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High Holy Days

To download a printable HHD schedule, click here.

Registration is open for Bet Mishpachah's High Holy Day Services. We encourage everyone, members and non-members, to register in advance if you plan to attend services for Rosh Hashana and/or Yom Kippur. The suggested donation for non-members is $225 to help us cover the costs of our services, but everyone is welcome regardless of ability to pay. Our Break the Fast meal is free to members, but advance registration is required; guests of members may purchase a ticket to the break the fast for $50. 

Please click here to register for High Holy Days services. If you have already registered and would like to make a donation, please click here to donate. L'shana tova – happy new Jewish year!

New Location for HHD Services

Save the dates now to join us for Bet Mishpachah’s uniquely spiritual and meaningful High Holy Day (HHD) services for the New Year of 5780. This year our major HHD services will be held at a beautiful new location:

Friends Meeting of Washington (FMW)
Florida Ave. & Decatur Place, NW.

(just off Connecticut Ave. & S Street, NW.)

The Meetinghouse has just undergone a complete renovation, including the addition of a new 2-story glassed-in lobby with an elevator for full accessibility.

The Meeting Room is a beautiful space with a high-ceiling, gorgeous large windows, padded benches with backs, and a wonderful spiritual feel, plus there is no iconography.
The Meeting Room seats 300.

The Assembly Room (social hall) will be perfect for our Onegs (receptions) after Rosh ha-Shana services and for our traditional Break-the-Fast communal meal after the N’ila service that concludes Yom Kippur. The Assembly Room has elegant French doors to a beautiful large patio and newly landscaped garden.

There is a public parking garage 2 blocks away that is open till midnight, and the Dupont Circle Metro station (red line) is a short walk away. More information on HHD logistics will be provided in late August and early September.

If you would like to volunteer to help with HHD Logistics, please email the administration director at .

Mark your calendar now to join us on the following dates for our unique Rosh ha- Shana and Yom Kippur services with our fabulous Choir, Tach’shitim, conducted by Emma Gorin, and our own LGBTQ-affirming Machzor (HHD prayer book) — the only one in town. Rabbi Ben Shalva will return as our HHD Hazzan (cantor), and of course Rabbi Jake Singer-Beilin will be co-leading several HHD services, giving 2 HHD sermons, and leading our study session on Yom Kippur afternoon.

As usual, our S’lichot, second day Rosh ha-Shana and Shabbat Shuva services will be held at our regular Shabbat location, which starting in September will be back at the Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC (EDC JCC), at 16th and Q Streets, NW.

Transportation and Parking for HHD Services: 

The Friends Meeting of Washington (FMW) is conveniently located at 2111 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008.  It is a 6 minute walk (.3 mile) from the Q Street entrance to the Dupont Circle Metro Station and also close to several Metro Bus routes. Use the Metro Trip planner at to determine your best route and schedule.  We are arranging for a discounted parking rate of $21 at the Universal South Garage, which is .2 mile from the FMW. Details on obtaining a parking voucher are to be announced. The garage will not offer in/out service. We are also arranging for a very limited number of dedicated handicapped spaces directly in front of the Meeting House, to be allocated based on need to holders of disability parking permits. If you need a handicapped space, please contact

The Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (EDCJCC) is located at 1529 16th St NW, Washington, DC, 20036. It is a 9 minute walk (.5 mile) from the Q street entrance to the Dupont Circle Metro Station and also close to several Metro Bus routes. Use the Metro Trip planner at to determine your best route and schedule. Parking information is available on the EDCJCC website at

S’lichot at the EDC JCC:
Saturday, Sept. 21 at 8:00 PM 

Rosh ha-Shana first day at FMW:
Sunday, Sept. 29 at 8:00 PM
Monday, Sept. 30 at 10:00 AM

Rosh ha-Shana second day at the EDC JCC:
Monday, Sept. 30 at 8:00 PM
Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 10:00 AM

Shabbat Shuva at the EDC JCC:
Friday, Oct. 4 at 8:00 PM

Yom Kippur at FMW:
sign language interpretation will be available for this service
Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 7:00 PM sharp! — Kol Nidrei
Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 10:00 AM — Yom Kippur morning
Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 1:00 PM — Martyrology & Yizkor
Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 2:30 PM — Yom Kippur study session
Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 4:30 PM — Mincha (afternoon service)
Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 6:00 PM — N’ila (concluding service)
Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 7:00 PM — Break-the-Fast at FMW

Many thanks to our HHD services co-chairs, Paula Morris and Scott Reiter, who began HHD planning several months ago. They have assigned service leaders and darahanim / darshanot, and have already held several HHD planning meetings with our Choir Director Emma Gorin, Hazzan Rabbi Ben Shalva, and Rabbi Jake Singer-Beilin. We are also delighted that Rabbi Beth Cohen (a past president of Bet Mishpachah) will be participating in our Yom Kippur services this year.

Shana Tova u-M’tuka — a good and sweet New Year 5780 to all.

Sat, January 18 2020 21 Tevet 5780