HHD 5773 FAQs
How can I help out with High Holy Days 5773?
We're glad you asked. We need help with all kinds of important jobs. Volunteering at High Holy Days is a great way to get to know other IKARites and to help build our community. Please click on the Sign-up button below to sign-up on VolunteerSpot for a job (or two or three). If you have questions about voluntering, e-mail HHDvolunteer@ikar-la.org.
I am a new member or I have renewed for the 5773 year. Are IKARds (High Holy Day entrance cards) included in membership?
High Holy Day IKARds come with IKAR membership and will be waiting for you at the check-in desk when you arrive at the WJCC for services. You will receive one adult IKARd for an Individual, 20-something/Student, or Single Parent Family membership, and two adult IKARds for a Couple, 20-something/Student Couple, or Family membership. Associate membership does not include IKARds. Children's programming IKARds are NOT included in membership or in Limudim registration. Rosh Hashanah Lunch and Yom Kippur Break Fast Meal IKARds must be purchased separately as well. Non-member IKARds can be purchased here until we have reached capacity.
Why won't my username and password work?
If you have not yet registered on our website, you will need to do so in order to submit forms for High Holy Days or IKAR membership. Your old Memberclicks usernames and passwords will no longer work. If you have already registered on the new site, and you are having log-in issues, please contact the IKAR office.
How do I know if I need Children's Programming?
For safety reasons, children are not permitted anywhere in the building unsupervised. If you will have your children with you the entire time, you do not need children's programming IKARds. However, if your child is between the ages of 2 and 13 and you want them to have a fun, educational, interactive, hands-on experience of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, you should purchase children's programming IKARds for them. We will be full and will most likely not be able to accommodate drop-ins on the day of. If space is available, the price will be much higher.
What if my child is only coming to the family service and then going home? Do I need IKARds?
All adults need IKARds, but children who are only coming to the family service do not.
Why all the forms? Can I just send a check?
Over 2,000 adults and children come through the doors of IKAR during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and we do everything we can to make sure everyone has what they need. It is a tremendous help to the staff if you please follow the instructions laid out in these e-mails to reserve HHD IKARds, meal IKARds, purchase Mahzorim, submit Yizkor entries, and handle membership. That said, if you are having difficulty, please don't hesitate to call or e-mail us.
How do I get my IKARds?
IKARds may be picked up at any time during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services at the check-in desk at the WJCC. They will include your meal IKARds, if you have purchased them. Children's programming IKARds will be available at the children's programming table in the lobby. Purchased Mahzorim will be available at a separate table.
What do I need to bring with me?
If you've purchased IKARds or renewed your membership, your IKARds will be waiting for you at the check-in table once you enter the WJCC. For security purposes, everyone must show a picture ID at the door. If you have your own Mahzor, or you purchased one through IKAR, we encourage you to bring it with you. We will provide copies of the old Mahzor. If you have a kippa and tallit, please bring them, though we will have extras for those who need them.
What should I wear?
Prada, of course. Or jeans. Or something in between. Our services are not about your clothes, they're about your spirit. That said, you shouldn't feel awkward in a suit - it's still the High Holy Days, after all. On Rosh Hashanah, during the day, it is traditional to wear a tallit, and on Yom Kippur, the tallit is worn during both the evening and daytime services. On Yom Kippur, our custom is to wear white, a sign of spiritual purity, both for Kol Nidre and all day on Yom Kippur, and to avoid leather shoes. Wear comfortable sneakers, and bring sweats and a towel if you'll join us for restorative yoga during the afternoon break.
Where can I park?
Street parking restrictions around the JCC will be relaxed. Click here for a map and details regarding where to park. Parking is limited, so please walk, carpool or take public transportation if you can. Come early and park at the WJCC (only 100 spots available) - a great perk if you volunteer to set-up or for one of our early slots!