by January 22, 2013 at 9:00 am 0


The DC Jewish Community Center. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]

On Thursday, January 24, CBS News correspondent Dan Raviv will speak at the DC Jewish Community Center (1529 16th Street NW) and discuss his latest book about the history of Israel’s covert agencies, “Spies Against Armageddon: Inside Israel’s Secret Wars.”

Tickets to the discussion are $10 and are available online. The event starts at 7:30 pm.

Raviv’s discussion is part of the Washington DC Jewish Community Center’s Authors Out Loud Series, funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information, call 202-777-3254.

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by September 25, 2012 at 10:00 am 3,044 9 Comments

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]

Featured image: “2012 Fall Kickball opening” is from tedeytan in the Borderstan Flickr pool and was taken at Stead Park.

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Stead Park: The recreation field is to the north. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The co-founder of Stonewall Sports, Martin Espinoza, started a petition last week, “Save Stead Park,” to protest a reduction in field space at Dupont Circle’s Stead Park (1625 P Street NW).

According to Espinoza’s petition, plans are being proposed to reduce the active field space at Stead Park by 25 percent, which would jeopardize current community leagues such as soccer, volleyball and kickball, while also keeping local schools from using the fields. The petition is to the DC Department of Parks and Recreation.

“DC already has a limited number of green space available for children and adults to play on, so reducing this unique gem in Dupont Circle would impact the health and wellness of residents who use the park daily,” says Espinoza in his petition. (He is also an ANC 2B-04 candidate, running against Kishan Putta and Stephanie Sheridan.)

According to one source familiar with the proposal, part of the space would used to create a track for running and walking — under one option being proposed.

The reduction in field space comes from a plan drafted by Friends of Stead that would allocate $400,000 to the park’s renovations. According to Espinoza, members of Friends of Stead will be present options for the renovation to the Department of Parks and Recreation. These options reduce the active green space, and, according to Espinoza, cost much more than $400,000 to complete.

On the petition one supporter writes, “The health of ourselves and our children is essential. We need green space to use for outdoor activities. I play kickball and through the experience I have made many friends.”

Another supporter states, “There is no need or reason to reduce the active field space at Stead Park. As the surrounding area continue to grow with new condo and rental buildings, there is an even greater need for residents to have an open space for activities and a sense of community.”

The petition, which already has more than 450 supporters, will be hand-delivered by Espinoza at a public hearing scheduled for Wednesday, October 3 ,at 7 pm at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center (1529 16th Street NW).

According to the meeting’s webpage, the October 3 meeting (called the Stead Park Field Re-Design Meeting) will be an opportunity for the public to review and comment upon a plan to re-design the park. More information is available on the DC Jewish Community Center’s website.

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by May 9, 2012 at 12:00 pm 1,329 0

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Hadag Nahash kicks off the 13th Annual Washington Jewish Music Festival on Thursday at the Fillmore in Silver Spring. (Courtesy DC Jewish Community Center)

A variety of rhythms are coming together to celebrate the 13th Annual Washington Jewish Music Festival, which runs May 10-21. The festival will use the Washington DC Jewish Community Center at 16th and Q Streets NW as a main stage, but also includes other local venues.

The festival will have 12 performances as well as community-organized “Shabbat in Song” events. The festival concludes May 21 with the silent film The Yellow Ticket and a special musical accompaniment composed and performed by Alicia Svigals at the Jewish Community Center. The original score has been commissioned specifically for this performance by the Washington Jewish Music Festival.

Festival Highlights

  • The Israeli ensemble Hadag Nahash is at the Fillmore in Silver Spring on Thursday, May 10 — fresh hip hop, rock, reggae and funk sounds.
  • On Saturday, May 12, there will be a dance party, “Balagan Boogaloo,” featuring the collaborative performance of Hasidic hip-hop artist DeScribe, Yemenite electro hip-hop DJ Diwon, Kosh Dillz, Flex Matthews and Tj Di Hitmaker. Location is Eden, 1716 I Street NW.
  • Indie pop artist Yael Meyer will be at the  at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue on Wednesday, May 16.
  • ShirLaLa is in charge of a family Shabbat service and dinner on Friday, May 18 at the Jewish Community Center, 16th and Q Streets NW.
  • Schmekel will perform at Chief Ike’s Mambo Room in Adams Morgan on May 20 with a transgender, Jewish schtick-rock, punk band whose lyrics combine bawdy humor and critical awareness.

