Booze and W2s… and Shabbat?

If I told you that I celebrated Shabbat with 30 strangers in a distillery, you’d probably say I had one too many glasses of wine and was imagining things. My response would be, no, I celebrated Shabbat in a new way, with new friends in an environment that cultivated meaningful experiences in the DC community. […]

Meet Sarah: Jewish Defender of the Week

After living in Lebanon, walking with lions in Africa, and trying to retrace her grandfather’s historical trek around the globe, this worldly woman found her homebase at the U.S. Department of Defense. Get to know Sarah Geller, a far from #basic, multilingual, workout-loving fashionista in our 1:1 interview…and then meet her in person – and […]

Repairing the World, One Trip at a Time

I recently sat down with Michele Chakaya, a food justice fellow for Repair the World NYC  to discuss how she got started working with Repair the World and her upcoming service trip with EntryPointDC (the 20s and 30s program of the EDCJCC). This trip, called B’Yachad: A Giveback Getaway Trip to Brooklyn, is an immersive experience […]

Jewish Drag Brunch

Every once in awhile, we all need a Sunday Funday.   A time to sit back and be entertained with a drink in one hand, and your crew spilling over to the next table, dishing out the latest in their lives. A popular Sunday afternoon activity that has long been a DC tradition is drag […]

Call Me by Your (Jewish) Name

My love of the Oscar-nominated “Call Me by Your Name” may be a bit biased. The movie is set in a wonderful villa in the northern part of my home country, Italy, and the Director, Luca Guadagnino, is from my home town of Palermo. What was most exciting about the movie, though, went far beyond […]

Israel’s 70th Birthday Playlist

Israel’s 70th Birthday Playlist Hello friends. I am delighted to be writing about one of my favorite topics – Israeli music! I recently moved to DC to  join the wonderful GatherDC staff after three years of living in Jerusalem.   As a young girl, I learned about the founding of the state of Israel, and […]

Mini Gatherings Spring 2018: New to DC

Want to meet other interesting Jews in a smaller, more personal setting? Looking to explore questions that matter to Jewish 20s and 30s? Like drinking? Afraid of commitment? GatherDC is excited to open applications for the 12th round of Mini Gatherings. We are looking for Jews in their early 20s who have just moved to […]

Memorial Day Weekend Plan: Camp Nai Nai Nai

This Memorial Day weekend, why not trade in your BBQ for a full weekend adventure at Camp Nai Nai Nai, the ultimate Jewish summer camp with a big twist- it’s for ADULTS!  At camp, what you do for a living doesn’t define you, and spontaneous adventures await around every corner! Run in the mud, dance […]

Your Guide to DC’s Hottest New Restaurant – Wawa

You heard it here first. The hottest, most in-demand, high quality restaurant has recently opened its shining metal doors to DC’s public. It’s fast, yet doesn’t feel rushed. It’s casual, yet sophisticated. It’s delicious, and boasts $1 coffee. You’re probably thinking, what glorious eatery could encompass everything you could ever want in a food establishment? […]

Meet the Israeli Bringing His Culture to DC

Meet Tzachi Levy. He is a Sabra through and through. (Sabra refers to a Jewish person born anywhere in Israel.) He can trace his roots in Israel back 13 generations, and has lived on several kibbutzim. He loves Israel so much that he has devoted his career to sharing his appreciation of Israel–the history, the […]

Levine Music: Education, Performance, Community

While covering the Edlavitch DCJCC’s Washington Jewish Music Festival (WJMF) over the past few months, I had the opportunity to speak with several musicians from Levine Music, and see their performances. After listening to their music and talking with them, I became curious about the institution they belong to. So, I decided to speak with Ms. […]

Spotted in Jewish DC: Sip City

A few weeks ago, I celebrated Shabbat with a yoga mat, a vegan rice bowl, and a tall glass of switchel. This Friday night experience was nourished by OneTable, and hosted by GatherDC’s very own blogger – Judith Rontal! It was, in a word, “namastastic”. (Yes, that’s a word I just made up.) One of […]