High Holy Days – 5782/2021 – Sacred Space Is Everywhere


The High Holy Days are fast approaching and the IKAR team is busy dreaming, scheming, and planning. As we continue to navigate these uncertain times together, one thing we know for certain is that we can pray, cry, celebrate and connect no matter where we are. Together, we will create Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidre, and Yom Kippur experiences that are safe and meaningful ways to tap into the transformative power of the High Holy Days. Below you will find information on all of our davening (prayer) spaces.

  • Registration
  • Schedule
  • Families
  • Yizkor Garden + Memorial Book
  • Road Map To 5782
  • Community Mural Project
  • Volunteer
  • FAQ

All of our High Holy Day services will be live-streamed on our website and Facebook page, for free, and open to members and non-members. And since we’re not having any walk-ins this year, participating virtually is the way to go!

Zoom Participation: Members Zoom Registration

Non-Members: Participate on our website or our Facebook Page.

Members Zoom Registration

Non-Members: Participate on our website or our Facebook Page.

Yom Kippur: Thursday, September 16 @ 9am PT

Yizkor: Thursday, September 16 @ 1pm PT

Minha/Neilah: Thursday, September 16 @ 6pm PT

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Erev Rosh Hashanah: Monday, September 6 @ 6pm PT WATCH THE SERVICE + WATCH RABBI TSADOK’S SERMON

Rosh Hashanah Day 1: Tuesday, September 7 @ 9am PT WATCH THE SERVICE + WATCH THE FAMILY SERVICE + WATCH RABBI BROUS’S SERMON

Rosh Hashanah Day 2: Wednesday, September 8 @ 9am PT WATCH THE SERVICE + WATCH THE FAMILY SERVICE + WATCH RABBI KASHER’S SERMON + SHOFAR

Beach Clean Up + TashlikhSunday, September 12 @ 6pm, Santa Monica Lifeguard Station 26, Masks Required

Celebrate, sing and learn as a family this High Holy Days! Rabbi Ronit Tsadok and our teen davening team will be leading services for IKAR members on the Shalhevet roof. All attendees 2+ must be masked and anyone 12+ must submit proof of vaccination. Everyone is welcome to register for our Zoom live stream here!

Join us for Yom Kippur Services on Thursday, September 16 Age 0-1st Grade starting @ 9 am PT & 2nd Grade-6th Grade @ 10 am PT

Family Resource Guide: We are looking forward to bringing in the New Year and hope that wherever you are, your family has a meaningful High Holy Day experience. To facilitate opportunities for fun, learning, and family conversations, we’ve created this Family High Holy Day Resource Guide. Designed by educator Anne Hromadka Greenwald and Rebecca Berger for our IKAR community and for The Kitchen in San Francisco, this guide will support you in creating meaningful moments for your family. The guide is centered around hope, resilience, and gratitude, messages we hope will resonate with you and your kiddos during these times.

RE-WATCH FAMILY SERVICES FROM ROSH HASHANAH DAY 1 + DAY 2

Questions?

We look forward to observing this holy day with all of you – G’mar Hatimah Tovah!

Shanah Tovah,

Rabbi Tsadok, Rebecca Berger, and Anne Hromadka Greenwald

Click here for our beautiful Yizkor Book, made up of reflections of community members who have lost loved ones this year.

Our Yizkor Garden is open, hours of operation can be found below. During these days of awe, we invite you to visit IKAR’s Yizkor Memorial Garden, which was lovingly envisioned and created by Samara Hutman and Sarah Goldfinger, in partnership with Rabbi Keilah Lebell and many devoted volunteers from the community. It’s a beautiful, peaceful, sacred space located at the IKAR office where we are displaying the photographs of and written reflections about our family members and loved ones who have died. This is one of the few opportunities we have during this time to visit a communal space that’s ours, and that is truly peaceful. Everything about it is shared: the plants, the fountains, the wind chimes, the words — it’s all yours to enjoy. So please come visit. We also want to thank the incredible volunteers who helped to create and sustain this sacred space. Below is the info you you’ll need to make your visit safe and meaningful.

Directions: The garden is located at our office space (1737 S La Cienega Blvd). Please enter via the black gate on La Cienega (signs will be posted) and exit via the alley behind the office.

Your Safety: To ensure that you and others are safe, and to prevent the spread of COVID-19, please:

-Do not visit the garden if you have been in contact with anyone infected with COVID-19 in the previous 14 days, including anyone who was experiencing or displaying symptoms of COVID-19 (elevated temperature or fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, loss of smell and/or taste, fatigue, muscle aches, chills, or persistent headaches).

-All who are eligible (12+) must be vaccinated. All guests must stay masked regardless of vaccination status.

-We will obtain a list of vaccinated members and those who have requested tickets to attend HHD. Persons entering will be asked to sign in so that they can be verified with the list. 

-Persons not on the list will be required to show proof of vaccination, such as their vaccination card or a photo of it on their phone. 

-We will have two staff persons or volunteers. One person will sign guests in and confirm vaccination. Another will monitor pedestrian traffic in the display area. Entry will be limited when guests congregate in a manner not consistent with responsible social distancing. Guests will enter in through the street access gate and exit through the back gate. 

-A staff person will wipe down all surfaces or items that are handled every hour.

