High Holydays

Celebrate the High Holydays at Oseh Shalom

Oseh Shalom celebrates the High Holydays with awe and joy.   We have programs for everyone from toddlers through the most observant.  We encourage you not just to come for the services but to stop and reflect with us.  To take a deep breath and experience these sacred days as a chance to start fresh, examine your life and find inner peace.

High Holyday Messages:

High Holyday Info for 2018 (2019 will be similar)

Members should have received High Holy day packet in the mail.  If you haven’t, please contact Andrew in the office.  Looking for a place to connect with Judaism and celebrate the High Holy Days?  Just call Andrew in our office at 301-498-5151 or email him and he’ll be happy to send you information.  We welcome everyone.

  • Oseh Shalom has a dozen assisted listening devices. Should you require one, please ask an usher when you come to synagogue. If you need an aisle seat or any other accommodation let us know that as well.
  • Our morning High Holy Day services as ASL interpreted with reserve seating in the front.
  • Member children over the age of 26 who are not full-time students or active duty military must purchase a ticket.
  • If you have a special situation and are not sure how to handle it, please contact Andrew, the Synagogue Administrator at 301-498-5151 or osehshalom@oseh-shalom.org

What are the differences between the Aleph and Beit Services?

What are the differences between the Aleph and Beit Services? Oseh Shalom offers two services on both Rosh Hashanah (1st day) and Yom Kippur. The first service is referred to as Aleph and the second as Beit. Both services are led by Rabbis Daria and Josh Jacobs-Velde and Cantor Bernhardt, follow the traditional outline of the High Holy Days Service, contain the same message and, on Yom Kippur, includes a Yizkor Memorial Service.

The Aleph service is longer. The service includes full Torah and Haftarah readings, cantorial solos, High Holy Days choir, and Musaf service. For those worshippers who prefer a more elaborate service, spending the morning in synagogue and being home in the afternoon, the Aleph service is the sone to chose. This service also overlaps our youth program so more children attend.

The Beit service is much shorter in length, does not include the Introductory Service, and has no choir participation. Most sections of the service are abridged, except the Torah/Haftarah readings. Worshippers who prefer a more relaxed morning at home, a more leisurely dinner on Erev Yom Kippur, a later service that makes babysitting arrangements easier, and a chance to have younger children experience a brief, but complete service, should choose the Beit service.

What special programs are offered for our children and teens? Registration is required for youth programs, see forms with program details. While children may attend services with their parents in the main sanctuary, we also offer a separate program for the children on the 1st day of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur from 10 am to Noon. The children’s program has been planned and coordinated to provide a meaningful High Holy Days experience with age appropriate activities and services. The children are generally grouped as follows:

  • Pre-school – Grade 1: A parent needs to escort the child to and from the program
  • Grades 2-4: A parent needs to escort the child to and from the program
  • Grades 5-6: We encourage older children to rejoin their parent(s) at the service on their own.

The Rabbi will announce when the children’s program begins and ends with short breaks to allow parents to escort or meet their children.

Toddlers at Passover programA Play Room is Available: When toddlers need a break from the quiet of the  sanctuary, there is a room with toys and books which has visibility into and sound from the sanctuary for the parent and child. An adult must stay with the child.

What about teenagers? Teens attend services in the Sanctuary. Many read from the Torah or take other parts in our service. Some teens perform the  mitzvah of volunteering as ushers, give out prayerbooks and programs or help run the programs for the younger children.

What prayerbook do we use? The Reconstructionist mahzor Kol Haneshamah: Yamim Nora’im is used during our services. We encourage all congregants to purchase their own copy of Yamim Nora’im (see pink form) if they have not already done so.

More questions about our Religious Programs? Don’t hesitate to contact Rabbi Daria and Rabbi Josh  or call them at 301-498-5151.

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