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Welcome to the high holy days 2023 | 5784

We greet a New Year aware of goodness and blessings, challenges and difficulties.
We hope for renewal, for a year of goodness and peace –
not only for ourselves but also for others.
We pray for healing, for a year of change and growth –
not only for ourselves but also for our people, our nation, and our world.
For our sakes and for the sakes of all, may the four Hebrew letters that are the acronym for
this new Jewish year inspire us toward reflection, exploration, insight, and transformation.

high holy day greeting

Dear Friends, 

Each year the High Holy Days remind us. Life is the most precious gift any one of us ever receives. On Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, we celebrate the miracle and renewal of life, the world’s and our own.

The New Year is a new moment, a new beginning, a new opportunity to hope and to strive. That’s why we’ll share in some new High Holy Day experiences as we welcome 5784. Let’s not focus on whatever may be the difficulty of our days. Instead, as we prepare to greet the New Year, against the backdrop of all that is challenging, let’s focus on the purpose and meaning toward which we live our days.

We hope for this New Year no differently than before. May we discover goodness and gladness, strength for what challenges us, stamina for what we must still endure, success in our strivings, and peace for our lives and our world.

On the High Holy Days, we think as if we have stopped time, at least spiritually and morally. We are not aging, nor are we getting any younger. Instead, we are pausing the clock to decide in our hearts and heads if what we want and need is more important to us than whatever may prevent us from accomplishing it. This is Teshuvah – our quest for change, for growth of soul and character. During this High Holy Day season, we can use the gift of sacred time, at synagogue and at home, to motivate our consideration and decision. May 5784 be a year of deliberation and understanding.

Thank you for being a vital part of our synagogue family. Your participation helps create the mood we all desire to feel this year. May it be a sweet and good New Year for us all.

L’Shanah Tovah!
Rabbi Ron Shulman
Rabbi Avi Libman

In this New Year 5784, May you know all the goodness of life, Health, happiness, and peace!!


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 Stone Family Sanctuary or 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.
This Schedule of Services is subject to change. You will receive a final schedule before the High Holy Days arrive.



Friday, September 15
Stone Family Sanctuary
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 GatheringJoin your Chai friends as we try pairings of hard ciders and honeys in this post Erev Rosh HaShana services event! You won’t want to miss this!


Saturday, September 16
Jacobs Family Community Hall
We seek to elevate our spirits as we turn within to measure who we are and for what we strive. We seek to lift ourselves up as we turn without to understand something more about the world. We seek to renew our souls as we consider our moral responsibilities before God.
9:00 am | Shaharit: Morning Service
9:45 am | Torah Service

10:45 am | Blessing our Generations and our Newborns: Sharing in our annual sweet welcome of new lives and new families in addition to celebrating our love and joy for all of our families and children.

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: Malkhuyot, Zikhronot, Shofarot - Celebrating God, Torah, and the Jewish People
12:50 pm | Concluding Prayers, Mourner’s Kaddish

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Sunday, September 17
Stone Family Sanctuary
Today is similar to yesterday, and different all together as each day ought to be. Our goal on this Second Day of Rosh HaShanah is to share an enriched and more intimate High Holy Day synagogue experience as we continue our celebration and contemplation.
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

9:45 am | Torah Service
10:30 am | Ceremony for Sounding the Shofar Hear the blasts of the Shofar which were not sounded on Shabbat.
Family Time and Blessings: Sharing holiday joy in our families and with our children.
11:00 am | Sermon
11:30 am | Musaf: Holy Day Service 
•    Amidah & Reflective Prayer
•    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
11:30 am | Rosh HaShanah Study Session with Rabbi Phil Graubart

12:30 pm | Concluding Prayers, Mourner’s Kaddish
12:45 pm | Holy Day Kiddush
Second Day Rosh HaShanah Hike
Sunday, September 17 | 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.
Register for the hike here
Tashlikh Service
Sunday, September 17 | 4:00 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.




