Jewish Holidays

High Holidays 5780

Kehila Chadasha welcomes your participation in services for Rosh Hashanah September 29-October 1, and for Yom Kippur October 8-9. Rabbi David Shneyer will again lead services this year at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda.

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Last night we had a small seder with two families. Myself and my pre-bat mitzvah daughter and our friends Jessica and Levy and their 11-year-old daughter.  In the press of time before the seder, I gathered several Maxwell house haggadot and three other types of haggadot (none of which was a matched set) and printed off a few copies of the HIAS haggadah supplement to make the seder a forum for thinking about refugees.  This was not a matched set!


Kehila-ites love Sukkot so much, we celebrate twice - once in a sukkah at a member's home, and once in the country - harvesting apples and eating a sumptuous feast!


Purim at Kehila is a festive, hilarious and delicious occasion traditionally celebrated on the Sunday nearest the holiday, and sometimes even on the actual day. Kehilaites of all ages wear holiday finery, or at least some combination of bathrobes, headgear, ethnic items and household schmattas that they think approximates the attire of the royal Persian court. 


Kehila's often irreverant approach to Jewish holidays and customs is nowhere more apparent than at Shavuot, the holiday that commemorates the giving of the law at Mt. Sinai.