High Holy Days



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


Mishkan Hanefesh , the new Machzor, will be used for the High Holy Days. BHC will provide them for your use at services. 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.


Tickets for services at BHC are issued to all paid-up members of the congregation. 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.

Child Care and Rosh Hashanah Children's Activities

During Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur morning services, free child care will be available for children between the ages of 2 years and 3rd grade, for BHC members only. Space is limited. A reservation form is available from the E.B. Hirsh Early Childhood Center, 410-764-7281, or the Temple Office, 410-764-1587. Advance registration is required; no child will be admitted without this form.

During Rosh Hashanah morning service only, children Pre-K—2nd grade are invited for a High Holy Day hands-on activity and snack. Registration is required. INFO and Registration: Brad Cohen, Director of Education, bcohen@baltimorehebrew.org or 410- 764-1587, ext. 290

The Flower Tradition

The congregation would like to remember 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, ipowell@baltimorehebrew.org or 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 and on Charlesworth, which is the street behind E.B. Hirsh Early Childhood Center and the Sanctuary. With permission of the city and 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 BHC Music Director Jimmy Galdieri.

Alternative Services

The Alternative Service is open to everyone including families with children in 4th grade and above. This service encourages creative and intimate prayer using both prayerbooks and projected prayers. American Sign Language interpreting will be provided.

Young Children's and Early Elementary Services

Separate services for Newborn—Pre-K and for K—3rd grades. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sukkot and Simchat TorahSimchat Torah 2014

The fall holidays continue with our harvest festival and celebration of Torah. Join us for Sukkot and Simchat Torah, at evening and morning services. We will enjoy the decorated Sanctuary Sukkah. On Simchat Torah, we will bless our new Youth Education students. At that service, we will dance with the Torahs and then open Torahs all around the Sanctuary. Learning opportunities will be offered before each of these two festival dinners.

High Holy Day Food Drive

The 2016 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. INFO: Steve Cornblatt, scornblatt@troutdaniel.com  or 410-868-6867.


Ushers are crucial to smooth and meaningful High Holy Day Services. BHC ushers include men and women of many different ages. Brotherhood coordinates our ushers, chaired by Harvey Schevitz. We welcome new volunteers to usher. Most ushers volunteer for only one service during the High Holy Days. New ushers are welcome for Shabbat as well. INFO: Harvey Schevitz, bhc.ushers@gmail.com

2016 High Holy Days Service Schedule

Selichot  |  Saturday, September 24, 8 PM

The evening of Selichot provides a chance to prepare spiritually for the High Holy Days. BHC approaches this preparation through the exploration of artistic approaches and ideas. This year, we will watch and discuss the documentary “Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin,” in which Jewish artist Siona Benjamin, raised in the Bene Israel community of Mumbai, India, explores the intricacy of multi-layered identity in her vibrant, evocative creations. Rabbi Sachs-Kohen will facilitate a discussion of identity following the short film. Our Selichot evening consists of a reception, the film and discussion, and then the Selichot Service, featuring special music and Kol Rinnah, our volunteer choir.

Rosh Hashanah Evening  |  Sunday, October 2

Rosh Hashanah Under The Stars, 6 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 is available. American Sign Language interpreting will be provided.

Directions to the park may be found here. 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  |  Monday, October 3

Young Children's Services, 9 AM

For families with newborns—Pre-K.

Early Elementary Services, 9 AM

For families with children in K—3rd grades

Alternative Service, 9:30 AM

For adults and families with children in 4th grade and up

Morning Service, 10 AM

Cemetery Memorial Services  |  Sunday, October 9

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)  |  Tuesday, October 11, 7:30 PM

Yom Kippur  |  Wednesday, October 12

Young Children's Services, 9 AM

For families with newborns—Pre-K.

Early Elementary Services, 9 AM

For families with children in K—3rd grades

Alternative Service, 9:30 AM

For adults and families with children in 4th grade and up

Morning Service, 10 AM

Ruth and Robert Taubman Program of Music & Meditation, 12:30 PM

The annual Ruth and Robert M. Tubman Program of Music and Meditation will focus on the theme “Autumn Teshuva: Turning to Hope and Peace.” The themes of hope and peace are especially significant in this time of turmoil in our world. The service of Music and Meditation will explore these ideas through beautiful and compelling poetry, readings and music during a reflective hour between the morning and afternoon Yom Kippur services. The program will feature BHC artists Ava Lenet, Stan Weiman and Lisa Weiss as well as musicians from the Peabody Conservatory of Music performing works by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Zemlinsky and others.

