What are High Holy Day Intergenerational services?

Cantor Bortnick with guitar playing in front of standing congregation outdoors at JBSC

We are excited to share this year’s guide for Washington Hebrew’s Intergenerational High Holy Day services.

The services at both buildings offer the same rich and resonant High Holy Day liturgy and will carry you through the spiritual and emotional highlights of these Days of Awe. The feel of the services will vary depending on the building you choose to attend.

At Temple, our Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur services will take place in our Sanctuary with all the grandeur and beauty it offers. Our cantors and rabbis will be accompanied by our dedicated and talented musical director, David Lang on both organ and piano, along with our 12-voice Festival Choir, most of whom have been with us for a decade. These services are rich with tradition and the glorious melodies, both traditional and contemporary, will lift your prayers.

At the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center (JBSC), our Erev Rosh HaShanah Under the Stars and Rosh HaShanah morning services will be accompanied by our beloved Macomb St. Shabbat musicians. Our Kol Nidrei and Yom Kippur Morning services will be accompanied by a piano, violin, and cello trio. Rosh HaShanah Under the Stars will take place outside on the lovely JBSC grounds, while the other services will take place in our indoor worship area. These services are infused with beauty and contemporary melodies and will encourage you to raise your voice in prayer.

Whichever services you attend — at Temple, JBSC, via livestream, or a combination — your experience will be heightened by being together with your fellow congregants, and by the spirituality and holiness these holidays suffused.

High Holy Days Schedule

Kol Nidrei
Tuesday, October 4

Intergenerational service8–9:30 pmKaufmann SanctuaryShankman, Bortnick, Manevich
2239 service8–9:30 pmAlbert & Shirley Small ChapelFischel
Intergenerational service7–8:30 pmWorship SpaceMiller, Hamstra

Yom Kippur
Wednesday, October 5

Preschool service9–9:30 amAlbert & Shirley Small ChapelFischel, Hamstra
Intergenerational service10–11:30 amKaufmann SanctuaryMiller, Fischel, Hamstra
Family service1–2 pmKaufmann SanctuaryASL interpretation availableAll clergy
Study session: Young at Heart with Dick Kaufmann12–1 pmFreed Youth Wing
Study session: Living Tikkun Olam 365: How Together We Can Create Social Change12–1 pmEdlavitch Hall
Study session: Blacks and Jews in America: An Invitation to Dialogue1:30–2:30 pmEdlavitch HallShankman
Teen service2–3 pmAlbert & Shirley Small ChapelIra Miller
Music & Poetry3–3:45 pmKaufmann SanctuaryBortnick, Hamstra, Festival Choir, and Kol Rinah
Afternoon, Yizkor & N'ilah4–6 pmKaufmann SanctuaryAll clergy
Community Break Fast (Register)6–7 pmOchsman Multipurpose Room
Preschool service9–9:30 amUPDATE! Now Indoors in the Social HallShankman, Bortnick
Intergenerational service10–11:30 amWorship SpaceShankman, Bortnick