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 still impacting most programs at Solel, but in-person worship is returning gradually starting in August. For the latest information see our COVID-19 Information page.
Our Shabbat evening and morning services will also continue to be live streamed.

Join us for these (mostly virtual) events sponsored by Solel and by affiliated organizations:
16 Aug

Monday 9:00am

Mysteries of the Machzor: The Power of the Day

Prepare for the High Holidays with an exploration of treasures found in the Machzor, our High Holy Day prayer book with Reform Liturgist Alden Solovy. Each session will focus on one core prayer. The sessions will include conversation, exploration, and prayer. Sponsored by Solel and other Canadian Reform congregations.
This session: We’ll open our Mysteries of the Machzor series by exploring the Unetaneh Tokef, a four-part masterpiece echoing the themes of the High Holidays. Enter the prayer that is a study in contrasts, and the inspiration for Leonard Cohen’s song ‘Who by Fire.’
Contact the Solel office or check an upcoming Solel Shammas for the Zoom meeting link information.

23 Aug

Monday 9:00am

Mysteries of the Machzor: Confessions Past and Present

Prepare for the High Holidays with an exploration of treasures found in the Machzor, our High Holy Day prayer book with Reform Liturgist Alden Solovy. Each session will focus on one core prayer. The sessions will include conversation, exploration, and prayer. Sponsored by Solel and other Canadian Reform congregations.
This session: This week in our Mysteries of the Machzor class, we’ll examine the unique language of the two traditional confessionals, together known as Vidui – the alphabetic acrostic (Ashamnu) and the longer “For the Sin” (Al Chet) – contrasting them with modern alternatives.
Contact the Solel office or check an upcoming Solel Shammas for the Zoom meeting link information.

28 Aug

Saturday 9:00pm

Selichot Across Canada

Prepare for the High Holy Days with the Reform Jewish Community of Canada (RJCC) as we join with Jews from across the country for a virtual Selichot service featuring Havdalah recorded at URJ Camp George and a talk from ARZA’s Josh Weinberg.
Contact the Solel office or check an upcoming Solel Shammas for connection details.

30 Aug

Monday 9:00am

Mysteries of the Machzor: The Divine Presence

Prepare for the High Holidays with an exploration of treasures found in the Machzor, our High Holy Day prayer book with Reform Liturgist Alden Solovy. Each session will focus on one core prayer. The sessions will include conversation, exploration, and prayer. Sponsored by Solel and other Canadian Reform congregations.
This session: This Mysteries of the Machzor class will explore the Aveinu Malkeinu (Almighty and Merciful), a haunting set of supplications which are also a reminder of our relationship to God as the source of our blessings and the divine that is present within and among us.
Contact the Solel office or check an upcoming Solel Shammas for the Zoom meeting link information.

13 Sep

Monday 9:00am

Mysteries of the Machzor: The Mystic Doorway

Prepare for the High Holidays with an exploration of treasures found in the Machzor, our High Holy Day prayer book with Reform Liturgist Alden Solovy. Each session will focus on one core prayer. The sessions will include conversation, exploration, and prayer. Sponsored by Solel and other Canadian Reform congregations.
This session: In our final Mysteries of the Machzor class, we’ll look at the Kol Nidre, the dramatic mystical doorway into a full day of deep reflection and prayer, a day with the promise of forgiveness.
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. Note that Solel Lunch Break is taking a break during July. We’ll be back for lunch and schmoozing in August!

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. The Adult Text Study has finished for the term. Watch this space for the resumption of the study in the fall.