Ah, 2017. What a year you have been. Although these (choose two: wonderful, insane, tumultuous, radical, fierce, unorthodox, empowering, wild) past 12 months are quite hard to digest, we have a few pieces of inspiration to send us into 2018 on a high note.

Firstly, Merriam-Webster has officially selected feminism as its word of the year. YAS (which, by the way, has also been named a new word in 2017).

Secondly, 2017 was also a year marked with amazing new friends, life-changing Jewish learning opportunities, extraordinary innovation across Jewish spaces for 20s/30s, and continued wonderment at the incredible things each and every one of YOU are doing to make our world a better place. To showcase the best of 2017 (in our eyes), we’ve compiled all of our ‘Jewish Person of the Week‘ interviews from 2017 to remind us that even in the most turbulent of times, it’s the exceptional humans around us, that make us find joy, gratitude, and hope in the every day.

A huge thank you to all of the WONDERFUL men, women, and gender non-comforming individuals who openly and courageously shared their stories with the GatherDC community. From DJs to novelists to outdoors-people to coffee makers, YOU are what motivate us to wake up and come to work – genuinely excited – to do what we do each day. Plus, a big round of applause to the phenomenal organizations (you know who you are ;D) who welcome these young adults with open arms, partnering with us to ensure they find their people, their place, and their path in Jewish life. Thanks for making DC so amazing!

Happy reminiscing, and then have an even happier 2018 ahead! May this New Year be our best one yet.


The GatherDC Team

Rachel G., Aaron, Allie, Jackie, and Rachel N.

PS – Want to nominate a friend to be featured as a Jewish Person of the Week in 2018? Email us!