2019/5780 High Holy Days

5780 High Holy Day Information

Beth Am is looking forward to celebrating the new year with you!

If you do not see the answer to your question(s) below under Frequently Asked Questions, click here to send us an email.

 

>>> FORMS AND DOCUMENTS


Erev Rosh Hashanah – Sunday, September 29
Rosh Hashanah Day 1 – Monday, September 30
Rosh Hashanah Day 2 – Tuesday, October 1

Tashlich – Sunday, October 6, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Please join Beth Am on the Spirit of Baltimore as we cast our sins overboard in the form of bread. Open to the community. Registration details coming soon…

Kol Nidre – Tuesday, October 8
Yom Kippur – Wednesday, October 9


>>> FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHO NEEDS A TICKET?
For security reasons, EVERYONE OVER AGE 13 must hold and show a ticket to enter the building during High Holy Day services. To make entry smoother, we suggest your children enter the building with you.

WHAT DOES OPEN SEATING MEAN?
Open seating means that specific seats are not pre-assigned, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis, except for a small number of seats that will be reserved for individuals with physical limitations and their immediate family.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PURCHASE TICKETS?
High Holy Day seats are first and foremost a benefit of membership. All members in good standing, and children up to age 25, are entitled to a ticket for services at the nominal cost of $54 per person. If you need to discuss your personal situation or make special arrangements to pay your membership obligations, please contact Executive Director David Rothenberg, at 410-523-2446 x1121.

HOW DO I ORDER TICKETS?
Please CLICK HERE to download and print the seating form, or use the form you received in the mail.

WHERE DO I MAIL MY TICKET REQUEST FORM AND PAYMENT?
Return completed seating forms with checks or credit card payment information to the Beth Am Interim Office, 2701 N. Charles Street, Suite 402, Baltimore, MD, 21218 no later than Friday, August 9, 2019.

I AM NEW TO BALTIMORE OR JUST VISITING, BUT I AM NOT A MEMBER, CAN I ATTEND HIGH HOLY DAY SERVICES AT BETH AM?
We welcome guests and non-members to Beth Am Synagogue, and hope that you will find our services warm and enriching.  Whether you are new to Baltimore or just passing through, we are pleased to have you join us.  Please contact Executive Director David Rothenberg at david@bethambaltimore.org or 410-523-2446 x1121 to learn about holiday worship and membership.

I AM NOT A MEMBER BUT MY CHILDREN ATTEND THE JEWISH DISCOVERY LAB, AM I ELIGIBLE FOR TICKETS?
If this is your first year as a Lab family, we are pleased to offer you two complimentary tickets. We look forward to sharing many more High Holy Day services and simchas with you and your family!

HOW DO I PURCHASE TICKETS FOR MY CHILDREN?

  • Children ages 12 and under: Camp Tekiah has age appropriate programming for Pre Bar/Bat Mitzvah children.
  • Children ages 13 to 25: Post Bar/Bat Mitzvah children may sit with their parents in open seating for the nominal charge of $54. For security purposes, we ask that dependent children arrive at and enter the synagogue with parents. Please see section B on the seating form to list children.
  • Young Adults ages 26 to 30: There is a charge for your young adult children living in the Baltimore area who are otherwise eligible for their own membership. Please see section C on the seating form for details.

IS CHILDCARE AVAILABLE?
Beth Am welcomes children in all services. We understand that young children and parents appreciate the option of childcare. For your convenience, we are pleased to provide childcare for children ages 2 to 5 by a licensed childcare provider. Registration in advance required. Please see Section B on the seating form to request a childcare reservation.

HOW DO I PURCHASE TICKETS FOR OUT-OF-TOWN FAMILY AND FRIENDS?
We are fortunate that so many extended families and friends call Beth Am home, and we understand that you would like to have out-of-town guests visit and worship with you. Members in good standing may purchase extra tickets (based on availability) at a charge of $360 for adult children over age 26, and guests who reside outside of the Baltimore metropolitan area on a full-time basis. Please see Section C on the seating form to request guest tickets.

We realize that members often have High Holy Day guests visiting who belong to another synagogue out-of-town. Beth Am participates in an informal reciprocal High Holy Day seat arrangement with other synagogues. If your guests are year-round full members in good standing at any other synagogue, they may obtain High Holy Day seats from Beth Am (based on availability) upon submitting a letter from their home synagogue on letterhead. Please contact the Beth Am office for details, HighHolyDays@bethambaltimore.org or 410-523-2446.

We will make every effort to accommodate guest ticket requests, as long as our members have been accommodated.

WHAT IF I WANT TO SIT IN MY USUAL SEAT?
If you want to sit in your traditional seats, you are welcome to arrive early!

WHAT IF SOMEONE IS SITTING IN MY USUAL SEAT?
Please be gracious. The High Holy Days are a time to reconnect with our traditions and congregational family. Please find seating nearby and enjoy taking in the beauty of Beth Am from another vantage point.

I NEED TO HAVE A PERSONAL AIDE WITH ME. DO THEY NEED A TICKET?
There is no additional charge for a ticket for an aide. For security purposes, the aide will need a ticket for entry. Please include details in the space provided for other information at the bottom of the form.

I AM HEARING IMPAIRED. WILL I BE ABLE TO HEAR THE SERVICE?
An induction loop system is being installed on the floor of the sanctuary covering the two center sections. If you would like to take advantage of the new sanctuary loop system, please sit inside the loop area.

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY TICKETS?
Tickets will be mailed in mid-September to members in good standing.

WHAT DO I DO IF I DON’T RECEIVE OR I LOSE MY TICKETS?
Please contact the Beth Am Office before Friday, September 27,  HighHolyDays@bethambaltimore.org or 410-523-2446. On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, there will be help desks staffed by volunteers to assist anyone with ticket issues

WHERE DO I PARK?
We do not anticipate the complication that occurred in 2018 from the extensive street and utility repairs by the city. There should be ample street parking available, in addition to limited space in our parking lot.

HOW CAN I OBTAIN MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HIGH HOLY DAY SERVICES?
Please contact the Beth Am Office via email at HighHolyDays@bethambaltimore.org, or call 410-523-2446.

 


>>> ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

BIMA FLOWER SPONSORSHIP
The gift of flowers to decorate the Bima is a meaningful way to honor loved ones, simchas and milestones. Your generous contribution enhances the beauty of our sanctuary throughout the High Holy Days.
In order to be listed in the High Holy Day Program as a Bima Flower Sponsor, contributions are due to the Beth Am Office no later than Friday, August 30. CLICK HERE

MAHZOR FOR THE HIGH HOLY DAYS
It is Beth Am’s custom to bring your own Mahzor (prayerbook) to High Holy Day services. The books are $48 each. Once purchased, the book is yours to keep.
To have your Mahzorim for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Services, the book(s) must be ordered no later than Tuesday, September 3. CLICK HERE

ORDER YOUR LULAV & ETROG FOR SUKKOT
The lulav and etrog are important symbols of Sukkot. Enhance your festivals by having your own set to shake! Choose from two sizes: $28 and $35. Orders are due to the Beth Am Office no later than Friday, September 13. Details coming soon!