As many Los Angeles Jews head to synagogue to celebrate the High Holy Days, many nonreligious members of the Tribe always wonder where they can park, and even more don’t realize that certain cities in the greater Los Angeles area actually relax their parking restrictions over Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
While, unfortunately West Hollywood, Pasadena and Glendale don’t change their parking requirements, the cities of Los Angeles and Beverly Hills do. Below is a list of places in these cities where you can park and pray over the High Holy Days.
The City of Los Angeles
The Department of Transportation, Parking Enforcement and Traffic Control Division will relax enforcement of street cleaning, time limits and preferential parking restrictions on the following days and times:
Rosh Hashanah – From 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11
Yom Kippur – From 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19
Sukkot – From 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25
Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah – From 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2
Please Note: Meters, tow-away zones and other safety violations will be enforced.
Here are the covered areas:
San Fernando Valley
Area bounded by Emelita Street to Chandler Boulevard and from Rhodes Avenue to Radford Avenue.
Area bounded by Burbank Boulevard to Riverside Drive and from Laurel Canyon Boulevard to Fulton Avenue.
Area bounded by Cedros Avenue to Beverly Glen Boulevard and from Dickens Street to Greenleaf Street, including Van Nuys Boulevard from Dickens Street to Greenleaf Street.
Area bounded by Ventura Boulevard to Margate Street and from Newcastle Avenue to White Oak Avenue.
Area bounded by Coldwater Canyon to Laurel Canyon and from Victory Boulevard to Burbank Boulevard.
Area bounded by Whitsett Avenue to Colfax Avenue and from Riverside Drive to Ventura Boulevard.
4300 – 5000 blocks of Densmore Avenue
4600 – 5000 blocks of Gloria Avenue
15800 block of Moorpark Street
17000 block of Magnolia Boulevard
17000 block of Ventura Boulevard
5100 to 5400 blocks of Zelzah Avenue
5100 to 5400 blocks of Yarmouth Avenue
5400 block of White Oak Avenue
12000 block of Burbank Boulevard
6100 block of Lankershim Boulevard
12000 block of Sherman Way
4800 block of Stanbury Avenue
Lennox Avenue from Hart Street to Valerie Street
Devonshire Street from Zelzah Avenue to Encino Avenue
White Oak Avenue from Devonshire Street to San Jose Street
Area bounded by Sepulveda Boulevard (west) to Van Nuys (east) and Greenleaf (south) to Camarillo (north).
All areas of the city of Los Angeles bounded by Doheny Drive (west), Vine Street/Rossmore Avenue/Queen Anne Place (east), Santa Monica Boulevard and West Hollywood City Limit (north), and Pico Boulevard (south).
Area bounded by Laurel Canyon Boulevard to Hayworth Avenue and from Sunset Boulevard to Selma Avenue.
Vermont Avenue, both sides from Fountain Avenue to Lexington Avenue.
La Mirada, both sides from Vermont Avenue to Lyman Place.
Lexington Avenue, both sides from Vermont Avenue to Lyman Place.
Area bounded by First Street to James M. Woods and Western Avenue to Vermont Avenue.
All areas of the city of Los Angeles bounded by Doheny Drive (west), Vine Street/Rossmore Avenue/Queen Anne Place (east), Santa Monica Boulevard (north) and Pico Boulevard (south)
Area bounded by Beverwil Drive and Castle Heights (west) to La Cienega Boulevard (east) and from the southern Beverly Hills border (north); Venice Boulevard from La Cienega to National Boulevard (south).
Area bounded by Beverwil Drive to Hillgreen Drive and from Pico Boulevard to Newman Street (northern city limits: Beverly Hills)
Area bounded by Roxbury Drive to Beverwil Drive and from Pico Boulevard to Monte Mar Drive
Area bounded by Sunset Boulevard to Pico Boulevard and from Sepulveda Boulevard to the Beverly Hills border
3000 block of Westwood Boulevard
Westwood Boulevard from National Boulevard to Pico Boulevard
Midvale Avenue from National Boulevard to Queensland Street
10700 and 10800 blocks of National Boulevard
Pickford Street from Corning Street to Crescent Heights Boulevard
Alvira Street from Pickford Street to Airdrome Street
Pickford Place from Crescent Heights Boulevard to La Cienega Boulevard
Crescent Heights Boulevard from Airdrome Street to Pickford Street
Area bounded by Guthrie Avenue to Pico, La Cienega to Fairfax Avenue
Area bounded by Mulholland from Duomo Via to Sepulveda Boulevard
“Although the Department of Transportation generates the memo, our office looks over the list carefully every year and continues to fine tune it because it can be somewhat challenging for the community and parking enforcement officers to understand what areas are covered and which ones are not,” Alison Simard, director of communications for Fifth District Councilmember Paul Koretz, told the Journal via email. “We believe our district has the largest concentration of observant Jews in Los Angeles, and so we continue to work to serve that community as best we can and reach out to neighboring council districts for their input.”
The city of Beverly Hills will observe the following holidays with relaxed enforcement:
Rosh Hashanah – From 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9 to 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12
Shabbat Shuvah – From 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14 to 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 16
Yom Kippur – From 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 to 8 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20
This is a citywide exemption relating to time limits, street sweeping, permit parking and overnight parking (2:30–5 a.m.). All others violations, such as meters, red zones and peak-hour no-stopping will be enforced.
Beverly Hills Public Information Manager Keith Sterling told the Journal via email many of the relaxed parking rules have been in effect for several years.
Shanah tovah and may you have easy parking year round.