Days of Awesome High Holidays 2019

Two synagogues in Pico join forces to bring an awesome High Holidays experience to Los Angeles.

We always want to make the High Holiday experience special. This year we are co-creating a center for the High Holidays featuring joyous, interactive and soul-lifting services and programs at Harkham Hillel Day School in collaboration with LA’s Happy Minyan. We’ll be hosting multiple services, programs and classes, at this large, beautiful and secure school.

Our Days of Awesome features:

Pico Shul High Holiday Services

Happy Minyan High Holiday Services

All participants can participant in these programs:

Kid Shul: Children’s service and supervised play

The Beginner Service 

Mommy and Me: Room for mother’s with babies

Chai Cafe space with coffee, tea and snacks

Kabbalah Sutra Yoga

Breakout Sessions  and more!

Pico Shul Rosh Hashanah Service

Inspiring High Holidays services blending traditional and newer melodies, a user-friendly format, explanations, and bi-lingual prayer books. Geared towards Young Professionals and those newer to traditional services. Services led by Rabbi Yonah Bookstein and Chazanim Tuli Skaist, Yehuda Prero and The Maccabeards.

Happy Minyan Service 

World-famous inspiring, meaningful, joyous and musical services lead by Yehuda Solomon, Jeff Rohatiner, and Jon Hoenig and inspiring talks by David Sacks. Geared towards families and more experienced “daveners”. Featuring bi-lingual prayer books, welcoming atmosphere, dancing, and soul-lifting speakers.

Kid Shul: Children’s service and supervised play

Children can participate in a short kids service with shofar and prayer, and supervised games.

The Beginner Service 

Led by educator Yonah Stromer, walk through the key parts of the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur service using our own beginners prayer books.

Kabbalah Sutra Yoga

Led by Marcus J. Freed, author of Kabbalah Sutras. No special clothing or mat is required for this yoga and meditation practice.

Mommy and Me: Room for mother’s with babies

A private place for mothers with babies to relax with their kids. We will have a couple of pack and plays and mats there too for resting.

Chai Cafe: coffee, tea and cake for Rosh Hashanah

Grab some refreshments before services, or take a break at the Chai Cafe in the atrium.

Breakout Sessions 

Take a break from services and join these great classes

Mind over Matter – Rabbi Shlomo Seidenfeld 

Blowing Shofar for Dummies – Yossi Frankel

The near and the far – Cheston Mizel 

Prophets and Honey – Rachel Kaufman 

Grateful Living  – Batsheva Frankel 

We are very excited about these updates. This program ensures that will be having a larger and brighter space for all our services and air conditioned rooms for all our other sessions and much more room for kids. 

As we are a non-judgmental community focused on Jewish unity, caring and welcoming guests — please invite your friends to join us for the High Holidays. Maybe they don’t have a regular synagogue and feel self-conscious about where to go. Bring them to our High Holiday Center, because no Jew can be left behind! 

You can reserve your seat by purchasing tickets, which are all donations to cover our costs. You do not need to be a member to join us. You can get seats for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur separately. So please don’t miss out on our great services, fascinating break-out-sessions and a delicious Kabbalistic Rosh Hashanah Kiddish and register today for Rosh Hashanah.

If you are able to help underwrite the costs of putting on these services for the community, you can also make an additional tax-deductible donation on our registration page. Lastly, we are also looking for sponsors for scholarships for students and others. 

May you be written and inscribed in the Book of Life for good health and blessings in 5780!

Rabbi Yonah 

Sell your Chametz over Passover 5779

Take 5 Minutes to Fill out our Online Form!

The sale is a complex legal procedure that you should not try at home.

It’s a great mitzvah to *not own* chametz over Passover. Sometimes we have chametz (whiskey collection, warehouse of cookies) we don’t want to dispose of permanently. To enable this transaction, the sages created a binding and legal sale of chametz that can be performed before the holiday to a non-Jew, who sells the chametz back after the holiday. Fill out the form online and Rabbi Yonah will execute the sale on your behalf. If you have questions email rabbi@picoshul.org