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High Holidays 2023/5784

This page will be regularly updated leading up to and throughout the High Holidays.
Below you will find the following sections:
  • Information About In-Person High Holiday Services (including registration)
  • How to Access Our Live(streamed) Services & Digital Machzor
  • Security
  • Tashlich
  • Annual Food Pantry Drive
Information About In-Person High Holiday Services
(including registration)
All of our High Holidays services will once again be held in the Sanctuary at Reformation (212 East Capitol St., NE). This year the number of attendees will be limited only by the 450-person seating capacity of the Sanctuary.
Registration is required for in-person attendance at all of our High Holiday services. Registration is now open to non-members, and remains open to Hill Havurah members (and their guests). Please note that registration for non-members is $36 per person for each service. We encourage all who are not already members to consider becoming members of Hill Havurah; you can find information about membership here.
We encourage all members who plan to attend in-person services to register as soon as possible. A waiting list will be available for any service that reaches capacity.
Hill Havurah is an inclusive, welcoming community, and we work to make membership and High Holiday attendance accessible regardless of financial circumstances. If you have questions about the service registration fee or membership, please email our Executive Director, Alan Shusterman, at
Registration is now closed. The deadline for registering for Rosh Hashanah services was Tuesday, September 12th, at noon. For Yom Kippur services, it was Tuesday, September 19th, at noon.


How To Access Our Live(streamed) Services & Digital Machzor
In order to view our livestreamed services, just go to the Hill Havurah YouTube page from any computer or smartphone. Registration is NOT required to view our livestreams.
Once you get to our YouTube page, you will see the top video with a "LIVE" icon (during the service, and a few minutes beforehand); just click on that to watch.
If you are logged in with your Gmail account (YouTube is a subsidiary of Google), you can participate in the live chat below the video. (At times Rabbi Hannah may invite you to post in the live chat; but you'll never be required to.) If you don't already have a Gmail account, you can sign up for one here.
An online version of the Hill Havurah Machzor is available here
If you'd like to borrow a hard copy of the Hill Havurah Machzor, you can pick up one (or however many you need) in front of Reformation (212 East Capitol Street, NE) on Friday, September 15th, between 4:00 and 5:00 pm. If you plan to do so, please email Executive Director Alan Shusterman at by Wednesday, September 13th, at 5:00 pm.
If you have any questions about anything, please email Alan at Thanks.


We continue to be committed to your safety when you attend Hill Havurah services and events. You can find our updated security plan here
Among other things, please do not bring large bags or backpacks to High Holiday services. Bags may be subject to search.


High Holiday Schedule
Friday, September 15th
at 6:00 PM

sermon by Rabbi Jenna between the Amidah & Avinu Malkeinu

Saturday, September 16th
at 9:30 AM

sermon by Rabbi Hannah after the Torah reading

Children's Program -- 9:30 AM until the morning service ends
at 3:00 PM 
[See information down below.]
Sunday, September 24th
at 7:00 PM 

sermon by Rabbi Hannah between Avinu Malkeinu & Aleinu

Monday, September  25th
at 9:30 AM

sermon by Michael Allen after the Torah reading

Children's Program -- 9:30 AM until the morning service ends
at 12:45 PM or 15 minutes after the end of the morning service (whichever is later)
at 6:00 PM 
at 6:30 PM 

sermon by Rabbi Jenna near the beginning of Ne'ilah

followed by Break-Fast (for which you can RSVP when you register for the service)
A note about registration requirements: All of our High Holiday services will be livestreamed (see information above); registration is not required for the livestreams, but is required to attend in person (at 212 E. Capitol St., NE).


Tashlich -- Saturday, September 16th, 3:00 pm
We'll gather again this year on the Kayak Dock in Yards Park (along the Anacostia River) for tashlich, at 3:00 pm on September 16th. With tashlich, we'll reflect on the pieces of the past year that we want to move forward from.
In an effort to preserve the ecosystem of the Anacostia, we’ll be using dissolvable paper with messages written on it. So, there's no need for you to bring breadcrumbs. (Unless you really want to, which would be fine.)
The Kayak Dock (not to be confused with other docks where you may see kayaks) is along the Riverwalk close to the 4th street entrance to Yards Park. It's a short walk from The Yards LOT Q, just east of The Yards Marina and just west of the Navy Yard gates.
New This Year: Hill Havurah member and Hill Family Biking Founder Mark Sussman is leading our inaugural Tashlich Bike Bus from Reformation to Yards Park. Wheels up from Reformation at 2:45. Check out the route here.
If you'd like to join us for Tashlich, please register here.
If you have any questions, please email Alan at Thanks!


Annual Food Pantry Drive


Hill Havurah is proud to once again support the filling of the Lutheran Church of the Reformation's food pantry! Hill Havurah members are invited to drop the below food items at any event at the church (212 E. Capitol St., NE) during the High Holidays. Thanks for taking the list below to your favorite grocery store, filling up a bag with the needed supplies, and helping a neighbor in need.

  • Fruit (15 oz)           
  • Corn (15 oz)     
  • Green Beans/Peas (15 oz)    
  • Peanut Butter (18 oz)     
  • Black or Pinto Beans (15 oz) 
  • Tuna (6 oz; preferably in water)  
  • Instant Quaker Oatmeal 10-12pkts 
  • Saltines, (1 lb)   
  • Pasta Sauce Canned 24 oz  
  • Spaghetti box 16 oz              
  • Dried Soup (Ramen’s etc)  
  • Toothpaste 6oz                  
  • Liquid dish detergent 12 oz

These items are sufficient to feed a family of four for two days. Events at which Havurah members may bring these items include:

  • 9/15: Erev Rosh Hashanah service (6:00 pm)
  • 9/16: Rosh Hashanah morning service (9:30 am)
  • 9/24: Kol Nidre (7:00 pm)
  • 9/25: Yom Kippur Morning & Yizkor/Neilah services (9:30 am & 6:00 pm)
  • 10/1: Sukkah Party (6:00 pm)

Thank you for your generous support.


Fri, June 21 2024 15 Sivan 5784