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JCC of Northern Virginia Defaced in Hate Crime

Around 4:30 am on Saturday, October 6, the JCC of Northern Virginia was the target of an anti-Semitic hate crime for the second time in 18 months when 19 swastikas were spray-painted on the front of the community center in Fairfax.Read More  ➔


Three Tips to Help You Prepare to Fast

As we prepare for Yom Kippur, we consider and plan for many things: what time to leave for services (and to remember to bring our tickets!); if there are enough bagels for break-fast; how hungry, and thirsty, and yes, maybe even grumpy we will be. But how much thought do we put into preparing our bodies for the marathon that is “The Fast”?* Approaching your Yom Kippur fast with the same forethought as you put into planning the break-fast meal can help make the fast easier and keep your thoughts on the holiness of the day.  Hydrate,… Read More  ➔


Honey Cake Recipe

Majestic and Moist New Year's Honey Cake Courtesy of Serves –10 INGREDIENTS 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice 1 cup vegetable oil 1 cup honey 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 3 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup warm coffee or strong tea 1/2 cup fresh orange juice 1/4 cup rye or whisky (see Note) 1/2 cup slivered or sliced almonds (optional) Special Equipment  [...] Read More  ➔


A Letter From Senior Rabbi M. Bruce Lustig

Dear Friends, The High Holy Days are upon us and we turn our thoughts to what our tradition calls a “Cheshbon haNefish” – an accounting of the soul in which we assess our lives and determine how and what we must change. This year, I am writing to share some recent health news that will require some considerable changes in my life. A little over a week ago, after officiating at an August 18 wedding, I experienced extreme dizziness and my doctor recommended an MRI. That MRI revealed that I had suffered a minor stroke. … Read More  ➔