FREE High Holy Days Prep Class Starts 9/14


As the days get shorter and nights grow long, Jews all over the world are preparing for the journeys into self and community that make up the Days of Awe.  No need for Yom Kippur to catch you by surprise.  All are welcome to join Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock and the Silverlake Jewish Community Center for a series of workshops and worship as we get to know ourselves and one another in preparation for the big unburdening.


Join Rabbi Robin Podolsky for all any one of these

FREE events which are open to all:

Sunday September 14, 9:45-11-45am at a private home: at introduction to the Days of Awe with learning and a chance for personal work.  (Designed both to provide a meaningful stand-alone experience and to combine with the other events.)

Saturday night September 20, 7-9pm: Slichot services at Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock.  Please join us for a light dinner and a soulful ritual to begin our communal and personal journey inward.  5711 Monte Vista Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042.

Sunday September 21,  9:30am-11:00am: Beginners’ introduction to the Days of Awe, featuring a lecture and a chance for personal work.  No knowledge of Judaism or belief-set required or necessary.  Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center, 1110 Bates Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029.

Sunday September 28, 10-noon: final workshop, to take place between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock.  What does it mean to make amends to other people, to one’s understanding of God, to oneself?  A chance to take part in the ancient Jewish practice of communal and personal healing.

Please call 323-255-5416 or email to rsvp and for the address.  Please let us know about any accessibility needs (this will affect our preparations!).

*Cut off for RSVP for the 9/20 light supper is 9/17.


High Holy Days 5775/ 2014

Now Is the Time for Turning:

The  High Holy Days

5775 / 2014

Temple Beth Israel Welcomes You

cropped-pomegranatehands-e1374560347994.jpgSeptember 24, 2014 — as the sun slowly sets, it is time to have a holy convocation, the first of the New Year. Join us to think about the past year, celebrate life and contemplate the future with Joy, Love and Introspection.

the Days of Awe


Join Rabbi Arielle Hanien, Cantor Ken Rothstein, TBI Quartet and our Congregation these High Holy Days as we sing, chant, pray, stretch and enter the year 5775 with the elevating energy of our community.


High Holy Day Services

Sept 24 – Erev Rosh Ha Shanah 8:00pm

Sept 25 -  Rosh HaShanah 9:00am / Tashlich 3:30pm

Sept 26 – Second Day Rosh HaShanah Service 9:00am

Oct  3 – Kol Nidre 7:00pm

October 4 – Yom Kippur Service 9am / Yizkor 12noon

October 4  – Mincha / Neilah 5:30pm

October 4  – Havdalah / Break-Fast PotLuck 7:45pm 

Tickets $100 for all services adults 20 and over or included with your sustaining membership

 Click here to register: Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock High Holy Days 5775/ 2014

Contemporary Jewish Thought back by Popular Demand

Rabbi Robin Podolsky’s popular series is back for another round.

New Ten Class Series begins Saturday, July 12 from 4:30-6:30 PM

July 12 through September 13

Levinas, Martin Buber, Pelligrini, Heschel

Dive right in, you don’t need to have been in section one to take this class. We’ll continue to showcase a range of contemporary thinkers such as Levinas, Buber, Heschel, Adler, Pelligrini, Rosenzweig and more and study contemporary approaches to particular issues and challenges of our day.

This class meets after Rabbi Robin’s class on the Liturgy of Shabbat Morning.

Class Description:

The 20th and 21st Centuries have been times of tremendous change.  The advent of Modernity, with its urbanization, technological achievements has created new opportunities for development and also new dangers. The trauma of the Shoah continues to resonate in Jewish life.  The release of Jewish creativity and integration into society with the rise of Postmodernity and (in some quarters) an appreciation for diversity has come with its own opportunities and dangers.  How to proceed?  Has our ancient tradition anything to say about these new issues?  Major Jewish thinkers insist that it does, and we will look to their work for new ideas. Continue reading

Study the Liturgy with Rabbi Robin and her Chevra!

We are pleased to announce that this group will begin a new phase July 12 and you can join in.

Rabbi Robin PodolskyAdult learning is blossoming forth at TBI.  Since last fall, Rabbi Robin Podolsky  has led a group almost every Sunday morning in a survey of the liturgy of the Shabbat morning. This group has ebbed and flowed through the service, taking important excursions into questions of belief, faith and historicity. The group members have bonded and created a true “ chevra” environment – a group of friends learning Torah together.

