From Memory to Memoir

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Acclaimed Canadian author and editor Gina Roitman will lead a memoir-writing workshop on Sunday, June 23, at Congregation Beth El in Bethesda, Maryland. This is the second workshop sponsored by The Generations After — an organization of children of Holocaust survivors, grandchildren of survivors, and survivors themselves — focused on transforming memory into memoir.

JxJ Offers Smorgasbord of Jewish Cinema in the Month of May

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Presented by the Edlavitch DCJCC, JxJ is a multidisciplinary arts project that encompasses the Washington Jewish Film Festival, the Washington Jewish Music Festival, and a mix of arts programming including comedy, theater, workshops — all presented as one massive three-week experience. JxJ also offers opportunities to hear from film directors, musicans, and other artists.

A Holocaust Story for the Social Media Generation

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On May 1 — the eve of Yom Hashoah — the Instagram account @eva.stories went live, bringing a Holocaust story to life in a visceral way. With over 1.7 million followers, people are avidly following the video stories of a 13-year-old Jewish girl named Eva Heyman. Eva posts about her life as she grows up in 1944 Hungary.

Kesher’s Women in Film Festival Welcomes Creators of YouTube Series and Documentary

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Kesher Israel’s first Jewish Women Mini Film Festival was held Sunday, March 10, at the DC synagogue. Organized by Kesher’s social committee, the event featured Aimee Bikel, the talent behind the documentary “Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem,” and Leah Gottfried, creator and star of the YouTube series “Soon by You.”

Yiddish Movies on the Wall

Written by Larry Shor on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

It came upon the Jewish world like a comet that burned brightly and then disappeared forever. Today the few fragments that are left are a gateway to a world that exists no more. And yet, those fragments have survived, reappearing in new form, again and again. I was fortunate to have a unique window into that world; and because of that window, I have carried that lost world with me and made it a part of my world as well.

Local Rosh Yeshiva Authors 'Life-Changing' Guide to Transitioning From Full-Time Learning to the Workforce

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Rabbi Ahron Lopiansky has served as Rosh Yeshiva of the Yeshiva of Greater Washington – Tiferes Gedaliah in Silver Spring, Maryland, since 1994. He recently authored a new sefer (Jewish book) called “Orchos Chaim – Ben Torah for Life.” The book aims to guide young men in transitioning to the workforce from full-time learning in a yeshiva or kollel setting.

A Story for Yom Ha'atzmaut: The Jewish Record Industry Goes to War

Written by Larry Shor on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

It was 1945. World War II had ended and the heart and soul of world Jewry, European Jewry, lay desolate and destroyed. The story of the mobilization of every corner of the Jewish world that led to the creation of the State of Israel during those chaotic years has, for the most part, been well-documented. There is one story left to be told: how the Jewish record industry went to war to help the cause. Many recordings were issued to drive the struggle into the public consciousness in those turbulent years; several were in Yiddish, a language that the early Zionists rejected in favor of Hebrew. But no matter, the creation of the State of Israel was a titanic struggle, and many such songs were released, in Yiddish, and in English as well.

Local and International Israeli Dance Troupes Perform at the 10th Annual Israeli Dance Festival DC

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[Photo courtesy of Abby Kerbel]

The 10th Annual Israeli Dance Festival DC took place Sunday, March 17, with a pre-festival dance party taking place the night before. The festival honored its founding committee (Ari Atkinson, Mona Goldstein Atkinson, Izik Balely, Mike Fox, Sharon Gelboin-Katz, Judy Kerbel, Marina Kraus, Naomi Reem, Pepe Strauss, Daniela Wegbrait Tam, and Kinneret Rand-Yadin), as well as longtime volunteer Ruth Preuss, z”l. Approximately 700 people attended.

Whatever Became of Hazel Scott?

Written by Larry Shor on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

At one time, she had it all. A brilliant pianist and singer, she was a star of Broadway and Hollywood. She was the toast of New York’s theaters and jazz clubs. Thirty years before Oprah, she was the first African-American woman to have her own TV show. She was glamorous, talented, and loved. She made one of the most famous Yiddish novelty songs a hit, all by herself.