As synagogues throughout the community get ready for High Holiday services, dinners, special music programs and guest cantors, a number of nonreligious High Holiday events are popping up around the metro area designed to relate to and enhance the meaning of the Jewish New Year and season of atonement.
Baltimore’s Jewish Volunteer Connection partners with Repair the World, a social-justice service organization for millennials, to host Day to Unite 2017: trash scavenger hunt & Ravens Watch Party on Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. RTW is partnering with Friends of Patterson Park for a trash scavenger hunt. After cleaning up Patterson Park, the group will convene to watch the Ravens and the Bengals play their NFL season opener at a nearby venue. Registration required. For more information, visit jvcbaltimore.org/repairtheworld. On Sept. 13 the group will make Interfaith Blessing Bags with the Baltimore Jewish Council at Church of the Redeemer on Charles Street from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to assemble care packages for homeless people. Community members of all faiths, backgrounds and ages are welcome; dinner is provided. Contact Noah Mitchel at email@example.com to RSVP. For more information, visit jvcbaltimore.org/repairtheworld. Other volunteer opportunities are available: Contact Josh Sherman at 410-948-6732 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Diana Goldsmith at 443-768-2458 or email@example.com; or the Repair the World Baltimore Workshop at 410-369-9294.
The Jewish Federation of Howard County hosts Jew Year’s Eve 2017 on Sept. 14 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Gudelsky Center, Howard County Conservancy, 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. Cost is $36. Celebrate Rosh Hashanah at a Jewish New Year’s Eve party with a glowing twist. The event is exclusive for adults in their 20s to 40s and their significant others. There will be music, light hors d’oeuvres, an open bar and door prizes. Dietary laws will be observed. Casual-chic attire. Proceeds to benefit Howard County young adult programming. Visit jewishhowardcounty.org/jewyearseve for more information or to register.
Baltimore’s Jewish Volunteer Connection partners with Repair the World, a social-justice service organization for millennials, to host Turn the Tables Shabbat: The Role of Love in Service Baltimore on Sept. 15 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with food, discussion and fun. $5 registration required. Those unable to pay the $5 registration fee can contact organizers for assistance. For more information visit jvcbaltimore.org/repairtheworld. Other volunteer opportunities are available; contact Josh Sherman at 410-948-6732 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Diana Goldsmith at 443-768-2458 or email@example.com; or Repair the World Baltimore Workshop at 410-369-9294.
Beth Israel Congregation hosts a short film and discussion on Sept. 16. At 7:10 p.m. There will be Mincha/Maariv/Havdallah followed at 8 p.m. by a short film and discussion on the Jewish view of forgiveness and what makes it worthwhile, “Repair: Does an apology restore the relationship?” At 9 p.m. there will be a Selichot and memorial plaque dedication and at 9:45 p.m., a collation and reception. For more information, call Rabbi Rachel Blatt at 410-654-0800, ext. 215 or visit bethisrael-om.org/events/selichot-2.
Beth Shalom Congregation hosts Meet You at the Movies with the film “The Quarrel” on Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. “The Quarrel” is an Israeli film that takes place in Montreal in 1948. Hersh, a rabbi, survived Auschwitz, and his faith was strengthened by his ordeal, while Chaim, a writer, escaped the Nazis but lost his faith. They argue passionately about faith and friendship. There will be a short Havdalah service before the film and a discussion afterward. Snacks provided. For more information, visit beth-shalom.net
Congregation Beit Tikvah hosts a discussion and video sermon from Rod Serling’s “Twilight Zone” on Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. Themes from the High Holy Days will be discussed. Adults only. For more information, visit beittikvah.org.
Beth Tfiloh Congregation hosts a movie and musical Selichot night on Sept. 16 at 8:30 p.m., with “The Woman’s Balcony,” a film and discussion with Rabbanit Bracha Jaffe. “The Woman’s Balcony” is a comedy/drama about community, old traditions, values and the power of women to keep these together in the face of modern religious extremism. The musical Selichot service will start at 10:30 p.m., with Hazzan Albrecht, Kol Fusion, Avraham Rosenblum and other guests. For more information, visit btfiloh.org.
Repair the World hosts the second annual “Reflect, Refresh, Renew” at Civic Works’ Real Food Farm on Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants will help weed and clean the farm for fall planting, plus a compost tashlich. Registration required. For more information, visit jvcbaltimore.org/repairtheworld. Other volunteer opportunities are available. Contact Josh Sherman at 410-948-6732 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Diana Goldsmith at 443-768-2458 or email@example.com; or the Repair the World Baltimore Workshop at 410-369-9294.
Downtown Baltimore JCC events at Enoch Pratt branches and Ivy Bookshop include Hands-on Holidays: High Holidays & Sukkot. The Downtown Baltimore Jewish Community Center offers a fun, cultural look at the Jewish High Holidays and Sukkot. For children ages 3 to 5 with a caregiver. For dates, times and locations, visit jcc.org/j-downtown/families/events-workshops.
Baltimore Hebrew Congregation holds its High Holy Day Food Drive for the GEDCO Cares Food Pantry, which kicks off at Rosh Hashanah Under the Stars on Sept. 20. For more information, contact Steve Cornblatt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-868-6867.
Chizuk Amuno Congregation holds its Yom Kippur Food Drive from Sept. 24 to Sept. 28. People are invited to put Isaiah’s message of social responsibility into action by making a contribution of nonperishable food items to bins in the lobbies at Chizuk Amuno, 8100 Stevenson Road. For more information, visit chizukamuno.org or call 410-486-6400.
Temple Isaiah, 12200 Scaggsville Road in Fulton, holds its High Holy Days food drive for Elizabeth House in Laurel, with collection bags available at Rosh Hashanah services. Acceptable nonperishable items: canned goods including meat, tuna, fruit, vegetables, tomato sauce, soup, pasta, noodles, rice, beans, peanut butter, jam, jelly, cereal and Jell-O. No perishables, no glass jars or bottles, no boxed liquids, no junk food, no leftover Passover items. No expired foods will be accepted. For more information, visit templeisaiah.org.