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Message regarding the upcoming lockdown, November 22

November 22, 2020 Dear Community Members, As you know, the spread of COVID-19 has dramatically increased in the Greater Toronto Area in recent weeks, putting a strain on critical health care and public health resources which are currently nearing or already exceeding capacity.  COVID-19 continues to spread in the Jewish community as well, with cases […]

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 […]

Urgent Community Alert (May 17, 2020)

*URGENT COMMUNITY ALERT* (May 17, 2020 at 5:00 PM) There have been several confirmed new cases of COVID-19 within the Jewish community in recent days. The risk of further community spread is high. All are encouraged to redouble physical distancing efforts. Please note that social visiting practices and gatherings remain high risk activities. Additionally, we […]

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