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Shabbat Hospitality

Over a thousand Jews from all over the world visit Kesher Israel every year. Whether visiting family, coming to town for a conference, or just seeing the sites, Kesher Israel welcomes you!

Our community is dedicated to fulfilling the mitzvah of hachnasat orchim by providing Shabbat meals for visitors and new members of the community.

Members of our community regularly open their homes to visitors and members of the community for Shabbat meals. If you would like dine with a member of our community on Shabbat, please contact the hospitality committee via email before 5:30 PM on Monday of the week you wish to come. Hospitality requests received by this deadline can almost always be filled. We will try our best to fill hospitality requests that we receive after Monday, but it is best to get your request in early.

While it is possible, given the nature of the demographics of our community, it is difficult to place families or groups of five or more persons for meals. We are happy to try, but please have a back-up plan ready if we are unsuccessful.

Our Hospitality Committee is here to help find you Shabbat meals in our community:

Ariela Greengart

Sara Sacks


Community Kashrut Standard

Our community adheres to strict Kashrut standards, that all hospitality hosts have agreed to abide by. Our Kashrut Standards can be found here. Any questions should be directed to Rabbi Shafner

Read our most recent community emails and updates!

Stay up to date with community news, events, programs, and initiatives! Access our most recent weekly emails, including the Tuesday's "Keeping Up With Kesher", Thursday's "From the Rabbi's Desk", and Friday's pre-Shabbat eSAP by signing up here.

Hotels for Shabbat

Unfortunately, the demographics of our community prevent us from offering places to stay overnight.

However, two hotels offer Kesher guests discounts for staying at least one night and will accommodate requests for a room on a low floor and help our guests  get into the stairways on Shabbat/chag.


The Watergate Hotel offers 10% off their best rate for 1 night, 15% for 2 nights, 20% for 3 nights or more, based on availability. Use offer code KESHER when making your reservation. Kosher meals are also available upon request. If you have any issues booking, please ask to speak with the in-house reservation office.

  The Avery Georgetown is only a 5 minute walk from Kesher and is a great boutique option for Shabbat. Mention the code "Duber" when booking for a special Kesher discount. 

The Westin Georgetown is only a 5 minute walk from Kesher and is a great local option for event catering or Shabbat rooms. 


Other hotels to consider:

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