Sessions will be held Saturday afternoons from 2PM-4PM after services and kiddush lunch.  The focus will remain mostly on exploring the liturgy and its content. But, this group LOVES to explore so your interests and questions are also welcomed. All levels of experience and observance welcome.

Class Description

What Do We Say When We Pray?

Prayer is a key practice that binds us as a community and in relation to God.  Much of our liturgy has been constructed by our Rabbis from those texts that they believed to be vital expressions of our relationship with God.  As we learn these prayers, we have an opportunity to be deliberate with our kavanah, to think through the worldviews expressed through the prayers and the way of life they suggest. Continue reading

Update on Adult Learning at Temple Beth Israel

torasandcupShavuot 5774

Z’man matan Torah!  The holiday of Shavuot (Festival of Weeks) is nearly upon us. The spring air is warming toward summer. Rebirth and new growth are bursting forth in front of our eyes. These days are the z’man matan Torah – the moment of standing before Mount Sinai and receiving the flow of wisdom, understanding and knowledge (chochma, binah and daat) that comes us via Torah.

This Spring and Summer we have some special learning opportunities for you:

All classes will be held at Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock


Tikkun Leyl Shavuot June 3


It’s a revelatory happening, a slumber party, a cheesecake extravaganza, a prayer

service, a night of learning…’s the TBI Tikkun Leyl Shavuot!

Rabbi Robin PodolskyRabbi Robin Podolsky and Friends present our first Tikkun Leyl Shavuot experience – comraderie, prayer, cheese cake, sleep over, midnight yoga, text study, music, chanting, stargazing, moonviewing, sunrise service and Ten Commandments reciting – all for $18 for adults and $10 for kids.

Tuesday, June 3, Erev Shavuot, from 6:30PM until Wednesday morning 8:00AM. Stay the whole night or just as long as you want. Most participants will spend the night at TBI

SIGN UP HERE for TBI’s Tikkun Leyl Shavout
Tickets: $18 Adults/ $10 Children 12 and under

Spend Wednesday Nights This Summer with Reb Nachman and the Seven Beggars

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Few Jewish personalities have had the impact of Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav (1772 – 1810) . He may have been the most important European Jewish figure between the Baal Shem Tov  ( 1760’s) and Theodore Herzl ( 1890’s).

As his short but prolific life approached its end, he moved from commentaries and drashot to storytelling as the vehicle through which he shared his Torah. His last story, the “Tale of the Seven Beggars” serves as a powerful portal into his views of the Divine, the Kabbalah and how human beings can seek transformation, redemption and wonder. Continue reading

Torah School Big Sunday Activities- May 4


SundBig Sundayay, May 4th – TBI’s Big Sunday Community Service

On Sunday, May 4th, all children (including Gan/Mechina) should come to TBI as the starting point for Torah School. Parents can drop off the kids and then come back at 11AM to participate in TBI’s “Big Sunday” Community Service event.


As we did last year, the Torah School families will be doing community service in our local Highland Park community. This event was a big hit last year, both for TBI and for our neighbors and All Saints Church who were also the beneficiaries of our efforts.

We’re going to help out in two ways:

1)    The Gan, Mechina, and Limmud kids and parents will be broken up into teams to walk the neighborhood and pick up litter.

2)    The B’nai Mitzvah  kids and parents are going to do a thorough cleaning of the classrooms at All Saints Church of Highland Park, where they hold classes.

  • Gan/Mechina – drop off at TBI at 9:15AM
  • Limmud/B’nai Mitzvah – drop off at TBI at 9:30AM

Kabbalat Shabbat with the Kirtan Rabbi

Friday, May 2,  8PM a special Kirtan* Kabbalat Shabbat

A Friday evening of kirtan-Kirtan Rabbi Andrew Hahninspired, chant-laced prayer, and meditation. Co-led by the clergy of TBI with the Kirtan Rabbi (Rabbi Andrew Hahn). A different kind of service: Come ready to dance, sit, breath, stretch and bask in the pregnant silence.

Co-sponsored by Metivta Center for Contemplative Judaism and Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock



*a form of chant developed in India to heighten participation, communal feeling and ecstatic communion with the divine.

Community Passover Seder April 15


Tuesday, April 15th, 5:00pm
Chicken soup and matzo balls meet pecan crusted salmon and Moroccan lemon chicken! Delectable walnut Brussels sprouts and a sweet fresh berry salad! Chicken, fish and vegetarian options available. Oh yes, and…we’ll have a family friendly, creative, casual and musical Passover Seder with all the traditional foods. Reserve Now, seats are limited!

  Click here for more information and to purchase tickets to the second night Passover seder.