We are holding so much: uncertainty, grief, yearning. The Days of Awe invite us to breathe and to release — to notice and let go of much of what we’ve been holding tight. We gather to fill our cups and regain our strength, returning to what grounds and sustains us as we journey together towards that which is coming into being.
We are entering the year of Shmita, the Year of Release. Every seventh year, our tradition calls us to release our control over the natural world, to let go of production and ownership, and to come back into right relationship with the land and with each other.
This High Holiday season, we answer the call from our ancestors, and from deep within ourselves, to release our fear and control, and turn towards justice, liberation, and interdependence.
For Sukkot this year, we are matching community members with each other, connecting those who have sukkahs with those who do not. Options include hosts & guests sharing meals together, hosts & guests gathering without food, and guests visiting sukkahs on their own, ie. without hosts and other guests present. Note: sukkah matching is only provided for folks living in the DMV (DC, Maryland and Virginia) area.
Due to an abundance of interest, registration for sukkah matching is now closed.
If you'd still like to be in a sukkah, you're welcome to visit the community sukkah at Wangari Gardens in Park View (Details below).
The sukkah is located in a public space at Wangari Gardens (on Park Pl NW between Kenyon St NW and Irving St NW), so it is available 24/7 on a first come first serve basis. There is a planned gathering on Friday 9/24 that will "reserve" the space around 6-8 pm.
Visitors are invited to help reinforce or decorate the sukkah as they see fit. Visitors are invited to leave food in the free pantry at the corner of Kenyon and Park. There are also free vegetables and fruit in the public garden in front of the private plots and in the public orchard behind the private plots that are available to anyone.
Access Info:There is a gravel path through a field that leads to the sukkah, or a sidewalk with a flight of about 10 rough steps or a grassy hill that lead down to the sukkah from the other side of the park. All sidewalks have curb cuts. There is a rug on the ground with some cushions as well as hard back chairs. There is no parking immediately next to the sukkah, so you would need to park on nearby streets and walk into the park.
Come join us for a joyful Simchat Torah service, during which we’ll pray, sing, dance, and welcome our second Sefer Torah to the community! We’ll start with Ma’ariv (the evening service), then sing and dance our way through the seven hakafot (circuits), and finally read from the end of the Torah before starting back at the beginning.
Tues, Sept 28th
7:00pm - 8:30pm ET
Outdoor, In Person
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This workshop is hosted by NSP & our sibling congregation Hinenu, and led by Fat Torah's founder, Rabbi Minna Bromberg, PhD. Together, we'll explore how the shmita year shapes our relationship to land and property. We’ll also delve into what this can teach us about how we relate to our own bodies and how we treat marginalized bodies in our communities.
Sun, Oct 3rd
9:30am - 11:00am ET
Rabbi Joseph Berman is the rabbi of the New Synagogue Project. Rabbi Joseph grew up outside Kansas City and received his Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. A Wexner graduate fellow, Rabbi Joseph was ordained in 2010 by the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College, an unaffiliated and pluralistic seminary in Boston. Foll
Rabbi Joseph Berman is the rabbi of the New Synagogue Project. Rabbi Joseph grew up outside Kansas City and received his Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. A Wexner graduate fellow, Rabbi Joseph was ordained in 2010 by the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College, an unaffiliated and pluralistic seminary in Boston. Following ordination, he served for five years as the Rabbi of Temple B’nai Israel in Revere, Massachusetts. He has also worked as a farmer, chaplain, community organizer, and advocate for justice and equality for Palestinians and Israelis. He is the co-founder of Ruach Guild, a skill development and support group for activists who provide spiritual care to social justice movements and organizations. He is passionate about joyful Jewish observance, gardening, ultimate frisbee, and the power of community to create both personal and societal transformation.
Batya Levine uses song as a tool for cultivating healing and resilience in her work as a communal song leader, musician, shaliach tzibur (Jewish prayer leader) and cultural organizer. She believes in the liberatory power of song to untie what is bound within us, and sustain us as we build a more just and beautiful world. Batya is a foundi
Batya Levine uses song as a tool for cultivating healing and resilience in her work as a communal song leader, musician, shaliach tzibur (Jewish prayer leader) and cultural organizer. She believes in the liberatory power of song to untie what is bound within us, and sustain us as we build a more just and beautiful world. Batya is a founding core team member of Let My People Sing! and is a Cultural Organizer with Linke Fligl. She offers song, ritual, and workshops in a variety of communities, and composes original music made of Ashkenazi yearning, queer heart-medicine, and emunah (faith/trust). Batya recently released her first album, Karov. Learn more at www.batyalevine.com