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Changes coming up for Montreal Open Shul

Dear Friends, 

We hope this note finds you safe and healthy. We want to take a few moments to provide you with an update on recent and current events at Montreal Open Shul. For the last nine months, we have been trying to stay safe and at the same time build our spiritual community, even with the negative economic impact the pandemic continues to have on non-profits and religious communities. 

Also, during this time, thanks to a Nova grant from Federation CJA, we have been working with a consulting firm for the purpose of re-examining our business model and exploring our respective and collective visions for the future. A special thanks goes out to those members of our community who took the time to fill out the survey. Your responses helped guide us, and are greatly appreciated. 

We have decided it is best for our organization to adapt to this new environment by making several important changes. Cantor Heather will be working with a core of lay leaders to pivot MOS to a more ritually traditional, yet inclusive and egalitarian model that also emphasizes social action and community learning.  

Rabbi Schachar and Rabbi Sherril will continue working together as co-Executive Directors of ALEPH Canada, a national charity with the mission of promoting the renewal of Judaism across the country. This work will involve reimagining a new spiritual community in Montreal that provides programs, events and services targeted to local and broader spiritual needs.  

The three of us have enjoyed the benefits of partnership for over three years, and will continue to benefit from each other’s wisdom and experience, but now as colleagues rather than partners. We are extraordinarily grateful for the support and dedication of our supporters, friends, and colleagues. It is because of you that we are able to continue doing this important work.  

We look forward to introducing you to our new, respective ventures in the very near future. Until then, we wish you continued health and well-being and welcome any questions you may have.  

Chag urim sameach! Happy Hanukkah!

Rabbi Schachar, Rabbi Sherril, and Cantor Heather 

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