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350 Gathered for the GTJ April Happy Hour

GTJ Founder Aaron W., JGOTYs Joe B. and Lindsey S., GTJ Director Rachel G.

GTJ Founder Aaron W., JGOTYs Joe B. and Lindsey S., GTJ Director Rachel G.

This past Monday, Gather the Jews held its April Happy Hour and JGOTY Competition at Penn Social.

350 gathered.

40 signed up the for the Be The Match registry.

7 were finalists for the Jewish Guy and Girl of the Year Competition (see the finalist videos here).

2 were crowned Jewish Girl and Guy of the Year. Read Lindsey and Joe‘s acceptance speeches.

A good time was had by all.

See some pictures here.

10 Reasons Why You Should Come to the Gather the Jews April Happy Hour

jtgThe GTJ April Happy Hour is on April 29th from 6 to 9 pm at Penn Social. RSVP on Facebook today! Check out photos from the last happy hour here.

10. Awesome drink specials!

9. We’re raffling off a $50 Amazon gift card.

8. The last happy hour had 450 Jews– a GTJ record!

7. You might see some of Brian F.’s 21 People that You’ll meet at a Jewish Happy Hour.

6. The cover goes towards supporting your favorite hyperlocal Jewish news source (we can’t gather without your support!).

5. What else do you have to do on Monday night when it’s not football season?

4. You’ll have a chance to meet other Jewish Young Professionals.

3. You can vote for the new Jewish Guy and Girl of the Year!

2. Penn Social is located only a few blocks from all five metro lines, so it’s easy to get to.

1. It’s going to be amazing!

See you there!

See you there!

 

GTJ Satirist Brian F. – 21 People You Meet at a Jewish Singles Happy Hour

jew hhThe Serial J-Daters:
Dressed in their bar/bat mitzvah best.  They haven’t seen your profile before, so they approach you and refuse to walk away until they find something in common so they can turn it into a date.  For example: “Oh so you’re drinking beer?  I like to drink beer, I know a great place where I can take you for a beer.”

The Harem of Girls Who Stand at the Bar in a Circle and Refuse to Mingle:
You know the group of girls who all go out together to meet guys, yet just complain amongst their friends about how they never meet any guys?  Yeah, its because they’re at the bar talking to each other with their arms crossed and their attitude full throttle.  Save the drama for your momma, and mingle with something single.

The Gaggle of Dudes Who Stand by the Bar and Refuse to Mingle:
Sour grapes who are certain that there is no one of quality to hit on at the bar.  After about two hours of this, they end up at an Irish Bar with the dudes they showed up with.

The Matchmaker:
Matchmaker, matchmaker, we just met, but you’re quite intent on setting me up with someone: “Oh my god, I have a friend who would be perfect for you.  He/she is single, and Jewish, and their dad and my dad were roommates at Brandeis!  Small world!  Just Facebook him/her, oh, and just be yourself.”

The Shark:
Doesn’t talk to anyone, just walks in circles and stalks his would-be prey like a balding Jaws in Gap khakis.  Harmless.

The “You Should Come Over To Shabbos” Guy:
World record holder for pushiness.  Just to throw him off, ask him if Shabbos is this Wednesday or next Tuesday.

The State School Booster:
Go team go!  Newsflash pal, being a devoted college football fan is not a major.  And how do you know so many people here tonight?

The Private School Elitist:
It takes four questions to find out where this un-humble snot went to college.
“What was your major?”
“I studied economics.”
“Oh where?
“Boston.”
“What part?”
“Cambridge.”
“Oh really? Which school?”
“Harvard.
“Never heard of it.”

The AEPi Recent Alumnus:
Drinks?  Drinks?  Anyone want a drink?  He is actually more interested in getting drunk than hitting on you tonight, so you’ve been warned.  For an interesting conversation, ask him about the brand of dogfood he had to eat during hell week.  At least he won’t give you a dead-fish handshake.

The AEPhi/SDT/Alphabet Soup Sorority Alumnus:
“Well on MY campus, your sorority is blah blah blah blah fat chicks and coke!”

Join my Kickball/Softball/Bocce Ball Guy:
“I think they’re hitting on me…wait no, they actually are serious about getting me to join their recreational sports team.”

