COVID-19: Wave 2 Update

COVID-19: Wave 2 Update

For our latest COVID-19 update, please click HERE.  


November 12, 2020 Update

We hope all our members and guests are faring well as we enter Wave 2 of the pandemic. Please read below for an update regarding Adath Israel and its revised policies during Wave 2.

First, we wanted to let our membership community know that two of our maintenance staff tested positive for COVID and are currently quarantining at home for the 14 day period. Both are doing well.

We have consulted multiple times with Toronto Public Health and our Medical Advisory Committee to validate next steps.

The primary message Toronto Public Heath has conveyed to us is that anyone who had what is defined as close contact with an employee who has tested positive should self isolate and get tested.  Close contact means “sustained contact of 15 minutes or more, less than 6 feet away, with or without a mask“.

Some of our team members did get tested out of an abundance of caution and all results came back negative.  Our remaining Maintenance employees were also tested and those results also came back as negative.  They will continue to work in distinct shifts and have been instructed to work separately from each other on their daily duties.


  1. Maintenance staff will work independently and not interact with each other during their shifts nor with visitors. Visitors only come to the shul during morning services.
  2. Intensive cleaning of common areas and the sanctuary will take place after the morning services when the building is empty.
  3. As outlined below:
    • Attendance at services will be capped at 25 in our 1200 seat sanctuary.
    • The building and the shul office are physically closed. We are working remotely while Toronto is in a red zone until at least November 27th.
    • All Breakfast and Kiddush-on-the-Go service is suspended temporarily.
    • Multiple adjustments have been made related to ritual protocols.


Clearly, these are very challenging times.  Rabbi Cutler, Rabbi Seed, and Cantor Stein remain unwavering in their commitment to serve you as your spiritual leaders as we navigate through the second wave. Please do not hesitate to reach out at any time to your spiritual leadership.

Rabbi Adam Cutler Office: 416-635-5343
Rabbi David Seed Office: 416-635-5341
Cantor Alex Stein Office: 416-635-5347



The synagogue facility will remain closed except for daily morning minyanim and Shabbat services.


Following the request and advice of Toronto Public Health when the Red Zone was announced, we had already asked our Office Staff to work remotely from their homes until at least November 27th.  We will maintain our business hours between 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  To reach our office, call 416-635-5340 (301) or email us. We will check phone messages and emails regularly throughout the day.

Click HERE to retrieve the full contact list.


Please review the following ritual updates to stay up-to-date on our protocols.

Services Update:

  • Unless otherwise notified, we will continue to offer in-person minyanim on Sundays (8:30 am) and from Monday to Friday (7:30 am).
  • Shabbat services will continue at 9:30 am each Saturday.
  • Evening services including weeknight, Kabbalat Shabbat and Havdalah will take place via Zoom.
  • NEW: A maximum capacity of 25 has been placed on all in-person attendance:
    • For Daily Minyan, we feel comfortable (right now) we can accommodate all who attend so registration is not required yet.
    • For Shabbat, it is required that attendees register each week. The Shul will confirm your attendance each Friday by 1 pm. Please click HERE to register.
  • Ritually, the clergy will make adjustments including:
    • The number of people on the Bimah will be limited.
    • One-contact only for all religious items.
    • Aliyot will be recited from the seats, not on the Bimah.
  • Members and guests are welcome to join our daily morning minyanim and Shabbat services via Livestream.  Evening services, including Kabbalat Shabbat and Havdalah, are available via Zoom.
    • Please click HERE to access our Livestream channel for morning minyanim and Shabbat services.
    • Please click HERE to access Zoom for evening services and Kabbalat Shabbat and Havdalah.


Though the Adath Israel building remains closed to activity, the Adath Israel community continues. There are many ways Adath Israel is connecting with our members and the community at large:

  1. Join our Achshav email database
  2. Like us on Facebook: Click Here
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  4. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel: Click Here

Our clergy and programming staff will continue to work tirelessly for you to find new ways to bring Adath Israel into your home. Keep an eye out for more digital opportunities for the whole family.

May we all be blessed with safety and health in the days and weeks ahead.


Dr. David Urbach, President
Dr. Shaul Dwosh, Vice President
Rabbi Adam Cutler, Senior Rabbi
Rabbi David Seed, Rabbi
Cantor Alex Stein, Chazzan
Cantor Ben Sharpe, Chazzan Sheini
Phil David, Executive Director

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