Keeping up with New Year’s resolutions… with other Jews

Giddy up, y’all.

There is a wide range of activities going on in the next few weeks in the DC Jewish scene. Whether you’re brand new to the area or consider yourself a lifer (read: been a resident for a year), all of these events are great for meeting other quality folks. And, in keeping with New Year’s resolutions we may have made a week ago, they offer many different angles on self-enrichment, as well as many opportunities to put yourself out there.

So here we’ll round up some varied and interesting events that are likely to gather some Jews.

Keep up the New Year’s resolution to stay healthy with a 6.5-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail to Washington Monument State Park on Jan. 8. The group meets at the Grosvenor Metro stop at 10 a.m. to carpool. Check out here for RSVP details and costs.

On Jan. 12, DC Minyan is having a beer-making and tasting class that evening. You’ll finally learn everything about hops and barley, and all the ranges of IPAs and lagers, as well as how to craft beer yourself. RSVP to Shira Klapper here. Bring your friends and get ideas for a new joint venture.

Trying to learn a new language  in 2012? Well, if you’ve ever been mystified byYiddish and want to learn some other words or phrases beyond the clichéd, the Washington DC JCC has a dinner and learning session for you. Dinner starts at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 11, while Abe Schwartz will introduce you to the history and sampling of the mother tongue that is Yiddish.

For those who are trying to get in some more cultural activities this year, Sixth & I is holding a free art exhibit that night as well, showcasing work from Liana Finck’s graphic novel. The novel is based on the “Bintel Brief” advice column in The Jewish Daily Forward. Check out the works themselves to see how Finck depicts the letters from those seeking advice through the eyes of the columnist.  Free food and beverage will be there too, and admission is free. Just RSVP to let organizers know if you or a group are coming.