Rosh HaShanah Starts Friday Night, September 15

  Tishrei 1 - 2  |  Sat-Sun Sept 16-17
  Tishrei 10  |  Wed. Sept 18
  Tishrei 15 - 21  |  Mon to Fri Sept 30-Oct 6
  Tishrei 22 - 23  |  Sat-Sun. Oct 7-8

Note: holidays start on the evening before the secular date listed




Rosh HaShanah Community Dinner

Friday Night, September 15th

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More Info on all our High Holiday programs, services, and activities

Join Us for a Home Rosh HaShanah Day Meal


Message from the Rabbi

Did you know that the day we celebrate as Rosh Hashanah does not commemorate the creation of the universe?

According to the Talmud, the world was created on the 25th of Elul, and Rosh Hashanah – the 1st of Tishrei – was Friday, the sixth day of creation. And, as the Torah describes, the final creature that G‑d created on that sixth day was humankind, Adam and Eve.

The purpose of creation was for us, and thus the world was not considered complete until humans were created. It is for this reason that Rosh Hashanah is considered the beginning of the world. True, all of creation—including the skies and the seas, plants and trees, animals and insects—already existed. But with the arrival of Adam and Eve, the world began to function.

Humans are the highest of G‑d’s creatures. The lowest being the inanimate, one step up is vegetation, and the third level is the animal kingdom. Humans are greater than all these, because we maintain a level of intellect far beyond that of animals, which we utilize not merely for survival. We are also the only creations with the gift of free choice. G‑d created us to fulfill His commandments, which requires both intellect and free choice, and thus, until humans were created, in G‑d’s eyes creation itself was not yet complete.

Although the world was full, complete with its natural beauty and efficiency, it lacked quality. The world required a being whose life represented a purpose greater than itself: us.

Wishing you a most fulfilling 5784, both qualitatively and quantitatively!

More Rosh HaShanah Programs  

Sweet Family Rosh Hashanah Program!

Supervised Kids Program will take place on both Saturday and Sunday at 11:00am with stories, holiday appropriate crafts, and then joining the main service to hear the shofar.

The programs, both days, conclude with a Special Holiday Buffet Lunch for the children and their families on the Deck (weather permitting)

The children's programs are run by our newest shluchim, Rabbi Yitzi and Chaya Oster

All programs and lunch are free of charge. Kindly consider sponsoring $18, $36, $54, $180. Thank you!

 Simultaneous Option for Parents (and other Adults!)

Intro to Rosh HaShana for Adults


High Holidays should take you HIGHER: come explore and discuss insights into the Jewish new year and a selection of some of it's meaningful Holiday prayers- its personal relevance & depth.  

The adult discussion group will be at 11:00 am on both days of Rosh HaShana, and led by Rabbi Sholom Simon. 

Let's get energized and inspired for the new year ahead!



Sunday, September 17, Second day of Rosh HaShana

Meet at Chabad at 6:45 pm as we walk to Olam Tikvah

Tashlich will be just behind the building at the entrance to Olam Tikvah

Last Call for Yizkor Booklet Sponsorships  


The deadline is noon, this Friday, September 15

Fast of Gedaliah - Monday, September 18  

The 3rd of Tishrei, which falls on September 18 this year, is a fast day mourning the assassination of the Jewish royal Gedaliah ben Achikam, governor of the Land of Israel for a short period following the destruction of the First Temple. Gedaliah's killing spelled the end of the small remnant of a Jewish community that remained in the Holy Land after the destruction. They soon fled to Egypt. (According to many opinions, the assassination of Gedaliah actually occurred on Rosh Hashanah, but the commemoration of the event is postponed to the day after the festival).

Mourning the killing of Gedaliah, we abstain from food and drink from dawn to nightfall (5:28 am to 7:40 pm)

More on the Fast of Gedaliah

Taste of Yeshiva & Tastes from Around the World  

For Men and Women!

Join us for our free classes and study groups

Refreshments included!

Lulav and Esrog for Sukkos!  

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Beat the holiday rush!

Order sets from our High Holiday Mini-Site

The Sukkah Store!

Daily Service Schedule  

Our Daily Service Schedule

  • Sunday 8:30 am
  • Monday thru Friday, 7:00 am
  • Friday evenings, 10 minutes after candle lighting
  • Shabbat and Yamim Tovim, 9:30 am, Mincha/Ma'ariv approx 10 minutes before candle lighting time (of the evening before)

On special days, and on federal holidays, our schedule might be different.  Check with the shul.

Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Shabbat/Holiday Candle Lighting (Rosh Hashana):
Friday, Sep. 15
7:00 pm
Shabbat Ends / Second Day Holiday Begins (Rosh Hashana):
Shabbat, Sep. 16
7:56 pm
Holiday Ends (Rosh Hashana):
Sunday, Sep. 17
7:54 pm

As this Shabbos is also the first day of Rosh HaShana, our kiddush will be wine and honey cake (but not a full meal)

If you are looking for a Shabbos/Rosh HaShana lunch, however, contact the shul and we'll try to set you up with someone in the community!

Consider marking your occasion! Reserve either on-line or call the office!

