Food, friends and community at Central Farm Markets

The parking lots of 7600 Arlington Blvd. in Bethesda and 11806 Rockville Pike in Rockville are bustling with activity and action every Saturday and Sunday as hundreds of visitors peruse the produce and products at the Central Farm Markets. Featuring more than 70 vendors between the two locations, the Central Farm Markets offer a range… Read More

Jewish issues at home in White House

Matt Nosanchuk had recently logged another busy week. There was the organizing of a meeting between Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Adviser Susan Rice and 19 leaders of the American Jewish community two weeks ago. Now, Nosanchuk is working on President Barack Obama’s upcoming Rosh Hashanah message. In July, Nosanchuk, 48, was… Read More

Five groups, one large Jewish LGBT family

They affectionately and jokingly call themselves the “five families” or “Kosher Nostra,” despite having no connections to the Jewish mafia or organized crime at all. In fact, the “five families,” consisting of Nice Jewish Girls, Nice Jewish Boys, Gayyim, Bet Mishpachah, and GLOE-Kurlander Program for GLBT Outreach & Engagement work independently and in unison to… Read More

Rolling across America

Three rising seniors at Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy are ready with a great story about how they spent their summer vacation, pedaling 1,650 miles, raising $3,000 each for sustainable food systems and experiencing Jewish life throughout the United States. The three Kemp Mill 17-year-olds participated in Hazon Cross-U.S.A. Bike Ride, joining a total of… Read More

Changing with the times

“I ate my meals there.” That phrase, or some version of it, is usually the first thing that comes to mind when past generations of University of Maryland students conjure up memories of their experiences at the school’s Hillel. Still, eating kosher food is not all Hillel provided. For decades, the Jewish campus hub has… Read More

Worth its salt

One of the most common stops on a first tour of Israel is the Dead Sea, in Hebrew Yam HaMelach. It’s the place where visitors can change into their bathing suits, saunter to the water’s edge and float — literally unable to sink in the water due to its high concentration of salt. After the… Read More

A public relations split

In the final months of last year’s presidential election campaign, the attic in the offices of Rabinowitz/Dorf Communications had housed a close-knit, crowded “Hub” with the goal of delivering the Jewish vote to President Barack Obama. About a year later, there is suddenly plenty of space in the firm’s Woodley Park offices. Last Thursday, Matt… Read More