Recent outbreaks of measles, particularly within the Jewish community, have prompted discussion about vaccinations.
Judaism speaks directly to the issue. Through the mitzvah of shmirat haguf, we are obligated to care for our bodies. As Jews, we are also required to take reasonable steps in protecting the safety of others, including their health.
Jewish law defers to medical professionals in determining how to best fulfil these obligations and it is incumbent upon all Jews to follow the advice of one’s physician with respect to vaccinations.
Adath Israel Congregation strives to be a welcoming place for all, including those who are medically vulnerable. The presence of unvaccinated individuals at our synagogue puts everyone at risk, especially the very young and very old.
In order to protect the health of every person and minimize the risk of exposure, we ask all those entering the synagogue to ensure that their vaccinations are up-to-date.
Everyone wants to safeguard their own safety and the wellbeing of their family. If you have concerns about vaccinating yourself or your children, please speak with a medical professional.
If you think that you may have measles, please stay at home and call your physician or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.
For more information about measles and to determine if you may require further vaccination to boost immunization, especially if you were born between 1971 and 1991, please click HERE.
Rabbi Adam Cutler
Rabbi David Seed
Cantor Alex Stein
Cantor Ben Sharpe
Marilyn Sherman, President
Dr. David Urbach, 1st Vice-President