High Holy Days

 

 

 

 

It’s time to register for High Holy Day 2017/5778 services! Here is some helpful information:

Ordering Your Tickets

Registration is now open. Service times are filled on a first come, first served basis, so please register your family and guests as soon as possible. Everyone must have a ticket to attend our High Holy Day services. Members may register by:

  • Visting the High Holy Day Registration Site by August 25, 2017. You will receive an email confirmation of your service choices, donations, and Yahrzeit names. Please keep this for your records. (Login and re-set password are provided via email to members. Note that the characters following the “M” are zeroes.)
  • Calling the Temple office at 703.532.2217.
  • Visiting the Temple during office hours.

Service Guide/Description of Services

Here is a brief description of the services offered during the High Holy Days, including the ages the for whom the services are most appropriate:

  • Adult Service: this service is recommended for adults. Children under five years old are not permitted. Babysitting is available for the morning services at the Temple for ages two through six for $15/child; obtain a required ticket via registration.
  • Teen Service: this service is open to all teens in Grades eight through 12.
  • Older Family Service: all ages are welcome but this services is recommended for families with children Grades three and up.
  • Younger Family Service: all ages are welcome but this service is geared for families with children in Kindergarten through Grade two.
  • Tot Service: all ages are welcome but this service is geared for children with pre-school age children. This short service and song-session is open to all children accompanied by at least one ticketed adult. Tickets are free. To obtain a ticket, drop by the Temple office during office hours, contact the High Holy Day volunteer desk at HHvol@templerodefshalom.org or 703.532.2217, Extension 318. (See more information in the Tot section of this page)
  • Alternative Adult Service: this service is geared for adults, older children and teens. Children under five years old are not permitted. The music is participatory and is accompanied by piano, guitar, flute, and percussion. The prayers are introspective, contemporary, and encourage self-reflection.
  • Alternative Family Service: all ages are welcome but this service is geared for families with older children, teens and adults. The music is participatory and is accompanied by piano, guitar, flute, and percussion. The prayers are introspective, contemporary, and encourage self-reflection.

Rosh Hashanah Afternoon:

Family Tashlich: all ages are welcome but this service and sing-along is geared for elementary school age children. Tashlich is the centuries-old custom of standing at a moving body of water to symbolically purify both body and soul. We will “cast away our sins” as we sing and pray for a New Year of fulfillment and rejuvenation.

Yom Kippur Afternoon Offerings:

  • Music & Meditation Hour: a spiritual hour of music to reflect on the themes of Yom Kippur.
  • Discussion Hour: each year a different topic is selected. Stay tuned for this year’s topic in the weekly eletter.
  • Service of Forgiveness & Healing: on Yom Kippur, we look inward for spiritual sustenance to get through difficult times and moments in our lives. This service is designed to help us find comfort and solace through words and music in the search for forgiveness and healing.
  • Yizkor (Memorial) Service: 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.
  • N’ilah (Concluding) Service: as the sun sinks low, we join with all of our clergy in uplifting music and spiritually fulfilling words to conclude the Days of Awe. All congregants who blow Shofar are invited to join in the final blast!

Youth Program

The High Holy Days Youth Program is designed for Temple members’ children in Grades Kindergarten through four. It is held concurrently with Adult Morning services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

The program includes special High Holy Day activities, snack, and services led by our staff. Children will be placed in age-appropriate groups with lessons facilitated by Religious School teachers, lay leaders and volunteers.

To ensure our Youth Program has enough volunteers to succeed, we need parents to assist as volunteers when they are not worshiping themselves. Please register to volunteer online. Thank you!

Sessions will be held in classrooms throughout Temple Rodef Shalom. Specific locations will be posted in the School Lobby entrance of the Temple. Children will remain in their program until the adult services are over and they are retrieved by a parent.

Space is limited and reservations are required. Register your child via the High Holy Day registration site. Please do not sign up for sessions your child will not attend as we turn away families when registration has reached capacity! ID badge tickets will be issued to Youth Program participants.

