Click here to read a High Holy Day Greeting from our Clergy Team
With the High Holy Days just a few weeks away, our clergy, staff, and volunteers are working diligently to ensure that our worship is both meaningful and safe. We know that many TRS members look forward to coming together in our sacred spaces, while others are hesitant or plan to join us virtually.
We are grateful that our community has incredibly high vaccination rates, as evidenced by state and county statistics, national studies of various religious groups, and data from our own internal High Holy Day survey. However, given the severity of the new Delta variant, the significant rise of Covid cases, and the impact on children, we are implementing the following vaccination policy:
All those who wish to attend an indoor service are required to be fully vaccinated (final shot received at least two weeks prior to attending). Those unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons are exempt. We ask that those who are eligible but not vaccinated join us virtually. Judaism says “kol Yisrael aravim zeh l’zeh” – All people are responsible for one another. While vaccination is an individual decision, attending services enters our members into a communal responsibility. As a community of honesty and trust, if you show up at TRS to worship, you are affirming that you have stepped up to this mitzvah and are fully vaccinated.
The evolving Covid situation requires us to approach these most holy of days with the utmost care. With so many joining us in-person, our goal is to create as healthy an environment as possible and foster a sense of comfort and safety. We will continue to share our thinking and decision-making process, and we welcome your feedback.
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.
Amy Beckman, TRS President
Jessica Ingram, Executive Director
Rabbi Amy Schwartzman
Cantor Michael Shochet
Rabbi Jeffrey Saxe
Cantor Rachel Rhodes
Rabbi Stephanie Bernstein
Additional safety protocols remain in place
Services Open to All
Capacity and Social Distancing
Click here to view our High Holy Day Schedule. Please note that this page is password protected, you can access it by using your High Holy Day registration password.
Below please find descriptions of the services offered during the High Holy Days, including the ages for whom the services are most appropriate:
Adult Main Service at TRS: (Sanctuary and Social Hall) These services feature powerful sermons, majestic music with our Koleinu volunteer choir, piano, and solo instruments. The liturgy evokes meaningful and contemplative messages relevant for our time. These services are recommended for adults and are open ONLY to those who are vaccine-eligible (ages 12+). Limited seating is available for those with infants under the age of 3 months. Please be in touch with us for more information or to reserve a seat. Services in the Sanctuary will be live-streamed.
Adult Outdoor Service at TRS: (Tent) These services will be held in a large tent on our property and are contemporary, introspective and more informal, with participatory music and a meaningful sermon from one of our rabbis. While these services are geared for adults, older children and teens, they are open to members of all ages.
Family Service Offsite (Erev Rosh Hashanah only) at Lake Fairfax Park: Erev Rosh Hashanah family service at Lake Fairfax Park will be a joyous opportunity for lively, musical worship with all our clergy. This service will be live-streamed.
Family Service Offsite at LDS Church*: These morning services are fun and informal and feature a story. The music is participatory and features our Family Service band. All ages are welcome. The service is geared for families with older children, teens and adults. These services will be live-streamed.
Younger Family Service Offsite at LDS Church*: This short evening service is designed to engage our youngest members with a fun story and guitar accompaniment. All ages are welcome. The service is geared for families with children in Kindergarten through grade 2. This services will be live-streamed.
Older Family Service at TRS: (Sanctuary) A shorter service that features an engaging story and participatory music led by our youth choirs and Family Band. All ages are welcome. These services are geared for families with children in grades 3 and up, but younger siblings are welcome. This service will be live-streamed.
Teen Service at TRS: (Mishkan – Small Sanctuary) Led by our Youth professionals and teens from TRSTY, this service is for our teens in grades 7-12 only.
Youth Program at TRS: (Early: Classrooms/Tent, Late: Classrooms/Mishkan) This program features special High Holy Day activities, snacks, and a short service. This program is designed for children in grades Kindergarten through 6 (expanded this year to include any child not yet eligible for vaccination). It is held concurrently with both adult morning services.
Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur Afternoon Offerings
Tot Services at TRS: (Rosh Hashanah: Sanctuary, Yom Kippur: Tent) This fun, short, tot experience offered on both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur engages preschoolers with a story and lots of singing. Open to all children accompanied by at least 1 ticketed adult. The service in the Sanctuary will be live-streamed.
