High Holy Days 5782/2021

This High Holy Days will be our 53rd year of providing High Holy Days services.

We hope you will come and join us IN PERSON at American Jewish University (AJU)!

Everyone who attends our services must be VACCINATED.  If you live far away, or are otherwise unable to be wiht us in person, or are not vaccinated, you can join us by Zoom.

Our services and celebrations will be led by Rabbi Stan Levy and Rabbi Laura Owens, Cantor Edward Robin and Cantorial soloist Stephani Valadez.  We look forward to welcoming back our musicians and singers Joey De Rusha, Stephen Longfellow Fiske, Richard Hardy, Joy Krauthammer, Lynda Levy, RebbeSoul, and Cantor Marc Bachrach.

The theme of our High Holy Days services this year is 


Our High Holy Days tradition teaches us “A new year should begin a new life.”

At our High Holy Days services and celebrations this year, many of us will have the opportunity to reconnect in person, and for those who cannot be physically present, we will still have the abilty to make our virtual connections through zoom.

We commit ourselves to offering our High Holy Days services in ways which will merge the texts of our prayers with the text of our lives; to enable us to create greater inner and interpersonal resources; to open ourselves to perspectives that will allow us to live our lives with authenticity and courage. Through prayer, meditation, music and song, and practices of gratitude; with blessings, awe, joy, and hope we will welcome the year 5782.

This year, more than ever, we look forward to your participation in our services. This year, more than ever, your presence is required to ignite the sparks of holiness that we provide for each other. This year, more than ever, your presence is needed to ignite the sparks of holiness that we provide for each other. This year, more than ever, we invite you to help us create a High Holy Days experience that will enlighten, enrich, and elevate us all. This year, we are all “essential workers” whose job it is to create sacred space in sacred time.

This time in the Jewish calendar provides us with precisely what we need to transition to a new year. The evening of Sunday, August 8th, begins the month of Elul, 29 days during which we reflect upon the past year and begin to envision the year to come. The High Holy Days/Days of Awe cycle begins with Selihot, the week before Rosh Hashanah.   We focus on forgiveness in all its complexities: Whom do we need to forgive, and from whom do we need to ask forgiveness?  Our tradition encourages us to dig deep to respond to these important questions. (Sat August 28th, 2021 at 7 pm, on 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.

Monday evening Sept 6th at 7 PM, and  Tuesday Sept 7th at 10 AM at American Jewish University 15600 Mulholland Drive Los Angeles, CA 90077


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.  Wednesday afternoon Sept 8th at Will Rogers State Beach Park at the beach at 2 pm.


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.

Wednesday Evening September 15th at 7 PM and Thursday September 16, 2021 at 10 AM at American Jewish University 15600 Mulholland Drive Los Angeles, CA 90077


Succot & Simhat Torah will be celebrated together this year.

Saturday September 25th, 2021, at 10 AM at Rabbi Stan and Lynda Levy’s home 10281 Cresta Drive Los Angeles, CA 90064.

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 IN PERSON this year, and hopefully on ZOOM also for those who live far away or are not vaccinated.


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.


We are looking forward to celebrating the Holy Days with you!