“Where are you celebrating Passover?” is a common question, especially when you’re traveling or new to a city. In the early 1900s, DC organizations hosted many Seders for visitors and temporary residents.
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When Oscar Gildenhorn opened his business in 1940, the neighborhood wasn’t called Adams Morgan. But as the area grew, so did Comet Liquors.
Harry Slavitt was an unabashed admirer of the military. When he opened a liquor store in1932 at 509 Seventh Street SW, the Army War College (at the Washington Barracks) and Army Industrial College (where Fort McNair now stands) were within walking distance. Fort Myer was just across the Potomac River. In 1943, he left the…
Growing up in his parents’ District Grocery Store, Louis Fanaroff and his brother-in-law Stanford Steppa went on to own Magruder’s and expand the legendary DC landmark.
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How do you tell if an egg is good? You “candle” it–hold it up to the light to check the yolk. The youngest IRS commissioner, a Jewish Washingtonian, started out his career this way.
For over four decades, Duke Zeibert hosted celebrities at his restaurant—from sports to politics, law to journalism. You never knew who you’d see there, including nearly every president from Harry Truman to Gerald Ford.
Hofberg’s Kosher Delicatessen was once one of the places to eat and socialize for DC Jewish community. After six decades, the restaurants closed, but the memories remain a vivid part of the city’s history.
DC was once home to one of the largest grocery cooperatives in the country. The Jewish-led coop would be all but forgotten if its name hadn’t been revived by a popular new delicatessen.
Each of us has a favorite object, filled with memories, that appears annually on our family seder table. Maybe it’s the hand-sewn matzah cover brought from Russia or the hand-colored one you made in Sunday School. On the Barkin family’s table, this unique egg-shaped saltwater bowl caught everyone’s eye. Cantor Jacob Barkin, his wife Mildred…