Holiday and Special Services

High Holiday Services

Blowing the shofarBeth El conducts three parallel services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

  • Traditional services are held in the Bender Sanctuary at Beth El and at Walt Whitman High School.
  • The alternative Kol Haneshama services take place in the Swoff Chapel. On the first day of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur mornings this service starts with the Torah service. This service is lay-led and incorporates lots of singing, discussions, and creative readings.
  • The Family Service, geared toward families with children in 3rd-5th grades, take place on both days of Rosh Hashanah and also on Yom Kippur. They are held at Bethesda United Methodist Church, across the street from Beth El, and are led by Rabbi Minnen.

During the summer, High Holy Day packets are sent to all congregants to get tickets for one of the three services. (High Holy Day tickets are included in membership dues.) If you are not a member but are interested in attending High Holy Day services at Beth El, please call the front office at 301-652-2606 for information on ticket availability.

Non-members: Click here to purchase High Holiday tickets.

Click here to download the 5778 High Holy Day information booklet.

5778 High Holy Day Service Schedule

BETH ELMAIN SERVICE BETH EL KOL HANESHAMA SERVICE WHITMAN MAIN SERVICE FAMILY SERVICE (For families with children in 3rd-5th grades)
Erev Rosh Hashanah
Wednesday, September 20
Festival Evening Service
Rabbi Harris and Rabbi Werbin
Hazzan Fradkin and Steve Kuperberg
6:30 pm
With Main Service At Beth El
Rosh Hashanah
Thursday, September 21
Festival Morning Service
Rabbi Werbin and Steve Kuperberg
9:00 am
Service begins at 9:30 am Rabbi Harris and Hazzan Fradkin
9:00 am
Rabbi Minnen at Bethesda United Methodist Church
10:30 am–Noon
Rosh Hashanah – Day 2
Thursday, September 21
Festival Evening Service
Rabbi Harris and Rabbi Werbin
Hazzan Fradkin and Steve Kuperberg
6:30 pm
With Main
Service
At Beth El
Rosh Hashanah – Day 2
Friday, September 22
Festival Morning Service
Rabbi Harris and Rabbi Werbin
Hazzan Fradkin and Steve Kuperberg
9:00 am
With Main Service At Beth El Rabbi Minnen
Swoff Chapel
10:30 am–Noon
Kol Nidre
Friday, September 29
Rabbi Harris and Hazzan Fradkin
6:15 pm
Complete Kol Nidre Service
6:00 pm
Rabbi Werbin and
Steve Kuperberg
6:00 pm
Yom Kippur
Saturday, September 30
Morning Service 9:00 am
Torah Reading 10:00 am
Sermon/Yizkor/Musaf 11:30 am
High Holiday Seminar 3:30 pm
Mincha 4:45 pm
Neilah 6:45 pm
Conclusion of Fast/Shofar 7:30 pm
Rabbi Harris and Hazzan Fradkin 9:30 am Service concludes with Musaf and Yizkor Rabbi Werbin and
Steve Kuperberg
Rabbi Minnen at Bethesda United Methodist Church
10:30 am–Noon