Hundreds Gather for Community Holiday Tree & Menorah Lightings

The Hill is Alive for the holidays! On Saturday, November 28th, the community gathered for the 9th Annual Capitol Hill Holiday Tree Lighting. Our “men in blue” served hot chocolate and doughnuts while Joyous Voices, Capitol Hill Art Workshop’s Suzuki Strings and The Washington Youth Choir gave beautiful musical performances.

Councilmember At Large Elissa Silverman and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton gave remarks and Kathy Didden illuminated the tree, affectionately known as “Big George,” to honor her late husband (George Didden III) for his countless contributions to the Capitol Hill Community.

The holiday season continued on Sunday, December 6th with the 2nd Annual Capitol Hill Menorah Lighting, co-sponsored by Hill Havurah. Community members enjoyed potato latkes, jelly doughnuts and hot chocolate served by our “men in blue” as the sun set on the first night of Hannukah.

Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen and Councilmember At Large Elissa Silverman were in attendance and gave remarks at the event. The blessings of the menorah were led by Michael Allen of Hill Havurah and Paul Pascal, for whom the menorah (“Tall Paul”) is dedicated to, lit the first candle as the crowd burst into applause.

The Yavneh Jewish Education Program and Gan Shalom Preschool made the night complete by leading the community in song. We look forward to continuing this tradition with Hill Havurah for many years to come!