The New Year Festivals (Rosh Hashana, Kol Nidre, YonKiper/Yom Kippur, Sukis/Sukkot) are based on ancient beliefs about the need for self-reflection and communal re-assessment. Sholem’s observances use music, readings, and discussion relevant to our daily lives and challenges.

The Sholem Community’s holiday observances draw from Jewish history, folk traditions, contemporary readings, and social justice themes. Our secular humanistic adaptations of Jewish holidays are creative and imbued with a sense of relevance to the concerns of our modern times.

Rosh Hashana (rosheshone)

11:00 am, Monday, Oct 3, 2016.
Rancho Park-Cheviot Hills. Picnic Area #1 (behind the swimming pool)
2551 Motor Avenue, Los Angeles (One block south of Pico)
A family celebration with readings and songs. Bring a picnic for your family and dessert to share. We will provide the apples and honey. Free admission.

Kol Nidre

7:00 pm, Tuesday, Oct 11, 2016.
Professional Musicians’ Union auditorium
817 North Vine Street, Hollywood. (Half a block north of Melrose).
Kol Nidre, the evening before Yom Kippur, is a highlight of the Sholem calendar. Informed by Jewish traditions, in music and in spoken word, we reflect on our lives and the state of the world through a humanistic and progressive prism.

Yom Kippur (yonkiper)

2:30-4:30 pm, Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016.

Yom Kippur observance will be at the Workmen’s Circle, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd. (a few blocks south of Pico), Wed. Oct. 12, 2:30-4:30 pm. This event is co-sponsored by the SoCal Arbeter Ring/Workmen’s Circle and the Sholem Community. There is no charge to attend.  For more info:


11:00 am, Sunday, Oct 16, 2016
Westside Neighborhood School
5401 Beethoven Street, Los Angeles, CA 90066
A family friendly-program that celebrates food justice and sustainability at this fall harvest holiday.