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Focus on Elul

Elul is a month in which to spiritually prepare for the High Holy Day season of reflection and repentance. Elul is traditionally a time of introspection and personal stock-taking, known in Hebrew as cheshbon hanefesh — literally “an accounting of the soul.” 

High Holy Day Goodie Bag Pick Up & Food Drive Donations

Tuesday, September 8, 10 am–2 pm or Wednesday, September 9, 5–7pm
Please drive though the Gordon Chapel driveway entrance.

Please RSVP to help us prepare your Goodie Bag in advance. This will also give you more time to wave 
and say hello to our staff and Clergy.  

Prayer Book Pick Up
Pick up you Mishkan HaNefesh High Holy Day prayer books Rosh Hashanah will be a gold prayer book and Yom Kippur a silver prayer book. In addition, you can also pick up our Shabbat prayer book, Mishkan T’Filah. Each prayer book will be marked with a code so that we can keep track of which books are returned. 

Honey Cake Pick Up
During prayer book pick up, each family will receive a honey cake baked by our very own Zeffert and Gold Caterers. A big thank you to the Women’s Club for sponsoring this initiative so that our members can begin the year in this traditionally sweet way. 

Food Drive: Drop Off Donations
September 8 is also the first day of our High Holy Day Food Drive. Please bring items to donate to the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Most needed items are paper towels, toilet paper, antibacterial wipes, shelf stable food and gift cards to Target and Amazon.

Note: After Sept. 9, you can drop off your donations in the vestibule of the Gordon Chapel. The Kennedy Krieger Institute is dedicated to improving the lives of children and young adults with care and research focused on pediatric developmental disabilities and disorders of the brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal system.


The Four Main Themes of Rosh Hashanah Taught by Aviva Janus 

Tuesday, September 8, 7:30 pm 
Come learn about Rosh Hashanah’s relationship to joy, judgement, repentance and remembering the creation of the world. 

Meeting ID: 868 1448 1559
Passcode:  themes

Who Shall Live: The Unetaneh Tokef Prayer Taught by Rabbi Jennifer Weiner 

Thursday, September 10, 7:30 pm 
This prayer is chanted exclusively on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. It’s melody and words have stirred Jewish souls for generations. Join us to deconstruct the prayer from the High Holy Days that is the most frightening and awe-inspiring prayer.

Meeting ID: 826 0583 8859
Passcode:  prayer


Saturday, September 12
8 pm: Concert The Music of Reflection
9 pm: Selichot Service

Please join Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, Bolton Street Synagogue and Har Sinai-Oheb Shalom Congregation as together we share in a Selichot concert and service, preparing for the High Holy Days. 

Have a Quiet Moment in Front of the Ark 

By Appointment Only
September 8 & 9, 10 am–2pm
September 13, 11 am–2 pm

You can make an appointment if you would like quiet time in front of the ark in the Sanctuary. Couples and families can visit together, otherwise it is one person at a time. Masks required.

To make an appointment contact Christina Parsons:
or (410) 358-0105

Fri, September 25 2020 7 Tishrei 5781