Services

Shabbat, High Holy Days and Festival Services

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Rabbi Dog Heifetz

Come to Oseh Shalom and our religious traditions. We offer a variety of service options to meet the needs of all members from preschoolers to the most devout. Please come by one Friday or Saturday and experience the warmth of our congregation. We welcome you to High Holy Days, Holiday and weekly Friday and Saturday Shabbat services.

  • Shabbat Evening Services are held every Friday starting at 8:00 pm, except the first Friday of the month, when we have a family service which starts at 7:30 pm. The family service features a drash or story geared toward children, lots of music and a special birthday celebration plus a special oneg.  We welcome children to all our services, not just the family service.
  • Signed Services: Our monthly family services and festival services also features interpreted services for the deaf.
  • Shabbat Morning Services start at 10 am and run to 11:30-noon.  Many morning services include a Bnei Mitzvah. Some services feature Jewish meditation.
  • Tot Shabbat Service: Looking for a fun, engaging, uplifting Jewish experience for a young one in your life? Then come to Oseh Shalom’s Tot Shabbat on the first Friday evening of each month at 7:00 PM.  The 20-25 minute program includes stories, songs, and movement for children about 2-6 years old and their older siblings. Tots and their parents can then gather in the Sanctuary for the Family Service at 7:30 PM.
  • Yiskor Services on Passover, Shavout and Yom Kippur
  • Plus special Event Services such as those honoring volunteers, scouts and other special groups or featuring a special speaker as part of Friday evening services.
  • Festival and Remembrance Services: We offer special services on Jewish festivals and remembrance days. See our home page and calendar for times and details.
  • Same Gender, Gay, Lesbian, Etc. Weddings: We welcome all genders at Oseh Shalom and are happy to discuss weddings.
  • Interfaith Jewish Weddings
  • Kashrut Policy
  • Seven Easy Steps to Leading a Torah Study

High Holy Days 2015

Members should have received a copy of the member forms in the mail.  If you need another copy or are not a member, you can download the forms that apply. Mail, fax  or drop them off at the Oseh office.  New to Oseh and don’t like to download? Contact our office and we will mail you an information packet with our form.

Unaffiliated and looking for High Holy Day tickets?
Oseh’s Beit ticket is $50 adults, $25 children and dependents under age 26. Ticket includes Erev Rosh Hashanah, First Day Rosh Hashanah Beit Service at 1:45 pm, Second Day Rosh Hashanah Services, and Beit Service Yom Kippur at 1:30 p.m. First time High Holy Days attendees – free. Tickets to our traditional morning services are available for $200 adults, $50 children and dependents under age 26.

Member High Holy Day Reminders:

  • 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 Barry Nove, the Synagogue Administrator, 301-498-5151
  • Oseh Shalom has a dozen assisted listening devices. Should you require one, please ask an usher when you come to synagogue.

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 Rabbi Heifetz and Cantor Bernhardt, follow the traditional outline of the High Holy Days Service, contain the same sermon 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.

A 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 Doug Heifetz.  301-498-5151

 

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