High Holidays – 57792018-09-01T22:19:17+00:00
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High Holidays – 5779

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We look forward to reflect, celebrate, renew and begin again – with you.  
L’shana tova umetukah – for a good and sweet year!

We open our doors each year to prospective families with young children to experience our  hour long Intergenerational Family High Holiday Service. This service is rich in music, age-appropriate prayer, stories, a couple of laughs, followed by moments to connect as a family and as a wider community. We highlight the way we offer prayer and connection throughout the year.  We ask is that you register by September 6th using this form.


Welcome. We are so glad you will be spending the High Holidays at Beth Am Israel.  If you are up-to-date on your member dues (or have made special arrangements), you will be mailed your tickets.  Your children, if any and under 30, do not need tickets.   To make a special arrangement, please contact Grace (610-667-1651) or Mark Noble.

High Holiday Schedule2018-08-13T20:52:09+00:00

Renew. Refresh. Begin again:  5779

Summary of Schedule

  • Community Selichot: Saturday, Sept 1st
  • Rosh Hashanah: Begins Sunday Sept 9th through Tuesday Sept 11th
  • Yom Kippur: Kol Nidre on Tuesday Sept 18th, Yom Kippur Day Wednesday Sept 19th
  • If you would like to sponsor Break Fast please call or email Grace.

Printable PDF of Detailed High Holiday Schedule

Printable PDF of Family and Youth Programming. 

Detail for Rosh Hashana 2018/5779

Selihot – Saturday, September 1 

  • 8:00pm:  Selihot (Prayers of Forgiveness at Beth Am Israel featuring music, poetry, and prayer) 

Erev Rosh Hashanah – Sunday, September 9 

  • 6:00pm:  Ma’ariv/Evening Service 

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 & Day 2 – Monday, September 10 & Tuesday, September 11 

  • 8:00am:   Meditative Space
  • 8:30am:   Shacharit Morning Service
    Two Prayer Offerings:   Traditional Davenning or Tefillah B’Kavannah (Prayer, song, poetry, and silence)
  • 9:00am:   Babysitting Begins
  • 9:45am:    Torah Service 
  • 9:45 am:   Intergenerational Family Service
  • 10:00am:  Teen Discussions
  • 10:45am:  Blessings of New Beginnings (Day 1 only) and the Shofar Service
  • 11:00am:  Rabbi’s Sermon
  • 11:00am:  Youth Activities
  • 11:30am:  Musaf
  • 5:00pm:   “Casting Away” (aka Tashlich) including the Blessing for Pets at Merion Park (Day 1 only)

Detail for Yom Kippur 2018/5779

Kol Nidre (Erev Yom Kippur) – Tuesday, September 18 

  • 6:00pm:  Kol Nidre Family Service
  • 6:15pm:   Mincha/Afternoon Service
  • 6:45pm:   Candle Lighting and Musical Interlude 7:00pm Kol Nidre Service
  • 7:30pm:   Youth & Teen Programming 

Yom Kippur – Wednesday, September 19, Morning 

  • 8:00am:  Meditative Space
  • 8:30am:   Shacharit Morning Service, with two prayer offerings:  Traditional Davenning or Tefillah B’Kavannah (Prayer, song, poetry, and silence) 
  • 9:45am:   Torah Service
  • 9:45am:   Intergenerational Family Service 
  • 10:00am: Teen Discussions
  • 11:00am:  Rabbi’s Sermon 
  • 11:00am:  Youth Activities
  • 11:30am:  Yizkor Memorial Service 
  • 11:50am:  Traditional & Alternative Musaf Offerings 

Yom Kippur – Wednesday, September 19, Afternoon

  • 3:30pm:   Forgiveness and Reconciliation Summit: An Interfaith Dialogue
  • 5:00pm:   Mincha & Afternoon Service, including the “Book of Jonah”
  • 6:15pm:   Neilah (Closing of Gates – Concluding Service)
  • 7:30pm:   Shofar, Ma’ariv, and Havdallah 

Break Fast! 

