Preparing for the 2020 High Holidays

Preparing for the 2020 High Holidays

Please read below to prepare for the upcoming High Holidays.

  • Seating assignments: All families have been contacted and now have their seat assignments.
  • Livestream: 
    • Private Livestream: Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidre, Yom Kippur (Link distributed via email to members in good standing).
    • Public Livestream: Rosh Hashanah Evening Minyan Services and Neilah. Click HERE
  • ShulCloud Log-In: Required to access livestream.  Members must click HERE.
  • Evening In-Person attendance: Online registration required. Click HERE
  • Elul 5780 / High Holidays 5781 Publication:  ClickHERE
  • High Holiday Guide 5781: Click HERE
  • To follow along with the service, click HERE for the page numbers in your Silverman Machzor


Main Sanctuary:

Our clergy team will be leading services in the Main Sanctuary (and in the Tobias / Granovsky Halls on Kol Nidre).

  • The Main Sanctuary will be host to traditional abridged services during the chagim, with a 170 seating max to comply with social distance requirements
  • We will be running ONE service each day in the sanctuary, not back-to-backs as originally planned.


Michael Ferman is returning to Adath Israel once again to lead services oriented towards Young Families.

  • These services will take place in the Tobias/Granovsky Halls for both days of Rosh Hashanah and the morning of Yom Kippur.
  • Tobias/Granovsky Halls will host Family Services. Families will sit together at roundtables, set at least 6 feet apart.



  • The link to the private livestream page has been sent to all members in good standing.
  • If you have not yet made payment arrangements, contact Nancy Goldstein, or Finance Manager, Perry Zosky
  • Public livestream services are available for Minchah during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Click HERE


Our Medical Advisory Committee has been working very closely with our High Holiday Committee to provide expert guidance with respect to COVID-19.

We have embraced a series of COVID-19 protocols to promote members’ safety while inside the shul including:

  • Contact Tracing: All attendees must have signed in online in advance.
  • COVID screening at the door
  • Hand sanitizing stations throughout the shul
  • Directional signage to and from the sanctuary and Tobias/Granovsky.
  • Mandate to wear masks appropriately at all times while on site with no exceptions
  • Restricted usage of, and constant cleaning of, bathrooms upstairs and downstairs
  • Socially distant line-ups at the door and in all seating areas.
  • No sharing of head coverings, Tallit or Machzors
  • Singing: This year, we will ask our attending members to hum vs sing.
  • Distinct exits will be indicated at the end of each service based on seating assignments

Each of our members has the right to attend services based on the seating lottery.  However, our Medical Advisory Committee does discourage members from attending who are over 65, and/or those who are immuno-compromised or have pre-existing medical conditions like diabetes or hypertension (to name a few).  Ultimately, it is the choice of our members and if you are concerned, please consult with your physician.


Your safety remains our priority.  When you enter the shul, you will notice the following:

  • Toronto Police will be stationed inside and outside our building.
  • They will be complemented by guards from our long time security company – Syncro Security – who will check bags and use a security wand on all those who enter without exception.
  • Our Firemen are back for their 30th year and they will be responsible for all first aid, security support and “Command Central” in the main foyer.
  • Adath Israel has invested significantly in a series of physical security tools including enhanced outdoor and indoor CCTV cameras, panic buttons, a brand new PA system and other security tools we do not divulge publicly.

All members now have access to their account in our new membership database – ShulCloud.  To participate in livestream services, you will have to access your account.

Please click HERE to follow instructions to do so.  Without ShulCloud, livestream services will not be accessible.

We encourage all members to visit our online livestream morning Minyan (7:30 am) and Shabbat (9:30 am) broadcasts to test their bandwidth in advance of the High Holidays. This will give you time to call your internet provider should you need to upgrade (Eg. Ignite, Fibe) or get speakers for your computer.

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