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Join me for the Days of Awesome High Holiday Experience in Los Angeles

Divine High Holiday Experience 600Please join me for a friendly, joyous, participatory, and mindful celebration of the High Holidays with meaning, melody, and humor. It’s more than just “services” but a way to connect. Get the most out of these powerful days of introspection and join a community of welcoming folks who are there for the experience and the good food :-). We will be having a shofar blowing each day at 9:30am, 11am, and approximately 12:30pm. Some highlights of the Days of Awesome High Holidays include our New Year’s Kabbalistic Kiddush, break out classes, speedy yet intentional services, stories, meditation, song, honey cake, inspiring and chill atmosphere, great Chazzan. . . I really hope you can join us.

As I say in the promotion for the events: “You don’t have to pay a fortune, dress-to-kill, doze-off, question your tribal affiliation, be fluent in Hebrew, hear lengthy sermons, and eat stale honey cake this Rosh Hashanah.”

Reservations are required and cost a nominal $36 to help us pay for some of the costs. For those who want or cannot afford the price, there are also volunteer positions available. Send me a msg via Twitter or Facebook if you are interested.

For more details, program and FAQ read below and SHANA TOVA!

WHAT: Traditionally inspired services led by Rabbi Yonah Bookstein featuring guest speakers Rabbi Shlomo Seidenfeld, Batsheva Frankel, Cheston Mizel, Marcus J Freed, and Chazan Tuli Skaist PLUS other special guests. Full program and FAQ below.

Morning Coffee and Honey Cake
Traditionally inspired services with separate seating
Special break-out sessions
All levels and backgrounds welcome
Hebrew reading skills not required
Delicious Kabbalah Inspired Kiddush following services
Additional Shofar Services
Excellent play-care for children available

Rosh Hashanah, Thursday September 5, 9:30AM Coffee/Cake, learning with Rabbi Yonah, 10am Services

Rosh Hashanah II, Friday September 6, 9:30AM Coffee/Cake, learning with Rabbi Yonah, 10am Services

Kol Nidrei, Friday, September 13, 6:30 Sharp followed by Ask Rabbi Yonah Anything

Yom Kippur, Saturday, September 14, 2013, 9:30AM

WHERE: Tomchei Shabbos, 9041 West Pico Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90035

HOW MUCH: $36 Gets you access to all services and programs. We do not offer separate reservations for separate services. It gets too complicated…


PROGRAM (Subject to change)

Rosh Hashanah 1 and 2

9:30 AM Coffee, Honey Cake, Early Shofar, Study with Rabbi Yonah

10:00 AM Morning Services

11:00 Approximately Shofar

11:30 Mussaf and Break Out Session

12:30 AM Kiddush followed by late Shofar and Munkatscher Passport Story

Yom Kippur

6:30 Kol Nidrei followed by Ask the Rabbi

9:30 AM Yom Kippur services

11:00 AM Yizkor

11:15 AM Mussaf and Break Out Session

5:30 PM Rabbi Yonah’s Annual reading of Yosele the Holy Mizer – prepare for the most moving story you have ever hear.

6:00 Mincha and Story of Jonah

7 PM Neila – Closing the Gates Final Prayers

7:45 PM Maariv and Break-Fast



Do I need a reservation? YES, we will have seats for everyone who registers

Can I mail a check? NO, all registration is online

Do you have scholarships? YES, you are required to work 2 hours in exchange for free registration

Are services Orthodox? Sort of… In our traditionally inspired service men and women sit on opposite sides of the isle and use traditional bi-lingual prayer books. We incorporate many additional elements which a

re very “un-orthodox”. Melodies are both traditional and modern. We supplement the prayer books with additional readings and teachings in English.

Do I have to stay for everything? You are free to come and go as you want. We only request that during services you only speak outside in order to not disturb those praying.

When is Shofar Blowing? Approximately 11 am Sept 5 and 6th

Dress Code? Please come as you are while respecting the holiness of the day.