High Holy Days

Our congregational family at University Synagogue gathers as one during High Holy Days – a time for personal renewal and communal commitment. 
All of our services are held in the Kopelson Family Sanctuary with special services for those in their 20s and 30s in the evenings of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in the Gray Family Chapel. This awe-inspiring time guides us spiritually at the dawn of a new year as our rabbis and cantors move our souls, stir our hearts, and challenge our minds.
Our services follow Reform Jewish practice and feature unique congregational moments. Some of our majestic music has been written for our congregation and commissioned by Cantor Emeritus Frailich. Our Golden Kippah students help lead prayers and assist during the family services – where we roll out the entire Torah, and children with shofarot sound the blasts. Yom Kippur concludes with a moving Havdalah service – where we gather arm-in-arm, feeling the joy of community and the power of our prayers of the past ten days. We then gather for a congregational break-the-fast.

High Holy Days 2018 | 5779


We encourage you to order tickets online. Please order tickets (including complimentary tickets available to members of URJ congregations) no later than Sunday, September 2nd. Tickets will not be mailed after that date. If you order after that date, you will need to do so via phone or at the Temple office.  If you are unable to pick up tickets by Friday, August 31st, they will be available at will call at the services. If you have any questions, please contact us at (310) 472-1255. We want every member to be able to participate fully in the High Holy Days.

Click here to purchase tickets online!


Children's Programming

During select High Holy Day services, we are offering age-specific programming. Our team is working hard to ensure they are fun and meaningful. 

18 months - Kindergarten
Childcare is available down in our Early Childhood Learning Center: Download the form here to sign your child up! Childcare for these ages is available on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippor morning services, as well as Yom Kippur afternoon. 

Grades 1 - 3
Children in grades 1 - 3 are invited to join us for a program in the ECLC Lions classroom. We will have some activities, play time, snack and an age-appropriate High Holy Day service including hearing the shofar! This program is available at morning services only. Download the form here!
Grades 4 - 6
Children in grades 4 - 6 are welcome to join us in the Beit Midrash for an age-appropriate service, Rosh Hashanah seder and social justice project. These programs last the duration of the morning services on both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. 

For children in grades 1 - 6, please email Jessie if your child plans to attend!


Click here to view the Child Care Form (18 months - Kindergarten)
Click here to view the Child Care Form (Grades 1 - 3)
Click here to view the Book of Remembrance Form
Additional Member Ticket Request Form


Parking is available beginning 30 minutes prior to the start of service. It will be stacked parking. If you know you are leaving before the end of the main service, please let the parking attendants know so they can direct you appropriately. Additional parking is available at St. Martin of Tours on specific days and times. Please call for details.  

Live Streaming

Unable to make it to services? Watch them live here

Have questions? Contact us at (310) 472-1255, or send us an email membership@unisyn.org.