Babysitting

Babysitting is available for Adult Morning services at the Temple for children ages two through six. Obtain with tickets for a fee of $15 per child with your registration. Prior registration is required.

Guest of Member Ticket Purchase

Due to space constraints we only have room for members and their guests. We are able to offer tickets to our evening Alternative Services at George Mason High School to the community. These Alternative Services are open to the public. (see the Non-Member Tickets tab for more information)

Here are the options for guests of our members:

Evening and Morning Services:

  • All attendees at all of our High Holy Day evening and morning services must have a ticket.
  • Parents and grandparents of members are offered complimentary tickets.
  • Guests who belong to a Reform congregation are entitled to complimentary tickets. Please have their congregation email or fax a “High Holy Days Seating Request” form to HHvol@templerodefshalom.org or 703.536.0754. To ensure that your guests are seated with you, please list their names on the guest page in the online registration system and select services for them when you order your tickets; you need not wait until the Temple receives the form to order their tickets.

Afternoon Services:

  • A ticket to any evening or morning service entitles your guests to attend all afternoon services.
  • If you would like to bring guests to afternoon services only, add them to the guest page on the website but do not select services for them. They will receive a complimentary blank ticket for afternoon services.
  • Only adults are required to have tickets for afternoon Tot services.

Costs for Guest Tickets (The cost of guest tickets is a tax-deductible contribution):

  • 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
  • Alternative Evening Services $25 per service
  • Younger Family Evening Services (Adult & Child Guests) $10 per service

Non-Member Tickets

Due to space constraints we only have room for members and their guests. We are able to offer tickets to our evening Alternative Services at George Mason High School to the community. These Alternative Services are open to the public.

Join us for an intimate worship experience for adults, teens and older children. The music is participatory and is accompanied by piano, guitar, flute, and percussion. The prayers are introspective, contemporary, and encourage self-reflection.

The Erev Rosh Hashanah and Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre services are led by Rabbi Stephanie Bernstein and Soloist Lauren Rigby.

Registration:

  • Erev Rosh Hashanah is Wednesday, September 20
  • Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre is Friday, September 29
  • Cost: Tickets are $25 each and are non-refundable. Tickets are required for admission.
  • Location: Note the George Mason High School Auditorium Location. George Mason is just off the Orange Line at the West Falls Metro stop.
  • RSVP: https://trshhdservice2017.eventbrite.com
  • Contact: Temple Rodef Shalom High Holy Day Volunteer Desk, HHVol@templerodefshalom.org, 703.532.2217

Tot Service Tickets

The services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are open to all children accompanied by at least one ticketed adult.

The Rosh Hashanah Tot Service is Thursday, September 21 at 4:00 PM

The Yom Kippur Tot Service  is Saturday, September 30 at 3:15 PM

Tickets are free.

Members and guests of members will be able to secure a ticket during registration.

Non-members, to obtain a ticket drop by the Temple office during office hours or contact the High Holy Day volunteer desk at HHvol@templerodefshalom.org or 703.532.2217, Extension 318.

Seating

  • To guarantee seating with 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 who are registered as your guests.
  • If the service you prefer is full, contact the High Holy Day volunteer desk at HHvol@templerodefshalom.org or 703.532.2217, Extension 318.
  • If you have decided to bring an additional guest, and the service you are registered for is now full, please contact the High Holy Day volunteer desk at HHvol@templerodefshalom.org or 703.532.2217, Extension 318.
  • Babysitting is available for Adult morning services at the Temple for children ages two through six. Obtain with tickets for a fee of $15 per child with your registration. Prior registration is required.
  • The High Holy Days Youth Program is available for Temple members’ children in Kindergarten through Grades four and is held concurrently with the early and late morning services on both holidays. Registration is required so we are able to find enough volunteers and teachers.
  • If you would like oral interpreting, hearing assisted devices, large print prayer books, or a wheelchair, please contact the High Holy Day volunteer desk at HHvol@templerodefshalom.org or 703.532.2217, Extension 318.

