Breaking the fast 5770

The Adas Israel spread is a hot spot after a day of fasting / photo taken by Rachel Mauro

The Adas Israel spread is a hot spot after a day of fasting / photo taken by Rachel Mauro

G’mar Chatima Tova! Hope you all had meaningful and fulfilling High Holiday experiences.

Like last year, I spent Yom Kippur at Adas Israel. Was a worthwhile experience, particularly considering a special afternoon interview with recently appointed Israeli ambassador to the U.S., American-born Michael Oren. Very enlightening. A lot of politics talk, obviously, but it also strayed into American Judaism’s relationship with Israel, and yes, a little bit about Gd and atonement and having faith in the Jewish narrative, given its turns and pitfalls.

Back to the deliciousness, the young professionals broke our fast with a delectable spread of bagels, lox, other toppings, orange juice, coffee and desert. Yummeh. Even Yom Kippur breaks out the good stuff. 😛

But the holiday season ain’t over yet! Stick around next week for Sukkot. YP@AI will be having sushi and sumo in the sukkah (interesting culture blend) and J-Fed has it’s young professionals sukkah hop! Check out last year’s coverage here.

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Upcoming Events: September 27-October 3

Shavua Tov! Below, I’ve compiled a list of Jewish events I’ve found to be going on next week. Please feel free to comment with any others, and I will add them. See you around town!

Sunday, September 27: Kol Nidre

Jcorps Volunteering:
http://dc.jcorps.org/e/109

6th in the City Running Club
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=219&dispDt=9/27/2009 10:00:00 AM

Monday, September 28: Yom Kippur

YP@AI Free Break-Fast
http://www.adasisrael.org/yp/YP@AI%20Yom%20Kippur%20Break%20Fast%202009.pdf

Tuesday, September 29

A Taste of the Literary Festival
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/897199904?view=Detail&id=114941

Wednesday, September 30

VA Autism Scandal
http://www.jssa.org/events?p_p_id=8&p_p_action=0&p_p_state=maximized&p_p_col_id=column-2&p_p_col_pos=2&p_p_col_count=3&_8_struts_action=%2Fcalendar%2Fview_event&_8_eventId=75

Andrew W.K. & Calder Quartet
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=207&dispDt=9/30/2009 8:00:00 PM

Preschool Family Night Dinner
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/897199904?view=Detail&id=117061

Dinner at Vapiano
http://www.jewishfriends.org/calendar.html#0930

Thursday, October 1

Young Outreach Happy Hour in NoVa
http://www.birthrightisrael.com/site/Calendar/1816843679?view=Detail&id=194821&whence=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.birthrightisrael.com%2Fsite%2FPageServer%3Fpagename%3Dnext_local_dc_calendar

Weizmann Institute Dinner
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=10/1/2009 6:30:00 PM&enddate=10/1/2009 6:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=226559&recurrenceid=0

PJLL’s “Repent It Forward” Goes Live

Jews Praying in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur: 1878 painting by Maurycy Gottlieb / image courtesy of Wikipedia

Jews Praying in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur: 1878 painting by Maurycy Gottlieb / image courtesy of Wikipedia

Several days ago, the Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning announced it’s “cyber al cheit,” a way for local Jews to anonymously submit their more modern sins an online, communal atonement. Still days before Yom Kippur, PJLL has gotten a staggering and heartfelt response, and they’ve published the results here (to be updated daily—still time to submit your own!)

I think my favorite thing about this initiative is how it makes the al cheit more relative. So many people view the rituals of Yom Kippur just as something to endure year after year, with no lasting impact on our lives. We’ve been beating our chests over murder and coveting land for generations! Very few of us covet livestock anymore, or can relate to some of the other specific biblical injunctions. However, “Repent it Forward” reminds us that human fallacy and the need for self-reflection and forgiveness are as valid now as they were 3,000 years ago. Putting it online gives the added bonus of giving our modern trappings legitimacy. Things’ve changed a bit around here, but we can use these new forms of communication not to distance ourselves but to become more connected to the Jewish people. That’s a true mitzvah.

May we all be inscribed in the Book of Life.

Upcoming Events: September 20-26

Shavua Tov! Below, I’ve compiled a list of Jewish events I’ve found to be going on next week. Please feel free to comment with any others, and I will add them. See you around town!

