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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
  • Tashlich
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, 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 here.
Hard copies of our machzor will be available to be picked up in front of Reformation (at 212 East Capitol Street, NE) on Friday, September 23rd, from 12:30-1:30 pm, and on Monday, September 25th, from 3:00-4:00 pm. If you'd like a machzor, click here to sign up.
If you have any questions, please email Executive Director Alan Shusterman at Thanks.


We continue to be committed to your safety when you attend Hill Havurah services and events. You can find our security plan here.
We ask that you refrain from bringing backpacks or other large bags to High Holiday services. We know that many of you bring items to occupy your children -- but please bring only a small bag, a tallis bag, or a small purse. We ask you to assist us in this way, so that everyone feels safe. 


High Holiday Schedule
Sunday, September 25th
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 5:30 PM 
at 6:00 PM 
(Sermon TBD)
A note about registration requirements: Our morning and evening services will be livestreamed (see information above); registration is not required for the livestreams, but is 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.
For more information, including how to submit your information, click here. The deadline for submission is August 8th at noon.


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. And it's a short walk from The Yards LOT Q.
If you'd like to join us, please register here.
If you have any questions, please email Alan at Thanks!



Mon, August 8 2022 11 Av 5782