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High Holy Days October 2016 - Tishrei 5777


  • Erev Rosh Hashanah, Sunday, October 2nd, at 5:30-7:00 Adat Shalom
  • Rosh Hashanah Day 1, Monday, October 3rd, 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM at Wootton High School
  • Rosh Hashanah Day 2, Tuesday, October 4th. 9:30 AM - 1:00 PMat Adat Shalom
  • Kol Nidre, Tuesday, October 11th, 6:45-9:00 PM at Wootton High School
  • Yom Kippur, Wednesday, October 12th, 9:15-7:10 PM at Wootton High School

We welcome the community to join us at no cost to:

Erev Rosh Hashanah, Oct. 2, 2016 at Adat Shalom
Rosh Hashanah Day 2, Oct. 4, 2016 at Adat Shalom
Yizkor/Ne’ilah, Oct. 12, 2016 at Wootton High School

Children Welcome

Schedule-at-a-Glance Children's Programming Information and Schedule Audio Offering

Our season of repentance, introspection, and renewal -- the Days of Awe, Yamim Noraim -- approaches. The registration materials for Adat Shalom’s High Holy Days are available (see links to the right). Our community, staff, and volunteers need time to arrange for child care, children’s programming, seating, security, and other important aspects of this sacred season – therefore all registration, including payments where necessary, should be completed online or be mailed and received by no later than September 23, 2016.  Please do not delay! Thank you. 

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Adat Shalom offers youth programming during the High Holy Days. Please register online here. All Youth Programming is provided FREE OF CHARGE, however REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for ALL children participating in the Youth Program. We work hard toprovide meaningful holiday experiences for young people, youth, teens and families.

  • Adat Shalom will provide snacks, but not lunch. Please pack/plan appropriately! 
  • Children 5- to 18- years old must be either in youth programming spaces, or in the sanctuary with parents – this rule is to ensure the safety of our children, as well as respect for the facility. 

Please see details and download a complete schedule of Youth Programming here. Contact Jen Levenson at 301-767-3333 for question regarding our High Holy Day Youth Program.

If you are interested in volunteering or working during the High Holy Days, please contact Rabbi Julie Gordon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 301.767.3333 x 105.

Tashlich: Monday, October 3, 4:00–9:00 PM

Join us on for Adat Shalom’s Tashlich Service and Annual Pot Luck at Meadowbrook Park Public Activity Building, 7901 Meadowbrook Lane, Chevy Chase, MD 20815. Please click here for details.

Sukkot Pot-Luck Village Gatherings.

Our Adat Shalom community will celebrate the festival of Sukkot between October 16th and October 23rd. The Community Connections Committee is looking for pot luck hosts within our dozen Adat Shalom Villages (K'farim), which are Adat Shalom's effort to create and sustain neighborly connections within our larger community. Please consider building neighborly spirit within your Adat Shalom Village by hosting a Sukkot gathering at your home or in the Adat Shalom Sukkah. Hosts with and without Sukkot at home are welcome to volunteer, we also encourage people to use the sukkah at Adat Shalom during the holiday. Contact James Burke, 301-767-3333 ext. 106 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule an event in our Sukkah.

Welcome new and long-standing members for a Sukkah meal anytime during the festival.  Community Connections has designated Friday, October 21st & Saturday, October 22nd for our traditional Village Sukkot weekend.  Host a pot luck Shabbat dinner on Friday evening or a pot luck Havdalah on Saturday evening.  We also encourage you to join us at our festive Simchat Torah celebration at Adat Shalom on Sunday evening, October 23rd (details below). Please contact Community Connections co-chairs Karen Fierst at 301-681-8820 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Diane Horn at 301-654-0310 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you can host a communal Sukkot celebration and perform this mitzvah. Or if you have any questions.  

Simchat Torah: Sunday, October 23, 5:30 PM

Join us as we celebrate an intergenerational Simchat Torah on the evening of Sunday, October 23rd.  

