Your Guide to the 5782 High Holidays
and Fall Chagim at Tikvat Israel
We are currently planning on our High Holiday services taking place 
in-person in our Social Hall and masked. An online option will be available for all services held indoors.
 
We know that conditions are constantly changing, and we will update you through emails and B'kesher of changes that are made.

We know you may feel uncertainty regarding your plans because of ongoing developments with the spread of Covid. Just as we may need to change our plans, we expect that you may also. Please fill out the form with your best guess of your plans as of right now. If anything changes, you can let us know later.

Registration is required
for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur tickets.
Please use the button immediately below to
register by Wednesday, August 25
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
You will find more information about each topic later in this guide, but here are the most important things you need to know:
  • In the building: High Holiday services will take place in-person in our Social Hall (masks and registration required).
  • Online: All Tikvat Israel indoor services will be broadcast using our StreamSpot system or on Zoom. We have once again hired RCI Systems to produce and oversee the technical aspects of the service to provide you with the best viewing experience possible.
  • Live Shofar Blowing: The shofar will be blown during services. In addition, there will be shofar blowing in the parking lot at Rockville High School. You can also hear the shofar in-person, with social distancing at various locations in the DC metro area, including Rabbi Israel's house, 5007 Butternut Drive. (For additional information visit www.theblastdc.com).
  • Machzor Pick-up: At designated times, those not attending services in-person will be able to come to the synagogue to pick up a copy or copies of Machzor Lev Shalem. Home delivery will be arranged for those who are unable to come in person. If you plan to attend some services services in-person, we ask that you bring your machzor with you to services.
  • Children/Family Programming: We will have children and family services outdoors on both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We are pleased to offer free babysitting for our families this year. Registration is required.
  • Selichot: On Saturday Evening, August 28, 8:30 pm Tikvat Israel will partner with Kehillat Shalom, Shaare Tefila, and B'nai Shalom of Olney for Selichot via Zoom. Prior to the service, we will have an opportunity to hear a presentation by Laura Shaw Frank, director, Contemporary Jewish Life at the American Jewish Committee (AJC). The program and the service will be online, and we will share the link for it as the date approaches.
  • Tashlich: We will have a communal Tashlich at the Bridge in Rock Creek Park on the first day of Rosh Hashanah. It is about a 20-minute walk from the Synagogue to the bridge; as an alternative 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.
  • Side Trips / Study Sessions: We will have our popular “Side Trips" during the holidays, either in-person or by Zoom.
  • Annual Memorial Service at Judean Memorial Gardens: On Sunday, September 12, at 10:30 am, Rabbi Israel will join with other congregations in conducting a community memorial service at Judean Memorial Gardens.
  • Book of Remembrance: Renew, update or add a new listing in the Book of Remembrance. Click HERE for more information, including links to online and downloadable forms.
  • Order Forms / Documents: Printable order forms and information can be found HERE or click the image below.
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 by August 25. Click below to register.

  • 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.
THE DETAILS

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES:

Selichot
Saturday, August 28
8:30 pm – Ma’ariv/Havdalah (via Zoom)
8:45 pm – Speaker: Laura Shaw Frank, AJC Director, Contemporary Jewish Life discusses “Communal versus Personal Vulnerability: Understanding Antisemitism in the Context of The Season of Repentance”
9:30 pm – Selichot Service


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

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

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

Wednesday, September 15
Kol Nidre 
6:45 pm – Kol Nidre

Yom Kippur Day 
Thursday, September 16
9:00 am – Informal lay-led Pesukei D’zimra 
9:30 am – Services Begin
11:00 am – Youth Services (outdoors)
1:00 – 5:00 pm - Study sessions (During Break, In-Person and Zoom)
2:00 pm – Yizkor (alternative choice, outdoors)
5:00 pm – Mincha with Yizkor, Neilah
7:45 pm – Ma’ariv, Havdalah, Shofar (Shofar 7:54 pm) 

We know you may feel uncertainty regarding your plans because of ongoing developments with the spread of Covid. Just as we may need to change our plans, we expect that you may also. Please fill out the form with your best guess of your plans as of right now. If anything changes, you can let us know later.

Registration is required
for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur tickets.
Please use the button immediately below to register by August 25.
Erev Sukkot
Monday, September 20
6:30 pm – Minchah and Ma’ariv
 
Sukkot Day I
Tuesday, September 21
10:00 am – Morning Services
7:30 pm – Ma’ariv

Sukkot Day II
Wednesday, September 22
10:00 am – Morning Services
7:30 pm – Ma’ariv and Havdalah

Chol Hamoed Sukkot
Thursday, September 23
8:00 am – Morning Services
7:30 pm – Evening Services

Friday, September 24
8:00 am – Morning Services
6:00 pm – Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday, September 25
10:00 am – Shabbat Services
7:50 pm – Havdalah

Sunday, September 26
9:00 am – Morning Services
7:30 pm – Evening Services

Hoshannah Rabbah
Monday, September 27
7:00 am – Hoshannah Rabbah
7:30 pm – Erev Shemini Atzeret Minchah and Ma’ariv

Shemini Atzeret
Tuesday, September 28
9:30 am – Morning Services

Erev Simchat Torah
Tuesday, September 28
6:30 pm – Ma’ariv with “Hakafot”

Simchat Torah
Wednesday, September 29
9:30 am – Morning Services with “Hakafot”
7:30 pm – Ma’ariv and Havdalah

SHOFAR BLOWING
The primary mitzvah of Rosh Hashanah is hearing the blasts of the shofar. Fulfilling the mitzvah requires hearing the actual sound of the shofar and not a distortion or amplification of it.

