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High Holidays

We Wish You a Happy, Healthy, and
Sweet New Year!

As we approach Rosh Hashanah 5784, we wish you and your loved ones a year filled with health and happiness. Beginning with a Community Shiva and then Selichot, followed by Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and finally Simchat Torah, each is an opportunity to re-connect to our community.

What's New?

There are some changes to our High Holiday observance from the past; these are summarized briefly here and explained by Rabbi Warner in this article:

  • Babysitting for children aged 15 months through 3rd grade will be available on both days of Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidre, and all day on Yom Kippur.
  • We will not have a Teen Tent. Teens will have an opportunity for discussion on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and should attend the main service at other times. Teens are also encouraged to volunteer to help with some of the services and babysitting for younger children.
  • Yizkor service will be at 4:00 PM on Yom Kippur
  • On Yom Kippur, teens will be offered Torah, Haftarah, and Bimah honors during Mincha (afternoon) service.
  • We will make it possible to stay at CBE all day on Yom Kippur, including providing areas for quiet contemplation and guided meditation, as well as babysitting and food for children and those who are unable to fast.

Service and Event Schedule

The High Holidays are coming up sooner than you think! Selichot is Saturday, September 9 and Erev Rosh Hashanah is Friday, September 15! And even earlier, on August 30, we'll hold a community Shiva at CBE to comfort those who experienced a loss in the past year.

Key Holiday Dates (Starting at sundown the evening before):

  • Rosh Hashanah, Saturday September 16-Sunday, Sept 17
  • Yom Kippur, Monday, September 25
  • Sukkot 1st Two Days, Saturday, September 30-Sunday, October 1
  • Shemini Atzeret, Saturday, October 7
  • Simchat Torah, Sunday, October 8

Download pdf of detailed service & event schedule, with information all the way from August 30 through Shabbat Bereishit on October 14! Note: for those who cannot attend in person, information and links to join online will be provided here and in emails before the holidays.

Zoom Information

If you are unable to join us in person, we welcome your participation on Zoom! We will use our regular link for services: (If this link doesn't redirect you to our services due to technical issues, go to and use Passcode 156182.

Attending Services:
Tickets & Seats

  • Tickets
    • Beth Emeth Members and guests: 
      • Beth Emeth members in good standing will receive High Holiday tickets in the mail automatically; there is no need to do anything about your tickets. If you are not certain whether your account is in good standing, please contact 
      • As we did last year, your tickets will also function as a name tag; lanyards will be provided when you arrive and should be worn by all adults and children while in the building during the holidays. In addition to the visual security measure this provides, it will be a wonderful way for everyone to get acquainted or reacquainted with old friends and new. It is imperative that you bring your tickets with you each time you come during the High Holidays; we will not have duplicates available at the door. Stash them in your tallis bag or purse so that you don’t forget to bring them with you.
      • Please note: since we will be issuing tickets/nametags for children, please be sure your ShulCloud account includes children up to age 26 and any other dependents in your household, by August 20. Contact 703-860-4515 ext 101 or email the office if you need assistance.
      • Please visit our Members' Guest Tickets Request page to request tickets for your guests. (Note: cost, where applicable, has been lowered since last year for members' guests!)
    • Non-Beth Emeth Members: Please use our Non-Member Ticket Request page and form to request tickets. Tickets requested by August 20 will be mailed to you; otherwise they will be available at Will Call when you arrive, or you can pick them up in advance (email so we'll be sure to have them ready!). We look forward to meeting you at services!
  • Online Services: We hope you will join our community in person for the full experience. For those not able to participate in person, all services will be available via online streaming except where noted. Information about streaming will be provided as the holidays approach.

Preparing for the High Holidays


(Updated for Yom Kippur)

To help you prepare for the holidays, all the needed information and online forms are available from this webpage, information was emailed and paper copies were mailed to all members. 

  • Additional Ticket Request: For adult children (through age 26), relatives and guests. Tickets requested after August 30 will be available at will call, or for pickup during office hours.
  • Special Needs Seating RequestLet us know how to make you comfortable at services!
  • Babysitting: Provided for Rosh Hashanah daytime services, Kol Nidre, and all day on Yom Kippur, for age 15 mos. through 3rd grade. Reservations requested to help plan, but drop-ins will be welcome if your plans change.
  • P’ru Urvu: Send us new baby & grandbaby info by September 20 extended to Friday, September 29 for the pamphlet we distribute on Shabbat Bereishit, which is October 14!   
  • Sisterhood Torah Fund: Donations are appreciated at any time, although it may be late to have your pin at Rosh Hashanah

Yom Kippur Volunteers Needed!

Annual Appeal

This is a great time to make your Annual Appeal pledge! While you're filling in forms, please consider making your Annual Appeal commitment if you haven't already -- donations/pledges received by September 7 will be recognized in a special section of the October Shofar Notes.

Holiday-Related Special Events


We look forward to observing the High Holidays with you and your family!

Sat, September 30 2023 15 Tishrei 5784