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Houses of the Holy: Where the Music Biz Celebrates the Jewish High Holidays

Tonight we're gonna party like it's 5775. Here's where some of the music machers and/or mensches celebrate the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) Sept. 24-26 and Yom Kippur (day of…

Here’s where some of the music machers and/or mensches celebrate the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) Sept. 24-26 and Yom Kippur (day of atonement) Oct. 3-4.

(Founder’s Church of Religious Science, 3281 W. Sixth St., Los Angeles)
Incoming Universal Music Publishing Group chief Jody Gerson and Creative Artists Agency music agent Jenna Adler and Wendy Goldstein, EVP at Republic are among the devotees of Rabbi Naomi Levy.


Temple of the Arts at the Saban Theatre
(8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills)
“Music is a large component of what we do,” says Rabbi David Baron of his congregation Indeed at this year’s High Holidays cantors Jordan Bennett and Ilysia J. Pierce have performed on Broadway, music director Sharon Farber this year received an Emmy nomination her “The Young & the Restless” score and Anthony Russell from the San Francisco Opera Company is a special guest this year. The temple also doubles as a rock temple with upcoming shows by Leon Russell, Eddie Money, Todd Rundgren promoted by Lance Sterling of Sterling Concerts. 

Temple of the Arts, Beverly HIlls
Temple of the Arts at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills. Courtesy of Saban Theater

Temple Emanuel
(8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills)
Irving and Shelli Azoff, Maroon 5 manager Jordan Feldstein, industry vet Mo Ostin, attorney Don Passman and West Coast-based members of Clive Davis’ family congregate just down the road from the Four Seasons. Davis himself, however, hosts not one but two dinners for the Jewish New Year. “The first is for friends and is usually at Sammy’s Roumanian but this year it will be at my New York apartment,” the music business icon says. “The second night of Rosh Hashanah is for three of my children and their spouses or girlfriends, four grandchildren and the extended family of three or four close friends. It’s a time of family togetherness.”

Temple Emanuel, Beverly Hills
Temple Emanuel in Beverly Hills founded in 1938. Adrian Scott Fine/LA Conservancy

Central Synagogue
(652 Lexington Ave., New York)
Atlantic chairman Julie Greenwald and mentor Lyor Cohen, now of 300 Entertainment, frequent the grand, 140-year-old neo-Gothic house of worship.

Orach Chaim
(1459 Lexington Ave., New York)
“It’s Orthodox but has a very, very welcoming and inclusive spirit,” says Glassnote Records founder Daniel Glass of Orach Chaim and who grew up attending services in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. Glass says his family’s tradition is to give back by bringing people from out of town or those who can’t afford tickets to services. “I invited David Joseph [chairman of Universal UK] last year for Yom Kippur and he loved it,” says Glass. He also also raves about the temple’s famous cantor Yaakov Y. Stark from Williamsburg (where else?).

Annual break fast brunch with Aaron Rosenberg and Danny Rose
(Private home)
The married couple hosts bigwigs like Jennifer Lopez manager Benny Medina (J.Lo is a client of attorney Rosenberg) and Scooter Braun, business partner of TV producer Rose. Other attendees include Attorney Eric Greenspan, manager Angelica Cob-Baehler, UMG EVP Karen Kwak and David Katzenberg.

(Tribeca Arts Center, 199 Chambers St., New York)
For a progressive arts-based High Holidays there’s LabShul whose tagline says it all: “Everybody Friendly. God Optional.”  Services are led by Rabbi Amichai-Lau Lavie, founder of Storahtelling and will feature musicians David Broza, Shira Kline and Netanel Goldberg among others. The event is produced with Brice Rosenbloom of Boom Collective whose upcoming shows include Patti Smith, a J Dilla Birthday celebration, Man Man and the Winter Jazz Festival.

This is an expanded version of an article first published in the Sept. 27th issue of Billboard.