Pesach begins Friday evening, April 19. There will be no evening services at B’nai Israel on April 19 or April 20.

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Selichot: The Official Start to the High Holidays

Selichot: The Official Start to the High Holidays

Date: Saturday, September 01, 2018

Time: 9:00 pm - 12:00 am

Location: B'nai Israel Congregation

Address: 6301 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852

More Details

  • Type: Holiday, Ritual, Social Event, Speaker, Worship Service
  • Audience: Adults
  • Membership: Not Required
  • Registration: Not Required
  • Topic: Arts & Culture, Holiday, Israel, Just for Fun, Ritual

The haunting melodies of this special service, traditionally recited at midnight, prepare us spiritually for the intensity of the high holiday season. Join us for a dessert reception, followed by personal reflections on the liturgy, holiday themes, and the struggle to draw meaning from our ancient tradition. The solemn service will conclude at the stroke of midnight.

9:00 p.m. Havdalah and Dessert Reception
9:30 p.m. Reflections by the B’nai Israel clergy (see descriptions below)
10:45 p.m. Selichot (Penitential) Service

The Melodies of the Holidays with Cantor Josh Perlman
The familiar, stirring melody of Kol Nidre belongs to a class of melodies known as “MiSinai,” which emerged in Germany between the 11th and 15th centuries. The term literally means “from Sinai,” but we know that none of these tunes came from the Middle East. Still, their emotional hold makes them as as familiar as though they came down from the mountain.

Repairing the (Dis-)Connection with Rabbi Michael Safra
The High Holidays are incredibly effective in bringing people to fill the pews, and yet so many of the actual prayers fail to speak to us in a compelling way. We will discuss strategies for finding meaning and bridging the disconnect between our ancient tradition and the modern world.

Remember us with Blessing with Cantor Ilana Wolpert
The Mussaf service, with its three distinct sections, is always an exciting, meaningful, quite dramatic part of the Rosh Hashanah liturgy. Of the three sections—Malchuyot, Zichronot, and Shofarot—the one I find the most moving is Zichronot, with its passages that exhort God to “remember us with blessing.”

The Obligation to Forgive/The Prohibition of Holding a Grudge with Rabbi Mitchell Berkowitz
Can you forgive someone if they never apologized? During the High Holiday season, we typically occupy ourselves with seeking forgiveness from those we have wronged. Perhaps more important, however, is considering to whom we wish to grant forgiveness. Learn what our tradition teaches us about forgiveness, and how granting forgiveness can be both empowering and transformative.



Organized by: Susan Grinnan

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