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Yom Kippur 5783

October 5, 2022

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Anyone with a shofar, children and adults, bring your shofar to neilah and join in blowing the last great blast of Yom Kippur!

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.  

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*Please note, we do not accept money transactions at the door during High Holydays for tickets or membership purchases. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy at info@djctoronto.com

* Zoom info for ticketed services and programs will be sent to those who register through a DJC membership or individual service tickets. For in person gatherings, please bring a mask*

DJC Machzor

High Holyday Supplement


🖥️ = Online

👫 = In-person

Family Service 👫
9 – 9:45 AM

We will lead families with children in creative and interactive song, prayer, teachings and stories.

Yom Kippur Youth Programming 👫

10 – 12:45 AM

Accommodations: if you think your child needs one-to-one support to have an enjoyable experience in the Youth Program, please note that we can’t provide that support in the context of this program and we would encourage you to send someone to support your child. 

Yom Kippur Youth Service 👫

10 – 10:45 AM

Teen Discussion 👫
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!

Yom Kippur Service + Yizkor Service 👫 🖥️
10 AM – 1:15 PM

Join us for our community Yom Kippur service, followed by our Yizkor service for memorial and prayer.

Community-Led Afternoon Sessions 👫 🖥️ 

2 – 3:15 PM

See bottom of this page for full descriptions!

Community Ritual of Loss and Comfort with Rabbi Miriam 

3:30 – 4:30 PM

On Rosh Hashana, I spoke about an ancient ritual in which two groups of people circle the Temple in opposite directions – those in grief and loss, and those offering comfort.  Looking back at these years of the pandemic, we could probably all walk in the direction of loss, and we all have the capacity to offer comfort and compassion.  We have a beautiful opportunity in this ‘ritual laboratory’ to use this ancient ritual together as a map for reflection, healing and connecting with one another.  We will explore together through meditation, simple movement and discussion.

Ne’ilah 👫 🖥️
6 – 7:30 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! 

Yom Kippur Community-Led Sessions

2:00pm-3:15pm – 3 options

1. WE ARE HERE: Let’s talk about anti-Black Racism

Facilitated by Black and White Ashkenazi Jews

Location: Eastminster Church in Rafos Hall

How comfortable are you talking about race? What happens in our silence when we don’t talk about it? We invite you to a conversation about anti-Black racism. There is a ‘blacklash’ quietly happening – a stall in the work that so many individuals and institutions pledged to take on in the surge of the Black Lives Matter movement and in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. On Yom Kippur we will create an open and engaging space to talk about race and anti-Black racism. Our vision is to empower and encourage ourselves and each other to take what we learn and use it to initiate conversations with others in our lives – so that we all might weave conversations about race into the culture of our communities at the DJC and beyond. 

2. Along a Long Road: A Creative Writing Workshop  

Join Susan Rich to reflect on life’s winding journey. Together we will explore stories and engage in creative writing exercises that invite personal reflection about where we have come from, where we are going, and where we are today.  Writers aged 12 and up are welcome.

Weather permitting, we will meet in the backyard of 2 Playter Crescent (Please enter through the back gate on Ellerbeck Street. Bring a folding chair if you have one handy!) In case of rain, we will meet at Eastminster Church in the Jackman Room (in the basement).

Susan Rich is Editor-at-Large for Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. She has published the work of Michaela Goade, Sophie Blackall, Lemony Snicket, Thomas King, Maira Kalman, and Dav Pilkey. Susan earned a Masters Degree in Children’s Literature from Simmons College, began her publishing career in New York, and now lives and works in Toronto.

3. Exploring The Book of Jonah

Location: Online

ZOOM link: utoronto.zoom.us/j/85937557984

Meeting ID: 859 3755 7984 Passcode: 361777

The Book of Jonah (just 4 chapters long) is traditionally read on Yom Kippur.  Join us for an informal discussion of the themes in the Book of Jonah as they relate to the Days of Awe.

The session will be led by a small group of DJC learners who explore the Torah together in bi-weekly study sessions.


October 5, 2022
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Accessibility Notes
All main services will include live closed captioning. For other services and programs, closed captioning can be provided upon advanced request. DJC has a scent free policy, so please refrain from wearing scented products. Please email DJCAccessibilityInitiative@gmail.com for more details.
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