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.


Upcoming Events: April 12-18

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!

Monday, April 12

UMD’s America’s Embrace of the 10 Commandments
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/12/2010 4:00:00 PM&enddate=4/12/2010 6:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=433791&recurrenceid=0

Tuesday, April 13

UMD’s Film: A Matter of Size
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/13/2010 7:30:00 PM&enddate=4/13/2010 9:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=455649&recurrenceid=0

Annual Spring Gala

Wednesday, April 14

Yann Martel reading
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=342&dispDt=4/14/2010 7:00:00 PM

American Friends of Hebrew University’s Torch of Learning Award
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/14/2010 6:00:00 PM&enddate=4/14/2010 10:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=395668&recurrenceid=0

Authors Out Loud: Andre Aciman

Introduction to Judaism

Thursday, April 15

Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day

Trivia Night and Pickle Eating Contest
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=353&dispDt=4/15/2010 7:00:00 PM

Celebrate Hadassah Benefit Dinner
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/15/2010 6:00:00 PM&enddate=4/15/2010 7:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=447473&recurrenceid=0

Hadassah Scholar Series: David Makovsky
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/15/2010 7:30:00 PM&enddate=4/15/2010 9:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=424997&recurrenceid=0

Friday, April 16

Shabbat Hoppin’ with Rosh Pina

Robin Gerber book signing

DC Emancipation Day

Access JCA 50+ Employment Expo
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/16/2010 10:00:00 AM&enddate=4/16/2010 4:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=401294&recurrenceid=0

Gesher Toddler Open Gym
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/16/2010 10:00:00 AM&enddate=4/16/2010 11:00:00 AM&id=75&eventid=397026&recurrenceid=9669

Saturday, April 17

Torah, Yoga Tot Shabbat
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=265&dispDt=4/17/2010 10:00:00 AM

GI-NET Darfur Event

GLOE presents: The MANGina Monologues

Laser Tag with NoVa YJP

Sunday, April 18

Bowling for Justice

Knit for Good
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=336&dispDt=4/18/2010 11:00:00 AM

Washington Hebrew Congregation Mitzvah Day

Jewish Community Day at National’s Park
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/18/2010 1:35:00 PM&enddate=4/18/2010 4:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=449274&recurrenceid=0

Har Shalom Mind, Body and Soul
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/18/2010 2:30:00 PM&enddate=4/18/2010 7:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=438586&recurrenceid=0

Spring into Action

Swim Stroke Technique

Yom Ha’atzmaut BBQ

Passover in the District 5770

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

We’re just a day away from Passover, one of Judaism’s most important holidays, which tells of our exodus from slavery in Egypt to freedom as a united people living under Jewish law.

A week in duration, the highlights are largely family affairs, a seder celebrated at home.

But is that an excuse for “Jewish DC” to shut down for awhile? No way! Enjoy this cropping of public Passover outings. And chag sameach (happy holidays!)

Congregation Adat Reyim First Night Seder
Monday, March 29, 6:30 p.m.

Jewish Socials First Night Seder
Monday, March 29, 7 p.m.

Sixth & I First Night Seder
Monday, March 29, 7 p.m.

Temple Shalom Passover Clergy Cookoff
Tuesday, March 30, 9 a.m.

DCJCC Second Night Locavore Seder
Tuesday, March 30, 6 p.m.

Washington Hebrew Congregation 2339 Second Night Seder
Tuesday, March 30, 6 p.m.

Adas Israel Second Night Seder
Tuesday, March 30, 7 p.m.

Young Professionals Kesher Passover Potluck Party
Saturday, April 3, 6 p.m.

YP@AI Macaroon Manischewitz Madness
Saturday, April 3, 9 p.m.

Young Professionals Kesher Post-Passover Pizza Party
Tuesday, April 6, 7 p.m.

Jews United for Justice Labor Seder
Saturday, April 11, 6:30 p.m.

Also, check out Jewish Information Referral Service’s list of seders.

Upcoming Events: March 29-April 4

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!

