Sign In Forgot Password
We’ve all been dealing with so much during the past couple of years.
This year we seek inspiration to raise our sights…
Higher and Higher
L’eylah u’leylah
On these High Holy Days:
May we elevate our spirits, renew our souls, and lift ourselves up
as we begin a New Year for our lives and our experience of this world.

We invite you to participate in our High Holy Day services led by Rabbi Ron Shulman, Rabbi Avi Libman, and Ba’al Tefillah David Lipsitz. 

We gather for High Holy Day Services inside the Jacobs Family Community Hall. Seating is also available outside on the Turk Family Plaza where services are broadcast via Livestream. Livestream of our services is also available at home for those not able to join us in person. 

Update this content.

Update this content.

Update this content.

Update this content.


On Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur we seek inspiration. Let’s prepare ourselves by exploring themes of inspiration, hope, and personal meaning in the liturgy and experiences of the High Holy Days.
Let’s also think about how to be personally engaged and focused in creating for ourselves quality synagogue service moments.

“Inspiration and Meaning on Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur”
Thursday, September 22 | 7 pm
Beit Midrash &

You may attend in person at Beth El, or you may join us via Zoom.

Update this content.


Saturday, September 17
We formally begin the High Holy Day season by celebrating all that is or can be new and renewed in our lives.
6:00 pm | Membership Dinner
Jacobs Family Community Hall
Join us for a Membership Dinner during which we will welcome new members to our synagogue family and enjoy connecting with each other before we gather for High Holy Day services. Please RSVP by Thursday, September 11
7:30 pm | Havdalah
We celebrate new beginnings at the end of Shabbat. As we share in the ceremony of Havdalah, we look forward with light and hope.
7:45 pm | Dessert Reception
Jacobs Family Community Hall
Over dessert we’ll continue to connect as a synagogue family and friends
8:30 pm | Selihot Service
Stone Family Sanctuary and Livestream

Rabbis Shulman and Libman along with Ba’al Tefillah David Lipsitz lead the service which concludes with the sounding of the Shofar.

We begin the High Holy Day season with Selihot, a unique and evocative “Service of Forgiveness.” The spiritual aura of this evening encourages introspection as we recite beautiful and meaningful prayers about repentance, humility, and growth. The melodies and themes of the High Holy Day liturgy invite us into the Days of Awe.

Update this content.



Sunday, September 25
6:15 pm | Erev Rosh HaShanah Service
We greet each other with hope and happiness as we begin a New Year for our lives and our experience of this world.

7:30 pm | Chai 20s/30s New Year’s Eve Gathering
Join us for a social opportunity to connect with friends and community. Chai Coordinator David Lipsitz and Rabbi Avi Libman will be happy to welcome you.


Monday, September 26

9:00 am | Shaharit: Morning Service
9:45 am | Torah Service
10:30 am Sounding the Shofar
Blessing our Generations and our Newborns
11:00 am | Musaf: Holy Day Service – Part I
• Hineni – Preparing Our Prayer
• Personal Prayers and Kavanot -
• Silent Amidah & Reflective Prayer
11:30 am | Sermon
12:00 pm | Musaf: Holy Day Service – Part II
• Repetition of Amidah
• Unetaneh Tokef: Sacred Motivation for the New Year
• Holy Day Prayer and Sounding the Shofar: Malkhuyot, Zikhronot, Shofarot - Celebrating God, Torah, and the Jewish People
12:50 pm | Concluding Prayers, Mourner’s Kaddish

Tashlikh Service
Monday, September 26 | 5:00 pm
Kellogg Park, La Jolla Shores, North Lawn
We gather to renew ourselves by symbolically casting away our sins, hearing the sound of the Shofar, and sharing song, reflection, and friendship. Bring bread and a Shofar, if you
have one.

Update this content.


Tuesday September 27

9:00 am | Shaharit: Morning Service …or for those who seek a different spiritual
beginning today:

9:00 am | Jewish Mindfulness with Dr. Oded Shezifi
Beit Midrash

9:45 am | Torah Service
10:30 am | Sounding the Shofar
Family Time and Blessings: 
Sharing holiday joy in our families and with our children.

11:00 am | Sermon and Study Session with Rabbi Shulman
Jacobs Family Community Hall

11:30 am | Teshuvah, Tefillah, Tzedakah
Inspiration for the New Year
Choose your personal expression of this High Holy Day motif:
“Teshuvah (return and repentance), Tefillah (prayer and reflection) and Tzedakah (deeds of justice and caring) may transform our lives in the New Year.”

Discussion: “Meaning and Renewal in the New Year” …with Rabbi Avi Libman
Beit Midrash

Musaf: Holy Day Prayer & Reflection
…with Rabbi Ron Shulman and Ba’al Tefillah David Lipsitz
Viterbi Torah School 
Social Service Project: on behalf of youth in the foster care system
…Hear from an advocacy representative from Voices for Children, an organization working to transform the lives of abused, abandoned, and neglected children. In collaboration with the Tikkun Committee, we’ll learn how we can support local foster youth.

12:30 pm | Concluding Prayers, Mourner’s Kaddish
12:45 pm | Holy Day Kiddush
Second Day Rosh HaShanah Hike
Tuesday, September 27 | 9:30 am

Led by Dr. Bard Cosman, we’ll hike together and along our way read and discuss texts to enhance our insights into ourselves, our world, and Jewish tradition. Moderately strenuous, no more than 5 miles roundtrip, and quite exposed as are all hikes in San Diego. Bring hat and sunblock.
Reservations are required to participate in the Rosh HaShanah Hike. Location of hike will be provided to those participating. Please RSVP here by Thursday, September 22.




