Limited Reopening of Adath Israel Congregation
On June 8, the Province of Ontario announced that places of worship will be permitted to conduct religious services starting Friday, June 12, allowing for up to 30% of building capacity, with physical distancing in place.
Throughout this crisis, Adath Israel has relied upon our Medical Advisory Committee to guide the clergy and lay leadership in ensuring the health and safety of our community. While we are excited to resume praying at Adath Israel, fully embracing the latitude provided exclusively to houses of worship would contravene the Jewish imperative of pikuach nefesh – saving a life.
The synagogue will continue to limit participation to 20 for its weekday and Shabbat services to ensure we can test, assess and adjust our safety protocols as needed.
With time and an ongoing review of our safety protocols, we hope to incrementally increase this number. This approach is consistent with the recent statement of the Toronto Board of Rabbis, of which Rabbi Seed serves as President and Rabbi Cutler as Immediate Past President.
Upon limited reopening, to participate in services, you must:
- Be a member, clergy, or staff of Adath Israel
- Pre-register (Click HERE)
- Bring your face covering and wear it all times
- Bring your own tallit, tfillin and kippah, as appropriate
- Bring your own prayer book if possible
- Submit to screening upon entry
- Not currently have any symptoms of illness
- Not have traveled outside the country for fourteen days
- Not have any known direct contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last fourteen days, except as a provider of medical care
- Keep a distance of at least 2 metres from anyone other than members of your household
- Sit in the seat designated to you by the usher
Individuals aged 65 and older as well as those with compromised immune services are discouraged from attending. Children under the age of Bar/Bat Mitzvah may not attend except under exceptional circumstances.
We recognize that more people may want to attend services than we can safely accommodate at this time. Our tradition has a long-established order with respect to who should receive an aliyah when picking among many. If more than twenty people register for a service, this hierarchy will guide the synagogue in prioritizing who may attend.
For those who wish to watch our services each day via livestream, please click HERE.
We pray that the local COVID-19 statistics will speedily improve and we look forward to seeing all of you once again.
Wishing you and your family health and strength during this difficult time,