There’s so much Jewish in DC!
DC’s a fantastic place to be if you’re in your 20s and 30s and looking for opportunities to get involved with the Jewish community.
Want to know what’s going on the Jewish community? Event calendars are the most helpful!
No shortage of Shabbat options here! In addition to regular Shabbat services at the many synagogues around the DC area, and among the independent minyanim, there are services specifically for young professionals every week (many offer dinner after services for a small registration fee). Be sure to check out:
Metro Minyan with 2239 (Washington Hebrew Congregation- Reform)
Shir Delight with YP@AI (Adas Israel- Conservative)
Next Dor (Temple Micah- Reform)
Sixth & I
Tikkun Leil Shabbat (Social Justice-oriented)
DC Minyan (Traditional independent minyan, not specifically young professional but skews younger)
Shabbat Hoppin’ with Jewish Federation of Greater Washington Young Leadership
Not services, but EntryPointDC’s Shabbat Clusters are a great way to have Shabbat dinner and meet new people! Your Shabbat, your way.
Most of the above organizations have other young professional events as well. In addition to them, keep an eye out for NOVATribe Series, and our four local Moishe Houses (Adams Morgan, Capitol Hill, Arlington, and Montgomery County).
DC’s GLBT Jewish Community
DC has a very strong , very welcoming GLBT community. The Edlavitch DCJCC’s GLOE program is one of the most respected GLBT Jewish organizations in the region.
There are also social groups Nice Jewish Girls, Nice Jewish Boys, and Gayyim. Bet Mishpachah is an inclusive GLBT congregation with Shabbat and holiday services, learning opportunities, and more. Allies welcome!
Moving to DC? Moving around DC? The (rental) housing market in DC is tough right now. Honestly, your best bet is Craigslist. You can also try the Gather the Jews Housing Board or the Kesher Israel Housing ListServ. Don’t be scared to ask around either- there’s a good chance a friend of your friend knows someone who’s looking for a new roommate.
There are only a couple kosher restaurants in the District itself. (Tablet Magazine had an article about the dearth of kosher restaurants in DC… not very promising).
Supermarkets with good kosher selections include Safeway on Wisconsin Ave at S St NW, Trader Joe’s on 25th St NW between L and M and on 14th St NW between T and U, and Brookville Market on Connecticut Ave NW in Cleveland Park.