Yizkor Books

  • The names of those who passed away during the previous year will be listed in the book and read aloud during the service.
  • Names of additional family members that you would like to be listed in the book should be submitted with the registration of your ticket for a $18 donation per name.

Receiving Tickets

  • Tickets will be mailed in mid-September.
  • Tickets are non-transferable and not to be shared. Please honor this policy. All ticket holders will receive a ticket badge, including children.
  • Please be sure to check tickets immediately so there is time to correct them before the holidays.
  • The last day tickets may be picked up at the Temple is September 19, 2017.
  • Your dues, Building Fund and other fees must be up-to-date before any tickets will be sent. If you need to make special arrangements or clarify your financial standing, please call me, Beth Silver, at 703.676.3866.

Alternative Service Locations

  • George Mason High School is located at 7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA.
  • Angelika Film Center is located in the Mosaic District at 2911 District Avenue, Fairfax, VA. (Members Only)
  • Both alternative service locations offer ample free parking. The George Mason High School location is accessible via the West Falls Church Metro Station. Do not park in the Giant Food parking lot across from the George Mason H.S.; you will be towed.

Transportation & Parking

  • There is limited parking available in our lot and in the surrounding neighborhood.
  • Use the free shuttle that runs continuously between TRS and St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church (1830 Kirby Rd, McLean) or Chesterbrook Swim club (next to St. Dunstan’s).
  • Take a cab or Uber. Arlington Red Top Cab, 703.522.3333 or Yellow Cab, 703.534.1111.
  • Please be respectful; do not block driveways (law is 10 foot clearance to a driveway) or park on the grass.
  • There are limited designated disabled parking spots in the Temple parking lot. Please allow extra time to drop off someone who is disabled at the top of the hill near the main Sanctuary doors or if you are a disabled driver, to enter at the designated doors at the Religious School entrance.

Accessibility & Inclusion

Temple Rodef Shalom works to ensure that it is a community that is welcoming, inclusive and accessible to all.

Please contact the High Holy Day volunteer desk at HHvol@templerodefshalom.org or 703.532.2217, Extension 318 if you need any special accommodations to participate in any of our services.

Live Streaming

If you or someone you know is unable to make it to services, we offer live streaming of services in the Sanctuary (except Tot.) All services are available later in the video archive.

Accommodations

  • If you would like oral interpreting, hearing assisted devices, large print prayer books, or a wheelchair, please contact the High Holy Day volunteer desk at HHvol@templerodefshalom.org or 703.532.2217, Extension 318.
  • There are limited designated disabled parking spots in the Temple parking lot. Allow extra time to drop off someone who is disabled at the top of the hill near the main Sanctuary doors or if you are a disabled driver, to enter at the designated doors at the Religious School entrance.

Visit our website to learn more about our accessibility and inclusion efforts.

Volunteers Needed

Usher sign-up is separate from ticketing, and can be done online this summer. Please go ahead and register for your service choices even if you know you will be volunteering to usher.  Thank you for volunteering for this important work.

Yom Kippur Donation Drive

Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30

Once again, 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 three to four months. All donations are greatly appreciated but the following items are always in short supply: cooking oil, white rice, tuna, cereal, toothpaste, laundry detergent and diapers/wipes.

A complete list of needed items can be found at the SHARE, Inc. website or in the weekly eletter as we approach the High Holy Days. We will also need volunteers to help deliver, sort and shelve the donations on Saturday, September 30 in the late afternoon. Stay tuned for more information.

Questions or Problems

Should you have a question or problem, please contact our High Holy Day volunteers who will be back in touch with you as soon as possible. Reach them via:

 

Best wishes to you from the Clergy, Staff and Board of Directors for a year filled with health and happiness!

L’shalom,

Beth Silver, Executive Director