High Holiday Services

High Holiday Services

Beth 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*.
    *Please note: Whitman High School will not be available this year due to construction. In order to accommodate the main service as well as the family and children’s services that took place at Whitman, we will be using the Bindeman Center at 11810 Falls Road (at Tuckerman Lane) in Potomac.
  • 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-member tickets: Click here to purchase non-member High Holiday tickets. Non-member tickets will be available as of Monday, August 19.

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Click here to view/download the 5780/2019 High Holiday guide.

Click to enlarge the High Holiday schedule. For an accessible version, please download the High Holiday guide from the link above and see pages 8 and 9 of the PDF.

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Below, you can view sermons from both Rabbi Harris and Rabbi Werbin.

Rabbi Harris


Rabbi Werbin