TIFF is getting a pop-up synagogue

This year, Jewish TIFF-goers face a tough dilemma — parties or prayers

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George Friedmann, owner of the Windsor Arms Hotel, poses in the hotel’s Courtyard where High Holidays services will be held during the Toronto International Film Festival. (ANDREW FRANCIS WALLACE / TORONTO STAR)

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This year, Jewish TIFF-goers face a tough dilemma — parties or prayers? — as Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, happens to coincide with the busy first weekend of the Toronto International Film Festival.

Luckily, they won’t have to go too far to get their prayers on. To meet the needs of Jewish actors, producers, directors and other attendees, the Windsor Arms Hotel will host the first ever “official High Holiday services of TIFF,” beginning in the evening of Sunday, Sept. 9.

The two-hour condensed yet traditional services will be held in a pop-up chapel in the hotel, where several high-profile events are already planned for TIFF, including the Artist for Peace and Justice Gala, co-hosted this year by Susan Sarandon and Ben Stiller.

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