First, I would like to say thank you. For those of you who do not know, GTJ applied to be listed as one of the most innovative Jewish organizations in North America in the Slingshot Guide. As part of our application, we conducted a survey to measure the impact GTJ has on the DC community. Two hundred people responded, and I want to thank each and every one of them for helping GTJ to know what we’re doing right and what we can improve upon, as well as boosting our ego a bit!
Here are some of the results:
- 69.5% said we helped them meet a Jewish friend.
- 29.5% found a Jewish guy/girl to date.
- 31.1% found a community service event to attend through GTJ.
- 58.9% have used GTJ to find Shabbat services, 38.9% to find High Holiday services, and 31.6% to find educational classes.
- 86.5% said that GTJ has been “a little bit,” “somewhat,” or “very” instrumental in establishing their connection to the Jewish community in DC. 27.5% responded “very.”
Some of the comments we received (this is where our egos got a real boost):
“Love this site! They need an app!”
“GTJ is a one stop shop for me! Keep up the great work!”
“GTJ is an innovative and very necessary element in DC’s Jewish culture and I’m honored to be a part a part of the organization and some of its activities.”
“Fantastic resource. The DC Jewish community absolutely relies upon GTJ. Keep up the great work.”
“Love Gather the Jews happy hours!”
“PLEASE DON’T STOP!!!”
While most of the comments were AMAZING, some comments contained suggestions on how to improve GTJ and we take that feedback seriously. We want to incorporate your ideas and allow GTJ to continue to grow.
Several people suggested that the happy hours are too large and there should be smaller events that facilitate meeting new people better. We agree. It’s one of the reasons why we began community service events every other month. Typically, an event is around 50 people, and we try to always begin this an ice breaker- it’s a great way to meet people while making a difference in the community. However, community service events are much more difficult to plan than a happy hour and we’re still trying to steam line the process.
If you have an idea for a community service, or any other small scale event, let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we can work together to make it happen!
Some people also asked for more Jewish and DC resources, such as a guide to DC neighborhoods and Jewish eateries. This is something that we would love to do, but will take some time. Something we’re working on in the short term is creating a new “forum” in which GTJ-ers can communicate directly with each other. Use it to get advice on kosher restaurants. Use it to create a Jewish intramural team. Use it to find people to go to a trivia night at a bar with (P.S. I LOVE trivia and would happily join).
If you’re interested in helping create DC Jewish resource guides, let me know (email@example.com) and we’ll make it happen!
There we also a few comments about our name: Gather the Jews. While we generally like our name and it’s based on the Purim story, we understand (when I tell someone who isn’t Jewish what I do, I typically get quite the uncomfortable look before I explain what GTJ is…).
If you have any other suggestions that I left out, or want to have a larger role in GTJ, come out to our next Volunteer Meeting on February 19th at 7 pm in Dupont Circle (exact location coming soon)! Plus, there will be snacks!
Also, don’t forget to RSVP for the next GTJ Happy Hour at Buffalo Billiards– our biggest venue yet to accommodate our growing gatherings!