Shemini Atzeret means the eighth day of assembly (following the Sukkot holiday). There’s a Jewish legend that says that as we come to the end of the almost month-long holiday season that began with Rosh Hashanah followed 10 days later by Yom Kippur and then the holiday of Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret is God’s request to ask us to stay an extra day to celebrate.
Simchat Torah, which begins on Thursday night means “rejoicing of the law,” when the annual cycle of reading the entire five books of the Old Testament (the Torah) is completed and the readings begin again. To celebrate, Jews form processions and sing and dance with the Torah scrolls. It’s also one of two days in the Jewish calendar (the first being Purim) where drinking is not only permitted, but expected. It’s Judaism’s big all-night party.
Once again, Jews all over the city will be heading to synagogues to celebrate the festivals and to help ease parking and traffic congestion, the Los Angeles City Department of Transportation, Mayor Eric Garcetti and 5th District Councilman Paul Koretz are implementing relaxed parking throughout the Westside, Hollywood and the Valley during this period.
While there will be relaxed enforcement of street cleaning, time limits and preferential parking areas, please note that meters, tow-away zones and other safety violations will be enforced.
Parking will be relaxed on the Westside from 2 p.m. Wed. Sept. 25 through 11 p.m. Sat. Sept. 28, at the following locations:
- Area bounded by Robertson and La Cienega boulevards to Queen Anne Place and from Pico to Olympic boulevard.
- Area bounded by Olympic Boulevard to Melrose Avenue and from Fairfax Avenue to Hudson Avenue.
- Area bounded by Olympic to Pico boulevards and from Overland Avenue to Century Park East.
- Area bounded by Beverwil Drive to La Cienega Boulevard and from Whitworth/Gregory Way/ to the Culver City limits (south of the 10 Freeway),
- Area bounded by Pico Boulevard to Tennessee Avenue and from Beverly Glen Boulevard to Fox Hills.
- Area bounded by San Vicente Boulevard to Packard Street and from and from Genesee Avenue to Masselin Avenue.
- Area bounded by Beverwil to Hillgreen drives and from Pico Boulevard to the Newman Street. (northern City limits: Beverly Hills).
- Area bounded by Roxbury to Beverwil drives and from Pico to National boulevards.
- Area bounded by Galey/Veteran avenues to Club View Drive and from Rochester Avenue to Wellworth Avenue/lLe Conte (particularly around 900 Hilgard Avenue).
- Lindbrook Drive from Beverly Glen Boulevard to Devon Avenue.
- Devon Avenue from Wilshire Boulevard to Strathmore Drive.
- Thayer Avenue from Holman to Kinnard avenues.
- Holman Avenue from Pandora Avenue to Fairburn Avenue.
- Kinnard Avenue from Pandora Avenue Fairburn Avenue.
- Santa Monica Boulevard from Pandora Avenue to Westholme Avenue.
- Eastbourne Avenue from Pandora Avenue to Fairburn Avenue.
- 3000 btock of Westwood Blvd.
- Westwood Boulevard from National to Pico boulevards.
- Eastside of Malcolm Avenue from National Boulevard to Hilgard Avenue.
- Midvale Avenue from National Boulevard to Queensland Street.
- 10700 to 10800 National Blvd.
- Area bounded by Malcolm to Contstock and from Hilgard Avenue to Santa Monica Boulevard.
- Area bounded by Veteran Avenue to Malcolm Avenue and from Gayley to Rochester avenues.
- Area bounded by Santa Monica Boulevard to Rochester Avenue and from Comstock Avenue to Selby Avenue.
- Area bounded by Guthrie to Pico, La Cienega to Fairfax.
Please Note: Parking enforcement will NOT be suspended for the portion of Preferential Parking District 35, which includes the 3500 block of Thayer Dr. and Strathmore Ave. from Hilgard to Strathmore avenues.