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Upcoming Hill Havurah Virtual Services and Programs

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

 

This Year's High Holiday Services

July 27, 2020
Dear Friends,
 
The safety and well-being of each of our members is our highest priority. Indeed, pikuach nefesh, saving a life, is the commandment that overrides all others in our tradition. Sadly, COVID-19 continues to impact our city and community significantly, and will for the foreseeable future. Therefore, Hill Havurah has made the difficult decision to host High Holiday services online this year. While we hoped we might be able to meet and pray in person, it will not be possible to safely host our services inside a building, nor does it seem likely that we can do so in a socially-distanced-appropriate manner outside (although we are still investigating). 
 
As we have for other services over the last few months, we will offer all our our High Holiday services online, including Erev Rosh Hashanah, Rosh Hashanah morning, Kol Nidrei, Yom Kippur morning, and a combined Yizkor and Neilah. Like always, our services will be available to anyone who wants to attend. We are planning to host one in-person event: an outside Tashlich and Shofar blowing service. We will likely host this gathering along the river, where we can safely host a smaller, socially-distant event. We will also be part of a city-wide Share the Blast experiment to get shofars blowing all over the city! We will share more details on all our services and programs over the next few weeks -- make sure to read the Shmoozy Nuz every Friday..  
 
Rabbi Hannah has been working with the Ritual Committee to adapt our services for virtual delivery. We are hopeful that we can maintain as much participation and community interaction as possible. Rabbi Julie has been working with the Education Committee to adapt our children's programming for online delivery. The Kehillah Committee is putting together "care packages" for members to pick up, so that you will have the option to use printed prayer books and other materials to support praying and celebrating in our homes.
 
We know that the Days of Awe will feel differently this year, and that praying online feels like a loss for many of us. Like always, we will work hard to offer services that are meaningful and beautiful. While we won't be physically next to one another, we will still be connected as a community. And as we enter the new year together, we will collectively focus our hearts, minds, and souls on renewal, on the future, on healing, and on how the new year will be different from the last one. 
 
We hope it will be possible for us to gather, celebrate, and pray together soon. Until then, we hope you remain safe and healthy.
 
Rabbi Hannah Spiro
Eric Paisner, Ritual Committee Chair

Book of Remembrance: 5781 (2020-21) Yizkor Memorial Book

As we approach the High Holidays, we are again planning to print Hill Havurah’s Book of Remembrance, Yizkor (Memorial) Book. It will be distributed before our High Holiday services. The book will contain the names of those family members, friends, and colleagues who you wish to be remembered.
 
The Yizkor service is an important element of the High Holy Days. The word yizkor means “remember,” and this service is an opportunity to honor the memory of those close to us who have passed away – parents, grandparents, siblings, spouses, and children; other relatives, friends, and colleagues; and victims of war and terror.
 
In the traditional liturgy that we read during the Yizkor service, we do not simply remember those we have lost. We also pledge tzedakah on their behalf, requesting that the credit for our good works be counted towards their merits. This pledge presents a special opportunity to support Hill Havurah in their names.
 
To ensure that the names of those you wish to remember are included in the Book of Remembrance, please submit your information no later than August 25th. We request a donation of $18 per name.
 
A form for your use and instructions for payment are available at this link.
 
A sample listing is below (taken from last year's Book as published):
 
Remembered by David and Marcia Hoexter and family
Joe Reidinger; beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Great-Grandfather
Betty Berry Reidinger; beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother
Natalie Diane Nussbaum Hoexter; beloved Wife and Mother
Louis Hoexter; beloved Husband, Father, and Grandfather

Tzedakah Opportunity -- Annual School Supplies Drive

Every year around this time, Hill Havurah and the Tzedek/Tikkun Olam Committee supports Everyone Home DC's backpack and school supplies drive. Given the changes to the upcoming school year, Everyone Home DC is shifting this year’s model to collect $50 gift cards -- as well as monetary donations to purchase the cards -- to distribute to rising scholars in the families they work with.

 

If you are able to contribute to Everyone Home’s Back to School Drive, please visit our donation page. The page also includes more information about the drive and other ways to help. If you have any questions, please email Sarah Erdreich, co-chair, Tzedek/Tikkun Olam Committee. Thank you.

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.


 
 

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

All Events
  • Saturday ,
    AugAugust  8 , 2020
    Meditation and Torah Study
    Shabbat, Aug 8th 8:45a 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 ,
    AugAugust  8 , 2020
    Tot Shabbat
    Shabbat, Aug 8th 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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  • Saturday ,
    AugAugust  8 , 2020
    SAGES Havdalah and Conversation
    Shabbat, Aug 8th 7:30p to 8:30p
    The Sages group was organized to provide opportunities for our mature members (empty-nesters, retired or soon-to-be retired, grandparents or soon-to-be Bubbes/Zaidys, etc.) to socialize and provide service to the Havurah and the greater Capitol Hill community. We get together every other month on a Saturday evening for Havdalah to usher out the Shabbos, enjoy a potluck supper, and catch up on the latest news. For this virtual gathering, we invite you to bring your own Havdalah candle (if you have one), a glass of wine or juice, and some spices. 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."

    MORE INFO

  • Tuesday ,
    AugAugust  11 , 2020
    Hill Havurah Board Meeting
    Tuesday, Aug 11th 7:30p to 9:00p

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  • Thursday ,
    AugAugust  20 , 2020
    Annual Summer Sweetness Program with PJ Library
    Thursday, Aug 20th 6:00p to 6:30p
    The beloved Sweet Summer Series has gone online, and we are partnering to bring your family together with other neighborhood families for stories and hands-on activities around Jewish values. Join us to spread more kindness, gratitude, and friendship in the world. Good for all ages; ice cream optional. Stay tuned for more details. 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 ,
    AugAugust  21 , 2020
    Family Singalong: Bringing In Shabbat
    Friday, Aug 21st 6:00p to 6:30p
    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 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 ,
    AugAugust  21 , 2020
    Communal Kabbalat Shabbat Service
    Friday, Aug 21st 6:30p to 7:30p
    Join us for our virtual monthly Kabbalat Shabbat service. We’ll welcome Shabbat with song and prayer, and kick off the weekend in community. 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."

    MORE INFO

  • Saturday ,
    SepSeptember  5 , 2020
    Tot Shabbat
    Shabbat, Sep 5th 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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HILL HAVURAHDCAST Podcast

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

 

SHMOOZY NUZ Newsletter

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CONTACT US 

If you have any questions or want to be added to our mailing list, please fill out and submit the form to the right.

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

 

 

 

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