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- Martha Weiman

High Holy Days Information

For complete High Holy Day schedule, click here.
A Host of Services
At BHC we offer many services during the High Holy Days. Refer to the descriptions below to decide which opportunities best fit your needs and those of your family.
Tickets for services at BHC are issued to all paid-up members of the congregation. Each person must present his or her ticket to an usher.

Sanctuary Service
Services with our rabbis and cantors in the Sanctuary reflect the awe-inspiring nature of the High Holy Days and feature music by the Temple Choir under the direction of BHC Music Director Jimmy Galdieri.

High Holy Day Food Drive Kick-Off
The 2014 High Holy Day Food Drive for GEDCO Cares Food Pantry will kick off on Wednesday, September 24 at Rosh Hashanah Under The Stars. We will communicate additional details about the drive as we approach Rosh Hashanah. We will collect at the Hoffberger Chapel entrance and on the parking lot during the food drive. Volunteer support would be greatly appreciated.

Although collecting for GEDCO Cares is a year-round effort at BHC, our biggest collection occurs during the High Holy Days. We are again counting on our membership to come through for GEDCO Cares. BHC is a proud member of GEDCO—Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation. Contact Steve Cornblatt, 410-868-6867, with any questions or to learn more about this important social action priority.

Saturday, September 20, 9 pm, BHC will present a program of art and remembrance. In preparation for the High Holy Days, we will be treated to a talk by Ruth Oppenheim entitled “Beyond Kristallnacht.” Ruth is the mother of our congregant, Claudia Cameron, whose artwork will grace the Hoffberger Gallery. The reception for the show, “My Mother’s Story,” which connects to Ruth’s life, will precede her mother’s program. The evening will continue with an inspiring Selichot (Forgiveness) Service at 10 pm in the Hoffberger Chapel. It is our annual “warm up” for the High Holy Day season, with beautiful choral music and poetry setting a sacred mood. The program and service are open to the public. All are welcome to join us for a light reception beginning at 7 pm. For more information call 410-764-1587.
Rosh Hashanah Under the Stars
On Wednesday, September 24, don’t miss BHC’s unique Rosh Hashanah evening service for families and the community. It will be held at Oregon Ridge Park with open seating on the grass. Remember to help BHC’s High Holy Day food drive for GEDCO Cares Food Pantry and bring canned goods. This service is open to all, but registration is required; log onto www.rhunderthestars.com, or call 443-524-0284. For admission, present your printed registration confirmation. Tickets will not be mailed.
The park opens at 4:30 pm. The service begins at 6 pm. Prayers are projected onto a screen. The service is available for download. More information to come. A limited number of booklets are available. American Sign Language interpreting provided.
Directions to the park may be found on the BHC website or visit http://www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org/dirx.html. In the event of rain, the service will be held at BHC.
Cemetery Services
Memorial Services will be held on Sunday, September 28. The service at the Belair Road Cemetery will begin at 10:30 am, and the service at the Berrymans Lane Cemetery at Noon. Holocaust Memorial Service immediately following.
Children’s Services
Newborn–Pre-K: Held on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, 9 am, services are geared to newborns through Pre-K. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Kindergarten–3rd grades: Held on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at 9 am, services are geared to families with children in K–3rd grades. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Alternative Service
Family services are aimed at children in grades 4 through 8 and their families, while being a welcoming experience for everyone. This service is held in the Straus Social Hall, enabling an intimate and engaging tone. Traditional music is combined with more familiar melodies; creative readings are combined with our machzor (prayerbook).

Child Care
On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur mornings, free child care will be available for children between 2 years and 3rd grade, for BHC members only. Space is limited. A reservation form is available from the E.B. Hirsh Early Childhood Center, 410-764-7281, or the Temple Office, 410-764-1587. No child will be admitted without this form.
Yom Kippur Program of Music & Meditation
The annual Ruth and Robert M. Taubman Program of Music and Meditation, Saturday, October 4, 12:30 pm will focus on the theme “Hallowed Journeys: Passages of Spirit and Soul.” The program will feature actors Ava Lenet, Stan Weiman and pianist Lisa Weiss, all BHC congregants, internationally renowned clarinetist Rob Patterson and outstanding musicians from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Featured composers are Mozart, Bach, Cohen, Golijov and Sondheim. This mid-day hour of beautiful readings and music offers an artistic and meditative space for Yom Kippur reflection.
Study Session with Rabbi Busch
On Yom Kippur, Rabbi Busch will lead an interactive discussion related to High Holy Day themes, 1:45 pm, in the Straus Social Hall.
Guided Meditation
Join us at 1:45 pm in the Goodwin Center to explore how Yom Kippur can help quiet our thinking mind to become more present and in touch with our yetzer hatov—our inclination to do good.
Yom Kippur Afternoon: Reflections
This year’s 2:45 pm Yom Kippur Afternoon Service will again include the pilot edition of a planned new High Holy Day prayerbook, only at this one service. Be part of the development of this new prayerbook. Also, Howard Libit and Linda Speert join us as we continue our recent practice of having congregants share personal reflections on the impact Judaism has had on their lives.
Yom Kippur Family Story Walk
Join us at 4:30 pm for an interactive and creative program for children accompanied by an adult, led by Director of Education Brad Cohen. Afterwards, join the congregation in the Sanctuary to hear the final shofar blasts.
Gift of Life Yom Kippur Bone Marrow Drive
Last year, nearly 200 congregants had their cheeks swabbed at BHC on Yom Kippur. Amazingly, we provided two matches for bone marrow recipients in need. If you were not swabbed last year, you have the chance to help again this year on Yom Kippur. Find our drive stationed in the Myerberg Library, staffed with congregant volunteers. Please take a minute to save a life.
On Saturday, October 4, following Neilah at 5:30 pm, join us for break-fast with fellow congregants and friends with a full kiddush-style meal. The cost is $25 for adults and $15 for children under 12. The deadline for reservations is Monday, September 29. Make checks payable to BHC. Any questions, contact Carol J. Caplan, carolcjca@comcast.net or 410-764-1587, ext. 270.
Remember to bring your High Holy Day prayerbooks to services. We have a limited supply, but “Gates of Repentance” may be purchased. Call the Temple Office for details, 410-764-1587.
Transportation to Temple Events
The Irene Gogel Transportation Fund, established through the generosity of the Gogel Family in memory of Irene Gogel, provides transportation to Temple activities. Request transportation at least 24 hours in advance of the event by calling the Temple Office, 410-764-1587.
The Flower Tradition
The congregation would like to remember your immediate family members who are home bound or nursing home-confined during the High Holy Days. Call Iris Powell, 410-764-1587, ext. 224, to let her know which of your loved ones should receive flowers. The cost of the flowers is covered by a generous gift to BHC from the Dr. Bennett I. Kemper High Holy Day Memorial Flower Fund.

Bema Home Connection
For those homebound, hospitalized, or otherwise unable to attend worship services, the BHC Family Concerns Committee provides Bema-Home Connection for High Holy Days and Shabbat Worship. This enables Congregants to hear services through the telephone.

To reserve a connection for High Holy Day Services click here. Limited speaker phones are available for loan by calling the Temple Office, 410-764-1587.

Videostreaming is also available by visiting www.ustream.tv/channel/baltimore-hebrew-congregation. Registration for videostreaming is not necessary.