Sunday, August 29, 2010

Next Zoo Minyan: Sukkot!

In the coming Chaggim intensive month, Zoo Minyan will not be having any of the usual Sat. or Fri night davenning. The next Zoo Minyan activities will be for *Sukkot*

For the *Physical*,
Raising the Sukkah --- Sun. Sept 19th @ 4pm

Come play with wood, nuts, and bolts

For the *Spiritual*,

>>> Dinner in the Sukkah --- Tues night Sept 23
Potluck dinner in the Sukkah, 2nd night of Sukkot

Sukkah will be in Woodley Park (within walking distance of the Zoo, as is Zoo Minyan custom) at Deborah and Shalom's house.

(Additional details coming soon)

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Monday, August 16, 2010

"Labor on the Bima " Zoo Minyan w/ UAW drash - Aug 28

.Come enjoy a drash over lunch by UAW (United Auto Workers) insider at Zoo Minyan's "Labor on the Bima"

..come enjoy "davenning treats" with a Labor theme

...Maybe sing some Labor songs?

(celebrating JUFJ program "Labor on the Bima")
(Zoo Minyan is doing its programming the week **before** labor day, so it won't conflict with other congregations' programs, so come on down!)

if you can tell us you're coming we'd appreciate it, but RSVP is never required

We'll be gathering for davenning, lunch drash, shmoozing, singing, etc., in Woodley Park (within walking distance of the Zoo, as is Zoo Minyan custom) at Deborah and Shalom's house.

Want to volunteer to lead something for davenning, or add something to enrich our kavannah (we call them davenning treats, i.e. creative tidbits, not actual food ;) Schlep a sefer torah, or bring some Zoo Minyan veggies? Write back to

For Leyning there are aliyot available (please sign up if you can!)...use self-service leyning spreadsheet, or email

The Details:

Zoo Minyan
Saturday, Parshat Ki Tavo, 28 August
10am sharp, with a rockin' Psukei d'Zimrah
Pot-luck dairy/veggie lunch -- main courses especially appreciated

At the home of Deborah Hittleman Flank and Shalom Flank. For directions, check your Zoo mail, or email

Shabbat Shalom

Sunday, August 08, 2010


In recent months, the Kotel in Jerusalem has been even less of a site of kedusha and unity, with Rosh Chodesh davenners with Women of the Wall subject to a new wave of harassment, arrest, and even the threat of violence. As we enter the season of Teshuva on Rosh Chodesh Elul, we stand in solidarity to sound the wake-up call of the Shofar.

Rosh Hodesh Elul Morning Service

WHEN: Wednesday, August 11, 7:30 a.m.

WHERE: Adas Israel, 2850 Quebec Street, NW, Washington, DC
(Metro: Red Line, Cleveland Park)


A cross - denominational group of women and men will gather in solidarity with Women of the Wall and begin the spiritual journey toward the new year. Women will lead the service, including reading from the Torah. The service, like those held on Rosh Hodesh by Women of the Wall in Jerusalem, will accommodate participants from across the Jewish spectrum.

of the Wall strive to achieve the right to pray together at the Western Wall (Kotel) in Jerusalem, Judaism’s most sacred holy site and the principal symbol of Jewish peoplehood and sovereignty.

who would like to lead part of the service or read from the Torah should contact Virginia Spatz, 202-557-0086,

Please bring a prayerbook (siddur) if you are able and a tallit if you wear one. While women will lead the service, men are encouraged to come.

"One thing I have asked from You, one thing I seek, to dwell in Your house all the days of my life." -- Psalm 27

For more details, please visit
or on Facebook "Rosh Hodesh Elul DC".