High Holy Days


Updated information, as of September 24th, 2020

We have made some adjustments to our upcoming services. This change is intended to simplify the log-on process for Temple members who experienced technical challenges last weekend. Additionally, we want to provide a community service to those outside of our congregation who have been impacted suddenly by the COVID-19 Level-3 Alert recently issued by the Quebec government and are no longer able to attend in-person services.

  1. For Temple members or guests who have already purchased High Holy Day tickets, please refer to an email sent out on Thursday, September 24th with simplified, one-click access to our remaining services.
  2. We will be livestreaming the Sunday, September 27th Kol Nidre servic, beginning at 7:45 PM on our own website here. This will allow us to share these services with the broader community easily.
  3. If you would like a copy of Rabbi Grushcow’s sermons, you can find them in both French and English here.
  4. To join Yom Kippur Zoom services (available to all) on Monday, September 28th, please join here:Join Zoom Meeting, click here: https://zoom.us/j/2243547280z
    Meeting ID: 224 354 7280* Family Service: 9:30 AM
    * Children’s Service and Programming: 2:30 PM**
    * Clara Chemtov (Miss Teenage Quebec), and Dr. A.J. Rubineau, “Is this the fast that I have chosen?”: 2:30 PM
    * Afternoon Service of Healing and Turning: 3:30 PM

    **Please note that the Children’s Service and Programming has a different Zoom link & meeting ID. Details here:
    Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/94318230506 
    Meeting ID: 943 1823 0506

    Please note that our offices will be closed from 2:30 PM, Friday, September 25th until Tuesday, September 28th. However, we will be monitoring our technical support email at techsupport@templemontreal.com or you can call us at 438-920-1336.

High Holy Days at Temple 2020/5781: Be Inspired. Get Connected. Stay Safe.
Lisa J. Grushcow, D. Phil., Senior Rabbi and Ellen Greenspan, Rabbi-Educator
Joseph Kaiser, Cantorial Soloist, and Rona Nadler, Music Director

Following the overriding Jewish principle of pikuach nefesh, protecting life, our High Holy Day services will be online this year. As you will see below, there will be some outside and in-person activities available too. Our Cantorial Soloist, Joseph Kaiser, will be joining us from Chicago, and our services will be under the skilled direction of Music Director, Rona Nadler.

Rabbi Abraham Kook, the first Chief Rabbi of Israel, said many years ago that our task is “to make the old new, and the new holy.” That is our challenge this year. Even from the other side of a screen, your presence matters. As we enter the new year of 5781, we will take this time to reflect and connect, living ancient traditions in new ways.

 Our High Holy Day experience will be divided into three categories:

  1. Livestreamed services (available to members and those who purchase guest tickets). These will be the major services: Rosh Hashanah morning (first day), Kol Nidre, Yom Kippur morning, Yizkor (service of remembrance) and Neilah (closing service).
  2. Services on zoom (open to everyone, with advance registration required). These will include Selichot, Rosh Hashanah evening, Rosh Hashanah morning (second day), Yom Kippur afternoon, and family services on both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
  3. In-person activities (Cemetery and ark visits available to members only, and tashlich & shofar-blowing are open to everyone). These will include cemetery visits before the High Holy Days, individual/family visits to the ark between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and tashlich and shofar-blowing in parks throughout the city. Physical distancing and mask-wearing will be required.