Thank-you for making our Sanctuary Beautiful!

Each year our Sanctuary is transformed to mark the High Holidays and this is made possible through the contributions and efforts of members of our community.

Lindy and Stan Short arrange to have the Parochet changed and the Torah and Shulchan covers cleaned.  Barbara Humphreys polishes all the silver.  The beautiful flowers came to us from Barbara and Tim Humphreys, Jill Swartz and Michael Goldstein, Janna Ginsberg-Bleviss and Morris Bleviss, and Leah and Uri Levi.

Many thanks to you all.  It has been wonderful to be able to meet again and this care of our Sanctuary is always a beautiful part of everyone’s experience.

Kever Avot 5783

Please join us at the Jewish Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. Sunday 2 October, the Sunday between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, for a prayerful, connecting and spiritual experience as we visit the graves of our loved ones, enter into memorial prayers and dedicate our new and beautiful Zachor Wall, our wall of remembrance that anchors memories of loved ones for many of us whose family members and loved ones are buried in other cities.   This will be the second dedication of names on the Zachor Remembrance Wall, which has been formed by beautiful large stones excavated from our historic grounds.

Kever Avot is the ancient custom of visiting the graves of ancestors and loved ones around the time of the Days of Awe.  One of the core themes of the High Holy Days is clearing our lives of unkept promises and burdens so we can begin our New Year unencumbered by the past.  We do this in order to work towards changing our Mazal, our fortune and karma, towards goodness and positivity.  The liturgy for Kever Avot reflects aspects of Yizkor; we remember our loved ones and pray to support their souls’ journey after life and we ask them to support us on our journey in this world towards greater Tikkun, repair and enlightenment. 

It is also my hope that we can do a powerful ritual of using wicks to measure the graves of those who died this year and to use those wicks to make candles that can be used for Shabbat and Havdalah as a ritual means of supporting the souls of our family and friends who have recently died. 

Summary of event details

  • Date: October 2, 2022
  • Time: 1:30 p.m.
  • Where: Jewish Cemetery
  • Cost:
  • Registration:
  • Contact:

High Holidays at Congregation Emanu-El 5783/2022

This year, we will not require pre-registration to attend our High Holiday Services.  However, if you would like to attend the Breakfast following Yom Kippur, please RSVP so that we can anticipate numbers.  If you would like to attend High Holiday Services but are not a member (or perhaps your membership has lapsed) please contact the office.   

Regarding COVID:  As we’ll all be in close quarters and the services are long, please wear a mask.  They are not required, but we all appreciate the shared effort. Please also wash/sanitize hands before entering the Sanctuary and try to avoid shaking hands.  It’s a joy that we can be together more freely this year and some simple things will go a long way toward keeping us healthy. 

Photo by Penny Tennenhouse

Outdoor Services Rosh HaShanah Day 1:  Along with our traditional Services in the Sanctuary, we have added an outdoor Rosh HaShanah Day 1 Alternative Experiential Service at St. Ann’s Academy, 835 Humboldt Street in the Orchard.  Rabbi Harry will be leading this Experiential Service, beginning at 1:00 p.m.  All are welcome.  Carolyn Blum and Noa Marnin, our Hebrew School Directors, will be leading a Children’s Service at St. Ann’s beginning at 3:30 p.m.   Everyone is welcome at Tashlich beginning at 5:00 p.m., below Dallas Road at Cook Street.  The Hebrew School will walk together from St. Ann’s.  Please see our full schedule. 

Wishing everyone a year of sweetness,
Susan Holtz, Administrator

High Holidays Schedule 2022

Leil Selichot Zoom only Saturday 17 September 8:30 p.m.Topic: Leil Selichot
Time: Sep 17, 2022 08:30 p.m. Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 837 8666 4492
Passcode: 741779
Erev Rosh Hashanah Zoom only Sunday 25 September 6:00 p.m.Topic: Erev Rosh HaShanah
Time: Sep 25, 2022 06:00 p.m. Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 890 4870 5019
Passcode: 699369
Rosh Hashanah Day 1
Monday September 26
(Traditional) Sanctuary, 10:00 a.m.
Topic: Rosh HaShanah Day 1
Time: Sep 26, 2022 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 821 5409 0943
Passcode: 703228

(Alternative) St. Ann’s Academy Orchard, Humboldt Street (in person only) Monday 1:00-2:30 p.m. 26 Sept.

(Children’s) St. Ann’s Academy Orchard, Humboldt Street (in person only) Monday 3:30-4:15 p.m. 26 Sept.

