Social climber

Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868) was the most famous opera composer of his time. He composed The Barber of Seville in 13 days (he claimed 12 days) and just one year later he composed La Cenerentola when he was 25 years old. Rossini believed in the ideals of the Enlightenment and he befriended and worked together with… Read More


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

My Vote, Our Israel

The deadline is rapidly approaching on the other Israel election. April 30 is the last day eligible U.S. voters can cast a ballot for representation to the 37th World Zionist Congress, the legislative branch of the World Zionist Organization, which meets every five years to decide matters related to global Jewry and Zionism and oversees… Read More

In stitches

In needlepoint, sharp eyesight, nimble fingers and deep concentration are essential, which makes Florence Newman’s recent award-winning finish at the nation’s largest needlework show, held recently in Alexandria, all the more impressive. Newman is 100 years old and still creating pillows and wall hangings that decorate her Bethesda apartment as well as the homes of… Read More

You Should Know… Tiffany Stark Marker

Tiffany Stark Marker’s yoga practice has come a long way since she did her first sun salutation at 15 to a Jane Fonda video. About two years ago, the 30-something Long Island native earned a yoga certification and began teaching classes, and she later started her own company, Three Yoga Chicks, with her two sisters…. Read More

Silver lining New line is bright spot for Metro

It has been a rough ride recently for the Washington area’s subway system. In February, a passenger died in a smoke-filled train car. Chronic delays, mechanical failures and poor customer service at Metro have enraged daily commuters. There is a blog site called Unsuck DC Metro, and more than 30,000 people follow Twitter’s @unsuckdcmetro; the… Read More