COVID Update

We are pleased to note that we are now in Phase Five of Nova Scotia’s reopening. According to provincial rules, we are currently permitted 50% of our space’s capacity, with social distancing and masking (especially during Kiddush, when not eating). This means that the Shaar’s Friday 6:00 pm and Saturday 9:15 am Shabbat services are open to all, within these more generous limits – no reservations necessary.

It is important to note that tefillah services are considered essential in Nova Scotia, but that other programs at the Shaar have been deemed unessential. Therefore, we cannot require proof of vaccination to attend services on Shabbat and festival evenings and mornings, but double vaccination will be required for all other activities, including kiddushim. Out of respect for our holy days, please do not bring your proof of vaccination with you on Shabbat, but we ask that you do so during the week to the office. Your status will be recorded and kept on file; you only need to do this one time.

As always, Shabbat services will continue to be webcast over StreamSpot as in the past. We chose this platform because it is the most Shabbat-friendly option available; people can log-on before Shabbat begins and keep the stream running untouched for the duration of the sacred time in order to respect the sanctity of the day.

For those who are comfortable, we look forward to davening, learning, gathering, and eating together at the Shaar soon.