Jewish DMV High Holiday Guide: 2021/5782

by GatherDC Staff / July 19, 2021

A High Holiday Message from Rabbi Ilana:

And just like that, the High Holidays are approaching once again. Although this New Year, we’re thankfully so much closer to being out of this dreadful pandemic, we’re still not quite there yet. Gah. 

We know in this hybrid reality,  it can be hard to plan how to celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We all deserve a High Holiday season that is festive, meaningful and full of life, but we also may be all over the place in figuring out how to do it. 

As we see the door to Jewish DC life slowly opening back up, some of us are eager to dash through it and get back to normal. Others may feel stopped in our tracks–unsure of what move to make next and clinging on to the changes that have made our lives more accessible and connected. Some of us are new to the area and simply have no idea where to even find this door!

No matter where you are in relation to the “door”, GatherDC is excited to help you enter at your own pace and make the most of this hybrid holiday season. Our High Holiday Guide is a convenient and comprehensive resource to everything going on in the Jewish DMV to kick off 5782–virtually and IRL. This guide also includes ideas for how to incorporate DIY rituals, reflection, and recipes into your holidays in case you simply want to stay home and plan your own small gathering with your friends.

So, while there may not be an official roadmap to navigate this reemergence process, we do have the gift of the Jewish holidays and our community to pause, reflect, and recenter ourselves. We have the chance to recommit to the values, actions, and people in our lives that give us the courage, joy, and resilience to take our next steps thoughtfully and together. Plus, we get to nourish ourselves with delicious fall foods! 

And, if you’re completely overwhelmed by our High Holiday Guide, unsure of where to go, or want to meet a friend to go to something with, reach out to the GatherDC team! We’re here to help you craft a personally fulfilling holiday experience and connect you with peers looking to do the same. 

The door is opening, DC. Let’s go take one step towards it together. 

Wishing us all a shanah tovah u’metukah – a good, sweet and healthy New Year. 

L’Shanah Tova (Happy New Year!),

Rabbi Ilana + The GatherDC Team


P.S. If you know of a DMV-area High Holiday event for Jewish young adults not in this guide, please add it here.

P.P.S Events are in-person unless specified otherwise. Many events will be capped at a more limited number this year due to COVID-19 safety protocols, please be sure to register early if you would like to attend services in-person.

P.P.P.S. Confused? Don’t want to go alone? Not sure which service is right for you? Send an email to the GatherDC team and we’ll help you out! 

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