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Protecting Beth Tzedec Members from COVID-19
Oct 22nd 2021

Beth Tzedec has updated its safety protocols and requirements for attending in-person services. We continue to adhere to provincial guidelines to facilitate safe participation in our services and programs while protecting our members against COVID-19 and its variants.

As of todays date, there will no longer be a pre-registration process for attending Beth Tzedec Friday evening or Shabbat morning services.

Everyone attending in-person services MUST provide proof of identification AND double vaccination status in order to enter our building or property, including participation in outdoor services. (Pre-registration for smahot, funerals and private affairs at Beth Tzedec may still be required in certain circumstances. In such cases, the families will be notified in advance if pre-registration is required.)

Members who have uploaded their official vaccination receipt or uploaded their QR code from the Ontario website and provided this to Beth Tzedec in advance of attending a Friday evening or Shabbat morning service will not be required to present proof of vaccination at the door (but will be required to present proof of identification). We encourage members to upload their official vaccination receipt here. Members may also download their QR code from the Ontario website, which is also acceptable proof of vaccination. (See link to the Ministry's portal in the box at the bottom.)

In the event that someone cannot provide the requisite verification that they have been fully vaccinated, they must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken in the 72-hour period before seeking entry to the synagogue grounds.

We have also amended our Vaccination Policy to also require children ages 12-17 to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to entry with a vaccine approved by Health Canada. Previously, one dose was acceptable for this age cohort.

Accordingly, our policy is now as follows:

  • No one 12 years or older will be permitted to enter the Beth Tzedec building or grounds without first verifying that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days prior to entry with a vaccine approved by Health Canada.

Children under the age of 12 shall continue to be permitted to attend without vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test unless such child shows symptoms of illness at the time. Children are expected to stay with their vaccinated parent/guardian at all times.

While these procedures will apply only to those who attend in-person experiences, we will continue offering services and many programs online, either via our BT All-Access livestream portal, by Zoom or on our Facebook and YouTube pages.

We ask for your support in adhering to our policies and procedures that will be enforced by our security staff, maintenance and volunteer teams. We are committed to doing our part to protect the health and well-being of our community.


L'shalom,

Debbie Rothstein, President
Patti Rotman, Chair of the Board


To download your COVID-19 vaccine certificate and QR code, please visit the provincial COVID-19 website here.


If you are unable to access the COVID portal, you can obtain an emailed copy of your enhanced vaccine certificate by email by calling 1-833-943-3900.

If you are unable to print out your verification, local libraries and Service Ontario offices will print a copy for free.