Hogan honored at sukkah gathering

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan was honored Sunday for his “open warm and positive relations with the Jewish community,” according to Ron Halber, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, which invited the governor to the sukkah at Beth Sholom Congregation in Potomac. “The symbolism of him joining the Jewish community to… Read More

Boomers want to retire in style

Baby boomers are not content to retire the same way previous generations did. Just as they have since they began entering the world in 1946, they’ve got demands now — and senior housing and retirement communities are working to keep up. As of 2016, people aged 65 and older numbered nearly 50 million across the… Read More

Sukkah directory is handy for travelers

Say you’re visiting Cyprus during Sukkot and want to find a sukkah to have a meal in. Or you’ve found yourself in Dublin. Or you’re new to the Washington area and don’t know where to find a sukkah. You might try localsukkah.org, which this year lists 336 sukkot in 26 countries. The registry is the… Read More

Where did your lulav and etrog come from?

With Sukkot starting next week, area congregations and families have all put in their orders for the important four species — the lulav and etrog sets. The lulav includes a frond from a date palm tree; the hadas, a branch from the myrtle tree; and the aravah, branches from the willow tree. The etrog is… Read More

Prayer on tap this Yom Kippur with GatherDC

When most Jews think of Yom Kippur, a few things come to mind. Prayer and fasting are high on the list. But coming together at a beer garden? Not so much. But that won’t stop Rabbi Aaron Potek of GatherDC from offering an alternative Yom Kippur on Saturday, inviting young Jews who might not observe… Read More

How can we forgive the unforgivable?

We are in the middle of the month of Elul, the season of repentance and forgiveness that culminates with Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot. In the rabbinic imagination, Elul is an acronym for “Ani L’dodi V’dodi Li” — “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.” In regard to this season, this verse… Read More