Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur FAQ

Why have ticket prices increased since last year for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur?

Our costs related to security this year are much higher than in the past, since regrettably the world is different this year for the Days of Awesome than it was last year. After the shootings in Pittsburgh and Poway, our security requirements have skyrocketed. This year, we determined we must employ armed security and create a security checkpoint to screen bags and people—the costs for this are significant. We really wish it wasn’t necessary, as the security measures also detract from the mood we’re trying to set for the services, but sadly they are needed.

Second, our overall costs have increased as Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur experiences have grown in stature and importance. And, when factoring in all of the costs related to Days of Awesome in years past, ticket revenue did not actually end up covering our expenses. Our existing philanthropic resources can’t subsidize Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at the same rate as in the past since the events have grown so rapidly. We are working hard on changing that for the future (you can join us in that endeavor by making a tax-deductible donation).

When we were setting prices for the tickets, we researched other options like Temple Beth Israel in Highland Park, Pico Union Project, Nefesh, and other synagogues. We set prices that are less than all of those options, and in most cases far less. We are also offering a reduced-price ticket for young adults.

 

What if the ticket cost for Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur is too high for me?

We will not exclude anyone based on financial ability. There are two options if the ticket price is not possible for you:

  • Volunteers come for free. We have some volunteer opportunities available on the days leading up to the holidays themselves, too, allowing you to fully participate in the experiences. Please email Sharon to volunteer.
  • We can make ticket price adjustments to make Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur accessible to anyone. Please email Manda letting her know what you need.

 

If I am only planning on attending the tot service, do I need to purchase a ticket for myself?

Yes, you’ll need to purchase an adult ticket even if you’re just accompanying your child(ren) to the tot service.

 

Where should I park?

Parking is going to be very limited. Ride share is highly encouraged. If you must drive, please allow plenty of extra time for parking and walking and please pay special attention to parking restrictions.

 

What kind of security should I expect?

We will have a security checkpoint with professional security personnel. Every adult will need to show photo ID that matches the name on their ticket. This will likely create a bit of a bottleneck at peak times, so we encourage you to arrive early. You’ll get your choice of seats when you come early, too!

 

Do I have to print my tickets?

You can print your tickets or display them on your phone.

 

What should I wear?

Whatever feels comfortable! Everything from jeans to suits is fine. Some people wear white on Yom Kippur, but that’s not required. These holy days are about what’s happening on the inside, not the outside.

 

What should I expect?

Visual & interactive art, music that moves your soul, and a mix of tradition with new twists.