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High Holy Days




The High Holy Day period begins with the S’lichot Service (Penitential Prayers) which contains some of the most beautiful and evocative music in the Jewish liturgical repertoire and a number of compositions which 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.
Video: Reflections on S’lichot
Cantor Gideon Zelermyer reflects on the beauty and significance of the annual Choral S’lichot Service.


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-renown Shaar Hashomayim choir. The majesty and traditions of the sanctuary service have provided a setting for meaningful prayer for generations of Shaar members. Moving sermons are delivered by Rabbi Adam Scheier, Maharat Rachel Kohl Finegold, and Rabbi Wilfred Shuchat.
Parallel Service
Experience our enhanced, inspirational service led by Rabbi Yonah Berman. A full choir and singing team led by Cantor Michael Moshkovitz and Ted Lazarus, Assitant Music Director.
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.
Contact Sheri Berkovic for information about seating in our Main Sanctuary and Parallel Service at 514-937-9474 ext. 136 or
Video: Reflections on Rosh Hashanah
Rabbi Adam Scheier shares some thoughts about the Tashlich ceremony.

Video: Sounds of the Shofar
Rabbi David Woolfson shares some thoughts about the sounding of the Shofar.

Video: Reflections on Yom Kippur
Maharat Rachel Kohl Finegold reflects on the Yom Kippur “marathon”.




Junior Congregation

At 10:30 AM on each day of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the Junior Congregation meets in the chapel. This service is led by teens of the congregation and is for grades 1-6.
Also at 10:30 AM, activities for children in Pre-school and Kindergarten take place in Foundation School classrooms.
At 11:30 AM, there are activities and snacks for children of all ages.
Pre-schoolers & Kindergarten: Activities in Foundation School classrooms
Grades 1-6: Activities in Bronfman Youth Lounge
Teens: Activities in Victor Hall
Contact for more information.
Friday, August 17, 2018 6 Elul 5778