As our community confronts COVID-19, the safety of our congregants is our highest priority, so we have decided to cancel all Shaar services, programs and events until further notice.

For everyone’s safety during this time, Rabbi Karlin is no longer making pastoral visits; however, he has begun to check in with many of our members by phone. Please feel free to reach out to him if you have any concerns, thoughts, or just want a friendly ear. Friday night services have now settled into a consistent Zoom venue, beginning at 6:00 pm. Shabbat morning services at 9:15 am, but over a different network, StreamSpot.

The Shaar is still very much operational but functioning mostly remotely. We are actively working on several tikkun olam efforts. Please contact us if you wish to volunteer to help, or to receive help:

Rabbi Gary Karlin, 902-444-7798, or rabbi@theshaar.ca,
Tamara Daiman, our Office Administrator, 902-444-4868 or shaarshalom@eastlink.ca,
Kate Burgess, our general manager, 902-580-5535, or generalmanager@theshaar.ca.

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.

Emor, 15 Iyyar 5780 (May 8/9)

Candle lighting at 8:10 pm, Shabbat ends at 9:10 pm on Saturday To safeguard our health and lives, all services and in-building programs at the Shaar are cancelled or moved online until further notice.

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Passover 2020 at the Shaar

Especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jewish life can provide us with an anchor. This Wednesday evening, we will again welcome Pesaḥ, “The Festival of Our Freedom.” I have prepared and collected these materials to help you to get ready for and celebrate the holiday. Note that, in the interest of simplicity, these…

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Dear Members

As our community confronts COVID-19, the safety of our congregants is our highest priority, so it is with this in mind that we sadly have decided that we need to cancel all Shaar services, programs and events until further notice. The Shaar is still very much operational, but functioning mostly remotely. We are actively working…

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Halifax Moishe House

Moishe House is an international organization empowering Jews aged 22-32 to create communities of peers focused around what it means for them to be Jewish – whether it’s culturally, spiritually, politically or otherwise. The Halifax branch of Moishe House invites all Jews, their friends and partners around this age group to join us at any…

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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 rabbi@theshaar.ca