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High Holidays 2022/5783

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
  • Yizkor & Remembering Your Departed Loved Ones
  • The BLAST!
  • Tashlich
  • Food Pantry Drive
Information About In-Person High Holiday Services
(including registration)
Because health and safety remain our priority, we will again limit in-person attendance at High Holiday services this year. Attendance at each service will be limited to 250 individuals, filling roughly half of the Sanctuary at Reformation (212 East Capitol St., NE).
We hope that next year we can return to our long-held tradition of welcoming all who wish to attend our services, without limitation.
Registration for in-person attendance is required. Registration is open first to Hill Havurah members, starting at noon on August 1st. Registration will open to non-members on August 22nd. If we reach capacity, we will start a waiting list.
If you'd like to register for any of our Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur services or children's programs, please click here
Please note that, as the pandemic continues to evolve, protocols may change in the weeks leading up to the holidays. We will notify everyone as soon as possible should that happen.


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 hereAnd you can find a special supplement focused on racial justice -- originally crafted a couple years ago by Rachel Conway and Virginia Spatz in consultation with Rachel Faulkner -- here, along with a new supplementary text 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 Sunday, September 25th, between 4:00 and 5:00 pm. If you plan to do so, please email Executive Director Alan Shusterman at by Friday, September 23rd, 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.


High Holiday Schedule
Sunday, September 25th
at 4:00 PM
[See information down below.] 
at 6:00 PM
(Sermon by rabbinic intern Jenna Shaw after the Amidah)
Monday, September 26th
at 9:30 AM
(Sermon by Rabi Hannah before the haftarah reading)
Children's Program-- 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
at 5:30 PM 
[See information down below.]
Tuesday, October 4th
at 7:30 PM 
(Sermon by Rabbi Hannah before Aleinu)
Wednesday, October 5th
at 9:30 AM
(Sermon by Hill Havurah member Fran Buntman, Assistant Professor of Sociology at GWU)
Children's Program-- 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
at 1:30 PM 
at 5:30 PM 
at 6:00 PM 
(Sermon by rabbinic intern Jenna Shaw after Ashrei)
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.

Yikzor & Remembering Your Departed Loves Ones

As the High Holy Days approach, our thoughts and actions turn towards remembrance. On Yom Kippur, the Yizkor service, traditionally held four times a year, is our opportunity to combine remembrance with renewal -- and also to combine remembrance with action to honor the memory of loved ones who have left us. 
This year we will again be printing Hill Havurah’s Book of Remembrance, Yizkor (Memorial) Book. You can have a look at the beautiful previous version of this book here. It will be distributed at our Yizkor service on Yom Kippur day (or in advance if you cannot attend). The book will contain the names of those family members, friends, and colleagues who you wish to be remembered.
The deadline for submission was August 8th at noon.


The BLAST -- Sunday, September 25th, 4:00 pm
Hill Havurah is a co-sponsor of “The Blast” -- an opportunity for the Washington Jewish community to welcome Rosh Hashanah with city-wide shofar blasts -- again this year. Hill Havurah will have a shofar blower (or two) participating in front of Reformation (at 212 East Capitol Street, NE); we'd be happy to have you stop by to join us for that.


Tashlich -- Monday, September 26th, 5:30 pm
We'll gather at 5:30 pm on the Kayak Dock in Yards Park (along the Anacostia River) for tashlich on September 26th. 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 just west of the Navy Yard gates. It's a short walk from The Yards LOT Qand it's the dock where we've done tashlich for the past couple of years.
If you'd like to join us, please register here.
If you have any questions, please email Alan at Thanks!


Food Pantry Drive

After a several year hiatus, Hill Havurah is proud to once again support the filling of the Lutheran Church of the Reformation's food pantry! Havurah members and others are invited to drop off the below food items in a bag at any of our events at Reformation (at 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.
  • 2 – 14 oz cans of corn
  • 2 – 14 oz cans of green beans
  • 2 – 14 oz cans of fruit
  • 1 can baked beans
  • 1 - 6 oz can tuna
  • 1 – 18 oz jar peanut butter
  • 1 - lb box cereal
  • 1 - lb box saltines
  • 2 pkgs dried noodles
  • 2 – 7 oz boxes macaroni and cheese
  • 1 – 3qt box dried milk are available in the office
  • and anything else that can be placed in the bag without it breaking

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

  • 9/25: Erev Rosh Hashanah Service at 6:00 pm
  • 9/26: Rosh Hashanah Morning Service at 9:30 am
  • 10/1: Tot Shabbat at 9:00 am & Shabbat Morning Service at 10:00am
  • 10/4: Kol Nidre at 7:30pm
  • 10/5: Yom Kippur Morning Service at 9:30 am & Yizkor/Ne'ilah at 5:30pm
  • 10/9: Sukkah Party at 6:00pm

Thank you for your generous support!



Fri, December 1 2023 18 Kislev 5784