High Holy Day Services 5774/2013
Selihot - An Evening of Preparation and Reflection for the High Holy Days
Saturday, August 31, 2013
8:00-9:30 p.m. Learning, Sharing, Eating.
9:30-10:30 p.m. Selihot Service including Havdalah, featuring the TBE Choir.
On Rosh HaShanah (Wednesday, September 4/Thursday, September 5) and Yom Kippur (Friday, September 13/Saturday, September 14), we offer formal worship experiences that are enhanced by the voices of the Temple Beth El Adult Choir and participation by a large number of our members whom we honor for their spirit of volunteerism that they've demonstrated throughout the year. Our High Holy Days Mahzor (prayer book) is the gender sensitive Gates of Repentance, that is used at most Reform synagogues nationwide. The evening services last about 1 1/2 to 2 hours and the morning services about 2 1/2 hours.
Family Services for Rosh HaShanah and Yom KippurRosh HaShanah Family Service, (Thursday, September 5) 2:00 p.m.
An interactive and less formal 45-60 minutes worship experience intended for children (and their families) through grade 5. We use the age appropriate Gates of Repentance for Young Children Mahzor (High Holy Days prayer book) which we supplement with discussion, music and a skit based on a theme of the High Holy Days. These services are open to all, and are a great way to be introduced to the warmth and joy of Temple Beth El.
Yom Kippur Family Service, (Saturday, September 14) 9:00 a.m.
Immediately following the Rosh HaShanah Family Service (about 3:15 on September 5), all are invited (whether you attended the family service or not) to join us for the ceremony of Tashlikh at the Averill Park Pond (on the corner of Weymouth and West Averill Park Drive). During this ritual we ceremonially cast away our sins and transgressions (represented by bread crumbs) into flowing water. Tashlikh will be accompanied by a brief liturgy and explanation. It is an informal service, so please come as you are.
On Yom Kippur afternoon (Saturday, September 14), we offer a traditional service of Yizkor (Remembrance), during which we remember by name all members of our Temple Beth El family who have died in the past year and remember in our hearts all of our loved ones who have died. This service does not require tickets and begins about 4:30 pm on Yom Kippur afternoon. It is followed without interruption by Ne'ilah (the closing service) and then by a festive break-the-fast in our outdoor courtyard. Add names to our Yizkor Memorial Book.
Tickets for High Holy Days
If you live in the greater Los Angeles area and would like to join us for the High Holy Days, we warmly welcome you. We believe that High Holy Days worship services are best experienced not as a series of individual services but rather as a collective whole. To appreciate the fullness of these Days of Awe, we encourage you to join us for all of our worship services. If, however, you wish only to attend a single service, we will welcome you as well. All contributions that we collect at the High Holy Days help support the wide variety of (mostly) free and open programming that Temple Beth El offers throughout the year. Information regarding Temple Beth El's activities is available on this website.
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