This is your dedicated page for information on all things High Holy Days 5779/2018.

In late July, all members of NVHC received a large manila envelope containing a High Holy Day information packet, a membership directory, the Lifelong Learning Catalogue, and your High Holy Day tickets.

Please use the following tabs and buttons to navigate through information about NVHC’s High Holy Day observances.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 703-437-7733 or

May you be inscribed for a sweet new year!

The High Holy Days help us strengthen our relationships, renew our souls, review our ethics, find challenge, encounter enlightenment, enjoy comfort and joy, and restart our spiritual lives. This is why we call these 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur the Yamim Nora’im, the Days of Awe. We take 10 days each year to review our souls, to ask ourselves who we want to be and to create new lives and new worlds. This year, we want to focus on the lenses through which we see the world. How does our Judaism influence the ways in which we interact with people on a daily basis or the ways in which we interpret world events?

Art has the power to interpret the words of great Jewish thinkers and create opportunities for contemplation and conversation. The Harold Grinspoon Foundation has created a number of posters for synagogues to beautify our spaces and spark conversation and reflection. The texts from the series will be available in print throughout Elul and the High Holy Days with a short question for reflection for each day’s post. Along with the text from these posters, we will include guiding questions for you to think about each day. These questions will be shared in print, as well as throughout our social media and website.

Each poster that we share with you expresses an idea or value or insight that in combination with the art upon which it is displayed can be moving and influential during our personal, spiritual journey through the month of Elul toward the High Holy Days.  Each day, we hope to consider how our   Judaism influences the ways in which we interact with people on a daily basis or the ways in which we interpret world events. Then we can reflect upon how this understanding might shape our ability to improve ourselves, as we do an accounting of the soul – cheshbon hanefesh – at this time of year, preparing our heart for the Yamim Nora’im.

We would love it if you shared your reflections on Judaism and NVHC with us: please click here to fill out a short reflection sheet.

Each year, just before the High Holy Days, we prepare ourselves intellectually and spiritually for the coming of the New Year through Selichot worship and reflection. We examine our deeds of the past year, seeking forgiveness from God and contemplating teshuvah – repentance – to turn toward our best selves in the coming year. Join us for Selichot Havdalah and a Movie on Saturday, September 1 at 7:30 p.m., where we will watch a film, share our thoughts in a clergy-led discussion, and take part in a worship service. No tickets required.

We offer Erev (evening) and morning Rosh Hashanah services, as well as a morning Tot and Family Service, geared towards families with children up to the age of 11. All Rosh Hashanah services are at home – NVHC. Tickets were mailed to you in late July. If you would like to order tickets for guests who are not members of NVHC, please click here.

All services are in the sanctuary unless otherwise stated.

Erev Rosh Hashanah
Sunday, September 9, 2018

Evening Service, 8:00 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah
Monday, September 10, 2018
Sunrise Service (lay-led), 7:30 a.m.
Family Service, 9:00 a.m.
Tot Service, 10:00 a.m. (Multi-Purpose Room)
Adult Service, 11:00 a.m.
Tashlich Service, 4:00 p.m. (Lake Fairfax Park)


Tashlich comes from the Hebrew word meaning “to cast,” referring to the intent to cast away our sins via this meaningful and ancient Jewish custom.  It involves symbolically casting off the sins of the previous year by tossing pieces of bread or another food into a body of flowing water. Just as the water carries away the bits of bread, so too are sins symbolically carried away. In this way the participant hopes to start the New Year with a clean spiritual slate.  Join us at Lake Fairfax Park on the afternoon of Rosh Hashanah, Monday, September 10th, 2018 at 4:00 p.m., for this wonderful ritual.  Bring bread crumbs for casting, and then stay with the community to enjoy your own picnic!  We will provide drinks and desserts.

We offer a Kol Nidre (evening) service and a morning service, as well as a morning Tot and Family Service which is geared towards families with children up to the age of 11.  These services are held at home – NVHC. Tickets are required. We continue our daylong observance returning to NVHC in the afternoon for a discussion and study on the themes of these Days of Awe, a time for deeper exploration and reflection.  The day continues after the study session with our Yom Kippur afternoon, Yizkor, and Neilah services.  No tickets are required for the Yizkor or Neilah services.

Kol Nidre
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Family Service, 6:30 p.m.
Adult Service, 8:00 p.m.

Yom Kippur
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Sunrise Service (lay-led), 7:30 a.m.
Family Service, 9:00 a.m.
Tot Service, 10:00 a.m. (Multi-Purpose Room)
Adult Service, 11:00 a.m.
Afternoon Discussion & Study, 1:30 p.m. (Multi-Purpose Room)
Afternoon Service, 3:30 p.m.
Yizkor (Memorial), 5:00 p.m.
Neilah (Concluding Service), 6:00 p.m.