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Tashlich Picnic in Rock Creek Park '13
Rock Creek Park - Site 6 (Miller's Cabin)

GLOE Youth & Family

Tashlich Picnic at Rock Creek Park
with Rabbi Laurie Green 

TashlichSunday, September 8, 2013
11:30 am - 2:30 pm

Rock Creek Park
Beach Dr.

NEW SITE: Picnic Site #6 (Miller's Cabin)
(Just north of Military Rd NW- 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 Laurie Green leading us in fun holiday-related activities. Rabbi Green is a wonderful new member of our DC community, joining as Bet Mishpachah's new spiritual leader. Then after the activity (for those who would like to participate), she'll lead us in 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, and we’ll provide everything else, including (kosher) dessert and challah, games and lots of ruach/spirit! 



Rabbi Laurie Green

Rabbi Laurie GreenRabbi Green became Bet Mishpachah's new spiritual leader on July 1. She brings over a decade of experience in Jewish education. Prior to assuming her duties as Associate Rabbi at Temple Beth Zion in Buffalo, she served as Assistant Educator at Brooklyn Heights Synagogue and Director of Education at Aspen Jewish Congregation.

She also has extensive experience in community organizing, interfaith relations, and social justice work, having worked and trained with Jewish Funds for Justice, the Religious Action Center, and Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice. Rabbi Green received her pastoral care training while working in hospital chaplaincy at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. Rabbi Green received her B.A. in Religious Studies from University of Pennsylvania in 2000, and her M.A. in Hebrew Literature and Rabbinic Ordination from Hebrew Union College in 2007.

She is joined in Washington by her wife Mira and their 4 year old son Gus.



Important Note on Directions
We have a new site this year, which should be much easier to get to, and is located not far from one of the main intersections of the park. 

Our site (#6 - Miller's Cabin) is on Beach Drive, one of the main roads through Rock Creek Park, just north of Military Road. Military Road is open, but note that some park streets are closed on weekends, so please check the map below if you have questions.

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

Please review this map of the park (click here) when planning your arrival by car. We will be at site #6, towards the upper-right side of the map. Please note that closed roads 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.

Yes, bathrooms are located at our site, a short walk from our picnic area.

Yes. There are lots of parking spots, but they are also shared with other park users. If ours fills up, additional parking is located a short walk away at the next site.

How do I get there?
For a map of Rock Creek Park, click here. We will be at site #6 - Miller's Cabin, seen on the upper-right side of the map. Please note that closed roads are marked in yellow. Plan to enter on Military Road.

Click here for directions from the park's website.
The picnic site *IS* Metro (public transportation)-accessible! See wmata.com for exact directions.

Rock Creek Park
Beach Dr. - Just north of Military Rd NW
Picnic Site #6 - Miller's Cabin


Questions? Contact:

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


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Time: 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM

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