High Holy Days

High Holy Days 2016 - 5777
Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur Services are at the First United Methodist Church
1008 11th Street at the corner of Washington Ave
For Security Reasons, tickets must be presented at the door.

For more information on guest tickets call (310) 453-4276 or email office@thesms.org.

Selichot     Saturday September 24 — 9 pm

Erev Rosh Hashanah     Sunday October 2 — 7:30 pm

Rosh Hashanah Day     Monday October 3 
Morning Service     10 am
Tashlich on the Beach     3:30 pm

Erev Yom Kippur     Tuesday October 11

Yom Kippur Day    Wednesday October 12
Service  10am
Film and Discussion  1 pm
K-3 Family Service   3 pm
Afternoon Service  4 pm
Yizkor and Concluding Service  5 pm

Sukkot     Sunday October 16    

Religious School   3 p.m
Adult Wine & Cheese in Sukkah   4 pm
BBQ Dinner   5 pm

Simchat Torah    Sunday  October 23     5pm

High Holy Days

High Holy Day services at The Santa Monica Synagogue are exceptionally moving.  We begin the “The Days of Awe” several days prior to Rosh Hashanah with a S’lichot service under the stars.  Our cantor leads us in prayer with accompaniment by a harpist, and our rabbi offers words which prepare us for the task of repentance.

For Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we use the groundbreaking prayer book, “Gates of Light.”   With its modern interpretations of the prayers, we have the opportunity to connect deeply to the prayers of these holiest days.  Accompanied by piano, our cantor and choir fill the sanctuary with beautiful sounds of prayerful music.  Our rabbi’s sermons are moving, powerful, and warm.

Tashlich on the Beach

On Rosh Hashanah afternoon, we gather on the beach for Tashlich, an ancient ceremony in which our sins are symbolically cast into the sea.    The weather is always great as over 700 of us – congregants and friends – come together to say farewell to the old year and usher in the new one.

One year, we wrote our failings down on paper and a scuba diver emerged from the water to bear them away.  Another year, we wrote on edible newsprint and a goat came down the shore to gobble up our mistakes.  We’ve built long wall of sand on which to write and, last year, the air was filled with the sound of drums, as we welcomed in the New Year with rhythmic precision!