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Community updated regarding new variants and Purim

Dear GTA Jewish Community Members, Coronavirus has now been with us now for a full year. While we all wish and daven for COVID to be over, it will still be with us for many months. Unfortunately, we are now entering a new phase of the pandemic, again, as Purim and Pesach approach. While we are […]

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 […]

A Letter from the Mental Health Committee (September 17, 2020)

“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 is safe to say this New Year feels bittersweet for all of us. More so, perhaps, than at many times before in our lives.   […]

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 […]

A Letter from the Mental Health Committee (June 12, 2020)

“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 Choosing my response this week…again: When we take a step back and look at this year 2020, perhaps we will see, so far, that it is […]

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 […]

Safety Guidelines for In-person Dating During COVID-19 (May 15, 2020)

Safety Guidelines for In-person Dating During COVID-19 (May 15, 2020) For individuals who prefer not to date via telephone or Zoom, the recommendations offered here are for in-person dating and have been compiled by concerned community individuals to optimize the safety of shidduch dating during COVID-19. This protocol was developed based on current medical guidelines […]

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