conservative movement

Amid the current awakening about sexual misconduct in the workplace, the Conservative movement is much like everyone else — processing the almost daily revelations while also not immune to the reach of the #MeToo movement, as one of their own has been swept up in allegations of sexual abuse of minors. Last week, the United… Read More

6 budget-saving bar/bat mitzvah party tips

Celebrating a child’s bar or bat mitzvah is an important and meaningful milestone — and can be expensive one. It can be akin to a wedding, with all the range and variety that implies. From a small and simple $7,000 celebration to a tens of thousands of dollars-level spectacle, this is no minor affair. “People… Read More

Sahar’s PuppetCinema premieres ‘Suddenly’

Zvi Sahar collects old items. He loves flea markets, but two of his favorite collectibles are from his grandmother’s kitchen: a hand mixer and an old-fashioned ice cream scoop. Sahar also loves to put old and unwanted objects to good use in his PuppetCinema productions. Last year he used a flea market find, an old… Read More

Rescued Torah scroll has story to tell

Even some congregants at Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation don’t know the full story of their Torah, a nearly 250-year-old scroll that originated in what is now the Czech Republic, survived the Holocaust and landed in Reston by way of London. But the synagogue is looking forward to a full telling this weekend, as it celebrates… Read More

Vaad surprises Potomac 18 caterers by ending supervision

Rockville-based Potomac 18 Caterers had been looking to expand. So CEO Yisroel Bacharach entered into talks with the Orthodox Union to provide kosher supervision and certification that would be recognized nationally. Bacharach said the Rabbinical Council of Greater Washington, which was providing kosher supervision, was part of the talks. But In an advertisement in the… Read More