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 18th season of High Holiday religious programming, and our first 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.  5780 has been challenging and different in many ways.

This year, our High Holiday services will be webcast only. 

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 5781 filled with health, hope, and happiness. 

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

Children

Children’s programming is intended for children ages 5 to 10 years old (generally K through 5th grade).  In lieu of children’s services, we will provide a High Holiday activity bag to children who register.  There will be 3 pick-up locations on September 13th 12-1pm (Frederick) and 4-6pm (New Market and Adamstown).  Activity bag pick-up locations will be provided after registration. 

To receive an activity bag, you must register no later than September 4thhttps://www.kolamifrederick.org/childrens-programming-registration/

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.

We are also asking for volunteers to make a video:

  • reading your favorite High Holiday children’s story, or
  • sharing a holiday recipe including making the recipe, or
  • making a children’s craft with directions

Videos will be accessible to families through our congregation’s restricted YouTube channel.  Only those with the link can access the videos.  If you are interested in making a High Holiday video, please contact Joanna Sieger on education@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 September 21st, you may email highholidays@kolamifrederick.org with additional names to be read during the Yizkor service.  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. 

Schedule of High Holiday Services

High Holiday Services will be webcast.  In the beginning of September, information about how to connect to the webcast will be shared with members by email.

Rosh Hashanah

September 18   7:30 pm Evening Service

September 19  10:00 am Morning Service

Yom Kippur

September 27   7:30 pm Kol Nidre and Evening Service

September 28   10:00 am Morning Service

  • 2:00 pm Afternoon Discussion Group* led by Rabbi Gruber and Eric Dubbin (Zoom)
  •  4:00 pm Yizkor
  •  5:00 pm Ne’ilah Service

*Please note the afternoon series of discussion groups is intended for adult participants.

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.  

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.