The Magenta Yenta! – Gather the News – 11/7

Hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s off to gather we go!

  • Recreational use of marijuana has been legalized in Colorado and Washington state.  How will this affect the War on Drugs?  In other news, the University of Washington’s application rate skyrocketed today.

Shout Out to the Reporters – Gather the News – 10/31

Hurricane Gather!

  • All joking and Gangnam Style rain dance memes aside, Hurricane Sandy pounded the east coast- our hearts go out to those who are still without power and  those who have rebuild their homes, businesses, and lives.

Weekly Update with Rachel — 9/12

Giraffe at the Smithsonian!
(I’m a little obsessed with giraffes…)

Hi, everyone! I cannot express how ecstatic I am to be a part of Gather the Jews.  If you ever see me out at an event, or anywhere else in the city, don’t hesitate to introduce yourself.  I’m brand new to DC and can’t wait to meet everyone.

Last week was my first official week as Director of Operations.  I wrote up my first “Gather the News” and sent out my first newsletter (and the world did not implode so I guess I didn’t do too badly!).  I also jumped into Jewish events this week, starting with the Jewish Federation’s Nexus.  Nexus is a course designed to explore what it means to be an influential young Jewish adult, and how to impact the community through involvement.  Nexus was a great opportunity to start meeting members of the Jewish community as we shared with each other our respective Jewish journeys.

I spent my first Friday Shabbat at MesorahDC’s services and dinner.  The food was delicious and everyone, including Rabbi T and Rabbi Berkman, made me feel extremely comfortable.  The next night, with some new friends from Mesorah, I headed out to Clark and Shaina’s engagement party.  Sadly, I missed Clark’s flash mob proposal. Overall, I would say a highly successful first weekend in DC and I’m looking forward to many more. If you are not busy Sunday, September 30, you can come out, meet me, and help make another one of my weekends awesome by joining me in building sukkahs for GTJ’s first ever community service event!

I’m exceedingly thankful for how welcoming everyone has been, but I also want to be here for all of you. If you ever need help finding a place to go to services, want to know about a Jewish event, or want to find someone to go to an event with, let me know and I will do my best to help you out. Also, while I have my own ideas for GTJ, I would also like to hear from all of you. Compliments, constructive criticism, and new ideas are always appreciated.

Have a great week!


Gather the News – Jewish News of the Week – 9/10

We’re big fans of gathering around here.

  • Canada includes Iran’s hostility towards Israel and anti-Semitic rhetoric as

    Drake’s Bar Mitzvah

    reasons for severing diplomatic relations.

  •  Jews and Muslims demonstrated in Berlin over a new law that restricts male circumcision. The new law requires the procedure be carried out by a doctor. Traditionally it is performed by a Jewish mohel, most of whom lack the medical training required under the new law. Politicians in Denmark, Norway, and Finland have also called for a ban on circumcision, though so far there has been no legislation.
  • Here’s an interview with Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum who supported gay rights at the recent Democratic National Convention.
  • A new facebook app, called “Jewish Geography,” gives you a Jewish connection score based on your Facebook profile and friends. We’ll let you decide on this one…
  • And in sports news, the Israeli lacrosse team has earned eligibility for the 2014 Lacrosse World Championship. Israel competes in lacrosse? Who knew?
  • Whether or not you’re voting for Romney, this pin is pretty cool.
  • Seinfeld is something every Jew can take pride it. Paste Magazine released a list of the 25 best episodes, do you agree with their rankings? Let us know in the comments!

Gather the News – Jewish News of the Week – 9/5

Art Heyman

Didn’t gather the news this week? Don’t worry, we did!



DC Jewish Blog Round Up

Shalomnova's Samantha challenges Erika's most recent GTJ post.

In case you weren’t able to read the other local Jewish blogs this week, here are a few of my favorite articles:

The Blog at 16th and Q:

  • Labor Day—Good for the Jews : Lili Kalish Gersch links to a number of pages that “link” Judaism and Labor Day.  Each of the links makes me twitch a little bit—we’ll see if I have time to write some rejoinders this week.

InTheMoment (Moment Magazine):

  • Singing a New Song: Steven Philp (who spells his name incorrectly) disagrees with one of MTV’s music award picks and suggests instead that those looking for the theme of hope in music should try a new Matisyahu song.  But if it’s hope you’re going for, I still recommend “All I do is win.”  Think about it, if you work really hard, you could win… all the time… like the U in the 80s…

Jewish Policy Center:

Washington Jewish Week:

  • Shake-up on J Street: Adam Kredo writes about the departure of one of J-Street’s top officials: Hadar Susskind.  J-Street has yet to name a replacement – my name is conspicuously absent from the short list.

Want to recommend a DC Jewish blog that we should be reading? Email