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High Holy Days 5781

Planning | Schedules | Registration | Partner Offerings | Preparing Your Home | Yizkor Book

High Holy Day Planning


Welcome to our HHD page.  On behalf of Bet Mishpachah’s board of directors and our High Holy Day co-chairs, we wish everyone a sweet New Year.  On this page you will find useful information to plan for an inviting, meaningful, and spiritually uplifting high holy days.  Our services will be virtual, using Zoom Webinar and/or Zoom Meeting and as such, registration is required and each service will have its own unique access code.  Registration information follows after the service schedule.  The information below is also available in PDF form for you to download and print.                                                 

Service Schedules

Friday, September 18th, Erev Rosh ha-Shana 1, 8:00 pm:  Rabbi Jake Singer-Beilin and Elke Martin lead, with Rabbi Ben Shalva as Hazzan, Rabbi Jake Singer-Beillin as Darshan and James Radack delivers the appeal.

Saturday, September 19th, Rosh ha-Shana Morning 1, 10:00 am:  Paula Morris and Larry Neff co-lead, with Rabbi Ben Shalva as Hazzan, Rabbi Jake Singer-Beilin as Darshan, music by John Kaboff and Tach’shitim and Rachel Wolkowitz delivers the appeal.  This service is sign language interprteted.

Saturday, September 19th, Tashlich Service, 3:00 pm:  Join Eryca Kasse at the P Street Beach (P Streets and 23rd St NW) for an in-person socially distanced service.  Please wear your masks. Please also email Eryca if you plan to attend so she knows how many to expect.

Saturday, September 19th, Erev Rosh ha-Shana 2, 8:00 pm:  Allan Armus and Scott Reiter co-lead, with Keith Cohen as Darshan.

Sunday, September 20th, Rosh ha-Shana Morning 2, 10:00 am:  Vinny Prell and Jeff Burka co-lead, with Marc Bernstein as Darshan and Michael Resnick as Torah Reader.

Friday, September 25th, Erev Shabbat Shuva, 8:00 pm:  Rabbi Jake Singer-Beilin leads with Eva Freund as Darshanit.

Saturday, September 26th, Shabbat Shuva Morning Service, 10:00 am:  Paula Morris and Elke Martin co-lead.

Sunday, September 27th, Kol Nidrei, 7:00 pm:  Scott Reiter and Rachel Hamberger co-lead, with Rabbi Ben Shalva as Hazzan, Rabbi Jake Singer-Beilin as Darshan, music by John Kaboff and Tach’shitim and Joe Pomper delivers the appeal.

Monday, September 28th, Yom Kippur Morning Service, 10:00 am:  Rabbi Jake Singer-Beilin and Alex Carter co-lead, with Rabbi Ben Shalva as Hazzan, Al Munzer as Darshan, Michael Resnick as Torah Reader, music by Tach’shitim, and Diane Liff delivers the appeal.

Monday, September 28th, Martyrology/Yizkor Service, 2:00 pm:  Allan Armus and Elke Martin co-lead with music by John Kaboff.

Monday, September 28th, Rabbi’s Study Session, 3:00 pm:  Rabbi Jake Singer-Beilin leads.

Monday, September 28th, 4:00 pm, Mincha:  Jonah Bibliodrama - See Partner Offerings below.

Monday, September 28th, N’ila/Havdala, 6:00 pm: Larry Neff and Ruth Potts co-lead with Rabbi Ben Shalva as Hazzan and music by Tach’shitim.  This service is sign language interpreted.

Member Registration:  Bet Mishpachah members in good standing (dues paid/pledged) will automatically be registered for all services and will receive access information via email for each service.    

Non-Member Registration:  Non-members will need to register and are asked to make a donation to Bet Mishpachah for services they wish to attend.  The suggested donation is a triple chai, or $54.00, per major service or $216.00 for all four major services.  

The major services are Erev Rosh ha-Shana 1, Rosh ha-Shana Morning 1, Kol Nidrei, and Yom Kippur Morning.   We ask for your donation to help us defray the considerable cost of providing and hosting these services, which this year includes a production company that will provide a seamless online experience.  However, in keeping with Bet Mishpachah tradition, no one will be turned away from our services if they cannot donate at our suggested giving level. 

Register for either of the two major Rosh ha-Shana services, and you will automatically be registered for the Rosh ha-Shana 2 services.  Register for either the Kol Nidrei or Yom Kippur Morning services, and you will automatically be registered for Yizkor, the Rabbi’s Study Session and N’ila/Havdala. 

