Washington DC Jewish Community Center

Tashlich Picnic in Rock Creek Park '12
Rock Creek Park - Site 9


GLOE Youth & Family

Tashlich Picnic at Rock Creek Park
with Rabbi Sarah Meytin 

TashlichSunday, September 23, 2012
11:30 am - 2:30 pm

Rock Creek Park
Beach Dr. - Picnic Site #9
(Enter on Military Rd - directions below)

Tickets: FREE
RSVP Requested

All ages

 

Join GLOE Youth & Family to celebrate the New Year with other LGBT individuals, couples, 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.

In addition to plenty of games, we're thrilled to have Rabbi Sarah Meytin leading us in fun holiday-related activities. Then (for those who would like to participate), we'll cast 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, and we’ll provide everything else, including (kosher) dessert and challah, games and lots of ruach/spirit! 

 

Rabbi Sarah MeytinRabbi Sarah Meytin is an openly queer Reform rabbi. She is the Assistant Director at Gan HaYeled, the preschool at Adas Israel Congregation in Cleveland Park. She the founder of Rockville Open House, a safe space for LGBTQ Jewish teens and is the coordinator of the Hebrew Home's teen philanthropy program. She is also an appointed member of the Montgomery County Citizen's Advisory Committee on Family Life and Human Development. She and her wife live in Silver Spring with their two children, ages 5 and 3.

 

Important Note on Directions
Our site (#9) is on Beach Drive, one of the main roads through Rock Creek Park. However, its cross street, Sherrill Drive, is closed on weekends, which means you shouldn't plan to enter that way.

Plan to enter the park on Military Road. We are on Beach Drive, north of Military Road.

Please review this map of the park (click here) when planning your arrival by car. We will be at site #9, seen on the upper-right side of the map. Please note that closed roads, including Sherrill Drive, are marked in yellow.

Click here for directions from the park's website.
The picnic site is public transportation-accessible. See wmata.com for exact directions.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can come?
Anyone who wants to come! If you identify as part of a LGBT family, how ever you define it, you are welcome. That means couples, friend groups, and singles; LGBT parents with young children; any LGBT people without kids or with adult children; parents of LGBT young people or teens - anyone in the LGBT community who wants to connect with other families.

We also love all friends of GLOE (LGBT/Jewish or not!) and welcome you to come.

Aren't you supposed to do tashlich on Rosh Hashana?
While many people do tashilch on Rosh Hashana, actually, you can do it any time from the beginning of Rosh Hashana until Yom Kippur. The important thing is that we are reflective during this time period!

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.

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

Parking?
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. Please note that closed roads, including Sherrill Drive, are marked in yellow. Plan to enter on Military Road.

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 (enter via Military Rd)
Picnic Site #9

 


Questions? Contact:

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

Sarah Rabin Spira
Director, Family Enrichment and Community Outreach
sarahr@washingtondcjcc.org or (202) 777-3267


 

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Time: 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM

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