Solel is a dynamic, progressive hub of Reform Judaism west of Toronto.

We care deeply about offering a warm, compassionate, and nurturing environment for Jews from all backgrounds.

Solel's Mission and Values

We embrace diversity, egalitarianism, and personal choice in carving out a path to living a meaningful Jewish life through:


Lifelong Learning
Teaching Our Children
Studying Together
Learning from Each Other
Doing Mitzvot


Prayer, Rituals, Holidays
Keeping Our Community Vibrant:
– Engaged Membership
– Volunteerism
– Financial Health
– Strong Leadership

G’milut Chasadim

Tikkun Olam
Supporting and Caring for Each Other and the Broader Community
Openness and Accessibility
Interfaith Dialog and Partnership
Commitment to Israel

Our services are joyful, musical and interactive. We care deeply about education and social justice.
We want to get to know you. Come and join us for a service, stay to schmooze over coffee and dessert, and see why Solel should be your extended Jewish home too.

Rabbi Audrey Pollack

Rabbi – Audrey Pollack

On July 1, 2015, Rabbi Audrey Pollack assumed the position of head Rabbi at Solel.  An accomplished spiritual leader with more than a decade of pulpit experience, Rabbi Pollack and her family are pleased to have become a part of the Solel family.  Rabbi Pollack continues Solel’s tradition of encouraging everyone to participate and to explore, to try out new ideas and to learn as part of a vibrant and caring Jewish community. see more

Arliene Botnick Director of Education

Director of Education – Arliene Botnick

Arliene Botnick received her Honours B.A. from University of Toronto and her M.Ed. from OISE. She was granted the title Reform Jewish Educator by the National Association of Temple Educators. Arliene is involved in several community organizations and is a member of the Steering Committee of the 905 Interfaith Organization, the Credit Valley Spiritual Advisory Committee, Pathway Community Projects, the Family Education Network of the Board of Jewish Education (Mercaz), and the Teacher Education Institute. She was the chair of the Reform Educators’ Council and is a graduate of the International Summer School of Holocaust Studies – Yad Vashem in Israel. see more

Rabbi Englander

Rabbi Emeritus – Lawrence Englander

Our founding Rabbi, Rabbi Lawrence Englander retired in July 2014. He is a member of the Order of Canada for his work in community-based social justice programs and inter-faith dialog. Rabbi Englander is a renowned teacher and spiritual leader. Rabbi Englander is a past-president of ARZENU, the world wide organization of Reform Zionists and a noted scholar of Jewish mysticism. Rabbi Englander continues to offer adult education at Solel and he and his wife Cheryl continue to worship with us. see more

Carol Van Thyn

Solel’s Office

Carol Van Thyn is here to help you with information, connecting with the resources that you need, questions about facilities use, or dealing with other inquiries.

Board of Directors

Solel’s board of directors includes an executive committee and members at large. Our goal is to provide strong leadership which represents the diverse needs and interests of our members. Our board is always interested in talking to people about our congregation and how it can better serve the needs of our members and our wider community. The board members are:

John Lewsen
President – read the President’s Message
Administration, Safety, Security

1st Vice-President

Emma Weizenbluth
2nd Vice-President
Religious Ritual & Practice

Dennis Perlin
Executive Secretary

Joel Brown
Communications, Technology, Bingo

Roselyn Allen
Immediate Past President

Andrea Galambos
Member at Large
Membership & Outreach

Dave Gordon
Member at Large
Facilities & Operations

Dennis Norton
Member at Large
Finance, Fundraising

Ruth Ostrower
Member at Large
Women of Solel, Social Action

Miriam Schoeman
Member at Large
Religious Education, Mitzvah

Michael Van Thyn
Member at Large
Youth LGBTQ Safe Zone
Solel is proud to be an LGBTQ Safe Zone.

Solel is a proud member of the Union for Reform Judaism  URJ