High Holidays @ VBS

We look forward to sharing the High Holidays with you!
Below, please find our services schedule with descriptions, and childcare and youth programming sign up links.
For ticket information, please contact our main office at 818.788.6000.
Tickets will be mailed approximately one week before Rosh Hashanah.
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Download our Schedule at-a-Glance

DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES

  • MAIN SERVICES (First or Second Service Options)
    Our largest services featuring both traditional and contemporary prayers and melodies led by VBS clergy, accompanied by piano and members of the VBS Congregational Choir.
  • SEPHARDIC SERVICE
    Traditional Sephardic melodies led by Sephardic Cantors.
  • TOT SHOFAR  Early Childhood Family Service
    For families with early childhood age children 5 years and under including music, learning and worship for young children. Seating is on a non-reserved basis; tickets are required. 
  • B’YACHAD  Elementary Age Family Service (Morning or Afternoon Service Options)
    For families with elementary age children. Services include special learning and prayer experiences with a Rabbi and Cantor, as well as Torah reading and sounding of the shofar.
  • PLAYGROUND MINYAN  “Minyan Kol Hadash”
    A traditional service including Rabbi’s sermon and contemporary melodies led by the laity and Rabbis. Children and teenagers are encouraged to participate. 

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCES

  • SELICHOT SERVICES

    Saturday, September 1 • 7:00 PM
    7:00-8:00 PM Dessert, Torah Mantle Changing Ceremony and Havdalah
    8:00-9:00 PM "Holiness and Heresy: An Ottoman Sephardic Odyssey" Study Session with Guest Teacher Dr. Sarah Abrevaya Stein, Sady and Ludwig Kahn Director, Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies, Professor of History, Maurice Amado Chair in Sephardic Studies, UCLA
    9:00-10:15 PM Selichot Service with Artist-in-Residence Asher Levy
    10:30 PM Traditional late-night Selichot prayers led by Rabbi Noah Farkas and Ritual Director Yossi Dresner

  • HIGH HOLIDAY PREP
    Wednesday, September 5 • 7:30-9:00 PM

    Join Rabbi Ed Feinstein and Guest Rabbi Mark Borovitz for "Pikuah Nefesh - Saving Your Soul: A High Holiday Prep Learning"

  • TASHLICH
    Tuesday, September 11 • 4:00 PM
    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 15 • 9:30 AM
    Personal renewal is the message of Shabbat Shuvah, the Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

FOR THE KIDS

  • 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. Sign up online at vbs.org/hhchildcare or contact the ECC Office at (818) 788-0567. For more information email [email protected].
    Click Here To Sign Up Online
  • ​YOUTH PROGRAMMING  Grades K-6
    VBS is pleased to offer supervision for children in Grades K-6 while their parents attend services. Youth Programming includes informal High Holiday education filled with games, arts & crafts and a snack. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Walk-ins and pre-registered children must be signed in by their parents inside the Zicklin Lieberman Youth Center. *Due to construction, all children under the age of 13 must be in Services or Youth Programming. Sign up online at vbs.org/hhkids or contact the Youth Department at (818) 530-4025. For more information email the Youth Department directly at [email protected].
    Click Here To Sign Up Online 
     
  • ​TEEN VOLUNTEER AND PROGRAM OPPORTUNITIES  Grades 7-12    Download the flyer 
    Teens are permitted in the Sanctuary and Malkin services with a ticket purchased for them (on a space available basis). As long as a teen is accompanied at the main entry by a ticketed adult, teens are welcomed without a ticket in the following services – (a) the Playground Minyan service or (b) special teen programming. Teen volunteer opportunities are available on a first come, first served sign up process. Please use the online form and choose the position and time you wish to work. Any questions or changes must be submitted to [email protected]. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your shift to the assigned location. Community Service hours can be obtained in person with either Ami Monson or Camryn Kruger or may be sent to [email protected] or via phone at (818) 530-4025.
  • Teens are also invited to join the Youth Department for thought-provoking teen services and discussion. Here are the options:
    -Teen led services on the first day of Rosh Hashanah (September 10) and Yom Kippur (September 19) from 11:15am-12:15pm (teens only) in Bernstein Balcony Seminar Room
    -Kol Nidre (September 18) discussion and brief service led by Ami Monson, Director of Youth Engagement, from 6:00pm-7:30pm in the Zicklin Lieberman Youth Center
    Click Here To Sign Up Online

TICKETS AND SEATING

Tickets are required for entry to all VBS High Holiday services. Please keep your ticket with you at all times; no adults will be admitted through VBS security without a ticket. If you arrive without a ticket, you will need to obtain a will call ticket, or “day ticket,” from our Will Call Booth, which is located just north of our entry gate, at the driveway of the first home north of the main entrance.

Except for services designated as “open seating,” seats are reserved. As long as you have a ticket to any one of the VBS services, it is permissible to sit in an empty seat, but you must relocate when the seat’s assigned occupant arrives. We will have volunteer ushers to greet you, help you find your seat, and maintain the order of services.

REMINDERS AND NOTES

Please do not use your cell phones while in the synagogue. TURN OFF RINGERS while in services. Please park strollers in the designated Stroller Parking area on the Peskin Terrace (outdoor patio area located west of the main synagogue entrance, north of Sher-Lopaty Chapel).