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Celebrate High Holy Days with Or Haneshamah

Celebrate the Days of Awe with us!

As we do every year, we open our doors, our hearts and our community to visitors to celebrate the High Holy Days. This year, it is through virtual doors that we welcome one and all, as you are, whoever you are, and wherever you are.

Join us. Visitors will have access to a full schedule of virtual gatherings in which to participate, all of them embodying the same thoughtfulness and energy, and intending the same spiritual and community uplift as in previous years. An electronic version of the Machzor is available here for everyone.

This year we again offer a sliding donation scale for visitors. With it, we recognize, on the one hand, that what it takes to sustain Or Haneshamah has not changed in any material way since Covid-19, and, on the other hand, that Covid-19 has caused hardship for some individuals and families. We ask visitors to choose a donation level that respects the membership and clergy that uphold our community, and at the same time, corresponds responsibly to personal circumstances.

If you are a longstanding Tishrey visitor with Or Haneshamah, welcome back. If you are new to us, you are wholeheartedly invited to join in. And tell your family and friends, near and far, to join you, and us, to celebrate the heart and soul of the Jewish year.   

For security reasons we require advance registration for all non-members who wish to attend a service. Details are below. (As a reminder, Associate Members of Or Haneshamah who plan to join us for the High Holy Days should register as Tishrey Visitors.)

Visitor registration for HHD 2021 has not yet opened. Stay tuned!

Not a Member? No Problem!

Tishrei visitors

Suggested donation of $108 for 1 adult households and $180 for 2 adult households for access to all the HHD events!

Please note that we are again offering a sliding donation scale this year. The amount above is the suggested minimum. We encourage visitors to consider donating at the same rate as 2019: $160 per person, per holiday/$260 per person for all holidays, which more accurately reflects our true cost to deliver High Holiday services. No one will be turned away for financial reasons. If you are unable to afford our suggested minimum donation please donate what you are able.

For Visitors with an OrH Account:

If you are a returning Tishrey Visitor, or an Associate Member of Or Haneshamah, please register and arrange payment online. You will have to login with your email address (the one to which we send our regular newsletters) and password. If you have any problems with the process please contact our webmaster at

For New Visitors:

If you are joining us for the first time, you must register for an account on our website. To do so, please contact our membership coordinator at or 613-239-4988. Once you have been notified by the membership coordinator that you have an account, you will be able to log in and register for High Holy Day services.

Reconstructionist Discount!

Members of congregations affiliated with Reconstructing Judaism may attend without donation throughout the High Holy Days but must register and provide proof of membership in advance. To do so, please contact our membership coordinator via email or call 613-239-4988.

Charitable tax receipts will be issued for all Tishrey donations.

Are You a Student in Ottawa? Not yet a member?

Pay $36 dollars to join us for High Holy Days and stay for the whole year!

Or Haneshamah offers a steep member discount to students who are currently living in the Ottawa area. Are you looking to spend High Holy Days somewhere? Try us out for $36 and get a whole year's membership to go with it! Check out our membership page, email our membership coordinator, or give us a call today at 613-239-4988.

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