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.

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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.

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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.  

Parking is always a challenge during the High Holy Days. I suggest that you and your loved ones come up with a parking plan before the High Holy Days. Our parking lots open ONE HOUR prior to the service start time. If you choose to walk to the synagogue, either from home or from street parking, the pedestrian gates will be open for pedestrians only at both Sunset and Saltair entries.

 As in past years we hire DOT (Traffic Police) to help with the exit onto Sunset Blvd. This is the ONLY time that gate will be opened – at the end of all services to allow for a smooth and safe exit for all our congregants.  Please so not cross against traffic to go west on Sunset. It is not safe, and it will hold up other cars that are waiting to exit. We are sorry for this inconvenience for our community traveling west, but it is the only safe way to handle the large numbers of cars that will be parking on our lot.

Tuesday, September 18 – Erev Yom Kippur (Kol Nidre) – Parking is available in the upper parking lot at St. Martin’s of Tours Church after 7 pm – enter through 2nd driveway only. Please do not park in the church’s lower parking lot.  University Synagogue’s parking lot will be stacked parked on each day there are services. Limited Handicapped Parking:   Drop off at the front Sunset entry available with driver parking the car in available stacked parking.  Please circle around the building and follow instructions of the parking attendants. Please DO NOT park in ANY of the reserved or coned spaces.

Wednesday, September 19 – Yom Kippur Day – Before 1pm, Parking is ONLY available in the University Synagogue lot and it will be stacked parked. We do have limited Handicapped Parking – please drop off anyone at the Sunset entry, and then park the car.  We will help you with your passenger as well as the chair, if there is one. Parking is available at St. Martin’s of Tours Church on this day AFTER 1pm in the upper lot ONLY.

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