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In Solidarity -- A Message from Rabbi Hannah (5/31/20)

“And God said:  What have you done?!  Your brother’s blood cries out from the ground.” (Genesis 4:10)

The Talmud teaches us that anyone who destroys a life has destroyed an entire world (Sanhedrin 37a). For hundreds of years, systemic racism has brought on the murder of enumerable Black Americans. It is time to demand that our institutions recognize that Black lives matter and act accordingly. Indeed, each Black life means the world.

 

Our brothers’ and sisters’ blood cry out from the ground. As a Havurah, we must stand with our Black community members and the Black leaders around our country who are working towards justice and tikkun olam, the repair of our broken world. We will not be silent -- rather, we will support Black-led justice movements with our voices, our money, and our time.

 

For many of us, there is so much work to be done to learn how to support this movement. For me, a big part of that learning will be acquainting myself better with the many Black-led organizations that have been doing this work for years. Resource Generation has put together a large (though not exhaustive) map and spreadsheet of such organizations, and the Minnesota Freedom Fund is directing folks to donate to other local organizations that share their vision. Join me in reading up on the important Black liberation organizing going on in our city and around the country, and then throwing wholehearted support toward that liberation.

 

We hear the call from the ground, and we answer with the call of a shofar, arousing each one of us from our slumber and renewing us to unapologetically pursue justice.

 

Rabbi Hannah Spiro

 

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Hill Havurah Response to COVID-19

Even though we can’t currently gather physically, Hill Havurah remains a warm, inclusive Jewish community in the Capitol Hill area and beyond. As we look forward to the day that we can safely come together once again, we are committed to serving the needs of our community and serving as a resource for those looking for both assistance and ways to help those in the Havurah community, our neighborhood, and our city. We’ve found that even while each one of us is experiencing varying degrees of uncertainty, distress, and even trauma, each one of us has something to offer, and those offerings keep us connected and strong.

For the latest information about spiritual, financial, logistical, and social resources we are offering, as well as resources and service opportunities around the city, you can click HERE.

 

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Rabbi Hannah Featured in Washington Post Magazine

Our own Rabbi Hannah was featured in the May 24th edition of The Washington Post Magazine. For details, you can click HERE.

 

 

 

 

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Upcoming Hill Havurah Virtual Services and Programs

 
To learn about and register for our upcoming virtual offerings (including Saturday's Tot Shabbat and Shabbat Morning Service and Torah Discussion), you can click HERE.
 

 


 
 

WORSHIP

We welcome you to join us at Hill
Havurah as we bring warmth, tradition,
and exploration to each of our prayer
services.  Led by Rabbi 
Hannah
 Spiro...
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EDUCATION

Hill Havurah fosters a rich, engaging
and supportive learning environment
with experienced, caring teachers
passionate about sharing their Jewish
heritage with students.  Read more . . .

MEMBERSHIP

Our members come from a variety of
religious backgrounds. We love serving
individuals of all ages and families of
all configurations.     Read more . . .

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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  • Saturday ,
    JunJune  6 , 2020
    Tot Shabbat
    Shabbat, Jun 6th 9:00a to 9:30a
    It’s our celebratory Tot Shabbat -- we’ll bring the songs and the story; you bring the challah and the grape juice. Let’s sing our favorites and show off our best virtual dance moves for Shabbat. This is a virtual Zoom program. For more information, and to find out how to join us for it, click on the "HERE" link at the top of this website's homepage under "Upcoming Hill Havurah Virtual Programs and Services."

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  • Saturday ,
    JunJune  6 , 2020
    Shabbat Morning Service and Torah Discussion
    Shabbat, Jun 6th 10:00a to 11:45a
    Join us for Shabbat morning services, complete with a Torah reading and discussion all over Zoom. Get ready to sing, reflect, and sink into Shabbat in community. This is a virtual Zoom service. For more information, and to find out how to join us for it, click on the "HERE" link at the top of this website's homepage under "Upcoming Hill Havurah Virtual Programs and Services."

