Bolton Street Synagogue High Holy Days 5780/2019

Gather. Pray. Act.

The High Holy Days arrive at a time of deep strife and challenge in our country. Gather with your congregational family as we pray to better our lives and our world. Gain insight from our tradition as well as the strength to act for a better tomorrow. Let’s join together to welcome the New Year 5780, uplift our spirits and deepen our commitment to one another.

We very much look forward to welcoming our new High Holy Day Cantorial Soloist Rachel Graber, as we pray for a year filled with justice, peace, and love. – Rabbi Andy Gordon



Selichot: Drumming Our Way into the High Holy Days

Saturday, September 21, 2019

  • 7:30 PM – Desserts & Honey Cake Competition
  • 8:30 PM – Drumming Program – Jason Baker will lead a moving and exciting preparation for the High Holy Days through drumming, rhythm, and community.
  • 9:30 PM – Selichot Service – A short spirituality uplifting service to welcome the High Holy Days with singing, meditation, and the blast of the Shofar!

Erev Rosh Hashanah in the Meadow

Sunday, September 29, 2019

  • 4:30 PM – A Picnic in the Meadow. Bring your own picnic dinner or order a catered boxed dinner that includes: a tuna salad, egg salad, or veggie sandwich, chips, fruit, and dessert for $12.50 through the form at the bottom of this page or send a check with your order choices to:

Bolton Street Synagogue
212 W. Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore, MD 21210

Orders for boxed dinners due by September 24, 2019.

  • 5:30 PM – Musical prelude by Leslie Margolis and Mark Giuliano with Shir Chadash
  • 5:45 PM – Erev Rosh Hashanah Service in the Meadow with Shir Chadash

Rosh Hashanah, Day 1

Monday, September 30, 2019

  • 9:00 AM – Rosh Hashanah Service *
  • 9:45 AM – Torah Service *
  • 10:00 AM – Child/Youth Program and Service * PARENTS WELCOME
  • 12:00 PM – Tashlich Service *
  • 12:30 PM – Reception in our Social Hall *
  • 2:30 PM – Rosh Hashanah Family Service FREE & OPEN TO ALL

* Tickets required for these services.

Rosh Hashanah, Day 2

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

  • 9:00 AM – Rosh Hashanah Day II Service
  • 11:30 AM – Reception in our Social Hall

Erev Yom Kippur and Kol Nidre

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

  • 6:45 PM – Musical Prelude with Gita Ladd and Lewis Berman *
  • 7:15 PM – Kol Nidre and Evening Service *

Yom Kippur

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

  • 9:00 AM – Yom Kippur Morning Service *
  • 9:45 AM – Torah Service *
  • 10:00 AM – Child/Youth Program and Service * PARENTS WELCOME
  • 12:00 PM – Yizkor Service *
  • 2:30 PM – Adult Study Session
  • 2:30 PM – Yom Kippur Family Service FREE & OPEN TO ALL
  • 4:00 PM – Afternoon Service
  • 4:45 PM – Healing Service
  • 5:30 PM – Ne’ilah Service
  • 6:30 PM – Shofar Blast and Havdalah
  • 6:45 PM – Break the Fast *

* Tickets required for these services.

Break the Fast

BSS provides drinks, bagels, fruit, and tuna and egg salad. Please contribute a dessert, kugel, or side dish (dairy only) to share.

Erev Sukkot

Sunday, October 13, 2019

  • 4:30 PM – Sukkot Activities and Study Sessions for All Ages
  • 5:15 PM – Inter-generational Sukkot Service
  • 6:00 PM – Potluck Dinner in Sukkah

Simchat Torah

Sunday, October 20, 2019

  • 10:30 AM – An inter-generational service as we joyously dance with the Torah scrolls! Snacks, dancing, singing, and celebration. With Shir Chadash. All are welcome!

Shemini Atzeret/Yizkor Service

Monday, October 21, 2019

  • 7:30 AM – Join us for a short and meaningful service as we remember our loved ones.

Family Services – ALL ARE WELCOME

  • Rosh Hashanah Family Service – Monday, September 30, 2019 – 2:30 PM
  • Yom Kippur Family Service – Wednesday, October 9, 2019 – 2:30 PM

A service especially geared for families with tots and younger children will be filled with singing, prayerful experience for all ages, and a story. Invite your friends and neighbors. Open to All!

Child/Youth Programs and Services

Children and youth programs and services on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at 10:00 AM are geared for K – 7th grade students. Parents are welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Jillian Manko.


* Tickets are required for Rosh Hashanah Day 1, Kol Nidre, and Yom Kippur morning services.  All current members of Bolton Street Synagogue receive High Holy Day tickets by mail. Member tickets are valid for both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Tickets are non-transferable. 

Non-members and friends can purchase tickets:

  • Both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur – $250 per person
  • Rosh Hashanah – $150 a person.
  • Yom Kippur – $150 a person.
  • Children 18 years and younger are free.

You are welcome to pay by credit card or check. To purchase tickets complete the form below or send a check to:

Bolton Street Synagogue
212 W. Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore, MD 21210

Please note: as a new security measure, we will only be using the front doors this year. We ask that you bring your ticket to all services and check-in at the front entrance.


Parking will be available at Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 2500 North Charles Street, between Wyndhurst Avenue and Northern Parkway, just north of Friend’s School.

PLEASE use the lower parking lot and note that the top tier and the yellow number spaces are not available during the day.

Loyola shuttle buses will leave for the synagogue, every 15 minutes with a travel time of 5 minutes. Shuttles will be marked “Cathedral-Newman” and will drop off and pick up at Newman Towers, a short walk from BSS (there is a modest hill).

The Loyola Cathedral lot shuttles will be available from Cathedral of Mary Our Queen for:

  • Rosh Hashanah Day 1, Monday, September 30 (8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.)
  • Erev Yom Kippur, Tuesday, October 8 (5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.),
  • Yom Kippur, Wednesday, October 9 (8:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.).

Please help us honor our pledge to the Evergreen and Keswick communities by not parking on side streets near the synagogue. Parking on the lot directly in front of BSS is very limited and will be reserved for members needing assistance. Please contact Justine Abel  or 410.235.5354, ext. 101 to reserve a spot.