For anyone unable to attend a synagogue in person this year especially the elderly or ill who are unable to attend a synagogue service in person, JBS Jewish Broadcasting Service is once again televising live High Holiday services from New York City's Central Synagogue, one of America's leading congregations.  

In addition to watching the services on the JBS channel, Jewish members of the American military stationed in areas where they cannot attend a synagogue in person and international viewers in Israel and around the globe can participate in the Jewish New Year by watching the JBS channel online at jbstv.org.

For a complete schedule of days and time for live High Holiday telecasts, as well as encore telecasts and the many additional High Holiday programs on JBS, go to the JBS schedule by clicking here:

ROSH HASHANAH                                  
Wednesday, Sept. 20    8pm (*11pm) ET   
5pm (*8pm) PT
Thursday, Sept. 21    9:30am, 3:15pm, 6pm (*9pm, 11pm)  ET
6:30am, 12:15pm, 3pm, (*6pm, 8pm) PT
Friday, Sept. 22    9:30am ET
6:30am PT
YOM KIPPUR                                         
Saturday, Sept. 30      6pm & 8:30pm (*11:30 pm) ET
3pm & 5:40pm (*8:30 pm) PT
Sunday, Oct. 1    
9am & 10:30am, and 3:30pm ET
6am & 7:30am, and 12:30pm PT

* Encore presentation in parentheses.

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LOS ANGELES -- The Israeli-American Coalition (“IAC”) for action will be hosting a forum for gubernatorial candidate and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. in Woodland Hills at the IAC Shepher Center.

It is the first of a series of town halls for gubernatorial candidates, which will also include Gavin Newsom and Travis Allen. The town hall will touch on issues pertaining to Israeli-Americans.

Former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Israeli-American voters will be on hand during IAC for Action’s first town hall (part of a series) for California gubernatorial candidates

The town hall will touch on issues pertaining to Israeli-Americans. The Israeli-American Coalition for Action (IAC for Action) will also host forum for candidates Travis Allen and Gavin Newsom as part of the series.

“Israeli-Americans have come together as one community advocacy like never before. In the last year, our community spearheaded a number of efforts to stop discrimination and strengthen the relationship between Israel and the United States. This forum will provide a unique opportunity for us to ask Mayor Villaraigosa important questions about the issues facing our communities across the state,” IAC for Action Chairman Shawn Evenhaim said.

The IAC for Action is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that advocates to policymakers on behalf of the Israeli-American community. A partner organization of the Israeli-American Council, the IAC for Action works to make the voices of Israeli-Americans heard on a range of issues at the federal, state, and local level.

IAC Shepher Community Center is located 6530 Winnetka Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91367.



Heather Ortner

LOS ANGELES – Heather Cooper Ortner was recently named President and Chief Executive Officer, Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles (ALZGLA), it was announced by Mark S. Liberman, co-chair of the organization’s board of directors.  Cooper Ortner will be responsible for overseeing all organizational and administrative duties, providing direct oversight of all programs, and staff and initiating and implementing strategic planning.

“Heather brings a wealth of experience in the healthcare arena to Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles,” Liberman said.  “Her proactive approach and passion for her work, coupled with an entrepreneurial spirit make her a valuable asset, particularly as awareness continues to grow for the comprehensive programs and support ALZGLA provides for the entire community.”

Prior to joining ALZGLA, Cooper Ortner served as CEO for the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, overseeing all activities of the organization including management of annual and long-term strategic positioning.  She also enjoyed a seven-year stint with the International Myeloma Foundation, first as its Vice President, Development and subsequently as Executive Vice President, Development.  A graduate of UCLA, Cooper Ortner also served as Director of Development for The Brandeis-Bardin Institute as well as Director, Western Area Development Center for Hadassah.