Tuesday, October 4 | 6:15 pm
6:15 pm |  Kol Nidre Pageantry & Prayer
6:45 pm | Ma’ariv: Yom Kippur Evening Service


Wednesday, October 5

9:00 am | Shaharit: Morning Service
10:00 am | Torah Service
11:00 am | Yizkor Memorial Prayers
11:30 am | Musaf: Holy Day Service – Part I
• Hineni – Preparing Our Prayer
• Personal Prayers and Kavanot - Inspirations
• Silent Amidah & Reflective Prayer
12:00 pm | Sermon

Update this content.

12:30 pm | Musaf: Yom Kippur Prayers – Part II
• Repetition of Amidah
• Unetaneh Tokef: Sacred Motivation for the New Year
• Selihot: Prayers of Forgiveness
• Avodah: Reflections on History, Memory, & Atonement
• Blessing Our Community

1:45 pm | Break

2:00 pm | Yom Kippur Study Sessions
In Person
Jacobs Family Community Hall
3:00 pm | Ask the Rabbi Discussion with Rabbi Ron Shulman
In person & Zoom
Beit Midrash

4:15 pm | Minhah: Afternoon Service
5:30 pm | Martyrology: Memory and History
6:15 pm | Neilah: Concluding Service of Yom  Kippur
6:30 pm | Family Neilah Experience

Update this content.


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 use this form to request Drop-off and Disable Parking Passes, *Member Additional Tickets (18-26 years old), Honor Roll Additional Tickets, General Membership Additional Tickets, Active Military Tickets, University Students. We'll send you a confirmation as soon as possible. Please make your request by September 5. 

For any questions, please contact the synagogue office, 858-452-1734 or

Update this content.


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 Wheelchair/Disabled only, on a first come first served basis.

• Honor Roll members receive one parking pass per family.
• Wheelchair/Disabled parking and drop-off passes can be obtained by filling out this form by September 5

On Erev Rosh HaShanah & Second Day Rosh HaShanah ALL PARKING is at Congregation Beth El.


As we begin the new year, help us fulfill the Mitzvah of Tzedakah. On Rosh HaShanah, empty bags are provided for you to fill with non-perishable food items. You may return the full bags on Yon Kippur as you arrive for services, or prior to Yom Kippur by bringing them to the Administration office. These gifts of food will be distributed to local families in need with the help of the Hand Up Food Pantry at Jewish Family Service, and Western Service Workers Association.

Update this content.

high holy day programming for youth & families


Monday September 26 | 10:15 am
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 through song and hearing a holiday teaching. We will join the larger community to hear the sounding of the Shofar and participate in the blessing of the generations. This special moment brings our entire community together.

Youth & Teen Services
11:00 am | Various Campus Locations
On Rosh Hashanah we will explore the themes relevant to the New Year through prayer, group activities, age appropriate discussions, games, and reflective moments.
Rosh HaShanah presents an opportunity to reflect on the past and look to the future and explore our daily actions and responsibilities. In various locations our children will meet
by Pre-K through Grade 1, Grades 2-6, and Grades 7-12.

12:00 pm | Children’s Nosh and Hugim (Holy Day Activities)
Children's Shul
Children are invited for a mid-day snack and a series of activities including song, art, stories, and play relevant to the themes of the holiday.
11:45 am | High Holy Day Hangout for Teens
Youth Lounge
Teens in Grades 7-12 are encouraged to join the main service to support their friends reading Torah and participate in prayer. The Youth Lounge will also be open for teens who wish to spend time reflecting together in the spirit of the holiday.


Tuesday September 27 | 10:00 am
Stone Family Sanctuary

A family friendly service during which we sing, pray, and explore the themes of Rosh HaShanah. All ages are welcome.

10:30 am | Family Time and Blessings 
Sounding of the Shofar
Stone Family Sanctuary
Our children and their families join the main service to share blessings and lessons after we hear the sounds of the Shofar.

11:00 am | Children’s Nosh and Drash
In the Children’s Shul
Children are invited for a mid-day snack and a series of activities including song, art, stories, and play relevant to the themes of the holiday.

Update this content.


Tuesday, October 4 | 6:30 pm
Stone Family Sanctuary

Join us for a family Kol Nidre service to begin this a 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.


Wednesday October 5 | 10:15 am
Stone Family Sanctuary

Join in a family and community gathering of singing and set the tone for this reflective day. For families with students in Grades 8 and younger.

10:15 am | High Holy Day Teen Service & Discussion
Jacobs Family Community Hall

10:45 am | Youth Lounge
Teens are encouraged to join the main service to support their friends reading Torah and participate in prayer. At 10:45 am 7th - 12th are invited to meet for discussion and learning about the meaning and relevance of Yom Kippur in their lives.

10:45 am | High Holy Day Youth Experiences
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. In various locations our children will meet by Pre-K through Grade 1, Grades 2-6, and Grades 7-12.

Huggim – Holy Day Activities
10:45 am | Education Wing

Our children are welcome to spend holiday time together and continue their holiday activities while their parents participate in synagogue services.

High Holy Day Hangout for Teens
12:00 pm | Youth Lounge

Teens in Grades 7-12 are invited to relax and enjoy the dedicated space of the Youth Lounge to reconnect and reflect on the day.

6:30 pm | Family Neilah Experience
Stone Family Sanctuary

Our families join to conclude Yom Kippur with story, ceremony, song and preparation to enter the Sanctuary service. Be sure to bring your own Shofar!

Update this content.

Sun, August 14 2022 17 Av 5782