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Collection Policy

הנהלת בית המדרש מתנים שכל צדקות הניתנים בתוך בית מדרשינו, לאיזה מטרה שיהא,ובאיזה קופה שיהא, הוא על דעת הנהלת בית המדרש, ויש בכחם לעשות בהם כפי מה מה שעולה על דעתם,ולדוגמא, מי שמשאיר קערת צדקה בתענית אסתר או בערב יום כיפור ואינו בא לקחתו בתוך ג' ימים ,יש רשות להנהלת הבית המדרש להשתמש בכסף זה לצורך אחר.


Bais Medrash Shoavei Mayim stipulates that all tzedaka given and collected in the Shul, by any means be it for any cause, or any organization, can only be with the permission of the Gabbai tzedka of the shul and it is within their jurisdiction to do with it as they see fit. For example collection plates left in the shul on Erev Yom Kippur or Taanis Ester and are not collected with in three days the Gabbai can do with it as he sees fit and allocate the money to another cause.

Kashrus Policy

The following policy governs the Kashrus in Bais Medrash Shoavei Mayim / Congregation Shoavei
Mayim (SM)
SM policy intends to maintain the highest level of observance with Kashrus and to avoid
questions & concerns. All Kashrus issues are subject to the Rav direction.
It is SM’s policy that all food and drink must be clearly marked with an acceptable Hashgacha ,
and that:
1. All food and drinks brought into the shul must have an acceptable Hasgacha. The Rov in his sole
discretion will decide on what an acceptable Hasgacha is. Any wine brought into the building must be
Mevushal, and must be unopened with its seal still intact.
There is to be no cooking in the shul without the express permission of SM and a COR Mashgiach. The
kitchen is for prepared food prep and warming only.
2. All food must be Bishul Yisrael (including tuna etc).
3. Any bread or grain product must be Pas Yisrael, and Yashan.
4. Any dairy products must be Chalav Yisrael.
5. No home baked goods are permitted. Only food prepared from a kosher COR
retailer/caterer that is unopened with its seal bearing a still intact, bearing a
hashgacha, will be permitted.
6. All food must be received/reviewed by the SM Mashgiach, Rabbi, or other
authorized person, prior to being permitted to be served. It is the responsibility of
the committee member to make appropriate arrangements with the Mashgiach
7. Food packages must bear a “COR”, or other acceptable hashgacha,
as well as “Mevushal”, “Bishul Yisrael”, “Chalav Yisrael”, or “Pas Yisrael” as
appropriate. For a list of acceptable hashgachas, please refer to the COR
8. All alcoholic beverages must comply with COR policy. COR approves of all
beverages as listed in the CRC (Chicago Rabbinical Council) Liquor List with the

following exception: COR permits Whiskies aged in wine or Sherry casks.
Whiskies, and other alcoholic beverages, that actually have wine (or other)
additives are not kosher unless expressly indicated with the appropriate
9. All alcohol brought into the facility must still be factory sealed and be presented
to the mashgiach together with the purchase receipt indicating that it was not
purchased prior to the most recent Pesach holiday.
10. All alcohol brought into the shul must comply with applicable municipal, provincial and federal laws
as well as the SM policy on serving alcohol.


Safe and Harassment Free PolicyCongregation Shoavei Mayim

The following policy and procedures governing personal conduct and the rights of others,
congregants, employees and volunteers is established to benefit the Congregation and each of its

congregants, employees, volunteers and members.

Congregation Shoavei Mayim is committed to maintaining a place of worship which complies
with the Ontario Human Rights Code, R.S.O. 1990, c.H19. The Code provides that every person
has a right to freedom from discrimination on the grounds of race, ancestry, place of origin,
colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, handicap, age, marital and family
status or record of offences. No harassment is permitted on any of the above grounds. The Code
also prohibits unwelcome sexual solicitations or advances made by a person in a position of
authority or a reprisal because an advance has been refused. The Congregation recognizes its
responsibility to take action to prevent harassment or discrimination and to provide procedures
for redress when complaints of harassment or discrimination occur.
“Engaging in a course of vexatious comment or conduct that is known or ought reasonably to be
known to be unwelcome.” (Ontario Human Rights Code, R.S.O. 1990, c. H19, S. 10(1))
Conduct which constitutes harassment is abusive and/or offensive behaviour, such as ethnic,
racist or sexist slurs, misuse of authority, suggestive remarks, physical advances or intimidation,
sexual or otherwise.
Someone in authority or with responsibility treating one person less favourably than others, or
providing less favourable service to that person because of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour,
ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, handicap, age, marital and family status
or record of offences. (Ontario Human Rights Code, R.S.O. 1990, c. H19, S. (1)).
Every employee, volunteer and member of the Congregation is entitled under the Code to equal
employment opportunity without discrimination on any of the grounds above. Because we are an
Orthodox Jewish organization, certain precepts of our religion prevail over the anti-
discrimination provisions of the Code. The Code explicitly recognizes this fact. However, except
to the extent that our religious principles require, we are committed to ensuring that the
Congregation fully adheres to the rights established in the Code.

