Bubbie takes to the skies When Mollie Witow said she wanted to celebrate her 97th birthday in a balloon, she wasn’t full of hot air

Mollie Witow hasn’t lost her adventurous spirit. The 96-year-old decided to take to the sky in August to get a jump on her October birthday. Members of her family, including her daughter and grandchildren, accompanied her to Taylorsville for her first-ever hot-air balloon ride. Donning black pants and a gray sweater, Bubbie, as her grandchildren… Read More

In boutique gym craze, quality trumps quantity

Walk into the Speed Strength Performance gym in Rockville and you probably won’t recognize that it is part of one of the fastest-growing trends in the fitness world. You might not know it was a professional gym at all — weights and resistance bands are off to the sides, and there’s a squat rack in… Read More

Group seeks $40 billion for Jewish day schools

PHILADELPHIA —The Endowment Fund for School Choice announced that it wants to raise $40 billion for Jewish day schools — yes, the “b” in front of  “illion” is accurate. The East Windsor, N.J.-based organization came about from concerned parents struggling with the financial instability of sending their children to Jewish day schools. “We’re all parents… Read More

The 9 best Jewish food trucks in the U.S.

Summer is upon us. And that means swimsuits, summer camps, sticky temperatures — and food trucks. We’ve compiled a list of standouts from across the country. (We’ve also thrown in a couple of our favorite Jewish-themed trucks that are not necessarily kosher.) From corned-beef hash burritos to kosher barbecue, these are nine of the best… Read More

Laurel synagogue celebrates its inclusivity

Over its 50-year history, Oseh Shalom synagogue has expanded its reach beyond its base in Laurel, says Rabbi Doug Heifetz. “Once upon a time, we were a neighborhood congregation. Now we’re a regional synagogue,” he says. “Most people travel from all over to us — from Kensington, Annapolis, Rockville and Gaithersburg.” What sustains the synagogue… Read More

Students learn family stories, tell about them in Hebrew

  Hebrew was never Gabriel Brumberg’s favorite subject, but his opinion improved when his sixth-grade class at the Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital took on a project that combined the language with investigating family history. Gabriel and each of his classmates produced a short video about their family’s immigration stories, using school-provided… Read More

$15 million pledged for day school endowment

Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School announced that it has received $15 million in pledges toward a $20 million endowment campaign. “The campaign is about ensuring the future stability of the school,” said Rabbi Mitchel Malkus, head of the Rockville school. The announcement came during the school’s 50th anniversary celebration on May 26. In December,… Read More

Chabad wins property bid in North Potomac

  With a $1.5 million bid, Chabad of Upper Montgomery County stands to take ownership of the Garrett Farmhouse/Maple Spring Farm at Darnestown and Dufief Mill roads in North Potomac. Rabbi Sholom Raichik, director of Chabad of Montgomery County, on May 26 outbid 18 contenders for the property. He said the site will be used… Read More