Sunday, September 24 
Jacobs Family Community Hall
The sun sets, ushering in the holiest day of the year. On Kol Nidre eve, we enter into God’s presence to be honest, modest, and contrite. The themes and melodies of our prayer seek to touch our souls and inspire our growth.
6:30 pm |  Kol Nidre Pageantry & Prayer
                    Ma’ariv: Yom Kippur Evening Service
•    Kol Nidre Appeal
•    Personal Reflection and Communal Prayer
•    Sermon


Monday, September 25
Jacobs Family Community Hall
Yom Kippur is a spiritual day. We deny ourselves physical comforts and seek to grow in soul and to be made whole. Mercy, compassion, forgiveness, and love motivate our prayer and reflection. On this holy day we prepare to begin anew, to move toward greater heights of life and purpose, to reach for our potential and promise, to consider what we believe, and how we act on what we believe.

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

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

2:00 pm | Break

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2:15 pm | Yom Kippur Study Sessions
with Ray Fink and Mark Lazar
In Person
3:00 pm | Memories and Perspective:
50 Years After the Yom Kippur War

In Person
We hear from those who were in Israel during the 1973 Yom Kippur war and reflect on their experiences and the war’s meaning until this day.
3:30 pm | Ask the Rabbi Discussion with Rabbi Ron Shulman
In person & Zoom
Join Rabbi Shulman for an open and unscripted question and answer session. You choose the topic. Rabbi Shulman enjoys discussing questions about beliefs, Jewish tradition and customs, current events, and any other pertinent topics of interest. Everyone is invited.

4:15 pm | Minhah: Afternoon Service

6:00 pm | Before the Gates Close
As our sacred day draws to its conclusion, we reflect on the personal and spiritual meanings we seek on Yom Kippur (and in the year ahead) through dramatic readings and inspirational texts.

6:30 pm | Neilah: Concluding Service of Yom  Kippur

Chai 20s/30s Break Fast after Yom Kippur Services
8:00 pm
Break your fast with all your Chai Young Professional friends.

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Sunday, September 10
Please RSVP here
9:00 a.m. Selihot Service and Morning Minyan
Stone Family Sanctuary

Rabbis Shulman and Libman along with Ba’al Tefillah David Lipsitz lead this daily morning service which includes Selihot “Forgiveness” prayers and concludes with the sounding of the Shofar.

We anticipate Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur by reciting Selihot, High Holy Day Prayers of Forgiveness. The inclusion of Selihot prayers in daily minyan fosters introspection as we recite think about repentance, humility, and growth.

10:00 a.m. Selihot Study Brunch
Jacobs Family Community Hall

We join together for Sunday brunch and the opportunity to prepare for our High Holy Day observances by studying and discussing with Rabbi Shulman some of the customs and traditions associated with Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.

If you are not able to attend the Selihot Morning Service, you are more than welcome to join us for the Selihot Study Brunch.

Rosh HaShanah, literally the “head” of the year is a time to pause annually and set personal and communal priorities. Yom Kippur, a day of atonement is a time to measure annually the character and quality of our deeds and thoughts.

On Rosh HaShanah we imagine and plan. On Yom Kippur we measure the gap between our intentions and our actions.

On Rosh HaShanah we celebrate the gifts and responsibilities of our lives. On Yom Kippur we make amends, apologizing for ourselves, forgiving others, seeking atonement, to be at one with God.

Since medieval times until today, during the days leading up to the High Holy Days, the Jewish people engage in the spiritual practice of reciting Selihot, prayers and poems reflecting themes of forgiveness, reconciliation, and hope.

As we anticipate the new Jewish year 5784, we create a new setting for this expression of forgiveness and preparation for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.

high holy day programming for youth & families


Saturday September 16 | 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 story. We will join the larger community to 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.

High Holy Day Hangout for Teens
Youth Lounge, 11:45 a.m.
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.

Children’s Nosh and Hugim (Holy Day Activities)
12:00 noon in the Education Wing
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.


Sunday September 17 | 10:10 am 
Jacobs Family Community Hall
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.

Family Time and Blessings
Sounding of the Shofar    
Stone Family Sanctuary, 10:30 a.m.
Our children and their families join us to share blessings and lessons after we hear the sounds of the Shofar.

Children’s Nosh and Drash
11:00 a.m. 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.

