High Holidays @ VBS

We look forward to sharing the High Holidays with you! 
Please find childcare and youth programming links below, as well as the service schedule.
For ticket information, please contact our main office at 818.788.6000.

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Click Here for High Holiday K-6 Programming

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DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES
  • FIRST AND SECOND SERVICE
    Our largest services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur feature both traditional and contemporary prayers and melodies led by VBS clergy, accompanied by piano and members of the VBS Choir. Services include a Rabbi's sermon.
  • TOT SHOFAR
    For families with early childhood age children 5 years and under including music, learning and worship for young children. New this year: seating is on a non-reserved basis, but tickets are required. 
  • B’YACHAD & AFTERNOON FAMILY SERVICE
    For families with children in grades K-6. Parents are required to accompany children. Services include special learning experiences with a Rabbi and song leader, as well as Torah reading and sounding of the shofar. This year, the B’Yachad Kol Nidre service on Friday, September 29 will be held in the air-conditioned Turf Field Tent.
  • SEPHARDIC SERVICE
    Traditional Sephardic melodies led by Sephardic Cantors. Note: On Yom Kippur, services begin in Winer Chapel at 8:00 AM and resume in Sher-Lopaty Chapel at 12:30 PM.
  • PLAYGROUND MINYAN
    Also known as “Minyan Kol Hadash,” this traditional service includes contemporary melodies led by lay leaders and Rabbis. Children and teenagers are encouraged to participate and intermingle with adults. Services include a Rabbi’s sermon.
  • YOM KIPPUR MINCHA AND NEILAH
    The final two services of Yom Kippur, all with open seating. Bring your own shofar and participate in the final T’kiyah G’dolah! All congregants are welcome. Neilah begins at approximately 6:15 PM on Saturday, September 30.
DESCRIPTION OF ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCES
  • SELICHOT SERVICES
    Saturday, September 16 beginning at 7:00 PM
    “Your Makor: Return to your Source"
    7:00-8:00 PM Text Study with Rabbi Ed Feinstein, Meditation with Rabbi Josh Hoffman and Poetry with Rabbi Noah Farkas
    8:00-8:30 PM Dessert
    8:30-9:00 PM Havdallah and Torah Mantle Changing Ceremony
    9:00-10:15 PM Selichot Service
    10:30 PM Traditional late-night Selichot prayers led by Rabbi Noah Farkas and Ritual Director Yossi Dresner
  • TASHLICH
    Friday, September 22 • 5:00 PM at Lake Balboa • Anthony Beilenson Park • 6300 Balboa Blvd.
    Join us for a joyful beginning of the New Year. We cast away our sins (ok, old bread!) and begin the year with song and celebration after services on the second day of Rosh Hashanah. Bring your dog for “Tash-leash” – all dogs will receive a special blessing as we celebrate a collective “Bark Mitzvah.” Open to the community.
  • SHABBAT SHUVAH
    Saturday, September 23 • 9:30 AM
    Personal renewal is the message of Shabbat Shuvah. Join us with guest speaker, Congressman Brad Sherman.
  • YOM KIPPUR LEARNING
    Saturday, September 30 • 3:30-4:30 PM
    In the Bernstein Balcony Seminar Room with Rabbi Noah Farkas
DESCRIPTION OF CHILD CARE and YOUTH PROGRAMMING
  • CHILD CARE  Ages 2-5
    Supervised child care is available for children ages 2-5 (TK) while their parents attend services. Child care includes games, activities, crafts and a snack. Check-in will be in the ECC office. Pre-registration is required. Contact the ECC Office at (818) 788-0567; or
    Click here to sign up online
DESCRIPTION OF YOUTH AND TEEN PROGRAMMING
  • YOUTH PROGRAMMING  Grades K-6
    Supervision is available for all children while their parents are attending services. Activities include games, trivia, improv, arts & crafts, guitar-led singing and a short prayer service. Snacks will be provided. Due to construction, all children under the age of 13 must either be in Services or Youth Programming with no exceptions. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged although a limited number of walk-ins will be permitted. Check-in and pick up will be in the ECC courtyard. Contact the Youth Department at (818) 530-4025; Email Ami Monson at [email protected]; or 
    Click here to sign up online 
  • TEEN PROGRAMMING  Grades 7-12
    Teens are encouraged to attend special programming in the Zicklin Lieberman Youth Center including thought provoking discussions and social engagement amongst peers. Teens are permitted in the Sanctuary and Malkin-Burdorf services with a ticket purchased for them depending on space availability. Teens are permitted to attend the Playground Minyan Service without a ticket only when accompanied by a ticketed adult. New this year: Teen Programming offered from 1:30-3:00 p.m. on Rosh Hashanah 1st Day and on Yom Kippur. 
    Teen Volunteering: Teens can obtain community service hours by volunteering at K-6 programming. To enroll: Email Ami Monson at [email protected]; or
    Click here to complete the form online