Time for a Re-Brand

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It’s not exactly as dramatic as all of that, but recent events have nudged me to take into account where I am, and what I want to gain from my Internet presence. To that effect, I’ve switched up my professional page/blog to rachelmauro.net, and over here, did an edit of the About Me page. Times have been changing since I started this blog in July 2008; JewishDC has been a success, and I wanted to share that story. 🙂 Thank you all for continuing to read!

In similar news, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has taken their commemoration of Officer Stephen Johns, the security guard killed by a white supremacist last summer, to a new level, as they now establish the Stephen Tyrone Johns Summer Youth Leadership Program Endowment Fund. Open to 50 teenagers, it strives to continue to teach the lessons of the Holocaust. Click here for more information.


Upcoming Events: April 26-May 2

Shavua Tov! Below, I’ve compiled a list of Jewish events I’ve found to be going on next week. Please feel free to comment with any others, and I will add them. See you around town!

All week

JCC of GW Film Festival

NoVa International Jewish Film Festival

Monday, April 26

Hillel Halkin Reading

Tuesday, April 27

Stand up to “secure communities”

Group Facilitation 201: Practicing Intervention

Maryland School of Public Policy: Domestic Dysfunction in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/27/2010 10:30:00 AM&enddate=4/27/2010 3:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=464016&recurrenceid=0

Georgetown University Speakers Series: Famous Jewish Trials
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/27/2010 8:00:00 PM&enddate=4/27/2010 9:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=449203&recurrenceid=0

Jeremiah: Scolding in a Comforting Voice

Wednesday, April 28

Post-Modern Stories from the Talmud

Thursday, April 29

ProMusicaHebraica Spring Concert

Janet Goldstein Award Luncheon
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/29/2010 12:00:00 PM&enddate=4/29/2010 2:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=417686&recurrenceid=0

Workshop with Israeli artists from Beit Shemesh
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/29/2010 4:00:00 PM&enddate=4/29/2010 6:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=464020&recurrenceid=0

Federation Presidents Dinner
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/29/2010 6:00:00 PM&enddate=4/29/2010 7:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=371065&recurrenceid=0

Friday, April 30

Tikkun Leil Shabbat

DCJCC Farm Share

Saturday, May 1

Immigrant Rights Rally

Adat Shalom Klezmer Dance Craze
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/1/2010 6:30:00 PM&enddate=5/1/2010 10:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=459482&recurrenceid=0

Ner Shalom Art Auction
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/1/2010 7:00:00 PM&enddate=5/1/2010 10:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=457801&recurrenceid=0

Sunday, May 2: Lag B’Omer

Israeli Wine Tasting with Young Professionals


Sixth in the City Running Club
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=345&dispDt=5/2/2010 11:00:00 AM

American Friends of Lubavitch Lag B’Omer Activities
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/2/2010 11:00:00 AM&enddate=5/2/2010 11:00:00 AM&id=75&eventid=315312&recurrenceid=0

Temple Emanuel Lag B’Omer Concert
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/2/2010 7:30:00 PM&enddate=5/2/2010 9:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=458223&recurrenceid=0

Israel @ 62 Street Festival
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/2/2010 1:00:00 PM&enddate=5/2/2010 5:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=459453&recurrenceid=0

Ariel Quartet Concert
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/2/2010 4:00:00 PM&enddate=5/2/2010 5:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=460338&recurrenceid=0

Magen David Sephardic Congregation: Hiluah of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/2/2010 6:30:00 PM&enddate=5/2/2010 7:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=458884&recurrenceid=0

Tikvat Israel: An Evening of Shir Joy: Celebrating 25 Years with Cantor Rochelle Helzner
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=5/2/2010 7:30:00 PM&enddate=5/2/2010 10:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=456188&recurrenceid=0

Hunger Action at DC Central Kitchen

GLOE Baking with a Twist

Tots at the Table

Celebrate the warmer weather with a YP@AI bbq for Yom Ha’atzmaut!

Graphic courtesy of Wikipedia

Still looking for a way to celebrate Israeli Independence Day, or just in the mood for good food? Consider heading down to Cleveland Park today at 4 for YP@AI’s “al-haesh” BBQ. One of their biggest events of the year, taking place outside on their parking lot, it should feature lots of food and friends!

Tickets are available at the door, $12 general, $10 for Adas Israel members.