Monday, March 29- Tuesday, March 30

GesherCity Seder-in-a-Box

Monday, March 29: Passover night one

Spring Break FIG Camp

Passover Seder Night One

Sixth & I Community Seder
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=329&dispDt=3/29/2010 7:00:00 PM

Adat Reyim seder
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/29/2010 6:30:00 PM&enddate=3/29/2010 7:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=438406&recurrenceid=0

Tuesday, March 30: Passover night two

Temple Shalom Clergy Cookoff
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/30/2010 9:00:00 AM&enddate=3/30/2010 11:00:00 AM&id=75&eventid=447674&recurrenceid=0

Community Second Night Locavore Seder

2339 Second Night Seder

Wednesday, March 31

B’nei Baruch Learning Center Discover Kaballah Course
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/31/2010 8:00:00 PM&enddate=3/31/2010 9:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=423831&recurrenceid=10224

In Darfur, pay what you can

Thursday, April 1

Washington Jewish Film Festival Submission

Friday, April 2

Sixth Street Minyan
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=326&dispDt=4/2/2010 6:30:00 PM

Saturday, April 3

Joseph Lin
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=350&dispDt=4/3/2010 8:00:00 PM

Ariel Quartet in Concert
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=4/3/2010 8:00:00 PM&enddate=4/3/2010 10:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=455647&recurrenceid=0

Macaroon Manischevitz Madness

K4P Potluck Party

Sunday, April 4

Great Easter Day Scavenger Hunt for Jewish Professionals

Twenties and Thirties Singles Speed Dating

Hunger Action at DC

Upcoming Events: March 7-13

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, March 7-Monday, March 8

Israel as a Jewish State Conference
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/7/2010 8:30:00 AM&enddate=3/8/2010 2:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=439824&recurrenceid=0

Sunday, March 7

Routes—A Day of Jewish Learning
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/7/2010 10:00:00 AM&enddate=3/7/2010 5:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=438356&recurrenceid=0

Israeli Society through Literature
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/7/2010 9:15:00 AM&enddate=3/7/2010 11:00:00 AM&id=75&eventid=447664&recurrenceid=0

Gary Frohlich Program
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/7/2010 1:30:00 PM&enddate=3/7/2010 2:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=422561&recurrenceid=0

Global Mitzvah Team Sponsored Concert
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/7/2010 4:00:00 PM&enddate=3/7/2010 4:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=447655&recurrenceid=0

Temple Beth Ami Israel Forum
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/7/2010 7:00:00 PM&enddate=3/7/2010 7:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=398524&recurrenceid=0

Feed the Hungry

Run, Bike, Swin—Triathalon Training

Hunger Action at DC Central Kitchen

Andy Warhol: Good for the Jews? $30 Preview

Andy Warhol: Good for the Jews? Pay what you Can

Monday, March 8

Application for DC Birthright Israel Alumni Mission due!

Lisa Reichmann motivation talk

Labor Seder Planning Meeting

Reading and Book Discussion of “Mr. Mani”
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/8/2010 7:00:00 PM&enddate=3/8/2010 9:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=428048&recurrenceid=0

CERT Training

Tuesday, March 9

Author event with David Plotz

Immigration Roundtable Luncheon

Introduction to Judaism class
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/9/2010 7:15:00 PM&enddate=3/9/2010 8:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=433730&recurrenceid=10439

Israeli Cinema at Beth Emeth
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/9/2010 7:30:00 PM&enddate=3/9/2010 9:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=447465&recurrenceid=10686

Spring 2010 Used Book Sale

Andy Warhol Gallery Tour and Screening of Duck Soup

Wednesday, March 10

DC HIAS Open House

Senior Information Fair—Homecrest Health Fair

Lilith Salon: When Food and Wine Collide
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=299&dispDt=3/10/2010 7:00:00 PM

Renewed Vision Lecture Series
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/10/2010 8:00:00 PM&enddate=3/10/2010 8:30:00 PM&id=75&eventid=447658&recurrenceid=0

Knit and Nosh

Dinner at La Tasca

Thursday, March 11-Saturday, March 13

Diamonds in the Rough: Smart Kids who Learn Differently conference

Thursday, March 11

The Life and Death: What our Rabbis Tell us about the World to Come

Fair Purple Line Campaign Meeting

Marketing Technology Workshop
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/11/2010 9:00:00 AM&enddate=3/11/2010 11:00:00 AM&id=75&eventid=432708&recurrenceid=0

Yachad Hadassah– Runs the Silver Diner
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/11/2010 6:45:00 PM&enddate=3/11/2010 8:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=436986&recurrenceid=0

Anat Cohen Quartet
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/11/2010 8:00:00 PM&enddate=3/11/2010 10:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=442022&recurrenceid=0

