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Guide to the High Holy Days

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Services and Special Programs for the High Holy Days

The dates and times of services are shown on the back of your ticket. Your ticket provides access to any one of three simultaneous services we offer during the High Holy Days. Rabbi Tina Grimberg and Rabbi Richard Hirsh conduct services in the Social Hall and Sanctuary. Our participatory, engaging and creative Family Services led by Ariel Zaltzman are held in the Triple Room located on the Lower Level.

New this year, we will have a room on the lower level dedicated to infant care (feeding and changing).


Selichot: Saturday, September 24, 7:00pm 

One of Darchei Noam’s little known jewels of a service! Please join us for an inspiring evening to help us prepare for the Days of Awe.

7:00 Seudah Shlishit (a light communal meal)

7:30 “What Does Literatre Teach Us About Forgiveness?” with Dr. Julia Zarankin, PhD. What does it mean to truly forgive? How does it change both the one who forgives and the one who is forgiven? We will explore the ways in which Western literary texts tackle forgiveness. Introductory remarks by Rabbi Tina Grimberg

9:00 Havdalah & Selichot services with uplifting prayers, inspiring songs and beautiful poetry.


Rosh Hashanah

Services at Darchei Noam

Erev Rosh Hashanah - New this Year: Feast for the Soul: Erev Rosh Hashanah service with music & Storytelling

Sunday, October 2, 6:30pm

Musical services, stories with Rabbi Tina Grimberg, and Rosh Hashanah fun for all ages. No ticket is required for this event, so bring your friends and family, even if they won’t be joining us at Darchei Noam for the rest of the High Holy Days.


Rosh Hashanah Day 1 and Day 2: Services begin at 9:30am (Family Service at 10:00am)

Rabbi Tina Grimberg: Social Hall
Rabbi Richard Hirsh: Sanctuary
Family Service: Triple Rooms


ConnectDN: 20s/30s Sip ’n’ Dip,  Rosh Hashanah Day 1
Senesh Teen Lounge, 12:15pm

An opportunity to toast the New Year with drinks and apples and honey and to catch up with friends - old and new. 

Tashlikh, Rosh Hashanah Day 1
Earl Bales Park, 1:30pm

We will meet in Earl Bales Park to observe Tashlikh.  The Tashlikh service is a symbolic 'casting off' of the sins of the previous year - we toss pieces of bread or another food into a body of flowing water and just as the water carries away the bits of bread, so too are our sins symbolically carried away.  With this gesture we envision starting the New Year with a clean slate. Please look for maps of the meeting location outside the Sanctuary and Social hall. 

Yom Kippur

Services at Darchei Noam

Kol Nidre: Services begin at 6:15pm

Yom Kippur Morning: Services begin at 9:30am (Family Service at 10:00am)

Rabbi Tina Grimberg: Social Hall
Rabbi Richard Hirsh: Sanctuary
Family Service: Triple Rooms

Complementing our Yom Kippur morning and concluding services, Congregation Darchei Noam offers a roster of Yom Kippur afternoon programming for those wishing to continue their Yom Kippur observance with our community through the day. Beginning after morning services, the Yom Kippur afternoon programming begins at approximately 2pm and continues until Minchah at 5:30pm. 

Study Session with Rabbi Richard Hirsh

Social Hall, 2:00pm

Yoga with Karen Weinthal

Sanctuary, 2:00pm

Qi Gong and Meditation

Yavneh Library, 2:00pm

Remembrance through Words and Music
Social Hall, Approx 4:00pm 

Our Yom Kippur Remembrance Service brings readings and music to embrace and honour the memory of pivotal times in our history, and those upon whose shoulders we now stand.

ConnectDN: 20s/30s

Senesh Teen Lounge

The Senesh Teen Lounge will be open all day. Hang out and catch up with other members of the ConnectDN community. 

Minchah/Ne’ilah, 5:30pm

An Alternative Ne’ilah Service punctuated with music, songs and stories will be held in the Social Hall with Rabbi Grimberg. 

Rabbi Hirsh will hold a traditional Ne’ilah service in the Sanctuary.

General and Building Information

Kippot and Tallitot

As an egalitarian community, our congregation encourages both men and women entering services to wear a head covering, or kippah, as a sign of humility and respect.  Head coverings are available outside each prayer hall.  Also, there are a limited number of tallitot (prayer shawls) available for you to borrow.

