Friday, January 11, 2019

Washington DC’s Studio Theatre Applies for Renovation Permits

A practicing attorney for more than 30 years, Jonathan D. Strum serves as counsel for an academic institution of higher learning in Washington, DC. Outside of his work, Jonathan Strum is a patron of the arts and enjoys attending plays at the Studio Theatre in DC.

The Studio Theatre is an intimate venue where patrons have enjoyed contemporary theater for four decades. The theater has been at its current location on 14th and P Street since 1987. The company recently announced that it will expand and upgrade its facilities.

The proposed changes will add two adjoining buildings and expand the northeast corner of the current complex’s third floor. The expansion will give Stage 4 enough room for a backstage area, including a green room and a dressing room. 

The project is expected to be helmed by Hickok Cole, an architecture firm whose previous work includes the International Spy Museum, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and NPR’s DC location in the NoMa neighborhood.

Friday, December 14, 2018

UWest Participates in Drive for Suicide Prevention

Jonathan D. Strum is an attorney who works as the US counsel for Planet Energy. Outside of his professional life, Jonathan Strum sits on the board of trustees of the University of the West (UWest), a nonprofit university dedicated to cultural understanding. 

On November 3, 2018, students and staff members from UWest took part in a donor drive for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and a follow-up “Out of the Darkness” walk. The students and staff members raised funds for AFSP initiatives, including a national suicide-prevention hotline that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

For the “Out of the Darkness” walk, UWest students and staff members made signs with the names and pictures of seven young people who had died by suicide. The signs were made together with the parents of the deceased to honor the lives of their children. Two of the parents even participated in the walk.

Every 12 minutes, someone dies by suicide in the United States. Some of these people suffer from mental illnesses that were unsuccessfully treated. Supporting suicide-prevention causes helps save lives.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Musharakah: An Overview

An attorney and experienced professional in multinational relations, Jonathan D. Strum has been published in The Baltimore Sun and featured on media outlets including CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and C-Span. Currently, Jonathan D. Strum operates a corporate and commercial law practice in Washington, DC, and regularly speaks around the world on the topic of Islamic finance.

To be categorized as Islamic Finance, financing tools must comply with Sharia law derived from the Quran and the Hadith. For example, Islamic Finance does not allow interest to be charged, investment in forbidden activities, or speculation and excessive risk. Some examples of financing arrangements that comply with Sharia law include Mudarabah, 'ijarah/'ijar, Salam, and Musharakah.

Musharakah refers to a Sharia-compliant joint venture or partnership in which all partners share in profits and losses that stem from the business arrangement. Often, this arrangement is utilized in real estate transactions, investments, or large financing agreements. In lieu of interest, the lender in Musharakah earns a return by collecting a portion of profits that are clearly defined in a business agreement.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Socially Relevant Productions at Mosaic Theater Company

An experienced attorney, Jonathan D. Strum holds degrees from Georgetown University and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Jonathan Strum manages his own law office in Washington, DC, in addition to serving as counsel for Planet Energy. 

Outside of his professional pursuits, Mr. Strum enjoys attending theater productions. His favorite theaters in the Washington area include Mosaic Theater Company, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 that emphasizes socially relevant productions. 

This season's lineup includes The Agitators, which explores the friendship and rivalry between Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. Another production, Oh, God, follows the single mother of a child with autism who is visited by God, while the documentary work Shame depicts challenges to cross-cultural collaboration between Israelis and Palestinians. 

For a full list of productions at Mosaic Theater, which include an adaptation of Richard Wright’s novel Native Son, visit

Monday, October 8, 2018

General Subscriptions to the Mosaic Theater Company

Friday, September 7, 2018

Improving Basketball Free Throws

A lawyer who has worked in areas such as energy acquisition, finance, and international business, Jonathan D. Strum appreciates a wide variety of activities in his spare time. Jonathan Strum particularly enjoys basketball, a fast-paced, high-intensity sport.

In basketball, free throws can add a significant number of points to a team’s total, and good free throw shooting should be a priority for coaches and players alike. Unlike other shots, which require good judgment, situational awareness, and fast reaction time, free throws require only a consistently solid movement. These tips can improve anyone’s free throw game.

Every court includes a dot in the middle of the foul line. Whether players straddle it or stand either directly on it or a foot to its right, they should rely on it as a reference point on every court for all of their free throws.

A routine for free throw shooting can also help. Whether it’s two quick dribbles, a gesture to the crowd, or a mental centering ritual, a routine breaks the tension of the game and puts the shooter in a foul-shooting mindset.

Nothing beats practice, however. Players should take the time to shoot free throws until they can do so successfully at least 70 percent of the time. Having the shot down to a science will help any shooter.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Three Theaters to Visit in Washington, DC

An attorney with extensive international experience, Washington, DC-based Jonathan D. Strum provides counsel in areas that include import/export regulation and foreign investments. In his leisure time, Jonathan Strum enjoys attending local theaters.

In addition to Ford's Theatre, which was made infamous by being the location of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, Washington, DC, offers the following theaters:

1. Constellation Theatre Company. With an eclectic mix of genres, this theater focuses on telling epic stories in an intimate environment and has featured spectacular visuals in its past productions.

2. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Seeking to break the conventions of live theater, the Woolly Mammoth produces several new experimental productions each year and has earned acclaim as “Washington's most daring theater company” from the New York Times.

3. Shakespeare Theatre Company. The area's leader in classical productions, this theater features an array of works by William Shakespeare and original shows inspired by his plays.