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HIGH HOLY DAYS at Emanuel

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are two of the most important times of year for the Jewish people. Join our community during this beautiful period of meditation, music, and study.

High Holy
Days Essentials

Please use this page as a reference throughout High Holy Days services and/or to purchase additional guest tickets or parking permits. Members in good standing will receive Member tickets with the initial High Holy Days information packet.

If you would like to make your membership commitment, please do so by clicking here, and we will send you your High Holy Days tickets. Orders received on or after Monday, August 20 will not be mailed out but will instead be held at will-call.

All Services Ticket

Each member will receive one “All Services” Ticket for the entire High Holy Days Season, which will allow members to attend any and all of the services. The “All Services” Ticket will not be collected at the door, so please keep it with you at all times.

Guest Tickets

“Single Service” guest tickets are $100 for each individual service. “All Services” Guest tickets are available at a discounted price of $250 when purchased by a member on, or before, Friday, August 30, 5:00 pm. After that, the cost of an “All Services” Guest Ticket is $350.

Please note the following:

  • Guest tickets will be mailed to you, the member, to distribute to your guests.
  • Worship spaces will be cleared between services – a Single Service Guest Ticket will not provide access to consecutive services.
  • Guests tickets are for your extended family and out-of-town friends, or for friends you believe might be interested in joining our congregation.
  • There is a limit to how many guest tickets you can purchase with your members. Members can purchase up to six (6). YoPro members are asked to have their guests buy non-member tickets.
  • Guest Ticket purchases can be made by members only by visiting tebh.org/HHD2019 and filling out the attached form.

For more information, please email hhd@tebh.org.

Pillar Members

We are very grateful to those members who have become Pillars of our Temple! Their significant donations, in addition to their annual membership contributions, enable Temple Emanuel to provide the innovative, cutting-edge programs for which we are known nationally.

In appreciation, Pillar Members receive complimentary reserved parking and a Pillar ticket granting early entry to all services taking place in the Corwin Family Sanctuary. Early entry is provided through the Clergy Office beginning 30 minutes before the start of services until five minutes prior. For more information about our Pillar Program, please click here.

Non-Member Tickets

Non-members are welcome to join our High Holy Days services. “Single Service” tickets are priced at $175 per person for one service, or $550 per person for an “All Services” ticket which provides entry into all services. This cost can be applied toward membership after the High Holy Days. Please be aware that worship spaces will be cleared after each service — a “Single Service” ticket for an individual service will not cover consecutive services. For Non-Member tickets please call 310.288.3737 or visit tebh.org/HHD2019.

Parking

Reserved Parking permits are available to members for $150 per vehicle for all High Holy Days Services, and it is complimentary for Pillar Members. The Temple’s reserved parking garage is located at the corner of Burton Way and Herzl Way. Once the parking garage reaches capacity, additional reserved parking will be available at 250 N Robertson Boulevard, one-and-a-half blocks from the temple. The Temple thanks the Kobor family for making this additional parking available to the Congregation.

Book of Memory

The Book of Memory will be used at every Yizkor Service throughout the year. To honor your loved ones who have passed away, you may list their names in the book by completing the order form that was sent to your home.

This year we are requesting that members and non-members resubmit the names of their loved ones, so we can be sure to have an accurate listing in this year’s tribute.

The deadline for Book of Memory entries is Friday, September 6. You can use the form to make a contribution in your loved ones’ honor. If you prefer to provide this information online, please visit tebh.org/BookofMemory.

College Student/Young-Adult Outreach Program

Temple Emanuel sends holiday packages for Rosh Hashanah and other Jewish holidays to our college student and young adult members throughout the year. To help support this worthwhile effort, please fill out the appropriate sections in the information packet sent to your homes.

Security

Temple Emanuel works closely with the Beverly Hills Police Department and a private security firm to ensure the safety of our worshipers during the High Holy Days. Tickets will be scanned at all entry points by security guards, and no one (adult or child over the age of 12) will be admitted without a barcoded, hologram ticket.

High Holy Days Seating Practices

Greeters will be present at all service entrances to welcome you and show you to your seats. To ensure there will be sufficient seats at every service, you will be asked to fill in all empty seats before new rows are made available. Thank you in advance for cooperating with our volunteer greeters.

  • Each person in attendance may only save one seat.
  • Seats cannot be saved from one service to the next.

Contact Us

For questions and assistance, please contact Jenny Kramer at 310.409.4653, or at Jenny@tebh.org.

Programs
and Times

For information about our various High Holy Days services and programs, please enjoy the descriptions provided on this page. For current times and locations, please refer to this schedule by clicking on the button below.

