High Holiday Family Programming

Preparing for the Days of Awe

A Challah-Day for All Ages (Sunday, Sept. 15)

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Get ready for Rosh Hashanah by learning to bake challah in community. RSVP: orshalom.ca/challah

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur 5780 Programming

Please RSVP to learning@orshalom.ca if you plan to attend.

A room is reserved for teens to hang out in throughout Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Teens are encouraged to attend services and a post-Simchat Mitzvah group will lead P’sukei D’zimra on Yom Kippur. Following P’sukei D’zimra, all teens are invited to attend a special program (scroll down the page for details).

Special educational and contemplative programming for children will be available during High Holidays services. Children three and up can be left with our children’s educators, who will lead them in play and study appropriate to the sacred season. Light snacks provided. If your child will be with us during lunchtime, please provide a vegetarian, nut-free meal.

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 (Monday, Sept. 30)

9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Childminding and activities at Vancouver JCC (950 W 41st Ave.)

10:30 a.m. –

Ages 3-5: Making Your Own Book of Life
Children will make their own “Book of Life” (sefer chayyim) of their experience of the last year.

Ages 6-9: Choosing a New Name for the Coming Year
A re-boot of an ancient tradition, in this project kids will make themselves a new name for the coming year and represent it in art.

Ages 10-14: Torah and the Community of The Earth
Participants will be led in a group text study and discussion about our relationship and responsibilities to the earth community.

 4 p.m. – Tashlich for the whole community. A family friendly outdoor spiritual experience at Queen Elizabeth Park.

Rosh Hashanah Day 2 (Tuesday, Oct. 1)

9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Childminding and activities at Vancouver JCC (950 W 41st Ave.)

10:30 a.m. – Child-friendly Torah service. Story-telling, finding your letter in the Torah, and blowing of the Shofar. 

Erev Yom Kippur (Tuesday, Oct. 8)

5:45-8:45 p.m. – Childminding at Vancouver JCC (950 W 41st Ave.)

Yom Kippur (Wednesday, Oct. 9)

9 a.m. – 2 p.m., 5-8 p.m. – Childminding and activities at Vancouver JCC (950 W 41st Ave.)

9:30 a.m. – Ages 12-18: Yoga and Meaningful Meditation with Lu Winters

10:30 a.m – Ages 3-11: Making a Pushke (Tzedakah Box)
We will make a handmade box for collecting money and gifts for family and those in need.

Sukkot (Sunday, Oct. 13)

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Join the community in building and decorating the Or Shalom Sukkah. Bring branches from your yard, your creativity, and the whole family! 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.

Did you know Or Shalom has education programming for children throughout the year? 

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