Please Join Us for an Inspiring Journey
HIGH HOLIDAYS 2019 (5780)
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
LED BY Rabbi Tirzah Firestone
and Metivta community leaders
Rosh Hashanah Services
September 29 — October 1, 2019
Yom Kippur Services October 8 — 9
We are delighted to announce that Rev Tirzah Firestone leads us once again in prayer, chant, and contemplation to create a meaningful and inspiring Jewish High Holiday experience. Reb Tirzah will be joined by prayer leader, Evelyn Baran, and Cantor Marc Bachrach.
We hope you will join us for INCLUSIVE services with an eclectic and rich mix
of prayer, contemplation, chant, teaching, movement and silence.
We are coming to the end of a year of colossal opposites—dreadful news alongside great celebration, emerging hope coupled with frightening environmental losses and uncertainty about the future. It's late summer and there is an eagerness in the air—to get off the roller coaster of highs and lows, drop down beneath the breaking news alerts, get still, and connect to a deeper reality.
We come to High Holidays because we are hungry. Not for bread or water, as the prophet Amos said. Certainly not for schmaltzy platitudes or pie-in-the-sky prescriptions.
We come because we are starved for the immediacy of God's presence. We come because we need a direct experience of the holy, to be awakened by the raw and primal blasts of the shofar, to sit with a community with whom we can be our most genuine selves.
To prepare, we must remove our outward layers.
Kafka said: “Before setting foot in the Holy of Holies, you must take off your shoes. Yet not only your shoes, but your traveling clothes and everything that hides beneath that…" There we will find what the Torah calls the undying fire that lives at our innermost core.
This year I enter the season of endings and beginnings in a stripped down, heart-broken-open state. So I know of what I speak when I invite you to High Holidays wherever you find yourself. Bring your heartbreak, your yearning, your profound love for the world. Let's get behind our outer masks, cry together, get inspired together, awaken our ancestors, and fan the truth of our being, the sacred fire of our hearts.
In the end, all God wants of us is our purest heart.*
I hope you will join me.
"I, the Compassionate One, want only the heart. Your will and inner desire are dearer to Me than all the sacrifices in the world. Offer Me your inner fire, and the breath of your mouth, and your whole heart and desire. This is the true altar of atonement."
Zohar Hadash 80a
The Santa Monica Synagogue
SCHEDULE (coming soon):
Erev Rosh Hashanah — Sunday, Sept. 29
1st Day Rosh Hashanah — Monday, Sept. 30
Tashlich by the Sea
2nd Day Rosh Hashanah Tuesday, October 1
Erev Yom Kippur/ Kol Nidre —Tuesday, October 8
Yom Kippur — Wednesday, October 9
Community Break- the- fast (separate fee)
Prices: $325/ $300 (Member) for all services + $25 Break Fast
Or create your menu of days you wish to attend.
· Erev Rosh Hashanah $45/ $40 (Member),
· Rosh Hashanah Day 1 $80/ $75 (Member)
· Rosh Hashanah Day 2 $80/ $75 (Member)
· TASHLICH - FREE
· Erev Yom Kippur/ Kol Nidre $55/ $50 (Member)
· Yom Kippur Day- $95/ $85 (Member) Yom Kippur
· Yom Kippur Break-Fast 7:30PM - separate tickets required $25
Metivta Membership $100 includes listing in our High Holidays program booklet.
Please do not allow finances to hinder you from attending – while fees do go only towards covering our expenses, no one will be turned away.