August 31, 2023

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, marks the beginning of a ten-day period of introspection and repentance that culminates on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement – the holiest day of the Jewish calendar.

We would like to extend our warmest wishes to you and your loved ones during these high holidays and to thank you for being an integral part of the community. This time of the year has always been a grand opportunity to reflect on the stories of our past, our mindfulness in the present, and to encourage new thinking that will create a brighter vision of our future. 

From all of us at the Iranian American Jewish Federation,we wish you unity, warmth, prosperity and continuous growth throughout the New Year.

Shana Tova and Chatima Tova! 

Manochehr Nazarian                                                                                               Elie Alyeshmerni
Chairman, Board of Directors                                                                                  President

Nitzavim-Vayelech: To Renew Our Days

نیتزاویم – ویلخ: نوسازی روزهایمان

On the final day of Moses’ life, he reaches out to the Israelites with warnings and encouragements about how to remain faithful to Hashem and to each other when they are in times of doubt. Something he emphasizes is, intimidation. Sometimes we may feel that approaching Judaism, approaching Hashem, or one another for help or for community feels too large and beyond our abilities – maybe even beyond what we think we deserve. But Moses says the commandments are not so complex or so farfetched that we may fear them or fear forgetting them.They are already in our mouths, in our hearts and in our minds. There is no traveling beyond the sea to find them or needing others to bring their message down from heaven. The guidance of the commandments is in our reach because the covenant is embedded in our nature.


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Rise up on High these High Holy Days with our blend of traditional and contemporary Ashkenazic and Sephardic prayers and melodies, with teachings by Rabbi Norbert Weinberg and Dr Isaac Norman, and chanting by Cantor Issac Boudaie. Our personalized Mahzor, prayerbook, is specially designed with contemporary readings, translations, and transliterations, so that the ancient Hebrew liturgy is accessible and addresses the spiritual search of the contemporary Jew, while we add some Jewish soul music background to the services to elevate the mood.Rosh Hashanah this year begins Friday evening, September 15 and runs through Sunday, September 17. Yom Kippur begins Sunday evening, September 24, and continues through Monday, September 25 . The services will be conducted in the Main Sanctuary. There will be online access through streaming services for to enable those who are ill or elderly to be part  of our worship.
Fees for in-person seating are $125 per person. Via zoom: $36 per person.
Additional donations are always welcome.Reservation of seats or zoom access can be done online:

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by mail, c/o Hollywood Temple Beth El, 1317 N Crescent Heights Blvd, W Hollywood, CA 90067.


High Holy Days Schedule
Saturday, September 16, 2023 10:00 AM
Sunday, September 17 2023, 10:00 AM
Sunday Evening, September 24, 2023 6:30 PM
Monday, September 25 ,2023 10:00 AM
Monday, September 25 6:15 PM


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