High Holy Days 2017

Bolton Street Synagogue High Holy Days 2017

Together Let’s Make 5778 a Sweet Year

Bolton Street Synagogue


Bolton Street Synagogue is a Baltimore City-based Reform Jewish congregation. Our dynamic new religious leader Rabbi Andrew Gordon fits expertly into our vibrant Jewish community of members and friends. Rabbi Gordon and Emily Simkin, a cantorial student from Hebrew Union College, open 2017 High Holy Day observances on Wednesday, September 20, with a distinctive service in our lovely meadow.

The theme of our 2017 High Holy Days is the eternal importance of community in Jewish and secular life.

…”Let’s join together to welcome the New Year 5778, uplift our spirits, and find spiritual nourishment.”…

— Rabbi Andrew Gordon

Together let’s make 5778 a sweet year!


Community Selichot (Free and Open to the Community)

Saturday, September 16, 2017

  • Desserts & Nosh, 8:00 PM
  • Drumming Program, 8:30 PM – Jason Armstrong Baker is a board certified music therapist, professional drummer and teaching artist. Currently, he is adjunct faculty and music coordinator in the Department of Dance at Towson University; Music Therapist in-residence for the Maryland Veterans Affairs, and in 2012, he created the team-based geography game, Sounds Around The World, to deepen student’s understanding and connection to world cultures through a global-music based approach to social studies.

The central focus of his work is the belief that when you provide unique experiences that connect and engage a group of people, you unlock the opportunity to challenge and change the way they think, where ultimately, people may discover, own and be valued for their strengths.

Through the medium of drumming, and group drumming in particular, we will play and create a unique community supported improvised composition.

  • Selichot Service, 9:30 PM – A moving and meditative service that serves as a preparation and opening of the High Holy Days.

“Erev Rosh Hashanah in the Meadow” (Free and Open to the Community)
Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 5:00 PM – A Picnic in the Meadow 
Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 6:00 PM – Musical prelude by Leslie Margolis on flute and Mark Giuliano on piano, with Shir Chadash
Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 6:15 – Erev Rosh Hashanah service

Rosh Hashanah, Day 1 * Click here to purchase tickets.
Thursday, September 21, 2017, 9:00 AM

    • Torah Service, 9:45 AM
    • Child/Youth Service and arts & crafts, 10:00 AM
    • Tashlich at Stony Run, 12:00 PM (Free and Open to the Community)
    • Reception in our Social Hall, 12:30 PM * (For members and ticket holders)

Rosh Hashanah, Day 2 (Free and Open to the Community)
Friday, September 22, 2017, 9:00 AM

Erev Yom Kippur, Kol Nidre * Click here to purchase tickets. 
Friday, September 29, 2017, 6:45 PM – Musical prelude
Friday, September 29, 2017, 7:15 PM – Kol Nidre and evening service

Yom Kippur * Click here to purchase tickets.
Saturday, September 30, 2017, 9:00 AM

  • Torah Service, 9:45 AM
  • Child/Youth Service and arts & crafts, 10:00 AM
  • Yizkor Service, 12:15 PM
  • Study Session, 2:30 PM
  • Afternoon Services, 4:00 PM
  • Ne’ilah Service, 5:00 PM
  • Shofar/Havdalah Service, 6:30 PM
  • Break Fast, 6:45. Please RSVP by September 18, 2017. Click here to RSVP.
  • BSS provides drinks, bagels, tuna and egg salad—the rest is provided by the congregation. Remember we keep a dairy kitchen, so no meat. In order to make sure we have enough food, please bring enough to feed 8 people according to the following list:
    • A-H pasta salads, kugels
    • I‐P fruit salads, desserts
    • R-Z green salads, vegetable salads

Sukkot (Free and Open to the Community)
Friday, October 6, 2017 – We join together to decorate our sukkah, celebrate the fall harvest, and join together in a wonderful communal meal.

  • Service, 6:00 PM
  • Pot Luck Dinner 7:00 PM

Shemini Atzeret/Yizkor Service – Thursday, October 12, 2017, 7:30 AM – Join us for a short and meaningful service as we remember our loved ones.

Simchat Torah (Free and Open to the Community)
Friday, October 13, 5:30 PM – Join us for our first Tot Shabbat of the year as we celebrate the special gift of the Torah. Geared for younger children and their families. All are welcome.

Friday, October 13, 7:30 PM – An intergenerational service – Join us as we joyously dance with the Torah scrolls! Snacks, dancing, singing, and celebration. All are welcome!


The prayerbook we use for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services is the Machzor Eit Razon, created by Joseph G. Rosenstein. Dr. Rosenstein is a leader in the havurah movement and in K-12 mathematics education. The prayerbook contains Hebrew text, a complete transliteration, a new translation, and rich commentary.

Eit Ratzon means, “The Right Time for Prayer.”


All current members of Bolton Street Synagogue receive High Holy Day tickets by mail. Tickets are non-transferrable. Members and non-members are welcome to purchase additional tickets for $218 per person. Children 13 years old and younger are free.

You are welcome to pay by credit card or check. Click here to purchase tickets.

Please bring your ticket to all services.


Convenient parking for Rosh Hashanah (day 1), erev Yom Kippur, and Yom Kippur services is available in the lot behind the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen at 5200 N. Charles Street. Shuttle buses provide steady transportation between the Cathedral parking lot and Bolton Street Synagogue.

Parking in the lot in front of Bolton Street Synagogue is reserved for handicapped and staff parking. Limited parking is available in the lower lot adjacent to Bolton Street Synagogue.

Local merchants and homeowners request that you refrain from parking on neighborhood streets.

Children’s services

Children’s services begin at 10:00, led by Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum and Jillian Manko, with festive music by Mark Guiliano. For more information, contact Jillian Manko at jmanko@boltonstreet.org


Free childcare for ages 2 and above who are potty-trained, is provided from 9:00 am to noon on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur mornings. Please register for child care below.

Contact information

For more information, please contact synagogue administrator Hope Ratner at hratner@boltonstreet.org or 410-235-5354, ext. 200.

* Tickets are valid for both Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.


For ALL High Holy Days RSVPs see below.