There’s always lots going on at Solel.

Here’s what’s coming up:


Note that the COVID-19 pandemic is still impacting many programs at Solel, but in-person worship has returned, with certain limitations. For the latest information see our COVID-19 Information page.

Our Shabbat and holiday worship services will continue to be live streamed.


2 Oct

Sunday 10:30am

Rabbi Pollack’s Adult Text Study Resumes

Join Rabbi Pollack and your favourite Solelniks in an adult text study of Jewish sacred texts and wisdom. (Almost) every Sunday during the school year at 10:30am via Zoom. Contact the Solel office or check your Shammas: Solel This Week to get Zoom connection details.

3 Oct

Monday 8:00pm

Arliene’s Book Club

This time: Foreskin’s Lament: A Memoir by Shalom Auslander. Shalom was raised with a terrified respect for God. Even as he grew up and was estranged from his family, his religion and its traditions, he could not find his way to a life where he didn’t struggle against God daily. Auslander’s combination of unrelenting humour and anger renders a rich and fascinating portrait of a man grappling with faith, family and community.
Contact the Solel office or check your Shammas: Solel This Week to get Zoom connection details.

9 Oct

Sunday 5:45pm

Sukkot Family Program & Service

Solel Decorates the Sukkah


16 Oct

Sunday 7:00pm

Erev Simchat Torah Family Service

Erev Simchat Torah Family Service


25 Oct

Tuesday 11:30am

Lunch & Learn – Learn How to Fight Media Bias Against Israel

Lunch and Learn October 25
Join us for a presentation by Rob Walker, Assistant Director of Honest Reporting Canada. He will address topic including: Combatting online Jew hatred, how to identify and counter unfair and inaccurate media coverage of Israel, and libels and slanders against the Jewish people and Jewish state.
This session will be held online. Contact the Solel Office or check your Shammas-Solel This Week newsletter for Zoom connection information.

29 Oct

Saturday 5:00pm

Pizza Dinner & Movie Night (Grades 5,6,7,8)

To all our amazing Solel students in Grades 5, 6, 7, and 8: Here’s what we have in store for you!
It’s a Junior Youth Event! Join us for a pizza dinner, movie night (with snacks). It’s all free, but
you must RSVP! Contact Arliene or the Solel Office no later than October 21 to let us know you’re coming!

14 Nov

Monday 8:00pm

Arliene’s Book Club

This time: The Hidden Palace by Helene Wecker. Continuing the story of the Golem and the Jinni, Wecker follows their lives in the tumultuous years leading to World War 1, as the two protagonists work to keep true to each other and not be torn apart by their opposing natures.

29 Nov

Tuesday 7:30pm

Ashkenazi Family Names Seminar

Ashkenazi Family Names Seminar

What does your family name say about your family’s history? Find out about your ancestors from 200 years ago, when they took a family name. The workshop will cover a history of Ashkenazic family names as well as patronymics, matronymics, occupational names, geograpical names nicknames and much more. Even those who already know the etymology of their own family names will find fascinating insights into the names of many celebrities and others. Presented by Binyumen Schaechter via Zoom. Watch your Shammas – Solel This Week for Zoom information. Co-sponsored by Solel and other Ontario Reform congregations.

13 Dec

Tuesday 11:30am

Lunch & Learn – The Nurenburg Trials

Join us for a presentation by Dr Sylvia Solomon. At Nuremberg we witness, for the first time, the concept that individuals acting on behalf of the state could be held personally responsible for their actions … which would in turn be seen as crimes. In this talk you will see how not only the Nazis but human rights were put on trial with genocide becoming a legal idea.
This session will be held online. Contact the Solel Office or check your Shammas-Solel This Week newsletter for Zoom connection information.

17 Dec

Saturday 5:00pm

Junior Youth Chanukah Surprise Bash (Grades 5,6,7,8)

To all our amazing Solel students in Grades 5, 6, 7, and 8: Here’s what we have in store for you!
It’s a Junior Youth Event! Join us for dreydles, Chanukah gelt and sooooo much more! It’s all free, but
you must RSVP! Contact Arliene or the Solel Office no later than December 10 to let us know you’re coming!

16 Jan

Monday 8:00pm

Arliene’s Book Club

This time: Button Man by Andrew Gross. An historical thriller set in the vibrant 1920’s -30’s NewYork that is partially based on Gross’s own family history.

20 Mar

Monday 8:00pm

Arliene’s Book Club

This time: An Observant Wife by Naomi Ragen. In this rich and compassionate novel, we enter into the love story of the newly observant Leah and the ultra Orthodox Yaakov, challenged by the hostilities of some in the community who view Leah as an dangerous interloper.

24 Apr

Monday 8:00pm

Arliene’s Book Club

This time: The World That We Knew by Hanni Kohn. Set in Berlin, Hanni must send her 12-year-old daughter, Lea, away to safety, and finds the hope of salvation in a rare and unusual Golem who is sworn to protect Lea.

12 Jun

Monday 8:00pm

Arliene’s Book Club

This time: Eternal by Lisa Scottoline. As anti-Semitism takes root in Italy during WWII, friendship and love and betrayal form the backdrop of this heartbreaking story that tells of both the best and the worst that the world has to offer.

Special Virtual Events & Programs

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.

Adult Text Study: Encounters with the Ten Commandments

Join Rabbi Pollack and your favourite Solelniks in an adult text study of the most famous and perhaps most important of God’s commandments. Contact the Solel office or check your Shammas: Solel This Week to get Zoom connection details. Series resumes October 2, 2022 at 10:30am.