Rosh Hashanah Afternoon Family Tashlich at TRS: (Outdoors) This service and sing-along is a centuries-old custom of casting our sins into a moving body of water to symbolically cleanse both body and soul. Geared for families with elementary school age children. This service will be live-streamed.
Rosh Hashanah Adult Tashlich at Lubber Stream in Arlington: Join Cantor Rhodes and the Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action group for a reflective and meditative Tashlich experience. We will explore our connection to the Earth through song, walking, and meditation. We will conclude our easy hike by tossing leaves into the water for Tashlich and hearing the shofar blast. Please register here.
Outdoor Parking Lot Shofar Service at TRS: Pack up the family and head over to TRS for a Shofar Service in our parking lot. Make sure your car horn works! This event is weather-dependent. Extra points for cars decorated for Rosh Hashanah! This service will be live-streamed.
Yom Kippur Music & Meditation Hour: ( Sanctuary) A spiritual hour of music to reflect on the themes of Yom Kippur. (Ages 12+) Music and Meditation will be live-streamed.
Yom Kippur Discussion Hour: (Social Hall) Each year a different topic is selected. Stay tuned for this year’s topic in the weekly e-letter. (Ages 12+) The Discussion Hour will be live-streamed.
Afternoon Service of Healing and Forgiveness: (Sanctuary) On Yom Kippur, we look inward for spiritual sustenance to help us through the difficult times and moments in our lives. This service is designed to help us find comfort and solace through the words and music in search of forgiveness and healing. This service will be live-streamed.
Yom Kippur Yizkor (Memorial) Service: (Sanctuary) A loving service to remember those who have been a blessing to our lives. It is customary to observe Yizkor and recite the Mourner’s Kaddish on Yom Kippur and the festivals for family members who have died. (Ages 12+) This service will be live-streamed.
Yom Kippur N’ilah (Concluding) Service: (Sanctuary) The climactic ending of our High Holy Days features all our clergy and service leaders, along with Koleinu and the Family Band. This uplifting service allows us to conclude the Days of Awe with engaging music and inspiring words designed to leave us renewed for the New Year. All congregants who blow shofar are invited to join for the final T’kiah G’dolah. (Ages 12+) This service will be live-streamed.
Our offsite services are held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS Church) 2034 Great Falls Street, Falls Church (at the corner of Great Falls Street & Kirby Road). Satellite parking is available at that location. The shuttle bus service runs continuously between TRS and LDS Church.
We look forward to beginning a new year together in just a few short days. We are grateful that we can offer outdoor services to our members – we know this is creating a safer, comfortable, and meaningful way for so many in our community to worship together this year.
Given how temperamental the weather has been of late, we do want to share with you our “rain plans” so that you may plan accordingly. In case of inclement weather, we will decide about the location 24 hours prior to its start time, post an announcement on our website, and notify attendees via email. Please note that while there are a variety of options, anyone attending our Main Adult Services at TRS must be vaccinated – children under the age of 12 are not able to join us at these services.
Click here to view our Rain Plan Schedule. Please note that this page is password protected, you can access it by using your High Holy Day registration password.
We are looking forward to seeing you on Monday, September 6, at 5:00 PM for our Rosh Hashanah Family Service at Lake Fairfax Park in Reston, VA.
There are a few important details we need you to know. Please click here to read the following carefully and let us know if you have any questions! Please note that this page is password protected, you can access it by using your High Holy Day registration password.
As in years past, you can register by clicking here. In order to register, you will need your personal login and password. As always, you are welcome to contact the Temple office if you need assistance.
Please register your family and guests as soon as possible. Service times are filled on a first come-first served basis. Registration is required – everyone MUST have a ticket to attend our services.
PLEASE NOTE A FEW IMPORTANT CHANGES:
Once you have completed the registration process, you will receive an email confirmation of your service choices, donations, and Yahrzeit names. Please keep this for your records.
Due to space constraints, we only have room for members and their guests. Guest tickets will be available for family and friends who accompany members to services – you can request guest tickets in the registration portal.
