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 info@congregationemanuel.ca 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 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85734341826?pwd=UHp1OFdvNG41cmVrRklnaGpuTnF0UT09
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 2022 Koleinu Edition

To see the High Holy Days 2022 Koleinu edition, CLICK HERE (NB: Some Koleinu
links only work if you download the PDF file to your computer and use an application like Adobe Acrobat to read the file.) Many thanks to the contributors, and especially for the enthusiasm that accompanied their submissions. Enjoy! Shanah Tovah U’metukah!

Music of the High Holy Days

Monday, September 13, 2021, 7–8:30 pm—The Journeys in Jewish Music: Part 2 offered by the Victoria Jewish Community Choir (VJCC) opens on Monday, September 13, 2021, at 7:00 pm with Music of the High Holy Days presented by Moshe Denburg of the musical group Tzimmes. Moshe will share the deeper musical meaning of High Holy Day traditions by delving into the modes and melodies used at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to enhance the prayers and their meaning. Moshe will also focus on the cantillation system used in High Holy Day Torah readings. Musical examples, both recorded and live, will be presented, along with opportunities for singing along.

Moshe Denburg is an award-winning composer, arranger, and music educator whose works have been widely performed in Canada, the US, and internationally. Moshe hails from a well-known Montreal rabbinical family, and is known for his extensive knowledge of Jewish liturgy and musical practices. Moving west in 1982, he started the world-music ensemble Tzimmes in 1986 while studying composition at the University of Victoria. A life-long musician, Moshe studied in the US, Israel, India, and Japan, and is the founder of the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (VICO), which brings together the instrumental and musical resources of many cultures.

To register for this session, please send an email to the following address: jewishmusictalks@gmail.com

About Journeys in Music: Part 2

High Holy Days 2021/5782 Service Schedule with Zoom Links

The following table contains the schedule of services and candle lighting times, and where applicable, the Zoom link (CLICK on the service title), the dial up number for BC and the meeting ID and passcode. Note: Preregistration is required for attendance at services in the Sanctuary.

Monday, Sept. 6 Erev Rosh Hashanah6:30 pm Communal Candle lighting with prayers and song (Zoom)
Regular Dial-in: 1 (778) 907-2071
Meeting ID: 864 8583 5350
Passcode: 744095
* 7:26 pm Light candles
Tuesday, Sept. 7 Rosh Hashanah Day 110 am–1 pm Traditional Service with a Twist (Sanctuary & Zoom)
Regular Dial-in: 1 (778) 907-2071
Meeting ID: 819 8536 3601
Passcode: 333723
12:30–2:00 pm Experiential Alternative Service at St. Ann’s Academy (No Zoom)
3:00–4:15 pm Children’s Service at St Ann’s Academy (No Zoom)
4:30 pm Interactive Tashlikh service below Dallas Road at the end of Cook Street
* 8:30 pm Light candles
Wednesday, Sept. 8 Rosh Hashanah Day 210 am–1 pm Traditional Service with a Twist (Sanctuary & Zoom)
Regular Dial-in: 1 (778) 907-2071
Meeting ID: 858 8240 5630
Passcode: 519917
* 8:27 pm Havdalah
Saturday, Sept. 11 Shabbat Shuvah10 am–12 pm Shabbat Service (Synagogue & Zoom) Parashat Vayelekh
Regular Dial-in: 1 (778) 907-2071
Meeting ID: 824 1330 9293
Passcode: 929054
Wednesday, Sept. 15 Erev Yom Kippur6:15 pm Kol Nidre Service (Synagogue & Zoom)
Regular Dial-in: 1 (778) 907-2071
Meeting ID: 879 8732 7477
Passcode: 741765
*7:07 pm Light candles
Thursday, Sept. 16 Yom Kippur10 am–1 pm Morning Service (Synagogue & Zoom)
Regular Dial-in: 1 (778) 907-2071
Meeting ID: 825 9494 5609
Passcode: 605225
11:00–11:45 am Children’s Service (Synagogue—NO Zoom)
12 pm Yizkor (approximately)
1:30–3:00 pm The Best of YK with Rabbi Harry at St. Ann’s Academy (NO Zoom) 6–8 pm Minḥah and Neilah (Synagogue & Zoom)
Regular Dial-in: 1 (778) 907-2071
Meeting ID: 885 2441 5171
Passcode: 006776
* 8:10 pm Fast Ends
Monday, Sept. 20 Erev Sukkot* 6:57 pm Light candles
Tuesday, Sept. 21 Sukkot Day 110 am–12 pm Morning Service (Synagogue & Zoom)
Regular Dial-in: 1 (778) 907-2071
Meeting ID: 832 4304 9441
Passcode: 189361
* 7:59 pm Light candles
Wednesday, Sept. 22 Sukkot Day 210 am–12 pm Morning Service (Synagogue—NO Zoom)
* 7:57 pm Havdalah
Saturday, Sept. 25 Shabbat ḥol ḥamoed Sukkot10 am–12 pm Shabbat Service (Synagogue & Zoom)
Regular Dial-in: 1 (778) 907-2071
Meeting ID: 824 1330 9293
Passcode: 929054
Monday, Sept. 27 Hoshana Rabba* 6:42 pm Light candles
Tuesday, Sept. 28 Shmini Atzeret

Erev Simḥat Torah
10 am–1 pm Morning Service & Yizkor (Synagogue & Zoom)
Regular Dial-in: 1 (778) 907-2071
Meeting ID: 817 7240 3017
Passcode: 703995
Service details TBA
* 7:44 pm Light candles
Wednesday, Sept. 29 Simḥat TorahService details TBA A 7:42 pm Havdalah

Israel Bonds: High Holy Days 2 Part Experience

Israel Bonds invites you to a virtual High Holy Day appeal featuring a screening of Upheaval and a special panel discussion featuring the Hon. Irwin Cotler (Canada’s Special Envoy on Preserving Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism) and Ariela Cotler (National President, Canadian Friends of Tel Aviv University.)

