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Celebrate the High Holy Days in our Historic Sanctuary

Welcome to the Wilshire Boulevard Temple High Holy Days Page. Information about all of our services is available on this page and you can order tickets, read parking and drop off instructions, see childcare options, and learn about other programs and services between now and Simchat Torah. Thank you for visiting today and we look forward to seeing you during the High Holy Days.

Schedule of Services

Click on the options below to view more details about each High Holy Day schedule

S’lichot

Saturday, September 21


S’lichot are prayers of forgiveness that help us prepare our souls for the High Holy Days, recited on the Saturday night before Rosh Hashanah.

A Los Angeles S’lichot

Saturday, September 21, 7 p.m.,
Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, 90211

Featuring the music of prominent LA composers of the past and present such as the works of Ami Aloni, Cantor Meir Finkelstein, and many more. The rabbis, cantors and choirs of University Synagogue, Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, Kehillat Israel, and Wilshire Boulevard Temple invite you to come together for food, music, study and prayer. Join us for a dessert buffet and a chance to study with the rabbis of other synagogues.

Rosh HaShanah

Monday, September 30


Beautiful and majestic, Rosh HaShanah begins a 10 day period of reflection and repentance known as the Days of Awe. It is a time to honestly examine our lives over the past year and renew our commitment to the highest ideals.

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Erev Rosh HaShanah Services

Sunday evening, September 29, Glazer Campus

4:30 p.m.

Family Grades 3-5

Piness

Rabbi Eshel
Cantor Peicott
Jason Mesches

5:00 p.m.

Adult Open Seating

Sanctuary

Rabbi Leder
Cantor Gurney

8:00 p.m.

Adult Reserved

Sanctuary

Rabbi Leder
Cantor Gurney
Cantor Peicott

Rosh HaShanah Day Services

Monday, September 30, Glazer Campus

8:45 a.m.

Adult Open Seating

Sanctuary

Rabbi Eshel
Rabbi Nanus
Rabbi Shapiro
Cantor Gurney

9:00 a.m.

Nursery School

Sports Complex

Rabbi Leder
Jason Mesches

9:00 a.m.

Family Grades K-2

Piness

Rabbi Nickerson
Cantor Peicott

10:30 a.m.

Koleinu

Piness

Rabbi Nickerson
Cantor Peicott

11:30 a.m.

Adult Reserved

Sanctuary

Rabbi Eshel
Rabbi Nanus
Rabbi Shapiro
Cantor Gurney

2:30 p.m.

Family Grades 3+

Sanctuary

Rabbi Nickerson
Cantor Peicott
Jason Mesches

Tashlich

Monday, September 30


We write down our sins and dissolve them in moving waters in this ritual casting off of our transgressions at the beginning of the new year. Courtyard: Before or after any service, we invite you and your family to visit the Tashlich Fountains, take a moment of reflection, then write down your sins and symbolically dissolve them in the running water.

Tashlich in the Courtyard

Monday, September 30, All Day
Mitchell Promenade
Rabbi Nanus and Cantor Peicott

Before or after any service, we invite you and your family to visit the Tashlich Fountain, take a moment of reflection to think about your sins and symbolically dissolve them in the running water.

Paddle Boarding and Prayer

Sunday, October 6, 9:30 a.m.
Malibu, details provided upon registration
Rabbi Nickerson

At this time of heightened reflection and self-assessment, join Rabbi Joel Nickerson for some stand-up paddle boarding and prayer to welcome in the new year and experience an alternative to the traditional Tashlich ritual. We'll paddle board in the calm ocean waters off of Malibu and engage in a brief prayer service on the water. We'll also have time to paddle along the coast at our own pace. No prior paddle boarding experience necessary (though it does require some core strength and balancing skills). Cost is $40.

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Second Day Rosh HaShanah

Tuesday, October 1


Beautiful and majestic, Rosh HaShanah begins a 10 day period of reflection and repentance known as the Days of Awe. It is a time to honestly examine our lives over the past year and renew our commitment to the highest ideals.

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Second-Day Rosh HaShanah Day Service

Tuesday, October 1, 10 a.m., Irmas Campus
Rabbi Nanus, Cantors Gurney and Peicott

Rosh HaShanah continues in a more intimate setting, where we connect in song, prayer, study, and discussion. Please join us for a sumptuous lunch at 12:30 p.m. in the courtyard following the service.

Shabbat Shuvah

Saturday, October 5


Shabbat Shuvah: The Shabbat “Between”

Shabbat Shuvah highlights the ethical teachings of the Torah as we prepare for atonement on Yom Kippur.

Saturday, October 5, 10 a.m., Glazer Campus
  • Rabbi Nickerson and Cantor Gurney
Saturday, October 5, 10 a.m., Irmas Campus
  • Rabbi Shapiro and Cantor Peicott

Kol Nidrei

Tuesday, October 8


The beautiful sound of the cello and moving refrain of “Kol Nidrei” stir our hearts as we sit together engaged in contemplation and prayer. “All vows are canceled...we start anew.”

Tuesday evening, October 8, Glazer Campus
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5:00 p.m.

Adult Open Seating

Sanctuary

Rabbi Leder
Cantor Gurney

7:30 p.m.

Koleinu

Piness

Rabbi Nickerson
Cantor Peicott

8:00 p.m.

Adult Reserved

Sanctuary

Rabbi Leder
Cantor Gurney

Yom Kippur

Wednesday, October 9


Prayer, music, repentance, and fasting contribute to the solemnity of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Yom Kippur observance begins with Kol Nidrei in Erev Yom Kippur and continues as a full day of services, fasting, reflection, and memory.

