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High Holy Days 5783


Covid Policy - At every step of the recovery phase, we continue to prioritize community health and safety under the guidance of the medical experts on our COVID-19 Task Force. Our decisions reflect lessons we have learned from two years of robust activity during the pandemic, the feedback we have received from so many of you, and our commitment to ensuring that all of you will have access to the comfort, inspiration, and community of Chizuk Amuno Congregation and Schools. 

Masks are still optional, though we encourage them for those who are unvaccinated to minimize the risk to themselves and others. If you arrive without a mask but want one, we’ll have them available at the door.  There will be a mask-only section in both the Sanctuary and the Krieger Auditorium.  Please follow the signs and see the ushers for details.

High Holy Day Seat Information: 

Due to ongoing pandemic concerns, we have made the decision that this year we will not have assigned seats in either the Krieger or the Sanctuary for Yom Kippur. 

Hosts will be located throughout the Krieger Auditorium, Sanctuary, and balcony to ensure that everyone is assisted and comfortably seated.

Extra Seats:
We are delighted to welcome your family’s relatives who may be visiting with you during the High Holy Days.

For questions regarding High Holy Day seating, please contact Judy Simkin, 410-486-6400, ext. 232 or

High Holy Day Mahzor 
Link to Rabbinical Assembly to buy Mazor.

Israel Bonds:
During the High Holy Day season, Jews around the country make an investment by purchasing an Israel Bond to show their support and love for Israel. Watch for information and your opportunity to participate. For more information, please contact Rita Plaut,

Yom Kippur Food Drive:
Monday, October 3-Friday, October 7 & Sunday, October 9
Each year we collect literally several hundred pounds of food for local agencies. Your support is always appreciated.

Erev Yom Kippur & Kol Nidre: Tuesday, October 4:

Minhah - 6 p.m. (Hoffberger Chapel)
Kol Nidre Evening Service at 6:30 p.m. (Sanctuary/Krieger Auditorium)

Family Service: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Esterson Auditorium - RSVP Here

Tfilah in the Kehilla” - Middle School Kol Nidre Service with a special performance by the Bible Players - RSVP Here

High School: High Holy Day Schmooze and Activity with the Bible Players: 7:30-8:15 p.m.  (Library Beit Midrash) - RSVP Here

Yom Kippur: Wednesday, October 5

Shaharit: Morning Service at 8:45 a.m. (Sanctuary)
*Please note - this year there will be one communal shaharit*

Amuno Minyan - 8:45 a.m. - Amuno Minyan - 8:45 a.m. -  **NEW LOCATION: Tent by playing fields
(If inclement weather, Room 252 )
Torah Service at 9:45 a.m. (Sanctuary/ Krieger Auditorium)
Yizkor: Memorial Prayers at 10:30 a.m. (Sanctuary/Krieger Auditorium)
View our Wings of Memory Book (PDF) - here

Musaf: Holy Day Service at 11:00 a.m. (Sanctuary/Krieger Auditorium)

Healing Service with Cantor Herman and Leslie Pomerantz - 2 p.m. (Krieger Auditorium) Learn more about the healing service here. 

Kids Ask the Rabbi - Virtual (On Zoom) at 3:00 p.m.  RSVP to Judy Simkin (

Study Sessions - On-Site at 3:00 p.m.

Yom Kippur Study Sessions: 
Yom Kippur Study Sessions: Study, Conversation, Reflection
On Yom Kippur afternoon, our custom at Chizuk Amuno is to spend the hours between services in study, conversation and reflection.  This year our Study Sessions will explore themes of Yom Kippur through story, text, behavior, and history. All classes will begin at 3 p.m in person.

The Joseph Narratives and the High Holy Days (Dr. Andrea Lieber) - (Hoffberger Chapel)
It has been suggested that the Joseph narratives mirror our experiences during the High Holy Days - Sin, regret, punishment, repentance, and reconciliation.

Legacies of Forgiveness  (Julie Warren) - (Courtyard)
There are gifts and burdens around our personal and communal legacies of forgiveness. In this discussion-based, experiential session that begins with meditation, we will consider how we move forward to forgiveness and personal repentance.

Short Stories for Yom Kippur (Maureen Walsh David) -  (Library Beit Midrash) 
A discussion of two short stories - Sholem Aleichem’s humorous holiday mystery The Yom Kippur Scandal and S.Y. Agnon’s exploration of Yom Kippurim past and present Twofold. Both stories are available online. Reading the stories in advance is recommended but not required.

Ask the Rabbi at 4:00 p.m. (Sanctuary)
Minhah: Afternoon Service at 5:00 p.m.

