Shabbat Hoppin Picnic

D.C. Birthright Israel alums gather at Rock Creek Park for a Shabbat-themed picnic. / photo taken by Rachel Mauro

D.C. Birthright Israel alums gather at Rock Creek Park for a Shabbat-themed picnic. / photo taken by Rachel Mauro

After a successful season of “hoppin” around to various D.C. synagogues, Shabbat Hoppin, organized by Birthright Israel NEXT, hosted a picnic in the park on Friday to enjoy the D.C. summer atmosphere.

A few dozen young professionals met at Rock Creek Park for food and schmooze. The weather was lovely, not too humid, no overcast skies, the company was great, and I lead the bracha (blessing) over the Shabbat candles!

How nice to relax after a long week at work with fellow Jews. We might not all come to the table with the desire for the religious experience, but most of us brought a dish to share and a friendly, engaging attitude. I know that at my table, we talked a bit about trips abroad to Cuba and Germany and later, an Israeli participant appraised us all with facts about Hamas. The food, needless to say, was delicious- some examples being falafel and hummus, strawberries, pasta, corn, various desserts, and of course, challah. This event was co-sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and Sixth & I Historic Synagogue.

For more information on Shabbat Hoppin, e-mail dc@birthrightisrael.com or join D.C.’s Birthright Israel NEXT Facebook page by clicking here!

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