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  • Wednesday ,
    JunJune  10 , 2020
    Covid-19: A View from the Community
    Wednesday, Jun 10th 7:00p to 8:00p
    Hill Havurah presents an hour-long action-oriented Zoom panel discussion on how Covid-19 is impacting under-served (i.e., mainly black and brown) populations in DC. Panelists will include: Maurice Cook, Founder and Executive Director of Serve Your City DC and leader of the Ward 6 Mutual Aid Network; Ambrose Lane, Jr., Director of DC's Health Alliance Network and Ward 7 community activist; and Clayton Rosenberg, Chief of Staff of the Alliance of Concerned Men and a violence interrupter. This is an opportunity to hear how Covid-19 is affecting many of our neighbors, how local and community-based efforts are mitigating the damage done to these citizens, and how we can contribute to improving conditions for so many adversely affected by the pandemic. This discussion will build on our April and May interfaith conversations with Mount Moriah Baptist Church, led by Rabbi Hannah and Pastor Dalton. You need not have participated in any of the previous discussions to be a part of this one! This is a virtual Zoom program. For more information, and to find out how to join us for it, click on the "HERE" link at the top of this website's homepage under "Upcoming Hill Havurah Virtual Programs and Services."

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  • Saturday ,
    JunJune  13 , 2020
    Meditation and Torah Study
    Shabbat, Jun 13th 9:00a to 9:45a
    Start your Shabbat morning with some meditation and Torah study -- from the comfort of your own couch. Wear your most special Shabbos sweatpants. This is a virtual Zoom program. For more information, and to find out how to join us for it, click on the "HERE" link at the top of this website's homepage under "Upcoming Hill Havurah Virtual Programs and Services."

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  • Saturday ,
    JunJune  13 , 2020
    Tot Shabbat
    Shabbat, Jun 13th 10:00a to 10:30a
    Join Rabbi Hannah as she incorporates music, story, and legendary “Torah Parades” to create a joyous Shabbat experience for toddlers and their parents.

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  • Monday ,
    JunJune  15 , 2020
    Jewish Community Covid-19 Briefing with Federation CEO Gil Preuss
    Monday, Jun 15th 7:30p to 8:30p
    The Coronavirus pandemic is affecting every person in the Hill Havurah community and every organization in Jewish Greater Washington and beyond. Join Rabbi Hannah and Federation CEO Gil Preuss for a conversation about our community’s needs and the actions Federation is taking to protect vulnerable individuals and vital institutions. The discussion will focus on what Federation is doing to navigate our rapidly changing reality, from emergency fundraising response efforts to keeping our community connected even as we’re physically distancing. Together, we must ensure that we can weather the crisis of today and still have a strong and vibrant Jewish community tomorrow. Learn how you can play a crucial role in making that happen. This is a virtual Zoom program. For more information, and to find out how to join us for it, click on the "HERE" link on this website's homepage under "Upcoming Hill Havurah Virtual Programs and Services."

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  • Friday ,
    JunJune  19 , 2020
    Family Singalong: Bringing In Shabbat
    Friday, Jun 19th 6:00p
    It's our family pizza Shabbat... without the pizza or the physical gathering! We'll sing our favorites, including the Dinosaur Song, and get ready for Shabbat via Zoom. This evening, consider wearing your favorite superhero gear, as our family singalong will be followed by a community-wide superhero-themed Shabbat service! This is a virtual Zoom program. For more information, and to find out how to join us for it, click on the "HERE" link at the top of this website's homepage under "Upcoming Hill Havurah Virtual Programs and Services."

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  • Friday ,
    JunJune  19 , 2020
    Pride Shabbat
    Friday, Jun 19th 6:30p to 7:30p
    Join us for our monthly Kabbalat Shabbat service -- with a special LGBTQ Pride theme, enhanced by the words and melodies of a variety of LGBTQ Jewish thinkers. This is a virtual Zoom program. For more information, and to find out how to join us for it, click on the "HERE" link at the top of this website's homepage under "Upcoming Hill Havurah Virtual Programs and Services."

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HILL HAVURAHDCAST Podcast

To learn about the Hill Havurah podcast hosted by Rabbi Hannah, click here.

 

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CONTACT US 

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Alternatively, you can call us at 202-729-3515.

Our Address: 212 East Capitol Street, NE, Washington, DC 20003.

Rabbi Hannah -- rabbihannah@hillhavurah.org

Rabbi Julie -- rabbijulie@hillhavurah.org

Alan Shusterman -- alan.shusterman@hillhavurah.org

 

 

 

Fri, June 5 2020 13 Sivan 5780