High Holy Days

High Holy Day Schedule 2018/5779

Click here to see Beth El's complete 2018 high holy day guide

High Holy Day Youth and family services

Services Schedule for Rosh Hashanah Day 1 - Monday, September 10 and Yom Kippur - Wednesday, September 19

10:00 a.m.: Babysitting (Preschool classrooms 12&13)
10:00 a.m.: Early Childhood Family Service* (Myers Auditorium)
10:45 a.m.: Preschool Activities (Myers Auditorium)
10:00 a.m.: Family Service (2nd graders and above) Option #1* (Gorn Chapel)
11:00 a.m.: Teen Service (Rooms 213-214)
11:30 a.m.: Family Service (2nd graders and above) Option #2* (Gorn Chapel)

For children of parents who attend adult services:
10:00 a.m.: Before Care (Schapiro Auditorium)
11:00 a.m.: 1st-3rd Grade Service (Kolker Room); 4th-6th Grade Service (Schapiro Auditorium)
12:00 p.m.: After Care (Schapiro Auditorium)

Services Schedule for Rosh Hashanah Day 2 - Tuesday, September 11

10:00 a.m.: Babysitting (Preschool classrooms 12&13)
10:00 a.m.: Early Childhood Family Service* (Myers Auditorium)
10:00 a.m.: Family Service (Gorn Chapel)

Downtown services: Salem Lutheran Church @ 1530 Battery Ave

Rosh Hashanah Family Service - Led by Cantor Melanie Blatt
Monday, September 10 at 4:00 p.m.

Yom Kippur Family Service - Led by Cantor Melanie Blatt
Wednesday, September 19 at 4:00 p.m.

* Click here to fill out our High Holy Day family service survey and register. For questions, contact Fran Davis at 410-484-4543.

Support the Beth El Sisterhood & Enjoy Varieties of Kugel

Available Kugels are: Sweet Kugel ($19), Potato ($20), Raisin Kugel ($23), Apple Kugel (sweet bread pudding) ($32), Peach Kugel ($23). Gefilte fish loaves are also available ($25/pan). All of the above come in a 9x13 pan, are pareve and will serve 24 small pieces.

Fill out this form and submit it to the congregation office with payment by Monday, August 27. All orders must be picked up on Friday, September 7, between 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. All kugels must be paid for when ordering.  

Your check is your confirmation and receipt. Make checks out to Beth El Sisterhood and send to Beth El, Attn: Lori Downing.

For more information, contact Lori Downing, Event Coordinator, at 410-484-0411 or [email protected].

Selichot: The High Holy days Begin
Saturday, September 1 at 9:00 p.m.

On Selichot, we usher in the powerful themes and stirring melodies of the High Holidays. This year, we will turn to the familiar text of the “Un’tane Tokef”, in which we visualize the Book of Life being written and sealed, determining the fate of every living creature.  We will look for inspiration not only in the traditional words, but in the late Leonard Cohen’s brooding “Who By Fire?”, in which he called upon his Orthodox Jewish upbringing to examine  the traditional text through a stark contemporary lens.

Join us as we present Cohen’s music and a discussion of the text, along with Cantor King’s stirring Selichot service featuring cellist Evan Drachman, a contemporary instrumental ensemble, and the men of the Beth El Choir. 

Tashlich Service
Monday, September 10, 4:45 p.m.
Druid Ridge Cemetery, 7900 Park Heights Ave.

Come cast away your sins! This ceremony, “Tashlich,” allows us to express our desire to be free from sin. As we toss crumbs into the waters we symbolically cleanse ourselves of our misdeeds. Everyone is invited to bring their shofar and bread crumbs. 

Beth El Congregation Annual Service of Remembrance
Sunday, September 16 at 11:00 a.m.
Beth El Memorial Park, 9700 Liberty Road (South of Marriottsville Rd).

This service is led by Rabbi Steven P. Schwartz, Rabbi Dana Saroken and Cantor Thom King.

Individual, Interfaith and Family Lots are available with convenient payment plans.

Contact Sarah Rohan at 410.484.0411 or [email protected] to arrange a personal consultation.



To learn about making an Aliyah to celebrate the High Holidays, click here. To request an Aliyah, please contact our Ritual Director, Ben Kreshtool, at 410-484-0411 x 1404 or [email protected]

Lulav and Etrogs set for Sukkot

Please submit your payment no later than Wednesday, September 12. Lulav & etrog are $60. Sets can be picked up on Friday, September 21. **Check back for further information**

Erev Sukkot begins Sunday, September 23, and continues Sunday,  September 30 and Monday, October 1. 

First Aid for the High Holidays:

We will have an EMT available to provide first aid during all High Holiday services.  The first aid station is located in the main office, off of the Weil-Mandel lobby.

Parking for the Holidays:

Parking is difficult at this time of year. We appreciate your cooperation with our professional parking staff in alleviating unnecessary congestion. If the main lot is full, you may park your cars at one of the following locations:

Hooks Lane (where allowed) – Please take notice of all posted signs!

Greene Tree Road (off of Hooks Lane)

Brooks Robinson Drive (formerly Radio Tower Drive)

Park Heights Avenue (where allowed) – Please take notice of all posted signs!

For the convenience of our congregants, shuttle busses, provided by Len Stoler, will operate along these locations. No unaccompanied child under the age of 16 will be allowed on the bus.

Please remember that illegally parked cars are subject to ticketing by the Baltimore County Police Department. If you park in a fire lane, you will be towed or ticketed. These county regulations will be enforced and Beth El Congregation is not liable for cars ticketed or towed.

Celebrating the Holidays

Celebrating the Holidays

We come together as friends and family seeking God’s presence in song, celebration, and study.

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