As you undoubtedly know from our Sunday night blog post, Jewnity took place this past Sunday to much success. 359 people showed up, and a lot of fun was had.
Now we thought we’d share with you the story just printed by the Washington Jewish Week:
Remixing the ‘mixer’ – Jewnity bash attracts an eclectic crowd
Adam Kredo Staff Writer
Phil Goldstein stood hunched over, furiously tapping on the keys of his smart phone as a sweat-soaked hoard of twentysomethings danced drunkenly nearby, revelling in the late afternoon sunshine.
“It’s pretty packed,” shouted the 24-year-old Alexandria resident as he glanced curiously across the congested rooftop patio at Public Bar in Dupont Circle. “I wasn’t expecting this many people to show up,” added Goldstein, who’d made his way into the city Sunday to attend Jewnity DC, a one-night bash organized to connect nearly 300 of the city’s young Jewish professionals for a festive evening of drinking, dancing and socializing.
As a fledgling journalist who doesn’t often find himself mixing and mingling under the auspices of the organized Jewish community, Goldstein and others like him were Jewnity DC’s prime target – unconnected MOTs?(members of the tribe) who were simply looking to “meet new people,”?as Goldstein put it.
The Washington Jewish Week also ran this hard copy editorial today:
Jews + unity = Jewnity
Sunday’s Jewnity DC, the brainchild of the Federation’s Young Jewish Professionals Network, is an important idea thatshould be replicated.
No, a trendy bar is not the only place to bring young Jewish adults together, but this bar-based event was a great start withgreat intentions.
Jewnity was a low-key, low-pressure effort to reach out to unaffiliated young Jews and help them find a niche in the localJewish community — whether through contacts with politically oriented groups, synagogues, Jewish community centers or other communal institutions, to name only a few potential portals.
Its sponsors were a diverse lot, as well, offering what participant Jodi Tirengel called “a rare chance to see all of these different points of Judaism that you don’t often get a chance to hear about. Everyone is looking for different things, and this puts it one place so that people can experience what D.C. has to offer young professionals.”
It has plenty to offer, and this was a fine way to showcase thoseofferings. As organized events such as Tribefest, which brings together young Jewish adults from all over the country, have shown, our young adults are hungry to network with each other, become friends with each other and simply bond by sharing common experiences — especially if they are brought together under non threatening circumstances. We hope that a Jewnity type group reconvenes soon and helps nurture longstanding friendships. At very least, those young adults will know they can be themselves at a Jewish event and perhaps want to come again.
What better way to bring people together?