High Holy Days

High Holy Days 5778 (2017)

Join Us for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

As we celebrate the Days of Awe together, we will hear the Shofar blast that calls us to connect with our Jewish heritage and with our ancient traditions. More than any other time, the High Holy Days are a wonderful opportunity to connect with friends, both old and new, and to share with each other our hopes and aspirations for the future.

For more information about Solel’s High Holy Day programs read on below. Any questions, or to acquire tickets, call us at (905) 820-5915. Members, guests and visitors alike are welcome.

Find out more about our Schedule, our Services & Programs and our Frequently Asked Questions.

High Holy Days Schedule
16 Sep

Saturday

6:00pm

Selichot Dinner, Program & Service

Join us for our Selichot program and service held jointly with Shaarei-Beth El congregation. Held this year at Solel. Dinner, a thought-provoking film, followed by discussion and a Selichot Service. See our Events page for details!


Rosh Hashanah

20 Sep

Wednesday

8:00pm

Rosh Hashanah Evening

Regular Service

Sanctuary

21 Sep

Thursday

10:00am
3:00pm
4:00pm

Rosh Hashanah Morning
Rosh Hashanah Family Service *
Rosh Hashanah Late Afternoon

Regular Service
Family Service *
Tashlich

Sanctuary
Sanctuary
Meet in Lobby

22 Sep

Friday

10:00am

Rosh Hashanah Day 2 *

L’dor V’dor
Inter-Generational Service *

Sanctuary

* Note that free tickets are available for selected services. Contact the Solel office for details.


Yom Kippur

29 Sep

Friday

8:00pm

Yom Kippur Evening

Kol Nidre

Sanctuary

30 Sep

Saturday

10:00am
1:00pm
2:00pm
3:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm
6:00pm

Yom Kippur Morning
Yom Kippur Afternoon
 
 
 
 
Yom Kippur Conclusion
 
Communal Break-Fast
Following the conclusion of Ne’ilah

Regular Service
Healing Service *
Mincha Service
Ella’s Walk
Personal Prayer *
Family Service *
Yizkor/Martyrology
Ne’ilah

Sanctuary
Sanctuary
Sanctuary
Lobby
Holy Ark
Sanctuary
Sanctuary
Sanctuary

* Note new this year: Healing Service and Personal Prayer.
* Note that free tickets are available for selected services. Contact the Solel office for details.


Solel’s High Holy Day Services & Programs

Regular Service

In the usual style of Solel’s services, with music, prayers in both Hebrew and English, and thoughtful reflections from our Rabbi. All are welcome. Parents with smaller children who aren’t accustomed to longer services are welcome to take advantage of our Parent & Tot Room.

Family Service

A shorter service geared to younger Solelniks and their parents and grandparents, with participatory worship and storytelling. Includes a modified Torah Service geared to kids plus a Shofar Service on Rosh Hashanah.

L’dor V’dor
Inter-Generational Service

A simplified service geared to Solelniks of all ages, held on the second day of Rosh Hashanah. Features prayer and music, and “Ask the Rabbi” – your chance to get answers to your most burning questions about Judaism!

Tashlich

A wonderful, centuries-old ritual in which we symbolically cast off our sins by throwing bread crumbs into a nearby stream. Fun for adults and children alike. Solel provides the breadcrumbs. God provides the stream!
We observe Tashlich on Rosh Hashanah Day 1 immediately following the Family Service to make it more convenient for families of all ages to participate.

Healing Service *New*

Join us for a short service with prayers and music focused on the renewal of body and spirit following the Yom Kippur morning service.

Mincha Service

The afternoon service, with a special Yom Kippur reading from the Torah and a haftarah reading from the Book of Jonah. Led by Solel’s Religious Committee.

Ella’s Walk

A one hour guided stroll on local trails. Participants share thoughtful readings based on the themes of the High Holy Days. Bring your own readings or use the readings provided by one of our guides.