High Holy Days Schedule of Services 2019

Adult Service

For those who are looking for a more formal environment to worship – our Adult Service is just for you! This service consists of a professional choir and cantor singing traditional melodies and contemporary compositions, and our clergy reciting thoughtful sermons, based upon a yearly theme, that are geared towards adults and children from the age of 13 and over.

Family Service

Looking to attend a service that is designed for families with children 6 to 12 years old? Our Family service is a lively, informal service for families and their children.

This year, our Family Service will look and feel different. We aim to create an experience that will animate spirituality for children ages 6-12 while asking adults to probe spiritual questions at a meaningful level.  It will be interactive and address the core themes of the High Holy Days – reflection, forgiveness, connection, and our responsibility to others. These services will be about expression of the Jewish soul, instead of the consumption of Jewish prayer. Our goal is to provide a new experience for your family and open up conversations on the issues and ideas that matter the most. 

One Community

On Rosh Hashanah evening, instead of two services, we are bringing everyone together and welcome the New Year as One Community. The music of this service will feature our Intergenerational Choir and the string trio that has led previous Love Shabbat events at Temple Emanuel. We believe this combination of music and community will provide the perfect start to the High Holy Days.

Tot Service

Our Tot Service is a great opportunity for families with toddlers and preschoolers to enjoy a 30-minute prayer experience filled with stories and songs and the shofar blast!

Contemplative Service

This service combines chanting, silence, and meditation for you to get the most out of your worship experience. Set the prayer books aside and enjoy a quiet and enchanting space in this Contemplative Service. On Yom Kippur, the service will end just in time for you to attend the Yizkor service. This service requires advance reservation as space is limited. Please email HHD@tebh.org to RSVP and join other members of the community in this meditative and reflective service!

Tashlich

If you are looking for a great reason to head to the beach, this is it. Our Taschlich ceremony takes place right on the Pacific Ocean, at the Pacific Coast Highway and Temescal Canyon (Lifeguard station T-8). We uphold the longstanding Jewish tradition of “casting off” sins by throwing bread into a moving body of water. Let us sing and hear the shofar blast; let us wake up to our transgressions – let us schmooze over wine and a picnic dinner, together.

Yom Kippur Afternoon Forum:
Why Antisemitism Matters to More than Just Jews

Anti-Semitism is on the rise as a global phenomenon, and while Jews are worried, we must recognize we are not alone in our plight. We must have the conversation about hate beyond our echo chamber to understand its implications for Jews and non-Jews alike. Two non-Jewish experts will contextualize why anti-Semitism matters to society at large. Eric Ward of the Western States Center and Mehnaz Afridi, author of The Shoah Through Muslim Eyes, will help us discern how anti-Semitism manifests across the political spectrum. How can the Jewish community be more strategic and effective in combating the rise of anti-Semitism in a world of growing extremism?

For more information about this year’s Afternoon Forum, please email hhd@tebh.org.

Getting good at getting older: Meditation and mindful discussion w rabbi laura geller

This session will be led by Rabbi Laura Geller who will be discussing her work that she wrote in her upcoming book Getting Good at Getting Older.
Meditation at 4:15 pm–4:30 pm
Rabbi Geller at 4:30 pm–5:30 pm

Activities
for Children

Children will experience the High Holy Days in an engaging and creative atmosphere while their parents attend services. Check out all the great children’s activities we have to offer our little ones during the High Holy Days!

Children’s Program

Our complimentary Children’s Program for ages 3-10 runs concurrently with adult services on only the first day of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur day. Children will experience the High Holy Days in an engaging and creative atmosphere while their parents attend services. To enroll, complete page B of the order form. Drop off will begin 15 minutes prior to the scheduled service start time. Snacks will be provided during the Children’s program for your childr(ren). For the safety of all children, do not bring your own childcare providers to the Children’s Program. Please note that all children must be fully potty trained to participate in the Children’s Program (no exceptions).

*Pre-registration is required for the Children’s Program, as space is limited.

**The Children’s Program will not be held during Erev Rosh Hashanah or Kol Nidre.

Family Service

This year, our Family Service will look and feel different. We aim to create an experience that will animate spirituality for children ages 6-12 while asking adults to probe spiritual questions at a meaningful level.  It will be interactive and address the core themes of the High Holy Days – reflection, forgiveness, connection, and our responsibility to others. These services will be about expression of the Jewish soul, instead of the consumption of Jewish prayer. Our goal is to provide a new experience for your family and open up conversations on the issues and ideas that matter the most. 

tot Service

Our Tot Service is a great opportunity for families with toddlers and preschoolers to enjoy a 30-minute prayer experience filled with stories and songs and the shofar blast!

