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High Holy Days

S'lichot: September 12, 2020     |     Rosh Hashanah: September 18- 20, 2020     |    Kol Nidre: September 27, 2020     |     Yom Kippur: September 28, 2020



The High Holy Day period begins with the S’lichot Service (Penitential Prayers), which contain some of the most beautiful and evocative music in the Jewish liturgical repertoire as well as a number of compositions that are not sung at any other time. The Service begins at 11:15 p.m. on the Saturday night before Rosh Hashanah (a week earlier if Rosh Hashanah falls on Monday or Tuesday). Led by Cantor and choir, the mood of the service is unlike any other and has become a highlight in Montreal’s Jewish liturgical calendar.


Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidrei, and Yom Kippur

The High Holy Days are an inspiring time at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim.
On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we offer three unique services:
Main Sanctuary
Led by Cantor Gideon Zelermyer, our service in the Main Sanctuary features our world-renowned Shaar Hashomayim choir. The majesty and traditions of the sanctuary service have provided a setting for meaningful prayer for generations of Shaar members.
Parallel Service
Our Parallel Service offers a more intimate seating atmosphere than the sanctuary, with the same traditional Shaar Hashomayim liturgy and tunes. Held in Lande Hall, the service offers a central bimah & m’chitza, with men’s and women’s sections facing each other, bringing participants closer to the Cantor and to each other. Synagogue membership is not required to purchase tickets to this service. Students are invited to attend for free, by reservation only.

High Holy Day Family Experience


A special experience for children of all ages and their grown-ups.  Join us to reflect on the past year and celebrate the birthday of the world.
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM in the Chapel with Maharat Rachel
Enter at 120 Cote-St. Antoine Road
12:00 PM approx (Rosh Hashanah only) Bring your kids to hear the blowing of the Shofar at the Parallel Service
12:00 - 1:00 PM Kids' Kiddush and Game Room
Grades 1-3 in Raby Kiddush Room
Grades 4-6 in Victor Hall
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pre-schoolers Ages 1-5 in Foundation School classrooms with supervision.  Children are welcome to attend the High Holy Day Family Experience with an accompanying adult.
Contact for more information.
Monday, August 10, 2020 20 Av 5780