High Holy Days Schedule of Events

September 16 – September 25, 2023

Rabbi Dr. Jules King

Cantor Lori Reisman

Rabbi Rachel Axelrad

Rabbi Andrew Bentley

Maestro Dorian McWain

DOS Choir and Combo

Jewish prayer book and shawl

Events Location

Except for the Kever Avot service, all High Holy Days services will be held at:

Unitarian Universalist Church of the Desert

72425 Via Vail, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270


For those unable to attend the High Holy Day events held at Unitarian Universalist Church of the Desert, we have arranged for livestreaming services through Vimeo. View the Yom Kippur Events below to access the Livestream links.

While livestreaming is available free, a donation to help us defray costs is appreciated.


Rosh Hashana Morning Service

Saturday, September 16th – 10:00 AM

On Rosh Hashanah, we read the tragic and transforming family story of Sarah, Hagar, Abraham, Ishmael, and Isaac. We read it on a holiday emphasizing teshuvah, turning around, becoming a better person, and living a life closer to what G_d wants from us. How can we experience teshuvah? Teshuvah needs to include empathy, empathetic listening, paying attention, hearing beyond words to the soul, and meaning of what is uttered. On Rosh Hashanah, we ask G-d to be empathetic toward us, even though empathy is so often lacking in ourselves.

To reserve space, click on the Reserve Space button. This will open your email with the prepopulated email address of Arman Ordian at Forest Lawn. Please provide Arman with the following information in the body of your email.

I/we plan on attending the Kever Avot Memorial Service at Forest Lawn Ramon Chapel on Sunday, September 24th at 10:30 AM.

Number of Attendees:

Names of Attendees:

Kever Avot Service

Sunday, September 24th, 10:00 AM

Kever Avot is an opportunity to honor our ancestors and loved ones by visiting the cemetery during the High Holy Days. This years service is being held at

Forest Lawn – 69855 E. Ramon Rd.
Cathedral City, CA,  92234

Service officiated by Rabbi Dr. Jules King, with Cantorial Solist, Allan Scott.  A light Nosh will be served following the service. 

Event includes a Park Tour including a history of the Western Wall Mosaic and Mt. Zion Gardens.  Lunch catered by Sherman’s Deli in the Sunrise Room. 

Complimentary Event – Free Parking – Giveaways. 

Erev Yom Kippur – Kol Nidre

Sunday, September 24th – 7:00 PM

The Torah commands all Jewish adults (apart from the sick, the elderly, and women who have just given birth) to abstain from eating and drinking between sundown on the evening before Yom Kippur and nightfall the next day. The fast is believed to cleanse the body and spirit, not to serve as a punishment.

For those unable to attend in person, this service is available to view free of charge via Livestream. Click the button for the link.

Yom Kippur – Morning

Monday, September 25th -10:00 AM

Five distinct prayer services occur on Yom Kippur, the first on the holiday’s eve and the last before sunset on the following day. One of the most important prayers specific to Yom Kippur describes the atonement ritual performed by high priests during ancient times.

For those unable to attend in person, this service is available to view free of charge via Livestream. Click the button for the link.

Yom Kippur – Afternoon

Monday, September 25th – In Person & Livestreaming

Schedule of Events:

4:00 PM – Healing Service of Music and Meditation

4:30 PM – Yizkor

5:00 PM – Nei’lah/Havdala

For those unable to attend in person, this service is available to view free of charge via Livestream. Click the button for the link.

Purchase Tickets 

Get your membership in if you have not done so to have a seat in the
sanctuary… or you may buy your tickets by either calling the DOS
Office: 760.449.0111 – or clicking on the Ticket Info button below

$450 per person includes your High Holy Days ticket, access to clergy… and community!
$300 Non-Member per person ticket price

No one is turned away due to financial hardship. However RSVP and
Tickets are required – we welcome you with open arms regardless of your financial situation!

Seating is limited in the sanctuary. After that, we will use the Community Room for overflow with large screen monitors for the service.