  • 5:30 PM starts the celebration with arts & crafts, food and fun for our Young Families
  • 6:00 PM Community Potluck
  • 7:00 PM continues our intergenerational service and Dancing with the Torahs. 

Simchat Torah continues on Monday, October 24th with Services at 9:30 AM.


Contemplative Prayer Circle, Rosh Hashanah Day 2, 9:30-10:30 am

Led by Fran Zamore and Larry Goldsmith, this is a unique approach to the Rosh Hashanah prayer liturgy utilizing tools of contemplative practice: meditation, breath work, chant, and visualization.  All are welcome - no previous experience required. 

Shabbat Shuva Morning Meditation: Saturday, October 8th, 9:00 – 9:30 AM

Join Fran Zamore for a brief Jewish Mindfulness Meditation and teaching in the library. Participants are asked to enter quietly. Morning meditation will finish in time for everyone who wishes to be in the sanctuary for the beginning of services.

Shabbat Shuva healing service: Saturday, October 8th from 2:00-6:00

The High Holy Days invite us to do Cheshbon Hanefesh, “accounting of our soul.” Join Rabbi Sandy Rubenstein and Susana Isaacson in the Sanctuary after services for a time of gentle reflection, music, poetry, prayer and sharing.

High Holy Days Quiet Retreat: Sunday, October 9th, 2:00-6:00 PM

Our High Holy Days offer us a significant time to enter into the sanctuary of silence; a silence which can enrich and balance the Holy Days’ more extroverted prayers, practices and gatherings.  Participate in a guided, communal Quiet Retreat, facilitated by Kit Turen that will include opening and closing circles, guided entry into and out of silence, and extended times of silent reflection.  Whether you are new to the practice of silence or regularly enter the sanctuary of silence, this guided retreat is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to Kit at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

YOM KIPPUR AFTEROON LEARNING: Wednesday, October 12th, 2:00 – 3:00 PM

The afternoon of Yom Kippur includes workshops led by both community members and clergy to enhance your High Holy Day experience.  These sessions are an opportunity to meet in smaller groups for shorter and more interactive learning mid-day on Yom Kippur. The Adult Education programs between Musaf and Minchah, will include at least one discussion group to stimulate the mind, plus something more kinesthetic. Join Sue Dorfman, Rabbi George Driesen, Larry Goldsmith, Cheryl Hurwitz, Susana Isaacson, Helen Leneman, and Rabbi Sid Schwarz for an exciting array of programs for the head, heart and soul. Come experience this calming segue into Yom Kippur afternoon services. See information handout here.



The Adat Shalom community is built on volunteerism.   Volunteering for High Holy Days is a specialmitzvah, and another way of actualizing our core value ofAvodah(labor, service, prayer).Because Adat Shalom’s High Holy Days could not take place without the talents and hard work of many volunteers, even a single hour of service is immensely helpful.   There are numerous opportunities to get involved whether helping schlep and set up for the holidays, serving as an usher or assisting with a myriad of small behind-the-scene tasks.  Please share in this community event by clicking the following “Sign Up!” button and completing the online form:

You will get to choose your volunteer slot immediately by providing us with your name, email and contact phone number. Please press “Submit” when you complete your form. If you cannot do this online or if you would like more information, please contact Kathy Bloomfield at 301.767.3333 x 108 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


