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Our Mission: We create pathways to explore and live an engaged, connected Jewish life.

High Holidays Are Almost Here!

For a complete list of service dates, times and locations, CLICK HERE

MEMBERS

Renew your membership for 2022 

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Once you've renewed your membership you will be entitled to join us at all High Holiday services* and 10 Days of Awesome events.

No need to register for services, just show up! 

NOTE: registration IS required for Neilah service and all "10 Days of Awesome" events. See below for registration links.

 

NON-MEMBERS

Welcome! Purchase tickets for 2022 High Holiday Services 

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Once you've purchased tickets you will be entitled to join us at all High Holiday services* and 10 Days of Awesome events. 

No need to register for services, just show up! 

NOTE: registration IS required for Neilah service and all "10 Days of Awesome" events. See below for registration links.

GATES OF REPENTANCE PRAYER BOOK

This Prayer Book is used exclusively for our High Holiday Services.  Please note that we do not provide prayer books and there are no loaners or book sales at services. The book will be available for pickup at the front desk of each service.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

REGISTRATIONS

1. NEILAH SERVICE* REGISTER

2. 10 DAYS OF AWESOME IN-PERSON EVENTS! DETAILS & REGISTRATION

3. REGISTRATION FOR THE EREV ROSH HASHANAH DINNER IS NOW CLOSED

All services are concurrently live-streamed. Members and High Holiday ticket holders will be sent the live-stream links before the holiday.

We would love to have you and your family volunteer for any of our High Holiday events. Students are eligible for volunteer hours! Please email volunteer@cityshul.com

 

 

 

Click HERE to watch Rabbi Goldstein's High Holiday video.

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Rabbi Goldstein's September Message: Fitting in Vs. Belonging

As we approach the high holiday season, many Jews consider what it might mean to “belong” to a synagogue or “be a part of” the Jewish community. These holy days bring us together from seemingly different points of contact and this year how special it will be to do that in-person without many of the limitations we had last year. I am proud that City Shul offers different entry points and different opportunities to belong whether that is every week, occasionally, or for a few services or events.

Yet it is also the time of year that many of us worry about fitting in. What if we don’t dress a certain way, present a certain way, pray a certain way? Brenee Brown differentiates between “belonging" and "fitting in" in her book Atlas of the Heart. She writes: "Belonging is the innate human desire to be part of something larger than us. Because this yearning is so primal, we often try to acquire it by fitting in and by seeking approval, which are not only hollow substitutes for belonging, but often barriers to it.” How I love that way of looking at our gathering together for the High Holidays! We bring our authentic, imperfect selves to the world of City Shul, and there we can feel accepted, loved, and embraced. We have worked hard—and will continue to work hard— to make City Shul the kind of place where you do not have to “fit in.” You do not have to change who you are to meet any standard or any expectation. You do not have to twist yourself into uncomfortable shapes to match any ideal, or hold yourself to an impossible standard. Brown continues: “Fitting in is about assessing a situation and becoming who you need to be to be accepted. Belonging, on the other hand, doesn’t require us to change who we are; it requires us to be who we are…” And isn't that the beautiful message of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur? Teshuva is to return again to the truth of your own soul. Brown reminds us: “..actually fitting in is the greatest barrier to belonging because fitting in says, ‘Be like them to be accepted.’ Belonging says, ‘This is who I am…”

The great theme of the High Holidays is the ability to change and do better, but that does not mean becoming less of your authentic self; it means changing to return to that authentic self. The emotional price tag of having to “fit in” with a group far outweighs its benefit. It is the spiritual feeling that you finally “belong” as your true self that makes you so peaceful at a service, and so ready to do the work that the High Holidays ask of us.

Be who you are at City Shul, and belong in the way you want. We welcome you as we prepare for the great themes of renewal and repentance to work their way into our hearts. If you want this year to belong to us for the High Holidays only, more information is here. If you are a member but haven’t yet renewed your membership please do so here. And if you feel that this is the year you want to belong as a member, please fill out a membership form here.

Rest assured you will always belong at City Shul, in the deepest sense of the word.

 



Announcing Shirat Halev:
The City Shul Community Prayerbook


(Mock up of actual bookplate)

Shirat Halev is our story: the narrative of our history as a community, and a reminder in perpetuity of how we continue to grow as Jews and as human beings.

If you are interested in inscribing a book used in our synagogue in memory of a loved one, in honour of someone, or to celebrate an event— or just in support— click here

The week we launched our incredible new Siddur was Parshat Kedoshim, the crown of Leviticus, which begins: Kedoshim tihiyu, you shall be holy.  Kedoshim: You in the plural. Tihiyu, will be, in the future.

This command, to be holy in community, and to insure holiness for the future, animated me for four years in the creation of this prayerbook which we now hold in our hands. It animated Baruch Sienna in the design, in every detail of every page of the Siddur. It animated every Task Force member, and every discussion we had, from what colour the cover should be to whether we would retain the words M’chaye Hameitim, who revives the dead.

In the list of sacrifices, this fantastic one word appears in Leviticus 19:5: כִ֧י תִזְבְּח֛וּ זֶ֥בַח שְׁלָמִ֖ים לַיהֹוָ֑ה לִֽרְצֹנְכֶ֖ם תִּזְבָּחֻֽהוּ׃

“When you offer a sacrifice of well-being to יהוה, sacrifice it on your own behalf, or literally— offer because you desire to offer."

The Hasidic commentator Sfat Emet says on that word לִֽרְצֹנְכֶ֖ם (desire):

וזה עצמו הנדבה– הרצון

And thats the offering itself: our desire to be in relationship with G-d.

This Siddur holds our desire to be in relationship with G-d, and with each other; to be in relationship with something bigger than ourselves, with our history, with our future. Our Ratzon, our desire to offer, is inked into the pages of this book.

Our community  created its own Siddur with 10—a minyan!—of Task Forces and the input of over 75 congregants in various capacities.Our Siddur holds our communal desire.

Netivot Shalom, another Hasidic commentator writes on our opening verse You shall be holy as G-d is holy:  “How can we ever be as holy as G-d? G-d is asking of us only this: to strive to be better than we think we can be.” This Siddur will make us more communal than we thought we could be, more inclusive than we thought we could be, more learned, more reflective, more prayerful. In short, Shirat HaLev will make us holier than we thought we could be.

May Shirat Halev lift our hearts in joy and song together!

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Sun, September 25 2022 29 Elul 5782