Experience ‘A Sense of Renewal’ at the Bender JCC’s Goldman Art Gallery

Written by Deborah Scheinberg on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

“A Sense of Renewal: A Group Show,” on display through August 13 in the Goldman Art Gallery at the Bender Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Rockville, Maryland, displays textural, organic work leading the beholder down memory lane, displaying forces of nature, and evoking a sense of caution and drama. Featuring work by Miguel Perez Lem, Felisa Federman, Nancy Nesvet, Pauline Jakobsberg, and Terry Svat, the paintings present, as described in the artists’ statement, “images that long for the past, examine our present world, and ponder the future.”

NPR Headquarters

Written by Dinah Rokach on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

Have you ever turned on your radio and wondered about the individuals behind the voices and the work behind the words? At the headquarters of National Public Radio (NPR) in Washington, D.C., you can learn about the fast-paced news business and gain an appreciation for the hard work and dedication of the many professionals it takes to bring NPR radio programs to life.

Pentagon Memorial

Written by Dinah Rokach on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

(SOURCE: Washington.org)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.

Review: ‘Broken Glass’

Written by Miriam Cleeman on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

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.

Movie Review: ‘Past Life’

Written by Jodi Berman Kustanovich on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

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.

Singing for His Life

Written by Larry Shor on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

The life of Cantor Samuel Taube reads like an adventure novel. It spans nine decades, three continents, and a dozen countries. It spans the highest heights and the lowest depths of Jewish history in the 20th century. Above all, it is a story of great talent and deep faith that sustained him through it all.

My Friend, the Colonel

Written by Larry Shor on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

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.”

Smithsonian Natural History Museum

Written by Dinah Rokach on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

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.