High Holy Days

The message of the High Holy Days: Everything is possible. Things don’t have to be as they are. We don’t have to be the people we have become. We can repair, redirect, reframe the contours of our relationships and our lives. Join IKAR for the High Holy Days to reflect deeply, dream boldly, and discover a renewed sense of wonder and purpose.

Every year, we strive to make the High Holy Days a time of deep reflection, inspiration, connection and transformation. So much will be different this year, but those goals will be the same. This year our clergy and davening team will be streaming heart-opening, soul-stretching music and sermons from the rooftop of Shalhevet right into your living room, or garage or backyard! All are welcome to daven and learn with our community at no charge. You will be able to tune in to our live-stream via our website’s homepage and on Facebook Live. Members: Check your email inbox for further details. See below for the schedule:

Erev Rosh Hashanah – Friday, September 18 at 6 pm

Transition into the new year with some soulful music, a (truly) short and deeply meaningful service, and a sermon from Rabbi Keilah Lebell.

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 – Saturday, September 19 at 9 am

It won’t be our usual six hour service (!) but will have the spirit and intention of IKAR High Holy Days, including beautiful davening, a sermon from Rabbi Sharon Brous, down-on-the-ground-Aleinu, and some sweet video surprises made just for this year. Kids and families can also explore learning opportunities and a family service with Rabbi Ronit Tsadok.

Rosh Hashanah Day 2 – Sunday, September 20

Morning Service at 9 am
The same davening from Day 1 but now we’re all warmed up and ready to go! Don’t miss our Shofar service, sermon from Rabbi David Kasher and lots of big spirit.

Shofar Wave – Starting at 3 pm 
IKAR in partnership with the Jewish Federation bring you the Shofar Wave. On Rosh Hashanah Day 2, shofar blowers from around the city will stand on street corners near their respective synagogues and, in sequential order, blow the shofar to create a “wave” that will echo throughout the city. The Shofar Wave will allow us to come together as members of our beautifully rich, diverse, and pluralistic Jewish community and to joyfully celebrate what 5781 has in store for our people, our city, and our world. See the full schedule and all the details.

Tashlikh – Wednesday, September 23 at 6 pm 

We are excited to get out to the beach, to wave to one another and engage in this beautiful, simple ritual. To keep everyone safe, there will be no formal service and no shofar blasts. We ask that you stay at least eight feet apart and wear a mask covering your mouth and nose at all times. We will come together at the Santa Monica beach between Ocean Park Boulevard and Marine Street. Please follow these lifeguard station assignments that will allow us to gather as safely as possible. Folks with last names that begin with the letters:

-A-H will meet at lifeguard station 28

-I-Q will meet at lifeguard station 27

-R-Z will meet at lifeguard station 26                                                       .

See all the details here.

Kol NidreSunday, September 27 at 6:15 pm  

Intense and beautiful, with Hazzan Hillel Tigay’s traditional and not-so-traditional melodies and heart-stretching sermon from Rabbi Brous… it’s the best way we know to.

Yom Kippur – Monday, September 28

Morning Service at 10 am
Make a day out of it! Join us for a beautiful davening, and a sermon in dialogue with Rabbi Brous and the extraordinary Bryan Stevenson. Kids and teens will find services with Rabbi Tsadok and learning opportunities along the way. There’s a reason Yom Kippur is our favorite day of the year at IKAR!

Yizkor at 1:15 pm
In our Yom Kippur service, we will have a live virtual Yizkor service to honor and lift up the memories of our loved ones. And throughout the Ten Days of Awe we invite you to make safe, socially distanced pilgrimage to an outdoor Living Memorial garden outside the IKAR office.

Yom Kippur – Afternoon
Join IKAR on Yom Kippur afternoon for the Jewish Emergent Network’s “Al Chet – For the Sin of…” program. Featuring many hours of diverse, a la carte content, from racial justice sessions to movement, from text studies to music, and from high-profile guest speakers to breathwork, make your Yom Kippur afternoon unique. Content will include streaming video and audio-only sessions, for those who don’t want to be in front of a screen. See more details here.

Neilah at 6:30 pm 
This is the home stretch. All those hours of spiritual work culminate in a no-holds-barred service that bridges heaven and earth, and we lay it all on the line. We close with light… as we lift up our havdalah candles, a final knock-your-socks-off blast of the shofar, and Halleluyah!


Community-Wide High Holy Day Study Guide – Prepare yourself with ready-made, self-guided Talmud-study sessions for both days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.