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

The High Holidays Are Here!

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

TO READ/WATCH THE RABBI'S ROSH HASHANA SERMONS, CLICK HERE

 

MEMBERS; you can still 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! You can still purchase tickets for 2022 Yom Kippur services

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Once you've purchased tickets you will be entitled to join us at Yom Kippur (inclduibg Kol Nidre and Yizkor) and the remaining 10 Days of Awesome events. 

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. The book is also necessary for livestream services as we do not screen-share.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

REGISTRATIONS

1. NEILAH SERVICE* REGISTER

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

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 October Message: Yom Kippur and the "Rest of the World"

Just a few days ago I received a lovely invitation from a non-Jewish colleague. It read, “It’s been way too long, let’s have coffee! How is next Monday or Tuesday?” A bit surprised, I replied, “Thank you so much! Next Monday and Tuesday are Rosh Hashana, my holiest days. Can we find an alternative?” Their answer: “Sure! How about the week after, maybe Wednesday?” “Well, that’s even holier. It’s Yom Kippur. I’ll be fasting that day.”

This email exchange got me to thinking: how is it that the “rest of the world” doesn’t know it’s our most precious and important time of the year? It’s certainly more special than Chanukah— which everyone seems to know about even if they don’t quite know what we are celebrating— yet I’m never invited to schools or radio shows to explain Yom Kippur, the way I get scores of requests around Chanukah.

We seem to get a bit defensive around December, making sure the world is cognizant of our holiday, yet September comes and we are silent.

The world invites us for coffee on Yom Kippur, and schedules meetings and exams and other things for us to stress about missing, because we need to work harder to publicly acknowledge that this is our most holy and most important time of the year. If a child attends school on Yom Kippur— no matter how important a parent thinks their math class that day is—the message to the school is that this holiday doesn’t really matter to Jews. At this time of year, all Jews are a role model to the rest of the world of what Jews do and do not do. If an office meeting is scheduled for Yom Kippur, frankly any Jew who goes to that meeting is making it so much harder for the Jew who does go to synagogue that day to miss it, because the boss can easily say “well Schwartz doesn’t take the day off, and he’s Jewish, so why should you?!”  I acknowledge that not every boss or school is  understanding, but the more honest and articulate we are about what this time of year means to us, the more understanding and respectful they can learn to become.

Why not have your child bring in a shofar to school the week before Rosh Hashana, and ask for time to explain what these days and symbols mean? How about putting an out-of-office auto reply on your work email this year for Yom Kippur: “I am out of the office spending time in community, reflecting on gratefulness and forgiveness, and participating in the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur." Bring apples and honey to your office and teach your co-workers to say "Shana Tova."

We are told to put the Chanukah menorah in our window to “publicize the miracle.” At this time of year it is important to “publicize the holiday” and let your friends, your co-workers, your colleagues, and “the rest of the world” know about it. This time is family time, reflecting time, community time, synagogue time for the whole Jewish people, and how beautiful it would be for the rest of the world to help us celebrate it.



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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Sat, October 1 2022 6 Tishrei 5783