We Did It!!

parsha challenge

The Capitol Hill neighborhood L’Chaim v’Yayin Torah Study Group accepted last year’s Parsha Challenge and on Sunday, September 27th, 2015/14 Tishrei, 5776 we will have completed reading the entire Torah! (The rest is commentary)

Can we get an “AMEN”!?

Please feel free to join us in this simcha and also to raise the Sukkah at Virginia’s house Sunday morning starting at 10:00 am.  Email jodiochstein@gmail.com for directions and details.

ALSO, speaking of Sukkot, Hill Havurah will be holding its first annual Sukkah Walk this Sunday as well.  If you’re in the neighborhood around 4:00pm-ish you should totally join us.  Register here

Shabbat Shalom!!


Yom Kippur, the Pontiff Edition.


Many of you have asked about the impact of the Pope’s visit on services being held on Yom Kippur.

Here’s the scoop on free/non-ticketed services in DC:

Fabrangen is holding services, but suggests that you leave plenty of time to arrive at services and pay attention to road closures and news alerts.

Hill Havurah is holding services at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation
212 East Capitol St., NE. so expect parking restrictions.

Here’s a handy guide for getting around town during the Papal visit.

Please let us know if you have any info.

Shabbat Shalom!



Totally Tubular!

Join our friends at Hill Havurah for a Sukkah Building Demo/Happy Hour!

August 16 @ 6:30 pm8:00 pm

WHEN:  Sunday, August 16th, 6:30pm-8:00pm
WHERE:  Home of Marlene Zakai, 646 5th Street, NE
WHO:  Adults over 21, please
WHAT:  Build a Sukkah, and enjoy beer, wine, snacks and great company!
RSVP:  Email marlene0110@gmail.com to confirm your attendance

See what we’ll build by visiting:  http://www.sukkot.com/tubular.htm

Happy Birthday, L’Chaim v’Yayin!


Today is L’Chaim v’Yayin’s first Birthday and we’re celebrating all month!!

  • This Sunday, June 7th:  A Taste of Israel at Ah love Oil & Vinegar in Fairfax. Sample Jewish food with modern twists, international flavors, Jewish food cookbooks, and tastes for holidays and occasions. (*Food will not be prepared in a kosher kitchen, but will be entirely vegetarian.)
  • Next Friday, June 12th:  Return Again to Shabbat at Adas Israel.  Join us for a reflective journey into the power of Shabbat. Featuring seasoned musicians and a spiritual, ecstatic excursion into prayer & song. Followed by a festive Israeli tapas-style feast:
  • Friday, June 19th:  Kabbalat Shabbat and Potluck Dinner at Hill Havurah.  We’ll gather at 7 pm in the Activity Room of Christ Our Shepherd Church at 801 North Carolina Ave SE to welcome the Sabbath with a musical, informal Kabbalat Shabbat service, followed by a dairy or veggie potluck dinner. We provide the salmon, salad, beverages and challah. You bring side dishes, family, friends and enjoy!
  • Thursday, June 25th:  Happy Hour at Pound Enjoy appetizers with wine and beer specials.  Conveniently located at Eastern Market Metro (Orange/Blue)
    621 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC

It’s been a great first year,  Since last June L’Chaim v’Yayin has:

  • Held Happy Hours around town
  • A Wine Tasting on the Hill
  • Participated in Shabbat Dinners around town
  • Started a Torah study group
  • Attended a Latke-palooza and Purim-palooza
  • Celebrated Chinese food on Christmas

and, finally, we have reserved tickets to Jewish Community Day at Nat’s Park GrandSLAM_GSSpacket_button

Thanks for making it such a toast-able year!


Be a Part of History! Join us for the Inaugural Capitol Hill Menorah Lighting

hanukkah on the hill

Join Capitol Hill BID and Hill Havurah for the lighting and dedication of the first-ever 9-foot tall Capitol Hill Menorah!  Latkes catered by Ted’s Bulletin. Jelly donuts, hot chocolate, dreidels and chocolate gelt for all!

Tuesday, December 16th at 5:00pm
NE quadrant at Eastern Market Metro Plaza(Pennsylvania Ave, SE & 8th Street, SE)

RSVP for FREE Here

Wine and Cheese Tasting on the Hill


Join Hill Havurah and L’Chaim v’Yayin for a Hill-centric wine and cheese tasting reception, featuring a variety of wines by Schneider’s of Capitol Hill and delicious cheeses by Sona Creamery*.

Many thanks to Jewish Food Experience for sponsoring this event and helping us to gather the Jewish community of DC together in Capitol Hill.

Register Here

*Note:  This event does NOT follow kashrut

Have questions about Wine and Cheese Tasting? Contact Hill Havurah and L’Chaim v’Yayin

Simchat Torah – Everybody Dance!




Simchat Torah begins tomorrow evening (Thursday, October 16th).










L’Chaim v’Yayin members will be getting down at the following venues:

Adas Israel:  Celebration of Simchat Torah at Adas Israel will begin at 6:00 pm with Mincha, followed by Maariv & Hakafot at 6:30 pm. The celebration continues on Friday morning, October 17 at 9:15 am, at which time we will honor our Simchat Torah Honorees: Julia Gordon, Jennie Litvack & Rae Grad. Please come to honor them and the Torah.

Sixth & I:  Local Jewish communities and minyanim join together as Rabbi David Shneyer and Chazzan Larry Paul leads participants from the sanctuary to the streets to dance and sing with the Torah.

On Friday, October 17th, Hill Havurah will host a Simchat Torah Shabbat and Potluck Dinner at 801 North Carolina Ave SE, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

See you there!