Tikvat Israel Congregation Rockville MD

A Friendly, Participatory and Egalitarian Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, Maryland

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.

High Holiday forms and information

Rosh Hashanah 5780/2019 

Sunday, September2 9
Erev Rosh Hashanah
5:45pm Mincha & Maariv  
6:35pm Candle Lighting                           

Monday, September 30
First Day of Rosh Hashanah
8:30 am Services Begin                             
4:30 pm Mincha at Tikvat Israel                
5:15 pm Tashlich at the Bridge                  
6:00 pm Ma’ariv at Rabbi Israel’s House (5007 Butternut Drive, Rockville)          
Candle Lighting  after 7:34 pm                        

Tuesday, October 1
Second Day of Rosh Hashanah
8:30 am Services Begin                  
7:30pm Mincha/Erev Shabbat Services           

Yom Kippur

Tuesday, October 8
Layl Yom Kippur

6:00p m Kol Nidre                                          

Wednesday, October 9
Yom Kippur

9:00 am Services Begin
4:15 pm Mincha, Neilah                            
7:25 pm Ma’ariv, Shofar & Havdalah 

On Saturday Evening, September 21, at 8:30 pm Tikvat Israel will join several local synaogues at Shaare Tefila (16620 Georgia Ave, Olney) for a Community Selichot Service, Havdalah, a program and a dessert reception. The service will begin at 10:00 pm.


On Sunday, October 6, at 10:30 am, Rabbi Israel will join with clergy from other congregations in  conducting a community memorial service at Judean Memorial Gardens. On Sunday, Gan Zikaron (Garden of Remembrance) in Clarksburg will also hold two community memorial services that day – at 10:00 am and at 2:30 pm.

High Holiday forms and information