High Holidays @ VBS

We look forward to sharing the High Holidays with you!

Below, please find our schedule of services with descriptions, additional experiences, and CHILD CAREYOUTH PROGRAMMING and TEEN VOLUNTEERING sign up links. For ticket information, please contact our main office at 818.788.6000. If you requested to mail your tickets, they have been sent out.

If you cannot pick up your tickets ahead of time, you can visit the WILL CALL area just north of our entrance on Densmore during the High Holidays. Expect delays at Will Call, and please allow extra time for parking and security.


NEW THIS YEAR: Sephardic Services will all be held in Sher-Lopaty Chapel, B'Yachad Family Services are now OPEN seating in the new Levine Community Center Gym (tickets required), the Playground Minyan Services will be held in the Rosen Library and the Levine Gym (see schedule). 

SECURITY REMINDER: This year, all tickets issued by VBS have the ticket holder's name on it. To enter VBS, every ticket holder will be required to present a ticket along with a matching photo ID, and then pass through metal detectors. All bags, including purses, diaper bags, strollers and tallit bags will be checked. Please avoid bringing oversized bags or backpacks as this may delay your entrance time.

Parking & Ride Share Options Project Pushcart Download the High Holiday Guide


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Download our Printable 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.
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  • 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 open; 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. Seating is open; tickets are required. 
  • 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

  • SHABBAT SHUVAH
    Saturday, October 5
    9:00 AM
     
    Torah Study with Rabbi Ed Feinstein and special guest Rabbi Mark Borovitz, Beit Tshuvah
    11:00 AM Discussion at Shabbat Morning Services "Judaism from the Inside Out"

  • YOM KIPPUR LEARNING
    Wednesday, October 9
    3:30-4:30 PM
    Rabbi Noah Farkas in Winer Chapel: “Choose Life” A conversation on mortal matters with Neil Wenger, MD

  • YOM KIPPUR MEDITATION
    Wednesday, October 9
    4:30-5:30 PM
    Cantor Phil Baron in Winer Chapel

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. 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 OPPORTUNITIES  Grades 7-12  
    Teen volunteer opportunities are available on a first come, first served sign up process. Teens can volunteer to help with K-6 programming, ushering, greeting, project pushcart, or sidewalk assistance. 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 Camryn Kruger or may be sent to [email protected] or via phone at (818) 530-4025.  

    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 Playground Minyan service. 
    Click Here To Sign Up Online

TICKETS AND SEATING

Tickets with matching ID are required for entry (for those over 18) 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. If a service is designated as open seating, you are welcome to sit in any seat in the service and are not required to move. That seat is yours during that Open Seating service only. It belongs to the reserved name seat holder during all other reserved seating times. 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. We kindly request no applause during services. Please park strollers in the designated Stroller Parking areas (outside the Levine Community Center entrance near Malkin and Peskin near Sher Lopaty)