Please note, zoom info for ticketed services and programs will be sent to those who register through a DJC membership or individual service tickets. All events on September 27th and 28th are ticketed.
Yom Kippur Schedule
Kol Nidrei Service – 7:30pm
Main Service – 10:00am
Family Service – 9:00-9:45am
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.
Tot Kippur – 10:00-10:30am
More songs, stories, and tot spirituality with Tal Rock!
Youth Service – 10:00-10:45am
Join B’nei Mitzvah Teacher Mira Lyonblum for this youth service exploring the themes and prayers of Yom Kippur in a way that is meaningful to students aged 9-13.
Undercover Yom Kippur: Youth Programming – 11:00am-12:30pm
Let’s apply our imagination to the world! How can we rebuild it better? Dig in deep to discover new seeds of possibility in ourselves, our community, and our world for the coming year. You may even meet Junkbot Jonah and the whale that saved his life! Spiritual, age-appropriate interactive programming in separate Zoom rooms. These programs are led by DJC teen leaders.
Yizkor Service – 1:00pm
This year’s Yizkor service will enable us to both remember and honour loved ones who have died, and to grieve and remember those who have died this year in the wider world from the Corona virus and racist brutality. Gather in the support of the community to turn toward loss and to move forward with resilience, justice and love of life.
Community-Led Sessions – 2:00-5:00pm
2:00-3:30pm: Identity, Oppression and Racism — Starting The Conversation
As a follow up to our Rosh Hashanah services, where the current challenges of racism and discrimination were discussed, we would like to engage our community in a conversation. As a congregation that has evolved based on the values of equity and inclusion, we are compelled to reflect, discuss and as the Aliyot suggested, find a way to search our own blind spots to better understand and act. The DJC is proud of the diversity within our membership and community but what does this commitment mean? Everyone is invited to join this important conversation about identity, oppression and racism, to better understand our thoughts and feelings and what actions, small or large, we can take.
3:45-4:45pm: Fortunately, Unfortunately: A creative, interactive story hour for all ages
Join children’s book editor Susan Rich for an interactive storytelling session suitable for all. Drawing on the story of Jonah and the Whale (traditionally read on Yom Kippur afternoon) and other children’s book texts, engage in creative, collaborative story building and explore the way that ups and downs, turns and twists, triumphs and setbacks shape our stories and our lives.
Susan Rich is an Editor-at-Large with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers where she has published the work of Sophie Blackall, Lemony Snicket, Maira Kalman, Dav Pilkey, Jon Klassen, Michaela Goade, Christoph Niemann, and others. She has run creative writing workshops for children, teachers, and aspiring book makers in New York, Ghana, and Toronto.
Teen Programming with Julie-Rae King – 3:45-5:15pm
Yom Kippur signifies the end of self-reflection and introspection and the beginning of reconstruction. Come join the teens of the DJC to determine what structures in our communities are non-equitable and how we can dismantle these barriers to build new places of gathering that are accessible to all. We will learn about the history of Jewish destruction and rebuilding and how we can implement the lessons of the past in our lives and communities today. Part of this session will be a recycling based art project, so start collecting used bottles, cans, cardboard etc and keep those creative juices flowing! Teen programming takes place in the afternoon so that teens have an opportunity to attend the Community Services in the morning.
Meditation Practice for Yom Kippur – 5:30pm
Ne’ilah – 6:45pm
This creative service lifts us to the end of Yom Kippur, with singing and interactive prayer, movement, and meditation and a final great shofar blast. If you have a shofar, get it ready!