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Kol Nidre And Yom Kippur Services
Posted by Nashfa Hawwa on Sep 10, 2013 - 8:59:27 PM

The Saban Theatre
BEVERLY HILLS—The Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts will hold a holy Kol Nidre service at the historic Saban Theatre at 8 p.m. on Friday, September 13.


The Kol Nidre service is part of a sequence of events scheduled for the “High Holy Days” that began on Wednesday, September 4 at 8 p.m. with the Erev Rosh Hashanah, or the Jewish New Year’s Eve. The Jewish New Year was celebrated at the Saban Theatre, on September 5 at 10 a.m.


The Kol Nidre is a ceremonial declaration recited in Aramaic in the synagogue before the beginning of the evening service on every Yom Kippur, or Day of Atonement. The Kol Nidre is a dramatic and emotional recitation that introduces the congregation to Yom Kippur. The Yom Kippur service will be hosted at the Saban Theatre on Saturday, September 14, at 10 a.m. According to Jewish tradition, Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year. It is revered by prayer and fasting by Jews around the world.


Special guests who are attending the event include Curt Lowens, a Holocaust survivor and resistance member who made his Broadway debut as an S.S. guard in the performance of Stalag 17, a story of a group of American airmen held in a German World War II prisoner of war camp who come to suspect that one of their members is an informant.


Another special guest is Steve Emerson, who is the executive director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, Debra Lynn Fine, a business executive who helped to save another woman’s life by distracting a gunman even at the risk of being shot herself on June 7, in Santa Monica. The Israeli Flying Aid founder Gal Lusky is also attending the event, on the special request of the Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts founder Rabbi David Baron. Lusky is flying out from the Syrian-Jordanian border that is now rife with war and conflict.


The services are scheduled to take place at 8440 Wilshire Blvd. Tickets for the services begin at a tax-deductible donation of $350.


The mission of the Temple of the Arts is to promote the “spirit and teachings of Judaism through music, art, drama, dance and film.”  The temple was initiated in 1992 by the founder Rabbi David Baron and 50 of his friends. The Temple of the Arts first rented and acquired the historic Wilshire Theatre and later renamed it the Saban Theatre due to an overwhelmingly generous gift from the Saban Family Foundation.


The Temple of the Arts is the largest arts synagogue in the United States and allows the community to engage in creative as well as intellectual and entertaining events such as the High Holy Days as well as theatrical performances that allude to Jewish history and culture.


The Yom Kippur service will be broadcast for the homebound and it will air through Jewish Life Television JLTV on Direct TV, Comcast and Time Warner Cable networks across the USA. Last year's Yom Kippur service hosted by the Saban Theatre was viewed by 300,000 people around the world.


For more information, please visit or call (323) 655-4900.


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