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.

Order your Apples & Honey (Cake) now!

Apples and Honey Cake

Deadline: August 27, 2021, noon (or when cakes all sold)Rosh Hashanah is coming! Once again, we are selling Apples & Honey (Cake) in support of our Youth Group programs. To simplify things this year, we are selling cakes on a first-come, first-served basis. All cakes are parve (dairy free), baked in Emanu-El’s kosher kitchen and make a delicious Rosh Hashanah treat. A gift box with apples, a honey(cake) & gift card with blessings costs $18. (We will issue a tax receipt for $12 per box.)

Cakes go on sale Friday, August 13, 2021. The sale ends on Friday, August 27, 2021, at noon, or sooner if all the cakes are sold.

CLICK HERE to order your cakes
If you need help with ordering, call the Office at (250) 382-0615. As the number of cakes available for sale will be limited, order early to avoid disappointment.

Please plan to pick up your order on Sunday, September 5, 2021, between 1 & 3 pm.

Apples & Honey(Cake) for sale soon

Honey pot with text: Get your order ready
Get your order ready

Rosh Hashanah is coming! Once again, we are selling Apples & Honey(Cake) in support of our Youth Group programs. To simplify things this year, we are selling cakes on a first-come, first-served basis. All cakes are parve (dairy free), baked in Emanu-El’s kosher kitchen and make a delicious Rosh Hashanah treat. A gift box with apples, a honey(cake) & gift card with blessings costs $18. (We will issue a tax receipt for $12 per box.)

Cakes will go on sale on Friday, August 13, 2021. The newsletter will contain instructions on how to place your order. As the number of cakes available for sale will be limited, order early and avoid disappointment.

Please plan to pick up your order on Sunday, September 5, 2021, after 1 pm.

Simanim kits for Rosh Hashanah

In Talmud we learn about simanim—different foods that serve as portents for extra blessings at Rosh Hashanah. I do not understand the use of symbolic foods as a form of religious magic (theurgy) but I do see them as a way to spark dialogue and open our hearts towards blessings for the coming year. As part of Congregation Emanu-El’s, “Choose your own Rosh Hashanah spiritual adventure” we are offering congregants simanim kits. Each kit will have six different foods to add to your apples and honey and some instructions on how to create your own blessing.

Most of the traditional foods come from a play on words. For example, the word in Aramaic for pumpkin is kara which means read in Hebrew, so when we eat pumpkin we can bless that the reading of the next chapter in our lives be full of joy. Our synagogue caterer Rani Earnhardt will be preparing delicious and exotic symbolic foods for all congregants who are interested. Rabbi Harry and Rabbi Matt will share some blessings on the first night of Rosh Hashanah at a special candle lighting pre-meal Zoom encounter. Hopefully this exercise will get you in the right frame of mind to generate your own meaningful and creative blessings with your family. One way of understanding these symbolic foods is that they are road signs and indicators, that we are sending positive intentions even in the midst of a pandemic and that our paths forward are pathways of joy, peace and connectedness.

If you want your own simanim kit simply call the office at 250-382-0615 or email Zelda at info@congregationemanuel.ca and let us know how many people with whom you will be sharing the kit so we can make sure you have enough goodies. The kits will be available for pick up at the synagogue on Sunday, September 13 between 2 and 4 pm.

2019 Apples & Honey Cake Notice

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Order Deadline: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 — Rosh Hashanah is coming! Give apples and a honey cake to everyone on your Rosh Hashanah list and support programming for our Jewish youth. Honey Cakes are $18 each. Payment can be made by cheque, Visa or MasterCard. For security reasons, we do not accept credit card information by email or fax.
The order form can be downloaded here.
Please fill in the name and telephone number for all recipients. We want your recipient to enjoy fresh honey cake on Rosh Hashanah which begins on Sunday evening, September 29, making delivery before erev Rosh Hashanah difficult. We will phone everyone to inform them of your gift and arrange pick up. Limited deliveries will be made for those not attending services at Emanu-El or unable to pick up on Sunday, September 29 from 11:30am – 1:00pm.

Your completed order form along with payment can be mailed to the synagogue or put in an envelope in the synagogue office drop box. You can also telephone your order into the synagogue office at 250-382-0615 from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday.

Children’s Program at Rosh Hashanah

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For preschool aged children there will be childcare in the preschool room on Rosh Hashanah Day 1 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and on Rosh Hashanah Day 2 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

For elementary school aged children there will be “camp style” programming in the social hall on Rosh Hashanah Day 1 beginning at 11 am with kids divided into two groups (by age) for entertainment and learning lead by Leah Levi and Hannah Faber.

Note: Childcare & Children’s program on Yom Kippur

For preschool aged children there will be childcare from 10 am to 1 pm. For school aged children there will be special services and learning starting at 11 am in the Social Hall. Please note that we always ensure that there is a healthy and allergy free lunch for our children.

Apples and Honey 2017/5778

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Order Deadline: September 10 —

Rosh Hashanah is coming! Send apples and a honey cake to everyone on your Rosh Hashanah list and support local programming for Jewish youth. Honey Cakes are $18 each. Payment can be made by cheque, Visa or MasterCard. For security reasons, we do not accept credit card information by email or fax.  Continue reading Apples and Honey 2017/5778

Apples & Honey: Thank You!

Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who helped to make this year’s Apples & Honey fundraiser for youth programs such a success.

  • Thank you to Ellen Dragushan and Mitch Witkin for baking all the delicious honey cakes—and Jill Swartz for donating the apples. 
  • Thank you to our delivery volunteers: the Piuti family, Herzog family, Marvin Kurier, Penny Ross and Tony Leiman
  • Also thanks to Solomon Bodrug and Nathaniel for packing the bags. Really hope I didn’t forget anyone!

– RaeAnn