Oseh Shalom celebrates the High Holy Days 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 by late August. If you haven’t, please contact Mark in the office. Looking for a place to connect with Judaism and celebrate the High Holy Days? Just call Mark at 301-498-5151 or email him and he’ll be happy to send you information. We welcome everyone.
Registration is required for youth programs. Contact the office for registration help. Children are welcome to 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 provides a meaningful High Holy Days experience with age appropriate activities and services.
Play Room: 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. Parents can hear and see services while their toddlers play.
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, giving out prayer books and programs or helping 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 and 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 choose. 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.