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Conservative-Family Oriented-Egalitarian

High Holy Day Committee

Stephen Reisch

Stephen Reisch - Committee Chair


Rabbi Zionce leads us in High Holy Days worship, alongside Cantor Eli Bard and Assistant Cantor Jaclyn Cepler Klimitz.    

We continue to hold our High Holy Day services at: 

Tanenbaum Chat Kimel Centre, on the Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Jewish Community Campus, 9600 Bathurst Street, Vaughan, Ontario L6A 3Z8  


There we have an open-seating plan where we transform the room into a warm and wonderful house of worship.

Starting with Selichot, which is held at the Leo & Sala Goldhar Celebration Centre, our families sit together to pray and sing, and participate in the service by joining Cantor Eli Bard on the bimah for a variety of honours. These are given out in a random lottery system for Rosh Hashanah and all the other holy days. Our members sing Haftorot and read English prayers as well.

A highlight of our High Holy Days, which are held at Tanenbaum Chat Kimel Centre,  is listening to our post Bar and Bat Mitzvah children read Torah and Haftorah on Mincha of Yom Kippur. This tradition began in 1999, and many of our youth have taken part in this unique opportunity. Our children also help with the Havdallah services by carrying candles (or light sticks) onto the bima and then all the children with shofars help our adult members blow the shofar to end the Neilah service.

We also run alternate programs for our children in different rooms in the centre. Services and programs are organized depending on the age of the children. They all have an opportunity to hear the shofar blow on Rosh Hashanah and to see the Torah, as adults bring them around to each room.

The holiday season continues with Sukkot and Simchat Torah. Our children decorate our sukkah and we always enjoy our special kiddushes inside (especially on sunny, warm fall days). Simchat Torah is always bustling with excitement as men and women alike dance and sing with the Torah scrolls through the evening and again in the morning.
Our holiday season is a very special time at Beit Rayim.

For information regarding the High Holy Day committee, please contact our synagogue office at:

     Email:    Beit Rayim
     Phone:  905-303-5471
     Fax:      905-303-5473
     Mail:      Beit Rayim Synagogue and School
                  Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Jewish Community Campus
                  Suite #244, 9600 Bathurst Street
                  Vaughan, ON L6A 3Z8