Shabbat, High Holy Days and Festival Services

Rabbi Daria and Josh Jacobs-Velde

Rabbi Daria and Josh Jacobs-Velde

Oseh Shalom offers a variety of Shabbat and Holiday 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, other Jewish Holidays and weekly Friday and Saturday Shabbat services. Drop in, take a seat and see what we’re about.

  • 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.  Some morning services include a Bnei Mitzvah. Some services feature Jewish meditation.
  • Tot Shabbat Shaboker 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 third Saturday of each month at 11:00 PM.  A half hour of socializing and playing followed by a half hour of songs, movement, games,  and activities in the Oseh Shalom Youth Lounge, followed by a potluck lunch.
  • 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.

    Passover program

    Passover together, a special multigenerational program.

  • 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, Interfaith Weddings: We welcome everyone 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 2018

Members should have received High Holy day information.  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.

High Holy Day Notes:

  • 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

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 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.

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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