This is the registration site for 2019 High Holiday Services with Dennis Prager. Services are non-denominational and people of every background are welcome.
I have added a survey question at the bottom of this page about live-streaming the services in future years. Please scroll down and answer the question if you or someone you know might be interested in accessing the services via the internet. Thank you!
This year Rosh Hashanah is September 29-30 and Yom Kippur is October 8-9.
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services will be held in South Pasadena.(The venue is a church with wooden pews, so for your comfort -- especially during the long Yom Kippur service -- we recommend you bring along a cushion to sit on.)
Dennis will be leading four services:
1. The first evening of Rosh Hashanah (Sunday, September 29)
2. The first day of Rosh Hashanah (Monday, September 30)
3. The eve of Yom Kippur — Kol Nidre (Tuesday night, October 8)
4. The day of Yom Kippur (Wednesday all day, October 9).
(Please note: We sometimes receive requests to purchase tickets for only the evening or only the day service for one or the other holiday. We regret that we are unable to accommodate such requests because we are obligated to pay the expenses for both the evening and day service. Thank you for your understanding.)
(Please note: There will be no services on the second evening and second day of Rosh Hashanah.)
Yom Kippur Kol Nidre service: 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm (but note that sunset is at 6:27 pm and the traditional fast begins at 6:10 pm)
Yom Kippur morning/day service: 11:30 am – 6:26 pm (the traditional fast ends at 7:04 pm)
Those of you who have been with us in the past know that Dennis remains at services all day on Yom Kippur. In the afternoon during the two-hour break ,he is available to talk with you and answer questions about God, faith, religion, Judaism, life – anything except politics. (Dennis's statement on this: "I feel strongly that the High Holy Days not be used as a forum for political advocacy.")
Once you have purchased tickets, you will receive details such as the address of the venue for the services, the times, and other information.
The prices are as follows (prices include valet parking service & tip - no money will be required from you upon arrival or departure for parking):
$250 per person for Rosh Hashanah only
$250 per person for Yom Kippur only
$350 per person for both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
Half the above prices for the first minor child accompanied by an adult;
All additional children under 18 accompanied by an adult are free (this is to encourage people to bring their children, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, neighbor’s kids).
$130 flat rate for college students (whether they come for one or all four services).
Please note: Because the venue parking is limited, we have contracted with a valet parking service, which, as noted above, is included in the price of the tickets.
For those who prefer not to drive on the holiday, we're sorry but there is not an on-site hotel, nor is there one within easy walking distance. There are some hotels in the area, however. The Langham Huntington is a very nice hotel (also pricey) about 1.5 miles away. There is a Days Inn in Alhambra, less expensive, about 1.1 miles away. And there are a variety of hotels in Pasadena, which is not far away, at varying price points.
It is our goal that these services will be among the most meaningful of your life. Dennis will be explaining or commenting on almost all prayers and speaking about God, life, and our personal situations. Cantor Michael Freed, along with a small choir and instrumental accompaniment, will lead us in song and prayer.
We've received a number of requests over the years to live-stream services for those who are too elderly (or otherwise infirm) or who live too far away to attend in person. To do it right—to provide a high-quality streaming experience—would incur a significant expense, and we would like to gauge interest to determine whether it's feasible in future years. If you're so inclined, please see the survey question below and scroll down in the survey box to answer our survey question.