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:
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:
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.
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.
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.