At first, the older couple waved off the offer of help. But Rabbi Sholom Deitsch of Northern Virginia insisted.
The High Holidays are less than two weeks away, but not everyone is affiliated with a congregation or can afford a full-price ticket. For those looking to attend services anyway, WJW has compiled a (definitely incomplete) list of free or inexpensive (under $50) services in the Washington area. Some synagogues are offering their own discounted… Read More
Regular customers of Café Shawreen at Rollins Avenue and East Jefferson Street in Rockville may have noticed something different. In place of the cafe is Oh Mama Grill. The new restaurant, which serves Middle Eastern food such as falafel and shwarma, reopened under new ownership last month. Riki Alkoby and her husband, Izhak Levi,… Read More
Dan Helmer and Aaron Scheinberg were among the handful of Jewish cadets to graduate from West Point in 2003. They went on to serve in the early years of America’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Now they live just 75 miles apart — Helmer in Fairfax County and Scheinberg in Hedgesville, W. Va., population 320…. Read More
For years, Adam Davis had dismissed the idea of becoming a cantor. Friends, family, and even the chair of his musical theater program at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music all thought his booming voice and deeply felt faith made him perfect for the bima. Still, he demurred. “I always resisted,” he says. “I felt like… Read More
Jeremy Kridel has worked in IT and studied law. “I was always concerned with what I’m doing helping people,” he says. “And that is part of why I went to law school. And over time, I realized that what I was missing from all of that was something that tied my Jewish identity into how… Read More
The first time Rabbi Hyim Shafner realized Jews were a family was when he was 9. It was at summer camp in the Catskills. There were few Orthodox Jews in Shafner’s hometown of New London, Conn., but the camp was full of them. The Orthodox campers “just thought it was great, because they had never… Read More
At home, Temple Emanuel’s new cantor, Lindsay Kanter, often breaks out the guitar and sings Beatles songs to her 14-month-old daughter, Zoheret. “She’ll clap along and dance,” Kanter says. “So music is very much a part of our life.” Ordained this year at the Reform movement’s Hebrew Union College-Institute of Religion, Kanter came to Temple… Read More