Nestled in the heart of Sandy Spring, Maryland, easily accessible from anywhere within Montgomery County, lies a green oasis where fun rules the land, fears are conquered, and positive energy flows.
Promoted as Washington’s greatest Jewish concert, the annual Yad Zlata Benefit Concert, held June 25 in Rockville, Maryland, certainly lived up to the hype.
Like many millions of his generation, my dad, Nathan Shor, was drafted into the Army just shy of his 18th birthday. After serving in the National Guard for two years, he received the fateful letter from the president that began, “Greetings.”
The steady beat of the drum calls to the audience. Our children’s united voices rise up for all to hear. Energy flows through the packed auditorium. Three boys lead a moving “Hatikvah” with a talented student accompanying on the piano. Everyone feels the spirit.
A visit to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington, D.C., is a great way to satisfy the itch to explore distant places without straying far from home. Return in time for dinner having crossed the United States, seen wild animals on distant continents, traversed the world’s oceans, and explored foreign art and culture.
Featuring Jewish pop-rock band 8th Day and Boruch Sholom Blesofsky, the concert will be a fitting tribute to a woman remembered for lifting people’s spirits.
Billed as “Greater Washington’s most spectacular Jewish concert of the year,” the Annual Yad Zlata Benefit Concert is not only an opportunity for the community to rock out to some infectious kosher tunes, but is also a memorial to a woman whose wisdom and generosity of spirit touched many in her lifetime and continues to inspire others since her passing.
In Judaism, the period of The Three Weeks, culminating with the fast of Tisha B’Av, is a time of reflection and mourning. We contemplate the tragedies that befell our people not only at the time of the destruction of the Temple in but also during the subsequent millennia of exile.
The chaos, uncertainty, and confusion of the last few months of 1938 are felt before the actors even take the stage in the Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (DCJCC)’s Theater J production of Arthur Miller’s last work, “Broken Glass.” Screens of broken glass, jagged and unconnected windows, cover the back wall of a sparsely set stage that gives little away as to what the audience can expect.
Washington Jewish Film Festival
With Past Life, Israeli Director Avi Nesher brings the story of a family in Israel — the father, Baruch, a Holocaust survivor with a dark past; the mother, Lusia, a proud and elegant but unsettled woman; the daughter Sephi, a classically trained vocalist and aspiring composer; and her sister Nana, a turbulent writer and hippie struggling with the demons of her childhood.
As the summer camp season begins, it brings to mind the camp I attended growing up here in Washington: Kaufmann Camp. From 1952 until it closed in 1984, nearly 25,000 kids from the Greater Washington area spent a part of their summers there. Each summer, there were three sessions to choose from, and each one was three weeks long. The camp was located on the Chesapeake Bay in Calvert County, right between the two shtetlach of Plum Point and Dares Beach.
There’s Zumba, Body Flow, Body Pump, hip hop, ballet, ballroom, African dance, square dance, modern dance — in short, a genre of dance for anyone with the urge to move their body to a rhythm.
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