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High Holidays

As we approach the High Holy Days, let our hearts overflow with the bountiful blessings that God has granted us and that we have shared with each other this year. As we move from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur, let us commit ourselves to working hard to forgive ourselves and others for past transgressions, and direct our hearts and actions to do better and be better in 5780. May we, as individuals and as a community, work to make the coming year one that is known for kindness, compassion, forgiveness, health, and joy.
Shanah Tovah,
Rabbi David Kalender
Rabbi Evan Ravski


Member Tickets

New this year: Due to increased security measures, no one will be admitted into the building without a ticket or photo ID.

Members are entitled to free tickets for themselves and members of their household who were under 25 years old as of January 1, 2019. Members in good standing will receive tickets in September.

Unmarried children age 25 and older, married children and their spouses (regardless of age and where they live) and parents of members who reside in the member's household require guest tickets ($60 each). Anyone who is not a member of OT, or member's guests who reside in the Washington Metro area, require non-member tickets ($500 per adult, $65 per child ages 13-24).

If you need guest tickets or childcare, please submit the appropriate forms below:

Guest Tickets

Guests are defined as:

  • Unmarried children age 25 and older as of January 1, 2019;
  • Married children of members and their spouses, regardless of age and where they live;
  • Parents of members who reside in the member's household; or
  • All other guests residing outside the Washington Metro area who wish to attend services.

Purchase guest tickets online, or download and return the paper form.


Out of town guests who are members in good standing of a congregation affiliated with United Synagogue may request reciprocal tickets. Their congregation must mail, fax or email to Melissa Benson a letter stating they are members in good standing and will not be attending High Holy Day services at their home synagogue. We also need to know the OT member that is hosting the out of town guest so that we can mail the tickets to the correct household.

Non-Member Tickets

Non-member tickets are for those residing within the Washington Metro area. Family members and friends who do not match the criteria above can obtain tickets at a cost of $500/adult, $65/child ages 13-24. Military personnel and full-time college or graduate students may receive tickets at no charge upon presentation of their ID to the office. To purchase non-member tickets, please download and return the paper form.

Childcare & Youth Services

Youth Services

On both days of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur, there will be several age appropriate services for children ages Pre-K-6th grade. On both days of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur, Youth services will be held in the Youth Wing from 10:00-11:30am. All children will be invited to hear the sounding of the shofar.

Children who need childcare after Youth services must be registered in advance for one of the childcare options below.

Childcare for ages 18mo-Pre-K

Childcare is available for children ages 18 mo-Pre-K from 10:00am-12:30pm on both days of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur. $20/child/day, $50 family max/day. Advance registration is required. Click here to register for childcare. Register by September 1.

Moadon Yom Tov (holiday activities): Childcare for K-5th Grade

Moadon Yom Tov offers holiday activities and childcare for children ages K-5th grade on both days of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur. Advance registration is required. Click here to register for Moadon Yom Tov. Register by September 1.

Questions about Youth Services and Childcare? Contact Debra Beland Ackerman at

Honey from the Heart

Send the sweetest Rosh Hashanah greetings to friends and family through Honey from the Heart. You can send an 8oz jar of kosher honey and support Olam Tikvah at the same time. Click here to learn more.

Chesed Committee Rides

Olam Tikvah's Chesed Committee wants to help provide rides to congregants who are unable to drive, so that everyone can participate in our High Holiday services. We hope to provide rides for Erev Rosh Hashanah, both mornings of Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur morning.

If you can drive someone to services, please click here to sign up as a driver.

If you or someone you know needs a ride to services, please click here to request one. We will do our best to provide a ride for all who request one.

Sat, July 20 2019 17 Tammuz 5779