Post-Holiday Blues

The holidays are officially over. You’ve spent all this time hanging out with your synagogue buddies, seeing the same crew nearly every day for about a month. You’ve gotten to know some really fantastic people and friended each other on Facebook.

But now that it’s over, here comes the holiday withdrawal/burn-out conundrum.

Your employer (or professors) are probably pleased as punch you can finally rejoin the 9-to-5 world every day again, and perhaps not having a regular schedule for the past month has left you craving normalcy again too. Maybe this week you’ll enjoy getting back into the routine again, maybe even next week too.

But then it will strike. You’ll long for your new-found friends, spending time complaining about fasting or long services, or the fact that you can’t remember what day of the week it is anymore.

It’s okay, there is help for you.

Sixth and I Synagogue has a great calendar of events continuing through the next couple of months, including a Café Night to help you brush up on your Hebrew skills and an upcoming Carlebach-inspired Shabbat service is going on there Oct. 28, so sign up for dinner and socializing soon.

The DC JCC is having a SleepWalk fundraiser for the AIDS Walk Friday night, on Oct. 28. There’s nothing more fun than a sleepover and getting to hang out with a crowd of new people. So check out the JCC’s registration form on where to meet, what you’ll be doing, and how to sign up:

Looking for fellow literature fans? Check out the JCC’s Jewish Literary Festival (which even includes a panel on Jews, sports, and writing for those of a more athletic bent.)

Love the hominess of potluck dinners? Adas Israel is having a community dinner and prayer event Oct. 28 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The dinner costs $13, so get in your reservation now.  Don’t worry if you can’t make it, though. The Ruach Minyan (Adas’ young professional group) meets every fourth Friday, so if you miss this one, there will be another.

For those interested in traditional Jewish learning, Wednesday night dinner and learning sessions at the Chabad in Dupont are resuming now that the holidays are over. Just stop on by for falafel dinner starting at 7:30 p.m. And Aish DC in North Bethesda is having some great Shabbat programs coming up on Oct. 29, Nov. 19, Dec. 17 and Jan. 14.

But what about on your average Saturday afternoons when nothing’s going on? Sometimes that lull from about 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. could use a little kick.

I’ve sat in Dupont Circle quite a bit on Saturday afternoons and seen fellow Jews walking around aimlessly, just killing time. So this Saturday afternoon, Oct. 29, why not come to Dupont Circle and spend some time with each other. I’ll be bringing light fare, books, and board games (we all love board games) to the circle, and we can enjoy the afternoon not having to retire to our apartments and stare at the wall.

Instead, you’ll be reconnecting with your friends from the holidays, from your own synagogue, and from others. Maybe you’ll learn something. Maybe you’ll get interested in a new game or book. Maybe you’ll just enjoy the homemade cookies I bring. Regardless, we can turn a restless afternoon into a fun one.

See you there.