10th Anniversary of JewishDC!

Thank you to all the people who came to my blog in 2018 from across the world! / graphic courtesy of WordPress

Ten years ago in the summer, I had the idea that since I was attending a significant number of local Jewish events, I should do something with that. I was also fresh off of my journalism degree and I liked to write, and thus JewishDC was born!

Things have changed a little bit in the interim. Some organizations have come and gone. Just recently the (now named) Edlavitch Jewish Community Center announced that it’s doing away with it’s old, multiple festivals and creating a whole new huge one. So much to choose from, so little time!

I used to post weekly events updates, but now I leave most promotion to organizational twitters (you can see my aggregated list in the sidebar!) and the awesome GatherDC. I’m not really so much of a community organizer as I am one Jewish DCer, whose tastes have likely changed a bit from her twenties and into her thirties, documenting events I attend in the Greater Washington Area. For example, I now also look at our local indie bookstores, as well as Jewish institutions, when an author of the tribe comes into town!

You can find compiled lists of my reviews of literary, music, film and theater events here and here. I’m also thinking of making a new page for religious content. But for now I thought I’d go into my stats page and list my top ten review posts from 2009 to today.

I’m so glad that I started this project, that I have records of all these great events. And I can share what an inspiring town this is for celebrating Jewish culture! Happy new year, everyone, and may 2019 be great for Jews in DC.

2015 in review for JewishDC!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

But before I herald out the secular year, a few notes on activities from December!

On Tuesday, December 8, I was at Sixth & I for an awesome, soulful, dance-y concert (made it in juuuust before getting sick with a bad cold. :D) The group in question was Bulletproof Stockings, a chasidic alt rock girls band from Brooklyn, on their first regional tour! I was able to cobble together a little teaser vid of the event; you can watch it here.

A week later, on Tuesday, December 15, I was back, at the DCJCC this time, to watch more New Yorkers (or close enough, at least, since they work for Tablet Magazine) visit the capital–the hosts of their podcast, Unorthodox. It was a rowdy, fun night, featuring such guests as Jewish food guru Joan Nathan, journalists Elizabeth Bruenig and Adam Kredo, and songwriter Jeff Knable. Also lots of great interaction with the audience, but alas, most of that got caught in the final show. Still very much worth checking out!

It’s been a great year for me, as I hope this blog indicates. I look forward to being back in 2016 to cover more DC-area Jewish events! Happy holidays.

Here's an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,000 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 33 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

New Page at JewishDC!

New website header!

Summer time tends to be a slower time, so I thought why not do a little revamping of JewishDC? I’ve been blogging for several years now, and some of my favorite posts are cyclical; the various festivals and etc that mark the local Jewish calendar. I’ve compiled and grouped all of my writings over at the annual events page. Click for more details!

And as always, via social media, check out the “Tweets from the Community” and the JewishDC Facebook page, over in the sidebar. And in terms of forward thinking, check out this high holiday guide from GatherTheJews!

Thanks so much for being such great readers. I hope you enjoy the new feature.

2014 in review for JewishDC!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

On a less personal but Jewish DC local note, before I get to my stats, I’d like to take a moment to comment on some of the bigger stories out of our area in the past few months–eg Barry Freundel’s voyeurism accusations and abuse of power at Kesher Israel, and more recently Ari Roth’s controversial departure from the DCJCC’s Theater J. I hope that we can all learn and grow, and find peace and renewal as a community in the secular new year.

But beyond these more negative chapters in our history, I’d like to pay credence to the overwhelming support that Rabbi Gil Steinlauf, of the synagogue to which I belong, Adas Israel, received after releasing his elegant missive about publicly coming out of the closet. I’m inspired not only by his bravery, but also by how local and worldwide Judaism is evolving to understand, respect and make room for LGBTQ people. Kol Hakavod!

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,700 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 45 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Stats for Jews in DC and JewishDC!

Happy New Year’s Eve! Alas, this wasn’t exactly the way that I planned to write a December post. I had been hoping to make it to Sixth & I’s millenials panel discussion on the recent Pew Forum survey on Jewish American life moderated by Rabbi Shira Stutman, but bad weather detained me. That being said, I was delighted to learn that the entire panel was videotaped and posted online! You can also find the results of Sixth & I’s informal survey of DC-area millenial Jews.

I hope that this blog, like those results, show that Jewish pride is alive and well in the nation’s capital. I look forward to continue chronicling local events and culture in 2014, a year when I’ll be 100% free of grad school! 😀 In the meantime, check below for some highlights from 2013. Have a safe and fun holiday!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,000 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 50 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

2012 in review

Happy new year! Looking forward to more blogging about the DC Jewish community. Stay tuned this month for the DCJCC Jewish film festival. Yay!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 10 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

New side layout on JewishDC!

Screencap of my twitter list local Jewish organizations

Happy end of July! The first weekend in August marks my sister’s wedding, and as my family takes steps to transition into a new phase, I thought I might take similar ones with this blog.

Since starting my second graduate school degree I’ve had to juggle some priorities, and my time here has lessened. I remain dedicated to attending and chronicling Jewish events around town when I can—for my own enjoyment as well as publicizing the community!

With such a great, group effort site like GatherTheJews, however, my own Upcoming Events posts seemed obsolete. Instead, I decided to put my own twist on things. My sidebar of organizational links has long been a strange hodpge-podge, so I decided to streamline places into several categories—Hillels, JCCs, Museums, Publications, Social Organizations and Synagogues. I’ve also been able to import my Twitter list of local Jewish orgs so you can see what’s happening in real time. Unfortunately, WordPress doesn’t support java widgets and Twitter is a bit wonky with RSS feeds, but click on “Tweets from the Community” to get to the actual newsfeed (screencap above.)

And if you would like me to include any other Jewish organizations from the Greater Washington area to my links list or twitter feed, please get in touch with me by using the means outlined on my re-edited About the Blogger page.

Hope everyone commemorating had a meaningful Tisha B’av.