High Holidays


High holidays 2021: Get ready for a dynamic and inspiring holiday journey!

Paraphrasing the song “Comedy Tonight,” there’ll be:

Something familiar
Something inventive
Something for everyone
A high holidays delight!

We are no Zero Mostel, but there’ll be lots of events happening at Temple Israel on the road to 5782.

Many of our offerings will continue to be virtual from the Temple sanctuary, but we aim to supplement our online services with a host of in-person gatherings this year, which will include a “big top” in our parking lot!

Virtual offerings will be available by Zoom, with links provided to registrants closer to the date. We encourage you to create community by viewing these on a TV or large screen with your family or social bubble. New to Temple? Please give us a call so that we can welcome you to our community.

In-person offerings will be primarily outside in a special grand tent in our parking lot. Capacity is limited and participants must RSVP to the office 72 hours in advance. Social distance protocols will be observed and masks required. Please note that these “tent” services will not be livestreamed. Additionally, a limited number of congregants will hopefully be able to attend the broadcasts from the sanctuary. We ask that these “indoor” participants be fully vaccinated (plus 2 weeks) and symptom free. Registration details to be released in latter August in accordance with Ottawa Health protocols.

Feel free to mix and match live and virtual programming – choose the best service options for you and your family. Let’s put this year behind us and start fresh. Shana Tovah and hooray for 5782!

Rosh Hashanah
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Monday, September 6th

Drive-In Parking Lot Extravaganza, 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm:
Join us from your car for some short songs, the shofar blast and socially distant schmoozing of course! Thank you to the Hellenic Centre for lending us their grand parking lot.

Family Fun Rosh Hashanah, 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm:
Let’s get into the new year’s celebration zone. There will be music, movement and more for tots, older siblings, parents, and grandparents. Led by Rabbi Dara Lithwick, Rabbi Daniel Mikelberg and Cantorial Student Daniel Geigerman.

So Glad to See You 5782, 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm:
Let’s honour our strength and ground ourselves with rituals, song and learning as we begin the new year. Have your candles and kiddush cups ready at home so we can commence and conclude with communal blessings. Rabbi Garten will offer words of Torah.

Tuesday, September 7th

Waking up to a New Year, 9:15 am – 10:15 am:
Good morning young friends, let’s welcome in 5782 with creative songs and interactive fun led by Rabbi Dara Lithwick. All ages are welcome; the service will be specifically geared towards 6 to 11 year olds.

Melodies of Rosh Hashanah, 9:30 am – 10:30 am:
So much has changed, but we can count on our traditional holiday melodies of Avinu Malkeinu, Unetaneh Tokef and Sim Shalom to stay the same. Cantorial Student Daniel Geigerman will take us on a musical journey featuring the core liturgy of the season.

Soulful Shacharit, 10:45 am – 12:15 pm:
Join us for a musical and interactive outdoor service with Rabbi Dara Lithwick and Cantorial Student Daniel Geigerman. This service will focus on welcoming 5782 with meaning. Everyone is welcome, this service is intended for friends from 12 to 112 years.

Climbing Mount Moriah, 11:15 am – 12:15 pm:
Our traditional Rosh Hashanah Torah reading describes Abraham’s journey and the binding of his son Isaac. The story is filled with drama and suspense, just like our own lives – especially in recent days. We will hear the Torah and Haftarah followed by Rabbi Daniel Mikelberg delivering the d’var Torah.

Taschlich at Mooney’s Bay, 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm:
Let’s rise to the call of the shofar and cast away our sins into the waters. Meet in the Mooney’s Bay beach public parking lot. Our teens will take the lead, inspiring us with their vision for tomorrow.

Yom Kippur
Yom Kippur
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Wednesday, September 15

Family Fun Yom Kippur, 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm:
Kol Nidre is not just for the older folks! Tots, accompanied by their families will explore the themes of saying sorry, forgiving each other, being helpers and building a better world. Led by Rabbi Dara Lithwick, Rabbi Daniel Mikelberg and Cantorial Student Daniel Geigerman.

Kol Nidre, 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm:
Each year the notes of Kol Nidre pierce our soul. Dina Namer on piano and Nina Gordon on cello will accompany us on our musical journey. Please have your candles ready to light at home as we begin with communal blessings. Rabbi Mikelberg will deliver his annual address at this pivotal moment.

Thursday, September 16

Repairing Our World, 9:15 am – 10:15 am:
There’s no time to rest, with creative songs and interactive activities, we will explore with Rabbi Dara Lithwick how to make the world a healthier place. All ages are welcome; service will be specifically geared to 6 to 11 year olds.

