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Rosh Hashanah 5782: Day 1
We are so looking forward to this year’s High Holy Days together, celebrating a New Year in deep gratitude and joy, reflection and learning, support and warm connection with each other.
After several community conversations, board discussions, research into practices in other communities and following Ontario public health guidelines, we will be offering services and programs that integrate both online and in-person outdoor opportunities – the best of both worlds, to ensure the safety of our members and leaders, while finding creative ways to build community and engage in meaningful and accessible gatherings.
All services will be on Zoom, enabling us to see each other unmasked, interact with one other, and safely sing our hearts out! Rabbi Miriam, Cantor Lisa, a few musicians, and our Torah readers will be together in person in our beloved Bethminster so we can sing together (safely distanced).
We are also gathering outdoors in-person for various opportunities for ritual, learning, to meet and welcome new people, connect with old friends, and remember what it’s like to be in community.
**Please note, Zoom info for ticketed services and programs will be sent to those who register through a DJC membership or individual service tickets. For outdoor gatherings, please bring a mask, as well as a folding chair or blanket for seating.**
🖥️ = Online
👫 = In-person
Dawn Service at the Evergreen Brick Works 👫
6:30 – 7:30 AM
A morning service, with blessings, shofar blowing, and discussion. Please meet in the Brick Works parking lot at 6:30 AM. Please RSVP to let us know you’re coming.
Family Service for Children ages 0-8 (Virtual on Zoom) 🖥️
9 – 9:45 AM
Alysse Rich (our Director of Education) and special guests will lead families with children up to age 8 in creative and interactive song, prayer, teachings, and stories. If you have a shofar (a real one, a crafted one, or a toy), please have it on hand for a Zoom shofar-blowing!
Turning and Returning: Rosh Hashanah Youth Programming (Virtual on Zoom) 🖥️
9:50 – 11 AM
Join us for a journey through Rosh Hashanah! We’ll lead you on a scavenger hunt for images and objects that celebrate the symbols and themes of the holiday. These programs are led by DJC teen leaders. Programming picks up right after the Family Service concludes, so grown-ups can feel free to attend the DJC main service while their youth attend this special program geared specifically towards them. *At 11:10 AM, 5-8 year-olds can join the 9-13 group if they wish, for the exciting food workshop and shofar blowing.
9:50 AM – 12:30 PM
This program opens with a Youth Service led by B’nei Mitzvah teacher Mira Lyonblum, exploring the themes and prayers of Rosh Hashanah. A special guest pops in at 11:10 to lead a food workshop in honour of the Shmitah year. Bring a shofar to join special guest star Sheri Cohen for the conclusion of programming!
Rosh Hashanah First Day Main Service (Virtual on Zoom) 🖥️
10 AM – 12:15 PM
Join us for our main Rosh Hashanah service.
Teen Programming (Virtual on Zoom) 🖥️
11 AM – 12 PM
Step out of our main service to join other teenagers in the DJC community on Zoom for a thought-provoking and interactive session to celebrate Rosh Hashanah!
Shofar Blowing and Self-Guided Tashlich (3 locations to choose from) 👫
- Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Avenue)
- Meet at the water. Paid parking on-site is available.
- Budapest Park (West end of Toronto: 1575 Lake Shore Blvd W)
- Please meet at the Freedom for Hungary Monument. There is free parking. If you are traveling by TTC, go to Dundas West subway station and take the 504 King car to Queen Street and then walk 6 minutes.
- Balmy Beach (East end of Toronto: 2 Silver Birch Ave)
- Please meet at Balmy Beach playground at the bottom of Willow Ave.
This program is suitable for all ages! This will be a brief ritual, gathering together in song, and directly hearing the powerful call of the shofar. Each location will have a shofar blower and a leader.
After shofar blowing, you’re invited to use our resource hand-out for self-guided tashlich, a contemplative ritual of casting our transgressions into living waters.