Saturday, Sep 05
Pre-Yamim Noraim Introduction to Piyut with Noah Bassel
In the past generation, Ashkenazi Jews have limited the number of piyutim (liturgical poems) that we recite on the High Holy Days. However, what we gain by making the service easier to understand we may lose by taking away opportunities for flexibility and creativity. We hope you will join us for a two-part introductory series taught by Noah Bassel that will explore some of the basic ideas behind piyutim and their role in the service. Please click on the event title for more details.
Saturday, Sep 05
Spiritual Pre-Selichot Warmup and Selichot Prayers
Time: 10:30 pm - 12:30 am
It is customary to recite penitential prayers (Selichot) in the days leading up to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Traditionally, Selichot prayers for the first night take place in the middle of the night. We follow that custom. For more information about this annual event, please click on the event title.
Sunday, Sep 06
Annual Cemetery Trip
Time: 10:00 am
It is customary to visit the graves of loved ones before the High Holidays. Our congregation visits the synagogue's cemetery with services led by Rabbi Herzfeld. Bus leaves the synagogue promptly at 10:00 AM. Please RSVP to (202) 882-7225 or email@example.com.
Wednesday, Sep 09
Pre-Holiday Downtown Class with Rabbi Herzfeld
Time: 12:15 pm, Location: 607 14th Street NW
Meets in the law offices of Rothwell, Figg, Ernst, and Manbeck. Lunch will be served. RSVP required to RabbiShmuel@ostns.org.
Wednesday, Sep 09
Guest Scholar: Rabbi Haim Ovadia
Time: 7:45 pm
Join us for "The Hitchhiker's Guide to Teshuva" with Rabbi Haim Ovadia. For more information about Rabbi Ovadia, please click on the event title.
Thursday, Sep 10
Rosh Hashanah for Beginners
Time: 8:00 pm
Not sure what to expect or what is going on during the High Holidays? Join us for a primer on the structure of the services, an overview of what the prayers are about, and to answer any questions you might have about the upcoming season! Led by Josh Milner and Aliza Sperling.
Saturday, Sep 12
Opening our Hearts: Understanding the Struggles Around Us
Sensitivity Awareness Shabbaton
One of the themes of Rosh Hashanah is hearing the cries of those struggling in our midst, just as God heard the cries of Sarah and Hannah. In honor of this theme, we will be having a Shabbaton to open our hearts to the challenges that members of our own community face and learn how to best support those dealing with challenges that are often not discussed. For more information, please click on the event title.
Sunday, Sep 13
Communal Rosh Hashanah Dinner [Night 1]
We invite you to join us for a communal Rosh Hashanah dinner on Sunday, September 13. The meal is sponsored by the congregation and is available at no charge if you reserve your space by Friday, September 4. Beginning September 5, the meal is $18/adult and $12/child (under 12). Please click on the event title to use our online registration tool.
Monday, Sep 14
Communal Rosh Hashanah Dinner [Night 2]
We invite you to join us for a communal Rosh Hashanah dinner on Monday, September 14. The meal is sponsored by the congregation and is available at no charge if you reserve your space by Friday, September 4. Beginning September 5, the meal is $18/adult and $12/child (under 12). Please click on the event title to use our online registration tool.