Monday, September 6, 4:00 pm: Join Rabbi Israel, who will be participating in "The Blast" from his house in his driveway (5007 Butternut Drive, Rockville). For more information and other locations visit www.theblastdc.com
(“The Blast” is an opportunity for the Washington Jewish community to welcome Rosh Hashanah with city-wide shofar blasts. Just walk outside your house with your shofar and sound the shofar as best or as loud as you can!)

Tuesday, September 7, 4:00 pm, Rockville High School (Barring a torrential downpour, the shofar blowing will take place rain or shine.)
HIGH HOLIDAY HOSPITALITY

We seek those who need a place to go and those who can offer hospitality for the High Holidays. Please let us know if you have room at your table for guests, or if you need a place to go for the evening Yom Tov meals – Monday, September 6, or Tuesday, September 7 – or break fast on Thursday evening, September 16, 2021. Click HERE or the image of the form at right to download a printable PDF. Please fill out the form by September 1 and return it to the office or contact Hope Levy Kott, Hospitality Coordinator.
MACHZOR PICK-UP
In an effort to ensure our congregants can pray from home, we have designated special days for a “drive by” to the synagogue to pick up our machzorim (High Holiday Prayer Books)
                                                    
We have set aside two dates and times to get your machzor:
  • Wednesday, September 1, from 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
  • Thursday, September 2, from 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Our plan is to make this work similar to the drive-in dining process. Cars will enter the parking lot from Baltimore Road and follow around to near the base of the front steps of the synagogue where volunteers, wearing masks, will put the books on your car’s back seat and wish you a shana tova.

For people with mobility and other limitations or who don’t feel comfortable coming to the parking lot, please call the office and we will make a special “covid safe” delivery to your home.

You may come at either time or, if you choose, you may ask for someone to deliver to your home. For delivery please call the office and tell them how many books you need so that you may participate in the service.

Note: The machzorim that we distribute will be books that have been purchased for the synagogue through the generous donations of our congregants. Some of them will have dedicatory labels; all of the machzorim must be returned to the synagogue after the holidays. Watch for information about these "return days," during which we will also accept donations of non-perishable food for our annual High Holiday drive for Manna Food. Please do not bring your Manna donations when you pick up your machzorim.

If you wish to purchase a machzor for your personal use, please contact the office or use the form in the packet above.

CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES
Tuesday, September 7
Rosh Hashanah, Day I
10:30 am – 12:30 pm – Babysitting
11:00 am – Family services (outdoors)
11:00 am – Services for K-2 graders (outdoors)
11:00 am – Services for 3-7 graders (outdoors)

Wednesday, September 8
Rosh Hashanah, Day II
10:30 am - 12:30 pm – Babysitting

Wednesday, September 15
Erev Yom Kippur / Kol Nidre 
6:30 pm – Until End of Service Babysitting

Yom Kippur Day 
Thursday, September 16
10:30 am - 1:00 pm – Babysitting
11:00 am – Family services (outdoors)
11:00 am – Services for K-2 graders (outdoors)
11:00 am – Services for 3-7 graders (outdoors)

Yom Kippur Evening / Neilah
5:15 pm – Until End of Service Babysitting

We are pleased to offer free Babysitting, Family Services and Youth Services for our families this year. However, you must register by August 27 for Family Services, Youth Services and Babysitting:
  • Family Services and Babysitting, Register HERE.
  • Youth Services (K-2 graders and 3-7 graders), Register HERE.
SELICHOT
On Saturday Evening, August 28, at 8:30 pm, Tikvat Israel will partner with Kehillat Shalom, Shaare Tefila, and B'nai Shalom of Olney for a virtual Selichot via Zoom. Prior to the service, we will have an opportunity to hear a presentation, "Communal versus Personal Vulnerability: Understanding Antisemitism in the Context of The Season of Repentance," by Laura Shaw Frank, director, Contemporary Jewish Life at the American Jewish Committee (AJC).

The Selichot service provides us with an opportunity to intensify our cheshbon ha-nefesh — our personal preparations for the High Holidays. Many of the prayers and melodies recited in this brief and spiritual service are the same as those recited on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We will stand together as agudah echat — one community — just as the High Holiday machzor indicates. 

BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE
Renew, update or add a new listing in the Book of Remembrance HERE.

RENEWAL LISTING: Access/Download last year's Book of Remembrance at tikvatisrael.org/yizkorbook to check your previous listing.

ORDERING LULAV AND ETROG (ARBAH MINIM) SETS FOR SUKKOT
Tikvat Israel will once again be working with a local supplier, Silver Spring Daled Minim, to supply Lulav & Etrog sets to our congregation. The cost per set is $72. All etrogim will come with pitumim. If you have never purchased a set, this year may be the year to consider doing so. Orders for sets must be placed by 3 pm Friday, August 27, and will be available for pickup in the Tikvat Israel lobby before Sukkot, which begins the evening of Monday, September 20. Order your set(s) HERE.
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A Friendly, Participatory, and Egalitarian Conservative Synagogue where everyone has something to teach, and everyone has something to learn.