There’s always lots going on at Solel.

Here’s what’s coming up:

See Our Calendar

14 Apr

Sunday 7:00pm

Special General Meeting

Solel members are invited to attend a special general meeting to review and vote on proposed changes to our Constitution. For those who can’t attend in person, proxy forms have been distributed to all members. We look forward to all Solelniks joining us for this important congregational business.


15 Apr

Monday 7:00pm

Mitzvah Committee Film Night

Join the Mitzvah Committee in a viewing of the film: The Woman in Gold.
In this drama based on real life, the artwork, Gustav Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I is a regal painting encrusted with gold leaf of Maria’s beloved Aunt Adele. Many consider it the Mona Lisa of Austria and, to some Austrians, keeping this magnificent work in the country is a matter of national honour.
Directed by Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn) from a screenplay by Alexi Kaye Campbell, starring Ryan Reynolds, Helen Mirren and Daniel Bruhl.
All are welcome, light refreshments will be served.


16 Apr

Tuesday 11:30am

Lunch & Learn: Breaking the French DNA

Presented by our very own Solelnik, Professor Leonard Rosmarin. Professor Rosmarin will be presenting his new book, Becoming a Francophile that evokes his half-century relationship with France, a country that can both entrance and infuriate. The book describes an exploration of French life and culture as well as a self-exploration through his close contact with the country.
Join us from 11:30 to 1:00 for a great opportunity to share a meal and learn together. Bring your lunch. Coffee and tea are provided.



20 Apr

Saturday 6:15pm

Solel Community Seder

Solel’s Second Seder – Share Passover with the Whole Community!
Passover is one of the most widely celebrated Jewish holidays, commemorating the story of the Hebrew slaves’ release from bondage. Join us on the second night of Passover when we gather as a community to tell the story of our exodus from Egypt, a celebration of freedom, not just for the Jewish people, but for everyone.

Pesach

Share our symbolic ritual foods, prayer and of course, eat! Bring your own wine (kosher for Passover only please) and CCAR Haggadahs, if you have them. You are welcome to bring your own Kiddush cups, candle sticks and matches too if you like, as well as a Seder plate. We’ll supply the ritual items for the Seder plate.

Please note: Our Community Second Seder is SOLD OUT. Unfortunately we can’t take any more reservations.


27 Apr

Saturday 6:30pm

Mimouna!

Mimouna (me-moo-na) is a traditional North African Jewish celebration held the day after Passover – the start of spring and the return to eating chametz. It is really all about community – and FOOD!
Join us for fun, food, and a few surprises. Admission: bring a donation of food for the food bank.


28 Apr

Sunday 9:30am

Bet Midrash Solel

The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Double Intrigue
The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls was shrouded in mystery, which later turned into a scandal in the scholarly world. And the interpretation of the scrolls continues to evoke controversy! We shall learn about these intrigues as we delve into the mysteries of the texts, to let them speak for themselves.
In particular:

  • Why did it take so long for the Dead Sea Scroll team to release the documents?
  • Who wrote the scrolls, and what was their expression of Judaism?
  • Who is Enoch and what’s he doing in the scrolls?
Then we’ll evaluate what they have to teach us about our own period of Jewish history. Presented by Solel’s Rabbi Emeritus, Rabbi Larry Englander. Session 3 of 5.


3 May

Friday 6:15pm

Yom Hashoah Community Dinner & Service

Everyone is invited to Solel’s Shabbat Community Dinner followed by a Yom Hashoah service at 8:00pm with a special presentation by guest speaker Guido Smit.
Guido Smit was born in Kibbutz Hazorea in Israel (actually then the British Mandate of Palestine). His mother, who was Jewish, had fled from Germany to the Netherlands in August 1939. Guido’s father was one of the Dutch Righteous Among The Nations. In 1949, after Israel’s War of Independence, Guido’s family moved back to Holland, where he grew up. In 1967 Guido emigrated to Canada. Now retired, he teaches Holocaust Education at the Holocaust Centre on Bathurst Street, and he helps Yezidi refugees get resettled in Canada.
Please RSVP to the Solel office for dinner.


5 May

Sunday 9:30am

Bet Midrash Solel

The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Double Intrigue
The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls was shrouded in mystery, which later turned into a scandal in the scholarly world. And the interpretation of the scrolls continues to evoke controversy! We shall learn about these intrigues as we delve into the mysteries of the texts, to let them speak for themselves.
In particular:

  • Why did it take so long for the Dead Sea Scroll team to release the documents?
  • Who wrote the scrolls, and what was their expression of Judaism?
  • Who is Enoch and what’s he doing in the scrolls?
Then we’ll evaluate what they have to teach us about our own period of Jewish history. Presented by Solel’s Rabbi Emeritus, Rabbi Larry Englander. Session 4 of 5.


