Remembering Debbie Friedman, High Holy Days 2009

You are listening to Debbie Friedman of blessed memory 
who joined us 
to help me lead the first few years of Bayit Shelanu.

The tradition of captivating music for the holidays continues with 
Grammy-winning solo vocalist, Ayana Haviv, composer/musician, 
Bruce Garnitz, cellist Matt Cooker, and actress/performer Rena Strober.


As our community comes together for these High Holidays, we stand strong, both in America and in Israel. Today, Israel announced that its population has increased by 173,811 over the past year and now stands at over 8 million. The number of new Olim (immigrants) in the last 12 months is 24,801. These statistics are worthy of note but they don't give us a true picture of how Israel is doing, growing, dealing with challenge? To find that out one must speak to actual human beings, to listen and to learn and engage. I have been to Israel twice over the past 20 months, and bring stories—from their community to ours.

Knowing these stories—this is the path of the High Holy Days. It is a time for communication. It is also a time for checking in with those who are important to us, including ourselves. Taking care of one's own mental health and one's own creative soul makes us that much more present for others who matter to us and to the world we live in. Come join us as together we communicate the meaning of the Jewish New Year with all of its possibility for growth, self-knowledge, forgiveness and renewal.

Now is not the time to stand apart but to BE a part of the community.

Join us this Wednesday night @ 7:30pm-9pm and/or Thursday morning @ 10am-12:30 pm in Ackerman Ballroom (above the Student Union) on the campus of UCLA for Song, Reflection, and Celebration, the kind that makes a difference and brings our community together.

Share in the sweetness of apples and honey as well as round challah celebrating the tradition that Rosh Hashana is the birthday of the world.

Here's to a sweet New Year,

Rabbi Jan

High Holy Days 2014/5775

Erev Rosh Hashanah Wednesday, September 24
Rosh Hashanah Thursday, September 25
Kol Nidre Friday, October 3
Yom Kippur Saturday, October 4