All members of Adat Shalom are entitled to seats for themselves and their children age 24 and under.  Seats come with membership in good standing (i.e.,at least one-third of current annual dueshave been paid, withno outstanding balanceon the prior year's account).  You may now review your accounts statement on ChaverWeb, where you need to create your own username and password.  If you have any questions regarding your dues, please contact our accounts manager, Yolanda Wilson, at 301/767-3333 x103 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   Those who have made alternative arrangements for their payment schedule should fulfill that obligation in accordance with those arrangements.  Those who need to make dues adjustment arrangements should contact Steve Sharpe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Thea Wernick at (301) 340-3130. Any additional questions, feel free to contact Marla Cohen, Executive Director, at (301)767-3333 x 107 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Tickets will automatically be mailed for all adult members in good standing by September 23, 2016. After that date, tickets may be picked up in the synagogue office or at the registration table during the Holidays, Member congregants, you only need to register for guest tickets, adult children over 24 years of age and youth programming as needed. Online Registration can be done here: scroll up and click on links to the right. If you cannot register online, paper copies of all forms may be printed from this website here. People who show tickets to the ushers will enter more quickly, sobe sure to bring your tickets. Anyone without a ticket must check in at the registration table.

As an Adat Shalom member, we ask that you please wear your name tag.  When members wear their name tags, it facilitates a sense of community and enhances the safety and security of our gathering.  Please call the office at 301-7670-3333 x106 if you need a new name tag.

Guests and non-members must bring their tickets to services. These tickets confirm registration.


Members need tobring their own machzorimto services.   We provide machzorim only for non-members.  


This year services on Rosh Hashanah Day 1, Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur will be at Wootton High School, 2100 Wootton Parkway, Rockville, MD 20850. Please click here for location of parking at and near Wootton High School as well as directions to the school.  Volunteers will be available at curbside (see map) to help those requiring assistance in getting in and out of the car. Please follow police directions regarding parking at Wootton High School.



Guests of members and non-members are welcome to join us at services. Fees are listed on the registration forms. There are two online registration forms:  one for members and their guests, and another for non-members.  Please fill out the appropriate online form. We request that all Member Guests and Non-Member Visitors register online - Click here to register

All fees can be paid for with a check or credit card. The Deadline for High Holy Day Tickets to be mailed is Friday, September 23, 2016. Following that date, you are still welcome to purchase tickets, however tickets will be available for pick up at the synagogue or at the Registration Table during the Holidays. Separate registration is needed for:

  • Member Guests and Non-member Visitor tickets
  • Youth programming
  • Yizkor book submissions
  • Lulav & etrog orders

If you are unable to register online, copies of all forms may be printed from the Adat Shalom website. For additional information or paper forms (if you do not have online access), please contact the office at 301-767-3333 x106 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The work of the Jewish community goes on 24/7/365 supported willingly and generously by the dues and contributions of members. Therefore, we ask that guests and visitors make a contribution as indicated in the ticket pricing to aid and support the synagogue community that works so hard to provide these and other services.  If accommodations are required for those with limited means, please contact Marla Cohen, Executive Director, at 301.767.3333 x 107 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  We welcome everyone to join our community. For those who attend High Holy Days and subsequently join Adat Shalom by December 31, 2016,the price of High Holy Day tickets is applied toward the first year’s membership dues. 


During the Days of Awe, and especially at the Yizkor service on Yom Kippur, October 12 at 4:45 PM, members of Jewish households often recall family and friends who have passed away.  One opportunity to honor the memory of loved ones is to include their names in our annual Yizkor book and to make a contribution totzedakah (Literally, Justice, in Hebrew) in their honor. 

  • If you would like to remember and honor someone and did so last year, you should have received an email with a link enabling you to update your listing. If you did not receive an email about updating last year's entries, please contact Kathy Bloomfield at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We must receive your completed Yizkor form absolutely no later than Friday, September 23, 2016to include your listing. Forms received after that date cannot be accepted.  For Yizkor book questions, please contact Kathy Bloomfield at, 301.767.3333 x108 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you'd like something more permanent, please contact Kathy about commemorative stones in our Gan Hakavod (Garden of Honor).


Remember that Jewish men and women alike are encouraged to wear both atallit and a kippah;non-Jewish members and worshippers are invited to wear akippah.  Kol Nidre is a rare evening when the tallit is worn at night. Throughout Yom Kippur white garments without leather (often akittelor white robe evocative of both birth and death) are traditionally worn.