6 May

Monday 6:45pm

Annual General Meeting

All Solel members are encouraged to join us for our Annual General Meeting where we will discuss important topics including how things have gone in the past year and our plans for the next year, and beyond. We’ll also review our budget and elect our board and executive for the coming year.
Make sure you take advantage of this opportunity to stay informed and have your say about the future of our Jewish home.


8 May

Wednesday 7:30pm

Adult Education: Doing Jewish

Our fascinating adult education course led by our Director of Education, Arliene Botnick. This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to learn more about Judaism.
This week: Session 1 – Who is a Jew?
Are we a religion, ethnic group, cultural group, a chosen people? And who decides? The course will introduce and explain the highlights of living as a Jew we will begin each session with an open question period followed by a presentation of the main topic.
Please contact the Solel office to register. There is a fee of $10 per session for non-members. Each week’s study is an independent unit and you can come for one or any number of sessions.


12 May

Sunday 9:30am

Bet Midrash Solel

The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Double Intrigue
The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls was shrouded in mystery, which later turned into a scandal in the scholarly world. And the interpretation of the scrolls continues to evoke controversy! We shall learn about these intrigues as we delve into the mysteries of the texts, to let them speak for themselves.
In particular:

  • Why did it take so long for the Dead Sea Scroll team to release the documents?
  • Who wrote the scrolls, and what was their expression of Judaism?
  • Who is Enoch and what’s he doing in the scrolls?
Then we’ll evaluate what they have to teach us about our own period of Jewish history. Presented by Solel’s Rabbi Emeritus, Rabbi Larry Englander. Session 5 of 5.


15 May

Wednesday 7:30pm

Adult Education: Doing Jewish

Our fascinating adult education course led by our Director of Education, Arliene Botnick. This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to learn more about Judaism.
This week: Session 2 – The Biblical Back Story
From Creation to the destruction of the 2nd temple – a lot of history in just 1-1/2 hours. The course will introduce and explain the highlights of living as a Jew we will begin each session with an open question period followed by a presentation of the main topic.
Please contact the Solel office to register. There is a fee of $10 per session for non-members. Each week’s study is an independent unit and you can come for one or any number of sessions.


22 May

Wednesday 7:30pm

Adult Education: Doing Jewish

Our fascinating adult education course led by our Director of Education, Arliene Botnick. This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to learn more about Judaism.
This week: Session 3 – The Jewish Holidays
What do we celebrate and why? The course will introduce and explain the highlights of living as a Jew we will begin each session with an open question period followed by a presentation of the main topic.
Please contact the Solel office to register. There is a fee of $10 per session for non-members. Each week’s study is an independent unit and you can come for one or any number of sessions.


24 May

Friday 6:15pm

Grade 4 / Kitah Aleph Shabbat Dinner & Service

All are welcome to join our Grade 4 / Kitah Aleph families for Shabbat Dinner. Pre-registration for this traditional Shabbat chicken dinner with soup, kugel, etc. is mandatory to ensure enough food for all.
Contact the office to register. Inquire with the office for costs for the meal.
Dinner at 6:15pm will be followed by a our special Grade 4 / Kitah Aleph “I Can Read Ivrit” Erev Shabbat Service at 8:00pm.


28 May

Tuesday 11:30am

Lunch & Learn: Jewish Attitudes to Other Peoples & Religions: Then & Now

Presented by Solel’s Rabbi Emeritus Larry Englander. Join us from 11:30 to 1:00 for a great opportunity to share a meal and learn together. Bring your lunch. Coffee and tea are provided.


29 May

Wednesday 7:30pm

Adult Education: Doing Jewish

Our fascinating adult education course led by our Director of Education, Arliene Botnick. This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to learn more about Judaism.
This week: Session 4 – From Birth to Death
Jewish life cycle rituals explained. The course will introduce and explain the highlights of living as a Jew we will begin each session with an open question period followed by a presentation of the main topic.
Please contact the Solel office to register. There is a fee of $10 per session for non-members. Each week’s study is an independent unit and you can come for one or any number of sessions.


31 May

Friday 8:00pm

Board Installation and Bet Sefer Awards

Celebrate with Solel as we install our new Board of Directors and bestow awards on students from Bet Sefer Solel. Find out who will be named to the ranks of the Honourable Menschen! Join us for this very special Erev Shabbat service with a special oneg to follow.


5 Jun

Wednesday 7:30pm

Adult Education: Doing Jewish

Our fascinating adult education course led by our Director of Education, Arliene Botnick. This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to learn more about Judaism.
This week: Session 5 – Reform Judaism
Born about the time of the French Revolution, still reforming! The course will introduce and explain the highlights of living as a Jew we will begin each session with an open question period followed by a presentation of the main topic.
Please contact the Solel office to register. There is a fee of $10 per session for non-members. Each week’s study is an independent unit and you can come for one or any number of sessions.