January 21, 2021 #1 Local News, Forum, Information and Event Source for Venice Beach, California.

Rosh Hashanah: Venice Style

3:11pm

by Sam Skopp

On the morning of Monday, October 3rd, Venice’s Open Temple held service for Rosh Hashanah, which is the Jewish New Year, and the first what are considered in Judaism to be the High Holidays. Titled “The Awakening,” Open Temple’s Rosh Hashanah service was one of nine events comprising a cycle they’re calling “High Holiday Soul Journey 5777.”

Temple founder Rabbi Lori Schneide Shapiro stressed the importance of melding traditional Judaism with unconventional and modern approaches to the material covered in their services. As templegoers entered, for example, they heard a rendition of a traditional temple song mashed together with George Michael’s “Faith.”

“As people were walking in, they heard traditional music, then suddenly a guitar started Jimmy Hendrix-ing out,” said Rabbi Shapiro.

This is part of an effort to provide a Jewish experience grounded in values that Rabbi Shapiro has perceived to be important to the Venice community—namely, creativity, truth and love.

“Most of us don’t move to Venice to have traditional lives,” said Rabbi Shapiro.

One portion of the Torah that was read during Monday’s Rosh Hashanah service included a passage in which Abraham throws his wife out of their home, leaving her without a home of her own. Coinciding with the reading of this passage, a man who had been standing outside as templegoers entered and appeared to be homeless crashed the service. Then, another man stood up from within the congregation, and revealed the “homeless” man to be an actor, and himself to be homeless.

This kicked off a larger discussion of homelessness within the congregation, which included a film clip about Skid Row. Congregation members left with a list provided by Eric Garcetti’s office of items currently needed most by Los Angeles’s homeless population and empty bags, to be filled with those items and returned.

Next up in Open Temple’s “High Holiday Soul Journey” is what they’re calling “The Confession,” which is a spoken word story slam that will take place as part of Electric Lodge’s High Voltage series of events and coincide with Shabbat Shuvah. Then, on the evening of October 11th and all day October 12th, the temple will hold services for Yom Kippur, which is considered to be one of the most important holidays in traditional Judaism. Titled “The Sacrifice: Yom Kippur Urban Retreat,” their service includes yoga and “death meditation.”

“We consider the Jewish high holidays to be the Burning Man of Jewish Ritual,” said Rabbi Shapiro.

For more information about Open Temple and upcoming services, visit opentemple.org.

Related Posts

FDA-Authorized Coronavirus Testing at Santa Monica’s Shore Hotel

January 20, 2021

January 20, 2021

Drive-thru and walk-up testing seven-days a week   The award-winning Shore Hotel, located steps away from the world-famous Santa Monica Pier,...

‘Doctor’s Office on Wheels’ Homeless and Those at Risk of Losing Homes

January 19, 2021

January 19, 2021

Venice Family Clinic launches mobile clinic van aimed at preventing homelessness By Chad Winthrop A Venice non-profit has launched a...

Edify TV: Ticketing Maskless Angelenos?

January 19, 2021

January 19, 2021

Los Angeles lawmakers want to fine people for not wearing masks. Learn more in this video made possible by School...

Missing Man Last Seen in Palms Area

January 18, 2021

January 18, 2021

Chance Olsewski last seen in on the Westside on Friday A missing 20-year-old man was last seen in the Palms...

Video: 25K New Housing Units in LA?

January 17, 2021

January 17, 2021

With a massive spike in homelessness forecasted, LA lawmakers want to build 25,000 new housing units. Learn more in this...

Illegal Marina del Rey Boat Charters

January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

The issue of illegal charters brought up at recent County meeting By Toi Creel Officials recently discussed the issue of...

Edify TV: The Westside’s Best Pies

January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

Here are some of the best pies on the Westside ahead of National Pie Day on January 23. Learn more...

Venice Homeless Encampment Fire Spreads to Boardwalk Building

January 13, 2021

January 13, 2021

Over 100 firefighters respond to Ocean Front Walk fire Tuesday morning By Sam Catanzaro Over 100 firefighters responded this week...

Edify TV: Westside Kids Compete to Keep Beach Clean

January 12, 2021

January 12, 2021

Westside kids are competing to keep the beach clean! Learn more in this video made possible by Santa Monica College.

One Hospitalized in Marina del Rey Fire

January 11, 2021

January 11, 2021

Fire breaks out Monday morning at MDR apartment complex By Sam Catanzaro One person was injured in a Monday morning...

Edify TV: Over 1,700 Units Proposed for Westside Neighborhood

January 10, 2021

January 10, 2021

Over 1,700 apartment units are planned for a few block radius in a Westside neighborhood. Learn more in this video...

City Planning Approves Venice Boardwalk Apartment Development

January 8, 2021

January 8, 2021

Los Angeles Planning Department advances nine-unit development By Toi Creel The Los Angeles Planning Department has signed off on a...