High Holidays 2018

Experience the New Year: A Festival of Renewal

Traditional and Alternative Choices for Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur

Join us for pre-Rosh Hashanah & pre-Yom Kippur programs: more

Whether you love (mostly) traditional services or prefer to participate in engaging discussion, healing and wholeness workshops, family services, text study, expressive movement or even a New Year’s hike, come build your own High Holiday Experience with us!

Join our team of rabbis, scholars and teachers for prayer and play, music and movement, reflection and renewal, meals and more! Traditional and alternative options for adults, families, singles and teens meeting a variety of interests. Child care is available. Students and active duty military may participate free of charge.

Be sure to join us for Rosh Hashanah dinner. You’ve never experienced the High Holidays like this!

Meet our High Holiday Clergy and Musicians

Comments from 2017 High Holiday attendees:

“The leaders and staff were warm and welcoming. The service was very meaningful. I thoroughly enjoyed all the services.”

“Great options and speakers. Church had plenty of parking and was comfortable.”

“Fantastic. We thank you for this amazing experience.”

Ready to reserve now? Start by selecting a ticket option.


Learn More about the High Holidays

“Remember Us Unto Life” is a radio conversation between Rabbi Ismar Schorsch and host Larry Josephson, a secular Jew who wants to know more about the religion of his grandparents. Rabbi-Cantor Marcia Tilchin served as associate producer and music consultant for the program.

High Holiday Locations

Erev Rosh Hashanah:
Temple Isaiah of Newport Beach, 2401 Irvine Avenue, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Both days of Rosh Hashanah and all of Yom Kippur:
St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 2200 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach, 92660

Tashlich, Rosh Hashanah Hikes, and intermediate programs:
Check program details for locations

High Holiday Services & Programs (Child care is available throughout all programming.)

Erev Rosh Hashanah – Sunday, September 9
6 p.m. Service. Temple Isaiah in Newport Beach
7:30 p.m. Dinner by Reservation (RSVP Here)

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 – Monday, September 10
St. Mark Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach

Sanctuary Services:
8:30 a.m. P’sukei D’zimra
9 a.m. Traditional Shacharit
9:45 a.m. Torah Service
10:45 a.m. Pre-Musaf Guided Meditation
11 a.m. Interpretive Repetition of Musaf
12 p.m. Sermon and Closing Hymns

Join us for Kiddush, Motzi, and Apples & Honey following services

Concurrent & Supplemental Programs:
10 a.m. Family service
10 a.m. “My Israel” – A Conversation for Teens led by Tehila Cherry, Regional USY Israel Affairs Vice President
4 p.m. Tashlich with OC Hillel at Back Bay with Rabbi Jason Rosner

Rosh Hashanah Day 2 – Tuesday, September 11
St. Mark Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach

Sanctuary Services:
8:30 a.m. P’sukei D’zimra
9:00 a.m. A Spiritual Warm-Up (Creative Shacharit)
10:00 a.m. Torah Service, Text Study & Shofar Service
11:30 a.m. Traditional Musaf Service
1:00 p.m. Rosh Hashanah Lunch (RSVP Not Required)

Concurrent & Supplemental Programs:
10:00 a.m. “Rosh Hashanah Wilderness Experience” Hike with Rabbi Peter Levi – Location: Laguna Beach Click here for details and to sign-up.

11:30 a.m. Rosh Hashanah Family-Friendly Hike with Gale Feldman, volunteer naturalist educator with the Topanga Canyon Docents –  Location: Aliso Viejo

Erev Yom Kippur / Kol Nidre – Tuesday, September 18
St. Mark Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach

Sanctuary Services:
630 p.m. Kol Nidre
7:00 p.m. Ma’ariv Service
8:15 p.m. Sermon

Concurrent & Supplemental Programs:
7 p.m. Teen & Young Adult Program with Rabbi Shai Cherry

Yom Kippur – Wednesday, September 19
St. Mark Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach

Sanctuary Services:
8:30 a.m. P’sukei D’zimra
9 a.m. Shacharit
10 a.m. Torah Service
11 a.m. Sermon
11:30 a.m. Yizkor Service
12 p.m. Musaf

Concurrent & Supplemental Programs:
10 a.m. Family Service
12 p.m. Guided Meditation with Dr. Rebecca Cherry
12:45 p.m. Text Study with Rabbi Shai Cherry

Afternoon Discussions & Workshops:
2-3:15 p.m. “Integrating Spiritual Practice” with Rabbi Jill Zimmerman
3:30-4:30 p.m. “The Future of Justice in America: The Long-Term Impact of America’s Shifting Supreme Court” with Rabbi Peter Levi and Dr. Scott Spitzer
4:30-5:30 p.m. “Minha through Movement” Workshop with Jill & Amnon Damti of Two Worlds

Concluding Service:
5:00 p.m. Yom Kippur Minha
6:15 p.m. Neilah
7:30 p.m. Final Shofar Blast

Reserve for High Holidays using our easy 2-step process.

The Jewish Collaborative of Orange County charges no membership fees to participate in our programs, including High Holidays. We are funded entirely by your individual donations throughout the year, and particularly during the High Holiday season. Our  ticket amounts reflect the cost of creating a robust experience with many options for celebration. All contributions to JCoOC are tax deductible.


A JCoOC “Experience the New Year” ticket admits you to any and all general admission services and programs and childcare on Erev Rosh Hashanah, Rosh Hashanah Days 1 & 2, Rosh Hashanah Day 2 Lunch, Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur. Please also consider joining us for an optional Erev Rosh Hashanah community dinner (9/9/18).

Rosh Hashanah Dinner (9/9/18) at Temple Isaiah
Temple Isaiah of Newport Beach
2401 Irvine Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92660


Vegetarian Matzoh Ball Soup

Gefilte Fish
Green Salad
Roasted Chicken (Pasta Available for Vegetarians)
Dessert and Fruit

I don’t have to cook? Count me in!
$40 (Age 12 & Up) and $25 (Age 3-11) – Make a Dinner Reservation
No Charge for Children Ages 2 & Under (but please let us know they’ll be with you)

Individual Ticket
I’m in!
Please accept my $280 donation
Admits one person age 18 & over

Couples Ticket
I want a “Twofer” so I can bring my significant other, best friend or child at a reduced cost!

Please accept my $500 Donation
Admits two people

Family Ticket
I’m bringing the “Whole Mishpaha!” 
Please accept my $700 Donation
Admits up to two adults plus children

Chai Donation
I want to make sure others “Experience the New Year!” 
Please accept my $1,800 Donation
THANK YOU! We look forward to seeing you and your family.

Alternative Donation

  • I want to make an alternative donation
  • I am a college student or active duty military
  • I want to donate toward childcare (suggested at $15/day per child)
  • I just love JCoOC programming and want to make a donation!
    Use this option to make a one-time donation. Or click here to become a monthly donor in lieu of purchasing tickets. Thank you!


Do you have questions or would you like to speak with someone about your ticket purchase? Please email joy@jewishcollaborativeoc.org or call 949.402.8004.

Shana tova! We look forward to seeing you!

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