Neilah: Concluding Service at 6:00 p.m. (Sanctuary)

Family Neilah: Concluding Service at 6:45 p.m.
“The Adventures of Teshuva Man Continues” (Krieger Auditorium)

Havdalah and Final Shofar blast - 7:25 p.m.


For Our Children and Teenagers Yom Kippur Services, Programs, and Activities:

Family Service: For Grades K-4 and Families: 10 a.m. (Registration Required Here) & 11:15 a.m.(Registration Required Here) (Esterson Auditorium)

Torah for Tots: For Grades K and Below: 11:15 a.m. (Registration Required Here)  (Stulman Auditorium) 
Middle School Service:10-11 a.m. (Hoffberger Chapel) - RSVP Here
High School Discussion with Dr. Neil Rubin:  11 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Library Beit Midrash) - RSVP Here

Reverse Tashlikh
Sunday, October 9, 1-3 p.m.
On Rosh HaShanah, we symbolically cast off our sins into a brook, or pond, or even the ocean. This year, we will be removing debris created by humans that has made its way to our waterways - a true sin. We will meet at Middle Branch Park, 3301 Waterview Avenue for this important project. To perform this mitzvah, our Gemilut Hasadim initiative partners with Krieger Schechter Day School and Chizuk Amuno Sisterhood in conjunction with Women's League for Conservative Judaism and Repair the Sea. Please register here to participate. 

Erev Sukkot: Sunday, October 9  (Hoffberger Chapel)
Morning Minyan at 9 a.m.
Minhah/Ma’ariv - 6 p.m.

Sukkot 1: Monday, October 10
Festival Morning Services - 9:30 a.m. Sanctuary
Sukkot Tots (Esterson Auditorium) - 10:30 a.m. Registration Required Here
Family Service (Hoffberger Chapel) - 10:30 a.m. Registration Required Here
Minhah/Ma’ariv - 6 p.m.

Sukkot 2: Monday, October 11
Festival Morning Services - 9:30 a.m
Minhah/Ma’ariv - 6 p.m.  
Havdalah - 6:58 

Intermediate Days of Sukkot
Morning Minyan at 7 a.m.- Chapel

Sukkah Rentals
October 9-11
Outside of the Goldsmith Parking Lot
Sign ups available soon!
We have two large Sukkot available to reserve.

Thursday, October 13 - Sukkot Speakeasy: Spirits Under the Stars
6:30 p.m. (Attman Family Sukkah)
Co-Sponsored by the Chizuk Amuno Sisterhood
Shhhhhh… You are invited to join us in the Attman Family Sukkah for a community Sukkot meal and music! Just walk to the door that leads to the courtyard, say the password “lulav” and get ready to mix and mingle. This evening is for adults only 21+. Register Online here. 


Hoshanah Rabbah & Erev Shemini Atzeret, Sunday, October 16
9 a.m. – Morning Minyan (On site - Hoffberger Chapel / Livestream)
6 p.m. – Erev Shemini Atzeret Service (On site - Sanctuary / Livestream)

Shemini Atzeret, Monday, October 17 
9:30 a.m. – Festival Morning Services  (On site - Sanctuary / Livestream)
Yizkor around 10:30 a.m. 

Erev Simhat Torah: Monday, October 17
5:30 p.m. - Light pasta dinner for families - Stulman Auditorium (Free) 

We invite families to join with Chizuk Amuno Congregation & Schools for a light dinner before we begin the festivities of Simhat Torah. RSVP Here

6:15 p.m. - Evening Festival Services / Hakafot  On site - Hoffberger Chapel Entrance Outside
7 p.m. – Traditional Minhah/Ma’ariv (On site - Hoffberger Chapel)

Simhat Torah, Tuesday, October 18 
9:30 a.m. – Festival Morning Services  (On site - Sanctuary / Livestream)
Simhat Torah Honorees: On Simhat Torah we conclude the cycle of Torah reading for the past year and begin reading it anew. The honors of being called to the Torah for the concluding Aliyah of the year and the honor of being called to the Torah for the first Aliyah of the new reading cycle are considered very precious as we celebrate Simhat Torah. This year we honor three special individuals who represent the essence of our mission and purpose as a sacred congregational community. These three pillars of our community represent the three pillars of our mission – Torah (study), Avodah (Shabbat Prayer), and Gemilut Hasadim (Mitzvot).

10:30 a.m. - Torah Torah Torah for Tots - (Stulman Auditorium)

6:00  p.m. – Minhah/Ma’ariv – End of Simhat Torah

Tue, October 4 2022 9 Tishrei 5783