We closely monitor information that pertains to safety and security on the High Holy Days.  Wootton High School provides on-site Security Guards. In addition, we have hired off-duty police to assist us in ensuring the safety of the Adat Shalom community during services at Wootton High School, and at Adat Shalom. Please cooperate with our efforts:  bring your tickets; wear your name tags; enter the High School only through the designated entrance; and heed volunteer ushers and security personnel. If you see something suspicious, please find the nearest Staff Member, Police Officer or High Holy Day Volunteer and explain your concern.


At Adat Shalom we have assisted listening devices and page magnifiers for vision assistance. At Wootton High School, in addition to the page magnifiers, we will be providing some limited accommodations for those needing mobility assistance.

  • A curbside drop-off area staffed by volunteers to escort people in and out of the building so the driver can park remotely.
  • ·A wheelchair and volunteers to transport individuals to the handicapped restrooms which are a considerable distance from the auditorium.


Start the Day of Atonement with a major mitzvah:  Our largest food drive of the year takes place during the High Holy Days – KANS FOR KOL NIDRE.  All types of non-perishable food donations in unopened cans, boxes and bags (no jars, please) are appreciated. Please remember to pack a bag or two of groceries when coming for Yom Kippur services to Wootton High School. The collection is coordinated with the Manna Food Center which strives to eliminate hunger in the area. For more information, contact Altan Gabbay at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 301-949-0509.

For Sukkot:  Lulav & Etrog

Sukkot begins the evening of October 16th. If you wish to have a lulav and etrog, you can order them from the synagogue office. Orders must be received no later than Friday September 23See details and order here.

Sukkah Raising: Jews with Power Tools: Sunday, October 9th 10:00 AM

Build a Sukkah, Build a Village, Build a Community with adults and teens! Learn a trade by assisting in building the Adat Shalom Sukkah – See details and a flyer here. Help disassemble the Sukkah on Sunday, October 30, 2016.


Call the Jamie Burke at 301-767-3333 x106 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Kathy Bloomfield at x108 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), or Jen Levenson at ext. 101 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). If necessary, please leave a message, and your call will be answered as quickly as possible.

Shanah Tovah u’Metukah – A Good and Sweet New Year!


CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER CIRCLE: Rosh Hashanah Day 2, October 4th 9:30-10:30 AM
Sunday, October 9th, 2:00-6:00 PMSECURITY
SHABBAT SHUVA HEALING SERVICESaturday, October 8th from 2:00-6:00
SHABBAT SHUVA MORNING MEDITATIONSaturday, October 8th, 9:00 – 9:30 AM
SIMCHAT TORAHSunday, October 23, 5:30 PM
TASHLICH: Monday, October 3rd from 2:00–6:00 PM
YOM KIPPUR AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS: Wednesday, October 12th 2:00 - 3:00 PM



Thank you for joining us for 5777. If you missed any of the sermons and teachings or wish to renew your learning, you can read them here:

“Kehillah, Community – and Shimon Peres, z”l”--Rabbi Fred (Erev Rosh Hashanah)

“The High Holy Days Are An Emergency!”--Rabbi Fred (Rosh Hashanah)

"Seeing the Akeda in Context of the State of Israel"--Hazzan Rachel (Rosh Hashanah 2)

"Spiritual Heroes"--Rabbi Sid (Kol Nidre)

"Hineini: Prayer, Service, and Presence (with reference to Islam, Christianity, and Mountaintop Removal Mining)"--Rabbi Fred (Yom Kippur)

"The Joseph Story as a Reading for Yom Kippur Morning"--Hazzan Rachel (Yom Kippur)

Please register online. If fees are involved, you can pay online or by check. Separate forms are needed for tickets, youth programming, Yizkor book submissions, and lulav and etrogs. If you cannot register online, click here to print out paper versions of these forms.

Guest tickets for members

Non-members registration

Youth programs



Yizkor book submissions are closed

Volunteer form

High Holy Day Appeal pledges