High Holy Days 2022

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Make the upcoming High Holy Day season personally meaningful

We are excited to offer worship opportunities at Temple, the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center (JBSC), and virtually on Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.


Schedule | Ticketing | Parking | Volunteer & Tributes | Accessibility & Assistance | Health & Safety | Additional Details

High Holy Days Schedule

Click here to view or download as a PDF

A note about High Holy Day sermons: The clergy will rotate locations, but their sermon stays the same. In other words, Rabbi Shankman’s Kol Nidrei sermon from Temple will be the same one she delivers at JBSC for Yom Kippur.

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

Out of town? Prefer to watch at home?
We’ve upgraded our cameras, so it’ll be as close to being in the Sanctuary as possibe!

Watch the Livestream

Once each service ends it will also be available on-demand on our YouTube page!

Memorial Book 2022

View this year’s book during the Yom Kippur holiday

View the Memorial Book

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High Holy Day Tickets

All ticketing for 2022 will be done online.

Please note that we have separate order forms for members, guests, and those participating in High Holy Days through 2239.

WHC Members

Emails have been sent to all members in good standing with links to reserve tickets for this year’s High Holy Days. If yu didn’t receive this email, please contact Jonathan Honigman

When you arrive at Temple or JBSC for services, simply present the ticket(s) you printed at home or show us the digital version on your phone. If you can’t find your tickets, no worries! Just come to the Will Call table when you arrive!

Not a member or
need tickets for your guests?

Order Non-member Tickets
Want to learn more about becoming a WHC member? Contact Jennifer Millstone.

Are you in your 20s or 30s?
2239 has a deal for you!

Order Non-member 2239 Tickets
If you’re a WHC member aged 22-39, please contact Rachel Kriegsman to request your 2239 tickets.


Ticketing FAQ

High Holy Day tickets are included in your WHC membership for those listed on your household account. Temple members whose accounts are current are welcome to reserve one ticket for each member in their household for any service.

Example: A family of four may request up to four tickets for Erev Rosh HaShanah on 9/25 and up to four tickets for Rosh HaShanah Day on 9/26. They can also select up to four tickets for a Family or Preschool service. 

We welcome friends and extended family of WHC members and members of the greater community to join us at any or all of our High Holy Day services. Tickets for non-members and guests are $180 per person, per holiday. Ticket holders may attend services at either location.

If you would like to use your Historic Seats, please call the Temple office at 202-362-7100 or email jhonigman@whctemple.org.

We will miss you! Many of our services will be available on our livestream so you can follow along wherever you are. See the schedule above for which services will be online.

As a member in good standing, you are eligible to request seating at another URJ Reform congregation. Click here for the URJ’s Reciprocal Request Form call 202-362-7100 for assistance.


Accessible parking is available at both JBSC and Temple on a first-come, first-served basis. Please have your valid parking tag or placard to show our staff upon arrival.

Two nearby blocks on Macomb St. NW and 39th St. NW are blocked and reserved for our members to park during the holidays.

For all services at Temple, we have arranged for you to park at St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral (2815 36th St. NW). Shuttle buses will run between Temple and St. Sophia’s on the following schedule:

  • Erev Rosh HaShanah – For the Intergenerational service, 5–8:30 pm
  • Rosh HaShanah Day – For the Intergenerational service, 9 am–12:30 pm & Family Service, 1–2 pm
  • Kol Nidrei – For the Intergenerational service,  7–10:30 pm
  • Yom Kippur Day – Beginning with the Intergenerational service through N’ilah, 9 am–7 pm

Volunteer Opportunities, Tributes, and More

WHC will continue its annual tradition of collecting canned and non-perishable foods to help those in our area struggling with hunger and food insecurity. We will distribute bags during Rosh HaShanah services that can be filled and brought back to Temple on Yom Kippur (or anytime leading up to Yom Kippur.)

You are also welcome to drop off donations at any time leading up to Yom Kippur during normal business hours at either JBSC or Temple.

Donations from this year’s drive will benefit Nourish Now and N Street Village.

First impressions are so important.

Our Greeters ensure that each person feels very welcome in our communal spaces and that every member recognizes they belong at WHC.

Belonging to a synagogue is about creating a community and building lifelong relationships. We embrace the Jewish value of kavod — dignity — which guides us to create a culture of respect from the moment anyone enters our spaces.

We celebrate the diversity of all the individuals and families who call WHC home.

Apply to be a Greeter

WHC is looking for members to assist with greeting, guiding, ticket-taking, and more throughout the High Holy Days.
Questions? Contact Marsha Humphries.

Our High Holy Day machzor (prayer book) is Mishkan HaNefesh.

At Temple & JBSC, we have prayer books for you to use when you come for services. If you have your own copies, you are invited to bring them.

Interested in ordering prayer books?

If you would like to use your Historic Seats, please call the Temple office at 202-362-7100 or email jhonigman@whctemple.org.

Signature Catering has a holiday menu you can order for pickup at the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center (JBSC) on Sunday, September 25, 8:30 am–9:00 am.

