Bender JCC Family Fun Day

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Children and families enjoying storytime (in both Hebrew and English) with the Israeli American Council (IAC) at Bender JCC’s Family Fun Day on Dec. 25 in Rockville, Maryland. (Photo courtesy of the Bender JCC)


To My Father, Nathan Shor, On His 13th Yahrzeit

Written by Larry Shor on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

My father, Nathan Shor, was unique. Born in the New World, he really was a product of the Old World, the one of his parents and grandparents. He loved that world; after losing his father when he was 19, he held on to it even tighter and carried it with him all his life. Most significantly for me, he made sure that his children were a part of it as well.

A History of Orthodox Baltimore

Written by Phil Wendkos on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

“My Shtetl Baltimore,” by Eli W. Schlossberg, gives a glimpse into Orthodox Baltimore using informative vignettes and portraits of many venerated rebbeim (rabbis), including Rav Naftali Neuberger, Rav Aharon Feldman, and Rav Jacob Ruderman of Yeshivas Ner Yisroel (Ner Israel Rabbinic College).

Local Author Shares Tale of Holocaust-Era Defiance in 'Too Little, Almost Too Late'

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Book details efforts by U.S. officials to rescue Jewish refugees.

A handful of U.S. government officials defied President Franklin D. Roosevelt and helped rescue Jewish refugees in the final months of the Holocaust, according to “Too Little, and Almost Too Late: The War Refugee Board and America’s Response to the Holocaust,” a new book by local author and historian Dr. Rafael Medoff.

Farmer’s Corner Returns: On Marriage, Baby Cows, and a Poop-Scoop Industry Secret

Written by Aryeh Goldschein on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

Look at that face and tell me you don’t feel the puppy love. (Photo credit: Aryeh Goldschein)Yes, I know it’s been a while. Since I was last here, 15 issues ago, I have really missed writing about life on the farm. I think part of the reason that I stopped was because of how busy it gets here. I’m going to skip over most of what happened in the past year and get straight to the good stuff: I got married to a wonderful woman who is from a farm out in Colorado. Life has been amazing ever since. I can’t wait to see Hillel get married — it took him long enough. Actually very smart move hiring the girl you want to date. Although sometimes that may result in a lawsuit.

Sotto Voce: A Tale of Love and Memory

Written by Jackie Feldman on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

“Sotto Voce,” the first play of Theater J’s 2017-2018 season, packed a weighty punch. Running from Oct. 3-29 at the Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington D.C., the play offered a poignant riff on a timeless theme: the power of love and memory and their ability to transcend time.

‘Soon by You’ Celebrates First Season Finale

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“Soon by You,” the hit YouTube series that’s captivated the Orthodox Jewish community, has wrapped up its first season. Originally intended as a standalone short film, “Soon by You” morphed into a show based on the overwhelming audience response: Fans were begging for more, and the creators were more than happy to comply.

Behold the Power of Cheese

Written by Chana Yogod on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

Cheese is a fascinating food. It’s a complex product, it’s versatile and delicious, and it’s timeless. Cheese also ties in very strongly to Chanukah.

In fact, in the time of the Greeks, Yehudit played a key role in the victory of Chanukah because she was able to neutralize the fearsome Greek general of the opposing forces in quick order. How did Yehudit accomplish this? She fed cheese to the general to make him thirsty, then gave him a flask of wine to drink, which made him incapacitated, ultimately leading to his downfall. Yehudit therefore was able to score a strategic victory and helped put a quick end to the awful war against the Jews.

Remembering Uncle Bernie

Written by Larry Shor on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

A chapter ended and a book was closed on Oct. 29 when Uncle Bernie passed away at the age of 97. The last of my grandfather’s 12 siblings, Bernie Ehrlich was born right here in Washington on Dec. 28, 1919. He grew up in old Southwest, on 4½ Street. To me he was not some far-away relative, but someone I worked with for many years in the Northeast Market, enabling us to have a close and loving relationship that spanned many decades.

Finding Your Safe Heart Rate Zone

Written by Justin Walls on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

Sometimes during intense exercise sessions, we ask ourselves if we are pushing too hard. Checking your heart rate (HR) can be as easy as taking your radial or carotid pulse yourself, or putting your finger over the camera sensor on your smartphone — but HR provides only a part of the picture of your body’s current state during exercise.

A Star Fell

Written by Larry Shor on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

His was a voice of astonishing power and beauty, treasured to this day by lovers of opera and fine music and considered one of the greatest of the 20th century.

Yet all of it could not save him from perishing in the darkness of the Holocaust.