Kahal Joseph Congregation

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

KJ High Holy Days Guide 5781






Shana Tova from Bracha & Rabbi Halevy

We wish the entire congregation
a sweet year full of health,
revealed blessings and goodness

Shana Tova U’Metuka

Shana Tova from the President

To our dear members and community,

We wish you and your families continued health and blessings. May the year 5781 bring the best of everything to you.

We miss being at Kahal, greeting everyone in person, but this year it was not meant to be. This too will pass, and we will come out stronger as a community. Thank you for your support and involvement in Kahal Joseph,

Shana Tova , Gmar Hatima Tova, Tizku Leshanim Rabbot ve Neimot

Yvette Dabby, President

Jubilee Edition of The Scribe

Debuting the newest issue of  The Scribe, the premiere magazine for Babylonian Jewry. The journal is celebrating 50 years of publication, and this beautiful, inviting anniversary issue includes articles about Iraqi culture, Israel, Jewish identity, modern day mitzvot, and more. Enjoy!



A Rosh Hashana Message from Rabbi Halevy

Shalom U’vracha,

This Rosh Hashanah is a monumental one. So many changes have been occurring in our World. On Rosh Hashanah, the energy and life force of the world is renewed for the entire upcoming year. It is a memorial of the beginning of creation. Rosh Hashanah is the “head of the year.” Just as the blueprint of our body resides in our brain, so too, on Rosh Hashanah, Hashem is empowering us to design a blueprint of our upcoming year.

For this reason we place a tremendous focus on blessing our year on these two days. Hashem has given us the gift of knowledge of how to prepare for the new Jewish year.

We fill our New Year with prayers and blessings to increase the blessings for our year. We have special meals on Rosh Hashanah to renew our faith in Hashem and request His blessing so that we and our families merit sweet years. We eat spiritually symbolic foods in order to draw down blessings connected to all our needs.

We focus on that which strengthens us and our spiritual fortune and well-being.

The Torah says 3 things remove the evil decree: teshuva, tefila, and tzedaka. Teshuva signifies returning to Hashem. Tefila requires praying to Hashem from the depths of our beings. Tzedakah involves sharing our gifts and giving charity and our time to others.

Spiritually, Rosh Hashanah is a combination of opposites. We feel awe and trepidation in anticipation of the judgement that takes place. Yet at the same time we feel joy and hope that the year will be a sweet and blessed one. Hashem is directing us to feel the whole spectrum of emotions. When we are able to feel opposing emotions, and they reside in us simultaneously, we can have a full life unencumbered by the psychological and emotional protective defenses we put up in our lives. Hashem wants us to be whole and complete people.

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Learn About the High Holy Days with
Rabbi Natan Halevy & Hazzan Saeed Jalali







A Rosh Hashana Seder from the Sephardic Brotherhood




Places to Share Tzedaka

Tomchei Shabbos in Los Angeles

Meir Panim Food Bank in Israel


Kahal Joseph Congregation
Blowing of the Shofar for Rosh Hashana
with Rabbi Halevy
Sunday, September 20th
5:00 pm at Holmby Park

Holmby Park is located at 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