OUR

SPIRIT

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 

If you would like to make your membership commitment, please do so by clicking here. To see this year’s Book of Memory click here.

Click here to view the online version of our High Holy Days handout. 

USEFUL INFORMATION

 

MEMBER Guest Tickets

This year, due to Covid-19, city, county and state regulations do not allow us to gather in-person for services. We invite you to join us virtually. We are working hard to create a robust, meaningful and spiritually uplifting services. Please invite your friends and family to join us. We ask that you consider purchasing virtual guest tickets this year. You can do so on our ticketing page, just above this description. Guest tickets for member friends and family are ordinarily $100 for a single service and $350 for an all service ticket. 

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.

For more information about our Pillar Program, please click here.

Non-Member Tickets

This year, due to Covid-19, city, county and state regulations do not allow us to gather in-person for services. We invite you to join us virtually. We are working hard to create a robust, meaningful and spiritually uplifting services. If you are not a member of the temple, please consider purchasing virtual non-member guest tickets this year. You can do so on our ticketing page, just above this description. Guest tickets for non-members fare ordinarily $175 for a single service ticket and $550 for an all service ticket. 

TASHLICH

This year, Tashlich will be held in the courtyard of the temple. Stay in your car! We’ll hand you a sheet of rice paper and a writing utensil. Write your message on the paper. As you drive by the pool of water, toss your message into the water. 

DONATIONS

Interested in making a donation to the temple? You can do so at  tebh.org/give.

Book of Memory

This year our Book of Memory will meet the challenges of virtual services in two significant ways. Instead of a printed hard copy, there will be a digital copy of the book on our website which you may print at home. In addition, anyone listed in the Book of Memory will be featured on screen during our Yizkor service on Yom Kippur day. Beginning September 26, the new 5781/2020 Book of Memory will be found at the link below. 

Visit: tebh.org/bookofmemory to check names, make changes, add new entries, and make a donation. 

Our tradition suggests a meaningful donation in the memory of loved ones during this season, thank you for supporting the temple.

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. 

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. For direct links to our services, click here.

High Holy Days Schedule of Services

Adult Service

Adult services will be broadcast on our social media channels and led by our wonderful clergy with beautiful choral arrangements and videos. Congregants will contribute readings and perform honors via home video. Thought-provoking sermons on our theme “Open my heart” will be offered by our rabbis. 

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.

The family service will be a 45 minute pre-recorded experience featuring the music of our family choir, soul singers and junior cantors. The “sermon” section will highlight one part of our theme in each service (open my heart/through Torah and Mitzvot/let my soul pursue) as experienced with our families in our zoom conversations on the theme during the month of Elul. The service will be broadcast on Facebook Live and YouTube.

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!

Contingent upon the COVID-19 restrictions, this service for toddlers and their families will take place outside, on Clark Drive, in a responsible, physically distanced way. Our clergy, along with our Early Childhood Center musician Brett, will offer songs, stories, and welcome the new year together, complete with the sound of the shofar. The service will also be broadcast on Facebook Live and YouTube.

Contemplative Service

Through an exciting partnership with Honeymoon Israel (HMI,) we are offering these innovative services on Rosh HaShanah day (Sept. 19) and Yom Kippur (Sept. 28) led by Temple Emanuel clergy, members of the Temple Emanuel YoPro community, and the HMI community. Blending together traditional prayers and rituals through engaging and relevant spiritual experiences, these services are designed to be accessible and inclusive and reflect various Jewish spiritual perspectives and practices. They will provide opportunities for meaningful reflection and renewal for every participant regardless of experience or familiarity with the High Holy Day liturgy. 

Please join us to take a much-needed deep breath, find a moment of reflection, and turn towards a renewing and joyful New Year! 

Registration is required.  Please do so at tebh.org/Contemplate. There is a $36 suggested donation.  

Tashlich

Tashlich will be held in the temple courtyard at 5:00 pm on Saturday, September 19. You can stay in your car! We’ll hand you a sheet of rice paper and a writing utensil. Write your message on the paper. As you drive by the pool of water, toss your message into the water, and watch it (and your sins) dissolve in the water right in front of you. 

DRIVE BY SHOFAR

Come and listen to the beautiful sound of the shofar. On Sunday, September 20th, join us at 2:00 pm to hear Rabbi Aaron blow the shofar. Please stay in your car and follow the instructions in your High Holy Day handbook. A line will form on Dayton Way in order to make a right hand turn onto Clark Drive. 

