Arts & Culture

YIVO Institute of Jewish Research Opens its Gates to a Welcoming World

Dovid Zaklikowski The bright hallways, expansive staircases and sleek sofas don’t reveal what is beyond the glass doors at the Center for Jewish History in...

Old time music meets Jewish heritage

Nefesh Mountain is described as the place where American bluegrass and old-time music meet with Jewish heritage and tradition. Singer Doni Zasloff with her husband,...

Burt Bacharach, sophisticated Jewish hitmaker of the ’60s and ’70s, dies at 94

Andrew Silow-Carroll | JTA Songwriter Burt Bacharach,  who with his longtime lyricist Hal David turned out a  string of hits in the 1960s and ’70s...

Late Winter Arts Preview

Escape the winter weather with these bright performances and activities. All around the Washington area, organizations are hosting Jewish arts events varying from film...

Sasha Olinick finds connections between his theater work and Judaism

Takoma Park-based actor Sasha Olinick finds his work in the rehearsal room and on stage has deep connections to his Judaism. “The idea of storytelling...

Apples to Apples

Review “Temptation Transformed: The Story of How the Forbidden Fruit Became an Apple” by Azzan Yadin-Israel. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2022. 181 pages....

Life of area composer Simon Sargon was one of music, Jewish inspiration

For Simon Sargon’s 80th birthday in 2018, his synagogue, Temple Sinai, held a concert. Fifteen cantors, three instrumentalists and 175 volunteer singers were there to...

2022 was a big year for Jews in the arts

By Andrew Lapin | JTA Once more for the record, Dave Chappelle: Jews don’t really run Hollywood. But anyone paying attention in 2022 saw a...

How a kibbutznik became a coach for the Cincinnati Reds

By Elli Wohlgelernter | J TA KIBBUTZ GEZER, Israel — Bill James, the influential baseball writer, historian and statistician, once described the great Yankees first...

Longtime Northern Virginia residents Susan and Shawn Dilles counter conventional wisdom in new book

Before Susan and Shawn Dilles moved to the Washington area in the 1980s, a relative gave them a piece of advice. “Jews don’t go to...