Holidays

Holidays

Congregation Kol Ami of Frederick observes the holidays of the Jewish calendar with services, celebrations, and opportunities to come together throughout the year to share in the traditions, to learn together, participate in social action activities, and to grow closer as individuals, families, and community members.

Rosh Hashanah (Head of the Year) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement).

Congregation Kol Ami of Frederick is proud to offer our 19th season of High Holiday religious programming, and our first in-person with Rabbi Marc Gruber.  

The High Holidays are a time in our lives when we typically reflect on the previous year, while making resolutions for the year ahead.  5781 has been challenging and different in many ways.

This year, our High Holiday services will be in-person however, masks are required for all High Holiday Services For people who are unable or unwilling to wear a mask, we are asking them to attend our services online.  Registration is required for online services through our website

We never imagined a virtual world, but here we are striving not to lose sight of the important parts of our lives.  We need spirituality, we need to connect and engage, and we need to be together safely. 

This is a year of independent reflection for you and your family. We look forward to closing out the year together as a community with a spirit of reflection and connectedness to help propel us into a 5782 filled with health, hope, and happiness. 

Feel free to email highholidays@kolamifrederick.org with any questions.

Schedule of High Holiday Services

Congregation Kol Ami of Frederick

High Holiday Services 5782/2021

In Person at

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick
4880 Elmer Derr Road
Frederick, MD 21703

Note: face masks are required for all attendees at all services. For people who are unable or unwilling to wear a mask, we are asking them to attend our services online. Registration is required for both in-person (for non-members) and online services through our website.

Rosh Hashanah Services

  • Erev Rosh Hashanah Monday September 6th  at 7:30pm
  • Rosh Hashanah Morning Tuesday September 7th at 10:00am
  • Tashlich Ceremony to follow at Carroll Creek Covered Bridge

Yom Kippur Services

  • Kol Nidre Evening Service Wednesday September 15th at 6:30pm
  • Yom Kippur Morning Service Thursday September 16th   at 10:00am
  • Afternoon Discussion 2:00pm  (intended for adults)
  • Yizkor 4:00pm
  • Ne’ilah Service 5:00pm

The ticket fees for non-members and guests include all High Holiday services:

  • Individual $250; Couple $425
  • Students and Active Duty Military are free
  • Registration is required for both in-person and online services through our website.

The Jewish High Holidays are the most important time of year. Each Fall, we gather in community to reflect upon the year that has passed and consider how we might better ourselves and our community in the year to come.  

Children

The Children’s Service and Programming is free for those who pre-register, and is available for children 5 to 10 years old (generally K through 5th grade).  PLEASE register your child online by August 22 so we can ensure adequate supervision and materials for our programs.  Supplies are limited and we may not be able to accommodate children who do not register  in advance. 

We encourage parents with children younger than 5 years old to attend the Children’s Service with their children.  

Please note: after registering online, you will receive a confirmation email right away. If you do not receive a confirmation email right away, your registration was not complete. If you have any problems filling out the online form, please email webmaster@kolamifrederick.org.

Yizkor Book

In memory of those no longer with us, a Yizkor book will be read during the Yizkor Service on Yom Kippur. This will include only the names submitted by members on their membership applications. No later than August 22nd, additional names may be added online (coming soon).  Please be sure to include the name of and relationship to the congregant.

Mitzvot

Members are encouraged to perform the traditional mitzvah of tzedakah for the High Holidays. 

Send Your High Holiday Greetings!

High Holiday Greetings will be listed on our website (coming soon).  To make sure your family is included, please send a minimum contribution of $18.  Please indicate how you would like your family name listed.  Contributions can be general High Holiday greetings or can be in honor or memory of a loved one.

Sukkot: The Fall Harvest Festival

Sukkot, meaning “booths” is celebrated on the heels of Yom Kippur and commemorates the forty years of Jewish wandering in the desert. We build a sukkah, a temporary dwelling shelter, wherein we enjoy a festive meal with family and friends.

Simchat Torah: The Joy of Torah

Simchat Torah is a lively celebration in honor of our most sacred text, the Torah. At Congregation Kol Ami, our Religious School students and parents celebrate the day by gathering together at Religious School to learn, dance, and sing in honor of the Torah and its teachings.

Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights

Hanukkah is a prominent Jewish holiday that is celebrated each winter. It is an eight-night celebration that honors the heroic victory of the Maccabees and the miracle of the oil lasting eight days. Hanukkah is a festive time with the lighting of menorahs and good food celebrated as a community at one of our Shabbat services.

Purim: A Celebration of Jewish Survival

Purim is like Halloween and Mardi Gras all rolled into one, but with a Jewish twist. The holiday commemorates the heroine Esther who concealed her identity as a Jew to save the Jews of Persia long ago. We read from the Scroll of Esther and dress in costumes during a Shabbat service to celebrate this holiday. Fun for the whole family.

Passover: From Slavery to Freedom

Passover is the most widely celebrated Jewish holiday throughout the world. The Passover holiday celebrates the Israelites’ Exodus from Egypt and eventual freedom in the Promised Land. Each year, we gather as a community on the second night of Passover for a seder – a ritual meal and retelling of the story of our people’s journey. At the conclusion of the week-long celebration, it has become a tradition in our community to gather with friends of other faith communities for an interfaith Passover seder.