Sunday, September 5, 2021
28 Elul 5781

 ~ Tikvat Israel High Holiday Guide ~
Rosh Hashanah
1-2 Tishrei 5782
September 6 – September 8, 2021
The New Year 5782 begins Monday evening, September 6 / 1 Tishrei. Before our observance commences, both in our homes and in our Synagogue, we'd like to present a few final reminders to help our services go as smoothly as possible for our congregants, our guests and our clergy, as well as those participating at home. A few days before Yom Kippur you will receive a similar online Guide with information specific to that day. Please note that there is still time to add/update your Book of Remembrance listing; the deadline is Friday, September 10. Click HERE for more information. Also it's not too late to add your name to our High Holiday Greeting -- we will have an updated card for Yom Kippur.

Please click the image above to open up our High Holiday greeting.
Click HERE for all High Holiday Order Forms.
Tikvat Israel’s Social Hall, which serves as our High Holiday sanctuary, will appear somewhat similar to how it looked in the past few years, but seating will be more spread out for social distancing. There will not be a “transition zone” in the back of the Social Hall; feel free to enter the Social Hall and take your seat when you wish, but please be considerate of others when doing so. There will also be no “cuddle zone” for families with young children this year; we look forward to bringing it back next year!
If you are joining us in the Social Hall please review our
Tikvat Israel 2021/5782 High Holiday
 COVID-19 Health and Safety Requirements
With the understanding that no amount of restrictions can guarantee a 100% risk-free environment during the High Holidays, the following are the health and safety rules for those attending services.

  • All persons 12 years old and older MUST be vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend indoor services in the synagogue building. Advance registration for services, which includes attesting to attendees’ vaccination status, must be submitted.

  • To assure the health of our community, on the day of services all attendees must be free of all cold and COVID symptoms, including fever, coughs, flu-like conditions, shortness of breath, or loss of sense of smell or taste. If you have any symptoms or are not feeling well, please attend via Livestream instead. You may attend if someone else in your household is ill, unless that person has been diagnosed with COVID-19 (if so, you must be tested and have a negative result);
  • Masks MUST be worn at all times by all persons 2 years old and older inside the synagogue building, except service leaders, Torah/Haftarah readers and shofar blowers;
  • Guests who meet the same vaccination requirements as members may attend if space allows;
  • Seating in the Social Hall during all services will be limited to 275 people;
  • Chairs in the Social Hall will be spread out in small groupings to allow distancing between family groups;
  • Family services will be conducted outdoors, weather permitting. Babysitting will also be available, with advance registration required. Masks will not be required for the outdoor services, or for babysitting when children are on the playground, but parents have that option if they choose;
We will hold an outdoor shofar blowing on Rosh Hashanah and an outdoor Yizkor service on Yom Kippur for those who are not comfortable coming inside the building.

• All livestreamed services during the High Holidays can be accessed at If you have any problems accessing through that link, please click the direct StreamSpot link HERE.
• All services on Zoom can be accessed at Study sessions on Yom Kippur afternoon can be accessed at


Monday, September 6
Erev Rosh Hashanah
4:00 pm – “The Blast” (various locations including Rabbi Israel's house, 5007 Butternut Drive, Rockville; visit for additional information)
6:00 pm – Mincha & Maariv (in-person and livestream)
7:15 pm – Candle Lighting

Tuesday, September 7
Rosh Hashanah, Day I
9:00 am – Informal lay-led Pesukei D’zimra (in person only)
9:30 am – Services Begin (in-person and livestream)
11:00 am – Youth Services (at Rockville High School)
4:00 pm – Shofar blowing at Rockville High School
4:30 pm – Mincha at Tikvat Israel (in-person and livestream)
5:00 pm – Tashlich at the Bridge (in-person only)
6:00 pm – Ma’ariv at Rabbi Israel’s House (in-person and via Zoom)
8:12 pm – Candle Lighting

Wednesday, September 8
Rosh Hashanah Day II
9:00 am – Informal lay-led Pesukei D’zimra (in person only)
9:30 am – Services Begin (in-person and livestream)
7:15 pm – Mincha and Ma’ariv (via Zoom only)

  • All the livestream links above are the same. In the unlikely event that they do not work, please click HERE for the direct StreamSpot link.
  • All the Zoom links above are the same. The Zoom link is our regular minyan link.

