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High Holidays Schedule 5783/2022

This year, Ohev is excited to welcome back Dr. Josh Milner who will be leading many of our High Holiday Tefilot, along with Rabbanit Aliza Sperling who will be sharing Divrei Torah and insights during High Holiday Davening. 

We are also blessed to have Rabbi Phil Lieberman and Dr. Yedida Eisenstat joining us for the holiday of Sukkot/Simchat Torah (and Dr. Eisenstat will be joining us for Shabbat Shuva). 

For more information or to register for High Holiday services, please visit

Saturday, September 17 - Selichot
10:15 pm | Musical Melava Malka and pre-Selichot Event
11:15 pm | Selichot in Sanctuary 


Sunday, September 18 - OSTNS Cemetery Visit
10:15 am | Gather at Ohev cemetery in Southeast DC for communal prayers led by Rabbi Phil Lieberman

If you are in need of or can offer a ride, please contact by Thursday, September 15.

Sunday, September 25  - Erev Rosh Hashanah
9:00 am - 2:30 pm | Men’s Mikvah Hours  (suggested donation $20; please reserve a slot at & bring your own towel)
6:40 pm | Mincha/Maariv
6:42 pm | Candle Lighting


Monday, September 26  - First Day of Rosh Hashanah
8:30 am | Shacharit with a Dvar Torah from Rabbanit Aliza Sperling
4:30 pm | Afternoon Communal Shofar Blowings. Details below 

6:00 pm | Communal Tashlich at Rock Creek Park (meet at Ohev)
6:40 pm | Mincha/Maariv
7:41 pm | Candle Lighting

Tuesday, September 27 - Second Day of Rosh Hashanah
8:30 am | Shacharit with a Dvar Torah from Kate Rozansky
6:40 pm | Mincha followed by a shiur from Rabbanit Aliza Sperling
7:35 pm | Maariv
7:40 pm | Conclusion of Yom Tov


Saturday, October 1  at 5:45pm - “Shabbat Shuva” Shiur
It is customary for the clergy of the Synagogue to give a major address every year between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This year, Dr. Eisenstat will speak about the book of Jonah, its message, and why we read it on the afternoon of Yom Kippur.


Monday, October 3
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm | Women's pre-YK Mikvah Hours (please reserve a slot at

Tuesday, October 4 - Erev Yom Kippur
8:00 am - 2:30 pm | Men’s Mikvah Hours (suggested donation $20; please reserve a slot at & bring your own towel)

3:00 pm | Mincha
6:28 pm | Candlelighting
6:30 pm | Kol Nidre

Wednesday, October 5 - Yom Kippur Day
8:30 am | Shacharit with Yizkor ~10:30 AM and a Dvar Torah by Rabbanit Aliza Sperling
4:15 pm | Additional Yizkor Service - Located in the Tent | Please join Rabbanit Sperling for a special Yom Kippur Yizkor service to remember those dear to us in our lives whom we've lost. We will also pray for those who died in the Shoah and in service to the IDF.  We will also take some time to reflect on all those from our congregation who died in the past two years, including those from Covid.
4:50 pm | Mincha
6:00 pm | Neilah
7:27 pm | Fast Concludes

Following Maariv, the entire community is invited to a breakfast generously provided by Lea and Jeff Mendelsohn.


Neighborhood Shofar Blowings - Monday afternoon, September 26th (1st day of Rosh Hashanah)

It is a mitzvah (commandment) to hear the sound of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah. We will be offering four afternoon shofar blowings for anyone who would like to join!  These shofar blowings will begin promptly in order to avoid crowding. 30 blasts will be sounded. All are welcome.

4:30 PM | Colonial Village | Round-about in front of 1900 Plymouth Street NW (shofar blown by Josh Segal)
4:30 PM | Shepherd Park | Entrance to Shepherd Elementary at 14th and Kalmia (shofar blown by Rabbi Ben Berger)
4:30 PM | Women’s Shofar Blowing | Elizabeth Bodine-Baron’s backyard (8126 W Beach Dr NW).
4:30 PM | Montgomery County | Rock Creek Elementary Playground/soccer field (shofar blown by Andy Binstock) 

Pre-High Holiday Class Schedule
Elul Classes (via Zoom)
All of our Zoom sessions require a password. Please contact the synagogue office for more information.


Prepare for the Yamim Tovim with Rabbi Phil
Rambam’s Hilkhot Yom Tov from the Mishneh Torah

- Wednesday nights, 31 August through 2 November, 8:30pm-9:15pm, via Zoom at

Thu, March 23 2023 1 Nisan 5783