Stephen Wise Temple High Holy Days Machzor

One of the highlights of my service to our Stephen Wise Temple community is the opportunity to lead you in prayer at the High Holy Days. For over four decades, I have been blessed with this sacred privilege.

The liturgy of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is embodied in our Machzor, the special prayer book we use only on the Days of Awe. Our current Machzor was produced more than thirty-five years ago. It has served us well but the time has come for a new articulation of our liturgy, rooted always in the eternal values that animate our tradition.

For the past two years, I have worked closely with Cantor Lutz and our Rabbinic colleagues to create a new Machzor for our community. We shared a sample of the text with you at our last High Holy Days, including beautiful, original artwork by our member and artist-in-residence Mario M. Muller. The feedback you gave us has helped us to refine and complete the new Machzor, which we are eager to share with you when we gather to welcome the New Year this fall.

I am reaching out to you with a special invitation to join me in fulfilling the wonderful mitzvah of supporting the publication of our new Machzor. This is a once-in-a-generation chance to dedicate a portion of our sacred liturgy in honor or memory of a loved one or simply as a way of celebrating your family’s commitment to our community. I have enclosed details about naming opportunities and would be happy to discuss any of them with you. In order to complete publication by this September, we need you to respond by April 1 with your dedication. All dedications will be printed in every Machzor. For more information please contact Jessica Lebovits at 310.889.2276.

I am grateful for the z’chut, the extraordinary privilege, of being able to serve as your Cantor for these many years and, with your help, for being able to realize this milestone moment in the life of our community.


In blessing,
Cantor Nathan Lam

Dedication page sample
Tribute page sample

Contact Director of Development Jessica Lebovits (310.889.2276) to make your contribution.

Dedication Opportunities


Dedication of Machzor
$180,000 (RESERVED)

Dedication of Artwork

Kol Nidre Service
$54,000 (RESERVED)

Rosh HaShanah Eve Service
$36,000 (RESERVED)

Rosh HaShanah Morning Service
$36,000 (RESERVED)

Yom Kippur Morning Service
$36,000 (RESERVED)

Yizkor Service
$36,000 (RESERVED)

Neilah Service

Shofar Service

Yom Kippur Torah Service
$18,000 (RESERVED)

Rosh HaShanah Torah Service
$18,000 (RESERVED)

Avodah Mincha Service

Rosh HaShanah 1st Day Torah Reading
$10,000 (RESERVED)

Rosh HaShanah 2nd Day Torah Reading

Yom Kippur Morning Torah Reading
$10,000 (RESERVED)

Yom Kippur Afternoon Torah Reading
$10,000 (RESERVED)

Rosh Hashanah 1st Day Haftorah Reading
$10,000 (RESERVED)

Rosh Hashanah 2nd Day Haftorah Reading

Yom Kippur Morning Haftorah Reading
$10,000 (RESERVED)

Yom Kippur Afternoon Haftorah Reading (Jonah)

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