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We invite you to join us as we begin the spiritual odyssey of the High Holy Days as a community.

Date: Saturday, September 21
Location: Washington Hebrew Congregation
  6:15 pm – Heavy Hors d'Oeuvres Reception
  7:00 pm – Vladimir Fridman Concert
  8:00 pm – Selichot Service
  8:45 pm – White-Glove Dessert Reception
Free, but RSVP requested

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Selichot Concert Opens Pollin Music Series

This year’s Selichot concert, which opens the 2019-2020 Irene & Abe Pollin Music Program Initiative, will bring Russian-born guitarist Vladimir Fridman to WHC with a program that blends instrumental music and songs from around the world with his own compositions.

Fridman is a musician who moves flawlessly through different genres with improvisational spirit, soul, and true virtuosity. You’ll experience music from Europe, the Near East, and Latin America. An Argentinean tango will flow into a Gypsy Russian wedding dance. A Spanish “Malaguena” becomes “Hava Nagila” in flamenco style. And the Greek folk song “Misirlou” connects to “Air on G” by Bach.

About Selichot

Toward the end of the month of Elul, a week before Rosh Hashanah on Saturday night, we gather as a community and recite selichot, prayers of penitence.

The Selichot liturgy contains some of the finest Jewish religious poetry ever composed, and our moving, inspiring candlelit service urges us to reflect on the year that is ending. With strains of the High Holy Day melodies and the beautiful voices of Cantors Manevich and Bortnick to guide us, we utter our first confession of the season, as well as Sh'ma Koleinu, asking God to hear our voices.

These prayers and poetry on the theme of forgiveness are meant to inspire us to begin the process of asking forgiveness — from God, from our loved ones, from ourselves — for whatever we did wrong in the past year.