David Altshuler
Doug Mishkin

Dr. David Altshuler earned a Ph.D. from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He held the Charles E. Smith Chair in Judaic Studies at George Washington University and served as the founding director of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City. He currently is a consultant, advising non-profit organizations on strategic planning, leadership training, and financial resource development. In his formative years, David was elected national president of NFTY and was a longtime senior staffer at the UAHC Kutz Camp-Institute in Warwick, New York.

Doug Mishkin brings his guitar, his voice, and his lifelong passion for American folk and contemporary Jewish music to the High Holidays. Doug has sung with many leading contemporary Jewish singers, as well as some of America’s best-known folk singers. He was noted as “American Jewry’s premier singer for social justice” by Rabbi David Saperstein. Before he began practicing law, he had what he considers the best job ever invented: songleader at the UAHC Kutz Camp-Institute in Warwick, New York.

Reform Service

Prayerbook: Reform

Led by David Altshuler and Doug Mishkin

LOCATION: Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th Street, NW

Combining thoughtful commentary, stirring music with guitar, and enlightening speakers, this service allows for reflection and deep spirituality. Our service aims for maximum participation by all in a liturgy vibrant with song and deepened by teachings of Torah and contemporary meaning.

We will use the newest Reform mahzor, Mishkan HaNefesh, an accessible and inspiring prayerbook that bridges the personal and communal dimensions of worship, ritual and ethics, and spirituality and reflection.

Reform Service Schedule:

Sunday, September 29 at 8:30 pm

Monday, September 30 at 10:00 am

Tuesday, October 8 at 8:30 pm

Wednesday, October 9 at 10:00 am

Wednesday, October 9 at 4:30 pm
Admission included with a Yom Kippur morning ticket purchase

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High Holiday Service Schedule

Erev Rosh Hashanah

Sunday, September 29

  • Traditional Service – 6:30 pm
  • Good Soul Service – 7:00 pm
  • MesorahDC Guided Service – 7:15 pm
  • Reform Service – 8:30 pm

Rosh Hashanah - First Day

Monday, September 30

  • Traditional Service – 9:00 am
  • Good Soul Service – 9:00 am
  • Progressive Service – 9:30 am
  • Reform Service – 10:00 am
  • MesorahDC Guided Service – 10:30 am
  • Sixth & Wee Service – 4:00 pm
  • Rosh Hashanah Express Service – 5:30 pm
  • MesorahDC Evening Service – 7:30 pm

Rosh Hashanah - Second Day

Tuesday, October 1

  • Traditional Service – 9:00 am
  • Alternative Rosh Hashanah Experience – 10:00 am
  • MesorahDC Guided Service – 10:30 am
  • Tashlich – 6:00 pm

Kol Nidre

Tuesday, October 8

  • Traditional Service – 6:15 pm
  • Good Soul Service – 6:30 pm
  • Progressive Service – 6:30 pm
  • MesorahDC Guided Service – 6:45 pm
  • Reform Service – 8:30 pm

Yom Kippur

Wednesday, October 9

  • Good Soul Service – 9:00 am
  • Traditional Service – 9:00 am
  • Progressive Service – 9:30 am
  • Reform Service – 10:00 am
  • MesorahDC Guided Service – 10:30 am
  • Sixth & Wee Service – 4:30 pm


Wednesday, October 9

  • Reform Service – 4:30 pm
  • MesorahDC Guided Service – 6:00 pm
  • Combined Traditional, Progressive, and Good Soul Services – 6:15 pm