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


Solel has returned to modified in-person worship services. There are a number of important limitations and procedures required to keep everyone safe, so please read the following carefully.

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After more than 16 months of virtual-only Shabbat services, we are delighted to say we will soon be offering Solelniks the opportunity to pray together in our sanctuary live, and in-person. We want to be clear about two things: First, we won’t be going all the way back to “normal” right away. Second, we will continue to offer live stream worship services for those who cannot or are not yet comfortable joining us in the sanctuary in person.

Limitations

Under the rules of the Province of Ontario’s Stage 3 Reopening Plan, there are strict capacity limits and public health rules that will impact what we can do and how we do it. Solel has also developed a return plan that includes additional health and safety measures we believe are important to keeping everyone healthy and safe. It is imperative that you understand how these rules will play out at Solel for the next while and follow them closely. This is what you need to know about how the return to in-person worship will work during August and until further notice:

  • There will be a strict capacity limit of 33 people in the regular Sanctuary. This includes all worshipers, volunteers and of course, our Rabbi.
  • Only those who have provided proof of full vaccination (2 shots + 2 weeks) will be eligible to attend in-person for the time being. The details of how to provide this proof to Solel is explained below.
  • Only those with a confirmed reservation will be able to attend in-person. The reservation process is also explained below.
  • Before you can attend in person, you must pass the COVID-19 active screener, either online or by phone with the Solel Office during the 24 hours prior to your attending Solel, but no later than Friday at 2:00pm.
  • While inside Solel, you must wear a mask that covers your nose, mouth and chin at all times. Note that during the service our Rabbi will not be wearing a mask so that she can be heard clearly, both inside the sanctuary, and by those who continue to attend via our live stream. The Rabbi will remain more than 2m apart from everyone else during the service.
  • While inside Solel, you must maintain a distance of 2m between you and every other person at all times, except if they reside with you in the same household.

We are very excited to be able to start offering in-person worship experiences once again after being away from our sanctuary for so long. However, we know that the situation with the pandemic has always been fluid and it is possible that our plans will need to change. We hope that as more people across the region and across the country are able to get fully vaccinated, that provincial regulations and public health advice will permit us to ease restrictions.

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Providing Proof of Vaccination

Here is how you provide Solel with proof of vaccination:

  • Forward the email containing your second Ontario Vaccination receipt to info@solel.ca
  • We will check the date of you second valid vaccination and make a note of the date which is 14 days later.
  • 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.
  • You will not have to show proof of vaccination each time you come to Solel.
  • If you don’t have your receipt email, 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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Making a Reservation to Attend a Service

You can start making reservations any time.

  • To reserve: Email info@solel.ca no later than 5:00pm on Wednesday before the service you want to attend.
  • We will need to know who, specifically, is attending if you are coming with others in your household.
  • Your reservation is not official until confirmed by the Office.

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Before You Come & Once You Arrive

Within 24 hours of the start of the service for which you have a confirmed reservation, but no later than Friday at 2pm, you need to complete the Solel COVID-19 Active Screener.

  • Go to this website to complete the screener: bit.ly/solelscreener or scan the QR code to the right using your smart phone.
  • Complete the screener online no later than Friday at 2pm.
  • If the screener tells you that you should not come to Solel, then please do not come.

Solel active COVID screener QR code

On Arrival

  • When you arrive prior to the service, ensure you are wearing a mask that covers your nose, mouth and chin before entering.
  • 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 are on the reservation list and have passed the Solel COVID-19 active screener.
  • You can find a seat in the Sanctuary. Seats will be removed according to the legal capacity limit and spread out to provide social distancing. You may move chairs to sit close to members of your immediate household.
  • You are responsible for maintaining 2m of physical distance from other worshipers.

When the service concludes, we will be offering an “oneg to go” consisting of coffee and pre-packaged snacks in the lobby. Please help yourself as you exit the synagogue. Weather permitting, you can schmooze with others outdoors after the service, ensuring you keep a safe distance.

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What about those who are ineligible for vaccinations? (e.g. kids under 12)

For those under the age of 12, as they cannot be vaccinated at this time, they cannot attend the standard worship services in person until further notice. There will be special Family Services held which will allow their participation. Details of when these services will take place, and what additional arrangements will be made to help keep attendees as safe as possible will be announced in the future.

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