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Congregant Covid-19 Vaccination Policy

As we continue the gradual reopening of our building, Temple Sinai is committed to taking all necessary precautions to ensure a safe return to in-person worship life cycle and programming.

Temple leadership continues to monitor the ongoing situation to protect members, staff, and visitors to our building. This policy will be reviewed and assessed as we adapt to changes based on government and public health guidelines and recommendations as issued from time to time.

Effective October 4, 2021, only those aged 12 and older who are fully vaccinated will be permitted to enter the Temple and will be required to provide proof of full Covid-19 vaccination upon arrival. They will also be required to complete an online screening form.

Vaccination certificates will be accepted as proof (picture or paper copy) or an electronic QR code (once available). Proof of vaccination must confirm that an individual has been fully vaccinated with the complete series of a vaccine approved by Health Canada (or an approved combination of vaccines). The final dose is administered at least fourteen days prior to attendance. (Vaccines approved by Health Canada currently refer to Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, or Janssen [Johnson & Johnson]).

Attendees will be required to wear masks at all times while in the building and on the grounds and maintain physical distance with the exception of when there is food service; then, food and drink can only be consumed while seated.

A child under the age of 12 who is not eligible for vaccination will be granted an exception to attend an immediate family life cycle. Parents will be required to provide Temple with a negative rapid Covid test on the day of the simchah and must be responsible for keeping that child with them at all times while in the building.

Virtual services and functions remain available, including for any individual who cannot be vaccinated for a medical reason.

If you have any questions, please contact Marcie at [email protected] or 416.487.4161. 
 
We look forward to welcoming our congregation home.

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Marcie Goldberg
Programs and Operations Coordinator

[email protected]
416.487.4161 ext. 228

What our members say...
Our people have many and varied mitzvot, sacred responsibilities. One that colours many others is our responsibility to look hopefully to the future. A hope I have for our people and our community this year is that we have the courage to mix tradition with innovation. We should draw comfort and strength from our Judaism even while it challenges us and we dare to challenge it. We should seek to live in a wide Jewish world that starts with our inner circles and reaches out to all corners of the globe!

Rabbi Michael Dolgin

Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto
2020-07-03T15:36:49-04:00

Rabbi Michael Dolgin

Our people have many and varied mitzvot, sacred responsibilities. One that colours many others is our responsibility to look hopefully to the future. A hope I have for our people and our community this year is that we have the courage to mix tradition with innovation. We should draw comfort and strength from our Judaism even while it challenges us and we dare to challenge it. We should seek to live in a wide Jewish world that starts with our inner circles and reaches out to all corners of the globe!
When I stood with the Torah in my arms, my shoulders draped in my late father’s tallit, I experienced an indescribable sense of pride, freedom and happiness. I am so thankful that I had the privilege of holding the Torah and dancing freely in this country, and that I will have the opportunity for further study at Temple. I truly love the experience of studying with the clergy!

Berta Banks

Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto
2020-07-03T15:37:23-04:00

Berta Banks

When I stood with the Torah in my arms, my shoulders draped in my late father’s tallit, I experienced an indescribable sense of pride, freedom and happiness. I am so thankful that I had the privilege of holding the Torah and dancing freely in this country, and that I will have the opportunity for further study at Temple. I truly love the experience of studying with the clergy!
My grandparents joined Temple in 1957 to create an atmosphere of Judaism for their growing family, and it has done so for over 50 years. I have had so many wonderful experiences at Temple Sinai, from participating in youth group, to my bat mitzvah, confirmation and most recently, my wedding. Temple has always been the place that I can enjoy the festivals with my family and reconnect with my Jewish roots. I was so thrilled that my husband felt an immediate connection to Temple as well. With our new baby, we have now added a fourth generation to our Temple Sinai family.

Sarah Chris

Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto
2020-07-03T15:38:02-04:00

Sarah Chris

My grandparents joined Temple in 1957 to create an atmosphere of Judaism for their growing family, and it has done so for over 50 years. I have had so many wonderful experiences at Temple Sinai, from participating in youth group, to my bat mitzvah, confirmation and most recently, my wedding. Temple has always been the place that I can enjoy the festivals with my family and reconnect with my Jewish roots. I was so thrilled that my husband felt an immediate connection to Temple as well. With our new baby, we have now added a fourth generation to our Temple Sinai family.
I have been told that our founding rabbi, Jordan Pearlson z”l, used to say, “Jews invented the support group. It’s called the minyan.” Every day members stop at Temple Sinai to attend an early morning Shacharit or an evening Ma’ariv service. Each person has their own personal reason: some are saying kaddish for a loved one, others come for the community or for a moment of quiet meditation.

Imagine starting off each day with a group of people who will say hello as you walk through the door, pray with you and even share an early morning discussion. Or, after a long day at work stopping for a few minutes to reflect on a busy day, share a laugh with friends and leave feeling a sense of peace.

Our Shacharit (7.30 a.m.) and Ma’ariv (6.30 p.m.) prayer services provide each of us with the opportunity to lend support to one another and are led by wonderfully committed Temple lay leaders. We are truly fortunate that as a large congregation, we have the ability to easily support 10 adults required for a minyan.

Having been actively involved in Temple life over the past number of years, I have been asked to chair a Temple task force with respect to our Shacharit and Ma’ariv prayer services with the view to continuing to increase their attendance.

I have been told by many of our members who, while recognizing the importance of these services, assume that minyan attendance is being met on a regular basis. Unfortunately, this is not the case. As a result, our members must say Kaddish or celebrate important life cycle events without the support of a minyan .

What can we do together to help?
1. Each of us can set aside a couple of days a month to attend minyan services, in support of our fellow Temple members.
2. If you are saying kaddish for a loved one, bring a family member or friend for an even more meaningful experience.
3. Share the contents of this article with your family and friends, in case they did not have the opportunity to read it.

If you would like more information about including a life cycle (births, engagements, prayers for healing, yahrzeits) at a morning minyan, please contact the Temple office at 416.487.4161.

We hope to see you soon!

Jeff Nightingale

Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto
2020-07-03T15:38:56-04:00

Jeff Nightingale

I have been told that our founding rabbi, Jordan Pearlson z”l, used to say, “Jews invented the support group. It’s called the minyan.” Every day members stop at Temple Sinai to attend an early morning Shacharit or an evening Ma’ariv service. Each person has their own personal reason: some are saying kaddish for a loved one, others come for the community or for a moment of quiet meditation. Imagine starting off each day with a group of people who will say hello as you walk through the door, pray with you and even share an early morning discussion. Or, after a long day at work stopping for a few minutes to reflect on a busy day, share a laugh with friends and leave feeling a sense of peace. Our Shacharit (7.30 a.m.) and Ma’ariv (6.30 p.m.) prayer services provide each of us with the opportunity to lend support to one another and are led by wonderfully committed Temple lay leaders. We are truly fortunate that as a large congregation, we have the ability to easily support 10 adults required for a minyan. Having been actively involved in Temple life over the past number of years, I have been asked to chair a Temple task force with respect to our Shacharit and Ma’ariv prayer services with the view to continuing to increase their attendance. I have been told by many of our members who, while recognizing the importance of these services, assume that minyan attendance is being met on a regular basis. Unfortunately, this is not the case. As a result, our members must say Kaddish or celebrate important life cycle events without the support of a minyan . What can we do together to help? 1. Each of us can set aside a couple of days a month to attend...
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