2022/5783 High Holy Days Guide

Family friendly

Open to the community

Streaming online

Sunday, September 25

Erev Rosh Hashanah
5.30 p.m. | Main Sanctuary 
Mark the coming of the New Year with an engaging, interactive one-hour service.

  • Chaverim, our childcare program, is not available for Erev Rosh Hashanah.

Monday, September 26

First Day Rosh Hashanah
8.30 a.m. | Early Service | Main Sanctuary
The traditional sights and sounds of the High Holy Days, with a new emphasis on community.

  • Chaverim offered: Drop off at 8.15 a.m.

9.00 a.m. | Sh’ma Koleinu | Green Family Halls
Sh’ma Koleinu (Hear Our Voice) is a collaborative service expressing the spirit of the holidays through music, drama and poetry.

  • Chaverim offered: Drop off at 8.45 a.m.

11.30 a.m. | Late Service | Main Sanctuary
OR Masterclass with Rabbi Englander | Chapel
Choose between our traditional service in the Sanctuary or a Rosh Hashanah Masterclass with Rabbi Englander in the Chapel.

4.00 p.m. | Rosh Hashanah Tot Service | Green Family Halls (open to the community)
Laugh, learn, sing and play! Best for children ages 0-7 years old.

Tuesday, September 27

Second Day Rosh Hashanah
10.00 a.m. | Main Sanctuary (open to the community)
A joyous musical celebration at Temple’s most popular service.

  • Chaverim offered: Drop off at 9.45 a.m.

Tuesday, October 4

Kol Nidrei
6.30 p.m. | Early Service | Main Sanctuary
The traditional start of the Day of Atonement; powerful music, powerful messages.

  • Chaverim offered: Drop off at 6.15 p.m.

7.00 p.m. | Sh’ma Koleinu | Green Family Halls
Mark the coming of the New Year with Sh’ma Koleinu (Hear Our Voice) with an engaging, interactive service.

  • Chaverim offered: Drop off at 6.45 p.m.

9.00 p.m. | Late Service | Main Sanctuary
A later option of our Kol Nidrei services.

Wednesday, October 5

Yom Kippur
8.30 a.m. | Early Service | Main Sanctuary
Worship surrounded by the warmth of community and tradition.

  • Chaverim offered: Drop off at 8.15 a.m.

9.00 a.m. | Sh’ma Koleinu | Green Family Halls
Sh’ma Koleinu (Hear Our Voice) aims to bring us renewal, forgiveness and community with contemporary and creative prayer models.

  • Chaverim offered: Drop off at 8:45 a.m.

11.30 a.m. | Late Service | Main Sanctuary
OR Masterclass with Rabbi Englander 
| Chapel
Choose between our traditional service in the Sanctuary or a Yom Kippur Masterclass with Rabbi Englander in the Chapel.

2.00 p.m. | Behind the Scenes at Temple Sinai (30 minutes) | Main Sanctuary
Rabbi Michael Dolgin along with Temple President, Michael B. Fraleigh, will discuss all the important work that is happening behind the scenes at Temple Sinai.

2.45 p.m. | Afternoon Service | Main Sanctuary

  • Chaverim offered: Drop off at 2:30 p.m.

Yom Kippur Family Experience
3.00 p.m.
| Green Family Halls (6 years old and up)
For our children aged 6 and up, enjoy an interactive service filled with creative prayers and songs. They’ll be able to help shape a reflective communal mosaic while younger children are welcome to enjoy time with friends, old and new.

  • Chaverim offered: Drop off at 2:45 p.m.

4.00 p.m. | Green Family Halls (5 years old and under)
Reflect on the themes of Yom Kippur with a service geared to our youngest group. They’ll express themselves through movement and music while learning about the meaning of the day. Older children are welcome and can participate in the creation of a communal piece of art.

  • Chaverim offered: Drop off at 3:45 p.m.

4.00 p.m. | New Voices
Panel discussion on the experience of being publicly Jewish.

Raising our voices in a world where anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism have found a place in the mainstream, we’ll be hearing from three of our members who have worked hard to be the change that we would like to see in the world. Alysa Beth Engel is a visual artist and has stood fast against anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic pressures in that nominally “progressive” part of society. Sloane Kotler is in grade 12 and helped to establish a group supporting Jewish students at the private school that she attends. Carolyn Ruben Singer is a public high school teacher who designed and carried out a three-day series of workshops to educate all of the grade 9-11 students in her school about anti-Semitism and the Jewish experience.  

Dialoging with Rabbi Dolgin, their stories will inspire and give us much food for thought.

Afternoon services
5.00 p.m. | Yizkor and Ne’ilah | Main Sanctuary (open to the community)
Powerful innovative meditation on our past and present as we prepare to fully enter the New Year.

  • Chaverim offered: Drop off at 4:45 p.m.

Yizkor service thanks to Cal & Donna Goldman and Sandy Goldman in memory of Anne & Nathan Max Goldman (z”l), Lorraine & Ralph Lubin (z”l) and Shoshana Hammer (z”l).


By preserving the value of inclusion that was established over 70 years ago at Temple Sinai, it remains a diversely rich community today. Part of creating an inclusive environment is the ability for all to participate in Jewish Life. All floors of our building are accessible by elevator, including the bimah. Our services offer large-print and braille prayer books. Accessible parking and washrooms are available, along with automatic doors. If you have a request or need special assistance, please contact Fran at fran@templesinai.net.

Children's Tickets

Families with children ages 5 to 12 will be issued tickets to early and Sh’ma Koleinu services. Children ages 2 to 7 have the option of registering for High Holy Days Chaverim (see below for details). A Parenting Room will be provided for parents with children under the age of 2. Services will be available on closed circuit TV. Stroller parking will be available outside the Temple doors. 

High Holy Days Chaverim

Drop off program for children 2 to 7 years old to enjoy special services with Rabbi Larry Englander and Shoshi Lugassy, our Director of Young Families. Learn about the High Holy Days while participating in art projects, singing songs and enjoying a New Year snack together.

Pre-registration is mandatory. Spaces are limited. Toilet training is a plus, but not a must. Please complete the registration in your membership renewal package by September 9th. 

Open Services

You are welcome to bring guests to our open services. This is an opportunity to introduce the warmth of Temple Sinai to friends and family. Registration is required. Registration details will be available in September.

COVID-19 Policy for High Holy Days

We welcome everyone to join our in-person services. Please note that all attendees must wear masks in the Main Sanctuary. For Sh’ma Koleinu services in the Green Family Halls, masks will be optional. If you are feeling unwell or are symptomatic, please stay home and join our services online.