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High Holy Days

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Baltimore Hebrew Congregation’s High Holy Day services provide opportunities to build connections with your community; engage with Judaism’s rich tapestry of melodies, Torah, prayers and ideas; and explore your spirituality. We cherish our congregation’s journey, from past to present to future. We present here the highlights and most useful information regarding the fall holidays.

High Holy Days Information



Tickets for services at BHC are issued to all members in good standing. Tickets will be mailed about three weeks prior to Rosh Hashanah; the envelopes will be marked “High Holy Day Tickets Enclosed.” Your ticket will admit you to all High Holy Day services at BHC.


Mishkan HaNefesh is the prayerbook used for the High Holy Days. BHC provides them for your use at services. If you are unable to attend High Holy Day services, BHC has a limited supply of prayerbooks to loan. Contact the Temple Office, and we will arrange for you to borrow a prayerbook.

The office has a very limited number of prayerbooks available for sale, if you would like to have a copy of your own. The cost is $50 for the two-volume set.

Child Care and Rosh Hashanah Children's Activities

During Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur morning services, free child care will be available for children newborn—4-years-old, for BHC members only. Space is limited. RSVP: tinyurl.com/BHCHHD2019 or 410-764-1587 by Monday, September 14. Advance registration is required; no child will be admitted without registration.

During our Alternative Services, there is an option for children from Pre-K—4th grades to be escorted out after a short portion of the service. Those students will then participate in a mixture of age-appropriate services and activities, all led by our educators, BHC High Holy Day teens and song leaders. Snacks will be provided. Parents will then pick up their students at the end of the Alternative Service. Note: children are also welcome to stay through the entire Alternative Service.

Flowers For Those Unable to Attend

The congregation would like to recognize your immediate family members who are homebound or in a nursing home. The cost of these High Holy Day flowers is covered by a generous gift from the Dr. Bennett I. Kemper Memorial High Holy Day Flower Fund. INFO: Iris Powell, 410-764-1587, ext. 224, to let her know which of your loved ones should receive flowers.

Transportation to Temple Events

The Irene Gogel Transportation Fund, established through the generosity of the Gogel Family in memory of Irene Gogel, provides shared transportation to Temple activities. Request transportation at least 24 hours in advance of the event by calling the Temple Office, 410-764-1587.

Auxiliary Parking

Additional parking is available at Suburban Country Club, with round-trip van service to BHC. Stops will be made at the Hoffberger Chapel, the Adalman Lobby and the Park Heights Avenue entrances. There is limited parking along the BHC side of Slade Avenue. With permission of the county, “No Parking” signs will be covered.

Sanctuary Services

Services with our rabbis and cantors in the Sanctuary reflect the awe-inspiring nature of the High Holy Days and feature music by the Temple Choir under the direction of Cantor Ben Ellerin.

Alternative Service

The Alternative Service is open to everyone, including families with children in Pre-K and above. This service encourages creative and intimate prayer using both prayerbooks and projected prayers. After the first portion of the service, there is an option for Pre-K—4th graders to attend their own High Holy Day Services and activities led by our educators, BHC teens and song leaders. American Sign Language interpreting will be provided at the Alternative Service.

PJ High Holy Day Services

A separate service is offered for Newborn—Pre-K. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sukkot and Simchat TorahSimchat Torah 2014

These festivals include services and learning opportunities for all ages. Join us for both Sukkot and Simchat Torah evening and morning services. Enjoy the Sanctuary Sukkah. Each evening is preceded by learning, and each evening ends with dinner, RSVP required. On Simchat Torah, celebrate our newest students and dance with Torah scrolls.

High Holy Day Food Drive

The 2020 High Holy Day Food Drive for GEDCO Cares Food Pantry will kick off at Rosh Hashanah Under The Stars. We will communicate additional details about the drive as we approach Rosh Hashanah. BHC is a proud member of GEDCO—Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation. For a list of what to give, click hereINFO: Jillian Manko, 410-764-1587, ext. 246 or jmanko@baltimorehebrew.org.


Help BHC with services by volunteering as an usher for the High Holy Days, Shabbat and/or Bar/Bat Mitzvah services. BHC appreciates our continuing ushers and always welcomes new volunteers. It is a great way to assist fellow congregants, while feeling more connected yourself. INFO: Richard Peterson, Usher Chair, bhc.ushers@gmail.com.

2020 High Holy Days Service Schedule

Selichot  |  Saturday, September 12, 7:30 PM

Selichot is a wonderful chance to prepare for this season of repentance.  Join us in the Sanctuary for both an inspiring concert and a brief, meaningful service. The concert will feature chamber, choral and vocal music on the theme of transformation as we prepare spiritually for the High Holy Days. The service will be led by our clergy and Kol Rinnah, with other guest musicians. It is underwritten by the Peggy and Yale Gordon Trust.

Rosh Hashanah Evening  |  Friday, September 18

Rosh Hashanah Under The Stars, 6 PM
Park opens at 4 PM

Don’t miss BHC’s unique Rosh Hashanah evening service for BHC families and the community at Oregon Ridge Park, with open seating on the grass. Remember to help BHC’s High Holy Day food drive for GEDCO Cares Food Pantry and bring non-perishable goods. This service is open to all, but registration is required; go to rhunderthestars.com, or call 443-524-0284. For admission, present your printed registration confirmation. Tickets will not be mailed for this service.

Prayers are projected onto a screen. The service is also available for download, rhunderthestars.com, and a limited number of booklets are available. American Sign Language interpreting will be provided.

Directions to the park may be found on BHC’s website. In the event of rain, the service will be held at BHC.

Evening Service, 8 PM

Our evening service will be held in BHC's Sanctuary

Rosh Hashanah  |  Saturday, September 19

PJ Rosh Hashanah, 9 AM

For families with newborns—Pre-K.

