High Holydays

Click image to download full 5780/2019 schedule.

For 40 years, Or Shalom has held Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services, celebrated with our traditions of participation and openness. Over the 10 days of Yamim Noraim, services are led by Or Shalomniks from all walks of life, contributing to the rich tapestry that is an Or Shalom service.

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 by taking out a membership 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.

Read the Rosh Hashanah edition of the Keren Or, Or Shalom’s community newsletter.

On Erev Rosh Hashanah we will hold a short event at Or Shalom rather than a service at the JCC. Download the full 5780/2019 program for details. Tashlich will be held at 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 30 at the Queen Elizabeth Park duck pond (new location this year!), which is to the north of Bloedel Conservatory.

Find the schedule and RSVP for our High Holiday Child/Youth programming.

Feature: Yom Kippur Mincha 5780/2019
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 5:15 p.m.
In the Belly of the Whale: A Chorus of Human and Whale Voices and Prayers of Supplication

Created in collaboration with guest composer Leah Abramson. Five community members offer five prayers of supplication, answering, what do you call into being for yourself? for humanity? for the earth?

Leah Abramson is a singer, composer, and instructor from Vancouver, B.C. After touring internationally with indie rock and folk bands, as well as her previous project, The Abramson Singers, Leah recently released her fourth album of original songs. Along with her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (focus on lyrics) at the University of British Columbia, Leah has studied classical music at Capilano University, and traditional Appalachian balladry. Leah teaches and facilitates workshops to people of all ages, and has taught at the University of British Columbia (Creative Writing), The Roundhouse, The Vancouver East Cultural Centre (The Cultch), and non-profit organization Instruments of Change.

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8 Responses to High Holydays

  1. naomi kronitz/irv laskin says:

    HI – I would like to buy high holiday tickets, as in previous years for my husband and i –

    604 307 4336


    • Thanks for your ongoing support – we love to see you every year at our services. This year we have added the capability to get your high holyday membership online – see orshalom.ca/hiho. Shana Tovah!

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  4. בברכה לך ולמשפחתך שנה טובה, בריאה ומשגשגת!

    Best wishes to you and your family for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

  5. Baila Lazarus says:

    My sister is participating in her first Yom Kippur in Vancouver and we were wondering if there is a break-fast after the Yom Kippur services at the JCC. Also, I would like to make a High Holiday donation but is it necessary to get a full High Holiday membership to ensure a seat?
    Thank you

    • admin says:

      Or Shalom opens its doors to all who wish to celebrate the High Holydays with us, and relies on the generosity of donors to ensure we can continue this open practice. We try to put out enough seats for everyone, especially on Erev Yom Kippur. The high holiday membership is available for those who can support Or Shalom to that extent, and membership provides early seating but then the doors are open to all who wish to start Yom Kippur with our community.

      Donations can also be made through our web site to orshalom.ca/donate

      There is no break-fast scheduled at the JCC this year I am afraid.

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