High Holy Days 5781 Schedule

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Schedule of High Holy Days Services 5781 / 2020

Elul Reflections

Rabbi Cassi’s High Holy Days Sermons

Our High Holy Days Services Videos

With increasing numbers of COVID cases and heightened restrictions in LA County, Temple Beth El leadership made the challenging decision to hold virtual High Holy Days services this year. While it will not be the same as in years past, we are confident that we can create a meaningful High Holy Days experience which integrates tradition with innovation and personal reflection with communal connection.

Your feedback on the most important components of High Holy Days worship has been invaluable as we put together an exciting array of offerings – from Elul reflections to traditional services and everything in between. A dedicated High Holy Days task force is working alongside Rabbi Cassi and Cantor Ilan to provide the best possible High Holy Days experience.

Our services will be virtual, and our doors are closed, but our Temple Beth El hearts are fully open. Thanks to technology, we can bring into your homes the beauty of our sanctuary and the choral music that speaks to our souls. We will create opportunities for social connection and for exciting children programs. We will create moments for meaningful learning, innovation, and reflection.

This year the medium of our worship will be different, but its substance remains the same. Temple Beth El’s leadership looks forward to beginning the year 5781 with you.

We have a wonderful array of High Holy Day experiences, including:

Elul Reflections, each morning at 9 am on Facebook live and the Temple’s YouTube page. This program will include the call of the Shofar, music, prayers, and inspirational words by TBE community members. It is a great way to start each morning.

High Holy Days Boot Camp

At 7 pm on these Thursdays, you’re invited to join Rabbi Cassi and Cantor Ilan for a discussion on the High Holy Day prayers.

August 27 – Why is the Shofar so important anyway

September 3 – Who shall live and who shall die: A deep dive into the meaning of the Unetaneh Tokef prayer

September 10 – Our Father Our King: exploring new interpretations of Avinu Malkeinu

High Holy Day Services


Saturday, September 12 7 pm service, with guest speaker Neshama Carlebach

Rosh Hashannah

Friday, September 18 7 pm Erev Rosh Hashannah service and sermon
Saturday, September 19 10-11:15 am morning service, with Shofar and sermon
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Torah service, with community honors
1:30 – 2:15 pm Family service
6:00 pm Rosh Hashanah Seder* and Social dinner
Sunday, September 20 Tashlich service, casting away our sins**

Shabbat Shuva – Shabbat of Return

Friday, September 25 7-8 pm Shabbat Shuva service

Yom Kippur

Sunday, September 27 7-8:30 pm Kol Nidrei service
Monday, September 28 9-9:45 am Yom Kippur family service
10:30-11:45 am Morning service, with a sermon
12-1 pm Torah service with community honors
1:30 pm Yom Kippur learning options
3:00 pm Yom Kippur afternoon experience, focus on Jonah
5:00 pm Yizkor / Memorial service
6:00 pm Neila service

Sukkot and Simchat Torah

Friday, October 2 Sukkot service**
Friday, October 9 Simchat Torah celebration**

A Rosh Hashanah Seder is a common Sephardic custom. After this twenty minute food-based program, attendees will go into breakout rooms to enjoy one another’s company during dinner time.

** Stay tuned for more information about family programs, a Tashlich experience, Yom Kippur afternoon offerings, and Sukkot and Simchat Torah opportunities.

Temple members will be automatically registered to attend all virtual services. Sisterhood Only members, and anyone else who wishes to attend our worship is welcome to do so by registering online. A registration link will be posted by mid-August. Donations are greatly appreciated.