High Holy Days

Your Roadmap to the 5778 High Holy Days


Stunning davening, complete with all the greatest hits: Dueling Shofar Service (break-your-heart-open vs blast-you-out-of-your-seat)/ Who Will Live, Who Will Die/Down-on-the-Ground-Aleinu. Rosh Hashanah services are Wednesday night, Thursday, and Friday, September 20-22.

Erev Rosh Hashanah: Wednesday, September 20, 6:00 pm musical intro, 6:15 pm service
Meditative music, then at 6:15 pm 
jump into the High Holies with a (truly) short and deeply meaningful service and sermon.

Rosh Hashanah Day 1: Thursday, September 21, 8:30 am
Stunning davening, complete with all the greatest hits: Dueling Shofar Service (break-your-heart-open vs blast-you-out-of-your-seat)/Down-on-the-Ground-Aleinu and some serious sermonic action, great coffee and tasty snacks. *TRIBE (20s/30s) lunch following services. Info and sign up here.

Rosh Hashanah Day 2: Friday, September 22, 8:30 am
IKAR’s best-kept secret – with all the spirit, learning, prostrating, shofar blasting and mini-muffins of Day One but with a little more elbow room.

Tashlikh: Sunday, September 24, 4:00 pm
It’s a ritual “casting away” of our missteps, mistakes and bad patterns – all the things we don’t want to bring with us into the New Year. We gather at Santa Monica Beach, Lifeguard Station 26 (at Ocean Park Blvd).


Kol Nidre: Friday, September 29, 6:00 pm 

There’s a reason it’s Rabbi Brous’ favorite day of the year. Kol Nidre is intense and beautiful and the very best way to dive into your annual 25-hour soul workout. Expect a white-clad crowd taking in a spicy sermon and more joy than you thought could be mustered for Kol Nidre.

YK morning: Saturday, September 30, 9:00 am

Join us for the best, most uplifting spiritual punch in the gut – and make a day out it. Sermon, learning, davening and dancing. You’ll forget you’re even fasting – and just might leave believing that anything is possible.

Yizkor service: Saturday, September 30, 2:00 pm
Our memorial service, honoring the people we love who have died.

YK afternoon: Saturday, September 30, 2:40 pm 

Following Yizkor, stretch your mind and heart in Torah study or rest and relax – body and soul – with restorative yoga. Followed by Minha (the afternoon service) and the bizarrely captivating Book of Jonah.

Neilah: Saturday, September 30, 5:45 pm
The home stretch – hours of spiritual work culminate in a no-holds-barred service that bridges heaven and earth, and we lay it all on the line. So good you won’t want Yom Kippur to end. Closes with children’s light parade, Havdalah and a final knock-your-socks-off blast of the shofar and Halleluyah.

Breakfast for Break-Fast: Saturday, September 30, 7:45 pm
The food is delicious and abundant and it’s breakfast. The air is clear and our souls are clean. Come ready to eat and dance.


Sukkot begins at sundown on Wednesday, October 4. 

Gather around under the communal spirit of our Sukkah. Info on dates and times for IKAR services coming soon.

Sukkot Day 1 Services: Thursday, October 5, 9:30 am

Shabbat Hol HaMoed Sukkot: Saturday, October 7, 9:15 am


Sh’mini Atzeret begins at the conclusion of Sukkot on Wednesday, October 11. Simhat Torah begins at the conclusion of Sh’mini Atzeret on Thursday, October 12.

Shmini Atzeret Services with Yizkor: Thursday, October 12, 9:30 am

Simhat Torah: Thursday, October 12, 7:00 pm