Deadline to order is Thursday, September 15, at 11:59 pm. 

To view the menu and pricing, follow these steps:
Order Rosh HaShanah Dinner

  • At the top of the page, click “Select order type.”
  • Select “Pickup”
  • Scroll down and select “Washington Hebrew Potomac”
  • Click “Start order”

Additional pickup locations are available throughout the D.C. area.

We’re partnering with Sunflower Bakery again this year and if you’re interested, order by September 15 at noon to pick up at Washington Hebrew Congregation on Wednesday, September 21 from 11 am-4 pm. Sunflower offers holiday favorites, delicious new desserts, and round challah (traditional, almond, raisin, and honey whole wheat) to usher in the New Year. Holiday menu available for online ordering on August 15.

See Sunflower’s Rosh Hashanah menu below. Questions? Contact Sunflower at info@sunflowerbakery.org or call 240.361.3698.

Sunflower Bakery and Café Sunflower are dedicated to providing skilled job training and employment for adults 18+ with learning differences in pastry arts, production baking, barista service, and front-of-house operations. Sunflower Bakery is one-of-a-kind and the only inclusive training program in Maryland that prepares young adults with learning differences for employment success in pastry arts, baking, or related industries. A community-based social enterprise focused on expanding job training and employment opportunities, workforce skills learned at Sunflower Bakery and Café Sunflower are marketable and transferable.

Sunflower RH 2022 Menu

Our religion gives us the opportunity to honor a long life with the beautiful custom of celebrating a second (or first!) B’nei Mitzvah when a person turns 83.

If you celebrated or will celebrate your 83rd birthday between Yom Kippur 2021 (9/16/21) and this Yom Kippur (10/5/22), we invite you to read the Torah blessings with us during our morning Congregational Services on Yom Kippur – safely from your seat at Temple, JBSC, or home! To participate in this aliyah, please contact Rebecca Rosenblum, rrosenblum@whctemple.org or 202-895-6307.

On Rosh HaShanah day, we have a wonderful tradition of reading the names of all the babies and children who have come into the lives of our Temple families during the past year.

If you welcomed a new child or grandchild after Rosh HaShanah 2021 and would us like to include them in this reading, please contact Rebecca Rosenblum or call 202-895-6307, with their name and date of birth.

The deadline for Memorial Book submissions was September 2.

If you did not receive our Memorial Book mailer or have questions about your tributes, please contact Eliza Prince at eprince@whctemple.org.

Accessibility & Assistance

At Temple, there is a chair glide at the parking lot entrance. Our restrooms and worship spaces are all accessible.

At JBSC, the main entrance is wheelchair accessible, and for anyone attending the outdoor Erev Rosh HaShonah service, there is a ramp located through the lunchroom that will take you directly outside to the worship area.

We will also have designated seating reserved at both JBSC and Temple for those with special needs. When you arrive for services, please see an usher who can direct you.

We will have licensed paramedics on hand at both Temple and JBSC just in case there is a need.

ASL interpretation (in-person) and/or Closed Captioning (livestream) is available upon request for any service or Study Session with at least two weeks’ notice. Please contact Rich Gordon with any questions.

We currently plan to have ASL interpretation for the following services:

  • Rosh HaShanah Family Service, Temple, 1-2 pm
  • Yom Kippur Family Service, Temple, 1-2 pm

At Temple, Kaufmann Sanctuary, Albert & Shirley Small Chapel, and Irwin & Ginny Edlavitch Hall are equipped with infrared listening systems. Wireless headphones needed to utilize the systems are available in Hurston Library.

For services at Temple, large print prayer books are available in Hurston Library.

For services at JBSC, large print prayer books are available in the Teen Lounge.

Health and Safety

Updated July 1, 2022

Vaccine Requirement

You no longer need to show proof of vaccination.

All WHC clergy and staff are fully vaccinated.

Socially Distanced Seating

Social Distancing & Reduced Capacity

For services at Temple, we reduced the number of available tickets to provide socially distanced seating throughout the Sanctuary.

We will not have a socially distanced section at JBSC, but we are monitoring ticket orders to ensure enough space is available for everyone.

Vaccines and Masks

Mask Requirement

Masks are still optional, though we encourage them for those who are unvaccinated to minimize the risk to themselves and others. If you arrive without a mask but want one, we’ll have them available at the door.

A reminder: wearing a mask does not mean someone is unvaccinated. They may be planning to travel, work or live with immunocompromised people, or may simply feel more comfortable wearing a mask in public spaces. Please be respectful of everyone’s choice.

Protecting the health and safety of the community is not just required of us; it is woven into our Jewish values.

All protocols and procedures are subject to change pursuant to government regulations and the medical judgment of our COVID-19 Task Force.

Please visit WHC’s COVID-19 page for more information.

High Holy Day Details and Schedules


We are just a click or phone call away!
Email jhonigman@whctemple.org
Phone: 202-362-7100

Schedule | Ticketing | Parking | Volunteer & Tributes | Accessibility & Assistance | Health & Safety | Additional Details