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Kol Nidre Appeal

Although it has been a challenge, our synagogue has resiliently met congregants’ needs throughout the pandemic.  Services and learning activities were adapted to reach as many people as possible.  Life-cycle events were marked as best they could be. The shul has been kept running.  Calls have been made to members of our community, many of whom are housebound.  Flowers and honey cakes have been distributed to brighten our holidays.  Our dedicated clergy, staff, and volunteers have supported our community in these and other ways, and we heartily thank them for it.

In addition, our two synagogues took a momentous step and amalgamated to form Shaare Zion Beth-El (SZBE) Congregation. By doing so, we have strengthened Conservative Judaism in Montreal and hopefully have assured its sustainability long into the future.

Our merger does provide some security, but our congregation has been badly bruised by recent events.  If SZBE is to flourish, it needs to be rooted in a strong community, which we have the responsibility for sustaining.  To this end, we urge you to engage with your synagogue.  If for no other reason, do it for the personal benefits you will accrue: the sense of peace brought by Shabbat, the satisfaction of contributing to the chain of Jewish life in Montreal, the comfort of community, and more. 

Maintaining an institution also takes financial resources, but we are unfortunately facing shortfall in revenue at the same time as we are facing the need for on-going and catch-up maintenance for our 80-year-old building.  We know you are committed to SZBE, to our community, and to preserving this wonderful institution for future generations.   Therefore, please generously contribute to our Kol Nidre appeal to ensure we can continue to meet the needs of our current members and can preserve SZBE for future generations. 

Thank you for supporting SZBE.

Gilla Geiger  &  Morton J. Mendelson

Live Stream

High Holy Day Events


Guest Clergy

Greetings From Rabbi Dr. Howard M. Markose

To Congregations Shaare Zion and Beth-El: I am so excited to be joining you for the month of Tishrei, 5782 as your rabbi and teacher.  I enjoyed my experience two High Holidays ago with the Beth-El community and look forward to a reunion with them and to meeting the members of Shaare Zion.  

Allow me to tell you a little bit about myself.  I was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  I studied Hebrew and Psychology at the University of Minnesota, earning my B.A. in 1979.  I received my rabbinical ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (Conservative), and with my wife, Dr. Judy Markose, moved to Toronto, Canada in 1984 to work with the Jewish community, where I served as rabbi at Adath Israel Congregation and Shaar Shalom over a ten year period.

In 1994, Judy and I, along with our three sons, realized our dream of moving to Jerusalem, Israel.  I am currently a teacher of Bible at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Hebrew Union College and the Academy of Jewish Religion.  I also conduct Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremonies for families visiting from North America.

I have a PhD in Bible from Bar Ilan University, Israel.  My topic: Metaphor in the Book of Numbers.

I live in Jerusalem with Judy, our three sons and daughter (Israeli born!), and we are blessed with four grandchildren.

Rabbi Schachar Orenstein

Rabbi Schachar Orenstein served as Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim and as Rabbi of the Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue of Montreal. He is currently the Co-Executive Director of Aleph Canada. He co-founded Teva Quebec, Quebec's first Jewish Environmental Organization. 


Cantor Betz Racovsky

I live in kibbutz Tirat Tzvi in Beit Sean Valley, and I am the father of five children. I am a software engineering but singing is my passion.

I have served in congregations across the globe including South Africa, Venezuela, UK, USA, Canada and Israel. 

I am happy to be with the amazing SZBE family for the 3rd time.

High Holidays Protocols


 High Holidays 5782-2021

Guidelines and Protocols as of August 18, 2021

With the High Holidays fast approaching, we are sharing the following Guidelines and Protocols with you. By following government guidelines, we are ensuring your welfare and safety, as we look forward to sharing a New Year in health and happiness. We have spent many hours in consultation and keeping up to date with government information, most recently about variants and a fourth wave.

Who can attend?

● Congregants, 12 years of age and up, who are fully vaccinated.
(We do have activities and events for the entire family, throughout September and October, in a safe, outdoor environment).

Proof of Vaccination: The second dose of vaccination must have been received no later than August 23, 2021. Please email your proof of vaccination to

● Congregants who are listed as having pre-registered.

Upon Your Arrival:

● You will be welcomed by security personnel who will be checking the list of pre-registered attendees. Your name must appear on the list to be granted entry to the synagogue.

● Please ensure that you have a piece of photo ID, as you will be asked to present one before entry. We will appreciate your patience and understanding, as this process will require additional time.

What to expect while indoors (Main Sanctuary/Building/Amiel Centre):

● Masks must be worn at all times while indoors.

● Upon arrival, everyone must sanitize their hands.

● Social distancing of 2 meters from those outside your household must be respected, while entering and exiting the service and while seated.

● Upon entering the sanctuary, an usher will bring you to a seat to maintain spacing between family bubbles.

● Bathrooms: Please observe the occupancy signs. Staff will be working to keep us safe, by limiting access and by cleaning as needed.

● No gathering is permitted inside the synagogue before, during or after services.

Exiting the Synagogue:

● At the end of services, an usher will ask you to leave the sanctuary. Please be patient while remaining in your seats until you are asked to exit.  Note: we will be exiting by row starting from the back of the sanctuary.  

● Please leave the synagogue directly and do not gather in the lobby.

These protocols are subject to change as we will continue to adapt to government guidelines. We thank you for your collaboration and we look forward to seeing you for the High Holiday Services.

Online Services:

● A live stream of the main sanctuary will be available for those who cannot attend in person. A link will be emailed to all congregants who have either paid or arranged to pay their membership fees.

Gilla Geiger and Morton J. Mendelson /Co-Presidents



Services will be Streamed Below

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Thu, 19 May 2022 18 Iyyar 5782