Bolton Street Synagogue High Holy Days 5779/2018

Together Let’s Make 5779 a Sweet Year

The High Holy Days arrive this year in a world filled with ever greater struggle and strife. These last few months have challenged us and the future of our country and world. Let’s join together to welcome the New Year 5779, uplift our spirits, and find spiritual nourishment.

We very much look forward to welcoming back Emily Simkin, cantorial student from the Hebrew Union College, 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 1, 2018

  • 8:00 PM – Desserts & Nosh 
  • 8:30 PM – Drumming Program and Alternative Selichot Service  – Jordan Goodman will join Rabbi Gordon for a moving and exciting preparation for the High Holy Days through drumming, rhythm, and community. 

“Erev Rosh Hashanah in the Meadow” 
Sunday, September 9, 2018

  • 5:00 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 each here.  Orders for boxed dinners WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED after September 4, 2018.
  • 6:00 PM – Musical prelude by Leslie Margolis and Mark Giuliano, with Shir Chadash 
  • 6:15 PM – Erev Rosh Hashanah service in the Meadow.

Rosh Hashanah, Day 1 
Monday, September 10, 2018

  • 9:00 AM – Rosh Hashanah Service *
  • 9:45 AM – Torah Service *
  • 10:00 AM – Child/Youth Service *
  • 12:00 PM – Tashlich Service
  • 12:30 PM – Reception in our Social Hall *
  • 2:30 PM – Rosh Hashanah Family Service NEW THIS YEAR!  (Free and Open to the Community)

* Tickets required for these services. Click here to purchase ticket(s).

Rosh Hashanah, Day 2
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 

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

Erev Yom Kippur, Kol Nidre  
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 

  • 6:45 PM – Musical Prelude *
  • 7:15 PM – Kol Nidre and Evening Service *

Yom Kippur  
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

  • 9:00 AM – Yom Kippur Morning Service *
  • 9:45 AM – Torah Service *
  • 10:00 AM – Child/Youth Service *
  • 12:00 PM – Yizkor Service *
  • 2:30 PM – Adult Study Session – We welcome Molly Amster and Bennet Wilcox from Jews United for Justice as they lead us in a discussion about our Jewish responsibility to build a more just society. 
  • 2:30 PM –  Yom Kippur Family Service NEW THIS YEAR! (Free and Open to the Community)
  • 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. Click here to purchase ticket(s).

Break the Fast

BSS provides drinks, bagels, tuna and egg salad—the rest (dairy only) is provided by the congregation. 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

Please RSVP no later than September 12, 2018. Click here to RSVP. 

Erev Sukkot 
Sunday, September 23, 2018 

  • 4:30 PM – Learning and Community Service Project
  • 5:15 PM – Sukkkot Service
  • 6:00 PM – Pot Luck Dinner in Sukkah

Simchat Torah 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

  •  10:30 AM –  An intergenerational service as we joyously dance with the Torah scrolls! Snacks, dancing, singing, and celebration. All are welcome!

Shemini Atzeret/Yizkor Service
Thursday, October 1, 2018

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


Family Services – NEW THIS YEAR!!!

Rosh Hashanah Family Service – Monday, September 10, 2018 – 2:30 PM
Yom Kippur Family Service – Wednesday, September 19, 2018 – 2:30 PM

A new service geared especially 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. Everyone is welcome. Open to All!

Children’s services

Children’s services for the first day of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur begin at 10:00 AM, geared for K – 7th grade students.

For more information, contact Jillian Manko at

High Holy Day Schedule – click here for complete schedule


*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 a 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. Click here to purchase tickets or contact Hope Ratner at

Please bring your ticket to all services.  


Parking will be available at Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 2500 North Charles Street, between Cold Spring Lane and Northern Parkway. 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 busses will leave every 15 mins. for the synagogue, with travel time of 5 minutes.  Shuttles will be marked “Cathedral-Newman” and will drop off and pick up Bolton Street Guests at Newman Towers, a very short walk from BSS.

The Loyola Cathedral lot shuttles will be available from Cathedral of Mary Our Queen for Rosh Hashanah Day 1, Monday, September 10 (8:00 AM – 7:00 PM), Erev Yom Kippur, Tuesday, September 18 (5:30 PM – 9:30 PM), and Yom Kippur, Wednesday, September 19 (8:00 AM – 9:30 PM).

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 Hope Ratner  at  or 410.235.5354, ext. 100 to reserve a spot.


For more information, please contact synagogue administrator Hope Ratner at or 410.235.5354, ext. 100.



For ALL High Holy Days RSVPs see below.