Stand UP DC #1: 7/1 Update

Greetings from wonderful, humid, Washington, DC!

On Friday night, the 6th and I congregation was kind enough to welcome us for a musical Kabbalat Shabbat service, and opened their doors to us for a wonderful Shabbat dinner.

On our walk back to our dorm, we walked along the National Mall and got to see some monuments at night, including the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and the WWII Memorial. You’d be surprised how hot DC stays at night!

But this adventure was only a preview, as we had the chance to go back to the Lincoln and WWII Memorials, National Mall, and visit the Smithsonian Museums during a relaxing, but very warm, Shabbat with a lot of walking.

Today, we jumped right back in to our itinerary of service as we began our day by packing up supplies for those in need to bring over to McPherson Square. We brought sandwiches, toiletries, water bottles, and other supplies as we sat with homeless individuals and learned a bit about their experiences. Along with our trip to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, today was a very moving day and a strong start to our final week.

Talk to you soon,
Stand UP DC #1

Quotes from this weekend:
“You don’t know what people are going through until you talk to them and ask their story.”
-Rebecca Reagan

“Don’t celebrate a birthday. Celebrate everyday, because every new one is a gift” – Ellis Meyer sharing the advice of Regina

“Do you have a band-aid? I think I have a blister”
-Basically everybody

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