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Services Planned for High Holy Days

September 19, 1998|NONA YATES

Synagogues throughout the Southland will be celebrating the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashana, marking the beginning of the Jewish religious New Year of 5759, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, in the coming weeks. Rosh Hashana begins at sundown on Sunday and continues through Tuesday. It is the beginning of 10 days of penitence that end with Yom Kippur, which starts at sundown Sept. 29 and ends at sundown the next day. Yom Kippur, the most solemn Holy Day on the Jewish calendar, is devoted to prayer and fasting. Some congregations will also have tashlich services where congregants can symbolically cast their sins away upon the water. Below is a listing of some of the services planned throughout the area. Most require tickets. For times and ticket information, contact the individual synagogues and organizations.

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Don R. Singer, rabbi of Shir Hadash, the Reform Jewish Fellowship, will conduct High Holy Day services for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur outside in the garden at the Zen Center of Los Angeles, 923 S. Normandie Ave., Los Angeles. Meditation sessions with instruction will be offered prior to every service. A discussion circle will be held on Yom Kippur afternoon for those who would like to share and listen to other's experiences. Call (310) 456-5323 or (213) 387-2351.

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Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi will return to Los Angeles to celebrate the High Holy Days at Makom Ohr Shalom synagogue joining Makom's new rabbi, Debra Orenstein, cantor/musical director Monty Turner and the Makom Ohr Shalom Choir for Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur. Rabbi Mordecai Finley, Makom's co-rabbi, will join the congregation for the second day Rosh Hashana service. Services will be held at UCLA's Ackerman Hall. A children's program will be available during all events. Call (818) 725-7600 or visit their website at http://www.makom.org

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Chavurah Ha-Am of Orange County is organizing lay-led, Reform/Reconstructionist-

oriented nondenominational services for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Their goal is to provide inclusive, egalitarian services on an affordable basis for those who otherwise would have no access. Services will be at Mile Square Park, 16400 Brookhurst, Fountain Valley. Tickets are $2-$10, on a sliding scale. For details or to volunteer to help with organizing, call (714) 847-2079 between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m.

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Temple Beth Zion-Sinai, 6440 Del Amo Blvd., Lakewood will celebrate the High Holy Days with services led by Rabbi Claudio Kaiser Blueth and Cantor Yehuda Keller leading the choir. Call (562) 429-0715.

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Rabbi Denise Eger and Cantor Mark Saltzman will lead Congregation Kol Ami in Rosh Hashana services at Temple Akiba, 5249 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City on Sunday at 8 p.m. and Monday at 10 a.m. Child care will be provided at the morning service, as well as educational programming for children age 6 and up. Yom Kippur services will be held at Temple Akiba on Sept. 29 and Sept. 30 and will include a healing service. Call (310) 248-6320.

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Temple Beth Am, a center for Conservative Judaism at 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, will be holding traditional services in the Main Sanctuary led by Rabbi Joel Rembaum, Hazzan Jeremy Lipton, Rabbi Jacob Pressman and the Beth Am Choir, and the lay-led Library Minyan. Informal, participatory and child-friendly "BAIT Tefillah" services will be led by Rabbi Perry Netter and David Ackerman at the Ionic Lodge across the street from the Temple. Child care and holiday activities will be available for children from age two through high school level. Call (310) 652-7353, Ext. 223.

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Rabbi Shlomo Schwartz will celebrate Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur with innovative services for Conservative, Reform and nonaffiliated Jews throughout the area at the Westin Hotel, Grand Ballroom, 5400 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles, near LAX. Sponsored by the Chai Center, the annual New Year's events which are billed as "enlightening and entertaining," have attracted up to 3,000 people in recent years. Rebbitzin Olivia Schwartz will lead a discussion group on women's spirituality issues on the afternoon of Sept. 30. No tickets or reservations are required and services are free. Call (310) 391-7995. On the Internet, http://www.chaicenter.org

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Continuing a fifteen-year tradition, the Laugh Factory will open its doors to those in the Jewish community who are unable to be home with family and friends for the High Holidays. Rabbi Robert Jacobs and Cantor Sandy Shanin Lasarow will conduct participative, community-oriented services in the liberal Jewish tradition at the Laugh Factory, 8001 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. Senior citizens and those unable to make a contribution to their local synagogue are particularly welcome at the services, which are free. Reservations are required, however. Call (213) 656-1336.

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