Beth Chai: The Greater Washington Jewish Humanist CongregationBeth Chai: The Greater Washington Jewish Humanist Congregation

High Holy Day Services

We hold High Holy Day Services on the morning of Rosh Hashanah and the evening (Kol Nidre) and morning of Yom Kippur. We also hold Family Services immediately preceding the two morning services. All are welcome, regardless of membership.


As an independent humanist congregation, we have created our own, unique service books, drawing from both traditional and modern sources. Our services are primarily in English, but we do have portions in Hebrew (with transliteration and translation). You are welcome to peruse our service books by clicking here.


In addition to our rabbi’s sermon, there is a talk given at each service by a member of our congregation, often on a matter of topical interest. Texts of some past sermons and talks can be found by clicking here.


The following is the 2017 schedule for High Holy Day Services:

Rosh Hashanah:
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Family Services 9:30am
Adult Services 10:30am

Kol Nidre
Friday, September 29, 2017
7:30pm (only one service)

Yom Kippur: 
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Family Services 9:30am
Adult Services 10:30am

Admission to our High Holy Day services is free to members. Non-members are welcome to purchase tickets for our High Holy Day services Non-member tickets for our Family Services (held on the mornings of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) may also be purchased. Admission to the Family Service is free of charge for families or adults holding tickets to the regular service.

Pricing and online registration for ticket purchases is now available! Please visit our registration site to begin.

Our High Holiday services are held at:


Beth Chai Congregation at RRUUC
6301 River Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20817
(parking lot entrance on Whittier)


Tickets can also be purchased at the door.
If you have questions, please leave us a message at 301-229-7400. If after attending services you decide to join our congregation, the cost of your tickets will be deducted from your dues.

Here are a few policies regarding High Holidays tickets:

    Beth Chai membership provides the following for the High Holidays:
  • Family membership entitles a ticket to each registered member of the family for each service (adult children over the age of 22 are no longer part of the family membership).
  • Associate membership includes tickets for up to two adults in the family for each service.
  • Single-Parent, Individual and Full-time Student memberships are entitled to one ticket for Family services and/or one ticket for Adult services.
  • Au pairs may attend services with their host family at no additional fee.
  • Any circumstances with more than 2 adults in a household, please contact Beth Chai's Treasurer
  • Membership levels (Family, Associate, Single-Parent, etc.) are described in Membership Levels
    For non-members:
  • A non-member Adult service ticket includes one adult and their dependent children up to age 22.
  • A non-member Family service ticket includes up to two adults in a household and their dependent children up to age 22.
  • Au pairs may attend services with their host family at no additional fee (current policy).
  • Members in good standing of another congregation can attend Beth Chai HH without charge if they provide a letter from their home congregation to the Treasurer before or at the time of HH services.
  • If you have any questions, please refer to our High Holiday Ticket FAQ or contact Beth Chai's Communications Chair