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

Here’s what’s coming up:
See Our Calendar

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:
1 May

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. Check your Shammas email newsletter or contact the office for Zoom connection details.

3 May

Monday 6:45pm

Annual General Meeting (via Zoom)

All Solel members are encouraged to join us via Zoom 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.

9 May

Sunday 11:30am

Bet Sefer Solel Meets Our Scribe

We have a special Bet Sefer Solel programme for our Grade 4 and up Judaica classes on Sunday May 11 at 11:30am in lieu of regular Sunday classes. We have invited our soferet (scribe) Rabbi Yonah Lavery-Israeli to speak to the classes that Sunday beginning at 11:30. It’s exciting to learn about how a scroll is written and important that the students meet Rabbi Yonah. Parents are welcome to join as well. Contact your Bet Sefer Solel teachers for Zoom information. For other adults, be sure to join us at our Lunch & Learn on Tuesday, May 11 to meet Rabbi Lavery-Yisaraeli and hear about Solel’s new Torah scroll.

11 May

Tuesday 11:30am

Lunch & Learn Webinar: Solel’s New Torah Scroll

Meet Rabbi Yonah Lavery-Yisraeli, our soferet (scribe) as she shares with us the intricacies and the challenges and the rewards of writing a Torah scroll. After approximately 50 years, through the generous support of Solelniks, we will be creating a brand new Torah scroll for ourselves. Watch your Shammas email or contact the office for Zoom connection details.

16 May

Sunday 6:45pm

Standing at Sinai – Tikkun Shavuot

Join us and Reform congregations from across Canada for a program of learning and music presented by the Reform Jewish Community of Canada (formerly CCRJ). The program begins before 7pm and runs until 2am if you’re looking forward to some late night learning! Check your Shammas newsletter for the link to register for this wonderful program.

17 May

Monday 10:00am

Shavuot Service

Join us for our virtual celebration of Shavuot, marking the end of the counting of the omer and celebrating the receiving of Torah at Sinai. Our service will be live streamed at all the usual places.

28 May

Friday 8:00pm

Erev Shabbat Service with Special Guest

Join us for our virtual Erev Shabbat service, when we will be joined by special Guest Rabbi Menno Ten Brink of the Liberal Jewish Congregation of Amsterdam, who will be speaking at Solel as part of the WUPJ Pulpit Exchange as part of the World Union’s Connections 21 Worldwide Conference, running May 19 through 22. Rabbi Pollack will be giving a d’var to the congregation in Amsterdam earlier that same day. Join us at or via YouTube or Facebook.

1 Jun

Tuesday 11:30am

Lunch & Learn Webinar: Virtual Tour of 7 Military Monuments in Israel

Please join us and our tour guide Noam Tamir, a former pilot in the IDF, as we visit virtually seven military monuments in Israel. The story behind these monuments tells us of courage and heroism and dedication to the creation of the state of Israel. Our trip is sponsored by the Jewish National Fund and Yifat Miller, our shlichah. Watch your Shammas email or contact the office for Zoom connection details.

14 Jun

Monday 7:30pm

Arliene’s (Virtual) Book Club

This session: Snow in August – by Pete Hamill. This novel is set in working class Brooklyn in 1947. It is a poignant tale about an 11-year-old Catholic boy name Michael Devlin and Rabbi Judy Hirsch a refugee from Prague.
Contact the Solel office or check an upcoming 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. Check our calendar for occasional weeks off!

Adult Text Study: Haftarah portion of the week

Join Rabbi Pollack and your favourite Solelniks in an adult text study of the Haftarah portion of the week. Every Sunday at 10:30am via Zoom. Check your Shammas newsletter or contact the office for Zoom connection details. Check our calendar for occasional weeks off!