High Holy Days

High Holy Days 2019/5780 Services Schedule

We have wonderful opportunities for worship on these upcoming High Holy Days: Cantor Emerita Shula Kalir-Merton (in the role of rabbi) and Cantor Natalie Young will lead Reform services with soulful music and spiritually relevant sermons in our breathtaking sanctuary, and Rabbi K’vod Wieder and Cantor Sue Deutsch will again lead our participatory Conservative services in the more intimate setting of our beautiful chapel. BOTH ritual experiences create a personal and communal journey to living our lives more fully and authentically, and all four of our clergy will share their sermons in BOTH services (Conservative and Reform modes of worship). Abbreviated services for all ages, filled with music, reflection and inspired teachings, will be held in the sanctuary and last about an hour. Age-appropriate programming for children and paid child care will also be offered throughout the High Holy Days.

Sin Letter and Survey

Book of Remembrance

As part of the observance of Yom Kippur, we publish a Yizkor Book of Remembrance in which we inscribe the names of our loved ones who are no longer with us. To include your loves one(s), change your existing listing and/or make additions, please visit our website. It is customary to make a donation in memory of those who have departed. All changes/additions must be made online by October 2.

Apples, Honey, Challah & Schmoozing

Monday, September 30 at 12:30pm outdoors near the ECC entrance Immediately following the first day Rosh Hashanah services, meet up with old friends, greet new faces and celebrate the New Year in a sweet way!

High Holy Day Tot Kids Club

Monday, September 30 at 9am
Wednesday, October 9 at 9am
We are pleased to offer paid child care during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services for children ages 2-PreK who are not participating in the Children’s Experience (see below). Tot Kids Club will be held in the Early Childhood Center (ECC) classrooms. We do not include diapering. During drop-off you will be asked to provide a cell phone number for staff to contact you if your child needs to be changed. Please call 949-362-3999 to reserve a spot as soon as possible as space in the program is limited.

High Holy Day Children’s Experience

Monday, September 30, 10am–12pm (drop off at 9:45am)
Wednesday, October 9, 10am–12pm (drop off at 9:45am)
Students PreK-7th grade will be guided through the meaning, rituals and prayers of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with age-appropriate activities, stories, songs and a special children’s s Hinenu Caring Committee service with help from our BESTY teens. Please RSVP by September 10 to Wendy Yesharim,
Program Director/B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator, at wyesharim@tbesoc.org or 949 362-3999 x214.


Sunday, October 6 at 9am at the Dana Point Pier
Gather with fellow congregants of all ages for a morning of song, discussion and introspection in celebration of Rosh Hashanah. Just as a new year begins for the world, so too do we renew ourselves by symbolically casting away our shortcomings, wrongdoings and transgressions (against each other, the environment, etc.). This ceremony is known as Tashlich (“cast off” in Hebrew) where we throw bread crumbs into a natural flowing body of water and recite biblical verses.

The Teachings of Jonah the Prophet: Ethical

Lessons for the New Year with Steve Birch
Wednesday, October 9, immediately following the Conservative Yizkor Service (approximately 2pm)
The Book of Jonah, one of the most unusual stories in the Tanach, is the annual Haftarah reading on the afternoon of Yom Kippur. We will explore Jonah’s unusual responses when he is given a mission from God. Then, using these responses, we will examine how we can respond to the missions that come into our lives, and the ways that we can understand ethical traits that form our way in the world.


Conservative Resources

Conservative Service Honors

Link to Selections from the Conservative High Holy Days Services

High Holy Day Service Descriptions

Reform Service
Higher and Higher: Spiritual Uplift For Our World Reform High Holy Day Services with soulful music and spiritually relevant sermons in our breathtaking sanctuary.

Conservative Service
Returning To Our Source: An Experience of Soulful Traditional Conservative High Holy Day Services that create a personal and communal journey to living our lives more fully and authentically. Intimate and participatory in our beautiful chapel. This year we are delighted to again welcome our Hazzan: Sue Deutsch.

Abbreviated Service
Celebration and Renewal: The Abbreviated Service A High Holy Day experience for all ages, filled with music, reflection, and inspired teaching in our sanctuary. All within one hour.


Sermons From 2019/5780

Erev Rosh Hashanah
Cantor Shula Kalir Merton
Starting Over (PDF)

Rosh Hashanah
Rabbi K’vod Wieder
Erech Apayim: The Personal and Political Dimensions of Understanding and Transforming Anger (PDF)

Rosh Hashanh Day 2
Cantor Sue Deutsch
Kol D’Mamah Dakah: The Still Small Voice. Excuse me? Who do you think you’re talking to? (PDF)

Yom Kippur

Rabbi K’vod Wieder
Sitting on the Throne of Compassion: The Moment to Moment Choice To Relate To Ourselves From a Divine Place (PDF)




Sermons From 2018/5779

Rosh Hashanah
Rabbi Heather Miller

Returning to the House of God (PDF)

Rabbi K’vod Wieder

Living For Eternity Part I – Living Each Moment For Maximum Impact (PDF)

Yom Kippur
Rabbi K’vod Wieder
Living For Eternity Part II – Sharing Who We Are With Others (PDF)

Rabbi Heather Miller
Imagining the New Year 5779 (PDF)

Sermons From 2017/5778

Rosh Hashanah
Rabbi Rachel Kort
Hineini: Heeding the Call (PDF) (AUDIO FILE)

Rabbi K’vod Wieder
Our Prophetic Legacy (PDF)(AUDIO FILE)

Yom Kippur
Rabbi Rachel Kort
The Blessing of Community (PDF)(AUDIO FILE)

Rabbi K’vod Wieder
Boundaries that Unite – Exploring the Sacred in Community (PDF)(AUDIO FILE)