An important message for Solel members, our visitors and guests:

The latest information about cancellations can be found below.


As COVID-19 concerns us all, Solel’s staff and leadership are thinking about how this development affects our community and our individual members. We ask everyone to be mindful of their own health and the health of others.

We are paying close attention to recommendations from the federal and provincial governments, Peel Public Health as well as the latest updates on the virus and recommended precautionary measures.

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the world and the number of cases has increased dramatically, it is imperative that we take steps as a community to help limit the spread of this disease.

After much thought, deliberation, and in the best interests of our congregants, families, and staff, we have made the difficult decision to suspend all on-site synagogue operations, effective Monday March 16, 2020 until further notice.

We know that this can be very unsettling for all of us, but we feel confident that this is a necessary step to take together in order to keep our community safe at this very challenging and unusual time.

If you or anyone in your household has a confirmed case of COVID-19 or has come into contact with someone with a confirmed case, please let us know. And, as always, if you or any of your family members become sick with any illness, please let us know so we may be of support.
For those of us who are vulnerable due to age or health conditions as well as those who may have recently returned to Canada from abroad, we have volunteers who can pick up and deliver groceries, medicine or other necessities to the doorsteps of those who are in need.

We have the following plans in place to continue serving our congregational family in this challenging time:

Rabbinic and Staff Support: Rabbi Pollack and Arliene Botnick are here for you as they always are, and are ready in these times to “meet” by phone or video-conference.

Rabbi Pollack can be reached at rabbi.pollack@solel.ca and at 905-820-5915 ext. 4

Arliene Botnick can be reached at amora@solel.ca and at 905-820-5915 ext. 3

For Office Support: Carol Van Thyn can be reached at carol@solel.ca and at 905-820-5915 ext. 0. Rita Halporn can be reached at books@solel.ca.

If you are self-isolating and can’t get out for food, medicine, or other necessities, please let us know and we will have someone assist you.

Worship services: Until the building is reopened, all of our worship services will be live streamed. Please join us virtually for Shabbat services at 8pm Friday evenings and 10am Saturday mornings at www.solel.ca/live

You can download a copy of Solel’s Shabbat Siddur in PDF format for viewing online using the link at the bottom of the live streaming page.

Adult Programming:
We will not hold any on-site programs during this period of time. We are working to determine what events will be postponed, what can be held virtually, and also developing new events to keep you engaged and feeling part of our community – details coming soon.

What YOU can do: Please check our website and social media for updates and information on virtual events. Pay attention to directions from your public health units.

We will also be in touch with you more frequently as we stand as your trusted home for community, connection, meaning, and purpose. Although our in-person programs and events are being cancelled out of necessity, there are other ways in which we can connect with each other through the many channels available to us.

Take Care of Yourself and Help Others. Judaism is largely about creating community, and that is very difficult to do when we are refraining from gathering in person. As our whole world faces this same challenge – let it bring our world together. Let this be a time when we all step up and care for our neighbours.

A reminder to be gentle with yourself:

  1. Limit the amount of news and social media that you are watching/reading regarding the pandemic.
  2. Make sure you are eating and hydrating.
  3. Get a good amount of sleep.
  4. Get some exercise – walking, stretching, yoga, whatever you do. A calm body helps calm the mind.
  5. Check in with family and friends – pick up the phone or video-chat. Call someone you haven’t spoken to in a while.
  6. Do something to de-stress – read a book, watch a movie, bake something, make art, play music.
  7. Take a breath and think of something that you are grateful for: On this past Shabbat, I invited people to join me to pause and reflect and breathe and be grateful for ………. [family and friends, our Solel community, a beautiful sunrise, doctors and nurses taking care of those in need …. put your own thoughts here]. While we can’t choose our circumstances, we can choose how we respond.
  8. Pray – Talk to God about how you are feeling. Thank God for the blessings in your life. Pray for strength and resilience for the doctors and nurses, and for the scientists working to find healing.
  9. We know that this is a time filled with uncertainty and anxiety. As always, we are available for you; please feel free to reach out to us for support or conversation.

With blessings for peace and health,

Rabbi Audrey S. Pollack     Roz Allen, President


Cancellations

Solel’s building is closed until further notice and all face-to-face programs are delayed or cancelled. Friday evening and Saturday morning Shabbat Services continue via live stream only at this time. Selected festival services will also be live streamed. Check the upcoming services list on any page of our website for details.

Please continue to check here for the latest information.

  • Bet Sefer Solel will remain closed as long as public schools are closed. There will be no Bet Sefer Solel classes at least until the end of our already scheduled break for Pesach. This includes the PJ Plus programme. We will be sharing educational resources and ideas for continued Jewish learning for our students in the coming weeks.
  • Tuesday morning Minyan services are suspended for now.
  • The Annual General Meeting of Solel’s membership is postponed until 22 June and will be held via Zoom web conference.
  • Rabbi Englander’s Course is postponed. More information to follow.
  • The Peel Interfaith Peace Camp is cancelled for summer 2020.