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High Holidays

High Holidays 2020/5781

The Beth Sholom Board of Trustees, rabbi, cantor and staff wish you and your family a healthy and happy New Year!

CLICK HERE to view a High Holiday message from our Board President, Sharon Edelstein.

Click DONATION to contribute to our High Holiday fundraising campaign. 

Although Covid-19 restrictions on group gatherings are starting to ease, our Board, in consult with health and medical experts, has made the decision to restrict in-person attendance at our High Holiday services.  With the exception of a community Tashlich service in Baker Park,  live shofar blowing at various locations in the community and a tailgate break-the-fast in our parking lot, all High Holiday services and activities will take place virtually.

Click LIVE STREAM to join us for the free broadcast of our live-streamed services.

  • Sat., Sep. 12: Selichot at 8:30 pm
  • Fri., Sep. 18: Erev Rosh Hashanah at 6:30 pm 
  • Sat., Sep. 19: First Day Rosh Hashanah services at 10 am
  • Sun., Sep. 20: Second Day Rosh Hashanah services at 10 am
  • Sun., Sep. 20: Tashlich in Baker Park at 5 pm
  • Sun., Sep. 27: Kol Nidre services at 6:30 pm
  • Mon., Sep. 28: Yom Kippur services at 10 am
  • Mon., Sep.28:  Yom Kippur Mincha/Neilah at 6:30 pm 
  • Mon., Sep. 28: Tailgate Break-the-Fast following Neilah services
  • Fri., Oct. 2: Erev Sukkot services at 6:30 pm
  • Sat., Oct. 3: First Day Sukkot services at 10 am
  • Sun., Oct. 4: Second Day Sukkot services at 10 am
  • Sat., Oct. 10: Shemini Atzeret services at 10 am
  • Sat., Oct. 10: Erev Simchat Torah at 6:30 pm
  • Sun., Oct. 11: Simchat Torah at 10:00 am

Our Virtual Machzor
In order to enhance your High Holiday experience with us, we have designed a machzor that is tailored to match our streamed services.  If you will be viewing our streamed services and would like to follow along in our machzor, click VIRTUAL MACHZOR.  If you would prefer a written copy (not recommended due to length), click PRINTABLE MACHZOR to access a downloadable version that you can print.     

Torah Readings
A very special thank-you and YasherKoach to our volunteer Torah and Haftarah readers:

  • Garry Cohen
  • Gerry Goldgraben
  • Morrie Kelsey
  • Andy Rosenfeld
  • Jeff Rossio
  • Judi Spungen
  • Mark Vallon

Video recordings of each reading can be viewed by clicking each link below:

                                                            - SECOND READING
                                                            - THIRD READING
                                                            - FOURTH READING
                                                            - FIFTH READING
                                                            - SIXTH READING
                                                            - SEVENTH READING
                                                            - MAFTIR
                                                            - HAFTARAH

                                                            - SECOND READING 
                                                            - THIRD READING
                                                            - FOURTH READING
                                                            - FIFTH READING
                                                            - MAFTIR
                                                            - HAFTARAH

YOM KIPPUR                            - FIRST READING
                                                            - SECOND READING
                                                            - THIRD READING
                                                            - FOURTH READING
                                                            - FIFTH READING
                                                            - SIXTH READING
                                                            - MAFTIR
                                                            - HAFTARAH

The Selichot service is a brief series of penitential prayers that are usually recited just before the morning service on the days leading up to Rosh Hashanah.

A tradition dating back to at least the 15th century and observed on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, Tashlich means “casting off” in Hebrew. Participants symbolically cast off their sins of the previous year into a body of flowing water, which carries them away. In this way, participants hope to start the new year with a clean slate.

This year, Tashlich will be Sunday, Sept. 20 at 5 pm in Baker Park at the corner of Bentz St. and Carroll Parkway.

Shofar Blowing
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the shofar will not be blown in the sanctuary, and since the first day of Rosh Hashanah is on Shabbat, the shofar cannot be blown until the second day (Sunday, September 20th).  We invite you to join us for shofar blowing at one of our designated "blast sites" located throughout Frederick County:

  • Sunday, September 20th, 2:00 pm at Whittier Lake (near the picnic pavillion)
  • Sunday, September 20th, 2:00 pm at Clover Hill Park, 8122 Glendale Dr. (in the large open field beyond the small footbridge)
  • Sunday, September 20th, 2:00 pm at Mazzaroth Vineyard, 8333 Myersville Rd., Middletown
  • Sunday, September 20th, 5:00 pm at Baker Park (during Tashlich)

Yizkor will be recited on Yom Kippur morning and on Shemini Atzeret.  It is traditional on Yom Kippur to make a donation in memory of loved ones. 

The names of departed friends and family members will be published in a special Book of Remembrance, which will also include the Yizkor service that can be used in the synagogue or at home. For an additional $100 donation, you may dedicate an entire page in the booklet to loved ones.  Printed copies of the booklet are available from the congregation, or to access it online, click BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE

Tailgate Break-the-Fast
Following the Neilah service at the conclusion of Yom Kippur on Monday, September 28th, join us for our tailgate break-the fast in our Beth Sholom parking lot.  Bring your favorite foods and drinks, any chairs or blankets you might need, and open up your car for a physically distancing tailgate event. 

Zoom Shmooze
Feeling a little isolated this High Holiday season?  Join us virtually for "Zoom Shmooze" and connect for a chat with your friends and neighbors.  We provide the ZOOM, you provide the SHMOOZE!  We offer the following clickable Zoom opportunity at 2:00 pm the afternoon of  Yom Kippur (9/28):

Yom Kippur Afternoon Shmooze - (Meeting ID 863 6718 7661, Passcode 238833)

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