High Holy Days 2017

2017 High Holy Day Brochure

Returning Home: Songs for the High Holy Days

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High Holy Days is a particularly special time in which our entire community gathers together for reflection and renewal. Our services weave a beautiful tapestry of sound and speech, both ancient and modern. Clergy lead with inspirational thoughts and sermons aided by congregant voices: Hasharim, our adult choir, and our children’s Pop Up Choir. We offer a contemporary lens through which to view and experience our beloved tradition, inviting worshipers to seek the wisdom and guidance of our ancestors in a language that is familiar and stirring.

Many of our services (Erev Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidre, and our Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Morning services), are designed for adults and children 10 and older, and begin with upbeat and soulful prayers. Clergy share reflections on Teshuvah (repentance and return) and Tikkun Olam (our commitment to healing a broken world), and deliver formal sermons that address significant challenges in our lives today. These services speak to the intellect and the soul.

We also offer our Family services, gathering early in the day, which attract multi-generational families and those with children 10 and younger. In place of a sermon, clergy present an interactive story with teachings that reach the hearts and minds of every participant. The Pop Up Choir leads us in joyous song. Traditional liturgy finds its place alongside new, creative interpretations and poetry.

We have plenty of events to celebrate during this holiday season.


Erev Rosh Hashanah

Wednesday, September 20
Royce Hall - UCLA
7:30 p.m.


Rosh Hashanah Day 1

Thursday, September 21
Royce Hall - UCLA

8:30 a.m.   Family•
11:15 a.m. Morning•
11:30 a.m. Teen
• Child Care available

Following services
4:30 p.m.  Tashlich at the Beach
(Santa Monica - Lifeguard Station 22

Rosh Hashanah Day 2

Friday, September 22
Temple Isaiah

9:30 a.m.   Tot service and activities
10:30 a.m. Morning
Lunch to follow

Shabbat services
6:15 p.m.

At this time of heightened reflection and self-assessment, join Rabbi Joel for some stand-up paddle boarding and prayer to welcome in the new year. We'll paddle board in the calm ocean waters off of Malibu and engage in a brief prayer service on the water. No prior paddle boarding experience necessary (though it does require some core strength and balancing skills).

Sunday, September 24, 9:30 a.m. SHARP
Malibu Surf Shack - 22935 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 456-8508

Cost: $40

If you have any questions, please contact Rabbi Joel at rabbijoel@templeisaiah.com.

sign up deadline Wed, Sept 20 at 7pm
RSVP here


Celebrate Sukkot and Shabbat in our sukkah with members of all ages and our full musical band. This year our participatory service will include a drum circle.
Friday, October 6
5:45 p.m.     (Pre-Oneg)
6:15 p.m.     (Shabbat Services)
7:15 p.m.     (Dinner to follow in the Sukkah)
RSVP here

Yizkor Service

Temple Isaiah Library
Wednesday, October 11, 5:00 p.m.

Simchat Torah Community Celebration

Temple Isaiah
Dance and Unroll the Torah
Wednesday, October 11
5:30 p.m. Dinner
Program to follow