HHD Services 2023

This Year's Services Rosh HaShanah: Sept. 15-16 | Yom Kippur: Sept. 24-25

Join In Person

Temple Sinai members may request tickets for themselves along with family and out-of-town guests via the Member Portal. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. 

This year, tickets to our Tot Family Services are available to anyone in the community. Request Tot Family tickets.

Join Virtually

Livestream links to services and available materials will be posted below.

Check Out the Archives

Recordings from past services and sermons can be found here.

Service Materials for Livestreaming

Gates of Repentance 
This prayer book is used for services at Temple Sinai. Limited loaners are available; books can also be purchased from the TSWRJ Judaica Shop. If you are joining us virtually, you can also purchase an eBook version.

Kehillat Yom Tov Booklet
Kehillat Yom Tov Lay-Led services only

Transliteration Booklet
All services in the Sanctuary

Yom Kippur Afternoon Booklet
Mincha, Yizkor, & Neilah Services

5784 Yizkor Book
Yizkor Service

Yom Kippur Sept. 24-25

Kol Nidrei | Sunday, September 24

6:30 pm & 8:30 pm – Evening Services in the Sanctuary

(approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes)

Enter the drama and majesty of Yom Kippur with this service. We encourage you to join the traditional practices of wearing white, fasting as appropriate for your health and age, and wearing your tallit. Our clergy will lead this service together. Rabbi Roos will deliver the sermon. This service will use the Gates of Repentance prayer book; please remember to bring your own copies.
Join Early Livestream
Join Late Livestream

6:30 pm – Evening Kehillat Yom Tov Service in the Bet Am

(approximately 2 hours)

Led by Rabbi Noah Diamondstein, the service offers members of the congregation the opportunity to lead parts of the liturgy and offer meaningful personal reflections related to the High Holidays. We welcome participation both in person and on Zoom. Please remember to bring your copies of the Gates of Repentance prayer book.
Join via Zoom (Meeting ID: 821 4010 3741)



Yom Kippur | Monday, September 25

10:00 am – Morning Service in the Sanctuary at capacity; tickets no longer available

(approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes)

Rabbis Diamondstein and Goldstein and Cantor Rhodes will lead the service. This service will use the Gates of Repentance prayer book; please remember to bring your own copies. Rabbi Diamondstein will deliver the sermon.
Join Livestream

9:15 am & 11:30 am – Morning Bethesda Services now at Wootton HS in Rockville

(approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes)

Rabbis Roos and Bernstein and Cantor Robins will lead this service at Thomas S. Wootton High School accompanied by piano, bass and percussion. The service will be interactive and casual in style. Families praying with their children will be comfortable here as will individuals who seek an alternative service appropriate for adults. These services will follow custom prayer books, which will be provided for congregants. Please be aware that these services will not include the full liturgy and ritual components found in the Sanctuary. Rabbi Roos will deliver the sermon.
These services will not be livestreamed.

1:30 pm – Afternoon Panel Discussion
Yom Ha-Din Judges on The Day of Judgement

On Yom Kippur afternoon, we offer a special opportunity for study and reflection in between the services. Several Temple Sinai members who are also judges on the DC Superior Court will join us for a conversation on themes related to Yom Kippur and Jewish community.

Our tradition uses the image of a judge and a heavenly court whose decisions will be recorded in the Book of Life. We will bring that metaphor to life through a conversation with real life judges so we can deepen our experience of the prayers and practices of Yom Kippur.

We will also discuss the ways in which judges and judicial systems have become the center of public debate today about fairness and power in Israel and in the United States. How do these judges interpret these current events, and what do they think we, the members of Temple Sinai, should know and/or do in the coming year to help ensure stability, civility, democracy, and justice in the US and in Israel?

Rabbi Roos will be joined by Judges Julie Becker, Craig Iscoe, Lynn Leibovitz, Robert Okun, and Maribeth Raffinan.
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2:45 pm – Healing Service

Yom Kippur is a time of prayer and introspection, and it is also a day when we are asked to stand before God as our most vulnerable selves. Our healing service is open to all who seek a comforting and peaceful place to pray for healing of body, mind, and soul. The service will incorporate our healing liturgy with moments of music, silence, and meditation. Rabbi Roos and Cantor Robins will lead this service.
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3:45 pm – Afternoon (Mincha, Yizkor, & Neilah) Services  

Our Mincha (afternoon) service includes a Torah service and the reading of the story of Jonah. The Yizkor (memorial) service will follow at 4:45 pm. At approximately 5:30 pm, we begin the Neilah (concluding) service. At the end of this musical and spirited Neilah service, we conclude with the final “Tekiah Gedolah” (Great Sounding) of shofars and Havdalah, the ritual making the conclusion of the holiday. We expect to end Neilah and break fast as a congregation at approximately 6:45 pm.
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6:45 pm – Congregational Break-Fast

Join us as we conclude with a congregational break-fast sponsored by the TSMRJ and TSWRJ.

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