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Black: Synagogue Service
Dark Blue: Family Service and/or Children’s Program
Light Blue: High Holy Day Service Enrichment 
Orange: High Holy Day Enrichment Experience
Red: Chai 20s/30s

high holy day attendance information


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 contact the synagogue office, 858-452-1738 or regarding your family’s service attendance needs and questions.

book of remembrance

Four times each year, on Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Passover, and Shavuot we recite Yizkor Memorial Prayers. We do this because celebrating our holidays connects our personal and family lives to the continuing life and heritage of the Jewish people. We do this because the ritual of Yizkor allows us to express our people’s collective and shared memories in the most personal way possible. We each remember our parents, spouses, children, siblings, and loved ones. Their lives along with ours tell our people’s story.

To honor this tradition, at Congregation Beth El each year we publish a Book of Remembrance for use during our Yizkor Memorial Services. In this book we list the names of our members’ loved ones who have passed away. The book also contains memorial prayers and reflections.

If you wish to include names in this year’s Book of Remembrance, please call 858-452-1734 or go to to fill out the form on-line. Names may be submitted through August 15.

congregational courtesies

When together, please greet your family, friends, and those you don’t already know with “Shanah Tovah” and say Hello!

In observance of the Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, and to respect our community, please be aware there is no smoking, no photography, and no writing on the synagogue premises during the High Holy Days. Also, please refrain from chewing gum during our worship together.


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 only need to display their placard for entry.

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

To register for additional High Holy Day tickets please click here

ride sharing

On the Go, a program of Jewish Family Services, provides free door-to-door transportation to High Holy Day services for adults 60+. Call 858-637-7320 or reserve on-line at

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ritual items

Kippah - Head Covering
It is customary for men, and women who wish to, to cover their heads when inside the sanctuary. This is considered a sign of personal humility and awareness of God's presence in our world. 

Kippot will be available in the Sanctuary and Community Hall lobbies.

Tallit - Prayer Shawl
All men, and women who wish to, are encouraged to wear a prayer shawl, Tallit, during Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur daytime services, and on Kol Nidre eve. This garment symbolizes God’s embrace, creates personal spiritual space, and reminds us to live our lives through mitzvah, fulfilling God’s commandments and the moral imperatives of Jewish tradition.

Please bring your own Tallit, as the synagogue supply is limited. Please put a name with your Tallit and bag, in case it gets left behind.


Seating is open at all of our services and programs, with the exception of reserved seats for Honor Roll members and those participating in services. Please be courteous by not saving seats and honor the requests of our volunteer ushers. If you require a wheelchair seat or other special assistance, please call the synagogue office.

security and comfort

For safety and security reasons, entrance to all services and programs on campus will be through the Main Entrance just off the parking lot turnaround area. Please be prepared to show identification and your service “tickets.” Security personnel may check Tallit bags, other bags and purses, coats and personal items. Please bring as little as possible with you. 

We appreciate your cooperation in helping us maintain a safe campus. We are introducing new security protocols to ensure the safety of all of our members. Congregation Beth El members and guests 18 and older will receive personalized tickets. We ask all members to show valid identification (driver's license or passport) along with their tickets when entering the campus or before boarding the bus at the Lawrence Family JCC. Our security team will also be performing bag checks at all entry points. Only small purses, diaper bags, Tallit bags, and bags containing essential medical supplies will be permitted.

We appreciate your cooperation with designated ushers, staff, and security personnel. Please respect their directions and any signage on display.

If you walk onto campus from La Jolla Scenic Drive North, be advised that the back entrance to the Viterbi Torah School will be closed and you will need to walk a short distance down the driveway to the Main Entrance.

The Jacobs Family Community Hall and Stone Family Sanctuary will be air-conditioned and temperatures may vary depending on where you sit. Please remember to bring a sweater or jacket for your comfort.

Outdoor temperatures can be hot. Remember that your health overrides fasting. If you or someone else needs assistance, alert staff, security, or ushers.

Greeters and Ushers will be monitoring the doors. Please follow their instructions for entering and exiting services. If you would like to assist us by being a greeter or usher, email or call 858-452-1734. Thank you.

service honors 

Each year we delight in how many of our synagogue members share in the honors of Opening the Ark, coming up to the Torah, and participating in the ritual of our High Holy Day services. Service honor invitations are extended in continuing alphabetic rotation. We invite honorees for this year starting from where in the alphabet we left off previously. Through this rotation, over the course of a few years everyone receives the opportunity to come forward and participate.

Thank you very much.

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