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Yom Kippur Day Services

Wednesday, October 9, Glazer Campus

8:45 a.m.

Adult Open Seating

Sanctuary

Rabbi Nickerson
Cantor Gurney

9:00 a.m.

Nursery School

Sports Complex

Rabbi Ben-Naim
Jason Mesches

9:00 a.m.

Family Grades K-2

Piness

Rabbi Eshel
Cantor Peicott

10:30 a.m.

Koleinu

Piness

Rabbi Eshel
Cantor Peicott

11:30 a.m.

Adult Reserved

Sanctuary

Rabbi Nickerson
Cantor Gurney

2:30 p.m.

Family Grades 3+

Piness

Rabbi Shapiro
Cantor Peicott
Jason Mesches

4:00 - 6:15 p.m.

Minchah/Yizkor/N’ilah*/Havdalah

Sanctuary

All Clergy

Afternoon Programs

Clergy Panel: Ask the Rabbis

Wednesday, October 9, Glazer Campus
2:00 p.m., Sanctuary

Meditation Room

Wednesday, October 9, Glazer Campus
All day, Meitus Hall, Room 202

Film screening: Keep Quiet (2019)

Wednesday, October 9, Glazer Campus
11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m , Stalford Hall

Open Prayer at the Ark

Wednesday, October 9, Glazer Campus
1:45 p.m., Factor Chapel

Hard Hat Tours of the Audrey Irmas Pavillion

Wednesday, October 9, Glazer Campus
2:00 p.m., Audrey and Jack Skirball Exhibit Hall

Sukkot

September 13-20


Sukkot, which means “booths” or “huts,” is a celebration of Thanksgiving for the fall harvest as well as the commemoration of the 40 years the Israelites wandered in the desert after Sinai. Children in our schools (Brawerman Elementary School, Mann and Glazer Early Childhood Centers, and Religious School) celebrate Sukkot with special activities and celebrations during regular school hours.

Celebrate the Harvest: “Leave the corners of your fields for the hungry.”

Sunday, October 13 & Sunday, October 20
7:45–9:30 a.m. • Karsh Center, Glazer Campus
9:00–11:30 a.m. • The People Concern
(503 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica)

As we celebrate the fall harvest during Sukkot, we are reminded of the commandment: “Leave the corners of your elds for the hungry.” So we gather at our Food Pantries to help feed those in need.

RSVP to Elizabeth Green at elizabeth@karshcenter.org

A Taste of Sukkot

Shabbat Sukkot, Friday, October 18, 6:00 p.m., Irmas Campus

Join us for a delightful musical Shabbat service followed by a Mediterranean feast in the Sukkah.

Contact Hannah Gole at hgole@wbtla.org for more information

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Sukkot Yizkor
(Memorial Service)

Monday, October 21, 9:30 a.m., Irmas Campus

Rabbi Nanus and Cantor Peicott will lead a spiritual Holiday and Yizkor Service, followed by a light brunch in the Sukkah.

RSVP to cantorsoffice@wbtla.org

Simchat Torah

Monday, October 21


On Simchat Torah we joyfully commemorate the completion of our annual Torah reading cycle by unrolling the Torah to read the last verse of Deuteronomy and begin anew with the first verse of Genesis. Join us as we celebrate the gift of Torah with food, drinks, music and dancing with your Wilshire Boulevard community.

Join us as we celebrate the gift of Torah with food, drinks, music and dancing with your Wilshire Boulevard community.

Torah for Tots Celebration (families with children under 6)

Monday, October 21, 5:00 p.m., Glazer Campus
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All Wilshire Boulevard Temple Dinner

Monday, October 21, 6:00 p.m., Glazer Campus
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Dancing with the Torah

Monday, October 21, 7:00 p.m., Glazer Campus
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High Holy Days Information


PARKING INFORMATION

Temple’s Parking Structure

Parking is available to those who receive reserved parking passes. This includes members of our Temple leadership, volunteer ushers for High Holy Day services, and congregants who participate in The Temple Fund campaign with a generous gift of $1,800 or more. To become a Temple Fund member, please contact Cheri Lauterbach at clauterbach@wbtla.org or (213) 835-2135.

Parking Lots Nearby

There are parking lots near the Temple with limited capacity. We do not have special arrangements for validations. All are electronic payment, either in the building lobby or at the exit.

* Due to limited parking, we encourage you to consider a ride service such as Lyft or Uber. We have a designated drop off and pick up point on Hobart between Wilshire and 6th Street. The Metro purple line stop at Wilshire/Western is another option with a 5 minute walk.

Disabled Person Parking - New

Parking for people with disabilities will be in our Temple Parking Structure. The Temple will not be issuing special passes. To park in the disabled lot, show your state issued placard or license plate and your High Holy Day tickets for every person in your car.

USHER INFORMATION

Thousands of congregants will worship with us and we need your help as an usher for High Holy Day services. Our clergy and staff rely on our valued volunteers to help ensure a positive experience for our congregation. Ushers serve as ambassadors by welcoming people, guiding congregants to their seats, helping to maintain the decorum of services, and answering various questions.

In appreciation, we provide you with one parking pass for our parking structure on Hobart Boulevard.

If you have additional questions regarding volunteering as an usher for the High Holy Days, please e-mail Edna Gonzalez at ednag@wbtla.org or call (213) 835-2129.

High Holy Day Activities for your child

Childcare and activities for children 3 months to 10 years old are available at a nominal charge for families attending our Adult or Family Services. Click below for more information on childcare options.

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Our High Holy Days App is now available

Easy access to our schedule, program, child care information, and access to our live stream of services.

Our App is available on the Apple App Store and the Google Play store.

 
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