Kahal Joseph Congregation

310.474.0559 / webmaster@kahaljoseph.org
10505 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025

KJ High Holy Days Guide 5782

High Holy Days Messages

Rabbi Natan Halevy


Shanah Tova, Tizku leshanim tovot, rabot, uneimot.

May we be written and inscribed for a sweet and healthy year.

Let’s send a prayer to Hashem for a Bracha- a blessing for the entire Kahal Joseph congregation: May we have a tremendously successful year in our spiritual and physical endeavors. May all our hearts’ desire for good be fulfilled and our lives be filled with health, growth, and harmony. Amen.

We are celebrating Yom HaKippurim, the day of atoning. It is the Holy of Holies of the Jewish year, a time when we can almost touch the divine presence and feel the spirituality in the air.

This day is set apart by Hashem. It is likened to ‘a lighthouse on the shore of eternity that has cheered, guided, and sustained us for over a hundred generations.’ We eat a festive meal before the fast, for we are certain of HaShem’s favorable decree.  We come as one dressed in white, to signify that on this holy day of the year, we are on par with the angels.

This day gives us the power to master our destiny. It is a day of intense soul-searching and sincere communication with the Almighty. This search requires internal calm. 

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Shana Tova from the President

Shana Tova, Tizku Leshanim Rabot,

Every year, we count our blessings and thank Hashem for keeping us alive and healthy. Today this prayer is more appropriate than ever, after a difficult eighteen months of the pandemic.

During the few months that our synagogue could not open its doors, many steps were taken to make our synagogue a safer and healthier place. The bathrooms on the first floor have been remodeled, the new plumbing fixtures are now all touchless, and new powerful exhaust fans change the air in the bathrooms at a much faster rate than before. The air conditioning system has been cleaned, and special filters have been installed to sanitize the circulated air in the sanctuary and the social hall.

Rest assured that our priority is the welfare and good health of our community. With that in mind, the High Holy Days’ services this year will be limited to members only. The social hall will be set up with chairs spaced apart to provide another option for those who feel more comfortable sitting in a less crowded area.

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Rosh Hashanah Seder

Click here to read about the special foods and blessings that we say during the Rosh Hashanah meal to invite good omens and positive energy into our lives in the upcoming year.



Learn About Yom Kippur with Rabbi Halevy

Learn About Rosh Hashanah with Rabbi Halevy, Click Here

Listen to Yom Kippur Melodies from Hazzan Jalali, Click Here

Reserve Mitzvot for Yom Kippur

There are many different ways to support something dear to you, but few go as far and are as spiritually satisfying as pledging towards a mitsva in your synagogue on Rosh Hashana or Yom Kippur.

Many ritual mitsvot may be reserved during the High Holy Days and are available to everyone on a first-come-first-served basis for a customary donation .

Your pledges support the important work of the synagogue all year long. Thanks for your contribution, and tizkoo leshanim rabot!

To reserve your mitsva, click HERE.

High Holy Days Schedule 5782 / 2021

Erev Rosh Hashanah
Monday, September 6th
Selihot 5:45 am
Shacharit and Hatarat Nedarim 7:00 am
Minha/Arbit 6:30 pm
Light Candles at 6:54 pm

Rosh Hashanah, Day One
Tuesday, September 7th
Shaharit 9:00 am
Kids Korner 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Minha/Arbit 6:30 pm
Light Candles 7:54 pm

Rosh Hashanah, Second Day
Wednesday, September 8th
Shaharit 9:00 am
Kids Korner 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Minha / Arbit 6:30 pm
Havdallah 7:55 pm

Tsom Gedaliah Fast Day
Thursday, September 9th
Selihot/ Shaharit 6:00 am
Fast Begins 5:17 am
Fast Ends 7:48 am

Days of Awe
Erev Shabbat Shuvah

Friday, September 10th
Selihot / Shaharit 6:00 am
Candle Lighting 6:48 pm
Minha/Arbit at Home

Shabbat Shuvah
Saturday, September 11th
Shaharit at KJ 9:00 am
Minha/Arbit at Home
Havdallah 7:50 pm

Sunday, September 11th
Selihot / Shaharit 5:45 am

Mon-Tue, September 12-13th
Selihot/ Shaharit 5:45 am

Erev Yom Kippur
Wednesday, September 15th
Selihot 5:45 am
Shacharit 6:45 am
Minha 1:30 pm
Candle Lighting | Fast Begins: 6:42 pm
Kol Nidrei 6:30 pm
Kids Korner 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Yom Kippur Day
Thursday, September 16th
Shaharit  8:00 am
Kids Korner 9:30 am to 1:30 pm
Minha 4:30 pm
Neilah 5:30 pm
Kids Korner 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm (approx)
Fast Ends 7:36 pm
Havdallah 7:43 pm



Places to Share Tzedaka

Tomchei Shabbos in Los Angeles

Meir Panim Food Bank in Israel


Blowing the Shofar and
Minha for Rosh Hashana

with Rabbi Halevy

Tuesday & Wednesday, 9/7 & 9/8
3:00 pm at Holmby Park
646 Comstock Avenue, LA CA 90024

High Holy Days Laws and Customs

Sephardic Halakhot of Rosh Hashana from Judaic.org

Special sections in the Amida/Shemone Esre and other prayers, along with Sephardic guidelines for the holiday

Sephardic Halakhot of Yom Kippur from Judaic.org

Learn the about the special customs for the Day of Atonement according to the Sephardic tradition.


Shana Tova, Metuka, U’Mevorekhet
Wishing you a good, sweet, blessed year


Kahal Joseph Congregation

10505 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025
310.474.0559 / webmaster@kahaljoseph.org