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Tashlich Gathering in Rock Creek Park '11
Rock Creek Park

GLOE Youth & Family Kick-Off Event!

Tashlich Gathering in Rock Creek Park

TashlichSunday, October 2, 2011
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Rock Creek Park
Beach Dr. at Sherrill Dr.
Picnic Site #9

Tickets: FREE
RSVP Requested

All ages


Join GLOE Youth & Family to celebrate the New Year with other LGBTQ parents, teens, kids and families!

We'll gather in Rock Creek Park for a casual afternoon of community, games and tashlich. Tashlich, which means "casting off" in Hebrew, is the High Holiday tradition of tossing bread crumbs into a flowing body of water, casting off the negatives of the past year and giving us a chance to reflect on our hopes for ourselves and families in the coming year.

We'll be joined by Aaron Weininger, senior rabbinical student at Jewish Theological Seminary, who will discuss bringing the teachings of the High Holy Days into our lives as LGBTQ people, and how we can apply the messages of change and teshuvah (returning) to live as the most authentic versions of ourselves and our families. While some of us are not eating food today for the fast, this is a great way to think about taking the messages of the High Holy Days beyond the season.

As a group (for those who would like to participate), we'll complete the ritual of casting our crumbs into Rock Creek, and together, we'll envision a sweet new year!

If you'd like, please bring a picnic lunch and blanket for yourself. We'll provide (a kosher) dessert, plus the challah and honey!

Aaron WeiningerAaron Weininger, is a senior rabbinical student at Jewish Theological Seminary, where he is a recipient of the Schusterman Rabbinical Fellowship. Aaron will be serving as the 2011-2012 Legacy Heritage Rabbinic Fellow at Congregation Emanuel in Statesville, North Carolina and beginning his second year on the rabbinic team of Park Slope Jewish Center in Brooklyn.

As the first openly gay man admitted to The Rabbinical School, Aaron balances his days of learning while heeding the call to social justice as the chair the JTS Committee on Inclusion, which coordinated a day of celebration to mark the one-year anniversary of JTS’s decision to admit openly gay and lesbian students.

Rock Creek Park
Beach Dr. at Sherrill Dr
(Off 16th St NW, near Walter Reed)
Picnic Site #9


Frequently Asked Questions

Who can come?
Anyone who identifies as part of a LGBTQ family, how ever you define it! That means LGBTQ parents with young children, any LGBTQ people without kids or with adult children, LGBTQ young people and teens - anyone in the LGBTQ community who wants to connect with other families.

Do I have to be Jewish?
We welcome everyone to come and experience the beautiful tradition of tashlich. Our community's families are Jewish, interfaith and non-Jewish.

Can I bring _______?
Please feel free to bring games, pets (on a leash) and food for your family. Other FAQs about the Park can be found here.

Isn't it a day of fast?
Yes, it is the Fast of Gedaliah, and we respect those who are observing the fast. As children do not fast, and many in our community do not fast today, we welcome those who would like to picnic to bring whatever food they would like to enjoy. There will be plenty of other activities, so it should be comfortable for everyone.

Yes, bathrooms are located at site #10, the next site over, a short walk from our picnic area.

Yes. There are 29 spots for picnic site #9, but they are also shared with other park users. If ours fills up, additional parking is located a short walk away at site #10.

How do I get there?
For a map of Rock Creek Park, click here. We will be at site #9, seen on the upper-right side of the map. 
Click here for directions from the park's website.
The picnic site is public transportation-accessible. See wmata.com for exact directions.

Rock Creek Park
Beach Dr. at Sherrill Dr
(Off 16th St NW, near Walter Reed)
Picnic Site #9


Questions? Contact:

Halley Cohen
Director, GLOE - GLBT Outreach & Engagement
halleyc@washingtondcjcc.org or (202) 777-3253

Sarah Rabin Spira
Director, Early Childhood, Youth & Family Programs
sarahr@washingtondcjcc.org or (202) 777-3278


Co-sponsored by Congregation Bet Mishpachah


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Time: 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM

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