by Ryan Torok and Ari L. Noonan

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September 22-28

Friday, September 22


Synagogues across the community hold Shabbat Shuvah services. The Sabbath between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur emphasizes themes of return and repentance. Check the website of your local synagogue to see times and additional details about services taking place Friday night and Saturday.

Saturday, September 23


On the night before Yom Kippur, Open Temple invites all to Dunk: Mikveh. Participants immerse their bodies in the ritual waters of the ocean. All are welcome. Clothing is optional. 9 p.m. Free but registration requested. Beach location will be disclosed to pass holders. For additional details, email info@opentemple.org or visit https://opentemple.org/high-holiday-ritual-lab-5784/high-holidays-yom-kippur/.

Sunday, September 24


The LGBTQ community is offering all its High Holy Days services, including Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur services, at no cost to the community. Sept. 24, Kol Nidre: 7 p.m. Temple Akiba, 5249 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City. Sept 25, Yom Kippur: 10 a.m. Temple Akiba, 5249 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City. For additional information, call (213) 290-6139 or visit bcc-la.org/pray/high-holidays.


At Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary, Temple Israel of Hollywood Rabbi Mari Chernow leads Kever Avot memorial services. Joining her are Cantorial Soloist Shelley Fox, Rabbi-Cantor Alison Wissot and Cantor Patti Linsky as well Ba’al Tekiah Michael Gropper, who blows shofar. Refreshments served. Services with also be live-streamed. 10 a.m. Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary, 6001 W. Centinela Ave., Los Angeles. Park will be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (888) 820-9950. Hillsidememorial.org/kever-avot. At Eden Memorial, services are held at 10 a.m. For details, call (818) 361-7161 or (818) 365-7151.


Sinai Temple is requesting drop offs of clothing and Jewish items during its Yom Kippur services. Please donate new jackets, kippot, tallit and travel-sized siddurim to people in need. Through Sept. 25. Leave items in containers near Sinai Temple’s security desk. 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 474-1518. sinaitemple.org


On Sunday morning before Yom Kippur, partake in the musical and musical Tashlich ceremony with the Pico Shul community. It’s a time of reflection, forgiveness and cleansing as attendees cast symbolic breadcrumbs into the ocean. Additionally, kapparot is done with tzedakah in the place of an animal, and the funds will be donated to those in need. Children welcome! 10-11 a.m. Burton W. Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. kesher.regfox.com/high-holidays-2023


Sept. 24, Kol Nidre and Rehov Yeladim, 6:25 p.m. Sept. 25, Shachrit and Rehov Yeladim, 8:30 a.m. Yizkor, 11 a.m. Mincha, 4:45 p.m. Neilah and Rehov Yeladim, 5:55 p.m. Ma’ariv, 7:24 p.m. 8906 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles.https://images.shulcloud.com/944/uploads/Holidays/High-Holidays/High-Holidays-5784/HighHolidayTimes2023-5784FINAL.pdf


Sept. 24, 6 p.m. Family Kol Nidre service, Miller Middle. 7 p.m. Traditional service, sanctuary, also streaming. Sept. 25, 8:30 a.m., Tot service, sanctuary. 9 a.m., Minyan-style service, Miller Hall.  11 a.m. Traditional Sanctuary service. 3:15 p.m., Mincha, sanctuary. 6 p.m. Neilah. 6:30 p.m. Final shofar blasts and Havdalah. 7300 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles. https://tioh.org/worship/high-holidays/


Sept. 24, Kol Nidre, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., services, sanctuary. Sept. 25, 9 a.m. and noon, Reflections and repentance, sanctuary. 2:30 p.m., Study session, sanctuary. 3:30 p.m. afternoon service. 4:30 p.m. Yizkor/Ne’ilah. 5429 Lindley Avenue. Tarzana. https://templejudea.com/pray/high-holy-days/


Sept. 24, Kol Nidre Sanctuary service, 6 p.m. Under the Stars, 6:30 p.m., Labowe Outdoor Chapel. Sept. 25, Sanctuary service, 8:15 a.m., Yizkor, 12:15 p.m., Micha/Neilah, 4:40 p.m. Family services, 9:00 a.m., and 9:30 a.m., Familian Chapel. 12020 Burbank Blvd.
Valley Village.  https://www.adatariel.org/hhdschedules.html


Sept. 24, Kol Nidre, 6 p.m. Sept. 25, services 9 a.m. Havdalah, 7:36 p.m. 3030 Westwood Blvd. Los Angeleshttps://www.adatshalomla.org/calendar?date_start=specific+date&date_start_x=0&date_start_date=2023-09-01

Monday, September 25


During Yom Kippur services, in the afternoon, join Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills (TEBH) for its annual Contemporary Issues Forum. TEBH Rabbi Jonathan Aaron conducts a discussion with Trudy Goodman, founding teacher of InsightLA, on “The Source of Kindness (Hint: It’s You).” The in-person event can also be viewed on Facebook and YouTube. 3 p.m. Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, Corwin Family Sanctuary 300 N Clark Drive, Beverly Hills. For more information about this year’s Afternoon Forum, email hhd@tebh.org.


The progressive and egalitarian synagogue’s afternoon Yom Kippur service, featuring minhah and Neilah, is free and open to both members and non-members of the community. Registration required. 4:45 p.m. Shalhevet High School, 910 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 634-1870. https://ikar.org/5784-2023-high-holy-day-schedule/


On Yom Kippur Day, Sept. 25, Kehillat Israel hosts guest speakers, David Kaczynski and Gary Wright, at its synagogue for an unusual discussion. Gary was a survivor of an explosive package sent by Ted Kaczynski, known as the Unabomber. Kaczynski’s brother, David, reached out to the victims of these crimes, leading to an unlikely friendship between David and Gary. At Kehillat Israel, the two share how each was challenged by violence and examine themes of forgiveness and shared humanity. Live-stream available. 4:30 p.m. 16019 W. Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades. For additional information, call (310) 459-2328 or visit https://www.ourki.org/5784guestspeaker.

Thursday, September 28


“Tefillah and Prayer,” the second installment of “High Holy Days for the Soul,” a virtual speaker series organized by American Jewish University and My Jewish Learning, features Rabbi Sharon Brous discussing the power of davening. Brous, spiritual leader of IKAR and author of the influential book, “The Amen Effect,” shares insightful perspectives, guides connections toward spirituality and fosters a sense of intentionality in our prayers. Noon-12:45 p.m. Free. To register, visit open.aju.edu/event/high-holy-days-for-the-soul-tefillah-and-prayer.


Jewish young adults and their friends, ages 21-41, enjoy four days and three nights of summer-camp-like activities and programming, including lawn games, silent disco parties, color wars, campfire storytelling and a Shabbat experience. Lodging and meals included. Through Oct. 1. $795-$1,075. Camp Ramah in California, 385 Fairview Road, Ojai. For additional information, call (202) 536-2929 or visit trybalgatherings.com/socal.

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