Kids are back to school. Should they also go back to shul?

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With most congregations returning to some semblance of normalcy, one of the biggest questions is how children—who cannot be vaccinated—can safely return after 18 months away. There’s no consensus among congregations, resulting in a hodgepodge of ad hoc rules across the country.

How can Canada’s religious leadership navigate this uncertain future? Is there a right decision?

On this week’s episode of Bonjour Chai, our weekly current affairs show, hosts Avi Finegold and Ilana Zackon are joined by Rabba Rachel Kohl Finegold, a member of the clergy team at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim and the president of the Montreal Board of Rabbis.


Bonjour Chai is hosted by Avi Finegold, Melissa Lantsman and Ilana Zackon. Michael Fraiman is the producer. Andrew Goulet is the technical producer. Our theme music is by Socalled. The show is a co-production from The Jewish Learning Lab and The CJN, and is distributed by The CJN Podcast Network. Find more great Jewish podcasts at