High Holy Days 5778 calendar
Erev Rosh Hashanah: Sept. 20
Rosh Hashanah, first day: Sept. 21
Rosh Hashanah, second day: Sept. 22
Kol Nidre: Sept. 29
Yom Kippur: Sept. 30
Los Angeles-area Chabads offering free services to the public during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur include Chabad of Beverlywood, (310) 836-6770; Chabad of Century City, (310) 505-2168; Chabad of Miracle Mile, (323) 852-6907; Chabad in Simcha Monica, (310) 829-5620; Chabad of Woodland Hills, (818) 348-5898; Chabad of Studio City, (818) 508-6633; and Chabad of Greater Los Feliz, (323) 660-5177. For more venues, visit chabad.org.
SAN FERNANDO & CONEJO VALLEYS
SHOMREI TORAH SYNAGOGUE
Free services for families and children, featuring a high-energy band, interactive stories and family participation. Rosh Hashanah, first day, ECE-second grade family service, 9:30 a.m.; third-sixth grade family service, 11 a.m. Yom Kippur, ECE-second grade family service, 9:30 a.m.; third-sixth grade family service, 11 a.m. RSVP required. Shomrei Torah Synagogue, 7353 Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills. (818) 346-0811. stsonline.org.
TEMPLE ADAT ELOHIM
Services for the whole family. Rosh Hashanah, first day, family service, 4 p.m. Yom Kippur, family service, 3:30 p.m. No reservations necessary. Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. (805) 497-7101. adatelohim.org.
TEMPLE AHAVAT SHALOM
Reform synagogue with services geared toward families with young children, lasting only an hour. Longer services for adults. Services offer opportunities for children and adults to join in traditional and contemporary song and prayer while sharing in stories and special Torah readings. Rosh Hashanah, first day, family service, 8:30 a.m.; youth program (grades K-6) 10:30 a.m. Kol Nidre, family service, 6 p.m. Yom Kippur, family service, 8:30 a.m. No reservations necessary. Temple Ahavat Shalom, 18200 Rinaldi Place, Northridge. (818) 360-2258. tasnorthridge.org.
The Reform congregation opens its doors to children and their families in the community for Tot High Holy Days services. Rosh Hashanah, first day, 3:30 p.m.; Yom Kippur, 3:15 p.m. No reservations necessary. Temple Judea, 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. (818) 758-3800. templejudea.com
TEMPLE KOL TIKVAH
The Reform synagogue holds free family services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Erev Rosh Hashanah youth and family service, 5 p.m. Rosh Hashanah, first day, tot service (0–7 years old), 1:30 p.m. Kol Nidre youth and family service, 5 p.m. Yom Kippur, tot service (0-7 years old), 1:30 p.m. Temple Kol Tikvah, 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 348-0670. koltikvah.org.
TEMPLE NER SIMCHA
Erev Rosh Hashanah, 7:30 p.m.; Rosh Hashanah, first day, 9 a.m.; Rosh Hashanah, second day, 9 a.m.; Kol Nidre, 7:30 p.m.; Yom Kippur, 9 a.m. Services at Canyon Club, 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills. Temple Ner Simcha, 5737 Kanan Road, Unit 176, Agoura Hills. (818) 851-0030. nersimcha.org.
WEST HOLLYWOOD, HOLLYWOOD & THE EASTSIDE
CONGREGATION KOL AMI
The LGBT congregation welcomes the general public on the second day of Rosh Hashanah. 10 a.m. No reservations necessary. If you are 30 years old or younger, services are free with a suggested (but not required) donation. Congregation Kol Ami, 1200 N. La Brea Ave., West Hollywood. (323) 606-0996. kol-ami.org.
JEWISH LEARING EXCHANGE
The education center holds an abridged, beginners Rosh Hashanah service, open to everyone, 4:30 p.m. Free. Reservations required. Jewish Learning Exchange, 512 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 857-0923. jlela.com.
