Ahavat Olam

A progressive synagogue in Vancouver, BC, Canada


Everyone in encouraged to come to Queen Elizabeth Park 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.

Members of several other synagogues in the city of Vancouver usually come to this general area for Tashlich services, which makes Rosh Hashanah afternoon a lovely time for meeting friends from other congregations.

Ahavat Olam generally meets at the pond near the footbridge in the centre of the quarry area below and northwest of the Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park. Here’s a Google Maps link that shows the approximate location: https://goo.gl/maps/1u9WbR8NqXT2. It’s accessible by footpaths from several directions.

We plan to go on foot (approximately a 20 minute walk from the Peretz Centre) after our communal luncheon, aiming to arrive around 4:00pm. We won’t be leading a formal service but we can undertake a discussion of some of the meanings of Tashlich for anyone who wants to know.

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…)