Procedure in Case of Harassment
An employee, volunteer or member who believes he or she is being harassed, threatened or
intimidated by another employee, volunteer or member should make an immediate, direct and
clear statement to that employee, volunteer or member that the incident, remark or behaviour is
not acceptable. If the complaining employee, volunteer or member does not receive a satisfactory
response, he or she should immediately report the incident to the President, First or Second Vice-
President, or the Executive Director. These individuals will then be responsible for investigation
of the complaint on an informal basis and will make an attempt to bring about a reconciliation.
If the incident cannot be resolved on an informal basis, the following is the formal procedure
which will be followed. A written record will be completed detailing the date, time,
circumstances surrounding the incident and the name of the alleged offender. The alleged
offender will also be provided with a copy of the complaint. Any witnesses will be interviewed
and the incident will be thoroughly investigated and documented. All material will be treated as
confidential and will not be divulged to unauthorized persons.
It will be the duty of the Executive Officers and Executive Director to ensure that an impartial
and fair review of the complaint is undertaken.
Disciplinary Action
If there is a substantiated case of harassment, the Executive Officers, on behalf of the
Congregation, will take remedial action to ensure that the offender is properly disciplined and
that the complainant is free to do his/her job without fear of further harassment or other
difficulties arising from the complaint.
Written material regarding the complaint will not be placed in the complainant's file and the
individual making a complaint will not suffer retaliation. Under no circumstances will a person
who makes a complaint be penalized as a result of any remedial action in a substantiated case of
In addition to the procedure set out above, an employee, volunteer or member has the right to
utilize the complaint procedure established under the Ontario Human Rights Code

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Alcohol has a long history as part of our Mitzvous, such as Kiddush, tradition, and celebration in the Jewish
community. Our goals in developing this policy are to honor our history and practice while also ensuring a safe,
welcoming, inclusive, and responsible environment at SM.
A. Religious Ceremony
Alcohol may be served during or in direct connection with another religious ceremony or ritual that has a
longstanding tradition in the Jewish faith, so long as the alcohol is dispensed by a competent adult who is a
supervisory member of the SM.
B. Synagogue Sponsored Events
Alcohol may be served at SM sponsored events that are not directly related to religious ceremonies or rituals,
subject to the limitations set forth herein and to applicable laws or liability concerns.
C. BYOB Events Prohibited
In no event shall any individual bring alcohol on the premises of the Synagogue for the purpose of consuming or
dispensing the alcohol, unless the alcohol is specifically designated for use during a sacrament, ritual, or religious
ceremony as set out above.
D. Minors
Alcohol shall never be served to or consumed by an individual at the SM who is under the legal drinking age or 25.
E. Service of Alcohol
At any Synagogue sponsored event where the service or consumption of alcohol takes place, all alcohol shall be
dispensed or served by a competent adult who is certified or trained to identify individuals under the legal drinking
age or 25, and who is able to identify the signs of an intoxicated person. To this end, alcohol shall never be served
to an individual who appears to be visibly intoxicated. 1. Whenever alcohol is served, the SM shall designate an
appropriate number of supervisory individuals with the responsibility of ensuring that this policy is enforced,
including but not limited to: (i) creating a supervised area where alcohol is to be served and consumed, (ii)
ensuring the prohibition against serving alcohol to minors or to visibly intoxicated persons, and (iii) ensuring the
availability of “designated drivers” for intoxicated individuals requiring transportation. 2. Non-alcoholic beverages
must be offered with equal attractiveness and accessibility as an alternative to alcoholic beverages, and sufficient
amounts of food must be made available whenever alcohol is being served or consumed at the SM or at a SM
sponsored event. 3. All alcohol served at the Synagogue must comply with the Kashrus Policy of SM. 4. The serving
of alcoholic beverages at events should not be publicized as an attraction of a SM sponsored event. G. Alcoholic
beverages must be clearly labeled as such and must be stored in a locked area when not being used in accordance
with the limitations of this policy.


SM is a drug free environment and will not permit or tolerate any drug use, legal or not on its premises. Further
SM reserves the right to restrict entry of individuals who appear to be under the influence of drugs or claim to
have drugs on their person.

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