EntryPointDC (Young Adults)

EntryPointDC

A program for Jewish young adults in their 20s and 30s

EntryPointDC (EPDC) is committed to helping Jewish adults in their 20s and 30s in the DC metro-area build and maintain a Jewish identity and a connection to the community through social and educational programming.

New to the DC area or our Jewish community? We want to meet you! Call 202.777.3207 or email us to set up a time to meet up for virtual “coffee” and a crash course in our local community.

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Upcoming Events

May
2
Sun
Mitzvah May Teams
May 2 @ 12:00 am – May 23 @ 12:00 am

Join us for an interactive, community building experience where you meet like-minded young professionals and give back to our community.

During the month of May, EntryPointDC and the Morris Cafritz Center for Social Responsibility are bringing together our young adult community in small groups to volunteer and learn together. Participants will have the opportunity to not only make an impact on our community through different volunteer projects but create relationships with others who want to give back and help others. Groups will be formed based on age, location, and interests so you can continue to hang with your new crew into the summer.

The program consists of three meetings, but we encourage you to volunteer together past this experience and will provide ideas on how you can do that. Additional details will be sent once you register.

Sunday, May 2, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Trash Pick-Up Scavenger Hunt at Rock Creek Park (In-person)
Come together to compete for prizes in our trash pick-up scavenger hunt! We will be giving away two $25 gift certificates to eco-friendly businesses you know and love to the participants who find the most trash. All individuals must be masked and follow social distancing guidelines at all times while outdoors.

Wednesday, May 12, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Food Insecurity in the DMV (Virtual)
Hear from MAZON, a Jewish organization that is fighting to end hunger across the United States. The evening will include an interactive activity and time for discussion. Join us virtually or hang at a local park with your group and an tablet/laptop.

Sunday, May 23, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Food prep project benefitting clients at SOME in the EDCJCC Parking Lot (In-person)
We will start with a fun ice breaker, learn about the organization So Others May Eat (SOME) and work on different food prep projects.

Registration: We request a $10 fully tax-deductible registration fee to help us cover the costs of program supplies and show your commitment to your team! REGISTER BY THURSDAY, APRIL 28

Each individual participant needs to fill out a registration form; you may request to be placed with a friend(s) or significant other when filling out your registration form.

EntryPointDC is the Edlavitch DCJCC’s program for 20s and 30s. The Morris Cafritz Center for Social Responsibility provides volunteer and social justice learning opportunities to the community.

May
10
Mon
Mindfulness Mondays: Starting A Meditation Practice
May 10 @ 6:30 pm – 7:20 pm
In this six-part series you will learn how to use mindfulness and meditation to positively shift and optimize your mental, emotional, and physiological states. Explore foundational tools, practical experiences, and guided meditations to begin or boost your personal mindfulness and meditation practice and learn methods that can help you decrease stress, improve mood, increase mental focus and productivity, and become more resilient.
This class is virtual, but we encourage you to join us from a peaceful place whether that is outside at the park or a cozy spot at home.
About the Instructor: 
unnamed (18).jpegYonah Levy is a Meditation Teacher, Transformational Coach, Speaker, and Workplace Wellness Leader. For over 17 years, he has been guiding people back to peace and from there to thriving through counseling, whole-life coaching, workplace wellness consulting, speaking, and group leadership. Yonah studied Behavioral and Social Psychology and has been practicing and teaching mindfulness and meditation for over two decades. He learned from disciples of Sri Chinmoy for one year and has spent several years learning from Dr. Tara Brach and others through continuous self-study. He has completed multiple Vipassana courses under S.N. Goenka, based on teachings of the Buddha rooted in 25 centuries of tradition. He blends Western science and psychology with Eastern, indigenous, and intuitive practices and his positive, holistic approach works with the fundamentals of the whole person.

Dates: 6 class series – Mondays, April 5- May 10 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
Cost: 
$90
Young adults (16-32): $72

*We will record classes if you are unable to attend one of the sessions

This class is for all ages 16+

If the cost of this class is prohibitive, you need to pay in installements, or it does not fit your schedule, please email Stacy Miller, Director of EntryPointDC, at stacym@edcjcc.org

May
16
Sun
Shavuot Mindfulness Hike at Rock Creek Park
May 16 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

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Celebrate the receiving of the Torah at Mount Sinai by getting out into nature and exploring the Torah wisdom to be found in the trees and natural beauty of Rock Creek Park. Bring your friends or family for this self-guided outdoor experience which will offer points of connection for individuals of all ages and levels of observance.

You can arrive anytime between 11:00Am and 3:00PM, EDCJCC staff will greet you at the trailhead, give you a guide book, and help you set an intention for your journey. Throughout the hike, you’ll find signs prompting moments of reflection, stories, and opportunities to connect with yourself, your family, and the themes of the holiday. There will be an optional playlist to accompany your walk and options to engage with other hikers through social media. A yummy frozen treat will be given out at the end of the hike.

The “hike” begins with a 0.5 mi walk on a mostly paved path with guiding thoughts and meditations along the way. When you get to the end of the 0.5 mi walk (~ 10 minutes ), you will have the option to cross a bridge and return along a more difficult dirt path that ascends a few stairs and goes back down a steep hill (another 0.5 mi). You can also return along the paved path if you so choose.

** Please note that all participants must wear a mask and observe social distancing guidelines

This program is brought to you by the Edlavitch DCJCC and funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The United Jewish Endowment Fund.

ONGOING EVENTS

The EPDC Book Club meets monthly to schmooze, snack, and discuss that month’s book. Join the Google Group to stay up-to-date on books and meeting times.

 

EPDC Interest Tribes
Connect with other like-minded young adults through community conversations and peer-led virtual programming. The Cooking Interest Tribe is for foodies, wannabe chefs, and anyone who wants to learn how to cook. Give back to our community and learn about and discuss social justice issues in the Giving Back Interest Tribe.