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Benjamin Topor

                     
After seventeen months of the pandemic, we are experiencing a rebirth. 
Thanks to the vaccine, and having followed all safety protocols, we are starting to see Covid 19 in our
rear-view mirror. Synagogue life is slowly returning to normal. We are now conducting in-house services while, rest assured we respect distancing and all other covid safety measures, simultaneously, continuing our Live Stream broadcast and Zoom.

We were not just open for the High Holy Days. We are open for all services. We welcome you with a smile and open arms. Live Streaming is good but in person services are special. I cried with joy the first time I attended service in the sanctuary.

Cantor Boaz Davidoff arrived in July for our High Holy Day services. Not only is he a world class cantor, he is also, a world class mensch. 
What a difference a year makes. Last year, Rabbi Bright, aided by the choir, conducted the entire High Holy Day services. This year we have added Hazzan Sheini, Gershon Katz as well as Cantor Boaz. What a phenomenal team we have assembled.

Despite Covid 19, I am proud that we have accomplished a number of major initiatives. Phase 1 of the renovations has been completed. Come see for yourself, what has been done. Phase 2 is scheduled to start in mid-June 2022. It’s not too late to donate to the capital campaign. Any amount would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks to our programming and marketing committee, our dedicated volunteers, we were able to deliver a number of online events. The highlight was the Musical Flavours of Israel, starring Cantor Boaz, which had over 2000 views.

In closing, I look forward to seeing you all in person. Perhaps by that time we can hug, if not an elbow bump will still feel good.

On behalf of myself and my family I wish you all a Shana Tovah Umetukah, a sweet, healthy and prosperous New Year.

President
president@shaarezedek.ca

Wed, 1 December 2021 27 Kislev 5782