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Kol Nidre 5784

A Video Message from Our President, Gilla Geiger

5784 Kol Nidre Appeal

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Shana Tovah

As many of you know by now, because I repeat it often, I became more deeply involved in SZBE when my mom passed away in April 2018. I started off saying Kaddish slowly, but by the third month I was coming to shul twice a day. My dad then passed away in May of 2021 when I was beginning my presidency and of course I said Kaddish twice a day for the 11 months.

I am dedicating this Kol Nidre appeal to my parents Rita and Leo Geiger.

The amount of comfort, support, and compassion I received from the shul was tremendous and invaluable to me.

I am beginning my appeal speech this way, because as you will see, my experience  is one of the many reasons why it is so important to be a member of a synagogue and in particular SZBE.

This year I will not recite all the wonderful programs we have here at SZBE Synagogue. You can learn about those by reading our weekly emails or on our website. I am going to ask for a few minutes of your attention to encourage each and every one of you to open up your pockets and make a pledge, and hopefully a very generous pledge this year.

It’s very important to me and many of you sitting out there that SZBE has a strong and viable future. As you all know, the number of Ashkenazi Jewish families living in Montreal  has been on the decline for years. AND now, those young Jewish families who stay believe, unlike all of you, that they no longer have a need for a synagogue. Their focus has shifted completely.

That thinking, of course, could potentially lead to the end of synagogue life as we know it. But, as most of you know, synagogue life, whether you attend one or two days a year or every week of the year, is vital to us to maintain our Jewish identity. It’s more important than ever that we have a place to go to – where we act as one, with a common heritage, common holidays, common rituals, common morals, common principles, and common beliefs.

SZBE is that place. Our synagogue serves to bring Jews together – for worship, study, and community. Each of us has our own reasons for being a member of SZBE Synagogue. In the spirit of Jewish tradition, if I asked everyone here for your reasons, I’d get many, many different answers.

To me, SZBE is the place to come together to support others in crisis, to rally together to help others in need, and console one another when a loss of a loved one must be confronted.

To me, SZBE  is the place where we meet new friends, experience friendship, and have a sense of belonging.

To me, SZBE is the place where our children and grandchildren are being taught to love and embrace Judaism and enjoy the many wonderful holidays and traditions our religion boasts. 

To me, SZBE Synagogue is the place where we can celebrate together holidays, mitzvahs, and other joyous occasions.

To me, SZBE Synagogue is the place where we come to address larger Jewish concerns by addressing anti-Semitism, engaging in Tikkun Olam – and worship together to improve the nature of our society and the world.

To me, SZBE Synagogue is the place where we form a new link in the chain of Jewish tradition carrying on historic values for future generations to inherit.

SZBE Synagogue is, in essence, a community, a special community consisting of each and every one of you and it plays an important role in our lives.

It’s hard to be Jewish alone. Through a congregation, one’s Jewish life experience is enhanced and expanded by partnering with a community that is lasting and offers a rich menu of experiences throughout the year. That is what a Synagogue like SZBE is all about – a place to provide for the spiritual, communal, and educational needs of every generation of Jews.

Now some of you may be thinking, that all that I am saying is fine, but let someone else come forward to pay for the privilege of maintaining our synagogue and synagogue life – I already pay my dues. But dues barely get us by each year. It’s your Kol Nidre pledges and continuing membership that will take us into the future.

If you leave it up to others, sooner or later, there will no longer be any others and Jewish life as we now experience it here at SZBE Synagogue may come to an end. Now, I don’t want to scare anyone into thinking that SZBE Synagogue is about to shut down. It’s not – and I expect it will be here for many, many more years to come. But it’s important, that we do not take that for granted.

So, I ask each of you to be generous this year when you make your Kol Nidre pledge.

Do it for yourselves. Do it for your family. Do it for your children. Do it for your grandchildren and do it for the generations to come.

On behalf of myself, my family, the staff, the clergy and the entire Board of Trustees of SZBE Synagogue, La Shana Tovah, a healthy and prosperous New Year to you and your families and thank you for being a part of the SZBE Synagogue family.

Gmar Chatima Tovah

May we all be sealed in the book of Life


High Holidays 5784

Tickets will be emailed to all who made arrangements on the week of September 11th.

We are looking forward to seeing all of you at SZBE this year
and filling the pews during the High Holidays. 

To make seating arrangements:

514-481-7727 ext 225 (Main Sanctuary) / ext 224 (Auxiliary)

Due to the partial closure of Cote St Luc Road and construction in the area, we strongly advise anyone coming to shul on the High Holidays to:

walk (if you are in walking distance of the synagogue)
take a taxi or Uber
(SZBE will reimburse anyone who submits their receipt for rides taken to and from the synagogue on Rosh HaShanah (Septmeber 16,17) and Yom Kippur (September 24,25) only  
Receipts must be submitted no later than  October 1st, 2023)
(reserving a taxi or Uber is the responsibility of the congregant. The office will not be open on the High Holidays and SZBE assumes no responsibility to call taxis/Ubers at  the end of the service

A conservative synagogue with a modern vision,    combining warmth & beauty from the inside out

Shaare Zion Beth-El (SZBE) is a conservative synagogue as well as a community hub. We offer services for our daily prayer-goers and a variety of exciting monthly programs and events for all ages. We invite you to explore our website to discover all we have to offer.

There is something for everyone at SZBE! #bepartofthetrend

Discover Everything SZBE Has to Offer


Whether you are reciting Kaddish for a loved one, need a place to pray and reflect or just feel like hanging out with friends or meeting new people, SZBE invites you to join our services twice daily (weekdays and Sundays) as well as Shabbat mornings. Services are followed by breakfast /Kiddush to start your day off right.

Our updated service times and  Daily Zoom link can be found in our Prayer tab or HERE

Programming & Learning

At SZBE, we are proud to have a team of dedicated people working to offer a variety of activities and events to people of all age groups. Whether you are 1 or 101, we have something for you to enjoy. We invite you to peruse our Programs & Events Tab and our Ongoing Classes Tab to find activities  designed with you in mind.



SZBE is the perfect place for your lifecycle events. From Brit Milah to Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and weddings, our beautiful Sanctuary holds up to 1200 people and is an exquisite room for ceremonies of all sizes. Our social halls can accomodate your parties, receptions, conferences and more.

Check our LIFECYCLE tab to find out what SZBE can offer your family.


While we offer something for everyone, there are definite benefits of membership at SZBE. If you are thinking about affiliation, if you are planning a Simcha, if you just need a place to call your second-home, we would love to show you around and discuss how becoming a member of our family is right for you.

Contact us or complete our Membership Form and we will be in touch to invite you to see SZBE

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Sat, 30 September 2023 15 Tishrei 5784