There’s always lots usually more going on at Solel.

Here’s what’s coming up:
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Note that the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting most programs at Solel. For the latest information see our COVID-19 Information page.
At this time Solel’s building is closed.
Our Shabbat evening and morning services will continue via livestream only until further notice.

Join us for these virtual events sponsored by Solel and by affiliated organizations:
25 Feb

Thursday 7:00pm

Purim Virtual Service & Purimshpiel

Join us for our special virtual Purim service and Purimshpiel via our live stream (solel.ca/live) as well as on YouTube Live and Facebook live. We’ll read from the Megillah of Esther and celebrate our people’s victory over evil oppressors! BYOH (bring your own hammentaschen).

28 Feb

Sunday 11:00am

Rabbi Englander’s Adult Study Course for 2021

Last Session!. Join Solel’s own Rabbi Emeritus Larry Englander for an adult study from 11:00am to 12:25pm. Rabbi Englander’s topic will be: Israeli Culture Through the Arts. In addition to being the Jewish State, Israel has also produced a lively culture of its own. Yossi Klein-Halevy has said that “to understand Israel, you have to listen to its soundtrack.”
Participants will listen to some contemporary Israeli singers and songwriters and read some fascinating Israeli poetry and literature. English translation will be provided. This course will provide a window into Israeli cultural life and will draw us even closer to Israel’s land and people!
Contact the Solel office or check your Solel Shammas for the Zoom meeting link information.

28 Feb

Sunday 7:00pm

Stories Untold: Diversity and Inclusion in Jewish History – Yemenite Jews

In this workshop, you will join a community of learners to: Explore and honour the diversity of Jewish experiences and stories, learn from historical resources and personal testimony about Yemenite culture, Operation Magic Carpet and the Yemenite Children Affair and discuss how we can move the needle on equity work within our community in a meaningful and actionable way.
Presented by Erez Zobary, musician, program development professional at a social justice education organization, and occasional high school teacher. She is particularly passionate about the Mizrahi Jewish experience and ways to amplify this largely untold history. Watch the Shammas Weekly Update or contact the Solel office for Zoom information.

1 Mar

Monday 7:30pm

Arliene’s (Virtual) Book Club

This session: Pound On!! From the Glass Slipper to the Glass Ceiling – by former Solelnik Robbin Rothenberg. Pound On!! is a collection of stories of trailblazing Alpha Women. In an era when the significance of female roles in the workplace is being brought to the forefront more than ever, Rotenberg defines the ultimate Alpha Woman and offers a roadmap for readers on how to become one. Says Rotenberg: “The work is meant to inspire, motivate and educate the next generation of Alpha Women as they climb the walls to the glass ceiling and Pound On!! to take a seat at the table once and for all.” The author will lead this session of Arliene’s Book Club herself. Presented in association with the Women of Solel.
Contact the Solel office or check your Solel Shammas for the Zoom meeting link information.

5 Mar

Friday 8:00pm

Refugee Shabbat

Join us for our Erev Shabbat service where we will be making a special observance of Refugee Shabbat. Also, check your Shammas newsletter for information on webinar programs relating to Refugee Shabbat on Sunday, March 7 at 1:30pm and Thursday, March 18 at 7:00pm.

6 Mar

Saturday 7:30pm

Virtual Family Havdalah

For all Solelniks, especially the young and the young at heart. Join us for a short, camp-style Havdalah service led by Sonja Botnick on Zoom. Contact the Solel office or check your Solel Shammas for the Zoom meeting link information.

9 Mar

Tuesday 11:30am

Lunch & Learn Webinar: What is a Personal Representative – Planning for the Future

The choice of your personal representative is extremely important as this person will make vital decisions on your behalf. Your personal representative may act on your behalf under a Power of Attorney document or possibly under your Will acting as the Executor (in Ontario this role is known as Estate Trustee). Regardless of the situation, you should choose someone who is trustworthy and responsible as the list of tasks to be performed is quite long and can be particularly onerous. Solel member Michael Kulbak MBA,CPA,CMA,TEP, from Kulbak TRUST Solutions will discuss the roles and responsibilities of your personal representative and outline traits and best practices one should consider in selecting their personal representative. Additionally, he will provide insight on how to effectively collaborate with your personal representative.
Contact the Solel office or check an upcoming Solel Shammas for the Zoom meeting link information.

14 Mar

Sunday 9:30am

Rabbi Pollack’s Adult Text Study Resumes

Starting on March 14, Rabbi Pollack’s adult text study resumes. What this space and your Shammas newsletter for details.

23 Mar

Tuesday 11:30am

Lunch & Learn Webinar: The Czech Scroll Story: from WWII to the Diaspora

Join us for a virtual lunch & learn session presented by Lois Roman, a Trustee of the Memorial Scrolls Trust. The Memorial Scrolls Trust is a London based non-profit which oversees the legacy of 1,564 Czech Torah scrolls that survived the Shoah, including the one which has been entrusted to Solel. Find out more about the amazing story of how these scrolls were rescued and distributed around the world to preserve the legacy of the Jewish communities of Bohemia that were wiped out in the Shoah.
Contact the Solel office or check an upcoming Solel Shammas for the Zoom meeting link information.

25 Mar

Thursday 8:00am

Pre-Passover First Born Minyan (via Zoom)

Join us for a virtual first born minyan service in advance of Pesach. Note that because the fast falls on Shabbat this year, the fast is observed on Thursday instead!
Contact the Solel office or check an upcoming Solel Shammas for the Zoom meeting link information.

28 Mar

Sunday 6:00pm

Solel’s Virtual Community Second Seder

Join with your extended Solel family in celebrating Pesach, the festival of freedom and the start of our journey to Jewish peoplehood. Our second seder will be held via Zoom this year. Join Rabbi Pollack as we celebrate Passover together virtually.
Contact the Solel office or check an upcoming Solel Shammas for the Zoom meeting link information.

5 Apr

Monday 7:30pm

Arliene’s (Virtual) Book Club

This session: Incantation – by Alice Hoffman. Incantation takes a fiercely direct look at one of history’s darkest episodes, yet Alice Hoffman uncovers a tale of human dignity and illumines it with hope.” It’s a romantic novel, a hopeful novel, an easy read and in dealing with the Spanish Inquisition, it perhaps helps us understand even more about the Holocaust and the persecution of our people throughout history.
Contact the Solel office or check an upcoming Solel Shammas for the Zoom meeting link information.

20 Apr

Tuesday 11:30am

Lunch & Learn Webinar: Am I Jewish in the Eyes of the Chief Rabbinate?

A look into non-Orthodox conversion and Aliyah. Presented by non-other than Anat Hoffman of the Israel Religious Action Centre (IRAC). Be sure to join us for this special educational opportunity.
Contact the Solel office or check your Solel Shammas for the Zoom meeting link information.

Special Virtual Events & Programs
During the building closure, Solel will be running some special events and programs via Zoom video conferencing. Here are some of the things you can join in online with your Solel family:

 

Solel Lunch Break

Every Thursday at 12:00 noon in Solel’s Zoom Room.
Have lunch with Rabbi Pollack as we discuss current events and enjoy each other’s virtual company.
Contact the Solel office or check your Solel Shammas to get Zoom connection details.

 

Another Adult Text Study Opportunity is coming after Pesach! Details will be announced soon!