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



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: http://tinyurl.com/BHCHHD or 410-764-1587 by Tuesday, September 4. 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-engaging 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 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, 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 Service

The Alternative Service is open to everyone, including families with children in Pre-K grade 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 High Holy Day teens and song leaders. American Sign Language interpreting will be provided at the Alternative Service.

Young Children's Services

A separate service is offered for Newborn—Pre-K. 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 evening, 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. We have educational programs before the evening services on both holidays. Join us for festive dinners on the evenings of Sukkot and Simchat Torah.

High Holy Day Food Drive

The 2018 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: Nicki Stratford, 410-764-1587, ext. 246 or nstratford@baltimorehebrew.org.


Help BHC prepare for the High Holy Days 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. Harvey Schevitz continues as Brotherhood’s Ushering Chair, helping us welcome any congregant as an usher. INFO: Iris Powell,                                                     ipowell@baltimorehebrew.org.

2018 High Holy Days Service Schedule

Selichot  |  Saturday, September 1, 8:30 PM

Join us as we welcome our new cantor and prepare for the High Holy Days with Selichot. Cantor Ellerin will teach us about “Soul Searching Thru Music” during our Selichot program and lead us at our Selichot service in the Hoffberger Chapel.  Kol Rinnah, our volunteer choir, adds to the beauty of this brief and beautiful service.  There are many opportunities to greet and pray with Cantor Ellerin this summer, but Selichot is a special spiritual opportunity to learn and pray with him.

Rosh Hashanah Evening  |  Sunday,September 9

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  |  Monday, September 10

Young Children's Services, 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 16

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, September 18, 7:30 PM

Yom Kippur  |  Wednesday, September 19

Young Children's Services, 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, 12:30 PM

The annual Ruth and Robert M., z”l, Taubman Program of Music and Meditation will focus on the theme “L’Dor V’dor: Reflections on Family Connections” and will feature our wonderful congregant artists Ava Lenet and family, Stan Weiman, Lisa Weiss, and musicians from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. 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.

Study Session with Rabbi Busch, 1:45 PM

Community with a Question Mark: The Value and Challenge of Bringing Jewish Groups Together: Enhance your Yom Kippur with an interactive study session regarding the purposes and the realities of building bridges across the local and broader Jewish community.

Guided Meditation, 1:45 PM

Join congregant Liora Hill 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  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 Experience, 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. 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  |  Sunday, September 23

"Sukkot Surprise" Educational Program, 4:30 PM

Sukkot Evening Service, 5:30 PM

Sukkot Dinner, 6:15 PM

Reservations required.

Sukkot  |  Monday, September 24

Sukkot on the Farm, Time TBA

For families with preschool aged children.

Sukkot Service, 10 AM

Sukkot Lunch in the Sukkah following.

Simchat Torah Evening  |  Sunday, September 30

"Art Exploration" Educational Program, 4:30 PM

Simchat Torah Evening Service, 6:15 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  |  Monday, October 1

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, "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


Rosh Hashanah Under The Stars, "Seeing the Forest for the Trees" by Rabbi Sachs-Kohen

Rosh Hashanah Evening Service, "Social Justice and Spiritual Search" by Rabbi Busch

Rosh Hashanah Morning Service, "Transforming Fear into Optimism" by Rabbi Busch

Yom Kippur Evening Service (Kol Nidre), "Gestures of Hope" by Rabbi Busch

Yom Kippur Morning Service, "What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger" by Rabbi Sachs-Kohen

Yom Kippur Yizkor Service, "Hallelujah" 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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