Wilshire Boulevard Temple High Holy Days

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

Kol Nidrei

Tuesday, September 18


The stirring strains of the cello playing “Kol Nidrei” pierce our hearts as we sit together as one congregation engaged in deep contemplation and prayer. “All vows are canceled...we start anew.”

Tuesday evening, September 18, Glazer Campus
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5:00 p.m.

Adult Open Seating

Sanctuary

Rabbi Goldberg
Cantor Gurney

7:30 p.m.

Nefesh

Piness

Rabbi Goldberg
Nefesh Band

8:00 p.m.

Adult Reserved

Sanctuary

Cantor Gurney
Cantor Peicott

Yom Kippur

Wednesday, September 19


Prayer, music, repentance, and fasting contribute to the solemnity of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. On this day, we put aside our physical desires and connect with our spiritual needs. We admit our shortcomings in the deep recesses of our souls. We pray for the repair of our insensitive hearts with compassion and love. We remember those loved ones who are no longer with us. And we ask for the blessing of life for another year.

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Yom Kippur Day Services

Wednesday, September 19, Glazer Campus

8:45 a.m.

Adult Open Seating

Sanctuary

Rabbi Goldberg
Cantor Gurney

9:00 a.m.

Nursery School

Sports Complex

Rabbi Ben-Naim
Jason Mesches

9:00 a.m.

Family Grades K-2

Piness

Cantor Peicott

10:30 a.m.

Nefesh

Piness

Rabbi Goldberg
Nefesh Band

11:30 a.m.

Adult Reserved

Sanctuary

Rabbi Shapiro
Cantor Gurney
Cantor Peicott

2:30 p.m.

Family Grades 3+

Piness

Rabbi Ben-Naim
Cantor Peicott
Jason Mesches

4:00 - 6:15 p.m.

Minchah/Yizkor/N’ilah*/Havdalah

Sanctuary

Rabbi Shapiro
All clergy

5:30 p.m.

Nefesh N’ilah

Piness

Rabbi Goldberg
Nefesh Band

Afternoon Programs

Clergy Panel

Wednesday, September 19, Glazer Campus
2:00 p.m., Sanctuary

Nefesh Mediation Room

Wednesday, September 19, Glazer Campus
All day, Meitus Hall, Room 202

Film screening of "A Borrowed Identity" (2015)

Wednesday, September 19, Glazer Campus
11:30 a.m., Stalford Hall

Jewish Women's Theatre: Guilty Parties

Wednesday, September 19, Glazer Campus
2:00 p.m., Stalford Hall

Sukkot

September 23-30


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. Sukkot is a wonderful opportunity for family, friends, and community to connect, share a meal, and appreciate nature’s bounty. The children in our schools (Brawerman Elementary School, Mann and Glazer Early Childhood Centers, and Religious School) will celebrate Sukkot with special activities and celebrations during regular school hours.

A Taste of Israel: Celebrate the Harvest with the Top Israeli Chefs of Los Angeles

Friday, September 28, 6:00 p.m., Irmas Campus

Join us for a delightful musical Shabbat service followed by a Mediterranean feast in the Sukkah featuring all the avors of the Land of Israel catered by top Israeli chefs.

Celebrate the Harvest at our Food Pantries

Sunday, September 30
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.

Sukkot Yizkor
(Memorial Service)

Monday, October 1, 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.

Nefesh Sukkot

Friday, October 4, 7:30 p.m., Glazer Campus

This festive, lively Shabbat service in the sukkah will have beautiful music and a tasty fall potluck. Bring a photo of someone you’d like to invite into the sukkah—a relative, a person in history, or anyone at all—and we’ll decorate. Join us at 6:30 for the potluck before the service with a colorful vegetarian dish to share.

Simchat Torah

Monday, October 1


On Simchat Torah we commemorate the completion of the annual reading of the Torah: the Torah scrolls are taken from the ark and we dance to joyous music and song; the concluding passages of Deuteronomy are read rst, then the opening section of Genesis. We never stop reading the Torah. We end only to begin again. The children in our schools (Brawerman Elementary School, Mann and Glazer Early Childhood Centers, and Religious School) will celebrate Simchat Torah with special activities and celebrations during regular school hours.

Dancin' in the Streets: A Nefesh Simchat Torah Celebration

Monday, October 1, 7:00 p.m., Glazer Campus

Join us for food, drinks, music and dancing under the stars with the Nefesh Band in the Siegel Courtyard. We will unscroll the Torah and learn to swing dance with professionals.

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PARKING INFORMATION

Temple’s Parking Structure

The Temple’s parking structure 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 Each One Help One campaign with a generous gift of $1,800 or more. To become an EOHO member, please contact Alison Gettleson at (213) 835-2153 or agettleson@wbtla.org.

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 ride services such as Lyft or Uber. We have a designated drop off and pick up point on Hobart between Wilshire Blvd. and 6th Street.

Disabled Person Parking

To park in our disabled lot, you must have a special Temple-issued parking pass. Please contact Alison Gettleson at (213) 835-2153 or agettleson@wbtla.org to request one.

USHER INFORMATION

As in past years, thousands of congregants will worship with us, and once again, 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 to the congregation by welcoming people, helping to direct congregants to their seats, helping to maintain the decorum of services, and answering various questions that arise.

As a thank you, we will be providing 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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