For more information on Yom Ha’atzmaut, click here.


Upcoming Events: April 19-25

Shavua Tov! Below, I’ve compiled a list of Jewish events I’ve found to be going on next week. Please feel free to comment with any others, and I will add them. See you around town!

Monday, April 19: Yom Hatzikaron

GLOE Volunteering Food and Friends

Tuesday, April 20: Yom Ha’atzmaut

PJLL Jewish Heritage Program

Fair Purple Line Working Group Meeting

Immigration: Life Stories and Legal Chances
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=328&dispDt=4/20/2010 7:00:00 PM

Sharsheret: Jewish Women in the Fight against Breast Cancer
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/20/2010 7:30:00 PM&enddate=4/20/2010 8:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=449108&recurrenceid=0

Wednesday, April 21-Thursday, April 22

Srugim episode showings

Wednesday, April 21

Jazz with John Eaton

Thursday, April 22- Sunday, May 2

Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington Film Festival

NoVa International Jewish Film Festival
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/22/2010 10:00:00 AM&enddate=5/2/2010 11:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=460337&recurrenceid=0

Interfaith Couples Workshop

Thursday, April 22

Renaissance England’s Chief Rabbi: John Selden

Hebrew Home Aunt Minnie Luncheon
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/22/2010 11:00:00 AM&enddate=4/22/2010 2:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=364183&recurrenceid=0

Distinguished Scholar Series: Professor Jason Rosenblatt

Friday, April 23

Downtown Shabbat with Larry Paul and Robyn Helzner
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=73&dispDt=4/23/2010 6:45:00 PM

GWU Wiffle for Wellness Fundraiser
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/23/2010 2:30:00 PM&enddate=4/23/2010 5:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=459522&recurrenceid=0

Temple Emmanuel Yom Ha’atzmaut Service
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/23/2010 7:30:00 PM&enddate=4/23/2010 9:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=457994&recurrenceid=0

Young Israel of Potomac Shabbaton with Sara Yocheved Rigler
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/23/2010 8:00:00 PM&enddate=4/23/2010 10:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=432170&recurrenceid=0

Saturday, April 24

Gregory Alan Isakov concert
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=351&dispDt=4/24/2010 8:00:00 PM

Sunday, April 25

Robbie Schaeffer concert
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=349&dispDt=4/25/2010 10:30:00 AM

Sixth Street Minyan Gathering
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=370&dispDt=4/25/2010 4:30:00 PM

Rabbi Berner: What is Reconstructionist Judaism?
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/25/2010 10:00:00 AM&enddate=4/25/2010 12:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=459513&recurrenceid=0

Adas Israel: Parenting and Shalom Bayit
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/25/2010 10:30:00 AM&enddate=4/25/2010 12:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=460397&recurrenceid=0

General Orde Wingate Memorial Ceremony

Kemp Mill Synagogue Israel Parade
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/25/2010 4:00:00 PM&enddate=4/25/2010 6:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=433925&recurrenceid=0

Young Israel Shomrei Emunah Annual Banquet
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/25/2010 6:00:00 PM&enddate=4/25/2010 10:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=448963&recurrenceid=0

Walking Tour: Downtown Jewish Washington

Gettysburg College Play Reading

Sukkot in Spring Home Repair


Pickle Eating Joins Sixth & I Trivia Contest

The stage is set for Sixth & I's third annual pickle eating contest / photo taken by Rachel Mauro

The Sixth & I Trivia Contest, co-sponsored in part with B’nai B’rith, has become a regular, highly popular monthly attraction in Chinatown, but every now and then, they add a special twist. This Thursday, that attraction was the synagogue’s third annual pickle eating contest, held between rounds one and two of trivia.

Twelve contestants, including two “walk-ins” sat down in the main sanctuary to gorge themselves on this favorite Jewish treat. The rules were simple—whoever consumed the most of the three pounds of pickles before them at the end of five minutes would be declared the winner and would get his/her name placed on the official pickle eating placard.

Amidst the rancorous cheers of the audience cheering on their friends from the pews, this event was as exciting as any county fair food eating contest. After the five minutes were up, contestants were offered water and bins for up-chucking, though only one person seemed to have trouble in that regard, spitting out bits of pickle to the renewed screams of the crowd.

