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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.

Service Times

Youth Service information is available in the section below.

Slichot, Saturday, September 21
8:00pm Slichot Film and Service

Erev Rosh Hashanah, Sunday, September 29
6:45pm Evening Service

Rosh Hashanah Day 1, Monday, September 30
9:00am Morning Service, Sanctuary
10:00am Morning Service, Social Hall
6:30pm Tashlich
7:35pm Ma'ariv

Rosh Hashanah Day 2, Tuesday, October 1
9:00am Morning Service
7:35pm Ma'ariv

Erev Yom Kippur, Tuesday, October 8
6:30pm Kol Nidre Service, Sanctuary and Social Hall (The Social Hall service will end in time to allow congregants to go to the Sanctuary for Rabbi Kalender's sermon)

Yom Kippur, Wednesday, October 9
9:00am Morning Service, Sanctuary
10:00am Morning Service, Social Hall
5:00-7:20pm Mincha, Neilah, Ma'ariv, Shofar

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-8th grade in the Youth Wing. All children will be invited to hear the sounding of the shofar.

For OT members and OT Preschool families, all of our youth services are walk-in and do not require pre-registration. Due to increased security this year, all others who wish to attend our youth services must pre-register by Thursday, September 26. Click here to register for youth services.

Tot Yom Tov: 18 months-Pre-K and Parents

This service led by Nechama Retting is offered twice to best meet the needs of young families and their schedules. The first service will run from 10:30-11:00am, and the second from 11:30-12:00pm. Children enrolled in childcare may be escorted to and from the Tot Yom Tov service by babysitters at their parent’s request.


Youth Services: K-1st Grade, 2nd-3rd Grade, 4th-5th Grade

These three services, held from 10:30am-12:00pm, include age appropriate activities, prayer, discussion and snack. Children enrolled in Moadon Yom Tov will be escorted to and from Youth services by babysitters. All other children must be escorted to the service and picked up by an adult.


Teen High Holiday Program: 6th-8th Grade

This program meets on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur in the Youth Wing from 12:15-1:00pm, and includes discussion, an interactive activity and a small snack.


Children’s Activities during Yizkor

We offer a drop-in activity in the Youth Wing for children during the Yizkor service on Yom Kippur. Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult to participate. All children must be picked up following the Yizkor service if not pre-enrolled in Moadon Yom Tov.


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

Questions about Youth Services? Contact Debra Beland Ackerman at


Babysitting for ages 18mo-Pre-K

Babysitting 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 babysitting. 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

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.

Sisterhood Challot are the Best!

What a great way to support Olam Tikvah and bring in the holidays with the smell of home made challah (with a little help from Werner Bakery of Brooklyn). The round Yom Tov challot come as a pair already braided and ready for you to bake. They are available in plain ($9.50) or raisin ($10) pairs.

Click here to download the order form or order by email to with your name, email, phone number and order request. Order by Monday, August 26, to reserve your High Holiday challah. If you have questions, contact Deb Gould at (703) 356-3825.

Sunflower Bakery Rosh Hashanah Orders

Sunflower Bakery and Olam Tikvah are here to help you prepare for Rosh Hashanah! All of Sunflower's baked goods are pareve and their selections include vegan and nut-free items, plus new items this year. Best of all, you can choose to pick up your order at OT! Click here to order online by Friday, September 20 for delivery to OT on Tuesday, September 24 (orders will be available for pickup in the office vestibule after 2:00pm).

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