An Independent Jewish Spiritual and Cultural Community

Reconnect with your Jewish roots through soulful music, deeply rooted wisdom and new thought. 
​​​​​​​ Join an open-minded community to pray, sing, listen and share your ideas as we use the lens of Jewish faith to engage with today’s world and with each other.

12355 Moorpark Street, Studio City, CA 91604 

​​​​​​​In residence at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Studio City for over 40 years.

Congregation Beth Ohr has no membership fees. We only request per event donations .
Fragile! Human Beings – Handle with Care!!

     The faith that is embedded in our Judaism is expressed in the optimism that humans can make a difference. Our ingenuity and creativity can impact matters. Even our enhanced intellectual capabilities can bring about understanding -- even wisdom. Combined with divine inspiration we are able to move beyond fatalism.
     Fatalism is the conviction that we have no power, that we were dealt an unfair hand in life and, therefore, little responsibility accrues to us. For much of the world the main ordering principle of their lives is chronic fatalism.
     With arrival of Ellul we are called to a spiritual mobilization of our life energies. I have always felt that this month of Ellul was the renewal of our covenant with life. Like most covenants (and contracts), one needs to “read” carefully and understand deeply the implications for all parties. Like many covenants in life, the terms demand constant vigilance. Ellul is the month for practicing our new direction. It is an advance of life that we must do simultaneously on communal and individual levels.
     Do we need a more vivid example of the resolve needed to move forward in life than our very reliance on each other to monitor our breathing? Your individual innocent act of inhaling and exhaling unfettered by a mask can lead to my demise by virus. But if I choose to monitor my behavior, I create the conditions for others to live.
     I don’t remember a more dramatic time when a small individual act could have such potentially momentous consequence. We are part of the “first six days” partnership with the divine because God is not through with us, nor are we through with the world.
     May our times of discouragement be few. May our surrender to the “forces” be brief, but may we find the energy and courage to be ready to fix and to repair and to augment and to tinker in the coming year.
     Lynn and I want to wish each of you a peaceful and sweet year as we anticipate the arrival of the safe vaccine so that we can gather together in person once again.
                                    -- Rabbi Haim Beliak

          High Holiday prayer books and honey will be distributed Wednesday evening, Sept. 16, from 6:30-7:30 pm at the UU Church of Studio City where we are normally in residence. They can be returned Tuesday, Sept. 29, same time and place. 
All events on Zoom and/or YouTube

5781 - Who Knew We'd Be Streaming?

Sweeten the High Holy Days
with Wisdom, Warmth
​​​​​​​and Inspiration at
Congregation Beth Ohr

Although we won’t be in our Sanctuary, please join us from the sanctuary of your home, via YouTube live streaming and Zoom.


FRI. SEPT. 18 from 7:30-9 pm
Separate event ticket required
 SAT. SEPT. 19 from 10 am - 12 noon
 Separate event ticket required


SUN. SEPT. 27 from 7:30-9 pm - Kol Nidre
Separate event ticket required

10 am-12 noon - Morning Service
Separate event ticket required

3-4 pm -  Study/Community Discussion
Included with Afternoon ticket or All-Day ticket
4-4:30 pm - Yizkor Service
Free.  RSVP required.
4:30-6:30 pm - Closing Service & Virtual Break-Fast
        Afternoon ticket or All-Day ticket required


Beth Ohr relies on event donations to meet its financial obligations.  We thank you for continuing to purchase tickets for each member of your family attending our services and events.
     We are a CA non-profit religious corporation. All ticket prices and donations are fully tax deductible. 

HHD Tickets:
$40 per service
$55 for entire Yom Kippur day 

$175 HHD package per person
includes all 5 paid services

  • Payments by check due at our office by Sept 15 (see below). Electronic payments due 24 hours prior to your designated service(s).
  • Upon receipt of your payment, a confirmation email with more information will be sent to you.  There will be separate links for each paid or free service.  For security purposes, they will be sent to you shortly before each service.​​​​​​​

1. Pay with Zelle through your phone app or online banking.  Send payment to our email  In the memo field, please include your phone number and email, which services you will attend, and how many tickets you are purchasing.

2. Pay with Paypal.  Send payment to our email In the note field, please include your phone number and email, which services you will attend, and how many tickets you are purchasing.

3. Pay by check through the mail.  Send your check to Congregation Beth Ohr, 12355 Moorpark Street, Studio City, CA 91604.  Be sure to  include your phone number and email, which services you will attend, and how many tickets you are purchasing.

Questions about our High Holy Day Services? Please use this form to contact us via email.  
Prayer Books
We can send you the link to download a copy of our prayer book, Gates of  Repentance.
     If you prefer a real book, come borrow one on Wed. Sept. 16, between 6:30 and 7:30 pm, with book return same time on Tues, Sept. 29.  We'll meet you at your car in the parking lot of our home at the UU Church of Studio City, 12355 Moorpark Street, Studio City, 91604. 
     As a special gift of sweetness from Rabbi Beliak, pick up - with or without a book - a little jar or two of Beth Ohr honey. 
     Reserve books by email.

To honor your loved ones at this free service, please send us their names by Sept 26 so that Rabbi Beliak can read them to us all during the service.
     Send your names by email.

Join us at the conclusion of Yom Kippur services for a virtual Break-Fast with Kiddush and Motzi.
​​​​​​​     What can we say but BYOB (bread)!
All events on Zoom and/or YouTube

ZOOM and YouTube Streaming Services with 
Rabbi Haim and Cantor Andrew

SEPT. 12 - 10:30 am​​​​​​​

SEPT. 12 - 7:15-8:15 pm
New and Free

SEPT. 16 - Prayer Book Distribution - 6:30-7:30 pm
See the Important Information section above

​​​​​​​We have ongoing Shabbat services one Friday per month at 7:30-9 pm, and two monthly Torah Study sessions on alternating Saturday mornings from 10:30-noon. We list them here and send out the dates monthly to our mailing list.
These are free, but donations of $10 per class or Shabbat would be gratefully accepted.
Services run approximately 1 1/2 hours plus schmooze time. No Hebrew is required.  
Our endeavors are always in the calm and joyful spirit of inquiry

Because of the need for online security, we ask that you join our mailing list (in the orange box below)
to receive current Zoom links via email.


Congregation Beth Ohr was established more than 50 years ago under the leadership of the esteemed Rabbi Michael Roth of blessed memory.  

We continue his vision of a "boutique shul” with a blend of traditional and contemporary practice.  Our members enjoy a community where we get to know each other personally,  listen to gifted cantorial soloists and musicians,  and experience an inspiring connection to our roots as well as to our world as it is now.

We are under the learned and joyful spiritual leadership of Rabbi Haim Beliak.  We are thrilled to be able to continue our own tradition of a unique blend of old and new.  We know that we have something special  to share – and we hope you will join us.

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