Wondering Where to Worship for the High Holy Days? Celebrate with Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation, Building a House of Friends One Family at a Time

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Beth Chaverim, a Reform synagogue in Loudoun County, VA, is proud to announce its schedule of services and activities for the High Holy Days. The ten days starting with Rosh Hashanah and ending with Yom Kippur are commonly known as the Days of Awe or High Holy Days. During this time, Beth Chaverim will offer a variety of meaningful services for adults, families, and children, as well as on-site childcare.

We are Building a House of Friends, One Family At a Time

The end of the year 5772 is near! 5772 is the year’s date according to the Jewish calendar. In Judaism, this is understood not as literal time but as symbolic time.

Beth Chaverim – Hebrew for “House of Friends” – is a Reform synagogue in Loudoun County, VA, that offers a wide variety of worship, educational and social opportunities for those looking for a warm and welcoming Jewish community. In its sixteenth year, Beth Chaverim celebrates traditional Jewish rituals as well as creating many new ones for members to enjoy at their own comfort level. Full-time Rabbi Linda Joseph expertly leads memorable services and informative classes for all ages. There’s a place for everyone at BCRC -- single, partnered, married or divorced, young, empty nesters, or seniors – all are welcome.

Beth Chaverim will begin its observance of the High Holy Days with a S’lichot service on Saturday, September 8th at 9:00pm. S’lichot, a Hebrew word meaning "forgiveness," refers to the special penitential prayers recited by Jews throughout the High Holy Days. Traditionally, Jews recite S'lichot beginning late at night on the Saturday before Rosh HaShanah and continue each morning on the days between the New Year and Yom Kippur. The evening will begin with desserts (please bring something sweet to share) and conversation followed by a special service led by Rabbi Linda Joseph.    

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is celebrated on the evening of Sunday the 16th of September, which corresponds to the 1st of Tishrei on the Jewish calendar. The year 5773 will be ushered in with prayer and song. Beth Chaverim will begin its Rosh Hashanah services on the 16th with a Children’s Service from 4:30 – 5:30pm. An adult service will follow at 7:30pm.

Rosh Hashanah services continue on Monday, September 17th. Beginning at 10:15am, children age 6 months to 3rd grade are encouraged to participate in childcare (with advance reservations) or age-appropriate activities in the classrooms. The adult service begins at 10:45am, and is followed at 12:15pm by a Shofar service led by the BCRC youth shofar choir. Tashlich, a service during which the previous year’s sins are symbolically “cast off” into a body of flowing water, will be held at Windmill Pond 30 minutes after the Shofar service ends.

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, begins with the Kol Nidre service on Tuesday, September 25th at 7:30pm. During this dramatic service, Jews who seek to reconcile with God retract “all vows” and oaths made to God since the previous Yom Kippur. This solemn recitation offers the opportunity to seek forgiveness for sins against God. However, individuals must request forgiveness from any person against whom they have sinned; God will only forgive sins committed against God, not against other people. Seeking forgiveness is part of the process of teshuvah – turning or returning to God and striving to be a better person.

Beth Chaverim’s Yom Kippur services continue on Wednesday, September 26th. A children’s service will begin at 9:30am. At 10:15am, children 6 months to 3rd grade will be dismissed to childcare (with advance reservations) or age-appropriate activities in the classrooms. The adult service runs from 10:45am until 1:15pm. Afternoon services resume at 2:15pm with the Yizkor (memorial) service. A Healing/Meditation service will begin at 3:00pm, and the afternoon Torah service starts at 3:45pm. The final service of Yom Kippur, the Neilah (closing of the gates) service, begins at 5:30pm. The congregation’s communal Break The Fast will be held at 6:15pm.

For more information about High Holy Days services or to purchase tickets and arrange childcare, please check the website or contact Cindy Hack at chack18(at)gmail.com. Amounts paid for High Holy Days services will be applied toward membership dues for those who join Beth Chaverim by the end of 2012. For membership information, contact VP Membership Brian Giblin at membershipvp(at)bcrcva.org.

Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation, an affiliate of the Union for Reform Judaism, is a dynamic synagogue that lives up to its name - House of Friends. Located in Ashburn, Virginia, the synagogue connects new ideas with centuries of Jewish tradition. They celebrate diversity by welcoming young families, seniors, singles, teens, empty nesters, interfaith families, same sex couples, Jews by birth and Jews by choice. Attend a service, educational session, or cultural event and you will want to become part of Beth Chaverim.

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