Sunday, September 20: Rosh Hashanah Day Two

Monday, September 21- Tuesday, September 22

JSSA Job Search Boot Camp
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=9/21/2009 9:00:00 AM&enddate=9/22/2009 4:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=360785&recurrenceid=0

Holy Land Hardball
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/908113753?view=Detail&id=114921

Tuesday, September 22

Homecare fundraiser at California Kitchen
http://www.jssa.org/events?p_p_id=8&p_p_action=0&p_p_state=maximized&p_p_col_id=column-2&p_p_col_pos=2&p_p_col_count=3&_8_struts_action=%2Fcalendar%2Fview_event&_8_eventId=80

Take Back DC
http://www.jufj.org/event/take_back_dc

Training: Building a Strategic Campaign
http://www.jufj.org/event/training_building_strategic_campaign

PJLL Transitions
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=9/22/2009 12:30:00 PM&enddate=9/22/2009 1:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=363164&recurrenceid=9010

Boredom is so Interesting
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=9/22/2009 8:00:00 PM&enddate=9/22/2009 9:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=363078&recurrenceid=0

What Happened in 5769 stays in 5769
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/908113753?view=Detail&id=112681

Wednesday, September 23

Build up the Buzz Gala
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=233&dispDt=9/23/2009 6:30:00 PM

Used Book Sale
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/908113753?view=Detail&id=105001

Thursday, September 24

Fall kickoff for Jewish professionals at LIMA
http://www.jewishpro.com/eventdetail.php?id=34

Hold the Office of Hour and Wage accountable!
http://www.jufj.org/event/hold_office_wage_and_hour_accountable

Stand for Freedom from Iranian Threats
http://www.jcouncil.org/site/Calendar/743874695?view=Detail&id=103141

Friday, September 25

Cantor Larry Paul and Robyn Helzner Shabbat service
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=73&dispDt=9/25/2009 6:15:00 PM

Saturday, September 26

Aziz Ansari
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=203&dispDt=9/26/2009 8:00:00 PM

Confronting the Power of Forgiveness in time for Yom Kippur

Photo courtesy of JewishLayouts.com

Photo courtesy of JewishLayouts.com

High Holidays are mere days away; are you prepared? I decided to do my part in heralding in the spirit of the season—by joining a packed house at Sixth & I to hear Dr. Erica Brown, scholar-in-residence at J-Fed, speak about The BIG Sorry Tuesday evening.

Despite the title of the class, most of the textual readings and discussion centered around the ability to forgive others for wrongdoing. We went back to the story of Cain, where Rabbi Hanina ben Isaac interpreted his opinion of his exile as joyous, as Gd forgave him. We skipped forward in time, talking about modern atrocities and pondering the emotional toll of not giving people a second chance, and believing that they can change.

The discussion became a little heated; given the nature of the topic, it’s not too surprising. But I came out of the experience feeling a little invigorated about how I view my personal scruples, and how best to move forward in the future. Productive night! 😛

For more PJLL learning activities, click here. L’shana tova to everyone!

Upcoming Events: September 13-19

Shavua Tov! Below, I’ve compiled a list of Jewish events I’ve found to be going on next week. Please feel free to comment with any others, and I will add them. See you around town!

Sunday, September 8

MITZVAHStock
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1571266210?view=Detail&id=113721

DC Ukraine Photo Exhibit
http://www.birthrightisrael.com/site/Calendar/161307104?view=Detail&id=194741&whence=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.birthrightisrael.com%2Fsite%2FPageServer%3Fpagename%3Dnext_local_dc_calendar

Joyce Lang, painist
http://www.jccgw.org/articlenav.php?id=91

Purple Line Working Group Meeting
http://www.jufj.org/event/fair_purple_line_working_group_meeting_4

JUFJ at Adam’s Morgan Day Festival
http://www.jufj.org/event/jufj_adams_morgan_day_festival

Kemp Mills Synagogue Run for Israel
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=9/13/2009 9:00:00 AM&enddate=9/13/2009 1:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=218694&recurrenceid=0

JewishROC: Navigating the High Holiday Prayer Service
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=9/13/2009 10:00:00 AM&enddate=9/13/2009 4:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=367882&recurrenceid=0

Garden of Remembrance High Holidays memorial service
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=9/13/2009 10:00:00 AM&enddate=9/13/2009 11:00:00 AM&id=75&eventid=211352&recurrenceid=0

Beads that Bind: Women’s Annual Philanthropy Day
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=9/13/2009 1:00:00 PM&enddate=9/13/2009 1:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=316700&recurrenceid=0

Walking Tour of Jewish Washington
http://www.jhsgw.org/programs/

Community Cinema Café: D Tour
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1571266210?view=Detail&id=116561

Monday, September 14

Hebrew Home Golf Tournament
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=9/14/2009 10:30:00 AM&enddate=9/14/2009 7:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=319040&recurrenceid=0

