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Welcome from Rabbi Scher

The High Holidays are upon us. And we at Machzikei Hadas are here to make sure that the Stanley Cup of the Jewish year is filled with meaning and excitement wherever you turn.

We have endeavoured to be sensitive to the aspirations of every member of our community and are thrilled to offer a High Holiday program that will speak to every person to walk through our doors and into our warm and welcoming family shul.

We are so excited this year to welcome our new Cantor, Meir Weinles who will be with us for the High Holy Days. Cantor Weinles has the unique ability to fuse the traditional and the modern in what promises to be a joyous and uplifting service. Throughout the service I try to offer short insights that are both insightful and entertaining to make the service as accessible as possible. Combined with the High Holy Days reader that I compile each year, this service promises to be imminently relevant.

But we also understand that there are other ways of providing an impactful experience outside of the main prayer services, so yet again we will be offering break-out sessions and discussions to inspire and challenge all those in attendance for the year to come. This year’s break out sessions will be more compelling than ever as we hear from Shifra Scher, Tal Scher, and Bram Bregman.

And then of course we have our renowned children's programming. Under the leadership of Dr. Stacy Goldstein and our new and amazing Youth Programming Coordinator, Sari Mills, the families in our shul will experience a High Holy Day season that will allow them to connect with Judaism as a family in a way that will keep all the children wanting to come back again and again.

Can't wait to see you in shul!

Rabbi Idan Scher


Youth & Family Programs

Machzikei has Ottawa's premiere program for your kids this High Holiday season!

Our expert team is led by Director of Community Building, Dr. Stacy Goldstein and Youth Program Coordinator, Sari Zelenietz. If you have any questions about our program, please be in touch! 

Don't miss the Interactive Family Service with Rabbi Scher on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur! The family service is recommended for children ages 3-12 together with their parents and grandparents!

Adult Education Workshops

Detailed Schedules 

Wed, August 12 2020 22 Av 5780