Articles

Tu B'Av: Jewish Valentine's Day — The Week's End (August 11, 2022)
By: Rabbi Steve Wernick
Aug 11th 2022
Tomorrow, Friday, is a special day on the Jewish calendar. It is Tu B’Av or the 15th of the month of Av. We know of Tisha B’Av, the day on which the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem were destroyed. But what is Tu B’Av?According to tradition, Tu B’Av is the day on which the sin of the spies (their lack of belief in God and themselves to enter the Land of Israel when the people first...
Men's Club Scholarship Program for 2023
By: Beth Tzedec
Aug 4th 2022
The Beth Tzedec Men’s Club is pleased to sponsor our long standing scholarship program to assist young men and women who are pursuing programs of higher Jewish education.  Applicants need not be a member of Beth Tzedec.The criteria we use to judge each applicant is based on the following and should be given careful consideration when applying.  The information provided with this...
The Culmination of Mourning —The Week's End (August 4, 2022)
By: Yacov Fruchter
Aug 4th 2022
As the culmination of the Three Weeks of mourning, we begin this Saturday night the Fast of Tishah B'Av, marking the destruction of the two Temples in Jerusalem. I have always been particularly moved by the rituals of the 9th of Av. In the heart of the summer, we gather late at night, sitting on the floor of the synagogue, lights dimmed, while we chant Megillat Eikhah, the Book of...
Have you ever witnessed a Sefer Torah accidentally fall to the ground? The Week's End (July 28, 2022)
By: Rabbi Steve Wernick
Jul 28th 2022
Have you ever witnessed a Sefer Torah accidentally fall to the ground?I have. Three times. As a rabbi’s kid and a rabbi—having spent A LOT of time in synagogues and around Sifrei Torah—three times is not so bad. If you’ve witnessed it, too, then you know it is shocking. That’s why I can tell you about all three times in which I was there when a Torah fell to the...
Welcome to our new Executive Director, Phil David
By: Beth Tzedec
Jul 19th 2022
As announced last month, Phil joins us with more than 30 years of leadership experience gained in both the private and Jewish non-profit sectors, most recently as Executive Director of Adath Israel. He spent the first two decades of his career in sales and marketing at large multinationals including Wrigley’s, Mars, and Warner-Lambert, before switching to an operations-based role...
Beth Tzedec's New "Generations Membership"!
By: Beth Tzedec
Jul 18th 2022
We have some exciting and important news to share with you!Beth Tzedec Congregation is no longer charging membership to those under 40.Click here to confirm your no-fee membership now.What has possessed us to do such a thing? It’s simple, really. Because we want to invest in our relationship with YOU. We care about you and your connection to our community.So, what’s the catch? There...
2022/2023 Voluntary Contributions
By: Beth Tzedec
Jul 4th 2022
Beth Tzedec is proud to partner with organizations and projects that support our values. When you make your annual membership contribution, we encourage you to consider supporting these important organizations and initiatives. $25 The Canadian Foundation for Masorti Judaism supports Masorti/Conservative programs in Israel. These include over 50 synagogue...
Beth Tzedec's Updated COVID Protocols (as at June 30, 2022)
By: Beth Tzedec
Jun 30th 2022
June 30, 2022—Throughout COVID-19, Beth Tzedec’s Re-opening Committee has provided guidance to the Congregation’s leadership on health and safety matters related to the pandemic.With most provincial mask mandates having expired, the Committee has re-evaluated our current protocols and has decided that, effective July 1, 2022, masks will be optional while on...
Beth Tzedec Bulletin - Summer Edition
By: Beth Tzedec
Jun 3rd 2022
Beth Tzedec Bulletin - Summer EditionThe latest edition of the Beth Tzedec Bulletin is available for download. Let's celebrate, learn, pray and connect as a community with the many opportunities offered throughout our quarterly catalogue of programs, events and articles.Don't miss any of the news and excitement, including:Wise Aging with Professor Eitan Okun (page 2);The first...
A Message from the Nominating Committee
By: Beth Tzedec
Apr 11th 2022
As Chair of the Nominating Committee, in accordance with Article 9.09 (c) of the by-laws of Beth Tzedec Congregation, I am notifying the following members (alphabetically arranged) whom the Nominating Committee, after due deliberation and consideration, has nominated for election as a Director at the Annual Meeting which will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2022:     ...
Beth Tzedec Welcome Circles
By: Beth Tzedec
Apr 2nd 2022
In support of JIAS’s work in settling newcomers from Ukraine, we will be creating "Beth Tzedec Welcome Circles".Welcome Circles are teams of five to eight volunteers who will be matched with an individual or family unit of newcomers for a six-month to one-year commitment. The goal of Welcome Circles is to provide coordinated support for newcomers and to help them feel settled and...
Remembering Rabbi J. Benjamin Friedberg (z"l)
By: Beth Tzedec
Mar 31st 2022
Funeral InformationThe funeral service for Rabbi J. Benjamin Friedberg z"l will be held at Beth Tzedec Congregation on Friday, April 1 at 11:00 a.m. Access for the Service will be via the Bathurst Street doors. The service will also be streamed to three different platforms. Please select the one that works best for...
Supporting Ukraine
By: Beth Tzedec
Mar 17th 2022
The attention of the Jewish community turns toward Ukraine for many reasons. It is from where many of our families originated. Many in our community have reached out asking what can we do? At the moment, the most important assistance needed is funding. The goal is to get as many people to safety as possible. That requires staff, buses, logistics, security, (bribes), food,...
Supporting the Ukrainian Community
By: Rabbi Steve Wernick
Mar 16th 2022
The attention of the Jewish community turns toward Ukraine for many reasons. It is from where many of our families originated. My own great-grandfather left Odessa for New York in 1898. It has been both the centre of a vibrant Jewish life for a thousand years and introduced the world to Pogroms.Ukraine has a violent history of antisemitism, yet today is being led by a Jewish president and...
Beth Tzedec Bulletin - Spring Edition!
By: Beth Tzedec
Mar 1st 2022
Beth Tzedec Bulletin - Spring EditionThe latest edition of the Beth Tzedec Bulletin is available for download. Let's celebrate, learn, pray and connect as a community with the many opportunities offered throughout our quarterly catalogue of programs, events and articles.Don't miss any of the news and excitement, including:Purim Family Fun opportunities (page 2);Feature on Rabbi...