High Holidays

High Holidays 2018/5779

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

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
We welcome all out-of-town guests and family members, as well as members of the greater Frederick community, to join us for services and other holiday-related events.

  • Sept. 1: Selichot at 8:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 2: Cemetery service at 11 a.m. at Resthaven Memorial Gardens
  • Sept. 9: Rosh Hashanah service at 6:30 p.m. followed by Oneg
  • Sept. 10: Rosh Hashanah services beginning 9 a.m.
  • Sept. 10: Tashlich in Baker Park at 5 p.m., evening service at 6:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 11: Rosh Hashanah service beginning at 9 a.m. followed by lunch
  • Sept. 18: Kol Nidre service at 6:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 19: Yom Kippur and Yizkor services beginning at 9 a.m.; afternoon service at 6 p.m.; concluding Shofar at 7:50 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. 10, from 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and on Yom Kippur, Sept. 19, 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 Aug. 15 so that we may be prepared with enough books, games and snacks. Send the form, along with a $10 fee for each child, which covers materials and lunch, to the Beth Sholom office.
Note: We will be able to accommodate only those children who are preregistered.

Family Services
In addition to the regular service, a family service will be held on the second day of Rosh Hashanah, Sept. 11, from 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Babysitting
Babysitting will be provided for children ages 2 to 4 on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, Sept. 10, from 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and on Yom Kippur, Sept. 19, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Please preregister your children on the form in the High Holiday brochure by Aug. 15 so we can plan to have the appropriate number of babysitters. There is a $10 fee for each child.

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 Monday, Sept. 10 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. 11. The cost is $10 per person or $40 per family. Complete the form in the High Holiday brochure and return to Beth Sholom by Aug. 15.

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 Aug. 15.

The names of departed friends and family members will be published in a special Book of Remembrance, which will also include the Yizkor service that can be used in the synagogue or at home. For an additional $100 donation, you may dedicate an entire 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 Aug. 15.

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 welcome. Return the reservation form in the High Holiday brochure and payment to the Beth Sholom office by Aug. 15.

Be a Greeter
Serve as a High Holiday greeter and usher. Submit your name and availability on the form in the High Holiday 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 donation includes your name. Please check the New Year’s Greeting box at the top of the form in the High Holiday brochure and return it to the Beth Sholom office by Aug. 15 for the September Bulletin.

Bima Flowers
Contribute to the beautification of the sanctuary with a donation of High Holiday bima 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 Aug. 15.

High Holidays Guide
Be sure to check out this Guide for High Holidays-related recipes, crafts and videos, as well as teachings and explanations about holiday traditions.  

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