Two Dudes on a Couch Watch a Rom-Com Together

“Zoey Deutch is the next America’s Sweetheart,” says Maxwell about the lead actress in the romantic comedy “Set It Up” he and I began watching together three minutes earlier on this Saturday afternoon. I type his quote in the Google Doc I’m note-taking on. The Doc saves offline since I didn’t connect to Maxwell’s Wi-Fi […]

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Jewish Dog of the Month: Scruffy!

Sarah: What is your name? Scruffy Sarah: Where did your name come from? Scruffy: Have you seen me? It’s the pawfect name for me with my wiry hair and my beard! Sarah: How did you get to DC? Scruffy: I got to DC by way of Lucky Dog Animal Rescue. I was a stray in […]

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Taking Action After Pittsburgh to Save Lives

In the aftermath of the tragedy at the Tree of Life synagogue, I’ve read many articles that offer ideas to help our communities cope with the tragedy in Pittsburgh.  Some ideas are spiritual, some offer actions. At the same time, I’ve heard personally from a number of congregations that have told me that their members […]

Jewish DC Hanukkah Guide 2018

I. Smell. Latkes. That can only mean one thing. It’s Hanukkah time y’all. So get ready to get lit (that pun is still clever, right?). For those who have been counting down the days until this glorious Festival of Lights, or those who maybe totally forgot Hanukkah was happening early this year and are now […]

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Defining Anti-Semitism

The first step of addressing any challenge is defining it.  But anti-Semitism is more than a challenge. It’s a direct threat rather than an abstract one – as our people were sadly reminded last week. The Threat of Anti-Semitism is Not New The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), in downtown DC, calls it “the […]

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GatherDC Midterm Election Guide 2018

In case exercising your civic duty, the fear of being shamed by your friends, and/or standing up for things you believe in have all failed to persuade you to get out the vote for the 2018 midterms… I now offer you the lure of FREE THINGS you get if you vote. Yes folks, the day […]

Will Work For Challah

“Do you have any challah left?” I asked into my phone. “Any what?” the person on the other end asked with confusion. “Challah!”I repeated louder. My mother was doubled over with laughter in the front seat of the car. I was visiting home in Madison, Wisconsin and wanted to secure some challah. Although both of […]

Healing Through Togetherness

This week has been a tough one. The horrific shooting at The Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh has brought to light the excruciating level of hate- manifested in anti-Semitism, racism, homophobia-  that exists in our country. This horrific tragedy may be hitting us in different ways and at different times – I know it […]