Tashlich Dallas Road below Cook Street (in person only) Monday 5:00 p.m. 26 Sept.
Rosh Hashanah Day 2 Sanctuary
Tuesday 27 September 10:00 a.m.
Topic: Rosh HaShanah Day 2
Time: Sep 27, 2022 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 881 8809 1984
Passcode: 164813
Shabbat Shuvah Sanctuary Shabbat 1 October 10:00 a.m.Topic: Shabbat Morning Service
(recurring link) 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time (US and Canada) Every week on Sat, until Dec 10, 2022, 15 occurrence(s)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 824 1330 9293
Passcode: 929054
Kever Avot Jewish Cemetery Sunday 2 October 1:30 p.m.(in person only) Kever Avot and Zachor Wall Dedication
Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre Sanctuary Tues. 4 Oct. 6:00 p.m. (Doors 5:30 p.m.)Topic: Erev Yom Kippur/ Kol Nidre
Time: Oct 4, 2022 06:00 p.m. Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 850 1881 9211
Passcode: 371244
Yom Kippur Morning Service Sanctuary Wednesday 5 October 10:00 a.m.Topic: Yom Kippur Morning Service
Time: Oct 5, 2022 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 849 3410 0752
Passcode: 851344
Yom Kippur Minchah/ Neilah/Breakfast Sanctuary Wednesday 5 Oct. 5:30 p.m. 
(Havdalah 7:30 p.m.)
Topic: Yom Kippur Minchah/ Neilah
Time: Oct 5, 2022 05:30 p.m. Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 892 2309 8348
Passcode: 606383
Sukkot Day 1 Sanctuary Monday 10 October 10:00 a.m.Topic: Sukkot Day 1
Time: Oct 10, 2022 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 853 5498 3163
Passcode: 928958
Sukkot Day 2 Sanctuary Tuesday 11 October 10:00 a.m.(in person only)
Hoshanah Rabbah TBA Sunday 16 October(Details TBA.  Newsletter and online calendar)
Shemini Atzeret/ Yizkor Sanctuary Monday 17 October 10:00 a.m.Topic: Shemini Atzeret (Yizkor)
Time: Oct 17, 2022 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 857 3434 1826
Passcode: 185486
Leil Simchat Torah Sanctuary Monday 17 October 7:00 p.m.  (In person only)
Simchat Torah Sanctuary Tuesday 18 October 10:00 a.m.(In person only)

High Holy Days 2021/5782 Service Schedule

Indoor Services in the Sanctuary

Register at—Due to limited capacity at our indoor services, we ask that you choose ONE indoor service—this means selecting either one Rosh Hashanah OR one Yom Kippur service as your top choice.

  • Rosh Hashanah Day 1 – September 7, 10:00 am
  • Rosh Hashanah Day 2 – September 8, 10:00 am
  • Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre – September 15, 6:15 pm
  • Yom Kippur Morning Service – September 16, 10:00 am
  • Yom Kippur Minḥah/Neilah/Break-fast – September 16, 6:00 pm

When you email your first choice, please also add your second and third choices so that we can be sure to fill the services to capacity. If we can accommodate people at more than one service, we will.

Last year, we were able to add people to their second choice the day before—quite last-minute.

We will confirm your registration for each service, so please keep track once we notify you. All of these services will also be offered on Zoom (no need to preregister for Zoom).

Also note:  Members will have the first opportunity to register. After August 24, 2021, we will open registration to non-members.

Outdoor Services at St. Ann’s Academy

For many reasons, people may prefer to gather outdoors. We are offering several services on the grounds of St. Ann’s Academy.

Rosh Hashanah Day 1

  • Alternative Experiential Service with Rabbi Harry – Sept. 7, 12:30 to 2:00 pm
  • Children’s Service and oneg, with Carolyn Blum and Noa Marnin, walk to Tashlikh at Dallas Road – Sept. 7, 3:00 to 4:15 pm

Yom Kippur

  • Traditional Highlights with Rabbi Harry – Sept. 16, 1:30 to 3:00 pm

If the Provincial Guidelines allow, we will not require pre-registration for our outdoor services at St. Ann’s Academy and, while recommended, we may be able to allow more flexibility about masks. We will still request that congregants have consent before approaching or touching others. People will be choosing the outdoor option for many different reasons, including vulnerable health. There will be washrooms and hand-sanitizer available.

