Ahavat Olam

A progressive synagogue in Vancouver, BC, Canada


Everyone in encouraged to come to Locarno Beach, near Sasamat Street and North West Marine Drive, on the afternoon of the first day of Rosh Hashanah for Tashlich. This is a symbolic casting off of harmful behaviours, an opportunity for introspection, a chance to review our actions over the past year and consider which of them we’d be better off without in the future.

We will be joining our Hamakom BC friends for this beautiful ceremony. Here’s a link that shows the approximate location: https://goo.gl/maps/nP6wZzSQnPYxeHRs5.

Please note that we don’t encourage throwing bread crumbs or other foodstuffs or refuse into the water. This kind of literal “casting off”, while traditional in the past in some contexts, is harmful to other creatures and not suitable. (A few grains of dust from the pockets is probably fine…)

After Tashlich, there’ll be an opportunity to enjoy a Mikveh (ritual bath) in the ocean at 5:00 pm, and chanting and meditation at 6:00 pm, in the same location.