Café Shawreen reopens as Oh Mama Grill

  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

Can pair of vets unseat U.S. reps?

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

Adam Davis steps into cantor role Temple Beth Torah

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

Lindsay Kanter stays musical Temple Emanuel

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

Ben Kintisch looks to spread Jewish values through music Columbia Jewish Congregation

Cantor Ben Kintisch says he looked at synagogues across the country. The best fit: Columbia Jewish Congregation. Kintisch became the Reconstructionist congregation’s cantor in July. He succeeded retiring Cantor Jan Morrison, who was with Columbia Jewish Congregation since 1994. The search for a new cantor took nearly a year. Kintisch moved to Columbia from Cranford,… Read More