Community Updates

Message regarding the upcoming lockdown, November 22

UPDATE: November 26, 2020 – Addendum to recent ‘Lockdown’ communication Dear fellow community members, When we published recent guidance for the community regarding the current lockdown, we made reference to a shul limit of 10 individuals per building. Our guidance was based on clarifications we received from the Ministry of Health, unequivocally indicating their intent. […]

Lockdown Guidance, November 22

Lockdown – grey Measures for lockdown (grey) are included below. Organized public events, social gatherings and religious services, rites and ceremonies No indoor organized public events and social gatherings, except with members of the same household Limit for outdoor organized public events and social gatherings, physical distancing can be maintained: 10 people outdoors Limit for weddings, […]

High Holiday Guidelines (Sep. 17)

The High Holidays are the most celebrated holidays for Jews around the world. Let’s come together by staying safely apart and rededicating ourselves to keeping everyone healthy. Unfortunately, the current COVID-19 pandemic will impact the upcoming Jewish holidays once again. As we approach the High Holidays, the COVID-19 pandemic is experiencing a resurgence in Ontario […]

Shofar Blowing Guidance During COVID-19

DOWNLOAD PDF COVID-19 is primarily transmitted only short distances by droplet spread. However, blowing the shofar can potentially create aerosols that spread much farther than 2 meters. For this reason extra precautions are needed. Like with all COVID-19 precautions, a layered approach to safety is best to protect mitpallelim from COVID. Please note, that while […]

Guidance for Safer Minyanim During COVID-19 (June 12, 2020)

June 12, 2020 At this time, the Ontario government has eased some of the restrictions put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19, which potentially allows for minyanim to occur. This does not indicate  that minyanim are safe. This is a particular concern in the religious Jewish community, which is characterized by a high […]

Update from the Minyan Committee (May 28, 2020)

May 28, 2020 Dear Community Members, Minyanim have been absent from our communities for many weeks now. Initially everyone reluctantly complied and recognized the public health emergency and the real threat to lives. Now, as we hear that the pandemic in the GTA and our community is not decreasing, and the emergency orders have been […]

It’s Shavuos and this is still happening? How am I going to do this?

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” — Victor Frankl It’s Shavuos and this is still happening? How am I going to do this? To do this I have to be willing to Accept the reality that […]

An Update from the Cemetery Committee (May 22, 2020)

(May 22, 2020) Jewish community funeral homes, cemetery operators and rabbinic leadership have all been working very closely with each other throughout this pandemic. Jewish rituals and practices have had to be modified in some cases as the paramountcy of life, and applicable provincial and other laws, must be followed. They all recognize how difficult […]

An Update on Minyanim (May 22, 2020)

Many within the Jewish observant community have reached out to us with specific questions regarding minyanim. These include questions regarding the legal permissibility of so-called “backyard minyanim”, the halachic permissibility of these minyanim and whether or not minyanim can be safely conducted at his time. We are not lawyers and we are not Rabbis. We […]

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