“I am honored to be joining Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles,” Ortner said.  “By providing a multitude of free programs and on-going assistance, ALZGLA is clearly bringing much needed support to those with Alzheimer’s as well as their family and caregivers here in Los Angeles and the Inland Empire.  I am grateful to the board of directors for the opportunity to lead this exceptional organization of dedicated and talented professionals.  I look forward to helping raise the profile and to increasing funding and efficiency so ALZGLA can serve even more people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.”
Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles is the only local full-service, dementia-focused, nonprofit with 36 years of experience and five locations serving Greater Los Angeles and the Inland Empire.  ALZGLA provides programs and services free of charge to individuals with Alzheimer’s and related dementias, their families, caregivers and the community. Low cost training and education are also offered for professionals. Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles began as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 1981. 100% of all Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles fundraising stays local, focusing on care, support, advocacy, and research across Greater Los Angeles and the Inland Empire.
Alzheimer’s is a devastating neurodegenerative disease that weakens the memory and other cognitive and emotional functions.

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 Preparations for the High Holy Days around the Southland are in full swing leading up to this most sacred season.

During the last few days in the run up to the High Holy Days, we will take a closer look at the meaning of these most sacred days of the Jewish calendar.

The High Holy Days

The High Holy Days come in Autumn, at the start of the month of Tishrei. This is the most spiritual period of the year for Jews, a time for looking back on the year just passed, and for taking action to get right with G-d and with other people.  It runs from Rosh Hashanah for 10 days until Yom Kippur.  Erev Sukkot begins on the evening of 14 October 4 (14 Tishre) and first day of Sukkot will be celebrated on October 5 (15 Tishrei) .

Because Hebrew dates begin at sunset, the events begin on the evening before the festival day.

Rosh Hashanah
"On the first day of the seventh month hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work. It is a day for you to sound the trumpets." (Numbers 29:1)
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year festival and commemorates the creation of the world. It lasts two days. The traditional greeting between Jews is L'shanah Tovah, for a good New Year.

Rosh Hashanah is also a judgment day, when Jews believe that G-d balances a person's good deeds over the last year against their bad deeds, and decides what the next year will be like for them.

G-d records the judgment in the Book of Life, where he sets out who is going to live, who is going to die, who will have a good time and who will have a bad time during the next year.  The book and the judgment are finally sealed on Yom Kippur.  That's why another traditional Rosh Hashanah greeting is  "Be inscribed and sealed for a good year."

In the Synagogue

A lot of time is spent in the synagogue on Rosh Hashanah, when there are special services that emphasize G-d's Kingship. One of the synagogue rituals for Rosh Hashanah is the blowing of the Shofar, a ram's horn trumpet. A hundred notes are sounded in a special rhythm.

In the Home

New Year isn't only celebrated in the synagogue, but at home too. [Traditionally,] a special meal is served, with the emphasis on sweetness.  Apples are dipped in honey, as a symbol of the sweet New Year that each Jew hopes lies ahead. A sweet carrot stew called a tzimmes is often served.

And at New Year the Jewish Hallah (or Challah) bread served comes as a round loaf, rather than the plaited loaf served on the Sabbath, so as to symbolize a circle of life and of the year. There's often a pomegranate on the table because of a tradition that pomegranates have 613 seeds, one for each of the commandments that a Jew is obliged to keep.

Days of Awe or Repentance

The Days of Awe or Repentance are the 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur during which everyone gets a chance to repent.

The judgments made at Rosh Hashanah, and the plans that G-d has in mind for a person’s next year are only provisional.  G-d is merciful and offers people a chance to sort out all the things they’ve done wrong.  That’s fortunate, as most people are likely to have quite a lot of bad deeds around.  So during the 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur everyone gets a chance to repent (teshuvah).

Repentance and a Time for Healing

This involves a person admitting that they’ve done wrong and making a firm commitment not to do that wrong again.  So Jews are expected to find all the people they have hurt during the previous year and apologize to them. And it must be a sincere and an effective apology. As you can imagine, a lot of making up for hurts and insults goes on in the Jewish world during this period.  It is very healing time for both individual and community.

Good Deeds

Jews can also make up for the wrongs of the past year by doing good deeds -- so this is a time for charitable acts (tzedakah).


Obviously Jews will spend much time in prayer (tefilah), seeking to put themselves into a good relationship with G-d.