Alternative Service, 9:30 AM

For adults and families of all ages. Pre-K—4th grade children will break out into their own service and activities after the first part of the service.

Morning Service, 10 AM

Cemetery Memorial Services  |  Sunday, September 20

Belair Road Cemetery, 10:30 AM

Berrymans Lane Cemetery, NOON

The Holocaust Memorial Service immediately follows at Berrymans Lane Cemetery. Click here for directions to our cemeteries.

Yom Kippur Evening (Kol Nidre)  |  Sunday, September 27, 7:30 PM

Yom Kippur  |  Monday, September 28

PJ Yom Kippur, 9 AM

For families with newborns—Pre-K.

Alternative Service, 9:30 AM

For adults and families of all ages. Pre-K—4th grade children will breakout into their own service and activities after the first part of the service.

Morning Service, 10 AM

Ruth and Robert M., z"l, Taubman Program of Music & Meditation, 12:45 PM

The annual Ruth and Robert M., z”l, Taubman Program of Music and Meditation will focus on the theme “A World of Sky” and will feature our congregant artists Ava Lenet and family, Stan Weiman, Lisa Weiss, Michael and Maria Kannen and wonderful Baltimore musicians Netanel Draiblate, Rachel Choe and Jeff Stern. This is a perfect way to pause and reflect on the meaning of the day with beautiful music and poetry chosen especially for Yom Kippur contemplation during a reflective hour between the morning and afternoon Yom Kippur services.

Men's Exploration into Jewish Life, 12:45 PM

In this session we will encourage participants to explore their life journey as empowered Jewish mensches: men of compassion, integrity, responsibility and purpose. We will focus on our internal selves, our families and our communities. We will enact this through sharing, studying, and some small movement. Led by Brad Cohen, Director of Education.

Study Session with Rabbi Busch, 2 PM

A lively, interactive discussion will connect current events with Yom Kippur themes.

Guided Meditation, 2 PM

Join congregant Liora Brunn to explore how Yom Kippur can help quiet our thinking mind to become more present and in touch with our yetzer hatov—our inclination to do good.

Afternoon Service, 3 PM

Our Afternoon Service will be enriched by the comments of BHC’s Rabbi Gustav Buchdahl, Emanuel Emeritus. We are honored to have Rabbi Buchdahl participate in our worship.

Yizkor (Memorial Service), 4:30 PM

Yom Kippur Family Art Exploration, 4:30 PM

Join Brad Cohen, Director of Education and Alicia Gallant, Assistant Director of Education for an interactive and creative program for children Pre-K—5th grades accompanied by an adult. Our exploration will end with a short Yom Kippur closing prayer, including a final shofar blast.

Neilah (Concluding Service), 5:30 PM

Neilah is a time of unparalleled spiritual fulfillment in which the entire family can share; all are welcome. 

Sukkot Evening  |  Friday, October 2

Sukkot Adult & Family Education Program, 4 PM

Sukkot Evening Service, 5:30 PM

Sukkot Dinner, 6:15 PM

Reservations required.

Sukkot  |  Saturday, October 3


Sukkot Service, 10 AM

Sukkot Lunch in the Sukkah following.

Simchat Torah Evening  |  Friday, October 9

Simchat Torah Adult & Family Education Program, 4 PM

Simchat Torah Evening Service, 5:30 PM

Includes Blessing of New Students. We will dance with the Torahs and then open them all around the Sanctuary.

Simchat Torah Dinner, 6:15 PM

Reservations required.

Simchat Torah  |  Saturday, October 10

Simchat Torah Service, 10 AM

Simchat Torah Lunch in the Sukkah following.

High Holy Day Sermons

To hear the rabbis’ sermons, please visit our videostreaming page and click on a service. In general, Friday night sermons begin around 35 minutes into the service, and Saturday morning (Shabbat Shelanu) around 45 minutes.


Rosh Hashanah Under The Stars, "Let's Get Spiritual, Spiritual" by Rabbi Sachs-Kohen

Rosh Hashanah Morning Service, "Responding To The Flames Of Antisemitism" by Rabbi Busch

Rosh Hashanah Morning Alternative Service, "I'm Not Moving" by Rabbi Sachs-Kohen



Rosh Hashanah Under The Stars, "Things Are Not As They Should Be" by Rabbi Sachs-Kohen

Rosh Hashanah Evening Service, "The Shofar Calls For Our Own Concern" by Rabbi Busch

Rosh Hashanah Morning Alternative Service, "Joyous and Whole" by Rabbi Sachs-Kohen

Rosh Hashanah Morning Service, "Remaining Engaged, Despite Complexity" by Rabbi Busch

Yom Kippur Evening Service (Kol Nidre), "Know The Heart Of The Stranger" by Rabbi Sachs-Kohen

Yom Kippur Morning Alternative Service, "Aiming For Menschlikeit" by Rabbi Busch

Yom Kippur Morning Service, "Blessed and Safe" by Rabbi Sachs-Kohen

Yom Kippur Yizkor Service, "Visiting and Memory" by Rabbi Busch 


Click here to begin videostreaming or download the app for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Android.

BHC is happy to provide videostreaming for all of our congregational Shabbat and High Holy Day services. Videostreaming allows everyone to share in services with our community. Through our videostreaming link or app, you can watch services live or view any from our archives. Note, we do our best to videostream all of our services, however there is no guarantee the recording will be uninterrupted or complete. Registration is not necessary and this service is completely free. BHC videostreams with permission under JLicense #A-700136. INFO: Jo Ann Windman, Executive Director, jwindman@baltimorehebrew.org or 410-764-1587 ext. 223.

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