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Important information for this weekend

This weekend (August 10-12, 2018) marks an unfortunate anniversary.

It has been one year since the violent Unite the Right rally took place in Charlottesville, Virginia. This upsetting rally, and the racist incidents that have occurred since, have highlighted that bigotry, racism, and anti-Semitism are still very much alive in our country today.

Like many of you, this realization shakes us to our very core.

On Saturday, August 12th, 2018, this same hateful group will be assembling here in DC. While many of us are filled with fear for what this group will bring to our hometown, we know that the loving individuals that make up our community will have the courage to remain strong and combat hate with unity and kindness.

The young adults of Jewish DC are filled with compassion for those of all races and hometowns. We are working to build a community that denounces hatred in all of its forms in hopes of creating a more just world. We are grateful for the many strong leaders of our community who are joining together to express these Jewish values we hold dear, and offer vital information in preparation for this insidious rally.

Here are a few important guidelines from our partners at the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington (JCRC):

Safety is key. In light of the violence that arose from last year’s rally, we strongly recommend distancing yourself from Foggy Bottom to Lafayette Park this Saturday.

Do not confront or engage with the protesters. This will only advance their media attention goals.

Notify the police immediately if you feel or see someone being physically threatened.

– If you need support, reach out to a community member, or attend one of these unity-focused programs this weekend:

1. Friday, August 10th at 3pm: Teach-in On White Supremacy: A Regional Townhall with Representatives Eleanor Holmes Norton & Jaime Raskin at Washington Hebrew Congregation
2. Friday, August 10th at 6pmShabbat Service: A Shabbat of Peace at Washington Hebrew Congregation concluding with a special candlelight vigil honoring the lives lost one year ago in Charlottesville
3. Friday, August 10th at 6:30pmReturn Again to Shabbat Service at Adas Israel Congregation.

Click here to see JUFJ’s comprehensive list of unity events, and keep checking back as there will be more events organized later this week.

No matter where you are this weekend, we encourage you to offer acts and prayers of love and healing into our fractured world. Let us create a sense of solidarity across Jewish DC against hatred and toward love, against violence and towards peace, and a shared commitment to do acts of loving kindness for our neighbors, friends, families and those in most need.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me at rachelg@gatherdc.org or Rabbi Aaron Potek at aaronp@gatherdc.org with questions.

Wishing everyone a Shabbat of peace,

Rachel Gildiner
Executive Director, GatherDC

In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can’t build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery, and death. I can feel the sufferings of millions and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come right, that this cruelty too will end, and that peace and tranquility will return again. – Anne Frank

See DC Like Never Before!

Camp Nai Nai Nai and Sixth & I are teaming up for an ‘Uncover DC Scavenger Hunt.’ Clues and ridiculous tasks await all daring individuals as you uncover DC treasures. Using a mobile app, teams will traverse Chinatown and explore Jewish history, art, and culture in our beloved metro scene. Come with your friends and a ready-made team or be adventurous and join a team of new friends when you arrive. P.S. This scavenger hunt uses a super cool app developed in Berlin, no pieces of paper and markers needed!

Expect the Unexpected!

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Random acts of kindness? Yup! Food from a country you’ve never visited? Yup! Jewish Deli in DC? YUM and most definitely yup!

Wrestle with clues, discover historical sites, and compete in absurd team challenges!

Ever invented an odd job and tried to get paid for it? How about cheering on strangers for simply crossing the street? As you venture through Chinatown, we promise to show you a side of DC rarely explored!

What will YOU find?

Do you like puzzles and logic games? Do you like to dance in the streets like nobody’s watching? Synagogues become churches…and back again? Uhhh, yup! Several synagogues in DC have become churches over the decades and some have even come back to the tribe. We promise you will see the same streets you walk every day in a brand new light.

Camp Nai Nai Nai & Sixth & I believe that Jewish ritual and culture should be vibrant, relevant, and exciting. We don’t know how many clues you’ll solve, but we do know that you’ll find  a group of people who enjoy spending time together in this beautiful city of ours. “Uncover DC” is an opportunity to meet fun new people and become a part of a brand new community.

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$$$, SWAG for the Winners

Why do this? First of all, everyone that shows up will get a Sixth & I tote bag, and we ALL need more tote bags for walks home from Trader Joe’s! Second, it will be a guaranteed raucous good time. Third, the winners will get exclusive and fabulous Camp Nai Nai Nai swag and 50% off registration for Camp Nai Nai Nai.

 

Camp Nai Nai Nai is a Jewish Summer camp for adults, taking place over Memorial Day weekend, May 25 – 28, 2018, in Waynesboro, PA (1.5 hours from DC). Camp Nai Nai Nai gives you a chance to relive the curious and courageous days of youth through spirited song sessions, creative play-shops (there’s no work at camp), color wars, festive meals, and more. This inclusive and pluralistic weekend getaway is your canvas to connect with new and old friends and recharge your city-worn spirit. Camp busses will be leaving from DC, and we would love to see you all there!

 

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