High Holidays

We can’t wait to see you over Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur!

We’ve been hard at work planning and are excited to announce that registration’s now open for our in-person, outdoor, meaningful High Holiday experiences for these extraordinary times. Here’s the full lineup:

  • Traditional Service Segments
    • Musical Havdalah + Selihot: Next Sat, Sept 12; 9pm
    • RH Eve Kabbalat Shabbat + Maariv (evening service): Sept 18; 7pm @ St. Clair/Spadina
    • Shaharit (morning service) for RH + YK: Sept 19, 20, 28; 9:30am
    • Musaf (additional service) for RH: Sept 19, 20; 11am
    • Abridged Kol Nidrei for YK: Sept 27; 6:30pm
    • Full Kol Nidrei for YK: Sept 27, 8pm
    • Yizkor (memorial service) for YK: Sept 28; 11am
    • Musaf (additional service) for YK: Sept 28; 12pm
    • Neilah (closing) + Maariv (evening service) for YK: Sept 28, 6:30pm
  • Guided Meditation for RH + YK: Sept 19, 20, 28; 8am
  • Family Services for RH + YK: Sept 19, 20, 28; 2pm + 3:30pm each day
  • Torah Study + Inspiration for RH: Sept 19; 5pm
  • Interfaith Couples’ Learning + Discussion for RH: Sept 20; 5pm
  • Tashlikh by the Lake: Sept 22; 6pm @ Queens Quay/Spadina
  • Chanting with Alon Nashman for YK: Sept 28; 5pm

All experiences offered on the second day of Rosh Hashanah (Sept 20) include shofar blowing. (Unless otherwise noted, all services and programs will take place near Bloor and Christie; exact locations provided upon registration.)

We do hope you’ll celebrate, contemplate, and grow together with us!

Why are we doing this?

It’s ethically and religiously imperative that we keep you and everyone else safe, and we also yearn for the soulful, song-filled, and participatory services that are Makom’s signature style. But unfortunately, we can’t achieve both of those objectives with our customary services at Hart House: singing indoors is unsafe and currently prohibited by Toronto Public Health. And online services are neither truly participatory nor accessible for our more traditionally-observant community members. Outdoors, we can be safe, sing, and be meaningfully together.

We hope you’ll join us this year to experience High Holidays in this unique way for these unique times!

How do I sign up?

Registration for Makom’s High Holiday experiences is FREE, but available only to Makom Members this year due to limited capacity. If you’ve already become a member, you should have received an email with the link to the registration form; please contact Adina if you can’t find it.

How much is membership?

You can become a Makom Member no matter your financial circumstances. Due to the pandemic, we’ve halved our regular and reduced membership rates. It’s a core Makom value that finances should never be an impediment to Jewish life, so if neither of those amounts is feasible for you, please pay what you can. Kids and teens are free!

If you can afford to contribute more than the regular membership rate, please become a supporting or sustaining member to help keep our community going strong.

All Makom Membership donations are fully tax deductible.

Become a Makom Member now and we’ll send you High Holiday experience details and the registration link. We anticipate many options will fill up quickly, so don’t delay becoming a member.

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