January 18, 2019

How the field guide was compiled

The Journal contacted about 80 synagogues and other organizations that conduct High Holy Days services, from across the spectrum of religious observance. About 40 percent of the synagogues contacted returned information.

We assumed that synagogues which chose not to respond to our requests for information had few or no seats available to unaffiliated Jews.

The field guide is meant to be an informal overview of what’s out there for unaffiliated Jews who want to worship in community during the High Holy Days. A complete listing of all synagogues in the area served by Los Angeles Jewish Federation begins on page 29, or visit www.jewishjournal.com.

We encourage readers to contact and visit as many synagogues listed in the larger directory as they can before the holidays.


Figures below represent number of member households. To estimate the number of people in the room when the entire congregation prays together, you can double or triple the membership figure for all but the smallest synagogues.

Tiny (75 or fewer households)

Temple Beth Israel, Highland Park Cong. Beth Ohr, Studio City Cong. B’nai Ami, Chatsworth Temple Rodeph Shalom, El Segundo Southwest Temple Beth Torah, Gardena

Small (75-200 households)

Cong. Beth Shalom, Santa Clarita B’nai Tikvah Congregation, Westchester Jewish Learning Exchange, Los Angeles Makom Ohr Shalom, Woodland Hills Cong. N’vay Shalom, West Los Angeles Cong. Or Ami, Agoura Hills Shir Hadash, Los Angeles Sholem Community

Medium (200-500 households)

Adat Shalom, West Los Angeles Arbeter Ring/Workmen’s Circle, Los Angeles Beth Chayim Chadashim, Los Angeles Temple Beth Emet, Burbank Beth Shir Shalom, Santa Monica B’nai David-Judea, Los Angeles Etz Jacob Congregation, Los Angeles Cong. Kol Ami, West Hollywood Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue Temple Menorah, Redondo Beach Mishkon Tephilo, Venice Sha’arei Am, Santa Monica

Big (500-800 households)

Temple Beth Hillel, North Hollywood Kehillat Israel, Pacific Palisades Leo Baeck Temple, Bel-Air Cong. Ner Tamid, Rancho Palos Verdes Temple Isaiah, West Los Angeles Temple Israel of Hollywood

Mega (more than 800 households)

Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles Temple Emanuel, Beverly Hills Stephen S. Wise Temple, Bel-Air Wilshire Blvd. Temple, Los Angeles Sinai Temple, Los Angeles Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel, Los Angeles University Syngaogue, Pacific Palisades Valley Beth Shalom, Encino Temple Judea, Tarzana Adat Ari El, North Hollywood Temple Aliyah, Woodland Hills