High Holy Days: Safety Information

Welcome!  It is our hope that everyone who wants an in-person experience in our sanctuary will be able to have this during the High Holy Days.
To ensure that this is possible, we recommend the following simple guidelines and request that we all follow them:

  • We will limit attendance to allow seating at 2 m physical distance.
  • We will require preregistration, to maintain physical distancing.
  • We request that masks be worn when you are not at your seat or when you are singing. We recommend masks at all times, but you can take them off while seated and not singing/ chanting.
  • We request that congregants draw no nearer than 2 m to another without that person’s consent.Please assume that everyone wishes to maintain physical distance, and forgo handshakes, hugs, close conversation, and close seating. Please obtain consent before approaching or touching another person.
  • Please do not attend if you are ill.
  • Please continue to exercise good hand hygiene and cough etiquette.

High Holy Days 2016/ 5777 Service Schedule – Congregation Emanu-El

Saturday Sept. 24 – Leil Sliḥot

  • 8:00 pm Join Rabbi Harry for Motza’ei Shabbat and an evening of spiritual cleansing, chanting, guided meditation and a traditional annulling of empty promises followed by a Sliḥot service.” (See separate item)

Sunday, Oct. 2 Erev Rosh Hashanah

  • 7:30 pm Ma’ariv Service
  • Light candles at 6:33 pm

Monday, Oct. 3 Rosh Hashanah Day 1

  • 9:00 am Service
  • 11:00 am Children’s Program
  • 5:00 pm Tashlikh (on the beach at Cook & Dallas)
  • Light candles at 7:35 pm

Tuesday, Oct. 4 Rosh Hashanah Day 2

  • 9:00 am Service

Saturday, Oct. 8 Shabbat Shuvah

  • 9:00 am Service

Tuesday, Oct. 11 Erev Yom Kippur

  • 5:45 pm Kol Nidrei Service
  • Light candles at 6:12 pm

Wednesday, Oct. 12 Yom Kippur

  • 9:00 am Morning Service
  • 11:00 am Children’s Program
  • 1:00 pm Yizkor
  • 5:00 pm Minḥah and Nei’lah
  • 7:15 pm Fast Ends
  • 7:20 pm Community Break Fast

Sunday, Oct. 16 Erev Sukkot

  • Light candles at 6:05 pm

Monday, Oct. 17 Sukkot Day 1

  • 9:00 am Service
  • Light candles at 7:07 pm

Tuesday, Oct. 18 Sukkot Day 2

  • 9:00 am Service

Saturday Oct. 22 Shabbat Ḥol Hamo’ed

  • 9:00 am Service

Sunday, Oct. 23 Hoshaana Rabbah

  • 9:00 am Service
  • 1 – 3 pm Open House at the Brechners’ [CANCELLED]
  • Light candles at 5:52 pm

Monday, Oct. 24 Shmini Atzeret

  • 9:00 am Morning Service with Yizkor
  • 7:00 pm Leil Simḥat Torah Service
  • Light candles at 6:54 pm

Tuesday, Oct. 25 Simḥat Torah

  • 9:00 am Service

High Holy Days Services, 5776/2015


Kehilat Kodesh Emanu-El

Are you looking for a warm, haimishe, meaningful High Holy Day experience?  Join us at
Emanu-El your 21st century shtiebl.
Emanu-El is a traditional, egalitarian, progressive shul that welcomes
all who want to connect to Judaism’s deep and rich heritage through spirituality, community building, artistic expression and social justice.

  • LeilSliḥot (Saturday, September 5, 2015) is the season opener
    for moving into the intensity of the Days of Awe.  This year on Leil
    Sliḥot we will screen the award-winning film Planetary
    in the synagogue at 8:30 pm. Planetary
    is a provocative journey that explores our cosmic origins and our future as a
    species.  Join us for this
    screening and discussion followed by Leil
    Sliḥot service.
  • On Tuesday,
    September 8, 2015, 7–10 pm we will have the opportunity for soul
    accounting and spiritual preparation for the High Holy Days through an evening of
    connecting, sharing and learning in an intimate supportive environment at the Pardes,
    Mike and Jill’s farm.
  • High Holy Days
    services at Emanu-El will feature the deep soulfuldavening of Shefa
    Siegel.  Shefa brings powerful kavanah
    (prayer intention) that is mixed with diverse musical modes from Eastern Europe
    to Persia and elements of jazz.  Rabbi Harry will
    teach on the following topics:
    • Paradigm Shift:  Post-Patriarchal Judaism, Gender Equality and Mashiaḥ
    • Joy Now:
      Judaism as a guide to personal thriving, insightful living and happiness
    • Zionism Today:  A complex love affair with a complex homeland
    • The Call Home:  Returning to authentic self, personal power,
      liberation and awareness

For the full list of services, dates and times, see the High Holiday Services Schedule