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High Holiday Information


Dear Friends,

As we approach the Yamim Noraim, the High Holy Days, we again find ourselves in a challenging situation.  While just a few short weeks ago we were anticipating a return to safe, communal gatherings, the realities of the delta variant and the assessed need for booster vaccinations bring the difficult truth that many of us will make the decision not to gather in person.  We recognize the grief that accompanies the loss of the opportunity to safely gather.  And yet, as we’ve done for the past eighteen months, we are prepared to pivot, to hold onto the tenets of our tradition while creatively engaging in new platforms for worship. 

Our services will be hybrid in nature, engaging both those who are present in the sanctuary and those who remain at home. All those who choose to attend in person, please sign up at this link, and be aware that you need to be fully vaccinated and wear a mask.  Responses are required for attendance. As we did not receive adequate responses for babysitting, there will not be babysitting available at the synagogue during the holidays.  If you will be attending virtually and would like to pick up a prayer book they will available at the synagogue o September 2nd between 6:30-7:30pm.  Honey for a sweet New Year will be distributed at these times as well.

We are confident that our congregation will provide a meaningful and reflective series of services for these High Holy Days, and thank you in advance for your patience, participation and partnership.

With prayers of health and hope as we enter the New Year,

Rabbi Kim Blumenthal

Phil Rogofsky, Congregation President

Bet Chaverim’s 5782/2021 Virtual High Holiday Info Packet

This packet will enable you to:

  • See the highlights of our holiday schedule at a glance.
  • Order guest tickets. (Form provided)
  • Order Machzors (Deadline: August 1st).
  • Sign up to usher during holiday services.(Form provided)
  • Reserve a Lulav and Etrog.
  • Publicly remember loved ones in our Yom Kippur Book of Remembrance. . (Form provided

Please take a few minutes to review this packet, and abide by the FRIDAY, August 20th Deadline, so that we can meet everyone’s needs in a timely manner.  Additional details will be published in future Chai Lights, and will appear on this website and on our High Holiday tickets.


1) ONLINE USING BET CHAVERIM’S WEB SITE:  To complete forms online:

  • Stay on High Holiday Info tab on the top left (between “Home” & “About Us”)
  • Select the form(s) you wish to complete from the drop-down menu
  • Fill in requested information
  • When finished, click the Submit button





Bet Chaverim

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, MD  21041-2428


Machzor Order Information

We encourage our families to purchase Holiday Machzors, if they do not have them.  They are $54 apiece and must be ordered by August 1st.   If you wish to purchase a Machzor, let Marty Leshin ( know how many you would like.

Holiday Food and Personal Care Product Drive

Please remember that again this year, as we initiated four years ago, Bet Chaverim’s Social Action/Green Committee is sponsoring a Food Drive for the Howard County Food Bank.  As we celebrate the birth of the world, congregants have the opportunity to practice Tikkun Olam by donating dry and canned food goods and personal care items such as toothpaste and diapers, to be delivered to those in need in our community.  Large blue receptacles will be available at our services for collecting your food and other product donations. Items may be dropped off at our building from August 28th through September 17th.

Bet Chaverim Shana Tovah Greeting

Now that we are in a new building, we are introducing a new tradition.  Starting now, you will have the opportunity to make a minimum donation of $18 to Bet Chaverim, to have your "Shana Tova greeting" presented to your fellow congregants.  Just send your greeting to Sharon Freedman at with your personal greeting by August 8th:

For example: "L'shana Tovah! Wishing you and your family a healthy and happy New Year. Sharon and Danny Freedman"

 Your donation can be paid on the shul website, or a check can be mailed to: Bet Chaverim, P.O. Box 2428, Ellicott City, MD  21041-2428. Thank you.

Lulav and Etrog Orders

If you would like to order a Lulav and Etrog, the price is approximately $60, payable  to Rabbi Hillel Baron at Chabad when you receive your set. (Do Not Send Money to Bet Chaverim.)   To place an order, please email David Cohen (, no later than Friday, August 20th.

David Cohen will coordinate the distribution of the Lulav and Etrog. You will be notified when to pick them up.

Hybrid Holiday Services at our Building 

Bet Chaverim’s Board and volunteer committees are working hard to ensure another successful holiday season.  Rabbi Kim Blumenthal will be joined again on the holiday bimah by Rabbi Marci Jacobs.  