  • Panel Discussion Monday, September 13, 2021, 4:30 pm PST or 7:00 pm PST
  • Screening September 11, 11:30 pm to September 14, 11:30 pm

Upheaval: the incredible story of former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin comes to life in this new, captivating documentary. Menachem Begin’s story is modern Israel’s story. Driven by a passion for his people, this former prime minister of Israel dedicated his life to the survival and safety of Israel and the unity of the Jewish people. Rarely seen archival materials and revealing interviews showcase Begin’s life in this compelling new film.

For details and to watch the film trailer, Go to www.israelbonds.ca/HH2021.

High Holy Days 2021/5782 Service Schedule

Indoor Services in the Sanctuary

Register at info@congregationemanuel.ca—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.

Thank you for your care!

Each year our sanctuary is transformed to mark the High Holy Days, and this is made possible through the contributions and efforts of members of our community. Lindy and Stan Shortt arrange to have the parokhet changed and the Torah and shulḥan covers cleaned. Barbara Humphreys polishes all the silver. The beautiful flowers came to us from Barbara and Tim Humphreys, Janna Ginsberg-Bleviss and Morris Bleviss, and Leah and Uri Levi.

Many thanks to you all. This continuing care is deeply appreciated each year and this year particularly as it was a joy to see that we can continue to do the things that are so meaningful to us.

Todah Rabah! Kol Hakavod!

I would like to send a big todah rabah to all of you regarding the High Holy Days. Your dedication and involvement helped to make our Yamin Noraim services accessible, haimishe, spirited and welcoming.  There were so many moving parts this year. Whether you led davening, read Torah, blew shofar, greeted folks,  assisted with the technical aspects or acted as our Zoom-meisters, worked in the virtual office, publicized our events, or contributed in other vital ways…your handiwork created a memorable and safe New Year’s celebration for our kehillah and friends.  Many hands make light work.  Big shout-outs go to Rabbi Harry and Rabbi Matt for all their guidance and for creating and leading multiple services. 
I feel so proud to be a member of this kehillah. Kol Hakavod! Well done!
Aaron Severs, Gabbai

Choose your own High Holy Day experience

COVID-19 has forced us to become creative and expansive in order to sustain the soulful connected experience we yearn for at the High Holy Days. (Please note that all plans are fluid and may need to change based on COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island.)
Please choose your first and second preferences for the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services and let the shul office know by email at info@congregationemanuel.ca  or by phone at 250-382-0615 by September 15, 2020. 

For Rosh Hashanah Day 1
We offer three different experience blocks at different times and venues. Each block will accommodate up to fifty participants. Congregants will need to choose which block to attend and cannot migrate from one block into another. Some of the blocks are traditional and some are alternative; one block is tailored to families and children.
You will have to book your choice with the shul office  (We will do our best to accommodate congregants’ first choice. )
Block A Traditional with a Twist: 10 am to 12 noon at the synagogue (and on Zoom)
A condensed traditional service in our beautiful sanctuary. We will begin with Shaḥarit and do our utmost to cover the prayers and tunes that are most integral to us. We will read Torah, listen to a sermon followed and participate in a spirited yet abbreviated musaf service.
Block B Experiential Alternative Service: 2 – 3:30 pm at St. Ann’s Academy, 835 Humboldt Street
Led by Rabbi Harry, we will focus on contemplation, movement, niggunim/chanting and Bibliodrama and include an alternative musaf service.
Block C Family Encounter: (Block C. 1. 11 am – noon and Block C. 2. 12:30- 1:30 pm) at St. Ann’s Academy 835 Humboldt Street
Led by Rabbi Matt, this is a very special Rosh Hashanah experience tailored to families and children including music, movement, contemplation and story telling. You must choose Block C 1 or Block C 2.

For Rosh Hashana Day 2
Morning Service: 10 am to 12 noon at the synagogue (and on Zoom). We are offering a condensed traditional service similar in nature and content to Block A Day 1.
Shofar Service and Tashlikh: To keep our numbers safe and compliant we will offer three opportunities to participate in a meaningful Shofar service followed by an interactive Tashlikh service:
· Banfield Park (Esquimalt ): 2pm
· Dallas and Cook (the usual Emanu-El venue):  2pm and 3:30pm

For Yom Kippur
Kol Nidre:
September 27: 6 pm in our beautiful sanctuary an evening of haunting liturgical music letting go of unfulfilled promises marking the beginning of the Day of Atonement.  Doors will open at 5:45 and close at 6:15. 
Yom Kippur Morning service: September 28: 10 am – 1 pm with a special yizkor  at noon. Doors will open at 9:45 am and close at 10:15 am.  
Yom Kippur Nei’lah :  September 28 : 6:30 pm the final powerful closing prayers of Yom Kippur and the cathartic sounding of the final shofar. Doors will open at 6:15 and close at 6:45.