Alternative Yom Kippur

For many, Yom Kippur can be a challenging day that brings up a lot of negative emotions. It might involve spending hours at synagogue, fending off hunger pains, or feeling shame about past behavior.

For you, that might not work.

Perhaps you’ve been searching for a way acknowledge Yom Kippur that feels more relevant, accessible, fun, and…dare we say…alternative?! If so, you’ve come to the right place. GatherDC is offering a few Alternative Yom Kippur experiences to help you celebrate this beautiful holiday in a way that is authentic to you.

All of these experiences are open to Jewish and Jew-curious young adults of all gender identities, sexual orientations, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities, and levels of religiosity.

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Here is our plan for the day:

Alternative Yom Kippur Experience – 9:30am

Rabbi llana Zietman will be leading Gather’s Alternative Yom Kippur Experience at Engine Company 12. This is not a traditional service. It’s not in a synagogue. It’s non-denominational. There is no fasting required – though no food will be served. It’s a welcoming, inclusive space open to any young adult who is Jewish, Jew-ish, or Jew-curious. Together, we will explore the themes of the holiday through journaling, personal and group reflection, music, poetry, and more.

  • Location: Engine Company 12, 1626 North Capitol Street NW
  • Time: 9:30am – 12:00pm
  • Cost: $18pp

*WAITLIST* Yom Kippur Service Project – 1:00pm

GatherDC will be bringing together a small group to prepare food or sort clothing donations for those facing hunger and homelessness at SOME, So Others Might Eat.

  • Location: SOME, 71 O Street NW
  • Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Cost: Free.
  • NOTE: All spots are now taken. You can add your name to the waitlist and we will let you know if space opens up.

Break the Fast Potluck Dinner – 7:00pm

A celebratory, potluck style break the fast dinner at GatherDC’s townhouse. We will provide the bagels and schmear and invite you to bring a vegetarian dish, drink, or dessert to share. Space is limited.

  • Location: GatherDC, 1817 M Street NW
  • Time: 7:00 – 9:30pm
  • Cost: Free

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Rabbi Ilana Zietman
Community Rabbi

Rabbi Ilana loves meeting new people and creating real and meaningful connections with them. As GatherDC’s Community Rabbi, she is thrilled that she gets to meet young Jews all over the city. She loves exploring Jewish ideas that are relevant and alive for people in their 20’s and 30’s. Rabbi Ilana is excited to help people find their own unique connections to Judaism and Jewish life and create new expressions that are so needed today. She can’t wait to continue Gather’s work of creating spaces where people can question, explore, laugh, grow and find themselves and community. She received her rabbinic ordination from Hebrew College in Greater Boston.