Congregation Emanu-El High Holy Days

Sunday, Sept. 9 Erev Rosh Hashanah

  • 7:30 pm Ma’ariv Service
  • 7:20 pm Light candles

Monday, Sept. 10 Rosh Hashanah Day 1

  • 9:00 am Service
  • 5:00 pm Tashlikh (on beach at Cook & Dallas)
  • 8:24 pm Light candles

Tuesday, Sept. 11 Rosh Hashanah Day 2

  • 9:00 am Service
  • 8:21 pm Havdalah

Saturday, Sept. 15 Shabbat Shuvah

  • 9:00 am Service
  • Parashat Vayelekh וילך

Tuesday, Sept. 18 Erev Yom Kippur

  • 6:15 pm Kol Nidre Service
  • 7:01 pm Light candles

Wednesday, Sept. 19 Yom Kippur

  • 9:00 am Morning Service
  • 1:00 pm Yizkor
  • 5:00 pm Minḥah followed by Nei’lah
  • 8:04 pm Fast Ends
  • 8:10 Community Break Fast

Sunday, Sept. 23 Erev Sukkot

  • 6:51 pm Light candles

Monday, Sept. 24 Sukkot Day 1

  • 9:00 am Service
  • 7:55 pm Light candles

Tuesday, Sept. 25 Sukkot Day 2

  • 9:00 am Service
  • 7:53 pm Havdalah

Saturday Sept. 29 Shabbat ḥol Hamo’ed

  • 9:00 am Service
  • 7:45 pm Havdalah

Sunday, Sept. 30 Hoshaana Rabbah

  • 11  – 11:45 am Service at Rabbi Harry and RaeAnn Brechner’s Home
  • 12 – 2 pm Open House at the Brechner’s
  • 6:36 pm Light candles

Monday, Oct. 1 Shmini Atzeret

  • 9:00 am Service
  • 11:00 am Yizkor

Leil Simḥat Torah

  • 7:00 pm Service
  • 7:41 pm Light candles

Tuesday, Oct. 2 Simḥat Torah

  • 9:00 am Service
  • 7:38 pm Havdalah


May you and yours be inscribed for a healthy, peaceful, and sweet New Year ahead!

Religious Services Committee, Kehilat Kodesh Emanu-El


High Holy Days: Cantorial Update

Rabbi Daniel SiegelWe are blessed this Rosh Hashanah to have Rabbi Daniel Siegel as our cantor (ḥazzan). He is the father of our much loved cantorial soloist Shefa Siegel who will not be joining us for the High Holy Days.

This summer Shefa married an amazing woman. Now Shefa and his new bride, Micol, live in Northern Italy where they work for a Pearson College sister school located on the Adriatic Coast. I know we will miss his incredible voice and his creative interpretations of traditional prayers.

Rabbi Siegel is an elder within Renewal Judaism and is truly a rabbis’ rabbi, who has trained and educated many rabbis leading the Renewal movement today. He has a wonderful voice and a breadth of knowledge of Jewish liturgical music that is encyclopedic. Rabbi Siegel holds traditional prayer with great integrity and intention. He does not improvise in the same manner as his son Shefa but he brings instead deep resonance to his davening. I am looking forward to having my friend Daniel here as a powerful prayer leader for Rosh Hashanah and a trusting supportive friend and rabbi.

I look forward to connecting and entering prayerful space with everyone.
May we all have a sweet and good New Year (Shanah Tovah u’ Metukah).

Love, Rabbi Harry

High Holy Days Seating

please-noteAs we approach the High Holy Days, please keep in mind that reserved seating is no longer available for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. During 2016 High Holy Days, we found that reserved seats were often empty. New members and others attending services for the first time found it difficult to determine where they could sit. We will do our best to accommodate people with disabilities. If you have special needs, please contact our Synagogue Director Betsi Boeno during office hours at 250-382-0615.

Preparing for the High Holy Days

HIgh Holy Days

Note this is a date change! Wednesday September 13, at 7 pmPrepare our Hearts and Minds for the Days of Awe. The High Holy Days are fast approaching. Our Religious Services Committee has arranged two preparatory evenings – Wednesday, September 13, at 7 pm and Saturday, September 16, at 9 pm.

On Wednesday September 13, at 7 pm, we will Prepare our Hearts and Minds for the Days of Awe. Continue reading Preparing for the High Holy Days

High Holy Days 2017/5778 Service Schedule

Cong Emanu El

(For a printable (PDF) version of the schedule, click here)



Wednesday, Sept. 13 Elul Retreat

  • Ÿ 7:00 pm Prepare our Hearts and Minds for the Days of Awe

Saturday, Sept. 16 Leil Sliḥot

  • Ÿ 9:00 pm Sliḥot Service

Wednesday, Sept. 20 Erev Rosh Hashanah

  • Ÿ 7:30 pm Ma’ariv Service
  • Ÿ 6:57 pm Light candles

Continue reading High Holy Days 2017/5778 Service Schedule