This year, we will hold our High Holiday Services at our Building on   8930 OLD ANNAPOLIS ROAD, SUITE C, COLUMBIA, MARYLAND 21044 for Rosh Hashanah (Monday and Tuesday, September 7th and 8th), Kol Nidre (Wednesday night, September 15th), and Yom Kippur (Thursday, September 16th). High Holiday Ticket Information

Membership in Bet Chaverim Congregation includes attendance at High Holiday Services. Because of the hybrid nature of this year's services, we will not be providing tickets this year. Members must have either paid their dues in full or have made payment arrangements with Phil Rogofsky, President, by August 10th.  

Please contact Phil at to let him know what payment arrangements you propose (up to 12 monthly payments), so we can track our finances appropriately and send email reminders, if desired. We would appreciate your making every effort to pay membership dues as rapidly as possible.


Yizkor Book of Remembrances  is available at



  Please  Update Membership Database

If you have not already done so, please help us update our Membership Database by providing revised information if you have moved, changed phone numbers, or wish to report other changes in status. Importantly, we maintain Yahrzeit information in our database, so we can provide advance reminders to members. Please complete the Yahrzeit form at the end of this packet (can be completed online) and send any other updated Membership information by email to Jennifer Rogofsky ( ) or by regular mail to Bet Chaverim’s postal box.




The upcoming holidays promise to be jam-packed with both religious and social events.  Estimated times for holiday services are provided below based on prior years’ experience; final times will be printed on holiday tickets, displayed on our website (, and posted in Chai Lights. Services will be held in person at our building and through Zoom.  There will be a virtual option.  Here is what we have to look forward to: 

HAVDALAH AND SELICHOT — Saturday, August 28th at 8:30 PM. As the month of Elul draws to a close, the mood of repentance becomes more urgent. Prayers for forgiveness─ called Selichotare added to the daily cycle of religious services. Join us for this important community gathering, as we come together to initiate the Selichot for this holiday observance in our Building.   Refreshments will be served. A Zoom option will be available.  More details to follow.

ROSH HASHANAH — Tuesday and Wednesday, September 7th and 8th, at our building and through Zoom.

Rosh Hashanah, Day 1

9:30am-12:00pm:  The first hour of our service will have an intergenerational focus.  Rabbi Blumenthal will be posing thought questions in the chat, while Rabbi Jacobs leads us in the familiar morning prayers.  We hope that some of our awesome Religious School students will honor us by leading some of the prayers as well.  During this first hour Rabbi Blumenthal will also be giving a mini sermon entitled “Keep the Beat,” which is based on the recent film “Vivo” (available on Netflix).  Our service will continue with live Torah reading, traditional prayers, and a second mini sermon entitled, “Here I Am,” a contemporary reflection on a traditional liturgical poem. 

TASHLICH Our services this year will include the traditional, symbolic casting away of our sins by tossing breadcrumbs into the water, as well as a brief family-friendly service. B.Y.O.B. – Bring Your Own Bread (and cast away your sins). Tashlich will start 1:30 pm on the first day of Rosh Hashana at the Lake Kittamaqundi waterfront area near Whole Foods.  All are welcome to come. 

Rosh Hashanah Day 2

9:30am-12:00pm:  Our second day service will be a traditional service.  Rabbis Blumenthal and Jacobs will co-facilitate a discussion on the Torah reading, which focuses on the harrowing story of the binding of Isaac.  The Torah will be read live.  Ivy Konel will give a dvar Torah on the topic of prayer from a personal perspective.


♦ KOL NIDRE and YOM KIPPUR — Wednesday and Thursday, September 15th and 16th.

  • Evening Services – Wednesday, September 15th, at our building and through Zoom              

                Kol Nidre                               6:45 PM

            Yom Kippur – Thursday, September 16th, at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 5485 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia, 21045.

                Morning Service                  9:30   AM

                 Yizkor                                   11:15 AM

                Study Session                       4:30 PM

                Mincha/Ne’ilah                    5:45 PM

                Havdallah/Final Shofar

                Blast                                         7:55 PM     


SUKKOT Services on Sunday, September 26th in our building.  More details as we get closer to the Holiday.

SHEMINI ATZERET/YIZKOR AND SIMCHAT TORAH — Tuesday, September 28th at 5:00 PM. We will hold a Mincha/Yizkor service for Shemini Atzeret, then transition into our Simchat Torah celebration. There will be special activities for our youth (details to follow), and we encourage everyone to come.  Refreshments will be served.


Sat, August 13 2022 16 Av 5782