For you, the idea of observing Yom Kippur this year may feel overwhelming, disappointing, or pointless. Maybe you’re thinking of skipping it entirely! We don’t blame you. It's been a crap year. Why subject yourself to another Zoom experience on Judaism’s holiest day of the year? Will this day even make a difference?
We get it, and are here to help you find creative non-Zoom ways to connect with the High Holidays if you want to swear off video conferencing.
But if you want to have a personal, immersive Yom Kippur experience where you can grapple with your questions and leave feeling seen, connected, and genuinely motivated to face this next year, GatherDC is excited to offer you "Crash-Burn-Rise: A Collective Yom Kippur Experience". We admit that it will take place on Zoom, but we will treat you as our guest, not another audience member.
So, what are we doing?
On the morning of Yom Kippur (Monday, September 28), we will gather virtually with other Jewish, Jew-ish and Jew-curious 20’s and 30’s across the DMV for individual and collective reflection, engaging conversation, and participatory ritual.
Together, we will explore the challenges and opportunities of our time through multiple perspectives of CRASH, BURN, and RISE: What do we do when reality diverges from the vision we had for our lives? What can we learn and take from this destruction? How do we rise from disappointment, anger or despair, and recognize our agency to pursue fulfillment, change and goodness? How can we take impactful steps into the new year? How can we help one another start?
If you are looking for a community where you can show up authentically as you are, to feel more connected to yourself, others and the true spirit of the day, join us! If you register by 9/21, we can guarantee you’ll receive a special goodie bag to go along with the experience.
This experience is open to young adults of all gender identities, sexual orientations, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities, and levels of religiosity. No previous Yom Kippur experience necessary.