High Holiday 2018

Experience the New Year: A Festival of Renewal

Traditional and Alternative Choices for Celebrating Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur

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!

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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.


Our Team of Leaders Include

Rabbi-Cantor Marcia Tilchin


Rabbi-Cantor Marcia Tilchin is the founder of the Jewish Collaborative of Orange County (JCoOC). Her passion for all things Jewish and love of helping people find what is meaningful to them in Judaism is a signature of her spiritual leadership and service to the OC Jewish community. Ordained by both the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, Rabbi Tilchin has 18 years of pulpit and interfaith experience in Orange County and New York.



Rabbi Shai Cherry

shaicherryRabbi Shai Cherry holds a doctorate in Jewish Thought and Theology from Brandeis University and was subsequently ordained as a Conservative Rabbi.  He wrote the first user-friendly text on Jewish biblical commentary:  Torah through Time: Understanding Bible Commentary from the Rabbinic Period to Modern Times.  He is also the featured lecturer for The Great Course’s “Introduction to Judaism.”  Rabbi Cherry has taught at Vanderbilt University, UCLA, the American Jewish University and the University of San Diego.



Rabbi Jill Zimmerman


Rabbi Jill Berkson Zimmerman is the founder of the Jewish Mindfulness Network and Hineni: The Mindful Heart Community, an online, webinar-based mindfulness community. She teaches mindfulness through a Jewish lens, and Judaism through the perspective of mindfulness. Rabbi Jill has worked in congregations in Beverly Hills (Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills), Riverside, Carlsbad, Mammoth Lakes and Seattle. She is a contributor to the Women’s Torah Commentary and is very involved in social activism. Rabbi Jill was ordained by Hebrew Union College and has graduated from the Institute for Jewish Spirituality’s Rabbinic Mindfulness program, and was certified as a Jewish Meditation teacher. Before rabbinical school, she had a career in organizational development and community building and is a Certified Master Gardener. She and her husband just moved to Orange County. Rabbi Zimmerman’s website is: http://www.ravjill.com/

Scott Spitzer, PhD


Scott Spitzer, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Political Science at California State University, Fullerton, where he is also the faculty advisor for Hillel. Scott serves on the board of the UC Irvine Olive Tree Initiative, where he helps to bring students from all backgrounds to the Middle East to learn about the complexities of the Arab-Israeli conflict first-hand. Scott has also been creating innovative, inspiring and substantive Jewish services for children for the past 15 years.




Rabbi Peter Levi


Rabbi Peter Levi is a veteran Jewish community professional with experience in community relations and interfaith affairs. After leading congregations for more than a decade at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles, Temple Chai in Phoenix and Temple Beth El in South Orange County, he now directs the Anti-Defamation League’s Orange County/Long Beach Regional Office, acts as president of the Orange County Board of Rabbis, participates in the Orange County Sheriff’s Interfaith Advisory Council and serves on the editorial board of the CCAR Journal: The Reform Jewish Quarterly



Ron Levy

ron-levy-piano-e1504049481111.jpgRon Levy is a professional pianist, keyboardist, composer, arranger and producer with a master’s degree from UCLA. He has taught at and held accompanist positions for a variety of organizations, including Idyllwild Arts Academy, Orange County School of the Arts, Orange Coast College and UCLA. Ron held the keyboard chair in the Club Grill band at the Ritz-Carlton for 10 years; he subsequently led the jazz trio at Pelican Hill Resort upon its opening for three years. Ron is currently musical director and bandleader at the Center for Spiritual Living Newport-Mesa and for the “Saturdays@5” program at St. Mark Presbyterian in Newport Beach.


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High Holiday Program

  • Child care is available throughout all programming.

Sunday, September 9 – Erev Rosh Hashanah

(If you’d like to join us for a Rosh Hashanah dinner please click here to make a dinner reservation)

Monday, September 10 – Rosh Hashanah Day 1

Tuesday, September 11 – Rosh Hashanah Day 2

Tuesday, September 18 – Erev Yom Kippur / Kol Nidre

Wednesday, September 19 –  Yom Kippur

Afternoon Discussions and Workshops, TBA

Concluding Services:

  • 5 p.m. Family-friendly Minha service
  • 6 p.m. Neilah


At St. Mark Presbyterian Church
2200 San Joaquin Hills Rd.
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Make your reservations today.

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

The Jewish Collaborative of Orange County charges no membership fees to access any of our programs during the year, including High Holidays. We are funded entirely by your individual donations throughout the year, and particularly during the High Holiday season. Our High Holiday ticket amounts reflect the cost of creating a robust experience with many options for celebrating the New Year. 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

istock_48018964_medium-e1501047703843.jpgSAMPLE MENU 
Vegetarian Vegetable Soup

Green Salad
Sweet or Roasted Chicken (Pasta Available for Vegetarians)
Pareve Sweet Noodle Kugel
Roasted Potatoes with Carrots
Roasted Vegetables
Apple Cobbler 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

JCoOChai Donation
I want to make sure others “Experience the New Year!” 
Please accept my $1,800 Donation
Admits an individual or family
Includes pre-High Holiday brunch & lecture with Rabbi Shai Cherry, PhD, in a private home and an intimate post-Yom Kippur Break the Fast

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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