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Guide to the High Holy Days

Services and Special Programs for the High Holy Days

Service dates and times are listed on the back of your ticket. Your ticket provides access to any one of three simultaneous services we offer during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This year, we will have Rabbi Tina Grimberg and Rabbi Richard Hirsh as service leaders, who will conduct services in the Social Hall and Sanctuary. Ariel Zaltzman, our Director of Youth Education and Programming, along with a dynamic music leader, will lead our participatory, engaging and creative Family Services in the Triple Rooms - ideal for families with school-aged children. Note that there is no Family Service on the second day of Rosh Hashanah.

Service Times for 5780/2019

Coming Home: The Sounds and Tastes of Rosh Hashanah: Sunday, September 29, 6:00pm service, 7:00pm potluck, Toronto Heschel School, 819 Sheppard Ave. W. (no tickets required, advance registration for potluck necessary). Click here for more info.
Rosh Hashanah, 1st Day:  Monday, September 30, 9:30am (Family Services, 10:00am; Children's Programming, 9:30am)
Rosh Hashanah, 2nd Day: Tuesday, October 1, 9:30am (Children's Programming, 9:30am; NOTE: there is no Family Service this day)
Shabbat Shuvah: Saturday, October 5, 10:00am (no tickets required)
Kol Nidre / Erev Yom Kippur: Tuesday, October 8, 6:15pm (Family Services, 6:15pm; Children's Programming, 5:30pm)
Yom Kippur (including Yizkor): Wednesday, October 9, 9:30am (Family Services, 10:00am; Children's Programming, 9:30am)
Yom Kippur Minchah Ne’ilahWednesday, October 9, 5:00pm (approximately)

Additional Programming for Children and Childcare Arrangements

Children under the age of six can accompany you to all services without having a paid ticket. Childcare for children older than 18 months but not yet entering grade 1 this September will be available during all prayer services, except Erev Rosh Hashanah. To take advantage of this service, please submit a completed Childcare Registration Form along with your ticket order form.

There will also be engaging children’s programming available for children who are entering grade 1 or older and have not had their Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Please see the attached flyer for details of the activities being offered. This programming will be open during all service times except Erev Rosh Hashanah.  It is not necessary to register your child in advance.


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 $68.00. The office will have extended hours on Tuesday, August 21, 5:00 – 8:00pm


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



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 the office to let them 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. After that, it may 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 may 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.


Infant Care Room

For caregivers, we will have a room on the lower level dedicated to feeding and changing infants.


Fri, 25 September 2020 7 Tishrei 5781