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Erev Rosh HaShanah - September 6 | Rosh HaShanah - September 7 & 8
Kol Nidre - Erev Yom Kippur - September 15 | 
Yom Kippur - September 16

This year, we return. We will welcome the new Jewish year as we have every year except the last. We will gather together on our Beth El campus for High Holy Day services, programs, and personal connections. We will also carry with us memories and lessons from last year’s unusual High Holy Day observances.

In addition to in person attendance, those who wish to will be able to participate with us online. We will enhance our in-person and online services with customs new to us last year that we experienced and found meaningful. We’ll also share in some fresh holy day opportunities for 2021.

Preparing for the High Holy Days
"The Meaning of Return”
Thursday, August 19 | 7:00 pm
Beit Midrash & Zoom 
“Personal and Purposeful Prayer”
Thursday, August 26 | 7:00 pm
Beit Midrash & Zoom 
Selihot: An Evening of Return
Saturday, August 28
8:15 pm | Havdalah 
8:30 pm | Reception and Reflection
Jacobs Family Community Hall
9:00 pm | Selihot Service
Stone Family Sanctuary and Livestream
Summer Shabbat Services
Saturdays | 6:15 pm
Stone Family Sanctuary
Summer Spirituality and Sensitivity
In synagogue on each of the 7 Shabbat mornings
leading up to Rosh HaShanah, we’ll use our
summer services to help prepare us for the fall
and the new Jewish year. 
July 24 | Our People: Family & Friends, Jewish & General Community
July 31 | Our God: Celebration & Ritual, Heritage & Hopes
August 7 | Our Presence: Appearance & Respect, Kindness & Gratitude
August 14 | Our Emotions: Memories & Regrets, Hopes & Dreams
August 21 | Our Purpose: Meaning & Ideals, Creativity & Productivity
August 28 | Our Future: Opportunity & Responsibility, Society & Others
September 4 | Our Selves: Habits Old & New, Perspective & Wisdom

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Monday, September 6
5:30 pm | Erev Rosh HaShanah Seder
7:30 pm | Chai 20s/30s New Year’s Eve Gathering
Turk Family Plaza
Wednesday, September 8
9:00 am | To What Do We Return in this New Year? 
A discussion about our hopes and qualms as the New Year begins with Rabbi Ron Shulman
Beit Midrash & Zoom
9:30 am | Rosh HaShanah Hike (offsite). Registration is required to attend. 
10:00 am | Torah Study with Rabbi Phil Graubart
Beit Midrash & Zoom
10:00 am | Jewish Mindfulness with Dr. Oded Shezifi Classroom 1
11:30 am | Talking About Tikkun in the New Year
Classroom 1
11:30 am | Exploring New Beginnings
Beit Midrash
Rooted in traditional texts, we will discuss the power in new beginnings.  What  lessons will you carry forward as you reengage the world after nearly two years? What do you wish to leave behind and what new habits  should you embrace? Join Rabbi Avi Libman for a text study to help us  uncover these answers for ourselves.
(In-Person & Zoom)

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7:30 pm | Friday, September 10
In person & Livestream
Thursday, September 16
Yom Kippur Study Session
2:00 pm | “Sitting and Walking” Study & Discussion with Dr. Ray Fink
Classroom 1
2:00 pm | Text People Study and Discussion with Mark Lazar
Classroom 2 
2:00 pm | Short Story & Discussion with Linda Kozin
Classroom 3 
3:00 pm | Ask the Rabbi Discussion with Rabbi Ron Shulman
Beit Midrash & Zoom

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All Congregation Beth El members are welcome at our High Holy Day services and programs. Adult members will receive their service “tickets” by mail 10 days before Rosh HaShanah. “Tickets” for members’ children ages 18-26 are available upon request. No “tickets” are necessary for children under 18 who will be participating in our school and youth programs. Please make your additional tickets request below:
For any questions, please contact the synagogue office at or 858-452-1734. 
Active Military and local college students are welcome to request complimentary "tickets" to attend High Holy Day services.

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Off-site parking will be at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037. Detailed information, including a map, will be sent with your service “tickets.” Shuttle service will be provided. Please allow sufficient time for transportation to arrive on campus for the services and activities you wish you attend.
On-site parking is for Honor Roll and people with disabilities only, on a first come first served basis. Honor Roll members receive one parking pass per family.
Erev Rosh HaShanah and Second Day Rosh HaShanah ALL PARKING is at Congregation Beth El.

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Please make your Wheelchair/Disabled parking and drop-off pass request below:

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Tuesday, September 7

10:15 am | Family High Holy Day Gathering
Stone Family Sanctuary
We gather as a community of families, children and teens before dividing into different age-appropriate experiences.  We prepare for prayer, learning and a meaningful holy day by learning a song and hearing a holiday teaching.  We will then parade into the main service in the Jacobs Family Community Hall to hear the sounding of the Shofar and participate in the blessing of the generations.  This special moment brings our entire community together.
11:00 am | Youth & Teen Services
Various Campus Locations
We will engage in themes relevant to the New Year through prayer, group activities, age-appropriate discussions, games and reflective moments. In various locations our children will meet by Grade 1 and younger, Grades 2-5, and Grades 5-8. (Children Grade 1 and younger must be accompanied by a parent for all HHD programming.)
12:30 pm | Zoom Rosh Hashanah Service

If you are unable to join us on campus, we will gather as a virtual community to sing, pray, learn and reflect on the purpose of the day.
Wednesday, September 8

10:00 am | Family High Holy Day Experience
Stone Family Sanctuary
A family-friendly service for all ages during which we sing, pray and explore the themes of Rosh Hashanah.  While this program is geared towards younger children, all are invited.
10:45 am | Sounding of the Shofar; Family Time and Blessings
Jacobs Family Community Hall
Our children and their families join the main service to hear the sounds of the Shofar.

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Wednesday, September 15

6:45 pm | Kol Nidre Family Service
Stone Family Sanctuary
Join us for a family Kol Nidre service to begin this holy day of reflection and personal growth. Together we will sing, pray and explore something more for ourselves and our children about Jewish life and tradition.
Thursday, September 16

10:00 am | Family High Holy Day Gathering
Stone Family Sanctuary
Join in a family and community gathering of singing and to set the tone for this reflective day. For families with students in Grades 8 and younger.
10:15 am | High Holy Day Youth & Teen Services
Various Campus Locations
Our youth join in age appropriate prayer and activities to reflect on the purpose of the day, the meaning of forgiveness and consider the opportunity that Yom Kippur presents to become better people.  Our children will meet by Grade 1 and younger, Grades 2-5, and Grades 5-8. (Children Grade 1 and younger must be accompanied by a parent for all HHD programming.)
12:30 pm | Zoom Yom Kippur Service

If you are unable to join us on campus, we will gather as a virtual community to sing, pray, learn and reflect on the purpose of the day.
6:45 pm | Family Neilah Service
Stone Family Sanctuary
Our families join to conclude Yom Kippur with story, ceremony, song an preparation to enter the Sanctuary service. Be sure to bring your own Shofar!


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