Program Descriptions

Elul Classes

During the month of Elul, Jewish tradition provides several preparatory words, symbols, and actions leading up to the High Holy Days (the month of Tishrei). This month is considered a time when God is more accessible to the Jewish people, and a time for personal reflection and preparation for the new year. On the Saturday evening closest to Rosh Hashanah, the difficult work of reflecting on ourselves and the past year begins in earnest with a late night service, where the unique musical melodies from the High Holy Days and some of the most significant liturgy is heard for the first time.

Our Elul classes are preparation sessions intended to deepen our experience, and provide new ways of approaching the upcoming High Holy Days. We begin to wake up and do the work of Heshbon HaNefesh, accounting of the soul, leading us to be prepared for our repentance during the Days of Awe (the ten days between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur). Join the clergy as they each tackle an important topic we can reflect upon during this important time of year. This year’s classes are:

Preparing to Confront God: Reconciling Your image of God with the High Holy Day Liturgy

Wednesday, September 4

7:00 pm, Beyt Midrash

There is so much talk and text about our responsibility to ask for repentance during the High Holy Days, but we also have another responsibility: to forgive. In order to move on with our lives, we must learn to leave behind the anger and mistrust that lingers in our hearts. If we are not able to forgive, the hurt continues to live within us, and it becomes difficult to live our lives with the love and kindness that leads to our own wellbeing. Further, we often repent for our misgivings, but can not forgive ourselves for our own transgressions. This class will help us to discover the keys towards forgiving others and ourselves.

Overcoming Fears, Foes, Enemies and Oppressors: Psalm 27 as the prayer of Elul

Wednesday, September 11

7:00 pm, Beyt Midrash

Traditionally, Jews read Psalm 27 from the first day of Elul through Hoshanah Raba – the formal end of the high holidays. Why this Psalm? What can we learn from these biblical words attributed to King David to help us prepare for a more meaningful high holiday season?

Jonathan’s elul class

Wednesday, September 18

7:00 pm, Beyt Midrash

TBA

Selichot Service and Study Session

Join us for the culmination of the High Holy Days preparation period, with a Havdallah service and study session on Saturday, September 21, starting 7:30 pm at Temple Emanuel. Featuring the music of prominent LA based composers, Ami Aloni, Meir Finkelstein and friends, this event will include cantors from across the city – Cantor Weiss (Temple Emanuel), Cantor Don Gurney and Cantor Lisa Peicott (Wilshire Blvd Temple), Cantor Kerith Spencer Shapiro (University Synagogue) and more.

High Holy Days Food and diaper Drive

On Rosh Hashanah, grocery bags will be available at all services. We encourage you to fill one, or more, bags with non-perishable food items, and return them on Yom Kippur. We also welcome diaper donations, which you can pre-order on Amazon and have them shipped to the temple. Or bring it to services to add to the diaper mountain.
All donations will be contributed to a local food bank and other charitable organizations.

Sukkot Festival Service

Join us on Monday, October 14 at 10:00 am in Belle Chapel for this service.

Simply Shabbat Sukkot Service

Friday, September 28, join us for a special Sukkot Shabbat service in the Belle Chapel at 6:15 pm.

First Year Baby Blessings

On Sukkot, we welcome the first fruits of the harvest, and in that spirit we gather to bless our children born in the past year. Bring your baby to the Sukkah on Sunday, October 20 at 4:00 pm for a blessing to celebrate life and family, followed by Simchat Torah at 5:00 pm.

Simchat Torah Shabbat & Celebration of the burton way building

You have prayed, you have fasted… now it’s time to dance. A time to celebrate the joyous gift of the Torah and the memories of our beloved Burton Way Building. Let’s dance through the hallways and celebrate the space that was an integral part of our Jewish journey. Sunday, October 20 at 5:00 pm. 

Simchat Torah Festival Service with Yizkor

Monday, October 21 at 10:00 am in Belle Chapel.

For more information about our High Holy Days services and programs, please email info@tebh.org.

Purchase
Your Tickets

Online ticket sales will open in mid-August. If you have any urgent questions, please email hhd@tebh.org.

 

In Loving Memory

Pay tribute to your loved ones in our Book of Memory. This book is used for Yizkor services throughout the year.

We kindly ask all members and non-members who participate in our book of memory tribute to resubmit the names of their loved ones who have passed so we can be sure that it holds an accurate listing.

We are accepting submissions until September 6, 2019.