What's Happening?
Upcoming Events
Rosh Hashanah Community Dinner
Friday, Sep. 15, 2023 - 7:30 pm
Join us for a traditional Friday Night, Rosh Hashanah dinner, together with the Chabad NOVA Community!
Kiddush - Simon, Schoen, Deitsch families
Shabbat, Sep. 23, 2023 - 12:00 pm
Kiddush sponsored by the Simon, Schoen, and Deitsch families, commemorating the yahtzeits of Leah bas Chaim (Louise Simon), Izzy's mother (Sara bas Yitzok Yoel), and Rabbi Deitsch's mother (Brana Shaina bas Avrahan Tzvi HaLevi)
Break Fast Sponsors: Shmuel Anglister & Moshe Tzvi Lazerson
Monday, Sep. 25, 2023 - 7:41 pm
Break fast sponsored by Shmulik Anglister; and also sponsored by Moshe Tzvi Lazerson in honor of his mother's 105th birthday Iyha!
Kiddish - Book Family marking Robert's First Yahrtzeit.
Shabbat, Sep. 30, 2023 - 12:00 pm
Kiddish - Book Family marking Robert's First Yahrtzeit.
Daily Quote
An ox was once being led to sacrifice, but would not budge. A poor man came along with a bundle of endive in his hand. He held it out towards the ox, which ate it... and then allowed itself to be led to sacrifice. In a dream it was revealed to the owner of the ox: "The poor man's sacrifice superceded yours."
— Midrash Rabbah
Daily Thought
Happy Birthday, Universe

Every year, our sages taught, with the cry of the shofar, the entire universe is reborn.

And so, at that time, with our resolutions and our prayers, we hold an awesome power: To determine what sort of child this newborn year shall be—how it will take its first breaths, how it will struggle to its feet, and how it will carry us through life for the twelve months to come.

In truth, it is not only once a year. At every new moon, in a smaller way, all life is renewed again.

And so too, every morning, we are all reborn from a nighttime taste of death.

And at every moment—in the smallest increment of time—every particle of the universe is projected into being out of absolute nothingness, as it was at the very beginning.

Which is why there is always hope. Because at every moment, life is born anew. And we are the masters of how this new moment will be born.

You Can Make a Difference!  

The Friendship Circle of Northern Virginia was founded on the idea that within each person is a soul, regardless of any limitations that may surround it, regardless of whatever natural gifts we may have or lack, regardless of what obstacles and challenges we may confront, our souls are sacred and worthy of boundless love.

Yarden Grossman has a special page for donations here!

The Friendship Circle touches so many...

… The child with special needs looks forward to weekly visits from his or her teenage friends.

… The teenage volunteer learns the value of giving, and cherishes the experience of making a difference in a child’s life.

… The child’s family gets a needed respite, and the pleasure of seeing their child become part of the community circle.

Read more here! 

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This Week @
By the Numbers
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How a Prayer by a Pond Brought Renewal
I felt at a loss. How could I comfort this beautiful Jewess? She was broken. How could I make her feel whole again?
The Real Reason We Blow Shofar
The deepest things can only be said in the simplest ways.
Halachah for Life
What You Need to Know About Tashlich
Discover why you should not feed the fish at Tashlich.
Chabad-Lubavitch News from Around the World
Holiday Watch
70 Years of Bringing Shofar to the Streets
Chabad Brings Relief and Comfort to Victims of Morocco Earthquake
Mrs. Devorah Greenberg, 85: Descendants Lead 50 Chabad Centers
Over 2,100 Dead in Morocco Quake; Marrakesh Jewish Quarter Devastated
The Jewish Calendar
  Wednesday Elul 27 | September 13
  Thursday Elul 28 | September 14
  Friday Elul 29 | September 15
  Shabbat Tishrei 1 | September 16
  Sunday Tishrei 2 | September 17
  Monday Tishrei 3 | September 18
  Tuesday Tishrei 4 | September 19
  Wednesday Tishrei 5 | September 20
  Thursday Tishrei 6 | September 21
  Friday Tishrei 7 | September 22
  Shabbat Tishrei 8 | September 23
The Parshah In A Nutshell

The name of the Parshah, "Haazinu," means "Listen" and it is found in Deuteronomy 32:1.

The greater part of the Torah reading of Haazinu (“Listen In”) consists of a 70-line “song” delivered by Moses to the people of Israel on the last day of his earthly life.

Calling heaven and earth as witnesses, Moses exhorts the people, “Remember the days of old / Consider the years of many generations / Ask your father, and he will recount it to you / Your elders, and they will tell you” how G‑d “found them in a desert land,” made them a people, chose them as His own, and bequeathed them a bountiful land. The song also warns against the pitfalls of plenty—“Yeshurun grew fat and kicked / You have grown fat, thick and rotund / He forsook G‑d who made him / And spurned the Rock of his salvation”—and the terrible calamities that would result, which Moses describes as G‑d “hiding His face.” Yet in the end, he promises, G‑d will avenge the blood of His servants, and be reconciled with His people and land.

The Parshah concludes with G‑d’s instruction to Moses to ascend the summit of Mount Nebo, from which he will behold the Promised Land before dying on the mountain. “For you shall see the land opposite you; but you shall not go there, into the land which I give to the children of Israel.”

Learn: Haazinu Rashi Studies
Browse: Haazinu Parshah Columnists
Prep: Devar Torah Q&A for Haazinu 
Read: Haftarah in a Nutshell
Play: Haazinu Parshah Quiz