High Holiday Family Programming

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur 5779 Schedule. Please RSVP to programs@orshalom.ca if you plan to attend. Activities are for ages 3-11 unless otherwise specified. There will be a hang-zone for teens during all days. Please note: If your child/youth will be with us during lunchtime, please provide a vegetarian and nut-free meal.

Erev Rosh Hashanah (Sunday, Sept. 9)

5:15-6:30 p.m. – Childminding and small craft at Or Shalom (710 E 10th Ave.)

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 (Monday, Sept. 10)

9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Childminding and activities at Vancouver JCC (950 W 41st Ave.)
10:30 a.m. – The Beauty of Bees. Discover the life cycle of bees and how they make honey.
11:15 a.m. – Shofar blowing
12:30 p.m. – Festive decorating of a Birthday Cake for Our World (and yes, we do get to eat it afterwards!)
4 p.m. – Tashlich for whole community at Queen Elizabeth Park

Rosh Hashanah Day 2 (Tuesday, Sept. 11)

9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Childminding and activities at Vancouver JCC
10:30 a.m. – Aleph Bet Torah Name Search. Find the first letter of your Hebrew name in the Torah. Takes place during the unrolling of the Torah with the whole congregation. To participate, send the Hebrew names of your kids to programs@orshalom.ca by Sept. 4. Your kid(s) will receive a large version of the letter on the day to then match to a letter in the Torah!

Erev Yom Kippur (Tuesday, Sept. 18)

6:30-9:30 p.m. – Childminding at Vancouver JCC

Yom Kippur (Wednesday, Sept. 19)

9 a.m. – 2 p.m., 5-8 p.m. – Childminding and activities at Vancouver JCC
10:30-11:30 a.m. – Create/Decorate a Tzedakah Box.
10:30-11:30 a.m. – Yoga, meditation + interactive game and discussion. For teens.
6:45 p.m. – Havdalah participation with congregation with homemade “besamim balls.”

Sukkot (Sunday, Sept. 23)

3-7 p.m. – Join the community in decorating the Or Shalom Sukkah with recycled materials. Bring branches from your yard, your creativity, and the whole family! Plus, help us harvest vegetables from our garden and join in a festive meal! For all ages.

Or Shalom opens its doors to everyone looking to join with a community to celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with us. To continue this mitzvah, we rely on our High Holyday members’ generosity. You can become a High Holyday member of Or Shalom online. Or Shalom welcomes everyone to participate in our High Holydays services regardless of ability to pay. If your financial situation prevents you from purchasing a membership, you may wish to make a high holidays donation.