How the pandemic changed these couples’ wedding plans

Fancy attire, guests dancing the horah in a crowded ballroom... This might be what a wedding used to look like. In 2021, after a...
Rabbi Daniel Novick

Novick to lead Hillel at George Mason University

George Mason University Hillel has named Rabbi Daniel Novick as its new executive director. Novick is currently the assistant director at the Hillel at the...
Benjamin ‘Benji’ Whiting-Eisemann

Benjamin ‘Benji’ Whiting-Eisemann

Benjamin “Benji” Whiting-Eisemann will celebrate his bar mitzvah on April 24, virtually at Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation. Benji is the son of Vanessa Eisemann...

Zoe Shrank

Zoe Shrank, daughter of Miriam Vogel and Will Shrank, became a bat mitzvah on April 3 at Adas Israel Congregation. Zoe is the granddaughter of...
Elliott Datlow

Elliott Datlow gets Pro tennis award

Elliott Datlow of Bethesda was named Professional Tennis Registry Member of the Year for Maryland, at the PTR annual meeting in February. This award...
Benjamin M. Jacobs

Benjamin Jacobs named co-chair of advisory board

Benjamin M. Jacobs, of Washington, has been appointed advisory board co-chair of Collaborative for Applied Studies in Jewish Education, or CASJE. Jacobs is associate...
Molly Gravholt

Molly Gravholt named Federation CFAO

Molly Gravholt on March 1 became the first chief financial and administrative officer of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Gravholt is a certified public...

Here’s how to plan a pandemic bar/bat mitzvah

When the world shut down last March as fear spread that the coronavirus was as lethal as it was unknown, Ben Pollack was days...
Philip Davis and his family celebrate his bar mitzvah at Temple Rodef Shalom on June 30.

Sampling the bar mitzvah speech

The bar or bat mitzvah speech is an opportunity for the child to explain how their Torah portion relates to their lives. It’s also...
Avi Gorodetski

Avi Gorodetski named international s’ganit

Avi Gorodetski, of Washington, was named international s’ganit, or vice president of programmning, during the BBYO International Convention. Avi, a member of the Yachad Chapter...