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DNA and Jess Robinson wow judges in BGT auditions

Posted on May 1st, 2017

While one Jewish act left the Britain’s Got Talent judges in stitches, another had them completely mystified.

Impressionist Jess Robinson and mind-reading duo DNA both flew through their auditions, broadcast on Saturday night, and are now hoping to secure a place in the live semi-finals of the popular ITV talent show.

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Jewish Philanthropist Establishes Kansas City As Cultural Mecca

Posted on April 24th, 2017
Menachem Wecker for The Forward

When he would go to New York on art-buying excursions with his late wife, Marion, Henry Bloch would balk at the price tags. “It was very expensive,” the 94-year-old H&R Block founder and philanthropist said. “They talked me into it.”

Asked what he meant by “very expensive,” Bloch repeated, “Very expensive.”
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You Don’t Have To Be Jewish

Posted on April 17th, 2017
BY GABE FRIEDMAN for The Jewish Week

Yiddish playwright Sholom Asch is riding an improbable cultural wave — his scandalous, century-old “God of Vengeance” just wrapped up a sold-out Off-Broadway run, and Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel’s play about the making of “Vengeance” opens this week on Broadway. But there’s a rich irony lurking on the Yiddish stage: two of its main practitioners are not to the shtetl born, so to speak.

Veteran actor Shane Baker has performed in three productions of “God of Vengeance,” Asch’s classic about a brothel-owning family and their daughter’s lesbian relationship. The play, which was first staged in 1906, still resonates today as a treatise on morality, religion and sexuality.

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An amazing Hollywood romance you’ve probably never heard of

Posted on April 10th, 2017
by Gerri Miller for FromtheGrapevine

‘Harold and Lillian’ tells the remarkable behind-the-scenes story of 'The Graduate,' 'The Birds' and a love story that made movie history.

In Hollywood, where a skinny latte lasts longer than some relationships, Harold and Lillian Michelson broke the mold. They were married for 60 years while working together behind the scenes on cinema’s most iconic movies – he as a storyboard artist and she as a research librarian – until his death in 2007.

You've likely seen their work: “The Ten Commandments,” “The Apartment,” “The Birds,” “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” “The Graduate,” “Rosemary’s Baby,” “Scarface” and “Rain Man” are just a few of the classics on their very long and impressive resumes, yet they’re virtually unknown to the general public. That’s about to change, with the release of “Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story,” the third documentary in Israeli-born director Daniel Raim’s film trilogy about Tinseltown’s unsung artists.

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This Beyoncé-themed Passover site is as fierce as it sounds

Posted on April 3rd, 2017
By Gabe Friedman for JTA

Moses, Pharoah, Elijah — meet Queen Bey.

There is a Tumblr website full of Beyoncé-themed Passover memes — or alternatively, as the site is called, “Beyonceder” memes.

Creator Amy Schiller, a grad student who started the site in 2014, superimposed Beyoncé song lyrics over various images associated with Passover — from the parting of the Red Sea to those colorful jelly candies that are staples of the seder dessert. It should motivate even the least fervent Beyoncé fans to get in the Passover mood.

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Passover is coming, check out our Passover Resource Kit.


Did You Know...?

Beth El is raising funds for a new playground?


With seed money from Cantor Jason Kaufman's concert, the JCCNV was able to start a fund with all proceeds going towards a new playground for the preschool.  If you would like to donate towards this very worthy project, simply send your donations to Beth El Hebrew Congregation and notate "Playground."  If you donate on line, the playground fund is first on the list!

Our next communal dinner will be Friday, April 28. RSVP to the Beth El office


Lifelong Learning

Wednesdays @ 7:00 PM
See calendar for exact dates and subjects



For more information about ALIVE! go to alive-inc.org.


Beth El House

For more information go to https://www.bethelhebrew.org/community/beth-el-house

Beth El House enables formerly homeless families to work toward self-sufficiency and confidence.



upcoming events



Food drive the month of April



for men and women

the month of April


April 30 and May 21


Lifelong Learning


Wednesday, May 17 and 24 at 7:00 PM


There are activities, meetings, services and seminars at Beth El each week, ranging from service opportunities to Jewish learning and education, drawing members and guests from throughout the Washington, D.C. area.

the full calendar