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.
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.
On Thursday, May 25, a screening of “Dimona Twist” (2016) was shown at the Bethesda Row Theater as a feature of the 2017 Washington Jewish Film Festival. The narrative of the film is presented through interviews with seven North African and Eastern European Jewish women who arrived with their families in Israel as children in the 1950s and 1960s. They were sent to live in Dimona, which was then an undeveloped desert town south of Be’er Sheva.
Graduations are marked by commencement ceremonies. Commencement means beginning. Whatever level of education the graduate has completed, learning begins anew as formal studies end. Sightseeing is a perfect way to embark on that voyage of discovery.
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.
The Washington Jewish Film Festival recently partnered with Entry Point DC to host “As If! A Clueless Night.” The event lured plenty of 30-something women, many of whom were decked out in the height of 90s fashion to sip on themed cocktails and munch on vintage childhood snacks like fruit roll-ups prior to the start of the film. Almost all of the attendees had seen the film already, many calling it a cult classic and influential in their childhood and teenage memories.
Recently, the world of comedy lost one of its legends with the passing of Don Rickles. His unique style of insult humor endeared him to millions of fans during his long and illustrious career. He was the first and, by far, the most popular practitioner of that type of comedy. And the whole thing got started right here in Washington.
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