Get High On The High Holidays With JConnectLA

Prepare yourself for a delicious, inspiring and friendly, participatory High Holiday experience with meaning, melody and humor. This year’s services are presented by JconnectLA in collaboration with Isralight-LA.

Our program will be led by Rabbi Yonah Bookstein with Rabbi Shlomo Seidenfeld, Cheston Mizel, Rachel Bookstein, and other guests!

‘Get High on The Holidays’ is being hosted by Young Israel of Beverly Hills, who have graciously provided their facilities for all our programming.

Start the New Year right on a good foot with food and friends. Our celebrations kick-off Friday, September 18, 2009 at 6:30pm with an entertaining and delicious Rosh Hashanah feast, highlighting special symbolic foods, round raisin challahs, honey, pomegranates, apples, dates, award winning brisket and other home-made delicacies.

Saturday & Sunday mornings, September 19 and 20th, at 9am, we will enjoy home-made honey-cake and coffee, and some Rosh Hashanah teachings before services start at 9:30am. The service itself is condensed, lively, and includes special break-out session for those that want to explore what the holidays mean to them. All levels and backgrounds are welcome. Hebrew reading skills are NOT required. We will only be blowing the Shofar on Sunday – so make sure to hear the call of the New Year!

Following services on both days, we will be treated to a sweet and delicious Kiddish.

We provide a Kiddie Minyan and childcare for children ages 1-13, from 10am until 1pm for an additional cost.

Services free for full-time students.

Register here:

Questions? Email Eric@JconnectLA

Schedule for Rosh Hashanah

New Year’s Fest – Friday, Sept. 18
6:30pm: Short Services7:00pm: Special Rosh Hashanah Kabbalistic Feast

Rosh Hashanah Services & Kiddush – Saturday/Shabbat, Sept 19
Honey Cake & Torah Study @ 9am
Morning Service @ 9:30am
Learning Breakout Sessions @ 11am
Delicious Buffet Kiddush following Services

Rosh Hashanah Services, Shofar & Kiddush – Sunday, Sept 20
Early Shofar Blowing, Torah Study & Honey Cake @ 9am
Morning Service @ 9:30am
Learning Breakout Sessions @ 11am
Delicious Buffet Kiddush following Services
Late Shofar Blowing @ 2pm

Shabbat Shuva Tish – Saturday/Shabbat, Sept 26, 6pm
Delicious meal, singing and learning,
Evening Service and Musical Havdallah @ 8pm

Yom Kippur Schedule

Yom Kippur Kol Nidre – Sunday, Sept 27
Kol Nidre Evening Service @ 6:30pm
Followed by “Discovering Your Life-Mission” – A class with Rabbi Yonah

Yom Kippur Services – Monday, Sept 28
Morning Service followed by Yizkor @ 9am
Closing Service @ 6:30pm
Break-the-Fast following the Closing Service @ 8pm

About Luke Ford

Raised a Seventh-Day Adventist at Avondale College in Australia, Luke Ford moved to California in 1977. He graduated from Placer High School in 1984, reported the news at KAHI/KHYL radio for three years, attended Sierra College and UCLA, was largely bedridden by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for six years, and converted to Judaism in 1993. From 1997-2007, Luke made his living from blogging. Living by Beverly Hills (, he now teaches the Alexander Technique (moving the way the body likes to move). Lessons cost $100 each and last about 45 minutes. In 2011, Luke completed a three-year teaching course at the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles. His personal Alexander Technique website is Luke is the author of five books, including: » The Producers: Profiles in Frustration » Yesterday’s News Tomorrow: Inside American Jewish Journalism
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