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Yom Chamishi, 14 Kislev 5776

Reflection, Repentance and Renewal.

From the sound of the first shofar call to the last, every Jew pauses to reflect on his or her life and actions during the High Holy Days, and seeks ways to better ourselves and the world in which we live.  At Beth Chaverim, we seek to provide a myriad of ways in which all of our members and guests can find a special place and ways to commemorate this season.
The High Holy Day experience is 40 days long – beginning with a preparatory period called Selichot, a month before the New Year, and leading up to Rosh Hashanah (literally, “head of the year,” the Jewish New Year). Following this are the ten days of repentance, and then Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement). The central tenet of this entire 40-day period is the process of teshuvah (repentance), in which Jewish people acknowledge their sins, ask for pardon, resolve not to repeat the sins, and engage in acts of tzedakah (righteousness).
Directly after Yom Kippur are the holidays of Sukkot, a seven day harvest festival, and Simchat Torah, which celebrates the start of a new cycle of Torah readings for the year. Our mood changes from solemn to grateful and then joyous, and these last two holidays provide a warm and memorable finale to this annual time of reflection, repentance, and renewal.
Reminder: Membership at BCRC includes all High Holiday services for members, their spouses/partners, and their children age 22 and under - no need for tickets!!!

Schedule of Services - 5776 / 2015

Sunday, September 13, 2015
4:30 pm - Erev Rosh Hashanah Children’s Service
7:00 pm - Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
Monday, September 14, 2015
10:00 am - Rosh Hashanah Morning Service
Oneg immediately following
Friday, September 18, 2015
7:00 pm - Healing Service
Tuesday, September 22
7:00 pm - Erev Yom Kippur (Kol Nidre) Service
Wednesday, September 23
10:00 am - 12 pm - Yom Kippur Morning Service
1:00 pm  - Yoga with Rabbi Amy
2:00 pm - Walking Meditation(weather permitting)
3:45 pm - Afternoon Service and Discussion
5:00 pm - Yizkor Remembrance Service
5:45 pm - Closing Service
6:15 pm - Shofar Choir
Congregational Break The Fast immediate following service conclusion
Times are approximate.


Guest Attendance Policy and Guest Tickets 

Beth Chaverim welcomes all members of the community to our High Holiday services!  We do request a donation from all guests to help offset our costs.  Should guests choose to join Beth Chaverim before December 31, 2015, the amount you donated will be applied towards your annual financial commitment.  Note that no "tickets' will be issued; instead, we will have your name at a table in the lobby area.

Suggested Donation Amounts:

  • Relatives of BCRC members - $25 per holiday
  • Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kipuur Adults (25-69) - $125 per holiday
  • Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Seniors (70+) and under age 25 - $25 per holiday
  • Rosh Hashanah Children's Service ONLY (2nd grade and below, and accompanying adult family members) - $18 per family



Yizkor Book

Beth Chaverim publishes a memorial book in which you may honor your loved ones who have passed.  Members and guests are invited to fill out the form below and submit it to BCRC by August 30, 2015 to ensure inclusion in our publication.

Reciprocity for Members 

Are you planning to attend services at another congregation out-of-town? We can assist you with a reciprocity letter.  Just call the BCRC office at 703-729-1659 to make arrangements.



Many may not be aware that member dues, school tuition, and building fund combined cover only a portion of our synagogue's operating expenses.  We must rely on fundraising activities – and primarily, our annual appeals such as the Kol Nidre Appeal – in order to maintain the programming and services which all of us have come to enjoy.

The success or failure of the Kol Nidre Appeal relies on you.  BCRC has about 135 member families, and many more who participate in our services and events but whom have not yet taken the step of membership.  We're hoping that each of you who count BCRC as part of your lives - members and guests alike - will raise your hand and contribute, no matter the amount - $5,000, $500, $50.  Obviously, the more you can give, the more it helps, but whatever you can provide is appreciated. We are hoping to stand before our congregation at our Annual Meeting and report not the amount of money raised, but also that all of us contributed and participated in this annual tradition - that 100% of our incredible community cared enough about BCRC to stand and be counted. Our goal is to raise $75,000 – please help however you can.

Of course, if you have already made your Kol Nidre donation separately, please accept our special thanks for your generosity and your commitment.

Please click below to make a secure donation to our Kol Nidre Appeal.


As we prepare for the High Holy Days, we wish you Shanah Tovah and a year filled with health, happiness and peace. We look forward to being together as a community during this special time of renewal and reflection.