Upcoming Events
Chanukah Dec. 12-20
Mah Jongg Dec. 12
Intro to Kabbalah Dec. 12
Knit & Knosh Dec. 13
Talmud class Dec. 14
Adult Chanukah party Dec. 14
Mussar Dec. 17
Family Chanukah party Dec. 17
Play & Perk Dec. 18
Intro to Kabbalah Dec. 19
Knit & Knosh Dec. 20
Adult Ed Dec. 20
Talmud class Dec. 21
   

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Bingo

Sunday
Dec. 3, 10, 17, 31

Monday
Dec. 4, 11, 18

Doors open at 5 p.m.
Games start at 7 p.m.

Bonanzas
Sunday, Jan. 7
Monday, Jan. 22

 

High Holidays 2017/5778

The Beth Sholom Board of Trustees, rabbis, cantor and staff wish you and your family a healthy and happy New Year.

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kipppur

Services: We welcome all out-of-town guests and family members, as well as members of the greater Frederick community to join us.

  • Sept. 16: Selichot at 8 p.m.
  • Sept. 17: Cemetery service at 2 p.m. at Resthaven Memorial Gardens
  • Sept. 20: Erev Rosh Hashanah service at 6:30 p.m., and Oneg
  • Sept. 21: Rosh Hashanah services beginning 9 a.m.
  • Sept. 21: Tashlich in Baker Park at 5 p.m., evening service at 6:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 22: Rosh Hashanah service beginning at 9 a.m. followed by lunch
  • Sept. 29: Kol Nidre service at 6:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 30: Yom Kippur and Yizkor services beginning at 9 a.m.; afternoon service at 5 p.m.; concluding Shofar at 7:30 p.m. with break fast to follow
Tickets will be issued free of charge to all members in good standing and their children 25 years old or younger. Additional tickets may be purchased as follows:
  • If you have never attended Beth Sholom High Holiday services, please join us as our guest. Call the office for your free ticket.
  • $75 per person for family members of congregants and Diamond members
  • $250 per person for nonmembers and nonrelated guests of members
  • No charge for college students and military personnel, with ID
  • No charge for out-of-town guests who are members in good standing with high holiday services tickets at their home synagogues, if home synagogue sends a letter to Beth Sholom stating the above.
Request additional tickets on the form in the High Holidays brochure.

Youth Services: Youth services for children up to age 14 will be held on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, Sept. 21, from 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and on Yom Kippur, Sept. 30, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Children will be grouped according to age and will be engaged in appropriate activities. Please preregister your children on the form in the High Holidays brochure by
Sept. 5 so that we may be prepared with enough books, games and snacks. Send the form, along with a $10 fee for each child, to the Beth Sholom office. We will be able to accommodate only those childen who are preregistered.

Babysitting: Babysitting will be provided for children ages 2 to 4 on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, Sept. 21, from 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and on Yom Kippur, Sept. 30, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Please preregister your children on the form in the High Holidays brochure by Sept. 5 so we can plan to have the appropriate number of babysitters.

Teens: We encourage our teens who are in 9th grade and older to help supervise the children's services and activities. Please register your teen volunteers on the form in the High Holidays brochure.

Selichot: The Selichot service is a brief series of penitential prayers that are usually recited just before the morning service on the days leading up to Rosh Hashanah. This year's program will begin with a screening of Jewish Food For Thought, a collection of short, animated films by Hanan Harchol that focus on different Jewish and human themes that are central to the High Holidays. The screening will be followed by facilitated discussions and a musical Selichot service.

Tashlich: A tradition dating back to at least the 15th century and observed on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, Tashlich means "casting off" in Hebrew. Participants in the ritual symbolically cast off their sins of the previous year into a body of flowing water, which carries them away. In this way, participants hope to start the New Year with a clean slate.

This year, Tashlich will be Thursday, Sept. 21 at 5 p.m. at the corner of Bentz St. and Carroll Parkway, followed by an evening service at 6:30 p.m. at the synagogue.

Rosh Hashanah, Day 2: Lunch will be served at the conclusion of services Sept. 22. The cost is $10 per person or $40 per family. Please complete the form in the High Holidays brochure and return to Beth Sholom by Sept. 5.

Yizkor: It is traditional on Yom Kippur to make a donation in memory of loved ones. To do so, complete the form in the High Holiday brochure and return it to the Beth Sholom office by Sept. 5.

The names of departed friends and family members will also be published in a special Book of Remembrance that will also include the Yizkor service. For an additional $100 donation, you may dedicate a page in the booklet to loved ones. Please check the appropriate box on the Yizkor form in the High Holidays brochure and return it to the Beth Sholom office by Sept. 5.

Break Fast: A light supper at the conclusion of the Yom Kippur services will be served. The cost is $7 per person or $28 per family. Additional donations are also welcomed. Return the reservation form in the High Holidays brochure and payment to the Beth Sholom office by Sept. 5.

Ushering: Serve as a High Holiday greeter and usher. Submit your name and availability on the form in the High Holidays brochure or contact the Beth Sholom office at 301-663-3437 if you are able to help.

New Year's Greeting: Support the synagogue this High Holiday season by sending New Year's greetings that will be printed in The Bulletin. The $7 fee includes your name. Please check the New Year's Greeting box at the top of the form in the High Holidays brochure and return it to the Beth Sholom office by Sept. 5 for the October Bulletin.

Bema Flowers: Contribute to the beautification of the sanctuary with a donation of High Holiday bema flowers. Dedicate the arrangement in honor of or in memory of someone special and your donation will be announced during High Holiday services. Enter a donation amount on the form in the High Holidays brochure and return it to the Beth Sholom office by Sept. 5.

Succot

Join us for sukkah building and decorating Sunday, Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. at the synagogue. Families are welcome to make decorations and hang them. Sukkot service times and activities are listed below.

  • Oct. 4: Sukkot services 6:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 5, 6: Sukkot services at 9:30 a.m.
  • Oct. 6: Pizza in the Hut for religious school families at 6:15, followed by Services at 7 p.m.
  • Oct. 7: Shabbat services at 9:30 a.m.
  • Oct. 7: 100th Anniversary Sukkot party and mortgage burning at 8 p.m.

Order your own lulav and etrog by Sept. 5!

Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah

Plan to join us for the completion of the reading of the Torah and the celebration that will follow! Services are listed below.

  • Oct. 12: Shemini Atzeret and Yiskor, 9:30 a.m.
  • Oct. 12: Erev Simchat Torah services at 6:30 p.m., followed by a Make-Your-Own Ice Cream Sundae Oneg
  • Oct. 13: Simchat Torah services at 9:30 a.m. followed by more dancing, singing

 

Hear the Shofar
The shofar is blown four times during the Rosh Hashanah service, except when the holiday falls on Shabbat, and at the conclusion of the Ne'ilah service, which marks the end of the Yom Kippur fast. The shofar is also blown every morining for the entire month of Elul, the month preceding Rosh Hashanah. The sound of the shofar is intended to awaken the listener from his or her slumber and alert them to the coming judgment. We think we hold the record for the longest Tekiah G'dolah blast, courtesy of congregant Garry Cohen!