High Holy Days 2017


JOIN US FOR OUR 2017/5778 High Holy Days Services.


You can download our 2017 High Holy Day Brochure here.


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.



Standing at the Gates: 
A Community S’lichot Experience
Saturday, September 16
7:00 p.m.

Wilshire Blvd Temple
Erika J. Glazer Family Campus
3663 Wilshire Boulevard    
Los Angeles, 90010

The Rabbis, Cantors, and Choirs of Five Congregations join for Food, Music, Study, and Prayers of Forgiveness. Kehillat Israel, Stephen Wise Temple, University Synagogue, Temple Isaiah and Wilshire Boulevard Temple join for a sumptuous dessert buffet, a chance to study with the senior rabbis of other synagogues, and a soulful prayer service in this once a year opportunity to hear the combined voices and music of five congregations.


Sunday, September 24
9:30 a.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).

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

RSVP here


Celebrate in the Sukkah
(all ages and full musical band)
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)

Yizkor Service

Temple Isaiah
Sunday, October 11
5:00 p.m.

Simchat Torah Community Celebration

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