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, the new Machzor, will be used for the High Holy Days. BHC will provide them for your use at services. We have a 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 High Holy Day services at BHC.

Child Care

On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur mornings, free child care will be available for children between the ages of 2 years—3rd grade, for BHC members only. Space is limited. A reservation form is available at The E.B. Hirsh Early Childhood Center, 410-764-7281, or the Temple Office, 410-764-1587. Advance registration is required; no child will be admitted without this form.

The Flower Tradition

The congregation would like to remember your immediate family members who are homebound or in a nursing home during the High Holy Days. The cost of the 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.

Transportation to Temple Events

The Irene Gogel Transportation Fund, established through the generosity of the Gogel family in memory of Irene Gogel, provides 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 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 Road, 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.

Children's Services

Separate services for Newborn—Pre-K and for K—3rd grades. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Alternative Service

The Alternative Service is open to everyone and aimed at families with children in 4th grade and above. This service encourages creative and intimate prayer using both prayerbooks and projected prayers. American Sign Language interpreting will be provided.

Sukkot and Simchat TorahSimchat Torah 2014

The fall holidays continue with our harvest festival and the celebration of Torah reading and study. Join us for Sukkot and Simchat Torah, evening and morning services. We will enjoy the decorated Sanctuary Sukkah. On Simchat Torah, we will bless our new Youth Education students. At that service, we will dance with the Torahs and then unroll Torahs all around the Sanctuary.

Bema Home Connection

For those homebound, hospitalized, or otherwise unable to attend services, BHC Cares provides Bema Home Connection for Shabbat Services and High Holy Days. This enables congregants to hear services through the telephone. Those wishing to reserve a connection through Bema Home Connection for High Holy Day Services should contact the Temple Office, 410-764-1587 and notify us of the services you wish to hear.

Videostreaming of services is also available. See information at the bottom of this page.

High Holy Day Food Drive

The 2015 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. Volunteer support would be greatly appreciated for the food drive. BHC is a proud member of GEDCO—Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation. INFO: Steve Cornblatt, scornblatt@troutdaniel.com or 410-868-6867.


Ushers are crucial to smooth and meaningful High Holy Day Services. BHC ushers include men and women of many different ages. Brotherhood coordinates our ushers, chaired by Harvey Schevitz. We welcome new volunteers to usher. Most ushers volunteer for only one service during the High Holy Days. New ushers are welcome for Shabbat as well. INFO: Harvey Schevitz, bhc.ushers@gmail.com

2015 High Holy Days Service Schedule

Selichot  |  Saturday, September 5, 8 PM

The evening of Selichot is a chance to prepare oneself spiritually for the High Holy Days. For the last several years, BHC has used Selichot as a chance to explore artistic approaches and ideas as we prepare for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This year, join us as we explore the woodcuts that appear in the Mishkan Hanefesh, the new Reform Jewish prayerbook. We will consider their themes as we explore the wide range of poetry found in these new books. Our discussion will be led by Rabbi Busch and BHC congregant and Hoffberger Gallery Chair Marcia Bornfriend. Our Selichot evening consists of a reception, followed by the discussion of “The Art and Poetry of the Machzor,” and then the Selichot Service. This brief service features beautiful and special music by Kol Rinnah, our volunteer choir.

Rosh Hashanah Evening  |  Sunday, September 13

Rosh Hashanah Under The Stars, 6 PM

This is BHC’s unique Rosh Hashanah evening service for families and the community. It will be held 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 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  |  Monday, September 14

Children's Services, 9 AM

Alternative Service, 9:30 AM

Rosh Hashanah Around the World, 9:45 AM

Children Pre-K—2nd grade are invited for a Rosh Hashanah hands-on activity and snack. Registration is required. INFO and registration: Brad Cohen, Director of Education, bcohen@baltimorehebrew.org or 410-764-1587, ext. 290.