Study Session with Rabbi Busch, 1:45 PM

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

Guided Meditation, 1:45 PM

Join us 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, 2:45 PM

Our Afternoon Service will be enriched by the comments of BHC’s new 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 us for an interactive and creative program for children Pre-K—5th grades accompanied by an adult, led by Director of Education Brad Cohen. Following, join the congregation in the Sanctuary to hear the final shofar blasts.

Neilah (Concluding Service), 5:30 PM

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

Break-Fast, following Neilah

Join us to Break-Fast on Yom Kippur with fellow congregants and friends with a full kiddush-style meal. The cost is $28 for adults and $18 for children under 12. Reservations are required by Wednesday, October 5. Mail checks payable to BHC, Attn: Francie Gill, 7401 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21208. INFO: Carol J. Caplan, 410-764-1587, ext. 270.

Sukkot Evening  |  Sunday, October 16

Sukkot Learning, 4:30 PM

For families: Our Sukkot family education theme is “Enter the Sukkah.” Our learning will include figuring out puzzles, playing games and more, all while learning about Sukkot. For adults: Our Sukkot adult education program will focus on Sukkot themes of fragility and ushpizin (inviting guests) that is linked to our Hoffberger Gallery exhibit by Rabbi Gila Ruskin.

Sukkot Dinner, 5:45 PM

Enjoy a Sukkot dinner following the learning sessions and prior to our Sukkot Service. The cost is $10 per person or $20 per family. RSVP: Brad Cohen, Director of Education, bcohen@baltimorehebrew.org or 410-764-1587, ext. 290.

Sukkot Service, 6:30 PM

Sukkot  |  Monday, October 17

Sukkot on the Farm, 9:30 AM

For families with preschool aged children at the Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park, Hunt Valley, MD

Sukkot Service, 10 AM

Congregational Kiddush following in the Sukkah

Simchat Torah Evening  |  Sunday, October 23

Simchat Torah Learning, 4:30 PM

For families: Join us for the “Mystery of the Missing Torah.” Can you help our Rabbis find the Missing Torah? Do you think you have the skills to be an ace detective? This Simchat Torah education program is aimed at families with kids of all ages. For adults: Join us for an adult Simchat Torah education program as we dive deep into Torah Wisdom. RSVP: click here

Simchat Torah Dinner, 5:45 PM

Enjoy a Simchat Torah dinner following the learning sessions and prior to our Simchat Torah Service. The cost is $10 per person or $20 per family. RSVP: click here

Simchat Torah Service, 6:30 PM

Includes Blessing of New Students. We will dance with the Torahs and then open them all around the Sanctuary. We will also be celebrating the completion of our Tikkun Torah Campaign and honoring those who were involved.

Simchat Torah  |  Monday, October 24, 10 AM

Congregational Kiddush following in the Sukkah

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, "From the Bottom of the Well" by Rabbi Sachs-Kohen

Rosh Hashanah Evening Service

Rosh Hashanah Alternative Service, "Meet My Friends" by Rabbi Sachs-Kohen

Rosh Hashanah Morning Service

Yom Kippur Evening Service (Kol Nidre)

Yom Kippur Alternative Service

Yom Kippur Morning Service, "The Most Powerful Connection" by Rabbi Sachs-Kohen

Yom Kippur Yizkor Service, "Ben Stein's Dad" by Rabbi Sachs-Kohen


Rosh Hashanah Under The Stars, "If The Sandals Fit, Wear Them" by Rabbi Sachs-Kohen

Rosh Hashanah Evening Service, "Inspiring Joy" by Rabbi Busch

Rosh Hashanah Alternative Service, "We're All In This Together" by Rabbi Sachs-Kohen

Rosh Hashanah Morning Service, "Sacred Humanitarianism" by Rabbi Busch

Yom Kippur Evening Service (Kol Nidre), "No Magic Walking Stick" by Rabbi Busch

Yom Kippur Morning Service, "May We Be Changed For The Good" by Rabbi Sachs-Kohen

Yom Kippur Yizkor Service, "Continuing Conversations" 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. INFO: Jo Ann Windman, Executive Director, jwindman@baltimorehebrew.org or 410-764-1587 ext. 223.

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