Ahavat Olam

A progressive synagogue in Vancouver, BC, Canada

High Holidays

Ahavat Olam will hold High Holiday services for 2023 / 5784 at Kitsilano Neighbourhood House, 2305 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver BC, V6K 1Y4. We will gather in the Garden Room on the 4th floor, which is accessible by elevator. As we have since 2004 / 5765, Ahavat Olam requires no tickets to attend our High Holiday services, but if you are able, please register an RSVP. All are welcome to attend.

Ahavat Olam High Holidays 2023/5784 (google.com)

The form and style of our services will be chavurah-led, and those who wish and are able to plan ahead to attend, please be encouraged to meaningfully engage in the preparation for the Yamim Nora’im by choosing a portion, to read or sing, in either English or Hebrew, that you would be pleased to lead.

Portions of the service have been broken down into tiny manageable bits, with the intention that all our voices are able to come together in participation, in a way that allows each to their ability.

If you would like to make a unique contribution, or simply prefer to sign up by email, please contact Sarah Mackenzie, sarah@ahavat-olam.ca, to arrange.

Please note that this year there will not be a Rosh HaShana evening. We will begin our Yamim Nora’im (Days of Awe) observances together with the Rosh HaShana morning service.

The dates and times are:

  • Saturday, September 16, 2023: Rosh HaShana. Services begin 10:30 am, with potluck kiddush luncheon following afterward.

  • September 24, 2023: Kol Nidre. Services begin at 5:30 pm

  • September 25, 2023: Yom Kippur Afternoon Minhah. Services begin at 5:30. The Yizkor will begin at 6 pm.

  • Yom Kippur Break-Fast will begin after sunset.

Ahavat Olam welcomes your help in so very many areas, to continue to make our community the inclusive, warm and loving space we have all enjoyed. Please consider:

  • Being present: Please help us make a minyan, and participate in welcoming the new year.

  • Participating in our services: Choose a small portion of High Holiday services, in either Hebrew or English,  prayer or song, reading, a meditation, embracing our common kavannah to engage in the world in this loving way.

  • Reading or chanting Torah: in Hebrew or English, on Rosh HaShana or Yom Kippur afternoon.

  • Sharing a D’var Torah: your insights and thoughts on the Torah portion, we welcome the opportunity to learn together from each other’s unique and diverse views.

  • Blowing the shofar: during the Rosh HaShana morning service.

  • Helping with food: and utensils for the Rosh HaShana potluck luncheon.

  • Helping clean up: after those joyous communal meals.

  • Greeting people: and handing out prayerbooks at all services.

Please connect with Sarah Mackenzie sarah@ahavat-olam.ca if you can help in any of these areas.

“Yours is not to complete the entire task, but neither are you free to refrain from it.” (Pirke Avot 2:16)

* Please visit our Food and Ahavat Olam page for suggestions about potluck contributions.