Rachel’s Weekly Update – 9/17

My favorite part of the Newseum!

Shana tova everyone! I hope you have all enjoyed a sweet start to the new year.

I have now been gathering for over two weeks, and I have been meeting amazing people and been having an amazing time.  Last Wednesday, I participated in the Young Jewish Professionals Network meeting to start planning next year’s Jewnity.  About thirteen Jewish organizations with a young adult component came together and I am looking forward to being a part of the planning this year.  I also met this past week with Andy, Sara, and Sara from the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington at the Original Pancake House in Bethesda. Over the largest omlette I have ever encountered, we discussed Federation and GTJ  working together in the Jewish community.

Friday, for Shabbat, I made my first ever visit to the Moishe House for one of their Shabbat dinners where Noah and Rebecca made me feel extremely welcome.  There was delicious food and great schmoozing, aka Jewish heaven.  If you have yet to make it to one of their dinners, it’s definitely worth a try.

I also made it to the Newseum this week which was awesome.  My favorite part was the hall that displayed newspapers featuring historic events starting around the year 1455.  I could have spent an entire day in that hall alone, looking at and reading each newspaper.  One suggestion if you choose to visit, do not save the room with the Pulitzer Prize winning photos for last.  Most of the photos, though hauntingly beautiful, are sad or violent.  The exhibit put a little bit of a damper on the end of the visit.

This Rosh Hashanah marked my first High Holidays outside of Delaware.  I appreciate everyone who was so welcoming to me and invited me in for meals.  I spent erev Rosh Hashanah at Chabad (The Shul), where there was also a community dinner and I was able to meet some new people.  The next day, after services, Esti — Rabbi Shemtov’s daughter and the new Rebbetzin of AU Chabad — invited me to lunch in her parents’ home.  I cannot thank the Shemtovs enough for including me in their meal.  Then, for lunch on the second day of Rosh Hashanah, Rabbi Teitelbaum of MesorahDC asked me to join his family and staff.  Everyone there made me feel so welcome and at home, and I had a great time.

Thank you to everyone who helped make my week and Rosh Hashanah meaningful.  Shana tova, and have a great week!

Rachel