We hope you will join us this year (2016) for the High Holy Days.
Our Advance Registration closed on 9/25/16. We hope you will come and join us at American Jewish University (AJU). Just come! We will register you there!
Our services and celebrations will be led by Rabbi Stan Levy and Rabbi Laura Owens. This year we will have Cantor Ed Robin and Cantor Rebekah Mirsky, plus Marc Bachrach, Roberta Belson, Joey De Rusha, Stephen Longfellow Fiske, Richard Hardy, Joy Krauthammer, Lynda Levy, Shelly Markham, Bill Shafton, RebbeSoul, Stefani Valadez and Larissa Stow.
Are you too busy “doing” your life that you don’t have time to think about it and really live and savor it?
The Jewish High Holy Days/Days of Awe are a time for deep mindfulness, contemplation, meditation, reflection and prayer, though silence and sound, through words and through music, and mostly, through deepest feelings.
The High Holy Days/Days of Awe cycle begins with Selihot – a time of focusing on the subject of forgiveness, “Whom do we need to forgive, to whom do we need to apologize to and by whom do we need to be forgiven and for what.” (Sat September 24th at 7 pm, at the Riddick Center.)
Rosh Hashana – The “New Year” (or a Year of New Consciousness) celebrates a time of renewal of mind, body, spirit and relationships. The Days of our lives are like pages of a book. Each year we begin with a new blank slate, how we live each day is how we write the next chapters in the Book of our Life. (Sun evening October 2, 2016 thru October 4, at American Jewish University)
Tashlik ends the second day of Rosh Hashana when we go to the ocean to cleanse and heal our hearts from some of its brokenness and pain.
Yom Kippur is a day of Atonement/At-one-ment. It begins with Kol Nidre – focusing on (often hidden) negative patterns and character traits, which “sabotage” our hopes our dreams and our relationships, and we annul those negative patterns and traits. Yom Kippur Day is a time of focusing on the misuse of energy and mistakes we make so we can be more positive and full of hope and loving and vision in the new year. (Tues October 11th thru Wed October 12, at American Jewish University)
Succot celebrates a time of gratitude and thanksgiving for how our lives are blessed. (At the home of Rabbi Stan & Lynda Levy, Oct 15, from 10 til 1 pm, see our Calendar & Events for details)
Simhat Torah celebrates the Joy and Love of Living. (At the home of Rabbi Stan & Lynda Levy, Oct 22, from 10 til 1 pm, see our Calendar & Events for details)
We hope you will join us at this time of renewal. We promise you a full of wonder experience.
Rabbi Stan and Rabbi Laura
All of our High Holy Day services will be at the American Jewish University. Please click here for a map. The Familian Campus is conveniently located in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains, at the intersection of the 405 and Mulholland..
The David Alan Shapiro Memorial Synagogue Center, inspired by the life of David Alan Shapiro, is a facility for prayer and meditation, a place to celebrate life cycle events, and a multipurpose location for classes and meetings. Designed by award winning architect Paul Murdoch, the synagogue includes the Gates of Passage stained glass windows. These windows, crafted by artists David and Michelle Plachte-Zuieback, express the fundamental motifs of Judaism: Creation, Revelation, Redemption and Immortality.