There’s a ceremony in which Jews symbolically cast away their sins. It’s called tashlich.  A Jewish person goes to a river or a stream and, with appropriate prayers, throws some bread into the water.   Nobody believes that they’re actually getting rid of their sins in this way, but they are acknowledging their desire to rid themselves of their sins.

Yom Kippur -- The Day of Atonement
"The Lord said to Moses, "The tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement.

“Hold a sacred assembly and deny yourselves, and present an offering made to the LORD by fire.

Do no work on that day, because it is the Day of Atonement, when atonement is made for you before the LORD your G[-]d." (Leviticus 23:26-28)

Sealed in the Book of Life
Yom Kippur, the most sacred and solemn day of the Jewish year, brings the Days of Repentance to a close. On Yom Kippur, it is Jewish belief that G-d makes the final decision on what the next year will be like for each person.  The Book of Life is closed and sealed, and those who have properly repented for their sins will be granted a Happy New Year.

A Special Day

The special day is marked by Jews in several ways:

 Abstainance from food or drink for 25 hours;
 Abstainance from wearing perfume;
 Abstainance from having sex;
 Abstainance from washing;
 Abstainance from wearing leather shoes.

In the Synagogue

The most important part of Yom Kippur is the time spent in the synagogue. Even Jews who are not particularly religious will attend synagogue on Yom Kippur, the only day of the year with five services.

The first service, in the evening, begins with the Kol Nidre prayer. Kol Nidre’s words and music have a transforming effect on every Jew -- it’s probably the most powerful single item in the Jewish liturgy.

The actual words of the prayer are very pedestrian when written down -- it’s like something a lawyer might have drafted asking G-d to render null and void any promises that a person might make and then break in the year to come -- but when sung by a cantor it shakes the soul.

To emphasize the special nature of the service the men in the synagogue will put on their prayer shawls, which are not normally used in an evening service. Another element in the liturgy for Yom Kippur is the confession of sins (vidui). Sins are confessed aloud by the congregation and in the plural.

The fifth service is "Neilah," and brings the day to a close as G-d’s judgment is finally sealed.  The service beseeches G-d to hear the prayers of the community.

For this service the whole congregation stands throughout, as the doors of the Ark are open. At the end of the service the shofar is blown for the final time. --BBCi



Services for both days Rosh Hashanah will be held at the Wyndham Garden Pierpont Inn, 550 Sanjon Rd, at Ventura beach. The venue is the Camulos Room overlooking the ocean. The program is highly educational directed in English with Hebrew / English texts. insights into the meaning of the prayers and the holiday season are provided throughout and a contemporary and inspiring message will be delivered at each service. Suggested donations for High Holiday seat reservations are on our website.www.ChabadVentura.com which help defray the cost of meeting space & hotel rental. No one will be turned away due to finances.

The traditional shofar will be blown each day at approx 12:30 following the Rabbi's address. On the first day of the holiday, Thu, September 21 there will be a community Tashlich ceremony & Shofar blowing at 6 pm at Ventura beach, directly across from the hotel.

Sumptuous kosher holiday dinners will be served in the Pavilion, Banquet room, following synagogue service's each night. Dinner is by advanced  reservation only. Adults are $45 per meal & children (10 & under) are $36 per meal.  Reservations can be made directly online at www.ChabadVentura.com.

Full Schedule of Services:

Rosh Hashanah Eve - Wed, Sep, 20 - 7 pm
First Day - 9:30 am
2nd Night - Thu, Sep 21, 7 pm
2nd Day - Fri, Sep 22, 9:30 am


Services for the Day of Atonement will be hosted at the Ventura Beach Marriott, Friday, Sept. 29 & Saturday, Sept. 30.

Full Schedule of Services :

KOL NIDREI - Fri, Sep.. 29, 6:30 pm
Y KIPPUR DAY- Sat. Sep. 30, 9:00 am

Reservations can be made online.  For more info please visit our website: www.ChabadVentura.com or call: 895.658.7441.