Greater Washington Coalition for Jewish Life





Just in from essayist and journalist Nicole Graev Lipson, daughter of Coalition member Linda Graev, is a book review in the Boston Globe of “Keep Moving — Notes on Loss, Creativity and Change,” by Maggie Smith. The book is broken down into three parts:  Revision, Resilience and Transformation. Check it out:

Congratulations to proud Mom Linda and her talented daughter! You can follow Nicole on Twitter @NicoleGLipson.


Visit LINKS OF INTEREST (under “For Members” tab) to read an excerpt of an essay on Baron de Hirsch, his vision and involvement with Jewish farming in Connecticut.



Go to“Learn” tab, scroll down to “Jewish Resources” and click  “MY JEWISH LEARNING” (or go directly to

Here you’ll find an aggregator that is regularly updated with a huge breadth of content and all sorts of goodies and surprises!

For example, the“Daily Guide to Zoom Events, Livestream and Other Online Resources.” Among the wide range of subjects, programs and activities you’ll see here are: “The Only Jewish Miss America” (Museum of Jewish Heritage), “Mindfulness Melodies” (Jewish Life in Maine), “Art as a Spiritual Practice,” A “Toot”-orial on how to blow the Shofar, Yoga and Torah, “Devotional Distancing: Meaningful High Holidays at Home,” “Midwives, Musicians, Soldiers and Rabbis: Whose Stories will Become History?,” “Bioethics During a Pandemic,” etc., etc.

And other treats too! Recipes for the holidays and everyday: Traditional Honey Cake transformed in oh-so-many ways, Salted Honey Apple Upside-Down Cake, Chocolate Cranberry Challah Rolls with Citrus Sugar (simple, sophisticated and just a little fancy!), etc. etc…

Come visit and linger, you’ll be glad you did!



“Little Stories with Lots of Meanings,” submitted by Coalition member Ruth Jaffee

  • Once all villagers decided to pray for rain.  On the day of prayer, all the people gathered, but only one boy came with an umbrella. That is faith.
  • When you throw babies in the air, they laugh because they know you will catch them.  That is trust.
  • Every night we go to bed without any assurance of being alive the next morning, but still we set the alarm to wake up.  That is hope.
  • We plan big things for tomorrow in spite of zero knowledge of the future.  That is…

Have a happy day and live your life like these four, RJ.




“Yiddish Civilisation,” by Paul Kriwaczek, “The Rise and Fall of a Forgotten Nation”

Review: “Vital… remarkable… Artfully reveals the Zarathustrian hinges of Iranian culture… Written with the prescient elegance of a curious traveler and in the hope that ideas that once changed the world may do so again.”

A Pigeon and a Boy,” by Meir Shalev

Review: “A powerful novel of two love stories, separated by half a century but connected by one enchanting act of devotion — of how deeply we love, of what home is, and why we, like pigeons trained to fly in one direction only, must eventually return to it…”

My Russian Grandmother and her American Vacuum Cleaner,” also by Meir Shalev

Review: “A charming tale of family ties, over-the-top housekeeping, and the sport of storytelling in the small village of Nahalal…”



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