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 informationĀ on ticket availability.

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Below, you can view sermons from both Rabbi Harris and Rabbi Werbin, along with the Beth El President’s address from Larisa Trainor. Click here to visit our YouTube page, where you can view all of these videos in one playlist.

Jaywalking – Rabbi Werbin – Erev Rosh Hashanah

RSVP – Rabbi Werbin – Rosh Hashanah

Our Sacred Knot – Rabbi Harris – Kol Nidre

Ripples – Rabbi Harris – Yizkor

Beth El President’s Address – Larisa Trainor