High Holidays 5781

Kehila Chadasha invites you to join us for livestream services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. While we cannot be together physically,  we can be together spiritually to celebrate the holidays as a community.
See the full High Holidays Schedule, Speakers, and Panels
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An Invitation from Reb David

Reb David

Dear Friends,

In just a few weeks we will be celebrating Rosh HaShanah.

This year, we will not be together at Walter Johnson High School. Throughout Jewish history there have been times when our ancestors were not able to physically congregate during the Yom Tovim. This will be the first time for us.

It is ironic that technology which has been considered mukhtza, or taboo, when celebrating our holy days, has become the way in which so many of us can be together on Shabbat and sacred days.

We learn from our teachings that light comes out of darkness. “Asur L’hityaesh,” says Reb Nachman. It is forbidden to despair. Despair belongs with the dark side. Seize the sparks of light, share them. There is joy in joining with each other in song and prayer, acts of loving-kindness and pursuing justice.

Both the Kehila and Am Kolel communities have become more engaged in educating ourselves and in responding to the societal needs around us. We have been engaged in a personal and collective Heshbon HaNefesh, “soul accounting.”

The High Holidays Committee has been meeting since early June. We will not be meeting at the Walter Johnson High School. Instead, we will livestream our services. We have engaged Tonal Studios, owned by Kehila member Charlie Pilzer, to manage the necessary technology. The musicians and I will be leading the services from Tonal Studios and in a way that we are safe. Other participants in services will contribute from their homes. Services will be shorter and creative. While not ideal, I believe you will find the services very meaningful.

We will also offer a workshop prior to the High Holidays on how to use the online platform. Members of the community will be available to assist you if needed.

When Noah constructed the Ark he was instructed by G!d to make a Tzohar, a window that was filled with the light of the spirit. This Yontif as we sit in our homes, we will witness the power of our own Tzohar, Windows of Light, as we face the new year.

Khazak khazak V’Nitkhazek,

Be strong, be strong and may we strengthen each other.

May you have a blessed and safe month of Elul.

With love and blessings,

Rabbi David


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Zoom Link to Services

Zoom links to our Yom Kippur Adult, Teen and Children Services were emailed to registered participants on Thursday night, 9/24. If you did not receive the link, please email [email protected], or call 301-887-3777.

Ticket Orders

Register and pay for Adult and Children’s Services, submit Yizkor names

Order online (credit card, Paypal)

Mail-in order form (pay by check)

Children/Teen Services

Even with our livestream services, children and teens will experience the joy and meaning of the holidays with music and worship. Let’s have an experience that will bring us together for this High Holidays!

There are separate services for children and teens.

Children’s service information

Teen’s service information

In Memory of Our Relations | Yizkor

To have members of your immediate family remembered on this scroll, provide their names when placing your online order or clearly print the names on this form and mail it to us. Our Remembrance Scroll will be displayed on our website during Yom Kippur and throughout the entire 5781 year.

The tradition of memory is also strongly connected to tzedakah. Please consider making a Yizkor contribution to honor the memory of your family member(s). More about Yizkor contributions

Yom Kippur Food and Clothing Drive

Kehila typically collects non-perishable healthy foods, and lightly-used clothing and home goods before and during Yom Kippur services. But this year is anything but typical! More information.

More information

High Holidays Information Packet

Kehila Chadasha Open House | October 25th


Email [email protected] or call 301-887-3777.

Services Schedule

Sunday, September 27
Kol Nidre 6:30pm (NO Children’s Service)

See the full High Holidays Schedule, Speakers, and Panels.