The Reconstructionist High Holy Day Prayer Book – “Kol Haneshamah:  Mahzor Leyamim Nora'im”

Darchei Noam uses the Kol Haneshamah Reconstructionist prayer book.  Attendees bring their own copies.  Unfortunately, we are not able to sell this machzor at High Holy Day services. Copies can be purchased from the synagogue office for $50.00. The office will have extended hours as follows:

Sunday, September 18, 2:pm - 5:00pm and Thursday, September 29, 9:00am - 8:00pm

Pre-purchased machzorim not picked up from the office will be available at the Reception Desk outside the sanctuary on the upper level during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Special Programming for Children, Youth and Teens

For information about planned programming for school-aged children and for teens, please visit our website.  In addition to pre-registered childcare for ages1-6, we also have a Drop-In Activity Room for ages 7-12.  This Activity Room will not be available on Erev Rosh Hashanah, and after 2pm on Yom Kippur.

Our Family Service will take place this year in the Triple Rooms, led by Ariel Zaltzman, our Director of Youth Education and Programming, along with dynamic music from Cantor Alisa Forman. This participatory, engaging and creative program is ideal for families with school-aged children. Please note that Family Services begin at 10am on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur mornings.  

Yom Kippur Community Break-Fast Dinner

After Yom Kippur Ne’ilah services conclude, everyone is invited to participate in our wonderful community break-fast dinner in the Triple Rooms. Members of our community are encouraged to sign up to bring a contribution to share. All contributions must be nut-free.

We kindly encourage everyone contributing to double up their contribution and arrange it on two ready to serve disposable platters or containers to be placed on buffet tables. Breads, crackers, bagels and drinks will be provided by the shul. Please bring your contribution to the Triple Rooms on the lower level any time after 3:00pm on Yom Kippur.

We invite your contributions of: 

·       entrées (lasagnas, quiches, kugels, legumes, pasta, etc.)

·       hearty salads (grains, pasta, potato, etc.)

·       green salads

·       fish (baked fish, herring, gefilte fish, lox, etc.)

·       cream cheese

·       egg salad

·       tuna salad

·       dips like hummus, guacamole, babaganoush, tahina

·       cooked salads (grilled eggplant salad, Turkish salad, etc.)

·       cut up vegetables

·       fruit and desserts!

To assist in planning a smorgasbord fit for the New Year or to arrange an alternate drop-off time for your contribution, contact Molly Neufeld by October 7th to let her know what you are planning to bring and how many will be attending. Thank you in advance for your generosity and help in planning our annual Break Fast feast!


Please allow yourself plenty of time to locate a parking space on the side streets around the synagogue. Make sure that you do not park in front of driveways or too close to fire hydrants, no stopping/standing zones, stop signs, etc. and read the signs carefully when parking on a main street. DO NOT PARK ON SHEPPARD AVENUE DURING RUSH HOUR AS YOU WILL BE TAGGED AND TOWED. Please abide by all parking laws and regulations when parking on neighbourhood streets. Remember that we have a very convenient drop-off area right in front of the shul if you would like to drop off your passengers before you find parking.

Accessible Parking during the High Holy Days

Parking in the synagogue parking lot will be limited to drivers with mobility challenges who have reserved a spot in advance. If you require a special High Holy Day Parking Pass, please contact Lindsay in the office to let her know which days you will be attending services and needing a spot. Due to limited availability, these spots are only available to those who have contacted the office in advance. Your spot will be held for 45 minutes after the start of services. After that, it will be made available to someone else.


All of our High Holy Day services are accessible to people with mobility difficulties. Our elevator is located at the far west end of the building – just follow the signs. Please speak to our ushers when you arrive. They will be able to direct you to suitable seats in each prayer hall. If you have special seating requirements, please contact Lindsay in the synagogue office in advance of Rosh Hashanah. We will do our best to accommodate any special needs you may have. Please note that we can only hold reserved seats until 11:00am, after which point, they will be made available to others.


Extra security from our regular provider will be on site during the High Holy Days. Please be prepared to show your ticket each time you enter the building.

All bags coming into the shul will be thoroughly searched, and this will certainly slow down entry into the building. Please consider limiting what you carry with you into the shul during the High Holy Days. Many people keep their wallet and keys in their tallit bag and leave other valuables at home or in the trunk of their car.

Emergency Evacuation Procedures

Evacuation procedures are posted by the doorways in each of the main rooms. In case of a fire or other emergency, please pay attention to the High Holy Day Ushers, who can be identified by their name tags, or the Building Evacuation Marshals, who will be wearing red or yellow hard hats.

After the High Holy Days

Connect with Darchei Noam

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Check out our website for details of our Sukkot, Sh’mini Atzeret and Simchat Torah Celebrations and Services, including:

Sukkot Services: Monday, October 17, 9:00am

Simchat Torah Celebration: Sunday, October 23, 5:30pm

Sh’mini Atzeret & Simchat Torah Services (including Yizkor prayers): Monday, October 24, 9:00am

Sun, 22 July 2018 10 Av 5778