Cost of Guest Tickets (per person/per service)
|Parents and Grandparents of Members||No charge|
|Adult Relative (age 30 and older)||$50 per service|
|Unrelated adult (age 30 and older)||$75 per service|
|Adult Children/Guests (age 26-29)||$25 per service|
|Younger Family Evening Services (Adult and Child Guests)||$10 per service|
As a TRS member, if you would like to attend services at another Reform congregation, you are entitled to complimentary tickets. Please contact our High Holy Day volunteer desk, email@example.com, so that they may complete a High Holy Days Reciprocity Form for you.
To guarantee seating with groups of friends or relatives, register as one group with the smaller group signed up as guests of the larger group. There is no charge for TRS members registered as your guests.
If you wish to be seated in a particular room, please indicate your preference when you register. Please note which services are assigned to specific room; we will be unable to move you on the day of services.
Please contact the High Holy Day volunteer desk:
You can reach our High Holy Day volunteers at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.532.2217 x318
As is our tradition, the names of those who passed away since last Rosh Hashanah will be listed in our Yizkor Book and read aloud during that service.
Names of additional family members that you would like to be listed in the book should be submitted during ticket registration for an $18 donation per name.
As we did last year, you may also make a donation to the temple by sending a New Year’s greeting to the congregation. These greetings will be collected during the registration process and printed to share with the congregation prior to Rosh Hashanah. There are opportunities to share individual greetings, or to be listed on an Honor Roll of Holiday Greetings.
There are several different options for your New Year greetings to the congregation:
Cost of Greetings Options:
|Honor Roll Listing(s)||$36 per listing|
|Quarter Page Personalized Greeting (word limit: 18 words)||$360|
|Half Page Personalized Greeting (word limit: 36 words)||$720|
|Full Page Personalized Greeting (word limit: 64 words)||$1,000|
Some sample language:
Tot Services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are open to all children accompanied by at least one ticketed adult. Tickets are free; members and guests of members will be able to use a regular ticket secured during registration. Non-members may request a ticket by contacting the High Holy Day Volunteer desk at email@example.com or 703.532.2217 x318.
Teen Services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are open to all teens, are led by our Youth Professionals and teens from TRSTY, and are open only to our teens in grades 7-12. Registration is required.
The High Holy Days Youth Program is available for Temple members’ children in grades K-6 and is held concurrently with the early and late morning services on both holidays. Registration is required.
Babysitting is available for Adult Morning Services at the Temple for children ages two through six. Registration is required and costs $15 per child.
Tickets will be mailed in late August and should arrive to members by September 1. You may also choose to pick up your tickets at the temple during the week of August 30.
We are grateful to the 600+ members who filled out our High Holy Day survey. Nearly 75% of respondents indicated that everyone in their households is fully vaccinated. Another 25% shared that their households will be fully vaccinated once vaccines are available for children.
While vaccination rates in our community are high, we will continue to layer mitigation measures to ensure that all temple members have a safe and meaningful holiday experience:
Don’t get a parking ticket!
Please be respectful. Do not block driveways (law is 10 foot clearance to a driveway) or park on the grass. Police will ticket! Please do not park on Kirby Court.
More info: http://bit.ly/trsparkingtips
Use handicapped parking.
Designated parking spots for those with disabilities are available in the Temple parking lot. Please arrive early so that we can assist you.
Use the free shuttle.
The shuttle runs continuously between TRS and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 2034 Great Falls Street, Falls Church (at the corner of Great Falls Street & Kirby Road). The lot has a capacity of 200 vehicles.
Take a cab, Uber or Lyft!
Arlington Red Top Cab, 703.522.3333 or Yellow Cab, 703.534.1111.
Yom Kippur Donation Drive
Wednesday & Thursday, September 15 & 16
On Yom Kippur we are collecting nonperishable food, paper products and toiletries to stock the shelves at the SHARE, Inc. food pantry, which serves low-income residents of McLean, Great Falls, Falls Church and the Tysons/Pimmit Hills area. Bring your donations with you to services and leave them on the truck parked at the top of the parking lot. At this time of year the pantry’s shelves are almost bare, and SHARE relies heavily on the generosity of TRS congregants to provide the bulk of their food for the next few weeks. All donations are greatly appreciated but these items are always in short supply: cooking oil, white rice, tuna, cereal, toothpaste, laundry detergent and diapers/wipes.
You can reach our High Holy Day volunteers at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.532.2217 x318.