Personal Prayer *New*

Spend some time in personal prayer and contemplation during the afternoon of Yom Kippur. Held in front of the open doors of our Holy Ark, accompanied by relaxing music to enrich your spiritual experience.

Yizkor/Martyrology

We remember those who have gone before us, including especially those who have been persecuted for their faith. With special memorial prayers and thoughtful readings.

Ne’ilah

The concluding service of Yom Kippur during which it is said that the Gates of Repentance close. We hear the blast of the Shofar once more.

As Yom Kippur falls on Shabbat this year, Ne’ilah will be followed by Havdalah.

Communal Break-Fast

Break the Yom Kippur fast with your fellow Solelniks. Donations of baked goods (honey cake is always nice!) are welcome. Please bring all items sliced and ready to eat on disposable plates. They can be placed in the kitchen before or after any Yom Kippur service.

Parent-Tot Room

Throughout the High Holy Days, our Library is set aside as a Parent-Tot Room for parents with babies and young children. It’s a great location if you and your little one need to take a break from a service. Please note: Parent supervision is required.

Everyone is always welcome at all of our services. If your young one may become impatient during a service, please consider bringing a book or a quiet toy to engage them. We thank you for leaving your electronic games at home.


High Holy Days – Frequently Asked Questions

When do we wear a Tallit?
A Tallit is normally worn at morning services only. The exception is Yom Kippur Evening, for two reasons. First, it’s a way to acknowledge the special holiness of this day. Second, in earlier times it was a custom to come to synagogue on Erev Yom Kippur and to stay throughout the night and next day to the conclusion of Ne’ilah; thus worshippers would bring their Tallit that evening. We aren’t planning such a marathon, but it’s still appropriate to wear the Tallit on Erev Yom Kippur.

Why do the Torah scrolls have white mantles?
White represents purity, which we seek for our souls during the Days of Awe. It is also appropriate to wear white clothing during this time, including a white Kippah if you wish.

How do I decide whether or not to fast on Yom Kippur?
From the age of 13 onward, it is a mitzvah to fast from sunset to sunset. Children approaching this age might try to fast for as long as they can manage. If fasting would make you ill, or if you are taking medication that requires food, Jewish law rules that you should not fast.

Why do we have group aliyot at this time?
It is our way of honouring the many Solelniks who devote their time and effort to our congregation all year long. Therefore, we have a group Aliya for members of our Bet Sefer Solel teaching staff, for the officers of our Board of Directors, for committee members, for the ushers who serve our congregation all year, and for grandparents and great-grandparents.

Why are there so many Torah and Haftarah chanters?
For the morning services of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur it is customary to have five aliyot which is more than at a regular Shabbat. In addition, we have congregants chanting at all applicable High Holiday services. At Solel we are blessed to have so many skilled people who are willing to perform this important mitzvah.

Why are there people sitting in the sanctuary in between services on Yom Kippur?
As important as it is to pray together with the congregation, many people need time to meditate or say their own prayers in the tranquility of the sanctuary. We try to keep the atmosphere calm and quiet at these times. We also provide an opportunity on Yom Kippur afternoon, for those who wish it, to connect even more deeply with the divine by praying on our bimah in front of the open doors of our Holy Ark.

Why is the High Holy Day prayer book called a Machzor?
The word “Machzor” means a returning cycle, referring to the cycle of seasons that we celebrate each year. The High Holy Days are a time to take stock of our deeds over the past year and, with God’s help, to plan the next chapter in our Book of Life. It is also a time to celebrate the vital role that community plays in our lives. Surrounded by fellow Solelniks now and throughout the year, we never need to feel alone.

Can I reserve a seat during the High Holy Days?
Except for a few individuals who have a special role to play in supporting our services (e.g. ushers) and those who require special consideration due to a disability or impairment, seating is not reserved.
If you have specific needs you can contact the Solel office to make arrangements for reserved seating.

 

Find out more about the High Holy Days and get great tips for food and family fun at ReformJudaism.org.