Matisyahu Mellows, Moves at DC City Winery

Written by Anis Modi on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

p style="text-align: justify;">Matisyahu brought his songwriting, beatboxing best to DC’s City Winery on Aug. 7. The artist seemed to relish the intimate setting, treating the audience to a career-spanning set, and bringing his children onstage for a familial rendition of his hit song, “One Day.”

An Evening With Alfred H. Moses

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The story of former U.S. Ambassador to Romania Alfred H. Moses is a unique one: It’s a tale of a young lawyer with the American Jewish Committee who was thrust into a life he didn’t expect. On July 12, guests packed the sanctuary of Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C., to listen to an exchange between Moses, who is also chairman of UN Watch, and U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland.

Remembering Gerald Fischman

Written by Larry Shor on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

I was looking at Facebook one night a couple of weeks ago; like many others, especially in my age bracket, I was looking at a page dedicated to the neighborhood in which I grew up. In my case, that was Forest Knolls in Silver Spring, Maryland. It is usually a pleasant and nostalgic pastime to look at places, people, and days gone by, but suddenly, I was jolted out of my chair.

An Ode to DC Sports Fandom

Written by Larry Shor on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

When the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup Championship, it was a thrilling and dramatic event. In addition to the Caps’ long-suffering fan base, now richly rewarded for their loyalty and support, the entire city joined together in a happy and unified celebration, the likes of which had not been seen in these parts for over a quarter century.

Fifty Years Later, A Look Back: Part Five — Rebirth and Renewal

Written by Larry Shor on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

By the late 1980s, two decades after the riots tore through Washington, D.C., the condition of the city was bleak. Crime, fueled by the crack epidemic, had skyrocketed. People referred to Washington as the “murder capital.” The city’s economic base had not recovered from the loss of so many businesses that had been destroyed or otherwise left the city. On many main streets, block after block still lay in ruins. It was a sad and depressing sight.

A Musical Birthday Celebration with Federation

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The Tzofim Friendship Caravan share their message of hope and peace for Israel through dance and song. (Photo credit: Jewish Federation of Greater Washington)

A venue change due to weather Sunday June 3 couldn’t dampen the spirits of the more than 2,000 people from across The Greater Washington area who gathered for the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Israel@70: A Musical Celebration. Relocated to the Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner in Virginia, just steps from the original outdoor venue at The Plaza at Tysons Corner Center, the event maintained its music festival vibe with a high-energy lineup of Tzofim Friendship Caravan, Rami Feinstein, Kippalive, and headliner Nadav Guedj.

Ohev Sholom Creatively Commemorates Tisha B’Av

Written by Malka Goldberg on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

According to the Talmud, Jerusalem was destroyed because of Kamtza and Bar Kamtza. The Talmudic tale tells of two men whose mutual hatred sowed the seeds of the destruction of the Temple. On Tisha B’Av, Ohev Sholom - The National Synagogue, located in Washington, D.C., hosted a three-part tikkun (fixing) ceremony. There was a text study of the Kamtza/Bar Kamtza story, an introspective session during which participants did a role-playing exercise to understand the differing perspectives of the people in the story (the host, Bar Kamtza, and the rabbis), and a creative reflection project.

Holocaust Work of Celebrated Artist on Display After 50 Years

Written by Kol HaBirah Staff on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

The art of Myron Barnstone, a late master artist turned master teacher, will be on display through August 4 at ArtistAngle Gallery in Frederick, Maryland.

“Emotions: How Art Awakens the Soul” is a solo exhibit by Barnstone, including both pen and ink and color pieces, created mainly in Paris and Spain during the 1960s, before he put down his brushes to devote the next 35 years of his life to teaching.

This Theater Season in MoCo, Jewish Themes Converge With Communal and National Politics

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There’s never been a shortage of live theater in Montgomery County, but the 2018/2019 season will feature multiple productions with strong Jewish themes.

It is a concentration both rare and impressive, according to Rockville, Maryland, resident Lauren-Nicole Gabel. Gabel started Theatre@CBT, a community theater group that is run out of Congregation B’nai Tzedek in Potomac, and she is also vice president of the performing arts group Montgomery Playhouse.

Timely ‘Trayf’ Performs for Sold-Out Crowd

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Many Jews (and non-Jews) have been approached in a public location such as a train station or airport by a young member of Chabad-Lubavitch (the Orthodox Jewish, Chasidic movement devoted to outreach) asking them if they’d like to partake in a mitzvah (Jewish commandment/good deed). Depending on the time of day, or year, it could be lighting a menorah, laying tefillin, shaking a lulav and esrog, making a blessing, or completing numerous other types of mitzvot.