What to do if you’re wounded in a shootout L'chaim

It’s time again to check my email bag for your wine and spirits questions. You can always reach me at lchaimqs@gmail.. Can a wound be cleaned by any type of alcohol? No. Despite the impression one might get from films or television, self-treating any sort of open wound with regular drinking alcohol is not a… Read More

Hero fights prejudice, and is a victim as well

Sure, the main victims of prejudice are those who feel the lash of its injustice. But, stresses Leo Rozmaryn, those preconceived negative views also have “corrosive effects” on the very people who hold them. The horrific results of those biases are one of the central themes of his recently published novel, “Lone Soldier.” “The prejudice… Read More

Some cultural events offering discounts to federal workers

Bagel lunches, lectures and a fitness center to burn calories — and time. Those are some of the free activities on offer for federal workers at Jewish institutions around the Washington area. With an estimated 400,000 furloughed federal workers, and an additional 400,000 working without pay nationwide, many of the area’s Jewish institutions want workers… Read More

Pundit Ben Shapiro gets hero’s wele at GWU

It’s a 5 ?-hour drive from Long Island to Washington, but Gitta Langer and her family made the trip last week to hear conservative political pundit Ben Shapiro speak at George Washington University. “I’m a big Ben Shapiro fan,” said Langer, 23, surrounded by her parents and brother. “I’m a conservative and I believe about… Read More

This Greek school has a novel solution to problem faced by many small Jewish munities

SPONSORED ATHENS — In a small, nondescript classroom in Greece’s capital city, 10 Jewish eighth-graders study a biblical text about Jacob and Esau under the guidance of Rivkah Carl, a Jewish teacher from Teaneck, New Jersey. The students chatter loudly in Greek among themselves, though the language of instruction is English. In an adjacent classroom,… Read More

Local events mark MLK weekend

At Agudas Achim Congregation in Alexandria, Martin Luther King Jr. weekend has bee a time to bring church to the synagogue. For the last two years, the Conservative congregation has embraced its neighbors from the Alfred Street Baptist Church, the historic black church in Alexandria’s Bottoms neighborhood. This year will be no different. On Saturday… Read More

Hemp, hemp hooray

In Kentucky, two Jewish activists are in the nucleus of a rapidly expanding pany that harvests, produces and sells what some have called a miracle oil

Beethoven sonatas inspire 21st-century posers Review

It started with Beethoven, the most classical of classical posers, pianist Yael Weiss said a bit breathlessly last week at the Mansion at Strathmore in North Bethesda. She had just played five world premieres intended to inspire audiences with a message of unity and oneness. The new positions were written by posers from nations in… Read More

In Arlington, the new year of succulents

Rick Woler hadn’t planned on giving a lesson on terrarium making. But the instructor had cancelled and 22 people were ready to learn how to build a terrarium for Tu B’Shevat. So Woler, a plant lover as well as a fifth-grade teacher, volunteered to show everyone how to plant succulents in little glass jars and… Read More

Making challah among ‘organized chaos’

Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Tu B’Shevat, and it was organized chaos inside the Bender Jewish munity Center of Greater Washington’s social hall where 200 people — 180 of them children — were making challah. Children were yelling and covered in flour as their parents tried to decipher recipes and get their… Read More