Oseh Shalom

High Holy Days & Festivals

On Simchat Torah we unwrapped the entire Torah, a unique moving way to connect with the miraculous piece of history

On Simhat Torah we unwrapped the entire Torah, a unique moving way to connect with the miraculous piece of history

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.

Members should have received High Holy day packet in the mail.  If you haven’t, please contact Mark in the office. Member children over the age of 26 who are not full-time students or active duty military must purchase a ticket. Not a member and looking for a place to celebrate the Highholy Days?  Just call Mark in our office at 301-498-5151 or email Mark and he’ll be happy to send you information.  We welcome everyone and make every effort to be inclusive:

  • Usher can give you an assisted listening devices.
  • If you need an aisle seat or any other accommodation let us know that as well in advance.
  • Our morning High Holyday services as ASL interpreted with reserve seating in the front.
  • We have handicapped parking, a dropoff ramp at the front door and a ramp up the one step to our bima (on request)
  • Interfaith families and LGBTQ persons are welcome always as are those exploring Judaism

Special Programs Offered for Children & 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 prayer books and programs or help run the programs for the younger children.

Differences Between the Aleph and Beit Services

Oseh Shalom offers two services on both Rosh Hashanah (1st day) and Yom Kippur. 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 morning 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 complete service, spending the morning in synagogue and being home in the afternoon, the Aleph service is the one to chose. This service also overlaps our youth program so more children attend.

The Beit service 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 prayer book 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.