Dear Temple Sinai Family,
We hope you are staying healthy and safe.
This last week has seen a profound shift in priorities for all of us, and we remain committed to trying to find approaches to support our community in the safest possible ways.
While our community will remain open and inclusive as always, in light of the recent announcement by the Ontario government, as of midnight tonight, Tuesday, March 24, our physical doors will close. We continue to work hard to protect, connect and guide our Temple family during this time of uncertainty through online meetings, webinars and phone conversations.
Outlined below are a series of new measures to further enhance and build connections:
- If you have not joined us already, start your morning off with online teachings led by our clergy from Sundays to Fridays at 8.30 a.m. Mourners and those with a yahrzeit will be able to recite Kaddish surrounded by their community.
- This week, Rabbi Michael Dolgin has offered us ways to connect, reflect and remember each morning through Sinai Streams. Be sure to join with us on Facebook, our new Zoom platform, or by calling in at 647.374.4685 or 647.558.0588 (Webinar ID: 932 797 520).
- Last week, we celebrated our first livestream Kabbalat Shabbat service with hundreds in attendance from near and far. Thank you to our members Mitchell Shnier, Lance Gitter, Arne Lean and Randy Starr, who volunteered their time and equipment and brought our community together.
- Our Friday night services will continue virtually in the homes of our clergy starting at 6.30 p.m. through Facebook, Zoom, or by calling in at 647.374.4685 or 647.558.0588 (Webinar ID: 875 056 014).
- Shabbat morning services continue to spiritually move and guide our community. Join Rabbis Michael Dolgin and Jordan Shaner and Cantors Charles Osborne and Sharon Brown-Levy along with our member and guest speaker, Maria Rossin, and a prerecorded message from MP Marco Mendicino for National Refugee Shabbat this Saturday at 10.00 a.m. Be sure to connect with us through Facebook, Zoom, or by calling in at 647.374.4685 or 647.558.0588 (Webinar ID: 853 075 132). Come to pray, reflect and learn about work done and the challenges ahead.
- In addition, join us at 11.30 a.m. this Saturday for Remote Shalom Pesach Edition. Rabbi Myra Hovav and members of Ramot Shalom will be on live video link with Rabbi Michael Dolgin and members of Temple Sinai to learn about Pesach traditions and teachings, including the meaning of our own refugee experience. Thank you to our members Eliya Benbicaco and Lawrie Lander who will be sharing their experiences. Please click to join the webinar or call at 647.374.4685 or 647.558.0588 (Webinar ID: 691 253 609).
- Thank you to the Temple Sinai donors who helped get Ramot Shalom started including Tatjana & Jeff Singer, Laura & Dennis Bennie, Barbara & Lorne Bernstein, Hedda & Glen Gold, Andrew Meles, Dorothy & Larry Millman, Lori & Jeff Rosenthall, and Rhonda & Steven Singer.
Virtual Community Passover Seder
- Don’t dine alone this Pesach. Rabbi Michael Dolgin and Cantor Charles Osborne will virtually welcome you to a fun and interactive second-night seder experience on Thursday, April 9 at 6.30 p.m. Help recite the four questions, find the afikoman and enjoy live festival music. More information to follow shortly.
- While our preschool classes have been suspended until Sunday, April 19, our children are having so much fun at home connecting with their peers. Preschool Director, Andrea Zecharia, and her talented team of educators have brought their classes into the hearts and homes of their families. Each morning, our children have the opportunity to continue to play, learn and grow together through interactive online classes.
Temple Sinai School
- Beginning tonight, students will have the opportunity to connect with their Temple Sinai friends and family through Zoom video calls. Each class will continue their religious and Hebrew studies through online learning led by their teachers. Grades 4 to 6 will also continue the new iHebrew learning program.
- Our ShinShinim, Elad and Lihi, were called back to Israel from the Jewish Agency and have arrived home safely. Unfortunately, they were not able to say goodbye to their Temple Sinai family. If you would like to send them a message, you are welcome to do so through our Director of Congregational Learning, Carrie Swartz, who will forward your greetings on to them.
- We look forward to celebrating your s’machot together! However, we don’t know when that will be possible. We will be in touch if you have an upcoming simchah booked. If you have any questions, please contact Risa Miller at 416.487.4161 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always looking for new and meaningful ways to celebrate together.
Connect with Us
- Whether you’ve already attended our online services or have yet to join us, Temple Sinai is here to support you along the way. Our live streaming page has important updates and links.
- For technical support, please email email@example.com. Click here for more information about accessing a Zoom meeting.
Stay in Touch
Our Board and staff are currently exploring ways to support our most vulnerable population. Our Temple family is here to support you during this challenging time. Please do not hesitate to email or call.
We look forward to continuing sharing wonderful moments together in good health.
Rabbi Michael Dolgin
If you are experiencing an after-hours life cycle emergency, please leave a message at 437.243.6301. This phone is monitored 24/7 and is for life cycle emergencies for members only.
Our Caring Community
Please keep us informed on what is happening in your life so we can support you and celebrate with you. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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