Thursday, December 24, 2009

Fri night open dinner - Dec. 25

Hope you're surviving & flourishing in this week's snowy weather.
Forecast for Friday -
Shabbat open dinner with a chance of davenning.

Folks who responded 'Yes' to the "Informal Poll" will be coming to a sit-down Shabbat dinner this week. Also among the guests will be friend and former resident of DC who is visiting from Jerusalem, Eric G.

If you would like to join in, just email to make arrangements. It's not too late!

Shabbat Shalom

Friday, December 18, 2009

Poll re: Fri. night (end of Xmas 12/25)

An informal poll --
Will you be around next shabbos?

It's the week after TLS with instruments, so we'd usually have Friday night davenning. Will you be in town, and looking for some warm community and shabbat celebration? Or will everyone be either out of town or too tired from volunteering at the various service days? An instant Shabbat evening is there for the asking, so just say the word.

Write back to and let us know.
Thurs. = Christmas Eve
Fri. = Christmas day
Fri. night = Shabbat -with Zoo?

For now, good shabbos, chodesh tov, and hag orim same'ach!
And keep warm!!

**Volunteers for hosting: Consider Fri nights & Saturdays, soon or in the future. A fabulous way to shorten your walk - Zoo Minyan comes to you

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Shabbat Chanukah at the Zoo -- we've got it all

We've got hot latkes; we've got a great parsha.  We've got rowdy Chanukah stories, and a rousing p'sukei.  We've got a forecast for sunny weather, and a harmonious Hallel.  Come join us for a Shabbat Chanukah celebration!! (NOTE: Hot latkes and other holiday treats will be served *before* the Torah reading, so no worries for our blood-sugar-sensitive friends)

Thanks to our leyning volunteers (still one or two left, check out the spreadsheet).

Last-minute davenning leaders or davenning treats are encouraged.  And we need some storytellers (Story-readers)!  Over the centuries, our tradition has accumulated a dazzling array of stories about the origins of Chanukah, which are rarely told today.  We'll share a few together -- if you want to give one of them over, just write back for your own sneak preview, so you can read your story in advance, before reading for the group.

Torah schlepping and Zoo Minyan veggies would also be appreciated.  And if you think you're coming this shabbos, let us know, so we can be sure we've got a minyan -- and that we've got plenty of latkes!

The Details:

Zoo Minyan
This Saturday, Shabbat Chanukah, 12 December 
10am sharp, with a rousing Psukei d'Zimrah, and much more... 
Pot-luck dairy/veggie lunch -- main courses especially appreciated

At the home of Deborah Hittleman Flank and Shalom Flank in Woodley Park -- please email if you need directions, or check your latest Zoo Mail.