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Chesed & Caring Committee

At Hill Havurah, we understand some of our greatest responsibilities as

Jews is the mitzvot of comforting the mourner, visiting the sick, and

rejoicing with new families. Our Chesed & Caring Committee aims to:


* Organize shiva minyanim – prayer services – for community​ members

who are mourning


* Organize meal delivery for community members who are  mourning,

sick, or new parents


* Organize bikkur cholim – hospital or home visits for community      

members who are mourning, sick, or new parents who would like the



If you could use the support of the Chesed/Caring Committee in any of

these ways, you can email Rabbi Hannah or call 202-427-6564.

If you’re a nurturer, a cook, and/or a person who likes to help, please let

our Committee chair, Sheldon Harris, know so that we can put you on our

list of folks to contact when community members need support.  He can

be reached at or 202-256-5321.

If you can lead a simple service or would like to learn how so as to assist

Rabbi Hannah in leading shiva minyanim, you can email Rabbi Hannah

or 202-427-6564.


The Chesed/Caring Committee, which met for the first time on July

20, 2016, is currently made up of:


Michael Allen

Alice Birney

Sheldon Harris

David Hoexter

Amy Nevel

Marlene Zakai



All Events
  • Wednesday
    May  29
    Annual Meeting
    Wednesday, May 29th 7:30p to 9:00p


  • Sunday
    Jun  2
    "Mag" B'Omer End of Year Picnic
    Sunday, Jun 2nd 11:30a to 1:00p
    Join the Hill Havurah religious school families and larger community for an end of year/Mag* B'omer picnic with food, field games, and fun! *The holiday is really called Lag B'Omer, lag representing the number 33 in Hebrew because it falls on the 33rd day of the Omer (the period of 49 days between Passover and Shavuot) but since this celebration will be on the 43rd day of the Omer, we're calling it "Mag B'Omer" which means 43!


  • Saturday
    Jun  8
    Shabbat Morning Service - Chizuk
    Shabbat, Jun 8th 10:00a to 12:00p
    Join us for a special Shabbat morning service led by and honoring our 10th grade students who have completed the Chizuk program. More information on the Chizuk program: While Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies mark a young person’s entry into Jewish adulthood, Tenth Grade Chizuk provides high school-aged teens with the opportunity to confirm their place in the Jewish community, and to commit themselves to Jewish learning and Jewish life. Confirmation around age sixteen first became a Jewish tradition in the Reform Movement in the 1800s, when the movement questioned a child’s ability to commit to a tradition at the young age of thirteen. Now, many Jewish communities mark intention with B’nai Mitzvah and commitment with this tradition, around the time of Shavu’ot -- the holiday which marks our receiving and assenting to the Torah as a people at Sinai. Our teens have chosen to name the process Chizuk, or Strengthening, since through this process they are strengthening their already strong Jewish identities and commitments.


  • Sunday
    Jun  9
    Shavuot Dinner and Wine Tasting
    Sunday, Jun 9th 6:00p to 8:00p
    Dairy dinner, with special wine tasting led by community member Gabor Banfalvi of Taste Hungary. Sunday, June 9, 6:00-8:00 pm in the Parish Hall, 212 East Capitol Street, NE. Limited number of seats available. Shavu’ot is the day when we celebrate receiving the Torah, and it’s also one of our harvest festivals. We’ll have a traditional dairy dinner together, hear and sing a few songs for the holiday, and then learn from Gabor Banfalvi about different wines to celebrate the harvest element of the day.


  • Saturday
    Jun  15
    Shabubbles & Brunch: Tot Shabbat service with PJ Library
    Shabbat, Jun 15th 10:00a to 12:00p
    Join us in Lincoln Park for a special Tot Shabbat service in conjunction with PJ Library!


  • Tuesday
    Jun  18
    Discussion Group on Anti-Semitism and Racism
    Tuesday, Jun 18th 7:30p to 9:00p
    Registration required.


  • Friday
    Jun  21
    Pizza Shabbat and Sing along
    Friday, Jun 21st 6:00p to 7:00p
    Join Rabbi Hannah for Pizza and a shabbat sing-along


  • Friday
    Jun  21
    Kabbalat Shabbat and Potluck Dinner
    Friday, Jun 21st 7:00p to 9:00p
    Join Rabbi Hannah as she leads us in welcoming Shabbat with a spirited service followed by a potluck. We supply the wine and drinks, congregants bring a dairy or vegetarian dish.


  • Saturday
    Jul  6
    Torah Study (with coffee!)
    Shabbat, Jul 6th 9:00a to 10:00a
    Torah Study (with coffee!)


  • Saturday
    Jul  6
    Shabbat Morning Service
    Shabbat, Jul 6th 10:00a to 12:00p
    Join Rabbi Hannah as she leads our short and accessible Shabbat morning service followed by a light kiddush.



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