High Holidays Programs and Services

The schedule for the Days of Awe at Or Shalom in Vancouver has been released! For a calendar view, click here.

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Schedule of Events

August 28 to September 16

Preparation for the High Holidays During the Month of Elul

Selichot
Saturday, Aug. 28

 

 

 

 

 

8 p.m.

This year’s Selichot gathering – our opening of the High Holiday season – reflects on the question, Where Can Wisdom Be Found? Over these past 18 months of pandemic, we’ve all sought steadiness in different places – public health officers and the CBC, but also our gardens, animal companions and kitchens. Now, Val Dolgin, Cecil Herschler, Yudel Huberman, Dave Kauffman, Els Kushner, Gloria Levy, Dael Segal, and Tiferet Welch speak to their experience. What wisdom emerges as we approach Rosh Hashanah? Featuring singers and musicians Martin Gotfrit, Avril Orloff, Myran Rabinowitz, Wendy Rubin, and Tiferet Welch as well as Harriet Frost and Dave Kauffman. This evening is curated by Rabbi Hannah, Alex Leslie and Wendy Rubin.


This is Real and You are Completely Unprepared
Begins Monday, Aug. 30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12-12:30 p.m.

Rabbi Alan Lew’s classic This Is Real And You Are Completely Unprepared has become a beloved companion for many as they meet the Days of Awe. Rabbi Lew opens the days from Tisha B’Av to Sukkot as a portal to confronting the existential reality of our lives and our human responsibilities. This 9-day lunchtime learning course led by Matthew Gindin, Rabbi Hannah, and community teachers will meet Aug. 30-Sept. 3, Sept. 9-10, and Sept. 13-14. We will study and reflect on excerpts from Rabbi Lew’s book to guide us through Rosh Hashanah and towards Yom Kippur and Sukkot.

Register here for this free course delivered via zoom.  


Rosh Hashanah

Erev Rosh Hashanah
Monday, Sept. 6

Join Rabbi Hannah Dresner for candle lighting and the stirring nusach of the Erev Rosh Hashanah service. Please have a copy of the Velveteen Rabbi’s Machzor on hand for Erev Rosh Hashanah. Click here for a digital copy, or contact the office to borrow a physical copy: office@orshalom.ca.


Rosh Hashanah Day 1
Tuesday, Sept. 7

 

 

 

 

 

10 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

In person at Or Shalom and livestream for broader community

With Rabbi Hannah Dresner, Nomi Fenson, Wendy Rubin and Sally Thorne, Harriet Frost, Alycia Fridkin, Dave Kauffman, Avril Orloff, Jonathan Oldman, Tyche Smith, Harley Rothstein, Reva Malkin and friends. Shofar: Yoni Gordis and Charles Cohen.

Please have your own Harlow Machzor in hand for our High Holiday services. Contact the office to loan a copy: office@orshalom.ca.

Registration is closed for Rosh Hashanah Day 1 as we have reached our maximum in-person attendance for the Or Shalom location.


Tashlich
Tuesday, Sept. 7

 

 

 

 

 

4 p.m.

Join Rabbi Hannah Dresner and the community for Tashlich at the Canoe pedestrian bridge in Olympic Village. Gather for poetic reflection as we cast leaves into the free-flowing ocean. Shofar sounded by Daniel Wosk from the Canoe Bridge at 4:30 p.m. followed by a snack picnic and socializing. Individual challah buns and a jar of Or Shalom honey are provided; please bring personal snacks such as apples in reusable containers. (We will take everything we bring to the site back home with us.)

Register here. A $5 donation per person is suggested.


Rosh Hashanah Day 2, The Birthday of the World
Wednesday, Sept. 8

 

 

 

 

 

Part I
9:30-10:30 a.m.

A Rosh Hashanah FAMILY PROGRAM celebrating the Birthday of the World for families with children ages 4-11. Led by Rabbi Hannah Dresner, Rabbi Yoni Gordis and dance therapy student Alex Clancy, family groups will engage in a movement exercise guided by a narration of Creation. Our program will culminate with a snack of apples and honey and a full sounding of the Shofar. All under tents in the Or Shalom Yard. Please dress in clothing that will allow you to move freely!

Part II
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In person at Or Shalom and livestream for broader community

COMMUNITY SERVICE including Torah and Shofar services and Musaf. 

With Rabbi Hannah Dresner, Rabbi Susan Shamash, Casey Collins, Heidi Mannis, Robin Friedlander, Alexis Kellum-Creer, and friends. Shofar: Charles Cohen and David Berson

Please have your own Harlow Machzor in hand for our High Holiday services. Contact the office to loan a copy: office@orshalom.ca.


Shabbat Shuva
Saturday, Sept. 11

 

 

 

 

 

10 a.m.

Details to be announced in the Doar Shalom newsletter.


Yom Kippur

Erev Yom Kippur
Wednesday, Sept. 15

 

 

 

 

Doors: 6 p.m. for reserved seating, 6:30 for others

In person at the JCC and livestream for broader community

With Rabbi Hannah Dresner, Harley Rothstein, Yudel Huberman, Harriet Frost, Myrna Rabinowitz and friends.

Or Shalom is limiting attendance at the JCC to 150 people, all of whom must been doubly-vaccinated. There are still a few seats available. You can request your High Holiday seats here.

Stream here on YouTube.


Yom Kippur
Thursday, Sept. 16

 

 

 

 

9 a.m.
Yom Kippur Service

In person at the JCC and livestream

P’sukai D’zimra, Shacharit, Torah Service and Musaf for Yom Kippur. 

With Rabbi Hannah Dresner, Tiferet Welch, Rabbi Laura Duhan-Kaplan, Charles Kaplan, Dalia Margalit-Faircloth, Avi Yan, Heidi Mannis, Susanna Haas Lyons, Gloria Levy, Robin Friedlander, Sally Thorne, Wendy Rubin and friends.

Or Shalom is limiting attendance at the JCC to 150 people, all of whom must been doubly-vaccinated. There are still a few seats available. You can request your High Holiday seats here.

Stream here on YouTube (morning service). 

5:45-8 p.m.
Chant, Yizkor & Neilah

5:45 p.m. – Chanting at the Gates
6:20 p.m. – Yizkor
7 p.m. – Neilah

With Rabbi Hannah Dresner, Harley Rothstein, Reva Malkin and friends. Final Shofar blast: Motti Lis AND YOU!

Or Shalom is limiting attendance at the JCC to 150 people, all of whom must been doubly-vaccinated. There are still a few seats avaiable.  You can request your High Holiday seats here.

Stream here on YouTube (evening service).

6 Responses to High Holidays Programs and Services

  1. 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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  3. בברכה לך ולמשפחתך שנה טובה, בריאה ומשגשגת!

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

  4. 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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