Non-member registration is via Eventbrite.  Search on Bet Mishpachah, or go to  There you will have the opportunity to register for an all access package or individual services.  Registration closed September 16th at 6:00 pm for Rosh ha-Shana services, but will remain open until September 24th at 12:00 pm for Yom Kippur services. 

Non-members will receive access information to the email they used to register on Eventbrite.  This email will be sent the day before services and will come from Zoom.  The subject will be the name of the service.  Be on the lookout for this email, as, depending on your service provider, it may end up in your junk mail.

The Blast DC:  Bet Mishpachah is partnering with congregations across the DC metro area to mark the sanctity of the High Holy Days by asking that congregants blow their shofar outside their homes at 5pm on September 18, right before Rosh ha-Shana begins. Just walk outside your house and sound your best tekiah g’dolah. This new year, the sound of the shofar will reverberate around the city as we awaken to the coming of a new year and it will remind us that we are all in this together. Join us as a diverse, pluralistic community of Jews to come together to mark this sacred season.  For more information, go to

Partner Offerings:  Bet Mishpachah is partnering with Rabbi Mark Novak, Washington DC’s Renewal Community, for their “More Joy, Less Oy” program so our members can participate in Elul, S’lichot and Yom Kippur Mincha Services.

Monday, September 28th, Yom Kippur Mincha Bibliodrama, 4:00 pm: Precedes our N’ila/Havdala services which start at 6:00 pm.  Bibliodrama "A Conversation wtih Jonah" with Anita Silvert (folk musician, singer/songwriter, recording artist and producer, and teacher of Judaic studies)

Registration is required.  For more information and to register, please visit their Facebook Page

Making Your Home a Sanctuary: Spiritual and Technological Preparation

We will be at home. We won’t be coming into a sanctuary, with a bima and the Holy Ark with the Torah scrolls in their white covers. It will be up to each of us to create for ourselves a mishkan, a sanctuary, a dwelling place for Spirit, in our own homes.

Take the opportunity ahead of time to be prepared. Is there a quiet place you could create a sanctuary for yourself? How will it feel during the day, and at night? What kind of lighting or seating would make you feel most centered? What special clothes will you wear? Are there some objects you could put in your space that are beautiful or meaningful or fragrant? Gather up whatever you would like to have for the appropriate service: challah, candles, apples and honey, wine or grape juice or appropriate beverage, yartzeit candle, a stone for the Yizkor service, Havdala set for Erev Rosh ha-Shana 2 and for Yom Kippur.

Since congregants won’t be on camera for the main High Holy Day services, you won’t need to be looking at the camera on your usual device. This gives you the opportunity to connect it to your TV or a large computer monitor to give you a better view of the service leaders and of the revised machzor, the prayer book for High Holy Days. If you don’t know what you need, go online and look for “how to connect your Android phone to your TV or whatever device you have. For other services when your camera is on, think about putting it on some books or a box, so that you are looking directly at the lens. You'll look better to others, and others won’t have to see at your ceiling fan or your walls at strange oblique angles! Check your lighting: Move a lamp or face a window during the day. Open the Zoom app and click New Meeting to check these things out in advance, so you will be ready when the Rosh ha-Shana arrives.

Not all these suggestions will necessarily be workable for you. What’s actually more important is the process of thinking about it. Awakening ourselves to what we are doing. Seeking ways to adapt. Opening ourselves to whatever will be. Finding hopefulness. That is the path we have set for the Days of Awe this year.

Yizkor Book

In Jewish tradition, when we write the name of someone we love or respect who has died, we append the Hebrew letters zayin and lamed after their name. This stands for zichrono l’vracha, “may they be remembered as a blessing.” It means that when we call them to mind, we should remember the good that they did in their lives and keep it alive through our own actions. What we do and how we behave is a reflection of our parents’, teachers’, and other loved ones’ influence on our own lives. We keep our memories of them alive, not just by a passive recollection, but by doing something — a mitzva — and associating their names with our actions. One way to do this is by making a donation to the congregation in their memory and having their names published in Bet Mishpachah’s annual Yizkor booklet. This booklet is used on Yom Kippur and other holy days when Yizkor is observed. This is not the same as observing a Yartzeit, the anniversary of a death. Submitting names for Yartzeit announcements will not result in the names being published in the Yizkor booklet. You must take the active step to perform the mitzva by making a donation to publish their names in the Yizkor booklet.  The deadline for submissions ended September 4th.


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