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


Prudent Return to In-Person Services and Events

Solel is making a measured return to in-person worship services, events and Hebrew school.

As you know, the Government of Ontario has largely removed mandatory COVID precautions on businesses and other organizations, including Solel, which have limited public gatherings over the past few months. Based on the advice of scientific and public health experts, we are returning to in-person worship services and events beginning on Friday, March 18, 2022.

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Ongoing Protections

The Government has made regulatory changes based on many factors, some of which may not be purely scientific. We believe strongly that we must continue to be guided by science and most of all by our Jewish values, particularly pikuach nefesh (to save a life). Therefore the Board of Directors of Solel, with the guidance of our Return Committee, has decided that for the time being Solel will retain certain precautions to limit the spread and impact of COVID-19. These precautions include:

  • Proof of full vaccination will be required for anyone eligible to be vaccinated. Specifically, those 18 years and older must have two doses plus a booster; those aged 5 to 17 years must show proof of two doses. This includes Bet Sefer students attending school in person on Sundays. Children 4 and under who are not eligible to be vaccinated are welcome to attend with their families.
  • Masks will be required at most times while inside the synagogue. Exceptions include while leading prayers or reading Torah or speaking from the bimah and while eating such as at the kiddush or oneg after services or while seated at a communal meal in the social hall.
  • Everyone entering the synagogue must sign in for contact tracing purposes.
  • Additional measures will be taken to improve air quality, including running filtered fans and, when weather permits, opening doors to encourage fresh air circulation from outside.

As always, we encourage everyone to exercise compassion and common sense in choosing to avoid coming to the synagogue if you are feeling unwell or if you have reason to believe that you have been exposed to COVID.

We are all eager to return to life as it was before the pandemic. We also understand that each person will have their own choices to make about when they feel comfortable returning to in-person services and events. We have also learned that people have many reasons for engaging with Solel virtually from time to time. We will continue to offer live streams of our services and virtual event options for those who are not yet able or ready to return, whether it be because of concern about COVID, or for any number of other reasons.

As the situation and advice from experts continues to evolve in the future, we will continue to re-evaluate our policies and procedures.

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Providing Proof of Vaccination

Here is how you provide Solel with proof of vaccination:

  • You may provide your proof of full vaccination at the door using either your QR code or paper vaccination receipt.
  • You can also provide your proof of vaccination to the Solel office and we will keep a record on file so that you won’t need to produce your receipt at the door each time you attend a service. To do so, forward the email containing your most recent Ontario Vaccination receipt to info@solel.ca
  • We will check the date of you booster or second valid vaccination, as appropriate, and make a note of the date.
  • We will not keep any copies of vaccine receipts. Emails will be deleted promptly once the date is recorded
  • When we no longer require vaccination to attend in person, we will dispose of the list of “safe to return” dates.
  • If you provide proof of vaccination to the Solel office, you will not have to show proof of vaccination each time you come to Solel. You may choose to show your vaccination proof at the door each time you attend if you prefer.
  • If you don’t have your receipt email or QR code, you can take a photo of your paper receipt and email that.
  • If you don’t have your receipt, you can get a copy at: covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-vaccine-booking-support
  • If you weren’t vaccinated in Ontario, contact us to make other arrangements.

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On Arrival

  • If you are not feeling well, please do not come to the synagogue. Seek appropriate medical advice.
  • When you arrive prior to the service, ensure you are wearing a mask that covers your nose, mouth and chin before entering. Wear your mask at all times except if you are leading a prayer or reading from the bimah, or if you are eating at the kiddush or oneg after a service, or if you are seated for a meal during an event at the synagogue.
  • Please practice good hand hygiene when in Solel. There will be a number of hand sanitizers available for use.
  • An usher will confirm that you sign in and have provided proof of vaccination. If you are a visitor, please include your phone number for contact tracing purposes when you sign in.

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What about those who are ineligible for vaccinations? (e.g. kids under 5)

For those under the age of 5, there is no requirement for vaccination at this time. This policy may be re-evaluated when a vaccine is approved for this age group.

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