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High Holy Days 5783/2022

Back together for the holidays!

We're delighted to let you know that we'll be holding services in person and online this year. It will be wonderful to welcome the New Year together!

This page will be kept up to date with everything you need to know about High Holy Days services and programs, so check back often. If you have any questions, please email us at admin@kolami.ca or call us at 905 709-2620.


SERVICE SCHEDULE

SELICHOT - SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 AT KOL AMI, 9600 BATHURST STREET AND ON ZOOM

8:00 PM - Canada-wide program: "50 Years of Women in the Rabbinate: A Selichot Discussion on Tradition, Change, Renewal & Redemption." We will be streaming the program in our sanctuary, or you can register to watch it on Zoom at home.

9:00 PM (approximate time) - Refreshments 

9:30 PM - Selichot Service in our sanctuary with Rabbi Micah Streiffer, Cantorial Soloist Aron Katz, and the Kol Ami Choir

EREV ROSH HASHANAH - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

8:00 PM - Our friends at Congregation Shaarei-Beth El in Oakville have invited us to join their Erev Rosh Hashanah Service on Zoom. Please RSVP to receive their Zoom link. (There will be no service at Kol Ami.)

ROSH HASHANAH DAY 1 - MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 AT LANGSTAFF ASSEMBLY HALL, 1350 LANGSTAFF AVENUE AND ON ZOOM

9:00-9:45 AM - Family Service with Rabbi Micah Streiffer and Cantorial Soloist Aron Katz

10:30 AM-12:30 PM - Main Service with Rabbi Micah Streiffer, Cantorial Soloist Aron Katz, and the Kol Ami Choir (babysitting available)

ROSH HASHANAH DAY 2 - TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 AT SUGARBUSH HERITAGE PARK, 91 THORNHILL WOODS DRIVE

11:00-11:30 AM - Nature Walks

11:30 AM - Tashlich and Shofar Blowing

EREV YOM KIPPUR (KOL NIDRE) - TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4 AT LANGSTAFF ASSEMBLY HALL, 1350 LANGSTAFF AVENUE AND ON ZOOM

7:00-8:30 PM - Kol Nidre Service with Rabbi Micah Streiffer and the Kol Ami Choir

YOM KIPPUR - WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 AT LANGSTAFF ASSEMBLY HALL, 1350 LANGSTAFF AVENUE AND ON ZOOM

9:00-9:45 AM - Family Service with Rabbi Micah Streiffer and Cantorial Soloist Aron Katz

10:30 AM-1:00 PM - Main Service with Rabbi Micah Streiffer, Cantorial Soloist Aron Katz, and the Kol Ami Choir (babysitting available)

1:30-2:30 PM - Study session with Ira Schweitzer

4:00-4:45 PM - Music and Mediation program with live music and inspirational readings

4:45-5:00 PM - Musical Transition into Yizkor Service

5:00-5:45 PM - Yizkor Service with Rabbi Micah Streiffer, Cantorial Soloist Aron Katz, and the Kol Ami Choir

Children's story time and activities with Jenn Katz

5:45-7:00 PM - Ne'ilah (Concluding) Service with Rabbi Micah Streiffer, Cantorial Soloist Aron Katz, and the Kol Ami Choir


NO SCENTED PRODUCTS, PLEASE

If you'll be attending any of our High Holy Days services in person, we ask that you refrain from wearing scented products, in consideration for those who have allergies or sensitivities. Thanks!


SERVICE LOCATIONS

Most in-person services will be held at the Langstaff Assembly Hall at 1350 Langstaff Road (just east of Dufferin). The Hall is large and well-ventilated with media air filters, and there is plenty of parking. See the service schedule above for the location of each service.

We will also stream all services on Zoom for those who prefer to join us online.


I'M A KOL AMI MEMBER - HOW DO I REGISTER FOR SERVICES?

Members of Kol Ami must register, whether attending in person or on Zoom. Please complete your 2022-23 Membership Renewal first (check your email for your renewal form).

MEMBERS REGISTER HERE - BE SURE TO COMPLETE YOUR RENEWAL FIRST


I'M NOT A KOL AMI MEMBER - HOW DO I JOIN OR PURCHASE TICKETS?

We would love to welcome you to our community, and hope that you will consider becoming members of our Kol Ami family. Join Kol Ami here

If you're not quite ready to join us, non-members may purchase tickets, at $72 per person for in-person or online attendance (children 12 and under are free).

NON-MEMBERS PURCHASE TICKETS HERE


WHAT ABOUT COVID?

Masks must be worn by everyone attending in person (aged 5 and up). If you are attending in person you must be fully vaccinated (as defined by your age group) and be symptom-free. We highly recommend KN-95 or N-95 masks as they provide the best level of protection for you and the people around you, and we ask you to sit with physical distancing in mind.

We suggest that you take a rapid COVID test 24 to 48 hours before attending any service.

For your information, clergy and choir members will not be masked, but they will be required to take rapid tests. 

Langstaff Assembly Hall has confirmed that all HVAC units are equipped with media air filters, to enhance visitor safety and air quality.


HOW CAN I HELP?

Our amazing volunteers make the holidays special and meaningful for all of us. Here's how you can help:

To join our team of ushers, contact Ed Yudin.

We need babysitters to do short shifts on Rosh Hashanah and/or Yom Kippur mornings. Teens are welcome and will earn volunteer hours. To join the crew, contact Jenn Katz.


BE PART OF OUR ROSH HASHANAH GREETINGS VIDEO!

We're really excited to be putting together a video of our members wishing each other Shana Tova. Email a short (15 seconds or less) video or a photo of you and your family to Tanner Winnick by Friday, September 16.


REMEMBER YOUR LOVED ONES IN OUR ANNUAL YIZKOR MEMORIAL

You are invited to remember your loved ones in our annual memorial, which will be shown during the Yizkor service on Yom Kippur afternoon (in person and on Zoom). This virtual book will also be available after the holidays and throughout the year on our YouTube channel.

The cost is $18 for each person you wish to remember, including an optional photo.

Submit your listings here by Friday, September 16.


WHAT PRAYERBOOK ARE WE USING?

Our machzor is Mishkan HaNefesh, the prayerbook we have been using for the last two years.

We will not be streaming the machzor this year, so you will need to have your own copy, whether you're attending in person or on Zoom.

The two-volume set is available online from the CCAR Press. Be sure to order yours soon - don't wait till it's too late!

Israel's also has the set available to Kol Ami members with a 10% discount. ($64.99 per set)


SUPPORT OUR ANNUAL HIGH HOLY DAYS APPEAL

It is a High Holy Days tradition at Kol Ami to make donations in support of our school and youth programs or to a worthy charity.

This year, we are proud to support Baycrest and CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health). Please consider making a gift to any or all of these worthy causes.

You can make your donation when you fill out the form to register or purchase tickets.


SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY FOOD DRIVE

Please help support the High Holy Day Food Drive by bringing non-perishable food items to any of our upcoming in-person events, Saturday morning services, or High Holy Day services. Your support is greatly appreciated!


ANY QUESTIONS? EMAIL admin@kolami.ca or CALL 905 709-2620

Mon, October 3 2022 8 Tishrei 5783