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 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 receive 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.


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 BHC High Holy Day services.

Child Care and Rosh Hashanah Children's Activities

During Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur morning services, free child care will be available for children Infant—4-years-old for BHC members only. Space is limited. RSVP: tinyurl.com/BHCHHD or Brad Cohen, Director of Education, 410-764-1587. Advance registration is required; no child will be admitted without registering.

NEW for 2017: During our Alternative Services, there is an option for children Pre-K—4th grades. They will break-out after a short portion of the service and participate in a mixture of age-engaging services and activities, all led by our Educators, BHC teens and song leaders. Snacks will be provided. Parents will then pick up their child(ren) 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, 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 the E.B. Hirsh Early Childhood Center and the Sanctuary. With permission of the city and county, “No Parking” signs are 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 children Pre-K—4th grades to attend their own service and activities led by our educators, BHC 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 Infant—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. Join us for a festive dinner on the Shabbat evening of Sukkot.

High Holy Day Food Drive

The 2017 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.


Help BHC 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.

2017 High Holy Days Service Schedule

Selichot  |  Saturday, September 16, 8:30 PM

The evening of Selichot provides a chance to prepare spiritually for the High Holy Days. BHC approaches this preparation through the exploration of art and ideas. This year, Interim Cantor Sharon Kohn will introduce our new Selichot prayerbook. Cantor Kohn will lead and introduce us to poems and songs of Mishkan Halev, as we engage in discussion and prepare for Rosh Hashanah. Our Selichot evening consists of a reception and discussion, with our Selichot Service following, which includes Kol Rinnah, our volunteer choir.

Rosh Hashanah Evening  |  Wednesday,September 20

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 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  |  Thursday, September 21

Young Children's Services, 9 AM

For families with infants—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

Cemetery Memorial Services  |  Sunday, September 24

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)  |  Friday, September 29, 7:30 PM

Yom Kippur  |  Saturday, September 30

Young Children's Services, 9 AM

For families with infants—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 Taubman Program of Music & Meditation, 12:30 PM

The annual Ruth and Robert M. Taubman Program of Music and Meditation will focus on the theme “Nature’s Blessings and Beauty.” The program will feature our wonderful congregant artists Ava Lenet, Stan Weiman and 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. The program is generously supported by Ruth and Robert M. Taubman and organized by congregant Maria Kannen. 

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 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 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. 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.

Break-Fast, following Neilah

Join us to Break-Fast on Yom Kippur with fellow congregants and friends with a kiddush-style meal. The cost is $28 for adults and $18 for children under 12. Reservations are required by Friday, September 15. 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 Service, Wednesday, October 4, 6:30 PM

Sukkot on the Farm, Thursday, October 5, Time TBA

For families with preschool aged children.

Sukkot Service, Thursday, October 5, 10 AM

Congregational Kiddush following in the Sukkah

Sukkot Dinner, Friday, October 6, 7 PM

Simchat Torah

Simchat Torah Evening Service, Wednesday, October 11, 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 Service, Thursday, October 12, 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, "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


Rosh Hashanah Under The Stars, "From the Bottom of the Well" by Rabbi Sachs-Kohen

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

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

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


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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