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Services

We offer semi-regular Friday Night Services, at 6:45 pm, followed by a potluck, and Shabbat Morning Services, at 10:00 am, followed by a kiddush. Our services are hosted at the Wolfond Centre (36 Harbord Street), unless otherwise stated.

 

What does a regular Shabbat service look like?

Our davening is upbeat and filled with singing and ruach, energy. Annex Shul services incorporate tunes from many Jewish singers and composers, with the majority of them coming from the musical legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach (1925-1994) who was a world renowned teacher, composer, and singer known as “The Singing Rabbi” during his lifetime. Our patrons come from diverse backgrounds and so we use traditional Hebrew liturgy, and often pause to reflect on the meaning of a particular phrase or idea incorporated into the prayers.

We aspire to be as inclusive as possible with the use of our trichitza, which allows for both mixed and separate seating. The trichitza means three sections; one for those who identify as male, one for those who identify as female and a third for mixed seating. Please sit where you feel most comfortable. This is consistent with our philosophy of honouring our similarities and embracing our differences; indeed each service has a unique and varied group of congregants participate. We also offer two siddurim, the Koren Sacks Siddur, which is modern orthodox, and Eit Ratzon, which is traditional, progressive and non-denominational. You can read more about our siddurim below.

Everyone is welcome to play an active role in leading davening (prayer). We offer participatory, egalitarian services. On Friday evenings, we include instruments during Kabbalat Shabbat, before the conclusion of Lecha Dodi.

 

Shabbat Dinner Potlucks

On Friday Nights, we host a Shabbat Dinner Potluck. For the potluck, our guests bring vegetarian dishes to share (dairy and Kosher fish is cool), made with Kosher ingredients. Your dish can either be home cooked or purchased.

When you arrive, you will be asked to place your dish on one of three tables.

Table 1. Vegetarian food prepared in strictly kosher kitchens – all packaged/processed foods & drinks (incl. cheese & wine) have a hekhsher.

Table 2. Vegetarian food prepared in strictly vegetarian kitchens – no meat, fish, or fowl at all in the kitchen.

Table 3. Vegetarian food prepared in omnivores’ kitchens – the specific food brought still needs to be vegetarian (fish is ok), but the kitchen isn’t strictly vegetarian nor kosher.

 

What should I wear?

Our Shabbat services attract a wide spectrum of people dressed in many different ways. Some will be wearing jeans, and others will be wearing business attire. Some women will be wearing pants and others may be wearing long skirts. Because we are in a spiritual space, please come dressed in a way that you think is appropriate and that best exemplifies how you would, or would want to dress for Shabbat.

Annex Shul’s Friday night service is a journey. Challenge yourself to travel with us to the unknown; a place where together we can sing like no one is listening and dance like no one is watching in the comfort of our growing community.

 

Our Siddurim

Our community is composed of individuals with diverse levels of Jewish literacy, Hebrew reading skills, comfort with prayer, and perspectives on God.

Following an extensive search and an open meeting with our community, we realized that no one Siddur has all the features that are important to us. For the Annex Shul community, an ideal Siddur would be traditional, easy to use with a clear layout, include Hebrew, a rich English translation and transliteration and most importantly, offer liberal and egalitarian options (inclusion of Matriarchs in the Amidah, for example).

In true Annex Shul spirit, our conclusion was…… GET TWO SIDDURIM! We have selected two very different siddurim, empowering you, to choose the one you most connect to when you join us for tefilah (prayer). Or perhaps, you will even alternate and explore the richness of the translations, commentaries and alternative readings in both siddurim?

Our two Siddurim are:

Koren Sacks Siddur 

Key features:

  • Modern Orthodox and inclusive
  • New and rich translation
  • Easy to use and read
  • Complete Siddur including: Shabbat, Holidays, weekdays and key Jewish ceremonies (weddings, Bar and Bat Mitvah, Brit Milah and Zeved Habat- baby naming for girls)
  • Introduction by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the Commonwealth

Eit Ratzon

Key Features:

  • Traditional, progressive and Non-denominational
  • Addresses philosophical concerns with certain traditional prayers and offers alternatives
  • Modern Translation
  • Transliterated with modern Hebrew pronunciation
  • Guideposts for Beginners
  • Includes New prayers and meditation