You can check the full listing of events at the festival website.

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by April 4, 2012 at 3:00 pm 1,422 0

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The DC Jewish Community Center is at 16th and Q Streets NW. (Leslie Jones)

Borderstan welcomes Leslie Jones to our team of contributors. A resident of the Dupont-Logan area, she and her husband decided to stay in the neighborhood, in a 2-bedroom apartment, after the arrival of their daughter. No outer neighborhoods or suburbs, yet, for Leslie. She will be writing about urban motherhood every two weeks for Borderstan in her column TWB Poo (There Will Be Poo). You can email her at leslie[AT]

The DC Jewish Community Center (DCJCC) Parenting Center has been a wonderful resource for me as a new parent. I’ve taken a CPR/First Aid workshop, a nine week Tuesday afternoon baby music class, and an eight week Wednesday afternoon baby swim class. There were also weekend options for both classes.

In the music class there were about a dozen moms and babies. Baby loved watching the other babies, and the song “Baby Beluga” has become a household favorite. The class is geared towards parents, the babies are still a little young to really interact, but scarves and rattles were provided for a little entertainment. Don’t stress if it’s been awhile since you’ve dusted off the old vocal cords.

The swim class was a little bigger. There were about two dozen moms, and this time we even had a dad!  The first few weeks Baby was a bit concerned about what was happening, but by the end she was kicking around and I have high hopes for the 2028 Olympics.

The CPR class was geared towards babies and children. It’s disturbing to contemplate ever needing to use these skills, and it may scare the living daylights out of you to think about, but it’s better to know this kind of stuff than not.

Sunday Story Time is a free program running from 10 to 11 am through May 20. Children ages 0 to 4 can play in the preschool space from 10 to 10:30 am, and then enjoy story time from 10:30 to 11 am.

The DCJCC Parenting Center offers classes year-round for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in everything from gymnastics and yoga to art and Spanish. They have classes Sunday-Friday and the average cost is $162 to $182 for eight weeks for non-members and $106 to $119 for members. Check out their schedule of classes and workshops online.

You should contact Miriam Szubin, Parenting Center coordinator, at [email protected] with any questions.

As the JCC says about its programs for families and children:

“Our Parenting Center provides families with support and guidance as they raise their young children, from newborns through age 4. We offers networking opportunities, resources, and programming with a wide variety of classes to meet the developmental and social needs of both young children and parents.

“You don’t have to be Jewish to get Centered in the City!… While the Center is designed primarily to fulfill the needs of the Jewish community and to preserve and enhance the culture, traditions, ethics, and philosophy of Judaism, membership and participation in activities of the Center are open to all residents of the metropolitan area.” (JCC)

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by March 29, 2009 at 8:09 am 1,856 1 Comment

The Washington City Paper announced the results of its "Best of DC" awards on Thursday. (Image: Washington City Paper Web site.)

Image: Washington City Paper Web site.

Borderstan winners in the Washington City Paper's "Best of D.C." competition. (Photo: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Borderstan winners in the Washington City Paper’s “Best of D.C.” competition. Top row, from left: Rice, Miss Pixies, Bang & Olufsen and 15th Street NW. Middle row, from left: DC JCC, Cork, HR-57 and Green Pets. Bottom row, from left: Halo, Flowers on Fourteenth, Vida Fitness and The Bike Rack. (Photo: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

The Washington City Paper’s Best of D.C. awards were announced this past week and I decided to go through every category to see what Borderstan businesses and entities had won awards.

Before starting, I figured that since we are such a small mini-hood, an autonomous region of the Dupont Circle and Logan Circle neighborhoods, that I would have to include neighboring and nearby winners. After all, our commercial strips are the north side of the 1400-block of P Street NW and the west side of 14th Street NW from P to S Streets.

I was wrong. Businesses in our little enclave between 14th and 16th and P and S Streets NW did incredibly well in the City Paper competition: 10 businesses, one community-based organization, one locale and one individual (a bartender) made the list of favorites from the Readers’ Poll and City Paper Staff Picks. Several businesses were winners in more than one category.



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