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, Monday, August 20, 6:00 pm. As of Tuesday, August 21, 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.
  • Guest Ticket purchases can be made by members only by visiting tebh.org/HHD2018 and filling out the attached form. (please note – the link will be live in mid-July)

For more information, please email info@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/HHD2018 (please note – the link for High Holy Day tickets and other purchases will be made live in mid-July, as packets are mailed).


Reserved Parking permits are available to members for $150 per vehicle for all High Holy Days Services, and 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. The deadline for Book of Memory entries is Monday, August 20. If you would like us to repeat your listing from last year, indicate so on the form we sent to your home. You can also 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 (please note – the link will be live in mid-July)

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.


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 us at 310.288.3737, or at HHD@tebh.org.

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 Day Schedule of Service 2018

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 between 6 to 12 years old? Our Family service is a lively, informal service for families and their kids. It features our family choir of nearly 25 members, and our clergy weave a story through High Holy Days centered around the yearly theme. If you have kids under the age of 6, we provide a separate “play area” for your child, near the location of the service, for your convenience.

One Community

On Rosh Hashanah evening, instead of two services, we decided to bring 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!


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 – From Calling Out to Calling In: Engaging Men as Allies, Not Adversaries, in the Aftermath of #MeToo

The #MeToo movement sparked a massive cultural shift. We all support the idea of building a culture free of assault, harassment, and discrimination, yet there’s a feeling that the rules for men changed overnight. Many feel uncertain about what they can say and do. How can we support women without demonizing men? Please join us for this conversation about the aftermath of #MeToo, with experts from The Good Men Project–an online forum that takes on the shifting expectations of men. We will focus specifically on engaging men as allies, not adversaries, and address what #MeToo means across gender lines.

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

Music, Meditation, & Jonah

This session includes a spoken word interpretation of the story of Jonah, meditative music, and guided meditations around the themes of responsibility for the welfare of others, accepting the responsibilities we face each day, and how to live with the moments we fail. This session was written and will be led by Rabbi Jonathan Aaron, with participation by congregants.

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 the first day of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur day, only. 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

Looking to attend a service that is designed for families with children between 6 to 12 years old? Our Family service is a lively, informal service for families and their kids. It features our family choir of nearly 25 members, and our clergy weave a story through High Holy Days centered around the yearly theme. If you have kids under the age of 6, we provide a separate “play area” for your child, near the location of the service, for your convenience.

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 each tackle an important topic we can reflect upon during this important time of year. This year’s classes are:

“Awe”some Literature: Jewish Prose and Poetry of the High Holy Days With Rabbi Adam Lutz

Thursday, August 16

7:00 pm, Davidson-Sheffer Hall

From Emma Lazarus to Etgar Keret, Jews throughout space and time find their own meaning and approach to the season of “awe”. This class will explore a plethora of themes presented in Jewish literature about the High Holidays. Will you find one that resonates with you this year?

Forgiveness: The Other Half of Repentance with Rabbi Jonathan Aaron

Thursday, August 23

7:00 pm, Davidson-Sheffer Hall

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.

Communal Confessions with Rabbi Sarah Bassin

Thursday, August 30

7:00 pm, Davidson-Sheffer Hall

When Catholics confess, they do so privately in a booth with a priest. When Jews confess, we do so in a community and state things we haven’t even personally done. At this class, we’ll dig into the psychology of communal confession, what it means, and what we can get out it as we pray on the High Holidays.

Selichot Service and Study Session

Join us for the culmination of the High Holy Days preparation period, with a service and study session on Saturday, September 1, 8:00 pm at University Synagogue.

High Holy Days Food 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. All donations will be contributed to a local food bank.

Sukkot Festival Service with yizkor

Join us on Monday, September 24 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.

Baby Blessings in the Sukkah

At Temple Emanuel, just as Sukkot celebrates the first fruits of the land, we celebrate all the new babies within our congregation with a special blessing in our Sukkah. Join us on Sunday, September 30 at 4:30 pm in the Courtyard.

Simchat Torah Shabbat & Celebration

You have prayed, you have fasted… now it’s time to dance! On Sunday, September 30 at 5:00 pm in the Corwin Family Sanctuary, come enjoy a lively service filled with Torah, song, and dance.

Simchat Torah Festival Service with Yizkor

Monday, October 1 at 10:00 am in Belle Chapel.

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

Your Tickets

High Holy Days service tickets may be purchased digitally. Simply Fill out the form with the ticket options, click “Submit,” and your payment will be processed.

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 are accepting submissions until August 20, 2018.