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Dear City Shul members and friends,

These are unprecedented times and this message is important.

We are all looking forward to the day when we can return to synagogue activities in physical proximity to one another - in person - as a joyful community of spiritual and religious practice.  However, we have decided that we will be keeping our physical space closed and will remain “in the cloud” at least until the end of June, or whenever the province allows for larger gatherings. Until then, we will continue to do all we can to thrive as a vibrant community in a virtual setting.

We will continue to offer beautiful Shabbat morning services and/or Shabbat experiences with Rabbi Goldstein. We also include in our schedule Kabbalat Shabbat programming, Torah study, and opportunities for the community to come together socially. 

It is important for you to know that your Leadership Team is hard at work doing both short term and long term planning in the wake of Covid19. The negative financial impact of this pandemic was felt immediately and we have had to make some difficult decisions. What remains most critical is maintaining the excellent shul experience we have all come to love, and ensuring financial sustainability into the immediate and long term future. In this fraught landscape we are grateful for your continued support of City Shul. When the time is right we look forward to having meaningful, forward thinking conversations about our financial situation.

Thank you for your continued support for City Shul.


Paul Robinson, President     Danielle Adler, Chair     Rabbi Goldstein

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Shavuot Message from Rabbi G.

A Message From The LT



For security reasons we have instituted passwords for all events and services, which will be sent to all members weekly. If you are not a member and wish to join us at an event or service please email Casey with a request for the password information.

For technical issues getting into any event or service, please email or send a text message to 416-613-1309. Please do not text or email the Rabbi for technical issues.   

Please feel free to wear a tallit and kipa to all our Shabbat morning services and a kipa to Kabbalat Shabbat, let's try and make our online services feel as "Shabbos" as possible! Have your kiddush cup handy and "l'chayim" shot ready at the end! 

Friday June 5th, 5:30pm Family Shabbat songs and table blessings with Cantor Wunch and Nadia Oliveri.

Saturday June 6th, 10:00am Shabbat morning service with Rabbi Goldstein and Cantor Wunch, and we celebrate the Bar Mitzvah of Isaiah Gould.

Saturday June 13th, 10:00am Shabbat morning service with Rabbi Goldstein and Yona Lunsky.

Saturday June 20th, 10:00am Shabbat morning service with Rabbi Goldstein and Jeff Bernstein. 

Friday June 26th, 6:00pm. Kabbalat Shabbat Online Service with Rabbi Goldstein, Paul Robinson and Rochelle Dworkin.

Saturday June 27th, 10:00am Shabbat morning service with Rabbi Goldstein and Cantor Wunch.

Instead of Sponsor a Kiddush, Sponsor a Cloud! Make our cloud-based services possible and keep us flying high. Cloud Sponsorships will be acknowledged both at services and in newsletter. Click here and choose "Cloud Sponsorship" on the drop-down menu!


*Important reminder that many of our online workshops are recorded in order to make sure we can focus on the live class and for those who cannot make it, to be able to view it later.  If you are not comfortable with being recorded, you can leave the class and watch it later, or you can take your video off your zoom setting for the session. 

For technical issues getting into any event or service, please email or send a text message to
416-613-1309. Please do not text or email the Rabbi for technical issues.   

Wednesday June 3rd, 1:00pm. Growing a Jewish Community in Guatemala. Speakers: Rabbi Goldstein will interview Rebecca Orantes, a community leader of the Jewish community of Adat Israel Judaismo Reformista in Guatemala City, Guatemala, who will share her community's unique experience. Register here.


Tuesday June 9th, 7:30pm. Jewish Trivia Night with Micah Sienna. Pub-style trivia on "fun-fact" Jewish themes on everything from religion to history, literature, food, pop culture, art and more. PRIZES FOR WINNERS! Register here.

Wednesday June 10 7:00pm. Adraba Parent Info Session for High School students Grade 9+. Adraba is a blend of traditional teaching and tech, leveraged to expand the possibilities of Jewish learning. Meet Dr. Dav Aviv and learn more about Jewish learning opportunities for your teens.


Wednesday June 17, 7:30pm. My Walk Through Palestine with Kevin Keystone. Kevin tells us about his twenty-five day, three hundred and thirty kilometre walk through the West Bank, from the northern town of Rummanah to Hebron and Bayt Mirsim in the south. Come learn about the places, people, food, experiences, and ideas he encountered along the way.  Register here.


Wednesday June 24th, 7:30pm. Working with big feelings: Tools for coping with stress during COVID with Shawna Rich-Ginsberg. For many people, COVID-19 will be associated with increased uncertainty and stress. This trauma seminar will help you learn about affect regulation and the various states of distress. Learn healthy ways to acknowledge and cope with emotions like anger, sadness and fear, including grounding strategies and using inner resources like self-compassion.  Learn more about Shawna here ​​​​​. Register here.


Zoom is an amazing, easy platform that lets us see each other and feel connected. It works best on a computer, with Chrome. It does work on a smartphone or tablet, though sometimes without the 'chat' function. You may join any zoom activity without downloading the app at all. If you do download it, it makes getting into the platform quick and easy.


For those who do not wish to install zoom

  • Click 'join here' in the newsletter or on the link that is provided on the website.
  • In the window that appears in your browser, look for 'join from your browser' and click it. In the window that appears, click in the box that says 'your name' and type in your name. Click 'join'.
  • If you see a box that says 'join audio by computer', click it.
  • If you see on the bottom left hand corner and icon that says 'start video' with a red line through it, click it so you can be seen in the meeting. If you don't want to be seen, simply don't click it.

For those who wish to install zoom

  • We recommend doing it this week before Shabbat so you are 'ready.'
  • Zoom works best with Chrome and works best on a computer.
  • Go to and follow download instructions.
  • Once you have zoom installed, click 'join here' in the newsletter, or on the link that is provided on the website.
  • In the new window that opens in your browser, look in the small white box at the top for 'open' and click on it.
  • In thew new window that appears choose either 'join without video' or 'join with video' and click.
  • In the new window that appears, click 'join with computer audio'so you can hear the event.

City Shul's Vision and Mission

Please go here to see our Vision and Mission!

Meet City Shul: 

Downtown’s Reform Synagogue

Downtown. Spiritual. Community. Creative.
Welcoming. Warm. Intellectual. Musical. Inclusive. Finally!

These are the words we use to describe ourselves,
and the words others use to describe us.


Our Saturday morning services meet at 10 am. Our Friday night services are once a month at 6:30 pm. We meet at 300 Bloor Street West. However we do not meet weekly and have some exceptions. Please check our Service schedule.

See Service Schedule

Sun, 31 May 2020 8 Sivan 5780