Get Ready

High Holy Days with the Den

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are about so much more than three days. Feeling grounded and connected takes work. That’s where Elul comes in: the final month of the Hebrew calendar that creates space for reflection & spiritual growth before the holidays. Here’s how we’re getting ready:

Elul Offerings

Theology of the High Holy Days
Thursday, Sept. 5 • 8:00-9:30pm @ Rabbi Aderet’s home in Bethesda

During this time of year we are especially reminded of our vulnerability & fragility.
We’ll explore God, life’s biggest questions and how we make sense of it all.

Parashah Study: Themes of the High Holy Days
Tuesday, Sept. 10 • 7:30-9:00pm @ Rabbi Rami’s home in Arlington

Rabbi Rami’s weekly Torah study will explore the themes of brokenness & wholeness in preparation for the Days of Awe.

Inside/Out Meditation & Learning
Sunday, Sept. 15 • 10:00am-12:00pm @ Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd NW
(rain: Rabbi Aderet’s home in Bethesda)

Sometimes we need to head outside in order to reach deep within; being in nature has the power to open us up. Walk in the woods, guided meditation, and learning.

Knead to Know: HHD Edition
Thursday, Sept. 19 • 7:30-9:30pm @ Rabbi Aderet’s home in Bethesda

Stretch your mind, soul & dough as we learn to bake Rosh Hashanah round challahs. Then we’ll explore High Holy Day rituals, practice and liturgy to get us warmed up for the Days of Awe.

Slichot Singing Circle
Saturday, Sept. 21 • 8:30-9:30pm @ Rabbi Rami’s home in Arlington

Song is central to spiritual connection, but we rarely take the chance to just sing. Slichot is a late-night tradition after Shabbat that kicks off Rosh Hashanah. We’ll be singing together, including many melodies without words. You don’t have to know any words or even the tune. Bad voices especially welcome!

Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur Services

  • GatherDC High Holidays Guide for a listing of services in the D/M/V

  • Rabbi Aderet’s service at Shaare Torah in Gaithersburg

  • Rabbi Rami’s service at B’nai Israel Congregation in Rockville