1. Our Erev Rosh Hashanah service, conducted by Rabbi Israel and Cantor Helzner, will be held at 6:00 pm in the Social Hall and livestream on Monday, September 6.
2. Parking: In addition to our parking lot we have access to additional parking next door and across the street. Please look at the following schedule to see which parking lots are available, and please do not use a lot other than those listed for a particular service. Please do not park in the townhouse developments across from or behind the Synagogue. Note that a section of Baltimore Road is closed for improvements between Gladstone and Broadwood Drives, but there is full access to the synagogue via Twinbrook Parkway and from Route 28 when entering Baltimore Road near Rock Creek Village Shopping Center. Note as well that we have recently restriped the parking spaces, adding one more accessible parking space, and improved directional arrows in the Tikvat Israel lot.

Erev Rosh Hashanah and 1st Day – Monday Evening and Tuesday AM/early PM, September 6-7.
Rockville High School –The entire lot will be available for parking.

2nd Day Rosh Hashanah – Wednesday AM and early PM, September 8
Limited parking at Rockville High School – School is in session on Wednesday, but you may use any open space after 9:00 am. Please drive and park carefully.
National Korean United Methodist Church across the street and slightly uphill from Tikvat Israel. Most of the lot will be open. Please leave spaces for church staff in front of their building, and cross Baltimore Road only at the crosswalk. 

As the TI lot fills up, be considerate of those who may arrive later and may need to park closer to the synagogue. If possible, please park farther away.

Information about parking on Kol Nidre and through Yom Kippur day will be published in the Yom Kippur edition of this online High Holiday guide, which will be sent next week. Note that there will again be a Manna Food Collection as you enter the building for Kol Nidre on Wednesday evening, September 15. Please click HERE for information about making a tax-deductible donation directly to Manna Food.
3. Tikvat Israel's High Holiday services are open to all who desire to take part in our communal observance of the Holy Days, but keep in mind that for security purposes everybody entering the building will be required to have tickets either with them or ready to be picked up at Will Call. Children under 13 do not need a ticket, but we do ask that they be accompanied by a parent when they enter or leave the building. You must enter through the main entrance; all other entrances will be locked. 
4. Side Trips -- interactive High Holiday learning sessions offered at one time during Rosh Hashanah services and during the break on Yom Kippur afternoon, will be held again this year. The side trip on Rosh Hashanah will be held on the patio outside the Social Hall at 11:30 am on Tuesday, following Rabbi Israel's sermon. Danny Bachman will lead a discussion on "Other Instances of Child Sacrifice." Side Trips for Yom Kippur will be announced in the Yom Kippur Holiday Guide.
5. Tashlich: Following the 4:30 pm Mincha service on Tuesday, September 7, we invite everyone to participate in Tashlich. For those walking from the shul, we will cross Baltimore Road and continue along the paved pathway traversing Rock Creek Park to our destination at the "Tashlich Bridge." To maintain social distancing we will not crowd onto the bridge; you will be able to spread out along the bank of the creek and then in your own time take a few moments to stand on the bridge to drop a few breadcrumbs or bird seeds into Rock Creek to symbolically cast away our previous year’s misdeeds. Adults and children are also encouraged to bring a shofar and join in a communal sounding of the shofar during the service. The walk from the Synagogue to the bridge is about 20 minutes; alternatively you can enter the park at (1) Greenspan Lane and Parkvale Road or at (2) Linthicum Street and Marcia Drive or from (3) Russett Road between Amberwood Lane and Drake Drive. From each entrance it is a short distance to the bridge.
6. Ma’ariv at Rabbi Israel’s House Following Tashlich: As we conclude Tashlich you are invited to join the community for Ma’ariv service at Rabbi Israel’s house, 5007 Butternut Drive, Rockville, a 10-minute walk from the bridge and a 25-minute walk back to the Synagogue. There will be ample parking on Butternut Drive and in the Manor Woods Swim Club lot. The accessible service will be held outdoors and will be available via Zoom.
7. This coming Shabbat morning, Saturday, September 11 -- Shabbat Shuvah -- our congregational services will be held in the Social Hall.

8. Please note that the Synagogue will be closed on Monday, September 6, in observance of Labor Day.
Best Wishes to All for a Happy, Healthy
& Sweet New Year