High Holy Days FAQ
1. How long are the services?
Morning services on Rosh Hashana begin at 8:15 AM and will finish by 12:30 PM.
Yom Kippur services begin in the morning at 9:00 AM and go well into the afternoon. There will be an extensive break from 3:00 PM until 4:30 PM, during which time you are invited to stay and participate in one of the exciting afternoon discussions.
2. What about books?
If you own a Silverman High Holy Day machzor, please bring it. If you do not own one, we will have some available for you to use. You are welcome to bring any machzor that you like, but during the service we will be announcing page numbers in the Silverman.
3. What’s the dress code?
We are an easy-going and accepting congregation. Please dress comfortably. The only requirement is that if you are on the bimah for any reason (ark opening, Torah Aliyah, English prayer, etc.), you should be sure that you’re dressed modestly enough. Ladies: no miniskirts, no low-cut tops or spaghetti straps. We are there to concentrate on our message and prayers for the New Year. A pretty lady, scantily clad, can serve as a distraction.
4. Is there reserved seating?
For most of the congregation there is no reserved seating and people sit wherever they like. Members who have joined at the Chai level have reserved seating for Kol Nidre. Members of the Conductors Circle have reserved seating for all HHDay services. If you have a special physical need (ie. aisle seat or wheelchair seating), please contact the office and we will do our best to accommodate you.
5. Are head coverings required?
We ask men to cover their heads with a kippah. If you have your own please wear it. Otherwise a kippah will be available for you to use during the service.
Traditionally in Judaism, married women cover their heads in a service, but this is not a requirement at The Song Shul. That being said, if a woman is on the bimah for any reason (ark opening, Torah Aliyah, English prayer, etc.), she should have her head covered. A woman may wear a hat, a scarf, a kippah, or if needed, a lace head covering that we will provide.
6. I would like an Aliyah. Does that cost money?
No, we do not “sell” honours at The Song Shul. When you register for High Holy Day tickets, simply check the box letting us know that you would like an Aliyah (or that you would like to participate in any other way). Our Parnas will contact you and take it from there.
7. At my old shul I was active on the High Holy Days committee. How can I do that at The Song Shul?
Easy – just let us know when you join that you would like to be part of the High Holy Days planning and we’ll be in touch with you.
8. I’ll be away for Rosh Hashana. Is it possible to get a ticket for only Yom Kippur?
Members may come to any and all services. Non-members can purchase individual tickets for specific services.
9. Is there babysitting available?
There is babysitting available on Rosh Hashana mornings from 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM, and on Yom Kippur Day from 10:00 – 1:30 PM. There is no additional charge for babysitting. We recommend that you consult your High Holy Day service schedule so that your kids can join you for the bubble parades and shofar blowing. Baby-sitting is fun, but there are some things that your little ones will enjoy at the service!