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DC’s Jewish Food History

On the Family Seder Table

On the Family Seder Table

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

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A Different Flavor of Purim

A Different Flavor of Purim

While Ashkenazi Jews think of hamantashen as traditional Purim fare, the Yom Tov Society gathering of some of Washington’s Sephardic community, shown in this 1936 photo, likely enjoyed börekas, almond “cigars” and candies called figuellos. Today, Washington is home to a small, but vibrant Sephardic community of around 12,000. They, like other Sephardic Jews, are

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Family Built Booming Bread Business

Family Built Booming Bread Business

Description: Photograph of Louis and Frayda Klivitsky outside their store, 1702 Seventh Street, NW. An advertisement “EAT MORNING STAR BREAD” is seen across the top of the display window, 1918 Background: The Klivitzkys left Russia for Baltimore in the first years of the 20th century. They moved to Washington, DC, and ran a grocery and

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Lunches with a Liquorman

Lunches with a Liquorman

Milton Stanley Kronheim was born in 1888 at 4½ and K Streets SW, near today’s Arena Stage. He first observed lawmakers socializing at J. Kronheim’s Capitol Saloon, his father’s popular tavern on Capital Hill. Kronheim dropped out of Business High School at age 14 and, with the help of his family, opened the Maryland Wine

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A Giant Idea for DC

A Giant Idea for DC

Did you hear the one about two immigrants who decided to launch a brand new food shopping idea in the middle of the Great Depression? Believe it or not, that’s just how Giant supermarket began in DC. Nehemiah Cohen, a grocery store owner, and Samuel Lehrman, a food distributor, met on the job while living

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