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FAQ for City Shul High Holidays

Where and when are services this year?

Click HERE for our 2022 High Holiday Service Schedule.

Please note: all services will be concurrently live-streamed. Members and ticket holders will receive the live-stream links before the holiday begins. All locations are downtown, with parking and TTC.

What are the "10 Days of Awesome" Events?

City Shul is proud to present, for the very first time, a series of events for you and your family to enjoy between Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur. For the AWESOME schedule of events, click HERE!

What are the COVID protocols this year? 

1. We require KN95 or N95 - type masks for all attendees over age 2 (those age 2-5 will need to wear any mask they can keep on).

2. Given the inability of vaccines to prevent transmission in the Omicron era, we will continue to strongly encourage full vaccination for personal protection, but as a public health measure we will not require proof of vaccination to attend high holiday services.

3. On the bima, one person at a time may, if they wish, remove their mask while speaking or singing.

4. We will continue to live-stream all services. Members and ticket holders will receive live-stream links shortly before the service.

5. Children will be welcomed at all high holiday services. There will be a special separate area designated for children and their masked parents to relax and play quietly. Children and their parents are welcome to all Family Services.

Locations

All locations this year are downtown, with parking available, and TTC accessible.  Details will be provided on the registration form for each event.

Are all locations physically accessible?

Yes! Please be sure to pre-arrange any special needs seating requirements by emailing connect@cityshul.com.

Is there security?

Yes, at all locations and at all services. We ask you to kindly refrain from bringing large backpacks or large bags. All bags will be checked.

Are tickets required for services?

There will not be any paper tickets. All members and ticket holders will be on a list that will be checked at the door. For security reasons, we cannot let anyone in who is not on our list. Members will be added to the list upon renewing their membership. Non-Members can purchase tickets here.

Do I need my own prayerbook?

To have a participatory, communal experience we ask that each person have our prayer book in hand.

For the High Holidays, we use Gates of Repentance, CCAR Press, which can be purchased in advance for $20 each. Please email connect@cityshul.com call or our office at 437-986-0613. If you are purchasing tickets for High Holidays you can purchase your prayer books on that FORM.

Your book will be ready for you to pick up when you arrive at your first service. 

Are children welcome?

YES! Children are welcome to come in and out of the main service as they wish, and there will be a quiet room where the service is live-streamed, so parents and younger children can gather there if they wish. Please check the SERVICE SCHEDULE for Family services, and teen and tween programming as well.

What should I bring?

We invite everyone to wear a kippa or head covering to help us turn our prayer spaces into a synagogue. If you have, please bring your own kippa and tallis. We do have some available on site. 

On Yom Kippur, please bring healthy non-perishable food items to any service to support our annual Yom Kippur Food Drive. 

For Neilah, we break out small, hand instruments like tambourines and hand-drums at the closing service— bring yours!

We also invite everyone present to join the final blast on Yom Kippur Neilah, if they have a kosher shofar (no plastic please).

What should I wear?

At City Shul we encourage you to dress to feel festive, and to celebrate being together in-person this year. If you are watching live-stream, we encourage you to “dress for synagogue” and mark your live-stream space as special - and even holy - with a tablecloth, flowers, candlesticks, kiddush cup, etc. 

On Yom Kippur, you will notice many people wearing white, as well as non-leather shoes. This tradition symbolizes our purity, and our belief in simplicity. Feel free to do so or not - as you wish. 

How can I be helpful?

Yes, please! We need friendly ushers and greeters to welcome our community into services, and “behind the scenes” to help set up, take down, arrange, and otherwise support. Teens can get volunteer hours! Please email connect@cityshul.com.

Service Schedule

All Events

 

Sat, October 1 2022 6 Tishrei 5783