Tikvat Israel Congregation

A Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, MD

High Holidays

The High Holidays refers to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year. For nearly twenty-six hours—from several minutes before sunset on 9 Tishrei to after nightfall on 10 Tishrei— we abstain from food and drink, do not wash or anoint our bodies, do not wear leather footwear, and abstain from marital relations.

Rosh Hashanah 5778/2017 (coming soon)

Rosh Hashanah 5777/2016

Sunday, October 2
Erev Rosh Hashanah

Mincha & Maariv with Rabbi & Cantor 6:00 pm
Candle Lighting 6:32 pm

Monday, October 3
First Day of Rosh Hashanah

Services Begin 8:30 am
Mincha at Tikvat Israel 4:30 pm
Community Walk/ Story Walk – meet at TI and walk to Bridge 5:00 pm
Tashlich at the Bridge 5:30 pm
Ma’ariv in the Synagogue 6:15 pm
Candle Lighting 7:31 pm

Tuesday, October 4
Second Day of Rosh Hashanah

Services Begin 8:30 am
Mincha 6:00 pm

 Yom Kippur

Tuesday, October 11
Layl Yom Kippur

Kol Nidre 6:00 pm
Manna Food Drive: As you enter the synagogue for Kol Nidre, please give your bagged Manna food drive donations to the designated volunteers at the table to the left of the main entrance.

Wednesday, October 12
Yom Kippur

Services Begin 9:00 am
Mincha, Neilah 4:15 pm
Ma’ariv & Havdalah After Shofar

On Saturday Evening, September 24, Tikvat Israel will join with several other synagogues for a Selichot Program and Service beginning at 8:30 pm.


  • There will be only one Erev Rosh Hashanah service – at 6:00 pm – on Sunday, October 2, conducted by Rabbi Shull and Cantor Helzner.
  • Alternative “Side Trip” experiences during Yom Kippur services will be offered. Schedule and locations will be posted in the lobby.
  • Click these links for Youth services and babysitting forms and times or check the forms included in this High Holiday packet.
  • On Sunday, October 9 at 10:30 am, Rabbi Shull and Cantor Helzner will conduct a memorial service at Judean Memorial Gardens.
  • Parking is limited at Tikvat Israel. When you receive your tickets, you will receive information about additional parking nearby.
  • Please note that tickets are required for each family member age 13 and over for entry into the building during the holidays.  If you do not have your tickets when you arrive, you will be asked to check in with the security guard to the right of the entrance. The ticket policy stated above will also apply to all guests.
  • Children under the age of 13 do not need a ticket, but we do ask that they be accompanied by a parent when they enter or leave the building. If children are in babysitting or attending any of the youth services, they must be registered in advance, click the links for Youth services and babysitting forms.
  • For more information, please contact the Tikvat Israel office at 301-762-7338.

Service Notes:

  • The Religious Practices Committee has requested that those who receive honors should arrive NO later than 15 minutes before time indicated on the letter you have received assigning you the specific honor. Some other important times:
    • in order to hear the Rabbi’s message in the Ner Tamid Services (Traditional Services) on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, congregants should be in the service no later than 10:00 am,
    • those who wish to be sure to hear the sounding of the Shofar on Rosh Hashanah should plan on arriving by 10:15 am,
    • if you wish to take part in the Yizkor Service, plan on arriving by 11:00 am.
  • Please note that there are designated certain areas for handicapped seating. Our ushers will assist our congregants in securing those seats.
  • Reminder – Leather shoes are not permitted on the Bima during Yom Kippur Services. Slippers will be available for those who wish to utilize them.
  • Our Office Staff and High Holiday have been working diligently to ensure that all is prepared. If you have any questions regarding any matters regarding the High Holiday Services, please contact the synagogue office.

High Holiday forms and information