High Holy Days, Festivals & Observances

We publish our festival service times and programs as soon as they are scheduled.To learn more about how we observe the holidays at Beth Sholom and the customs surrounding each, click on the name of the holiday.

Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur

Tickets for all services and programs are mailed out prior to High Holy Days or may be picked up at the Synagogue office.Our clergy and guest clergy lead High Holy Day services for adults in the Sanctuary, Banquet Hall and Assembly Hall. All seating is reserved, and admittance is by ticket only. 

Children are welcome in our family service. Seating is first come first served but tickets are required. We also run a number of children's programs for children of all ages, from nursery care through Junior Minyan. There is no charge for children's programming but tickets are required.
Download the 2017/5778 Beth Sholom High Holy Days Guide.
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Sukkot

Following festival services, join us for Kiddush — weather permitting, we gather in the Beth Sholom Sukkah decorated by our youth. Lulav and etrogs are available for purchase through the office.
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Shmini Atzeret

We gather for the final days of the fall festival season and recite the Yizkor service. Hear Cantor Moses chant Geshem, the prayer for rain, at the beginning of the musaf service.
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Simhat Torah

On Erev Simhat Torah (the eve of Simhat Torah), we dance with the Torah during our seven hakafot (circles), followed by a dinner and a children’s carnival with games and prizes. The next morning, we end the annual cycle of Torah reading and begin it again, honouring our Hatan Torah and Hatan Bereisheet, after which we join together for a delicious catered lunch.  
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Hanukah

Join us for our annual Congregational Hanukah party and activities for congregants of all ages. 
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Tu B'Shvat

Chai Society brings our seniors together for a Tu B'Shvat seder. The Shabbat closest to Tu B'Shvat is always Shabbat Shirah, “the Sabbath of Song” and our cantor prepares a special musical service for that Shabbat morning. 
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Purim

Our clergy, members and guests come in costume to our annual Shushan party, followed by a megillah reading and children’s carnival. There are noisemakers, hamantashen (filled pastry) and silliness for all. 
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Passover

Give yourself a break from Pesah preparations by joining us at our pre-Passover Friday night dinner. Sell your hametz at the synagogue. On the 8th day we include a Yizkor service, and Cantor Moses recites Tal, the prayer for dew.
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Yom Hashoah

We commemorate Yom Hashoah  (Holocaust Remembrance Day) along with the larger Jewish community at events throughout the city.

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Yom Haatzma'ut

We encourage participation in community wide celebrations of Israel Independence Day. Learn more about Yom Haatzma'ut.
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Shavuot

On Erev Shavuot (the eve of Shavuot) we hold a memorial board dedication ceremony at which our members light yahrzeit candles in honour of their loved ones who have passed away in the previous year, followed by a service and Tikkun Leil Shavuot (late night study session) with the Rabbi. On the second day, we chant Yizkor and our all-dairy Kiddush is highlighted with various cheesecakes and other dairy delights. 
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Tish'a B'av

Join us for a poignant, meaningful service as we come together to observe this saddest day of the Jewish calendar, at which we read the Eikhah, the Book of Lamentations. 
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Holiday and Festival Programs

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Sunday Sep 09, 2018 / 29th of Elul, 5778
Erev Rosh Hashanah
Minha 6:15 PM
Candle Lighting 7:22 PM

Monday Sep 10, 2018 / 1st of Tishrei, 5779
Rosh Hashana 5779
Candle Lighting not before 8:19 PM
Services 8:30 AM
Minha 7:15 PM

Tuesday Sep 11, 2018 / 2nd of Tishrei, 5779
Rosh Hashana II
Havdalah 8:21 PM
Services 8:30 AM
Minha 7:15 PM

Wednesday Sep 19, 2018 / 10th of Tishrei, 5779
Yom Kippur
Havdalah 8:06 PM
Services 9:00 AM
Minha 7:00 PM