Reclaiming the High Holydays as a Spiritual Practice

      with Montreal Open Shul, Rabbi Sherril Gilbert & Rabbi Schachar Orenstein 

 

Welcome to the 2019/5780 High Holyday Season at Montreal Open Shul!

 

Rediscover how the Jewish High Holydays can sweeten and deepen your journey at this time. Come explore and practice using spiritual tools and rituals of the High Holydays season to dig beneath the layers of tradition and reconnect with a healthy spiritual life infused with intention, meaning, integrity and joy.

 

Rosh Hashanah invites us to gain inspiration by waking up and experiencing awe at the wonders of creation. Yom Kippur focuses on teshuvah, a return to holiness by consciously reviewing and rethinking our participation in Judaism, community, and life overall, with a strong emphasis on the healing of our relationships.

 

This High Holydays season, join Montreal Open Shul and come explore the Jewish spiritual practices and rituals of:

  • Chanting, singing, and holy music 

  • Meditation and contemplation

  • Shofar

  • Praying 

  • Eating

  • Fasting

  • Silence 

  • Torah

  • Being welcoming and inclusive

  • Being together in community

 

* We are grateful to Rabbi Goldie Milgram of Reclaiming Judaism (reclaimingjudaism.org) for the inspiration to focus on deepening spiritual practices for the High Holydays.

 

Schedule of Events and Services

 

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 – Morning Service, Monday, September 30, 2019 @ Shaare Zedek

Doors open: 9:00 AM

Light continental breakfast: 9:30 AM

Service: 10:00 AM, featuring Vocal Improvisationalist Ayelet Rose-Gottlieb

Catered veggie lunch follows service

You are invited (but not required) to bring a prayer shawl/tallit to wear during this service

 

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 – Evening Service, Monday, September 30, 2019 @ Shaare Zedek

Doors open: 6:00 PM

High Holydays Yoga with Rabbi Schachar and Eva Ifrah: 6:30 PM

Organic apples and honey will be offered after program. Yoga for all levels. Please bring a mat if you have one.

 

Shabbat Shuva – Saturday October 5, 2019 @ Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA

Co-hosted with Mile End Chavura & Aleph Canada

Doors open: 9:30 AM

Service with Rabbis Arthur Waskow and Phyllis Berman: 10:00 AM

Potluck veggie lunch follows service – please bring a nutritious veggie nosh or beverage to share

You are invited (but not required) to bring a prayer shawl/tallit to wear during this service. This is intended as a contemplative service for adults. Childcare will be provided.

Suggested donation for this special event $5 - $75, click here to donate

 

Kol Nidre – Tuesday, October 8, 2019 @ Shaare Zedek

Doors open: 5:15 PM

Service: 5:45 PM

You are invited (but not required) to wear white clothing and bring a prayer shawl/tallit to wear during this service

 

Yom Kippur – Wednesday, October 9, 2019 @ Shaare Zedek

Doors open: 9:30 AM

Service: 10:00 AM

You are invited (but not required) to bring a prayer shawl/tallit to wear during this service

 

Afternoon Program/Yizkor/Mincha/Neilah – Wednesday, October 9, 2019 @ Shaare Zedek

Doors open: 3:30 PM

Afternoon Experiential Program: 4:00 PM

Yizkor/Mincha/Neilah: 5:00 PM

Light break-the-fast: after 7:00 PM


 

Tickets 

First, choose from Option 1 or Option 2 below. Then add on one or both of our other offerings. (including High Holydays Yoga and Shabbat Shuva)

 

OPTION 1: Choose Two or More Services (does not include High Holydays Yoga or Shabbat Shuva)

◻ Rosh Hashanah morning

◻ Erev Yom Kippur

◻ Yom Kippur morning

◻ Yom Kippur Yizkor/Mincha/Neilah/Break-fast

Individual, Ages 23+: $90

Young People, Ages 19-22: $54

Young People, Ages 1-18: Free

 

OPTION 2: Choose a Single Service 

◻ Rosh Hashanah morning

◻ Erev Yom Kippur

◻ Yom Kippur morning

◻ Yom Kippur Yizkor/Mincha/Neilah/Break-fast

◻ Individual, Ages 23+: $54

◻ Young People, Ages 19-22: $36

◻ Young People, Ages 1-18: Free

High Holydays Yoga Only

◻ Individual, Ages 23+: $18

◻ Young People, Ages 19-22: $10

◻ Young People, Ages 1-18: Free

Shabbat Shuva Only (with Rabbi Arthur Waskow and Rabbi Phyllis Berman)

◻ Suggested donation $5-$75. Click here to donate.

Community Meals

Rosh Hashanah - Monday, September 30: A scrumptious catered vegan lunch follows the service. You must be registered as a Montreal Open Shul High Holydays participant in order to attend the Rosh Hashanah community meal. 

 

Yom Kippur – Wednesday, October 9, 2019: Break-the-Fast follows the last service of Yom Kippur. All who attended the Yom Kippur Neilah service are welcome to join us for this light meal to break the fast together. 


 

Volunteering

 

The High Holydays is a labour-intensive effort that requires a dedicated team of volunteers! There are so many tasks to accomplish, including room set-up, greeting guests, kitchen set-up, receiving food, ushering and more! Interested in contributing your time and positive energy to help make these High Holydays extra special? Contact us at montrealopenshul@gmail.com today!


 

All are Welcome

Montreal Open Shul an inclusive and accessible community where we welcome all who wish to join for the High Holydays. Financial hardship should not be a barrier to participation in High Holydays programs at Montreal Open Shul. For more information and to discuss your needs, contact us in confidentiality at montrealopenshul@gmail.org


 

Sponsor a Participant (Tax Deductible Donation)

Donate to help another community member attend services. You do not have to specify the person or service. Please contact us at montrealopenshul@gmail.com to learn how to make your donation.

 

All Services: $90 per participant

Single Service: $54 per participant


 

High Holydays Appeal Sponsorships

As a new, emerging community, Montreal Open Shul depends on the kindness and generosity of our participants and the larger Jewish community to support our many programs, events and services. Two of our core values to which we are committed are inclusion and accessibility – we believe that finances should not be a barrier to participation in High Holydays or any aspect of Jewish life. Please consider becoming a High Holydays Sponsor in order to provide accessible programming to those who are unable to afford to participate. You may also consider sponsoring a meal, kiddush, our visiting Shabbat Shuva rabbis, an aliyah, or any other element of the High Holydays programs. Please contact us to discuss your interest at montrealopenshul@gmail.com.

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