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Holy Holy Days Davening with Beth Tzedec
Beth Tzedec
Aug 16th 2021

We're thrilled to once again offer your favourite High Holy Day services for you and your family to enjoy, onsite or from the comfort of your own home! Families will have access to a special virtual hub to access the High Holy Day experiences that are meaningful to you. This page will be updated with direct links to access the services as we move closer to Rosh Hashanah.

Participation in on-site High Holy Day services is limited to Beth Tzedec members only. Pre-registration is required and all in-person participants must provide confirmation of their COVID vaccination. (For more information about our COVID-19 vaccination requirements, please click here>>).

To view a list of all our High Holy Days services, including Festival Minẖah-Ma'ariv services, scroll to the bottom of this page. 

During the Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidrei and Yom Kippur services, we will reference prayers that are included in the Yizkor Memorial Book. If you did not receive a Yizkor Book for this year, you can download it from this link>>.


Sanctuary Service

Join Rabbi Steve Wernick, cantorial soloist Jaclyn Cepler-Klimitz, Hazzan Moshe Fishel and Maestro Meir Briskman along with members of the Lishmoa El Harina Ensemble for our inspiring and meaningful High Holy Day services with excellent ẖazzanut and inspiring teaching. Congregational Torah readers will also participate in the Torah service.

Rosh Hashanah - September 7 & 8
9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Kol Nidrei - September 15
7:15 to 9:00 p.m.

Yom Kippur - September 16
8:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Mezzanine Service

Join Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin, H̱azzan Sidney Ezer and ritual director Lorne Hanick for this participatory service held in the Orenstein Mezzanine Hall. The warm atmosphere and emphasis on singing will help every member of our community engage with the liturgy as we celebrate the ẖaggim.


Rosh Hashanah - September 7 & 8
8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Kol Nidrei - September 15
7:15 to 9:00 p.m.

Yom Kippur - September 16
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

On-Demand Short and Sweet Service

For a relaxed and welcoming experience, join this stirring, outdoor service led by Yacov Fruchter and cantorial soloist Jaclyn Cepler-Klimitz. With a combination of familiar melodies and kavanot (meaningful intentions), it celebrates the momentous spirit of the season in an approachable and informal way. 

Rosh Hashanah - September 7 & 8
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Kol Nidrei - September 15
7:15 to 8:45 p.m.

Yom Kippur - September 16
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Outdoor Short and Sweet Service

For a relaxed and welcoming experience, join this stirring, outdoor service led by Yacov Fruchter and cantorial soloist Jaclyn Cepler-Klimitz. With a combination of familiar melodies and kavanot (meaningful intentions), it celebrates the momentous spirit of the season in an approachable and informal way. 


Rosh Hashanah - September 7 & 8
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Kol Nidrei - September 15
7:15 to 8:45 p.m.

Yom Kippur - September 16
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Family Service

For children ages six and up and their families, this age-appropriate service is intimate, lively and lots of fun. Join Daniel Silverman, Director of Education, for inspirational stories and songs to delight your entire family. (This service will be pre-recorded and available on-demand to ensure it fits your family’s schedule.)

Indoor Neilah, Ma'ariv and Shofar Blowing

Everyone is invited to join us in the Sanctuary or via our livestream as we conclude the High Holy Days with this beautiful and inspiring service in which we imagine the Gates of Heaven closing and offer our final pleas for redemption and life. Neilah will be followed by Ma'ariv, the final shofar blowing and Havdalah.


Yom Kippur Evening - September 16
6:35 to 8:10 p.m.
(Minhah Service begins at 5:15 p.m.)

Outdoor Neilah, Ma'ariv and Shofar Blowing

Join Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin and Cantor Sidney Ezer in the Beth Tzedec parking lot as we conclude the High Holy Days with this beautiful and inspiring service in which we imagine the Gates of Heaven closing and offer our final pleas for redemption and life. Neilah will be followed by Ma'ariv, the final shofar blowing and Havdalah.


Yom Kippur Evening - September 16
7:00 to 8:10 p.m.


Learn how to access online HHD services here>>


FULL HIGH HOLY DAYS SERVICES SCHEDULE

Erev Rosh Hashanah: Monday, September 6

6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Festival Minẖah-Ma'ariv

Rosh Hashanah Day 1: Tuesday, September 7

8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.   Mezzanine Services with Livestream 
9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.   Sanctuary Services with Livestream
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.   On-Demand Short & Sweet Service
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.   Short & Sweet Outdoor Service
7:25 p.m. to 8:10 p.m.   Festival Minẖah-Ma'ariv with Livestream

Rosh Hashanah Day 2: Wednesday, September 8

8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.   Mezzanine Services with Livestream 
9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.   Sanctuary Services with Livestream
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.   On-Demand Short & Sweet Service
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.   Short & Sweet Outdoor Service
7:25 p.m. to 8:25 p.m.   Festival Minẖah-Ma'ariv with Livestream

Kol Nidrei: Wednesday, September 15

2:00 to 2:15 p.m.   Minẖah Service 
7:15 to 8:45 p.m.   Short & Sweet Outdoor Kol Nidrei Service
7:15 to 9:00 p.m.   Sanctuary Kol Nidrei Service with Livestream
7:15 to 9:30 p.m.   Mezzanine Kol Nidrei Service with Livestream
7:15 to 8:45 p.m.   On-Demand Short & Sweet Service 

Yom Kippur: Thursday, September 16

8:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.   Sanctuary Services with Livestream 
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.   Mezzanine Kol Nidrei Service with Livestream
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.   On-Demand Short & Sweet Service 
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.   Short & Sweet Outdoor Service
5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.   Minẖah Service with Livestream
6:35 p.m. to 8:10 p.m.   Neilah, Ma'ariv, Havdalah and Shofar Blowing with Livestream 
7:00 p.m. to 8:10 p.m.   Outdoor Neilah, Ma'ariv, Havdalah and Shofar Blowing

In order to maintain safe physical distancing required by Public Health authorities, pre-registration will be required for all in-person services. Registration for the High Holy Days services is on this form>>. Note that registration closes for Kol Nidrei and Yom Kippur services (including Festival Minẖah-Ma'ariv services) on September 12.

Beth Tzedec Congregation strives to provide a safe, secure and welcoming environment for all. Our facility is accessible (with elevators, ramps, accessible washrooms, hearing assistive devices, etc.) and is inclusive to all. We are also a fragrance-free facility and encourage everyone to refrain from wearing scented products (perfumes, detergents, lotions, etc.) when visiting our spaces.