2019/5780 High Holy Days

5780 High Holy Day Information


L’Shanah Tovah!

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>>> SCHEDULE

Erev Rosh Hashanah – Sunday, September 29
6:00 pm – Services

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 – Monday, September 30
9:00 am – Shacharit in Sanctuary
10:30 am – Shofar in Sanctuary

Rosh Hashanah Day 2 – Tuesday, October 1
9:00 am – Shacharit in Sanctuary
10:30 am – Shofar in Sanctuary
Program: Hineini in the Light of Shechinah with Steve Siegel
following Rabbi Burg’s sermon, during Musaf, lower level (gimel + dalet)

Tashlich – Sunday, October 6, 9:45 am – 11:00 am
Join Beth Am on the Spirit of Baltimore for Tashlich! Learn, pray and sing while we cruise the Inner Harbor – start 5780 with a clean slate after casting your sins overboard in the form of bread.
Open to the community. Space is limited. Reservations required: RSVP CLICK HERE
$25/adult, $15/child suggested donation
Don’t miss the boat!
 Boarding begins at 9:45 am; Embarkment begins promptly at 10:00 am; Disembarkment at 11:00 am.

Kol Nidre – Tuesday, October 8
6:00 pm  – Services in Sanctuary

Yom Kippur – Wednesday, October 9
9:00 am – Shacharit in Sanctuary
11:00 am – Yizkor in Sanctuary
2:00 pm – Martyrology with Rheda Becker
followed by Open Forum with Rabbi Burg
followed by At the Break – Living Museum
4:45 pm – Minchah in Sanctuary
6:00 pm – Ne’ilah in Sanctuary
7:18 pm – Havdallah/Final Shofar in Sanctuary


>>>FOR OUR YOUNGEST WORSHIPERS

WELCOME TO CAMP TEKIAH!
Meaningful, age appropriate programming for Pre Bar/Bat Mitzvah children

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 – Monday, September 30
10:00 am – Age appropriate activities in Meeting Room Bet
11:00 am – Age appropriate services
   –  Yachad (babies and toddlers up to age 4, with parents) in Moadon
   –  Family (K -4th grade) in Beit Midrash
   –  Tween (5th, 6th, and 7th grades) Meeting Room Gimel
12:00 pm – Age appropriate activities in Meeting Room Bet

Rosh Hashanah Day 2 – Tuesday, October 1
10:00 am – Age appropriate activities in Meeting Room Bet
11:00 am – Age appropriate services
   –  Yachad (babies and toddlers up to age 4, with parents) in Moadon
   –  Family (K -4th grade) in Beit Midrash
   –  Tween (5th, 6th, and 7th grades) in Meeting Room Gimel
12:00 pm – Age appropriate activities in Meeting Room Bet

Yom Kippur – Wednesday, October 9
10:00 am – Age appropriate activities in Meeting Room Bet
11:00 am – Age appropriate services
   –  Yachad (babies and toddlers up to age 4, with parents) in Moadon
   –  Family (K -4th grade) in Beit Midrash
   –  Tween (5th, 6th, and 7th grades) in Meeting Room Gimel
12:00 pm – Lunch


>>>CHILDCARE – UP TO AGE 4
Reservations required. Please contact Devora, 410-523-2446 x1111 or frontoffice@bethambaltimore.org.


>>> 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 go to 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. Advance Registration is 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

CLOSED: MAHZOR FOR THE HIGH HOLY DAYS
It is Beth Am’s custom to bring your own Mahzor (prayer book) to High Holy Day services. The books are $48 each. Once purchased, the book is yours to keep.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR HIGH HOLY DAY SERVICES
Get involved! Beth Am needs you to volunteer for short sessions as High Holy Day greeters and ushers to help people navigate our newly renovated sanctuary. You’ll even get a special preview of our new shul’s new layout. Please contact Karen Sugar, Member Engagement at karen@sugarassociates.com or 410-428-2909. Or, let the front office know, frontoffice@bethambaltimore.org.

CLOSED: 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.

CLOSED: 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.

 


>>> SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Rosh Hashanah Day 2 | Tuesday, October 1
Hineini in the Light of Shechinah with Steve Siegel
following Rabbi Burg’s sermon, during Musaf, lower level (gimel + dalet)

Hineini, usually translated “here I am”, indicates a readiness to listen and pay close attention and relates both to the Hineni prayer of Musaf and Hinéini of the Torah reading. Together, we’ll study a traditional Jewish meditation/visualization technique, based on teachings from Tzfat from around 1600, followed by a 25 to 30 minute simplified version of the practice.

Stephen Siegel has been studying, practicing and teaching meditation for more than forty years. His principal teachers were his Rebbe, Rabbi Zalman Shachter-Shalomi and his Guru, Sri Swami Rama. Over the years Steve has been privileged to study Jewish and Himalayan meditation and Kabbalah with many other luminaries including Rabbi David Cooper, Swami Veda Bharati, Dr. Daniel Matt, Rabbi Dovber Pinson and Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz.

Yom Kippur | Wednesday, October 9 at 2:00 pm

Martyrology 2019- A Beth Am Tradition for Thirty -three Years
Beth Am’s Martyrology Service, led by Rheda Becker, has been a special part of Yom Kippur day for our congregation. This year marks the thirty-third anniversary of this traditional service, when we hear about martyrs from different periods of Jewish history. On Yom Kippur afternoon we will hear the remarkable story told in a book by Samuel Kassow called, Who Will Write Our History, about the last days of the Warsaw Ghetto and a secret group formed by a young Polish historian, Emanuel Ringelblum, who gathered an archive of writings by the remaining families and individuals and buried them underground in tin milk cans and boxes. After the war, two of the hidden places were uncovered through the help of the only three survivors of the group.

Open Forum with Rabbi Burg
Following Martyrology, join Rabbi Burg for a celebrated Beth Am tradition that goes back decades to the days of Dr. Louis Kaplan, our founding spiritual leader. Come prepared with quandaries and queries, or just sit back and listen to the stimulating discussion.

At the Break: Beth Am Becomes a Living Museum
Following Open Forum, this interactive tour of 2501 Eutaw Place will highlight our building’s historic architectural features, our building’s history and anchor status in Reservoir Hill and, most of all, the exciting (and at times harrowing) story of our renovation project. Participants will tour the building, guided by youth docents, to encounter storytellers with firsthand knowledge of the project from design to construction.
Featuring:
–  David and Eli Hess, artists who created the handrail for the new grand stair
–  Ed Hord & Jonathan Fishman, Building Task Force/Design Team Chairs
–  Charles Alexander and Jessica Damseaux, lead Architects
–  Rabbi Daniel Cotzin Burg
–  David Scher, nephew of Efrem Potts and co-chair of the Potts Legacy Society