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Yom Kippur 5782
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
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.
Yom Kippur Youth Programming (Virtual on Zoom) 🖥️
Ages 5 – 8
9:50 – 11:00 AM
Celebrate the symbols and themes of the holiday with activities, games, and conversation. 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 main Yom Kippur service while their youth attend this special program geared specifically towards them. At 11:10 AM, 5-8 year-olds are invited to join the 9-13 group for the special collage workshop.
Ages 9 – 13
9:50 AM – 12:30 PM
Programming for 9-13 year-olds opens with a Youth Service led by B’nei Mitzvah teacher Mira Lyonblum, exploring the themes and prayers of Yom Kippur. At 11:10 AM, the group will be joined by special guest star and DJC Jewish Studies teacher Miriam Brookman as she leads a hands-on collage workshop.
Yom Kippur Service + Yizkor Service (Virtual on Zoom) 🖥️
10 AM – 1:15 PM
Join us for our community Yom Kippur service on Zoom, followed by our Yizkor service for memorial and prayer.
Teen Program (Virtual on Zoom) 🖥️
11:00 AM – 12:00 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 Yom Kippur!
Community-Led Afternoon Sessions (Virtual + in-person options) 👫 🖥️
2 – 3:15 PM
Option #1: Moving towards Interconnectedness: How Identity, Oppression, and Racism Play out in our Lives (Virtual on Zoom) 🖥️
Join us for a workshop looking at our commitment to finding ways that see race, gender identity and different Jewish traditions as enriching and meaningful for all of us. Come explore the question, “What does it mean to be Jewish, a DJC member, and a member of a welcoming community?” Together we will watch a short film “Who is a Jew?” by Sara Yacobi-Harris from No Silence on Race. And then we will explore the work we must all do towards achieving ‘interconnectedness.’ All ages welcome.
Option #2: Generations of Stories 👫
Join children’s book editor Susan Rich to consider the idea of LeDor Vador – from Generation to Generation. She will share stories that explore this theme and invite you to reflect on and share some of your own––those inherited from past generations, or those that you will pass along to the next. The session will include some reading, writing, and lots of conversation. RSVP for location.
Option #3: Hike at Brick Works (550 Bayview Avenue) 👫
Join us for a walk through Evergreen Brick Works to take a break from the hustle and bustle of nearby urban life, and explore one of the city’s most unique natural spaces. Our route will provide opportunities to discuss the site’s transformation through recent history to its current form as a natural park. The guided route will involve walking up a fairly steep slope to access a lookout point. If you would rather stay on a flatter route, we will arrange a meet up spot in order to finish our walk together. All ages welcome! Meet at the “Watershed Wall” just north of the central parking lot.
3:30 – 4:45 PM
Option #1: Make & Play – Junkbot Jonah and the Whale (Riverdale Park East) 👫
For the whole family! Meet up in the park to make your own characters from the story of Jonah and the Whale. We’ll be upcycling found materials to create our own Junkbot Jonahs and Wacky Whales, and then we’ll use our creations to put on a spontaneous short play about this famous Biblical story. *Meet at the south-east section of the park at Langley Avenue, by the picnic tables.
Option #2: On Yom Kippur, Share your Bread (& Candy) with the Hungry (Riverdale Park East) 👫
In a way that is interactive and engaging for everyone from big kids (age 11+) to kids at heart, we’ll consider together how these High Holy Days call us to a greater social responsibility, as we read on Yom Kippur from the Book of Isaiah the call: ‘to let the oppressed go free… to share your bread with the hungry… not to ignore your own kin..” Together we’ll discuss that impactful text from Isaiah followed by remarks from special guest Ryan Galloway, lead organizer with Toronto Food Not Bombs who will share what it’s been like to feed people over this last year. Finally, we’ll decorate candy jars to send off with Ryan on his next distribution to spread a sweet new year! Bring a blanket or folding chair. *Meeting spot is near the St. Matthew’s Club House, Broadview & Langley.
Meditation with Rabbi Miriam (Virtual on Zoom) 🖥️
5:30 – 6:15 PM
This session will offer Jewish teachings and practices that support working wisely with our habits and reactions, guiding us toward living with open hearts, attuned awareness, and insightful action, especially in challenging times.
Ne’ilah/Havdalah (Virtual on Zoom) 🖥️
7 – 8:30 PM
Ne’ilah means the closing of the gates. This creative service, lifting us to the end of Yom Kippur, will include melody and prayer, movement and meditation, the reading of our anonymously written sin-notes, and a great shofar blast. If you have a shofar, get ready to blast it! We’ll mark the conclusion of Yom Kippur with Havdalah. You are encouraged to have on hand grape juice/wine, spices, a Havdalah candle (or a creative way to bring 2 or more wicks together).