By the way, contestant Justin took the gold, with only 14 ounces of pickle remaining. You can see him here, in this Sixth & I video, in the blue shirt as the camera pans left. Also, watch the action up close and personal. You may never eat another pickle again. 😛


Upcoming Events: April 12-18

Shavua Tov! Below, I’ve compiled a list of Jewish events I’ve found to be going on next week. Please feel free to comment with any others, and I will add them. See you around town!

Monday, April 12

UMD’s America’s Embrace of the 10 Commandments
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/12/2010 4:00:00 PM&enddate=4/12/2010 6:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=433791&recurrenceid=0

Tuesday, April 13

UMD’s Film: A Matter of Size
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/13/2010 7:30:00 PM&enddate=4/13/2010 9:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=455649&recurrenceid=0

Annual Spring Gala

Wednesday, April 14

Yann Martel reading
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=342&dispDt=4/14/2010 7:00:00 PM

American Friends of Hebrew University’s Torch of Learning Award
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/14/2010 6:00:00 PM&enddate=4/14/2010 10:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=395668&recurrenceid=0

Authors Out Loud: Andre Aciman

Introduction to Judaism

Thursday, April 15

Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day

Trivia Night and Pickle Eating Contest
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=353&dispDt=4/15/2010 7:00:00 PM

Celebrate Hadassah Benefit Dinner
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/15/2010 6:00:00 PM&enddate=4/15/2010 7:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=447473&recurrenceid=0

Hadassah Scholar Series: David Makovsky
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/15/2010 7:30:00 PM&enddate=4/15/2010 9:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=424997&recurrenceid=0

Friday, April 16

Shabbat Hoppin’ with Rosh Pina

Robin Gerber book signing

DC Emancipation Day

Access JCA 50+ Employment Expo
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/16/2010 10:00:00 AM&enddate=4/16/2010 4:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=401294&recurrenceid=0

Gesher Toddler Open Gym
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/16/2010 10:00:00 AM&enddate=4/16/2010 11:00:00 AM&id=75&eventid=397026&recurrenceid=9669

Saturday, April 17

Torah, Yoga Tot Shabbat
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=265&dispDt=4/17/2010 10:00:00 AM

GI-NET Darfur Event

GLOE presents: The MANGina Monologues

Laser Tag with NoVa YJP

Sunday, April 18

Bowling for Justice

Knit for Good
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=336&dispDt=4/18/2010 11:00:00 AM

Washington Hebrew Congregation Mitzvah Day

Jewish Community Day at National’s Park
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/18/2010 1:35:00 PM&enddate=4/18/2010 4:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=449274&recurrenceid=0

Har Shalom Mind, Body and Soul
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/18/2010 2:30:00 PM&enddate=4/18/2010 7:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=438586&recurrenceid=0

Spring into Action

Swim Stroke Technique

Yom Ha’atzmaut BBQ


Yom Ha’Shoah 5770 in Washington, DC

Hall of Remembrance at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Picture courtesy of Wikipedia

Hall of Remembrance at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Picture courtesy of Wikipedia

Sunday is Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. It was decided by the Israeli government in 1953 to fall on the 27th day of Nissan, a week after the conclusion of Passover. Throughout the world, Jews and gentiles mourn the millions of victims of Nazi Germany.

Here in town, the congressionally-sanctioned United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is spearheading Days of Remembrance, which provides resources for American communities to commemorate the event. This year’s theme is Stories of Freedom: What You Do Matters.

Other educational organizations acknowledge the Holocaust and genocide in general with these offerings listed below. If you have some time, consider attending, and add your voice to the chorus, which shouts out in unison: Never Again.

Sunday, April 11: Yom Ha’Shoah

DCJCC Events: Among the Righteous (film) and Keepers of Memory
DCJCC, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Among the Righteous delves into Holocaust stories within Arab lands; Keepers of Memory deals with healing practices as led by psychotherapist Vivien Dietz.

Yom Ha’Shoah v’Hagvurah
B’nai Israel Congregation, 3 p.m.
Includes a Dor L’Dor program bringing survivors to talk to youth, a community commemoration, and B’nai B’rith International-sponsored Unto Every Person there is a Name. JSSA will also be in attendance.

Kemp Mills Synagogue: Yom Ha’Shoah Program
Kemp Mills Synagogue, 7 p.m.
Dr. Werner Cohen, husband of the late poet and Holocaust survivor Hilda Stern Cohen, will be speaking.