Morning Service, 10 AM

Shabbat Shuva  |  Friday, September 19, 6:15 PM

Cemetery Memorial Services  |  Sunday, September 20

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 22, 7:30 PM

Yom Kippur  |  Wednesday, September 23

Children's Services, 9 AM

Alternative Service, 9:30 AM

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 “L’Dor V’Dor: Gratitude Through the Generations.” The program will offer reflections on the many blessings that come to us throughout the life cycle. It will feature actors Ava Lenet and Stan Weiman, and pianist Lisa Weiss, who are all BHC congregants and outstanding musicians from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Featured composers are Mozart, Bach, Cohen, Mendelssohn and Bloch. This midday hour of beautiful readings and music offers an artistic and meditative space for Yom Kippur reflection.

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 us 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

Each year, our Yom Kippur Afternoon Service includes congregants reflecting on the impact Judaism has had on their lives. This year speakers will be Si Kalderon and Ben Piven.

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. Following, join the congregation in the Sanctuary to hear the final shofar blasts.

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

Break your fast on Yom Kippur with fellow congregants and friends with a full kiddush-style meal. The cost is $28 for adults and $18 for children under 12. Reservations are required by Wednesday, September 16. Mail checks payable to BHC, Attn: Francie Gill, 7401 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21208. INFO: Carol J. Caplan, carolcjca@comcast.net or 410-764-1587, ext. 270.

Sukkot Evening  |  Sunday, September 27

Sukkot Learning, 4:30 PM

For adults and families with children in 4th grade and up. All congregants are needed for The Great Sukkah Build. Gather with us as we construct, decorate and build Sukkot. Each Sukkah we build will be raffled off for a family to take home.

Sukkot Dinner, 5:45 PM

Build your own taco. Reservations required.

Sukkot Service, 6:30 PM

Sukkot  |  Monday, September 28

Sukkot on the Farm, 9 AM

For families with preschool aged children. County Ag Center & Farm Park, Cockeysville, MD

Sukkot Service, 10 AM

Congregational Kiddush following in the Sukkah

Simchat Torah Evening  |  Sunday, October 4

Simchat Torah Learning, 4:30 PM

Simchat Torah Experience for all ages.

Simchat Torah Dinner, 5:45 PM

Build your own falafel. Reservations required, click here. The cost is $10 per adult or $20 per family. Drop off a check or call the Temple Office to make a payment at 410-764-1587.

Simchat Torah Service, 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  |  Monday, October 5, 10 AM

Congregational Kiddush following in the Sukkah

High Holy Day Sermons


Rosh Hashanah Under The Stars, "If The Sandals Fit, Wear Them" By Rabbi Sachs-Kohen

Rosh Hashanah Evening Service, "Inspiring Joy" by Rabbi Busch

Rosh Hashanah Alternative Service, "We're All In This Together" by Rabbi Sachs-Kohen

Rosh Hashanah Morning Service, "Sacred Humanitarianism" by Rabbi Busch

Yom Kippur Evening Service (Kol Nidre), "No Magic Walking Stick" by Rabbi Busch

Yom Kippur Morning Service, "May We Be Changed For The Good" by Rabbi Sachs-Kohen

Yom Kippur Yizkor Service, "Continuing Conversations" by Rabbi Busch


Rosh Hashanah Under The Stars, "What's Water?" by Rabbi Sachs-Kohen

Rosh Hashanah Evening Service, "Still Confronting Prejudice" by Rabbi Busch

Rosh Hashanah Alternative Service, "The Goal Isn't Paradise" by Rabbi Busch

Rosh Hashanah Morning Service, "The Opposite of Love Is Not Hate" by Rabbi Sachs-Kohen

Yom Kippur Evening Service (Kol Nidre), "Changing Our Lives and Our Books" by Rabbi Busch

Yom Kippur Alternative Service, "Living Wholeheartdly in a Shame-Filled World" by Rabbi Sachs-Kohen

Yom Kippur Morning Service, "Israel, Tunnels, and Options" by Rabbi Busch

Yom Kipper Afternoon Service, "Yom Kippur Reflections" by Howard Libit

Yom Kippur Afternoon Service, "Yom Kippur Reflections" by Linda G. Speert

Yom Kippur Yizkor Service, "Fear is the Little-Death" by Rabbi Sachs-Kohen


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. 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.

Click here to begin videostreaming or download the app for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Android.

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