Busy Schedule for DC Jammers
Posted on 07/21/2010 @ 03:49 PM
Hello Friends, Parents, Comrades!
We have had a busy couple of days here at DC JAM. Yesterday was T'sha B'Av, a Jewish day of mourning that many of our participants and staff members commemorated through a traditional 24-hour fast. In the spirit of the holiday, which marks the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, our Jammers toured the United States Holocaust Museum. Everyone handled this particularly difficult experience with maturity and supported each other throughout.
The rest of the day was fairly low-key, out of respect for the Washingtonian heat and the needs of those fasting. A few of us watched the classic movie Casablanca in the library of the George Washington Hillel. Others went to explore Georgetown or to hear prominent speakers at the Brookings Institute in downtown DC.
Our evening concluded with a gorging dinner to break the fast and a remarkable Q&A with Holocaust survivor and Civil Rights activist Marione Ingram.
Today's activities began with community service at either Bright Beginnings or the Center for Creative Non-Violence (CCNV). This afternoon we will be focusing on our preparations for lobbying on Capitol Hill tomorrow.