Weizmann Evening of Science Dinner
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=9/14/2009 6:00:00 PM&enddate=9/14/2009 9:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=363602&recurrenceid=0

Shema Yisrael: Listen and Love G-d
http://www.jewishstudycenter.org/classes/

Forgive Me: Modern Poetry of Atonement
http://www.jewishstudycenter.org/classes/

GLOE Volunteering at Food and Friends
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1571266210?view=Detail&id=115881

Professor Avishay Braverman, Israeli Minister of Minority Affairs
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1571266210?view=Detail&id=114441

Today is the Birthday of the World: Creation and Cosmetology in the Talmud
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1571266210?view=Detail&id=112541

Tuesday, September 15

The State of Jews in Europe and Israel
http://www.foundationjewishstudies.org/programs/calendar.html#scholar

Day Laborer Justice Working Group Meeting
http://www.jufj.org/event/day_laborer_justice_working_group_meeting

The BIG Sorry
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=191&dispDt=9/15/2009 7:00:00 PM

Happy Hour at Ri Ra
http://www.jewishfriends.org/calendar.html#0915

Rapid Responsa and J Street
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1571266210?view=Detail&id=116801

Wednesday, September 16

American Friends of Lubavich Annual Benefit Event
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=9/16/2009 5:30:00 PM&enddate=9/16/2009 9:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=304587&recurrenceid=0

David Makovsky book discussion
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=9/16/2009 7:30:00 PM&enddate=9/16/2009 9:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=377902&recurrenceid=0

Yom Kippur: A Time To Heal and Let Go
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1571266210?view=Detail&id=112701

GLOE Ballroom Dance
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1571266210?view=Detail&id=112181

Wednesday, September 16- Thursday, September 17

JSSA at UMD’s First Look Fair
http://www.jssa.org/events?p_p_id=8&p_p_action=0&p_p_state=maximized&p_p_col_id=column-2&p_p_col_pos=2&p_p_col_count=3&_8_struts_action=%2Fcalendar%2Fview_event&_8_eventId=77

Jewish Adult Educators Network: Monthly Workshop
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=9/16/2009 12:00:00 PM&enddate=9/16/2009 1:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=339659&recurrenceid=8605

Friday, September 18: Erev Rosh Hashanah

Adas Israel Address on “Keruv” (outreach) to dual faith families
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=9/18/2009 8:00:00 PM&enddate=9/18/2009 8:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=369845&recurrenceid=0

Saturday, September 19: Rosh Hashanah Day One

Jewish identity meets LGBT activism in “Breaking Down Stonewall”

The panelists at Breaking Down Stonewall listen to a question posed by an audience member / photo taken by Rachel Mauro

The panelists at "Breaking Down Stonewall" listen to a question posed by an audience member / photo taken by Rachel Mauro

In the first partnership between Sixth & I and DCJCC’s GLOE, a veteran, political panel of activists and allies spoke to a charged audience on Thursday evening.

Hearkening to a series of riots instigated in 1969, cited as a leading example of the LGBT community fighting against government-sponsored discrimination, this panel convened Anne Kronenberg, campaign manager in 1977 for famed gay, Jewish politician Harvey Milk, Dr. Dana Beyer, first transgender candidate for Maryland State Delegate, Robert Raben, who served Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and the Clinton administration before starting his own political advocacy group, and finally, Frank Kameny, referred to affably by the other panelists as “Moses,” for his long history in LGBT activism, starting by petitioning the Supreme Court in the ’50s after he was fired from his job based on sexual discrimination.

The evening was headed by Winnie Stachelberg, senior vp for external affairs at the Center for American Progress, who got to ask some ground-breaking questions to the panelists before turning the floor to the audience.

The night took on a very optimistic tone, to my mind. Kameny used his personal story, ending finally in an apology from the courts after 52 years, to highlight how far America had come. Kronenberg spoke of Milk’s influence of banding different minority groups together in his campaign. Beyer and Raben remembered the ultimate acceptance they felt from their families and their Jewish communities as a whole.

Although we didn’t have a lot of time for audience questions, they ran the gamut from how to counterbalance American Judaism’s seeming tilt to the right, to what messages these activists might have for young LGBT Jews. Panelists responded with both political idealism and frank, personal reflection. The audience, always enthusiastic, gave them a standing ovation at the end.

For more information on GLOE’s activities for the DC Jewish LGBT community, email Justin Lerner at justinl@washingtondcjcc.org. And stay tuned to Sixth & I—not only will they be featuring a reading with Rep. Frank next month, but we were also informed of their first same sex wedding to take place on Sunday! Mazel tov!