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Toward the end of the month of Elul, a week before Rosh Hashanah on Saturday night, we will recite selichot. 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.

Selichot Concert and Service

We invite you to join us and begin the spiritual odyssey of the High Holy Days with our community.

Elul, the Hebrew month of reflection before the High Holy Days, culminates with Selichot, when we gather and recite prayers of penitence as a community. 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 Koleynu, asking God to hear our voices.

Date: Saturday, September 1
Location: Washington Hebrew Congregation
  6:15 pm – Heavy Hors d'Oeuvres Reception
  7:00 pm – National Chamber Ensemble Concert
  8:00 pm – Selichot Service
  8:45 pm – White-Glove Dessert Reception
Cost: Free, but RSVP requested. Online registration has closed, but you can still join us! There is no charge and walk-ins are most welcome.

Selichot Concert Opens Pollin Music Series

This year’s Selichot concert, which opens the 2018-2019 Irene & Abe Pollin Music Program Initiative, will bring the National Chamber Ensemble (NCE) to Temple for an exciting evening of great works in the classical and jazz genres. The Ensemble has redefined the meaning of “chamber music” by incorporating spirituals, jazz, guitar, klezmer, opera, and more with traditional classical masterpieces. From classical to contemporary compositions, their internationally-acclaimed musicians provide outstanding performances of chamber music in an intimate setting.

Called “delightful” by The Washington Post and “one of the gems of the entire Metro area” by DC Metro Theatre Arts, the Ensemble shares fascinating, short anecdotes about the composers and music, further drawing the audience into the performance. It’s a concert that offers the connoisseur as well as the first-time concertgoer an exciting musical experience.

For this performance, NCE artistic director and violinist Leonid Sushansky will be joined by piano virtuoso Carlos Cesar Rodriguez, Ephriam Wolfolk Jr. on double bass, and Leland Nakamura on drums. They will perform classical masterpieces for violin and piano as well as the extraordinary “Suite for Violin and Jazz Piano” by popular French composer Claude Bolling.