The Jewish Geographer:
All of the matches end in one of three ways: I hate them, I haven’t seen them in 10 years, or endless drivel about some innocuous Bar Mitzvah/summer camp/shiva story.

The Consultant:
They work for Accenture/Booz Allen/Deloitte.  They can’t explain in less than five paragraphs what it is they do by day.  They swear they never go on Facebook because it’s blocked at work, yet post endless pictures from every vacation they won’t shut up about.  And you have got to be kidding.  You’re 22 and you are a consultant?  You are only qualified to audit my deliverables in the beer pong department.

The Hill Rat:
Works for a Senator.  Works for a Representative.  You know this because they mentioned it to you before formally introducing themselves.  To find out whether they’re a Democrat or a Republican, just say “Obama” and see if they scowl or start skipping.

The Intern:
Don’t worry, if they’re in the bar, they’re not under 21.  But they certainly don’t act like it.  They are likely not being compensated at work, so buy ’em a drink.  Consider letting them crash on your futon.

The First-Year-Out-Of-Law School Lawyer:
Ah yes, what would be a Jewish singles event without a nice Jewish lawyer?  Acts as if the two greatest pick-up lines in the world are, “I have so little time these days” and “I hate my job.”

The Offensive New Yorker:
They act as if there is something seriously wrong with you if you are a Jew that did not grow up in Manhattan.  Likely complaining that there is no decent place in Washington, DC to get a perfect bagel and pastrami sandwich.

The West Coast Jew:
If you run out of things to say to them, just mention In-N-Out.  That’ll get them swooning.

Jersey Jew:
Not nearly as awful as MTV would like you to think.

The Just Back from Birthright-ers:
Inside jokes galore.  Be on the look-out for grievances about hiking Masada, Discotheque, Bombas, Schwarma, and trysts with furloughed IDF soldiers.

Your Bashert:
Somewhere in the list above.

Brian Fishbach is a comedian, writer, political satirist, former GTJ JGOTW, and musician specializing in social and political commentary.  You can read Brian’s weekly satire news articles at www.TheComedyNews.com, and enjoy his late-night jokes at www.BrianFishbach.com.  Join The Comedy News’ Facebook page for updates.

Name a Drink, Win a Drink … For GTJ’s Summer Happy Hour!

Name us!!!!

As you may know, the upcoming Gather the Jews (GTJ) happy hour at Blackfinn is only days away (Tuesday, July 10).   In preparation for the event, Blackfinn has asked us to come up with three names for three drinks (one is rum based, one whiskey, one vodka).

Suggest a Jewish/GTJ/DC-themed name for one of the drinks by posting it to event’s Facebook wall or by commenting on this blog post.

If we pick your name, we’ll get you one drink — your drink — for free!

So go be creative!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIDF packs Public in inaugural event

On Thursday of last week, more than 200 DC Jews packed Public Bar to attend the inaugural event of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) — Young Leadership, Washington DC division.    Lots of people left with FIDF hats and pins, but in case you didn’t leave with all of your questions answered, here’s a brief interview with Andrew Friedson (AF), one of the event’s co-hosts:

SR:  What is FIDF Young Leadership?
AF:  Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) was established in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors to support the men and women who serve in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as well as the families of fallen soldiers.  FIDF is committed to supporting and caring for IDF soldiers as a way to ease the incredible burden they carry on behalf of Israel and the global Jewish community.  The Young Leadership Division (YL) of FIDF engages individuals in their 20s to 40s in the organization’s work while providing social and networking opportunities.  It’s a fun and meaningful way to get involved, support Israel, and look out for IDF soldiers.

A packed Public Bar. My iPhone.

SR:  Why did you just decide to open in DC?
AF:  The DC area has an incredibly active, engaged and diverse Jewish community with so many young professionals who have been to Israel, befriended IDF soldiers and who are passionate about Israel and Jewish causes.  Combined with the fact that Washington, DC plays such a central role in the Israel-US relationship, it was only natural to have a strong presence here in the Nation’s Capital.  We’re fortunate to have the Embassy of Israel here, providing increased opportunities to interact with current and former Israeli soldiers and officials.

SR:  What was your role in Thursday’s event?
AF:  I was one of the hosts for the happy hour.  Along with our committee — Jeremy Alexander, Netaly Masica, Alex Langer, Lee Genish, Karen Reiner, and Eric Langer — we were responsible for planning the event and inviting everyone, with the help of FIDF DC Director, Stephanie Friedman.

