How to survive a hostage situation

A year after an 11-hour hostage-taking at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, Jewish communities are learning how to brace for similar events. In the...

Arts & Culture

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...

You Should Know

You Should Know… Hannah Gaber

At 39, Hannah Gaber has already won a Pulitzer Prize for her work in journalism. Now, the District resident is entering a new frontier...

Nation and World

Maryland’s Jamie Raskin has cancer

Jamie Raskin, the Jewish Maryland Democrat who has been a lead investigator of former President Donald Trump’s alleged responsibility for the deadly Jan. 6,...

Some Jewish groups are quiet on far-right extremists’ election in Israel

Few of the American Jewish groups who would not speak out about the prospect of extremists in government before Israel’s elections have done so...

Anne Frank, Christian?

By Andrew Lapin The Republican nominee for Congress in Texas’ 7th district is a self-proclaimed history buff, but his take on Anne Frank is not...

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Food and Dining

Sufganyot : Fried, filled donuts for Chanukah

By Jessica Grann Many of us live in places without a good bakery to buy donuts for Chanukah. It’s very satisfying to make them for...

Chanukah brings out the oil and the good cheer

By Ethel G. Hofman Ah, Chanukah — the holiday when we eat fried foods to commemorate the miracle of the oil. The eight-day “Festival of Lights,”...

It’s about (pie) time

Quiche, cheesecake, Shepard’s pie, any pie … my children say I make round foods well. I’ll take the compliment. And it’s true that there...