September 24, 2016, 7:50 pm - 11:45 pm
Congregation Beth El
8215 Old Georgetown Rd
As the month of Elul comes to a close, we intensify our efforts to do teshuvah, to reflect on the year that has passed, and to ready ourselves for a better year in 5777. Weather permitting, the evening will begin under the stars in the Beth El parking lot, with a Kol Haneshamah Havdalah and a Pre-Selichot Service blending creative and traditional prayers, songs, stories and spirit.
The evening will then continue with refreshments and a dedication of the mural in honor of Rabbi Rudolph. We will then view the North American premiere of the documentary film Lonely But Not Alone, about the spiritual journey of contemporary Jewish thinker and Times of Israel columnist, Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo. This film screening and program is produced in partnership with SHINDC: Sephardic Heritage in DC.
Following the screening will be our Community Selichot Service, a musical evening of meditation and penitent prayer. It will feature the combined congregations of Beth El and Ohr Kodesh and the prayerful voices of Hazzan Matt Klein, Cantor Hinda Labovitz, and cantorial interns Sarah Levine and Gil Ezring. The evening’s music will feature congregational songs from both Sephardic and Ashkenazic traditions, rich cantorial and contemporary harmonies, and a prelude of classical piano.
7:50 pm: Kol Haneshamah Havdalah and Pre-Selichot Service Under the Stars
9:00 pm: Please join us in the Rudolph Gallery as we dedicate the mural in honor of Beth El’s Rabbi Emeritus Bill Rudolph
9:30 pm: North American premiere of the documentary film Lonely But Not Alone (in partnership with SHINDC: Sephardic Heritage in DC)
11:00 pm: Community Selichot service, led by Hazzan Matt Klein, Cantor Hinda Labovitz, and cantorial interns Sarah Levine and Gil Ezring.