SR:  What types of stuff will you be doing in the future?
AF: 
 This was just the first of many more events we will be having in the future.  In fact, we’re having a dinner coming up on August 6, when we’ll be joined by a female lone combat soldier who is visiting from Israel, who will share her experiences at an intimate dinner, followed by a happy hour.  Stay tuned for details of these and other events by liking our FIDF-YL DC Facebook Page and feel free to email DCYL@fidf.org or call 301-960-3531 if you’re interested in joining us on August 6th!

SR:  How on earth did you get over 200 people to RSVP to your event over Facebook? Are we just obsessed with Israeli soldiers?  Or are the co-hosts especially popular?
AF:  We’d love to take credit for just being that cool! In fact, we had more people show up than the 200+ who RSVP’ed on Facebook.  But the huge turnout and success of the event was a testament to the incredible things that FIDF does, the passion in the community to look after those who look after Israel, and the start of a really special organization with a big presence here in DC. FIDF is meant to be in DC, and we are looking forward to building the organization here.

SR:  How did people help the FIDF cause on Thursday night?
AF:  The purpose of the event was to introduce FIDF to young professionals in DC.  It was more like a grand entrance!  The voluntary contributions and the percentage of proceeds from everyone’s “liquid generosity” will go directly towards FIDF’s mission: supporting educational, social, cultural, and recreational programs and facilities.  Beyond that, we received messages from current and former soldiers from around the world who expressed how much it meant to them that young people in the United States recognize their sacrifice.

SR:  Did you have any Israeli soldiers at the event?
AF:  Yes, we sure did!  Capt. Meir Rozalis actually spoke at the event and talked about what FIDF meant to him.  We also had a former IDF soldier, Tomer Chutman, who was very active in the organization in Israel and now lives nearby, along with several other former and active duty soldiers.

SR:  I walked away with a pin and a hat.  What other schwag do you have, and how can we get it?
AF:  There’s more where that came from!  But you’ll have to come to the next event to see for yourself…so hope to see you on August 6th!

 

For more pictures, go to FIDF’s Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GTJ's Summer Happy Hour

It was another successful Gathering. Thanks to all who attended GTJ’s Summer Happy Hour, co-sponsored by Down4Lunch, last Thursday. Even though it was a rainy evening, 200 of DC’s finest joined us and Midtown had enough space for everyone!

If you have a suggestion for a venue for our next happy hour, please email info@gatherdc.org. Looking forward to the next Gathering!

Below: Pictures of the fun!  (For more pictures, check out the album on our Facebook page.)

Happy hour crew

Great turnout!

 

See the Jews gather

GTJ co-founders Stephen and Aaron

GTJ staff Maya, Tila, and Sheryl

Aaron is super interested in DC Jews

 

For more pictures, check out the album on our Facebook page.

 

 

Sorry AIPAC!

Image from Graphics Hunt

As noted in a recent post to this blog, AIPAC host its first Summer Seminar this Thursday, June 30.

Unfortunately, the GTJ Giant Summer Happy Hour is also this Thursday.

How did this happen?  Didn’t we recently complain about too little summer Jewish programming?  Now there are two awesome events on one night?!

It’s our (GTJ) fault.  When we first learned of the AIPAC event, we understood it to be only for interns, so we thought we were free to schedule a happy hour on the same day.  We were wrong.  The AIPAC event is for both interns and young professionals.

We assure you we did this with the best intentions, but sometimes the best intentions pave the road to hell…   Also, despite the fact that I studied in the department of John Mearsheimer, rest assured that this the GTJ happy hour is not a secret plot to sabotage AIPAC – we certainly don’t have that type of power, and we definitely respect AIPAC as a valuable contributor to Jewish programming.

Fortunately for you the Jewish audience, this only represents an increase in consumer choice.  Think iPhone and Droid – two phenomenal brands that offer fairly similar products.  At both events you will get to meet fellow young Jewish professionals, and at both events you can probably strike up an informed conversation about Israel.

So which one should you go to?  GTJ obviously, but if I had a time machine, I would definitely go to both!

Sorry AIPAC!

Stephen is a co-founder and director of Gather the Jews.