The Story of “Cousin Kirk”

Written by Super User on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

I am sure that many of you saw the news in December that the legendary star Kirk Douglas turned 100 years old. It turns out that we have a family connection that goes way back.

Here’s the story: Kirk Douglas was born Issur Danielovitch in Amsterdam, New York, just a short distance from Albany where my dad Nate Shor a”h was born. (How the family got to Washington in 1944 is the subject for another column). It turns out that our two families are somehow related; cousins of cousins, etc.

Sing Out – or Otherwise Perform – O Jewish Women!

Written by BY: Barbara Trainin Blank on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

It is said every one of us has a trouper inside.

If you’re a female whose inner performer is looking to come out, or you’re someone who enjoys watching others display their talents, you should check out the third annual Open Mic Night for girls and women this Saturday night, February 4..

“Women are invited to share their talents or just be part of the audience,” said Dahlia Topolosky, creator and coordinator of the event.

Style Section: Coming Up Trumps!

Written by BY: Beverley Bloom on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

With a new glamorous first family firmly ensconced in the White House, style-watchers from around the globe will be eagerly watching the nation’s capital to see what fashionable ensembles the First Lady (and Daughter) will be wearing. The statuesque Melania will surely give Jackie O a run for her money in the style stakes.

Celebrity style, however, usually comes with a hefty price tag, so we want to create a designer look on a budget that can appeal to young professionals, working mums and anyone else looking to replicate that groomed sophistication (but without a team of stylists and make-up artists on call).

Larry Shor’s Greater Washington

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 “Why don’t you write a book?” This question has been asked of me countless times over the years. While circumstances never allowed me to do so, I am very excited for this opportunity to share what I have known, seen and experienced in my 60 years of life as a part of the Jewish community of this great city. In my lifetime, I have seen this city change in monumental and unthinkable ways, both in good times and in bad, up until the time they happened. The story of the last 60 years is my story, too. In each column, I will share pieces of that story. The details remain fresh in my mind.

Capital Arts

Written by BY: Nancy Schreiber, Arts Editor on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

Welcome to the inaugural issue of a new newspaper, Kol HaBirah: Voice of the Capitol, and to the inauguration of a new President Trump.

As Kol Habirah considers the artistic landscape of the Greater Washington area and beyond, we will consider the particular concerns of our region and how artists express their views and comments on those concerns. We will relate the arts in the region to events in our nation’s capital, and hope you will read our views and send us your views in return.  

Free to see

Written by BY: Dinah Rokach on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

As Tu B’Shevat, the New Year for Trees, approaches, we think of trees in bloom heralding the spring season. In the land of Israel, this harbinger of springtime takes place when the sap in fact is rising, but that stands in contrast to our stark February landscape of bare trees bereft of their leafy adornments. 

Let me offer a solution to this seasonal dissonance: the United States Botanic Garden beckons us to enjoy indoor trees in the full flowering of warmer climes. What a refreshing way to spend time on a cold winter’s day.