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Shaar Shalom Synagogue is a conservative Jewish congregation providing egalitarian religious services, and educational and cultural programs for its members and community. Shaar Shalom is committed to learning, fellowship and community.



Yahrzeits 13 Tishrei to 19 Tishrei

Max Pascal, Len Schelew, Max Volinsky, Lawrence Ferguson, Mark Offman, Moishe Cieplinski, Norman Cohen, Shirley Tafler, Thelma Simon-Cohen, Maurice Assh.

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Special Announcement Regarding This Year’s Election

As you may know, the day of this years election, October 21, conflicts with our observance of Shemini Atzeret, the final days of the Sukkot festival. Elections Canada is aware of this, and has laboured diligently to ensure that all can freely exercise their civic right and responsibility. Election 2019 This year’s poll dates are…

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Mazel tov to Joel Pink

who was featured in an article, “For the Defence”, in the September edition of Halifax Magazine. The article reflects on his long career as Nova Scotia’s best known criminal-defense attorney. See

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Toda to the Strug Family

A generous donation from the Strug family made it possible to construct a permanent, covered, and landscaped seating area (with ritual wash station) in the Shaar Shalom Cemetery. The “Esther and Morris Strug Memorial Garden” remembers forever – זכור לעולם – two founding members of the Shaar Shalom. The beautiful seating area is nestled under…

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Jews in Cape Breton

The impact of the Cape Breton Jewish community is chronicled in an article in the Nova Scotian insert to The Chronicle Herald on April 1, 2019. Read the article online by clicking here!

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Sat 19

Shabbat Morning Service

October 19 @ 9:15 am - 12:00 pm
Mon 21

Sh’mini Atzeret

October 21 @ 9:15 am

If you need a ride to services, Shaar events, or local professional appointments please send an email to

or call the synagogue office at 902-423-5848.

Religious Services

Kabbalat Shabbat – Welcoming Shabbat - Services are held weekly on Friday evenings at 6:00 p.m. from the date daylight savings time begins in March until the date it ends in November. After daylight savings time ends, Kabbalat Shabbat services are held on Friday evenings at 5:30 p.m. In addition, a family Kabbalat Shabbat Program runs through the Hebrew School year. Details are available on the Halifax Joint Hebrew School website.

Shabbat morning services begin at 9:15 a.m. every Saturday. Shabbat liturgy and d’var Torah delivered by our spiritual leader make each Shabbat inspiring for those attending. There are also many occasions throughout the year when the congregation holds special Shabbat services, such as a scholar-in-residence Shabbat, or a university student Shabbat.

Congregants are encouraged to contribute to Shabbat services by chanting a Haftorah or delivering a d’var Torah. Please contact our spiritual leader to make arrangements.

The Shaar Shalom holds services on all Jewish Holidays. Specific schedules for holidays are available through the synagogue office. Please click on the High Holiday tab at the top of this page for information about High Holiday services and seating.

Get in Touch!

Monday:  10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Tuesday:  10:00am – 3:00pm
Wednesday:  10:00 – 3:00pm
Thursday:  10:00am – 5:00pm
Friday: closed


(+1) 902 423-5848
Fax: (+1) 902 422-2580


For pastoral issues and life-cycle inquiries, please contact Rabbi Karlin directly at