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Oceans, mountains, cook-outs, hammocks? Or maybe just work, commute, sleep?  However you're spending your summer, know that Hill Havurah is busy preparing for our future. In addition to gearing up for High Holidays which start in about 10 weeks, we're staffing our educational programs for Yavneh and Gan Shalom, our organizational consultants are interviewing specific individuals who responded to our recent questionnaire, and our tech gurus are vamping up our spiffy new website, which will go live shortly.    

These efforts and others require us to open our wallets a bit more to sustain and grow Hill Havurah as a Jewish community serving Capitol Hill and beyond.  Please note that our dues structure for 2014-2015 is changing (see box below).  We hope those who are able will consider donating above the stated ranges to help sponsor the memberships of whose cannot.

Finally, a hearty Mazal Tov to Hill Havurah's 2014-2015 Steering Committee, which includes: Mark Sherman, Chair; Allison Rosen, Vice Chair; David Hoexter, Treasurer; Ann Mesnikoff, Secretary and at-large committee members Michael AllenSig Cohen, Simon Epstein (alternate with Eric Rubin)Sheldon Harris, Diane Kolb, Dunnzy Kaufman-Levin, Ellen Opper-Weiner, Liz Paisner.  In addition, we welcome new committee member Lindsey Schank and look forward to her creativity and enthusiasm.  We also bid farewell to Curtis Elmendorf and offer our eternal gratitude for his many years of service to the Steering Committee, some as former Chair.  
 
While there is no Groaner in this edition, please do scroll down for a prayer for peace.
 
L'Shalom,
Laurie Solnik for Hill Havurah
 
NEXT HAVURAH EVENT
Friday, July 18th at 7 pm 
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KABBALAT SHABBAT and POTLUCK DINNER
801 North Carolina Ave SE

Join us for a rousing, informal musical service, followed by a veggie or dairy potluck dinner at which you are welcome to supplement our traditional Shabbat Salmon, salad, challah and beverages.  All are welcome.
 
NEW DUES STRUCTURE FOR 2014-2015
Dues will be due by September 1st.  Stay tuned for payment information.
 
Select your tax-deductible contributions from within or, better yet, above these membership ranges  You'll receive an acknowledgement of your contribution and our deep gratitude.

Family Membership
$500 - $1100
 
Individual Membership
$250 - $600
 
Single Parent Family
$325 - $750
 
 
A LOSS AND A REMEMBRANCE

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Condolences to Alice Lotvin Birney on the loss this past week of her beloved husband Adrian. Cherished father of Hannah and grandfather of Emma and Julia, Adrian will be remembered for his vast knowledge of history, literature, music and art as well as his gentle demeanor, his wonderful stories and his devotion to family.  


We also acknowledge the first yahrtzeit (anniversary) of the loss of Laurie Siegel, who touched the lives of thousands of school children, friends, neighbors and acquaintances and is still sorely missed by her family, including husband Alan Levine.
 
 MAZAL TOV ...
 
.<--- to Jay and Jill Gelman and big sister Cora on the Simchat Bat ("Celebration of a Daughter") Ceremony for their daughter, Remy Cleo, who received the Hebrew name, Rina Mariel! 

... and to Jason and Randi Rosenberg on the Simchat Bat of their daughter, Madeline Olivia --->,  who received the Hebrew name Batya Simcha!  

(And a special thanks to Diana Rubin for helping the Rosenbergs find Hill Havurah!)
 
A PRAYER FOR PEACE   

For every aspiring ballerina huddled in a bomb shelter,
And every toddler cradled in a mother's arms behind rubble of concrete and rebar;

For everyone who is wounded, cowering and frightened,
And for everyone who is furious and planning for vengeance;

For the ones who fire shells toward grandmothers,
And for the ones who fix a rocket's parabola toward children in playgrounds;

May the God of Compassion and Mercy fill you with caring and kindness.
May the God of Justice and Forgiveness grant you fairness and pardon.
May the God who shaped Creation inspire us all to be partners in perfecting it.
May the God of whose who fight and of those who bandage the bleeding, make us whole again.

May you soon trade weapons for books and ploughs and bread ovens.
May you soon hear the voices of children on swings and slides, singing unafraid.
May the voices of reconciliation and new beginnings be heard in our day, 
      speedily and soon.
                                                                               - adapted from Rabbi Rachel Barenblat 
 

OUR REGULAR STUFF INCLUDES ...

KABBALAT SHABBAT and POTLUCK DINNER:  We gather every third Friday of the month to ring in the Sabbath with songs, prayer, camraderie, a brief Torah service and a potluck dinner featuring ... whatever veggie or dairy dish you bring.

SHABBAT MORNING SERVICES: Newly-launched traditional Shabbat morning service in the small chapel at Church o the Brethren at 337 North Carolina Ave SE features a Shacharit and a Torah service, followed by Kiddush.

YAVNEH:  IT'S NOT YOUR GRANDFATHER'S HEBREW SCHOOL: Our children are our future.  Check out our Yavneh Education Program, a Sunday morning learning experience for grades pre-K through 5th.  Yavneh meets each Sunday morning during the school year and currently has almost 60 children enrolled!

GAN SHALOM CO-OPERATIVE PRESCHOOL:  Hill Havurah's early childhood program meets five mornings a week and has a total of 27 two- and three-year olds  who learn, sing, dance, clap and enjoy!  

TOT SHABBAT FAMILY SERVICE:  Meets monthly (usually second Saturday) for a rousing welcoming of the Sabbath, complete with two - count 'em - two Torah parades, story time, lots of singing and prayers over the challah and juice.  Check our event calendar for the schedule.

SAGES HAVDALAH 'n POTLUCK:  Check our calendar for this meeting of empty-nesters (or no-nesters), grandparents (or not yet), retirees (or wanna be), and anyone who fits this loose demographic.  We gather every other month on the second Saturday to bid farewell to the Sabbat with a brief Havdalah service followed by a dairy or veggie potluck gathering, free-flowing wine and lots and lots of shmoozing.

 Hill Havurah is an independent, egalitarian Jewish community.  We cherish your membership.  Your generosity keeps us going, and you can choose your level of financial support from a range of dollar amounts.  By encouraging additional contributions without requiring them, our practice is in keeping with Jewish teachings and values about money.  Membership ranges are:

* Family: $500 to $1100 * Individual: $250 to $600 * Single Parent Household: $325 to $750 *

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Hill Havurah
PO Box 15822
Washington, DC 20003-5822

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