 

Yom Kippur Afternoon Forum:
MULTIPLE IDENTITIES: NAVIGATING JEWISH SPACES AS A PERSON OF COLOR AND MINORITY SPACES AS A JEW

Rabbi Bassin will moderate a conversation with April Baskin, former vice president of audacious hospitality for the Union for Reform Judaism and Emiliana Guereca, executive director of the Women’s March Los Angeles about the nuances of navigating multiple minority identities. Is it possible to feel at home? What are the common joys, challenges and experiences of Jews of Color? What are the barriers the Jewish community creates for members of the tribe who are not white? How do we take on anti-Semitism in some minority coalitions? Come learn from two renowned experts in exploring these tough questions.

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

A PROPHETIC DILEMMA: THE BOOK OF JONAH THROUGH THE STORIES OF JEWS OF COLOR

When God charged Jonah with sharing a difficult truth with the people of Nineveh, he knew he was in a tough spot. Does he avoid the conversation to not ruffle feathers?  Does he speak up and invite backlash? Jonah’s challenge comes to life through the voices of members of our Temple Emanuel community who will share their own experiences in answering the same dilemmas that Jonah faced.  

 

VIRTUAL open ark

 

 

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!

Family Service

This year, our Family Service will look and feel different. The service will be a 45 minute pre-recorded experience featuring the music of our family choir, soul singers and junior cantors. The “sermon” section will highlight one part of our theme in each service (open my heart/through Torah and Mitzvot/let my soul pursue) as experienced with our families in our zoom conversations on the theme during the month of Elul. The service will be broadcast on Facebook Live and YouTube.

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!

This service for toddlers and their families will take place virtually this year. Our clergy, along with our Early Childhood Center musician Brett, will offer songs, stories, and welcome the new year together, complete with the sound of the shofar. The service will also be broadcast on Facebook Live and YouTube.

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 Rabbi Aaron as he tackles an important topic we can reflect upon during this important time of year. 

P’tach Libi: open My Heart with Rabbi Jonathan Aaron

Tuesday, September 8

7:00 pm, via Zoom

We will explore the ways our Jewish tradition talks about openness, and how we direct our heart towards others. It’s not just about saying we are open to others, but actually living our lives with an open heart filled with compassion and love. It’s not easy to be and remain open, what are the first steps we can take to be more open to others and the world.

 

Selichot Service and Study Session

Selichot marks the time when we anticipate the High Holy Days and the heshbon hanefesh – the time we take stock of our souls. We open our hearts to the possibility of the new year, and meditate on the past twelve months. This year, we open our hearts together in the safety of our homes, with a shared virtual Selichot service. Beautiful poetry, prayers and songs will help all of us begin the journey of reflection and preparation for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Together, the clergy from Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, University Synagogue and Kehillat Israel will combine to offer insights and melody, meditation and inspiration, to help all of on the road towards forgiveness and wholeness.  

Sunday, September 12 at 8:00 pm via Facebook and YouTube.

High Holy Days DONATION Drive

Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills is supporting two very worthwhile organizations. You are welcome to come by the temple between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to drop off donations of non-perishable food items for SOVA or you may do so online. Diapers, formula, sanitary items, school supplies, and other necessities in support of Esperanza may be purchased online to be delivered directly to the organization. While donating online is the preference for Esperanza, the temple can receive these donations if need be.  Go to tebh.org/drive for more details and to order items online.

Sukkot Festival Service

Join us on Sunday, October 3 at 10:00 am via Facebook and YouTube.

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 and Zoom with us from the sukkah on Friday, October 9 at 5:00 pm for a blessing to celebrate life and family, followed by Simchat Torah Shabbat and Celebration at 6:00 pm.

Simchat Torah Shabbat & Celebration 

You have prayed, you have fasted… now it’s time to dance. This is a time to celebrate the joyous gift of the Torah from your living room.  Friday, October 9 at 6:00 pm via Facebook and YouTube. 

Simchat Torah Festival Service with Yizkor

Saturday, October 10 at 10:00 am via Facebook and YouTube. 

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

Purchase
Your Tickets

Online ticket donations can be made beginning September 1.  If you have not made your membership commitment yet, you can do so by clicking here.  If you have any questions, please email hhd@tebh.org or call 310-288-3737.

 

In Loving Memory

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

Click here to view the Book of Memory