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High Holy Days: 5780/2019

Coming Home: The Sounds and Tastes of Rosh Hashanah

Join us for a multisensory, Erev Rosh Hashanah service and community dinner! Open to the community; members and non-members are welcome to attend. 
    6:00pm: Service (free to all, no tickets needed)
    7:00pm: Potluck dinner (advance registration required)

For details and registration for dinner  click here.

High Holy Day Services

See the below schedule for more details about our High Holy Day services and programs. Tickets are required for: Rosh Hashanah Day 1 and Day 2, Yom Kippur Kol Nidre, and Yom Kippur Morning services.

Services and Programs

Click here for more information about our Rosh Hashanah services

Rosh Hashanah, 1st Day:  Monday, September 30
Two Traditional Services: 9:30am
Family Service: 10:00am
Children's Programming: 9:30am (more info)
Youth Programming: 9:30am
Sip n' Dip for young adults: 12:15pm
Tashlikh: 1:30pm
Rosh Hashanah, 2nd Day: Tuesday, October 1
Two Traditional Services: 9:30am
Special Children's Service: 10:15am (NOTE: there is no Family Service this day)
Children's Programming: 9:30am (more info)
Youth Programming: 9:30am

Shabbat Shuvah: Saturday, October 5, 10:00am (no tickets required)


Click here for more information about Yom Kippur services

Kol Nidre / Erev Yom Kippur: Tuesday, October 8
Two Traditional Services: 6:15pm
Family Service: 6:15pm
Children's Programming: 5:30pm (more info)
Youth Programming: 5:30pm
Yom Kippur Morning (including Yizkor): Wednesday, October 9
Two Traditional Services: 9:30am
Family Service: 10:00am
Children's Programming: 9:30am (more info)
Youth Programming: 9:30am
Young adult study session

Yom Kippur Afternoon: Wednesday, October 9, 2:00pm

Yom Kippur Minchah Ne’ilahWednesday, October 9, 5:00pm (approximately)

Yom Kippur Potluck Break-Fast: Wednesday, October 9, following Ne'ilah

The High Holy Days at Darchei Noam are a time for celebration, reflection, introspection, and community building. The synagogue is abuzz with music, prayer, discussion and other participatory programming, engaging members and guests in both a joyful beginning to the New Year and solemn atonement.

For full descriptions of our High Holy Day Services, please click on the event in the above schedule.

Want to join us for the High Holy Days this year? Download the ticket order form to save your place today! For more information, call (416) 638-4783.

Attending Services for the High Holy Days

Service dates and times are also 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.

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Children's Programming

Children age five and under can accompany you to all services without having a paid ticket. However, programming for children under 5 and older than 18 months will also be available during all prayer services, except Erev Rosh Hashanah. Pre-registration is mandatory, and the program costs $50 for guests of Darchei Noam. Download the Children's Programming Registration Form here to register. 

Free programming for children ages 6-12 is also available; no advance registration is required for this age group. 

Click here for more information about children's programming.                                                                                                                                                                                

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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.

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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 20, 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.

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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.

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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 Marcie 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.


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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.

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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.

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Infant Care Room

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

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