A Different Flavor of Purim - While Ashkenazi Jews think of hamantashen as traditional Purim fare, the Yom Tov Society gathering of some of Washington’s Sephardic community likely enjoyed börekas, almond “cigars” and candies called figuellos. Click through for more info!
Conclaves, Banquets, and Jewish Teens - Today’s Jewish youth may find it difficult to believe that their grandparents were not welcome in many clubs and social activities just a half century ago. Excluded from the sororities, fraternities and other groups of their non-Jewish classmates, Jewish teenagers created their own social sphere, blending their Jewish identities with secular activities. Click through for article!
On the Family Seder Table - Each of us has a favorite object, filled with memories, that appears annually on our family seder table. Maybe it’s the hand-sewn matzah cover brought from Russia or the hand-colored one you made in Sunday School. Click through for the article!
“Where are you celebrating Passover?” is a common question, especially when you’re traveling or new to a city. Click through to learn how DC organizations hosted many seders for visitors and temporary residents during the first half of the 20th century.
Lunches with a Liquorman - From around 1928 until a few years before he died in 1986 at age 97, Milton Kronheim hosted lunches in his modest lunchroom at his liquor warehouse on V Street NE. An extraordinary array of friends attended – presidents and diplomats, businessman and boxers, justices, judges, senators, congressmen, lawyers and doctors. Click through for more info!
Can you imagine summer in DC without outdoor restaurant seating? Prior to 1961, DC regulations didn’t allow it. Click through to discover how Bassin’s owner Henry Zitelman battled city officials to allow him to be the sidewalk-café pioneer.
The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington sat down to chat with Mitch Berliner and Debra Moser, creators of the Central Farm Markets in MD and VA and several other local food companies before that.
V is for Victory, W is for Washington - Wartime food shortages required Washingtonians to save and reuse everything. To limit consumption of products like butter, coffee, liquor and sugar, the US Office of Price Administration distributed ration books to individuals and families. Click through for article!