Parking & General Information

  • Parking is very limited around the church, so please use public transport, bicycle or carpool, if feasible.
  • Leave enough time to park and find a seat before services start.
  • It is especially important to be on time for Kol Nidre.
  • Parking passes will be available for extended parking in 2-hour residential zones around the church during the services.
Directions and parking passes

Rosh Hashanah, Day 1
First Presbyterian Church  |  Directions  |  Parking Permit

Rosh Hashanah, Day 2
Chochmat Halev  |  Directions  |  Parking Permit (for Day 2 only)

Yom Kippur
First Presbyterian Church  |  Directions  |  Parking Permit

Accessibility and sensitivity
  • The sanctuary and restrooms at First Presbyterian Church are wheelchair accessible.
  • Please refrain from wearing scented products to accommodate those with environmental sensitivities.
  • If you need other accommodation or assistance, contact the office: 510-704-9687 or
High Holy Days Customs
  • Inner reflection – In preparation for the High Holy Days, we turn our thoughts inward and reflect upon our actions in the past year.
  • Attire – Many people have the custom of wearing white, symbolizing purity. On Yom Kippur, to return to simplicity, some do not wear leather, jewelry or make-up.
  • Al Het cards – The Yamim Noraim, (Days of Awe, or High Holy Days) are designed to inspire us to engage in Cheshbon Hanefesh (spiritual evaluation) and to make Tikkun (reparation) in our hearts, families, workplaces, communities, and world. Filling out an al het card is an opportunity for you to name and acknowledge misdeeds from the past year, as well as what still needs healing within you. Cards are offered at Rosh Hashanah and Kol Nidre. You may also download the Al Het card.