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Important information for attending High Holy Days including Security and Parking and Much More! 



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.


Attending Services for the High Holy Days

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.

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.

Rosh Hashanah services

Yom Kippur services

Children's Programming

More Information About Attending High Holy Day Services

  • Mahzor Prayer Books 

  • Attendees bring their own purchased Reconstructionist mahzorim. We do not have a supply of these prayer books available for sale or loan during the High Holy Days. If you have already purchased a mahzor and not yet picked it up, you will find a confirmation of your purchase and pick up reminder in this envelope. If you still need a mahzor, please purchase and pick up a prayer book no later than Wednesday, September 25. Pre-purchased mahzorim not picked up from the office in advance will be available at the Reception Desk outside the sanctuary on the upper level on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
  • Security

  • 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. Please check this envelope to ensure you have the appropriate number of tickets for the members of your family, as well as any additional guest tickets you may have ordered. Everyone entering the synagogue requires a ticket, including children, toddlers and babies.
  • We have developed our security protocol in conjunction with UJA Federation Community Security, who has provided training and recommendations to all synagogues in the GTA prior to the High Holy Days. Security checks will take place just outside the entrance to Darchei Noam. We understand that this may mean that at times, there will be a line-up outside the building. We will have extra support during high traffic times and ask for your understanding and cooperation.
  • All bags coming into the shul will be thoroughly searched, and this will 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.
  • Parking

  • 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. Please abide by all parking laws and regulations when parking on neighbourhood streets.
  • The Toronto Heschel School has graciously opened their parking lot to our congregation for parking during the High Holy Day period. (819 Sheppard Ave. W., enter parking from Faywood Ave.).
  • Do not park on Sheppard Avenue during rush hour (7:00 – 9:00 am, 4:00 – 6:00 pm) as you will be tagged and towed. Please keep this in mind when parking for Kol Nidre and Neilah services.
  • We have a convenient drop-off area right in front of the shul if you would like to drop off your passengers before you find parking.
  • The synagogue parking lot is limited to drivers with mobility challenges. (see Accessibility section below)
  • Accessibility

  •  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 – 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.
  • For special/reserved seating or other accommodation requirements, please contact the synagogue office in advance of Rosh Hashanah if you have not already done so. Please note that we can only hold reserved seats until 11:00am, after which point, they may be made available to others.
  • 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.
  • Emergency Procedures

  • Emergency 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.

Wed, 1 April 2020 7 Nisan 5780