SHMOOZY NUZ
Events, News, and Shmooz
Rabbi Hannah's Letter
Dear Friends,

I hope you’ve been having a sweet and meaningful Sukkot -- maybe finding some time outdoors, weathering uncertainty, thinking about the environment, or enjoying abundance and experiencing gratitude.

If you haven’t engaged much with Sukkot yet, it’s all good; there are still a few days left! I created this video for you to welcome you into my first little sukkah at home and to share the Sukkot blessings with you (it was supposed to go out Monday evening, but I experienced some technical difficulties; apologies!). 

If you don’t have a sukkah to sit in or a set of arba minim to shake, have no fear! You can sign up to hang out in the Hill Havurah sukkah here, and find a truly lovely and educational guide for locating locally sourced arba minim. We’ll also have a chance to celebrate together on Sunday.

Personally, I am loving this Sukkot playlist. Joy, nature, impermanence, harvest, rain, and more… it covers so, so many themes of the day and, at some point, meets me in whatever mood I’m in. If you’re feeling lighthearted, I recommend track 1 -- Ivdu Ed Hashem b’Simcha. If you’re feeling festive, track 19 -- Sukkah v’Lulav. Reflective, track 59 -- Achat Sha’alti. Meditative, track 80 -- Bnai Beitcha. And there are tons of songs you’ll recognize already (Bob Dylan, Ariana Grande, the Weepies…). It is a treasure trove of 254 tracks! Perfect for time spent vibing with nature (which we’re doing all the time, after all, even within the walls of our homes and workplaces).

Wishing us all the presence of mind to enjoy the transient, mysterious, natural beauty of this time. On Tuesday night, we’ll take that sense of awe and suppleness and bring it to a celebratory approach to learning with Simchat Torah!

Shabbat shalom and chag sameach,

Rabbi Hannah
UPCOMING EVENTS
To learn more about these events (including how to register, which we require for almost all events), please visit our website calendar HERE. Also, we plan to livestream many of our in-person events. Information about how to stream can be found in the event descriptions on our website calendar.

Sunday, September 26th
Sukkah Party (in-person outdoors)
at 4:00 pm
Little Ones' (and their Grown Ups) Sukkot! (in-person outdoors)
at 5:00 pm
at Reformation (212 E. Capitol St., NE)

Tuesday, September 28th
Simchat Torah Celebration (in-person outdoors)
at 6:00 pm
at Reformation (212 E. Capitol St., NE)

Saturday, October 2nd
Tot Shabbat (in-person outdoors)
at 9:00 am
Shabbat Morning Service & Torah Discussion (in-person indoors)
at 10:00 am
at Reformation (212 E. Capitol St., NE)

Saturday, October 9th
Meditation & Torah Study (on Zoom)
at 8:45 am
Tot Shabbat (in-person outdoors)
at 10:00 am

Friday, October 15th
Communal Kabbalat Shabbat (in-person outdoors)
at 6:30 pm

For information about upcoming events not run by Hill Havurah that might be of interest to our community, you can click HERE.
News and Shmooz
The Hill Havurah Sukkah
A very big thank you to Hill Havurah members Mark Adelson, Jerry Glandon, David Goldsmith, and Scott Slesinger who, once again this year, gathered together to build our community sukkah in front of Reformation (at 212 East Capitol Street, NE)!

There are still time slots available for those Havurah members who'd like sign up in advance to spend some time in our sukkah to enjoy a snack (or even a meal) and shake the arba minim (the lulav and etrog).

For more information, and if you'd like sign up to visit the sukkah, click here
High Holiday Food Drive Continuing Through This Month
Our annual High Holiday food drive, in partnership with our friends at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, will continue through the end of this month. Thanks to all of you who have already made donations!

For more information, and if you're interested in donating, click here
Yavneh Registration Remains Open
Yavneh classes began last Sunday morning, in-person at Kingsman Academy (at 1375 E Street, NE), and will continue this Sunday. But it's still not to late to enroll your child for this school year.

For more information, click here. To register your child(ren), click here.

If you have any questions, you can reach out to Yavneh Director Melissa Werbow at melissa.werbow@hillhavurah.org.
Lifecycle Events
Happy 9th birthday, Hannah Mareino!
Happy birthday, Mitch Malasky!
Happy 10th birthday, Juna Abraham!
Happy 10th birthday, Asher Usdan!
Happy birthday, Lisa Zurer!
Happy birthday, Sally Schiff!
Upcoming Yahrzeits
The following yahrzeits are coming up this week:

  • William Sobelsohn, z"l,father of David Sobelsohn

  • Ed Kelty, z"l, father of Joel Kelty

  • Francy Starr, z"l, grandmother of Erin Fry Sosne

If you've not entered yahrzeit information about your deceased loved ones in your hillhavurah.org account, you can at any time. If you need any help doing so, you can email Alan Shusterman for assistance.
ABOUT HILL HAVURAH
Hill Havurah is an independent, Jewish community based on Capitol Hill and serving people from across the Washington metropolitan area. We have a mission to meet and anticipate the spiritual, educational, religious, cultural, and life cycle needs of a growing and evolving Jewish community. Hill Havurah's many activities support our members' interests in advancing Jewish culture, identity, education, and a commitment to community service. A warm, inclusive, and informal spirit is part of what has made Hill Havurah so special for more than two decades.
Contact Information:
Email: info@hillhavurah.org
Address: 212 East Capitol Street, NE
Washington, DC 20003
Phone: 202-729-3515

Rabbi Hannah Spiro, Rabbi
RabbiHannah@HillHavurah.org

Alan Shusterman, Executive Director
Alan.Shusterman@HillHavurah.org

Melissa Werbow, Education Director
Melissa.Werbow@hillhavurah.org

Laura Schiazza, Gan Shalom Director
Director.GanShalom@hillhavurah.org

Vera Abankwa, Operations & Program Assistant
Vera.Abankwa@hillhavurah.org