-Please use sanitizing stations when you enter and exit the space

-If it’s hot, we urge you to bring a filled water bottle, sun hat, and parasol/umbrella!


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Want to have a better sense of when to expect a fire and brimstone sermon vs. a heart-stretching Halleluyah? Trying to figure out when mini-muffins will be served? Here’s your roadmap for the 5782 High Holy Days.

All of our High Holy Day services will be live-streamed on our website and Facebook page, for free, and open to members and non-members. And since we’re not having any walk-in’s this year, participating virtually is the way to go! Registration for all on-site attendance is now closed. Zoom Participation: Members Zoom Registration Non-Members: Participate on our website or our Facebook Page.

ROSH HASHANAH

Stunning davening, complete with all the greatest hits: Dueling Shofar Service (break-your-heart-open vs blast-you-out-of-your-seat)/ Who Will Live, Who Will Die/Down-on-the-Ground-Aleinu.

Erev Rosh Hashanah: Monday, September 6 @ 6pm PT WATCH THE SERVICE + WATCH RABBI TSADOK’S SERMON
Meditative music, then jump into the High Holies with a (truly) short and deeply meaningful service and sermon.

Rosh Hashanah Day 1: Tuesday, September 7 @ 9am PT WATCH THE SERVICE + WATCH THE FAMILY SERVICE + WATCH RABBI BROUS’S SERMON
Stunning davening, complete with all the greatest hits: Dueling Shofar Service (break-your-heart-open vs blast-you-out-of-your-seat)/Down-on-the-Ground-Aleinu and some serious sermonic action.

Rosh Hashanah Day 2: Wednesday, September 8 @ 9am PT WATCH THE SERVICE + WATCH THE FAMILY SERVICE + WATCH RABBI KASHER’S SERMON + SHOFAR
IKAR’s best-kept secret – with all the spirit, learning, prostrating, shofar blasting and mini-muffins of Day One but with a little more elbow room.

Beach Clean-Up + TashlikhSunday, September 12, 5-7 pm All are welcome; masks required.
Then join us for the ritual “casting away” of our missteps, mistakes and bad patterns: all the things we don’t want to bring with us into the New Year.

So much of our work during this season of reflection involves letting things go – old habits, old ideas, old resentments. But the Tashlikh ritual asks us to go one step bolder, and actively “cast away” the burdens that are holding us down and weighing on our hearts. The tradition is to go down to the water and throw in some object – most famously, a piece of bread – that is meant to symbolically represent our transgressions. It’s a ritual “casting away” of our missteps, mistakes and bad patterns – all the things we don’t want to bring with us into the New Year.

YOM KIPPUR

Kol Nidre: Wednesday, September 15 @ 6:30pm PT
There’s a reason it’s Rabbi Brous’ favorite day of the year. Kol Nidre is intense and beautiful and the very best way to dive into your annual 25-hour soul workout. Expect a white-clad crowd taking in a spicy sermon and more joy than you thought could be mustered for Kol Nidre.

YK morning: Thursday, September 16 @ 9am PT
Join us for the best, most uplifting spiritual punch in the gut – and make a day out it. Sermon, learning, davening and dancing. You’ll forget you’re even fasting – and just might leave believing that anything is possible.

Yizkor service: Thursday, September 16 @ 12pm PT
Our memorial service, honoring the people we love who have died.

Minha/Neilah: Thursday, September 16 @ 6pm PT
The home stretch – hours of spiritual work culminate in a no-holds-barred service that bridges heaven and earth, and we lay it all on the line. So good you won’t want Yom Kippur to end. Closes with an outdoor Havdalah service and a final knock-your-socks-off blast of the shofar and Halleluyah.

They might look separate and discrete, but one underground root system connects tens of thousands of Aspen Trees from Colorado to Utah. These challenging times remind us how valuable and necessary community is. Like those beautiful trees, we have found support and love in the depth of our interconnectedness. To honor this time, we are creating a community Aspen Tree mural and we want you to be part of it.

A word, a sentence, an image: What helps you feel connected? What has community meant to you during this past year and a half? Reflect a little then decorate your leaves in whatever way you choose to answer these questions. (Draw, paint, write, etc.)

Then cut out the leaves and get them back to us in person or via mail by September 30th. We’ll create a mural that reflects the beauty of this community and all of its interconnected members.


HELP US CREATE SACRED SPACE
As the High Holy Days approach, there are several projects on which we can use your help! Please fill out the form below and an IKAR staff member will be in touch with more details.

Thank you in advance for your help! Questions can be directed to [email protected].

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What are the COVID precautions going to be?
Our highest priority is to keep everyone safe. Our medical task force continues to monitor the situation about the Delta variant. As of now, our plan is to limit in-door capacity and uphold mask requirements according to L.A. County guidelines. Outdoor opportunities will also be available. All of our High Holy Day services will be live-streamed on IKAR’s Facebook page and the IKAR website.

When am I going to find out where I’m going to be assigned?
We ask that you complete the Sacred Space Preference form to help us meet all members’ needs. You will receive an email from our team with your davening placements and IKARds will be delivered to you or available for pickup at Shalhevet for the services you attend. We appreciate your patience. Please email [email protected] with any questions.

Will all services be accessible?
Davening spaces at Shalhevet and bathrooms are accessible, there is also an elevator. We will have more information about ASL interpretation in the coming weeks.
For more information, please email [email protected].