Dennis Prager will be leading Jewish High Holiday Services in Los Angeles

As he has done for the last six years, Dennis Prager will be leading Jewish High Holiday Services in Los Angeles.

Here is what you will find when you click on the Prager High Holidays Website:


Welcome to Prager High Holidays!

This is the registration site for 2014 High Holiday Services with Dennis Prager. Services are non-denominational and people of every background are welcome.

This year Rosh Hashanah is Sept. 24-25 and Yom Kippur is Oct. 3-4.

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services will be held in Burbank, very close to Burbank Airport.

Dennis will be leading four services:

 1. The first evening of Rosh Hashanah (Wednesday, September 24)

 2. The first day of Rosh Hashanah (Thursday, September 25)

 3. The eve of Yom Kippur -- Kol Nidre (Friday night, October 3)

 4. The day of Yom Kippur (Saturday all day, October 4).

(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.)

The service times are as follows:

Rosh Hashanah evening service: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Rosh Hashanah morning service: 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

(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 the fast begins at 6:17 pm)
Yom Kippur morning/day service: 11:30 am – 6:33 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-three 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 are registered, you will receive information as to the exact location of the service, the times, and other information.

The prices are as follows:
$185 per person for Rosh Hashanah only
$185 per person for Yom Kippur only
$250 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).
$75 flat rate for college students (whether they come for one or all four services).

Please note: There is a parking fee of $10 per car, per day that is paid directly to the venue.

It is our goal that these services wil 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.

To register, please click here.


Here is information from Dennis Prager himself:

If you have attended my services in a previous year, the following will be familiar information. If you haven't attended before, the following is important information.

As in years past, I will be joined by the distinguished Cantor Michael Freed, and we will be having additional musical accompaniment. 

The location of the services will be disclosed upon ticket purchase.

Here are the service times (all ending times except Yom Kippur day are approximate):

Rosh Hashanah evening service, Wednesday evening, September 24: 

7:30 PM to about 9:30 PM

Rosh Hashanah day service, Thursday, September 25:

10:00 AM to about 12:30 PM

Yom Kippur evening service (Kol Nidre), Friday evening, October 3:

7:30 PM to about 9:30 PM (Note that the fast begins at 6:17 PM)

I am starting services after the fast begins for two reasons: One is to enable you to eat until the last minute before the fast and the second is to enable you to avoid the worst of rush hour traffic.

Yom Kippur day service, Saturday, October 4:

11:30 AM to 6:33 PM

I will be present all day and encourage you to plan to devote the whole day at the service with me. Think of it, as I do, as a one-day-a-year spiritual retreat. There will be about a two-hour break sometime in the afternoon, during which time I will hold a question-and-answer session with you. Final services will be from 4:30 until 6:33 PM.

The traditional ending time of Jewish holidays is usually forty-five minutes to one hour past sunset. We are ending Yom Kippur services at sunset for those who believe (as I do) that Jewish holidays end – as do all other days in the Jewish calendar – at sunset. The traditional end of the Yom Kippur fast this year is 7:10 PM.

How long you fast (the Yom Kippur fast precludes liquids as well as solids) is solely between you and God. I have fasted on Yom Kippur since the year before my Bar-Mitzvah and find it very meaningful. I encourage those of you who have not done this before to try to do so. However, even if you do not fast, I am not a believer in all-or-nothing religion. If you feel you must eat or drink, consider consuming only the amount necessary to assuage the worst of your hunger or thirst. Of course, if you are ill or pregnant and have to eat or drink for health reasons, Jewish law not only allows, but requires, you do so. I only ask that any eating or drinking be done out of sight of the others who are fasting, as watching others eat or drink while one is fasting makes the fast more difficult. For me personally, this is particularly true if the snack you consume is M&M peanuts.

Dress Requirements 

All those attending services are required to wear formal attire. I am asking men to wear a suit or jacket and slacks, preferably with a tie, and women to wear similarly formal attire. Children younger than 12 do not need to dress quite so formally (though it would be nice if they did), but clothing such as T-shirts and jeans are not acceptable even for them.

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the holiest days in the Jewish calendar and should be honored accordingly. I also respectfully request women to wear modest attire. "Modest" does not mean a burka. But, as I often said, in the competition for most men’s attention between an invisible God and a visible woman, God is in the disadvantageous position. So, I leave it to your good judgment, and I thank you.

For men who do not bring their own kippah, we will have kippot (yarmulkes, skullcaps) available. Men are encouraged (not required) to bring a tallit (prayer shawl) to all the services except Rosh Hashanah eve. 

And, of course, please remember to turn off cell phones prior to entering the service.

By the way, I like to keep the room cool (some say downright cold), so you may want to bring something to keep yourself warm (e.g., a sweater or throw blanket).

One final note – you are welcome to bring any Machzor (High Holy Days prayer book) you'd like, but one will also be provided.

We are living in challenging times and all need a retreat from politics and economics. That is what a good service and the celebration of holy days can provide. I hope this Rosh Hashanah and/or Yom Kippur will be among the most meaningful of your and my life.

I wish you and your loved ones a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Looking forward to seeing you,

Dennis Prager 


P.S. If you have not seen my column from several years ago about my attitude toward traditional Jewish services. Here is the link:


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