Melodies of Yom Kippur, 9:30 am – 10:30 am:
We will continue to observe Yom Kippur with the melodies of this solemn day led by Cantorial Student Daniel Geigerman. The service will include an interactive Vidui – a confession of the soul for the 21st century.

Soulful Shacharit, 10:45 am – 12:15 pm:
Join us for a musical, interactive, and engaging outdoor service with Rabbi Dara Lithwick and Cantorial Student Daniel Geigerman. The service will focus on togetherness as we reflect on this day of soul searching. Everyone is welcome, this service is aimed for friends from 12 to 112 years old.

Choose Wisely, 11:15 am – 12:15 pm:
Every thought, word, and act can make a difference. Our traditional morning Torah reading places us at the border of the Promised Land. The Israelites are instructed to make the best of the opportunity set before them. The Torah and Haftarah will be followed by Rabbi Steven Garten speaking on the themes of the day.

Healing Service, 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm:
On Yom Kippur afternoon, take the time to nourish your soul even as your body is hungry. Join Rabbi Steven Garten and Lisa Hans on this musical and spiritual journey as we aspire for refuah as individuals and a community.

Sailing the Waters with Jonah, 2:45 pm – 3:30 pm:
Mort Bercovitch will take us on a theatrical journey with his reading of Jonah. Rabbi Dara Lithwick will continue with a textual study of this riveting tale of a naïve man trying to run away from his responsibilities.

Teen Study Session, 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm:
We’re living in difficult times, from racial injustice to environmental disrepair. Hate is on the rise. We’re called to counter these forces with voices of love. Join Rabbi Daniel Mikelberg and Rabbi Dara Lithwick as we explore our role as Jewish young leaders in re-shaping our world for the next generation.

Yizkor Memorial Service, 4:45 pm – 5:30 pm:
This has been a difficult year for our community as we have lost so many loved ones. Even as we may feel alone, we will join together virtually to grieve, support and carry the legacy of our loved ones.

Neila Concluding Service, 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm:
This has been another unique holiday season. As the sun begins to set, we will join one final time for concluding prayers.

Drive In Parking Lot Break-the-Fast, 7:00 pm:
* Update – This is a drive in event and begins at 7 pm
Thank you again to our friends at the Hellenic Centre. We’ll blow the shofar while you eat your snack in your car! Let’s conclude the yamim noraim with some socially distant schmoozing.

How to Turn Your Home into a Sanctuary for the High Holiday

by Rabbi Goldstein, City Shul, Toronto
Article on the URJ website

With the current health pandemic, and restrictions on group gatherings, our kitchens have become our classroom, our basements are our yoga studios, and the dining room is now our office. Where then, is our synagogue?
Read these tips…

Rosh Hashana Cocktail

Shana Tova!  Thank you for joining us for a Rosh Hashana cocktail hour.  We look forward to welcoming you back (virtually for now!) to our kitchens soon.  We enjoyed the opportunity to gather with community, share holiday meal planning tips and memories, and discuss the symbolism linked to Rosh Hashana: round foods to represent the cycle of the year, the 613 seeds of the pomegranate – a new fruit – to represent mitzvot, and of course, apples and honey for a sweet New Year!  (And the whiskey, just because it is delicious)!  L’chaim!

Ingredients and instructions for our cocktail hour recipes follow:

For the Sangria:
·      1/2 cup honey (plus ½ cup water)
·      1 pomegranate, seeded
·      1 red apple, sliced
·      2 cups seedless red grapes
·      1 bottle of dry red wine
·      2 cups pomegranate juice (100% natural juice)
·      1 cup grape juice
·      1/4 cup triple sec or other orange liqueur
·      1/4 cup brandy
·      1 can ginger ale

Mix the honey and water in a small saucepan.  Heat over medium, stirring constantly, until the honey dissolves into the water.  Remove from the heat and allow to cool.  Place the pomegranate seeds into the bottom of a large glass pitcher.  Add in the apples and grapes.  Pour the red wine into the pitcher, followed by both of the juices, triple sec, and brandy. Add the honey syrup.  Stir well to blend all of the flavours.  Chill the sangria for a few hours before serving.  Right before serving, stir again and add the ginger ale.  (Based on a sangria recipe by blogger Tory Avery).

For the Warm Cider:
·      2 cups apple cider
·      3 teaspoons of honey
·      1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
·      1 apple, sliced in thick slices
·      A sprinkle of cinnamon
·      4 oz of whiskey or bourbon

In a saucepan, add cider, honey, lemon juice, apple slices, and cinnamon.  Heat and mix until the honey is dissolved and the mixture is fairly warm.  Remove saucepan from heat and add whiskey/bourbon.  Serve warm and enjoy!

Some of the 2021 Yom Kippur Videos

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Some of the 2021 Rosh Hashanah Videos

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