DMV High Holiday Guide 2023 / 5784

A pomegranate tree on a blue background. Text: DMV High Holiday Guide 2023; GatherDC

Updated 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, October 4th

Dear DMV friends,

Welcome to GatherDC’s 2023 / 5784 DMV High Holiday Guide, a one-stop-shop for everything you need to ring in the new year. There are dozens of amazing DMV Jewish organizations putting together incredible High Holiday experiences. But there’s only one place to find them all together, and that’s right here.

So, as we reflect on 5783 and set our sights on 5784, we hope this guide can be a useful tool as you craft the just-right-for-you combination of recipes, readings, services, classes, social gatherings, and much, much more that will make this High Holiday season special and meaningful. When you see us out and about in the next couple months, say hello! We can’t wait for the next chance to gather with you.

Chag Sameach – Wishing you a good, sweet New Year,

The GatherDC Team

PS: Not sure where to start? Check out the table of contents in the drop down menu at the top of the screen! And, if we’re missing something, please let us know by submitting your event to our online calendar or by emailing us. We’ll be updating the guide just about every day, so check back early and often!


Friday, September 29th

Saturday, September 30th

Sunday, October 1st

Monday, October 2nd

Tuesday, October 3rd

Wednesday, October 4th

Thursday, October 5th

Saturday, October 7th

Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah

Friday, October 6th

Saturday, October 7th

Sunday, October 8th

Food for the High Holidays

Eating at Home

Something Savory?

Something Sweet?

Recipe Collections

Eating around the DMV

Other Readings and Resources

Yom Kippur

Friday, September 22nd

Saturday, September 23rd

Sunday, September 24th

Monday, September 25th 

Tuesday, September 26th

Rosh Hashanah

Friday, September 15th

Saturday, September 16th

Sunday, September 17th

Thursday, September 21st

Saturday, September 23rd

Sunday, September 24th

Getting Ready for the High Holidays!

Ongoing classes, events, and more!

  • High Holiday Deep Dive with GatherDC (Registration is closed, sorry!)
    • Spots are limited, so apply to join before August 30th
    • Cost: Free!
    • Meets Wednesday, September 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • High Holiday Food Drive with Kesher Israel
    • In partnership with Yad Yehuda of Greater Washington and the Capital Kosher Pantry
    • Drop off in shul lobby between September 3rd and September 10th
  • Pre-High Holiday Food Drive for A Wider Circle with the EDCJCC
    • “Help us collect food items for our long-time partner, A Wider Circle, which supports individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness. We are collecting cans of tuna, boxes or packages of pasta, and boxes of cereal. Please only donate these items! Food can be dropped off at the EDCJCC between August 7 and September 8.”

Wednesday, August 16th

Sunday, August 20th

Wednesday, August 23rd

Thursday, August 24th

Sunday, August 27th

Tuesday, August 29th

Wednesday, August 30th

Thursday, August 31st

Saturday, September 2nd

Tuesday, September 5th

Wednesday, September 6th

Thursday, September 7th

Saturday, September 9th

Sunday, September 10th

Monday, September 11th

Tuesday, September 12th

Wednesday, September 13th

Thursday, September 14th

Monday, September 18th

Wednesday, September 20th

Thursday, September 21st

Tuesday, September 26th

Tuesday, October 3rd