Here are some of the traditional desserts you are likely to find at a Jewish Deli Potomac to bring to a shiva:
Atayef – These are pancakes stuffed with walnuts that can be prepared for any occasion. They can be made ahead of time and frozen, then just unfreeze them and cover in syrup.
Ma'aroud – Also known as date rolls, this a family member of the Ma'amoul— they are both dough and date combos. However, the ma'amoul is made as individual circle cookies, while the ma'aroud is a roll that is stuffed with dates and cut into cookies.
Cocoa rose malabi – This luscious milk pudding is popular throughout the Middle East, and is beloved in Israel. The texture is light and creamy and the rosewater gives the dessert a beautiful, delicate flavor.
Sachlav – This is a winter comfort drink infused with rose water. Typically made from orchid tubers, it is hot thick and filled with goodies, like nuts and coconut and raisins and lots of cinnamon.