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Beit HaLev

Beit HaLev has had to cancel the live, in-person High Holy Day services for the month of September due to the rise of COVID-19 infections in Leisure World. However, it has not canceled the oncea- month Shabbat services that will begin in October as of this date. All services will be livestreamed. The schedule will be as follows: First Erev Rosh Hashanah: Monday, Sept. 6, at 6 p.m.

First Day Rosh Hashanah: Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 10:30 a.m.

Second Erev Rosh Hashanah: Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 6 p.m.

Second Day Rosh Hashanah: Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 10:30 a.m.

Kol Nidrei: Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 6 p.m.

Yom Kippur Day: Thursday, Sept. 17, at 10:30 a.m.

Ne’ilah: Thursday, Sept. 17, at 5 p.m.

The schedule for Sukkot and Simchat Torah will be as follows:

Erev Sukkot: Monday, Sept. 20, at 6 p.m.

Sukkot Day: Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 10:30 a.m.

Sh’mini Atzeret/Simchat Torah: Sept. 28, at 10:30 a.m.

The Sim Shalom Ma’ariv livestream service with Rabbi Galit-Shirah is every Thursday at 4 p.m.; Beit HaLev/Shabbat Shalom LIVE! livestream services are every Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

The Torah reading for this week is “Kee Teitzei,” Deuteronomy 23:8-24:13 in the Triennial Cycle. Moses tells the Israelites to not “hate” the Edomites because they are kin; and to not “hate” the Egyptians because they were strangers in their land. He also presents laws pertaining to soldiers, slaves and prostitutes (both male and female).

All services use the special prayerbooks, “Lev L’Lev,” which were adapted and abridged for Beit HaLev’s online services from the Reform Machzorim, “Mishkan HaNefesh,” and the Reform Siddur, “Mishkan HaT’filah.” Printed versions of the prayerbooks will be available at the in-person Shabbat services when it is safe.

Live, in-person Shabbat services will be held once a month (to start) on the first Friday of the month, beginning on Friday, October 1 at 6 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 4.

Beit HaLev is a Jewish Universalist community. It is progressive in thought and traditional in liturgy. The services are joyous, meaningful and musical. Beit HaLev welcomes everyone who seeks a path to the divine and doesn’t believe in labels.

To request a membership form, call Rabbi Galit-Shirah at (562) 715-0888 or email

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