Rabbi Naomi Levy and the Nashuva Band’s spiritual community is back and everyone’s invited. Erev Rosh Hashanah, 6:45 p.m.; Rosh Hashanah, first day, 9:30 a.m.; Rosh Hashanah, second day, 9 a.m. hike at Temescal Canyon, 10 a.m. service. Kol Nidre, 6:15 p.m. Yom Kippur, 9:30 a.m. Services are free but a suggested donation for attendance is $350 per person; donations help support programs year-round. Reservations required. Founder’s Church of Religious Science, 3281 W. Sixth St., Los Angeles. Temescal Canyon Gateway Park, 15601 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades. nashuva.com.
TEMPLE ISRAEL OF HOLLYWOOD
The historic Reform congregation holds free family services (toddlers through second-graders) at 8:30 a.m. on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. It opens its doors to the general public for the Rosh Hashanah second-day service at 10 a.m. No reservations necessary. Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 876-8330. tioh.org.
Free High Holy Days services to anyone interested in participating. No RSVP required. Rosh Hashanah first and second day, and Yom Kippur, 8:45 a.m. Beis Knesses at Faircrest Heights (formerly LINK East Shul), 6022 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. linkeastshul.com.
BETH SHIR SHALOM
The progressive Reform synagogue holds free afternoon children’s services for families with children up to age 7. Rosh Hashanah, first day, 2:30 p.m. Yom Kippur, 2 p.m. No reservations necessary. Santa Monica High School, Barnum Hall, 601 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 453-3361. bethshirshalom.org.
THE CHAI CENTER
Everyone is welcome to enjoy these services. Erev Rosh Hashanah, 6:45 p.m. Rosh Hashanah, first day, 11 a.m. Kol Nidre, 6:30 p.m. Yom Kippur, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. (“Stump the Rabbi” program). No reservations necessary. Donations encouraged. Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 391-7995. chaicenter.org.
HILLEL AT UCLA
Free to all students with a valid school ID. Reform, Conservative and Orthodox services. Hillel at UCLA, 574 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 208-3081. uclahillel.org.
Pray with the progressive egalitarian community. Erev Rosh Hashanah, 6 p.m. Rosh Hashanah, second day, 8:30 a.m. Yom Kippur, 2 p.m. and after. Shalhevet High School, 910 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 634-1870. ikar-la.org.
LEO BAECK TEMPLE
Rosh Hashanah, first day, and Yom Kippur children’s service (preschoolers and toddlers), 2 p.m. Leo Baeck Temple, 1300 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 476-2861. leobaecktemple.org.
The Mishkon community welcomes families with children ages 2 to 5 to its Mini-Mishkon Tot service on Sept. 21, 10 a.m. Families with children ages 6 to 12 are welcome at its Family/Youth service, Sept. 21, 10:45 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Mishkon Tephilo, 206 Main St., Venice. (310) 392-3029. mishkon.org.
The secular humanistic community holds a free, family-friendly day at the park for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Bring a picnic for your family and a dessert to share! Rosh Hashanah, first day, 11 a.m Yom Kippur, 11 a.m. No reservations necessary. Rancho Park-Cheviot Hills Recreation Center Picnic Area 1, 2551 Motor Ave., Los Angeles. (818) 760-6625. sholem.org.
The traditional, egalitarian, lay-led minyan welcomes the general public to services. Erev Rosh Hashanah, 6:15 p.m. Rosh Hashanah, first and second day, 8:30 a.m. Kol Nidre, 6:15 p.m. Yom Kippur, 8 a.m. Workmen’s Circle Cultural Center, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 916-9820. shtibl.com.
The Conservative synagogue opens its doors to the community for a free Erev Rosh Hashanah service, “Rosh Hashanah Live.” Welcome in the New Year with song and story with Rabbi David Wolpe, singer-composer Craig Taubman and Cantor Marcus Feldman. 8 p.m. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 474-1518. sinaitemple.org.
Free, one-hour family services filled with music and stories provide a kid-friendly introduction to the High Holy Days. Rosh Hashanah, first day, 8:30 a.m. Yom Kippur, 8:30 a.m. Reservations required. University Synagogue, 11960 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 472-1255. unisyn.org.