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COVID-19

Kol Ami's Ongoing Response to COVID-19

Below please find our COVID-19 safety protocols as of October 10th, 2022. Because the situation is ever-changing, this page may be updated without advance notice.
 

The Ontario government has removed the mandatory masking requirement for most settings.  Our main goal in developing our policy is to revitalize in-person engagement that respects the fact that the pandemic has not ended, while empowering individuals to make informed decisions on their ability to participate in person. Vaccines, coupled with the various therapeutics we now have, continue to prevent the vast majority of those who contract the virus, from serious illness and hospitalization, which gives us a flexibility that we did not have at the start of this pandemic. 

HEALTH AWARENESS

It is critical that you monitor how you and your children are feeling before coming to Kol Ami. If you are experiencing any symptoms of ill health, please do not come to the building.

If you recently had Covid, please follow Ontario Public Health guidelines with respect to returning to Kol Ami.

VACCINATION

Vaccination is highly encouraged in individuals 12 years and older, if attending and participating in events at the synagogue. Proof of vaccination is no longer required; instead we are operating on an honour system. 

MASKING

While masks are not required, they are highly encouraged at Kol Ami. In light of the ongoing widespread circulation of Covid variants, we strongly encourage attendees to wear masks and practice physical distancing to protect themselves and others. 

This policy applies to all Synagogue operations, including Religious School. We encourage those who feel more comfortable wearing a mask, to do so.  However, if you had Covid and have finished your period of isolation, as per Ontario Public Health, you must wear a well fitting mask through day 10. If you have been exposed to someone with Covid, you must wear a well fitting mask for 10 days following the last date of exposure, as per the Ontario Public Health

SANCTUARY

Seating in the sanctuary is set in rows, with adequate space between rows and aisles. Please be sensitive to those who are not comfortable sitting next to someone outside of their immediate household by first asking if it’s okay to sit next to them.

EATING INDOORS
 
We have resumed eating together indoors at Kol Ami. 
 
HOLIDAYS, FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
 
We will continue to monitor the Covid case numbers and hospitalization rates in our area, and make any changes necessary to ensure the health of our community.
 
Kol Ami's priority is ensuring the health and safety of all those who enter our doors.
 
Kol Ami is offering most of its services and adult education classes both virtually and in person.
On Saturdays, Torah Study and Shabbat morning service are held in person and on Zoom.
 
Please check our online calendar and our weekly publication, Hashavua, for weekly services, events and zoom links.
 
Please note that Rabbi Streiffer and our staff continue to be available during this time. Please do not hesitate to contact any of us with questions or concerns. We will continue to update you as the situation develops.
 
Ilana Glazenberg, Operations Manager
Marla Berns, Office Administrator
Jay Kowal, President
Thu, December 1 2022 7 Kislev 5783