Friday, March 12-Saturday, March 13

The Art of Storytelling at Am Kolel
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/12/2010 7:00:00 PM&enddate=3/13/2010 11:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=434510&recurrenceid=0

Friday, March 12

Sixth in the City Shabbat: The Sabbath Manifesto
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=310&dispDt=3/12/2010 6:30:00 PM

B’nai Tzedek: Ambassador Oren
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/12/2010 6:30:00 PM&enddate=3/12/2010 8:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=447279&recurrenceid=0

Shir Delight

Saturday, March 13

Yadhad Hadassah Sixth Annual Beer & Bingo!
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=3/13/2010 7:00:00 PM&enddate=3/13/2010 9:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=445500&recurrenceid=0

DC Jewish Events on the 25th!

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

It’s that time of year again, when many of our compatriots are nestled under a fireplace with stockings and a big pine tree. But how can a Jew in DC spend Christmas? By eating Chinese food? (Actually, you can! Plus these other options listed below.)

Thursday, December 24

Christmas Eve Dinner
7 p.m., Young Professionals Kesher
Join friends for a laid back “Jewish Christmas” dinner in Chinatown. RSVP by Wednesday to social@jewishfriends.org.

The Gefilte Fish Charity Fundraiser
8 p.m., Jewish Socials
Held in two locations—K Street Lounge and Union Jacks! Over 1,000 people expected to attend for a fun night of schmoozing. Donations encouraged—some of the profits will be donated to various charities.

Matzoball 2009
9 p.m., Jewish Professionals Network
Taking place at the Ultrabar, Matzoball promises to be one of the biggest parties of the season! Featuring three different dance rooms, drinks and socializing.

Friday, December 25

D25 Day of Service
All day event, DCJCC
Take the opportunity with this day off school/work to give back to the community. The J offers a variety of projects, including card making, party throwing or just visiting those in need. RSVP now as spots are disappearing fast!

Happy Challah-Day
12 p.m., Sixth & I
Better than a ham dinner, enjoy lunch with challah at the historic synagogue! A family event featuring games and crafts, yoga, science, and a special performance by Jewish rocker Sheldon Low.

Christmas Day Chinese Fest and Movie
5 p.m., Jewish Professionals Network
After sleeping off the Matzoball, relax with a little nosh and a viewing of “Sherlock Holmes”! Dinner at Cheng’s Mongolian Restaurant. Optional drinking night to follow.

Cross-posted to The Examiner

Upcoming Events: December 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, December 20

NextGen Local Mission

You call THAT Jewish Prayer?
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=12/20/2009 9:30:00 AM&enddate=12/20/2009 10:45:00 AM&id=75&eventid=411383&recurrenceid=0

Community Cinema Café: Young at Heart

Mommy Queerest $30 Preview

Monday, December 21

GLOE Volunteering at Food and Friends

Tuesday, December 22

JNet Happy Hour

Journeys to Judaism: Jews by Choice tell their Stories
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=256&dispDt=12/22/2009 7:00:00 PM

Reception for Noam and Galit

When Jews do Bad Things
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=12/22/2009 1:00:00 PM&enddate=12/22/2009 2:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=413136&recurrenceid=0

GLOE/Beit Mischpachah Night with Judy Gold

Wednesday, December 23

Jedchai JEHMS
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=12/23/2009 7:00:00 PM&enddate=12/23/2009 9:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=346482&recurrenceid=8332

Thursday, December 24

Matzoball 2009

Gefilte Fish Gala Charity

Good for the Jews: Putting the Ha! In Hanukkah
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=12/24/2009 7:00:00 PM&enddate=12/24/2009 9:00:00 PM&id=75&eventid=413569&recurrenceid=0

YPK Christmas Eve Dinner

Friday, December 25

Christmas Day Chinese Fest and movie

Happy Challah Day
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=229&dispDt=12/25/2009 12:00:00 PM

Downtown Shabbat with Larry Paul and Robyn Helzner
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=73&dispDt=12/25/2009 6:00:00 PM

At the J: Community Service Projects

Saturday, December 26

Shabbat Nitzanim Services
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=12/26/2009 10:30:00 AM&enddate=12/26/2009 11:00:00 AM&id=75&eventid=384133&recurrenceid=9375

Shaare Torah Tot Shabbat
http://www.shalomdc.org/calendar/index.aspx?startdate=12/26/2009 2:15:00 PM&enddate=12/26/2009 2:45:00 PM&id=75&eventid=383968&recurrenceid=9372