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High Holy Days 5782

Even with the Covid complications, we’re proud to be able to once again offer our magnificent High Holy Day services, live and in-person! Here’s everything you need to know:

Where’s it happening?

George Weston Recital Hall, The Meridian Arts Centre
(formerly known as the Toronto Centre for the Arts)

We’re back in the elegant and beautiful George Weston! Perfect acoustics, comfortable seats, and plenty of space for you to sit with your family or bubble members, but socially distanced from others.
Register here if you’re a member. Members will also receive a link to livestream.

When? What time?

Rosh Hashanah Day 1, Tuesday September 7th, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Rosh Hashanah Day 2, Wednesday September 8th, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Kol Nidre, Wednesday September 15th, 6:55 PM – 9:25 PM
Yom Kippur Day, including Yizkor, Thursday September 16th, 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Yom Kippur Mincha 5:15 PM
Yom Kippur Ne’ila 6:45 PM (Fast ends 8:11 PM)
Our daytime services will begin with the Torah reading, so please daven Shacharit at home.
Introduction at 9:55 AM

Who’s invited?

1. Members of The Song Shul who have been doubly vaccinated over the age of bar/bat mitzvah are most welcome to join us!
2. Members over the age of 65 should consider personal health conditions before registering. (We encourage you to consult with your physician to determine whether or not to attend.)
3. Guests who are doubly vaccinated who are accompanying Members and have purchased individual tickets for specific services may join us as well.

Who should stay home to watch the livestream?

1. Members who are immunocompromised or who have another condition which increases the risk of severe illness with Covid-19 are strongly urged to continue to daven at home.
2. Members who have not been double vaccinated should stay at home as well.
3. For safety, we ask that children under the age of bar/bat-mitzvah remain at home. There are no children’s programs planned and it is prohibited to have children wandering around.
Our livestream link will be sent to members before Rosh Hashana. The stream will be set up for you to click before Yom Tov begins and it will carry through automatically for both days. No one needs to use electricity on Yom Tov.

What if I’m not a member?

Anyone is welcome to purchase individual tickets for specific services. $180 per service, and every ticket-holder will also receive a link to the livestream of that particular service. Members can purchase tickets for their guests by logging in to their Song Shul account here, and non-members can purchase tickets for themselves and their family members here.
If, after experiencing our renowned service, you decide that you would like to join The Song Shul, the cost of your ticket(s) will be applied to membership within 30 days of the High Holy Days.

Who’s leading?

As usual, Cantor Simon and Aliza will guide us into the New Year with our fast-paced, relaxed, meaningful and unforgettable services. Some of the Toronto Festival Singers will be in attendance, with plexiglass to separate them and to offer complete protection while their beautiful vocal harmonies accompany Cantor Simon’s chanting.

Are there any speakers?

You bet! We’re proud to welcome to our bimah illustrious personalities. Stay tuned for the exciting announcement!

How safe is it?

The Song Shul has a completely Covid 19-safe High Holy Day experience:
1. Only those who have registered in advance and who have been double vaccinated before August 23rd, 2021 will be admitted. (Simply send us a photo or scan of your second vaccination to If you have lost your proof of vaccination, it can be easily obtained here.)
2. Be ready for on-site screening with forehead temperature monitors.
3. Creative seating bubbles will be arranged with appropriate distance between.
4. The Song Shul will provide masks to those who need them.
5. Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the venue.
6. The washrooms will be traffic-controlled and sanitized after usage, and a cleaning plan for high-touch areas is in place.
7. We know you love to schmooze, but there’s no close mingling allowed before or after services.

What about the shofar?

In addition to hearing the shofar during the morning services, The Song Shul will have a special outdoor Shofar-Blowing on Tuesday, September 7th, and Wednesday, September 8th. Feel free to join us outside of the Meridian Arts Centre at 12:45 PM. (The service finishes at 12:30 but we allow time for people to exit carefully.) The shofar is loud so you can easily hear the blasts even while keeping your distance.

What about the machzor?

If you have your own prayer book, please bring it. We will also have copies of the Silverman machzor available at each service for 1-day use. There is no chance that what you touch will have been used by someone else the previous day.

So how do I register?

Easy! First, make sure you’re a member in good standing for the new year 5782 (2021-2022).
Click here to join as a new member.
Click here to renew your membership (and Welcome Back!).
Then. . . . allow 24 hours and click here to log into our new portal to register for yourself or your family bubble.

What if I have more questions?

Contact us – The Song Shul has the friendliest and most helpful team you can imagine!
Phone: 416-789-0999 (9:00 AM – 12:00 noon)
Leave a message anytime or if the lines are busy
Barbara at
Mel at
Deana at