Roundup of Jewish Justice Events on Inauguration Weekend

Hannah Weilbacher

We showed up on Inauguration Weekend to stand for all marginalized people and against tyranny. On the right are some pictures from our wonderful weekend of action.


The Jewish community is showing up for justice on Inauguration Weekend. See below for a Roundup of Jewish events in DC around the Inauguration weekend and the Women’s March on Washington.


There is a Jewish contingent marching at the Women's March on Washington on Saturday, January 21st, meeting at Sixth and I. Details below.


Here are the partners for the Women’s March on Washington. 


There are many Roundtable members and allies who have endorsed the March or are actively working on programming around the March. They include Avodah, American Jewish World Service (AJWS), Repair the World, National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Jews United for Justice (JUFJ), the Religious Action Center (The RAC), Bend the Arc, Keshet, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ), Ameinu, Workmen's Circle, HIAS, Jewish Women's Archive (JWA), T'ruah, and Hazon. 


Here is SURJ’s list of Inauguration Activities. Here is a map of many events going on in town.


Join Jewish Women's Archive in documenting this moment. Check out #JWAmegaphone: Voices of Power and Protest and share your own stories.


Our commitment to social, economic, and racial justice as the Jewish community is unwavering. Whether you are Jewish or just want a home throughout the weekend, check out the opportunities below to be in community.


See something missing? Email [email protected].



Ongoing throughout Inauguration Weekend


Repair the World and The Schusterman Foundation: Inauguration weekend of service in DC

Friday, January 20th - Monday, January 23rd

At sites all over DC

Register here


Together with our partners at the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, Repair the World is organizing a weekend of service in Washington, DC. Volunteer projects are taking place from Friday morning until Monday afternoon.


At Repair the World, we believe that service has a more powerful role to play in America than ever before.


Serving together is one of the most effective opportunities for people to connect across differences to build and strengthen community. Whether building relationships with people serving alongside you or finding a better understanding of underserved individuals, service can expose us to those who hold different perspectives and life experiences, helping us to grow and become stronger.


As we prepare for a new administration and look to heal the fractures of our broken country, we invite you to join us in service. You’ll have the opportunity to take action in partnership with trusted community-based partners addressing pressing local needs, including hunger, homelessness and education inequality. We look forward to serving alongside you.



Wednesday, January 18th


NCJW: #WomensMarchWednesday


Post a photo on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter with a caption about a woman (or women) who inspires you to march.



Friday, January 20th


Faith leaders and communities day of Fasting


Adas Israel: Inauguration Weekend Shabbat Evening

Kabbalat Shabbat Services and Community Dinner


Adas Israel, 2850 Quebec St NW

Closest Metro: Cleveland Park

Register here


The role of a Jewish community is to be a sacred vessel for the full range of human emotions and experiences. On this Shabbat, together, we’ll make space to harness our traditions, wisdom and spirit to co-create that sacred vessel. Whether you find yourself at Adas regularly on a Friday night or are visiting the community for the weekend’s events, please join us for an energetic and soulful Friday Evening Service (traditional-style), words of Torah from our Rabbis, and a delicious catered kosher Shabbat dinner amongst friends and new faces. Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv take place at 6:00pm in the Gewirz Beit Am, with dinner to follow. Pre-registration for dinner required


JUFJ, T'ruah and 6th & I: Inauguration Justice Shabbat Day 1

More details will be posted here as they get figured out.


Sixth and I, 600 I St NW

Closest Metro: Gallery Place

Register here


On the evening of the new President’s inauguration, within the whirlwind of politics and emotions, lies the eye of the storm: Shabbat. Twenty-five hours to restore our sense of inner dignity and calm, to remind us of the principles that represent goodness and justice, and to lift us into commitment and resolve. In partnership with JUFJ, T’ruah, Jewish Women International, Lilith magazine, NCJW, and more, this service for Washingtonians and out-of-town visitors alike will give all who come the chance to rise up, sing together, and trust in the power of Shabbat.


Dinner is a certified Kosher meat meal, with vegetarian and gluten-free options available. If you have any additional food needs, please contact Abby at least four days before the event.


DCJCC GLOE, Keshet, and Bet Mishpachah: National LGBTQ Inauguration Shabbat



1529 Sixteenth Street NW

Closest Metro: U Street or Dupont

Register here

This program targets allies of the LGBTQ and Jewish communities who will be in the nation's capital for activities scheduled for Inauguration weekend. After an election cycle that featured a disturbing amount of racism, misogyny and anti-Semitism, many worry that the progress achieved by racial minorities, women, and queer people will be put at risk by the political changes coming to Washington.  What are the threats to civil liberties and individual rights? How can minority groups work together to challenge them?  Come find out how we can strengthen each other to continue tikkun olam, repair our broken world, and to find peace, joy, and community in Shabbat. 


Saturday, January 21st


JUFJ, T'ruah and 6th & I: Inauguration Justice Shabbat Day 2

More details will be posted here as they get figured out.

Sixth and I, 600 I St NW

Closest Metro: Gallery Place


  1. A Gathering of Strength - Register here

Before heading out to the Women’s March on Washington, Sixth & I, JUFJ, T’ruah, Jewish Women International, Lilith magazine, Jewish Women’s Archive, and others invite the community to stand together in support of uplifting women’s voices. With reflection and song, Torah reading and other words of inspiration, celebrate diversity and equality, and commit to fight for human rights, dignity, and justice.


  1. In Shabbat We Trust: A Sabbath Day Pass - Register here

During the afternoon of Shabbat, Sixth & I will offer a variety of ways to engage around and process the Inauguration, along with comfort food and spiritual comfort. Teachers, thought-leaders, activists, and facilitators will lead a wide array of activities, from meditation and yoga to text-study sessions and salon-style conversations. A place to hang out and rest will also be available.


Jewish Women's Archive - Stay tuned for details about their afternoon session at Sixth and I.


The RAC: Nosh, Pray, March

The Reform Movement Gathers for Women's Rights

Hyatt Regency Washington (400 New Jersey Ave NW)

Closest Metros are Judiciary Square, Union Station, and Archives

Register here


1. 8:30-9:30AM - Shabbat Prayer Service


Join the Religious Action Center staff and other Reform Jews participating in the Women’s March on Washington for a Shabbat worship experience. This Shabbat worship experience will be led by clergy from local DC-area Reform congregations. 


2. 9:30-3:45PM - RAC open House Hospitality

Warm up and grab a snack in the Religious Action Center’s hospitality ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Learn more about the RAC’s work on behalf of women’s rights and meet other social justice leaders from across the country.