We have wonderful opportunities for worship on these upcoming High Holy Days: Cantor Emerita Shula Kalir- Merton (in the role of rabbi), Rabbi K’vod Wieder 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 Sidney Eisenberg 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 Pasternack Family Sanctuary and last about an hour. Age-appropriate programming for children and paid childcare will also be offered throughout the High Holy Days.
World of Judaism: Adult Education Classes
Select Tuesdays at 7pm
We invite you to learn more about the High Holy Days and with our clergy team:
August 4 Spiritual Preparation for the High Holy Days:
Rosh Hashanah with Cantor Shula
August 18 Spiritual Preparation for the High Holy Days: Yom Kippur with Cantor Shula
September 22, 29 Sukkot and Simchat Torah: Accessing Wellsprings of Joy with Rabbi K’vod
Slichot: A Gateway to the High Holy Days
Saturday, September 12
“But tshuvah [repentence], tfiilah [prayer] and tzedakah [charity] temper judgment’s severe decree,” from Unetaneh Tokef, High Holy Days liturgy.
8pm Dessert reception
8:30pm Havdalah and Slichot Service in the rotunda
Spiritual Preparation for the High Holy Days: Mikveh at the Beach
Sunday, September 13 at 9am at Diver’s Cove (Laguna Beach)
9am Renew your spirit for the High Holidays with a communal mikveh ceremony at the beach for both men and women.
Rosh Hashanah Services
Friday, September 18 Abbreviated Erev Reform and Conservative Services
Saturday, September 19 Day 1 Reform and Conservative Services with special programming for families with young children (including paid child care), followed by Apples & Honey
Sunday, September 20 Day 2 Conservative Service
Tashlich, Picnic Dinner and Havdalah
Sunday, September 20 at 5:30pm 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. Then we will picnic together, share in the Havdalah rituals, and enjoy a sweet dessert (provided). Bring your own parve or dairy meal (no meat) and picnic blankets.
Yom Kippur Services
Sunday, September 27 Abbreviated Kol Nidrei Reform and Conservative Services
Monday, September 28 Reform and Conservative Services (including Yizkor) with special programming for families with young children (including paid childcare); afternoon study session (with Steve Birch), and Avodah Meditation (with Rabbi K’vod and percussion accompaniment); Reform and Conservative Evening Services, concluding with Havdalah and break fast nosh
Help Build Our Sukkah!
Sunday, September 27 at 8am
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the opportunities to reflect on our lives and our direction for the year. The week of Sukkot is where we actualize the beginning of our year in joy. To begin this festive season, we need YOUR help to set up our sukkah! All ages are welcome to come out and participate in this wonderful mitzvah. Bring your tools with you; no skill required—just an openness to have fun and help our community.
Tickets for Services
Family and Guests
Community members, as well as parents, grandparents and siblings of our member families, are welcome at our services. High Holy Day tickets will be available for purchase for immediate family of our members (must be purchased by the temple member) as well as for non-members (online).
Any member who has ordered High Holy Day tickets will receive them by mail during the third week of August. If you have not received them, call our office & we will arrange to leave your tickets at “will call” (just outside of the building entrance). Members attending out-of-town services should contact Myka Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange reciprocal tickets at another congregation.
Personalized Name Tags
Want a personalized name tag? Help create a more welcoming community by making yourself more approachable at services and events. Proceeds from these name tag sales benefit our Saturday morning Chapel Service Kiddush Fund. Order your personalized name tag online by September 1.
Machzorim: High Holy Day Prayer Books
In order to participate fully in the Reform and Conservative High Holy Day services you will need to bring your own machzor. We use the two-book set (silver and gold) of Mishkan Hanefesh for Reform Services, and the tan Machzor Lev Shalem for Conservative Services. Please plan to bring
your book to every service, clearly identified as yours (book cover, initials, nameplate, etc.). Order yours online in time for the holidays.
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 September 20.
Your assistance would be greatly appreciated at all of our High Holy Day services! Please indicate your availability to usher when you purchase your tickets. All ushers participate in training prior to the holidays. Contact Myka Thompson at email@example.com if you are interested in volunteering.
Special High Holy Day Programming for Families with Young Children
Rosh Hashanah Katan, Saturday, September 19 at 9am
Yom Kippur Katan, Monday, September 28 at 9am
Held in the Judith Eisenberg Youth Center (youth lounge)
Child Care (ages 2-PreK)
Rosh Hashanah Day 1, Saturday September 19
Yom Kippur, Monday, September 28
We are pleased to offer paid childcare during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services for children ages 2 PreK who are not participating in the Children’s Experiences (see below). Childcare 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 reserve your spot through the temple website no later than September 4 as space in the program is limited.
Children’s Experiences (grades PreK-7)
Rosh Hashanah Day 1, Saturday September 19 at 9:45am
Yom Kippur, Monday, September 28 at 9:45am
Students in 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 service with help from our BESTY teens. Please RSVP on the temple website by September 4. If you have any questions please contact Wendy Yesharim, Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 949 362-3999 x214.
Childcare is also available on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur mornings as early as 8:30am. Please let us know to expect your child!
Sermons From 2019/5780
Erev Rosh Hashanah
Cantor Shula Kalir Merton
Starting Over (PDF)
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)
Sermons From 2018/5779
Rabbi Heather Miller
Rabbi K’vod Wieder
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
Rabbi K’vod Wieder
Our Prophetic Legacy (PDF)(AUDIO FILE)
Rabbi Rachel Kort
The Blessing of Community (PDF)(AUDIO FILE)