Family Service2018-08-16T14:26:27+00:00

Families With Children Under 10

Our family service will be a place for lively singing, soulful praying and celebrating the new year. Led by Hazzan Harold and Education Director Leo Fuhrman with members of the Beth Am band!  Geared for families with young kids and open to all ages!  Service is free, but registration is required. 

  • WHEN:   Both mornings of Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur
  • TIME:     9:45 am to 10:45am, 6 pm (Kol Nidre) 
  • WHERE:  BAI Social Hall
  • RSVP: Fill out form here.

Printable PDF Flyer with times attached. 

Children’s Programming2018-08-08T03:33:28+00:00

Our building is fully wheelchair accessible. Materials are available for those who are vision and/or hearing impaired, including braille materials, large magnifying sheets to use with books, large print materials, and hearing aid support. Our staff is happy to answer questions.

If you cannot join us physically at Beth Am Israel for services, please join us virtually!   Access our High Holiday live streaming services at http://bit.ly/BAI-Live
If you need help setting up the link, email mitzvot@bethamisrael.orgwe’ll send someone over to your home to set you up! 

Also, email us at mitzvot@bethamisrael.org to let us know if you’ll be joining us online, and we will hand deliver a Machzor (high holiday prayer book) to you.  We would also be happy to send a holiday meal to you, if you can’t leave home.

Parent volunteers!
We need YOU to help ensure our program runs smoothly. Whether it is serving food, assisting a program or lending a hand, we need you!

Join our Love Your Neighbor Committee and Heed Isaiah’s Call: Feed the Hungry, Clothe the Naked

  • DONATE ITEMS: New/gently used clothes, all sizes/seasons needed. Bins in the synagogue entry vestibule.
  • DONATE ITEMS: Non perishable food items.  Bins in the synagogue entry vestibule.
  • DONATE ITEMS:  School Supplies.  Bins in synagogue vestibule. Click here for more information.
  • DONATE ITEMS:  Pots, pans and more for refugees supported by HIAS.  Bins in synagogue or buy on Amazon and ship directly to HIAS upon purchase, follow this link  http://a.co/60wqjOk
  • VOLUNTEER – YOUR TIME IS APPRECIATED: Help is needed with sorting & delivery – Email Gaby at mitzvot@bethamisrael.org to lend a hand.
  • VOLUNTEER – YOUR TIME IS APPRECIATED: Green Team Mitzvah project at Flat Rock Park 12-2:45 Sunday, September 16.  This will be a chance to do a meaningful mitzvah, be outside in a beautiful natural place, hang out with our BAI friends, and have an awesome BAI experience during the days of awe! Join us!!!  RSVP/Questions contact Mira Olson or Johanna Werbach.
  • VOLUNTEER – YOUR TIME IS APPRECIATED: JRA Food packing and delivery. Sunday 9/16 Jewish Relief Agency. Local deliveries also needed. To RSVP or for more information click here.
Before the Holidays2018-09-03T00:05:38+00:00

Poetry Workshops

Thursday, September 6th & September 13th from 7-9pm

In preparation for the High Holidays, we offer Poetry as Personal Midrash.  This is an opportunity to explore personal writing and reflection.No experience is necessary!  Join congregant Cathy Cohen and Rabbi David on this short journey where we explore themes related to this important time,  take an in-depth look at the lovely language of Psalm 27,  and feel the presence of God versus the absence of God.  We will think about beginning the year anew and addressing the ineffable.  Join us at Beth Am for this personal experience.

Elul Spiritual Offering

September 8th, 9-10 am.

Join congregant Nicole Levin and Hazzan Harold Shabbat morning. During this time you are encouraged to follow your Elul journey through embodied prayer which includes chanting, praying and a meditative service.

Hosting / Being Hosted for a Holiday Meal2018-09-03T00:03:42+00:00


Would you like to be a guest at a Beth Am member’s home for the High Holidays?  If so, sign up here


Would you like to host a Beth Am member(s) over one of the High Holidays?  If so, sign up here.

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