Join Us for the High Holidays

Come celebrate the High Holidays at Har El!

Members will receive their tickets in the mail if arranged by August 17th. After that we ask that you pick up the tickets in person.

If you are not a member, please contact Natali in the office at 604-925-6488 or at for ticket information.

The schedule for services is:

September 9  Sunday  6:00 PM  Erev Rosh Hashanah 
September 10  Monday  9:00 AM  First Day Rosh Hashanah 
September 11  Tuesday  9:00 AM  Second Day Rosh Hashanah 
September 18  Tuesday  6:30 PM  Kol Nidre 
September 19  Wednesday    Yom Kippur 
  Morning Service  9:00 AM   
  Mincha  5:45 PM   
  Neilah  6:45 PM   
  Havdalah/Fast Ends  8:00 PM   

There will also be a family service with tashlikh at the synagogue on Monday, Septemeber 10th at 5:30 PM open to the community.

Please remember that High Holiday services are long, and that they may be more meaningful to come only for a small part of the day. Knowing more about the service will make it a more meaningful experience. You can learn about some of the prayers that are special to these holidays here.

The morning services will begin with some introductory prayers followed by the morning service, which includes reciting the sh’ma and a repetition of a series of prayers called the amidah. After this, we will read from the Torah, and there will also be a reading from the prophetic books of the Bible. On Rosh Hashanah, the Torah service ends with the blowing of the Shofar, and on Yom Kippur, the Torah service includes the Yizkor, or memorial prayers. After the Torah service, the Rabbi will give a sermon, and then we will pray the Musaf, or additional prayer. On the High Holidays, the musaf prayer contains many of the special passages for the day. On both holidays, this includes the chilling poem Unataneh Tokef as well as other poems. On Rosh Hashanah, the shofar is blown throughout the service. On Yom Kippur, the service includes additional prayers reflective of the themes of the day. On both days, the Torah service will begin a little before 10 am. The sermon will begin between 11 am and 11:15, and Musaf will start around 11:30. Especially for people who do not usually go to services, it can be an intimidating experience, so you should consider what you want to get out of the experience and choose the appropriate time to join. If you have any questions about the service, please email Rabbi Philip at


Prepare for the High Holidays

You can start preparing for the holidays by reading about them. A good resource is

After Saturday morning services, we will have short sessions to learn some more about the prayers of the High Holidays.

On Sunday, August 12, 19, and 26 at 10am, we will have Yoga classes with meditation to explore some of the themes of repentance. The last session will be Wednesday September 5th at 7 pm.

Additionally, the Wednesday morning class at 11am on Jewish music will discuss the music of the High Holidays on Septemeber 5th and September 12th.