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.
What our members say...
Rabbi Michael Dolgin
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!