Articles

Thoughts from Self-Isolation: A D'var Israel from our Shinshinim
By: Beth Tzedec
Mar 26th 2020
People tend to question some of the things that they hear. We want to make sure that we are right, that we checked all the options and then conclude what makes the most sense. That’s who we are. It is natural. 2,300 years ago there was a consensus that the earth was flat, until the Greek philosopher Aristotle doubted it and was the first to prove that it was wrong.  You can see...
Jewish Free Loan Toronto Established Covid-19 Loan
By: Beth Tzedec
Mar 26th 2020
COVID-19 LOANTo help our community deal with the financial fallout of the pandemic, Jewish Free Loan Toronto has created a new emergency Covid-19 loan. For more information, click here>> 
A Message from the Men's Club of Beth Tzedec
By: Beth Tzedec
Mar 25th 2020
These indeed are difficult times in which it is often so easy to head in the direction of fear, pessimism and doom and gloom when listening to the news on the radio, on TV or on social media. Social distancing between families, relatives, friends and neighbours also can lead to feelings of isolation. However with every downturn, misfortune or loss there also arises an opportunity and...
Celebrating Passover in a Time of Crisis
By: Rabbi Steve Wernick
Mar 25th 2020
Friends, At this point, we are deeply familiar with the rabbinic understanding of sha’at d’khak, a time of crisis, and pikuah nefesh, the preservation of life—the mitzvah that pushes aside all other commandments. We are living these values as we practice social distancing, self-isolation and follow the mandate from governments and health experts to stay home and limit excursions to...
Resources: Celebrating Passover During a Pandemic
By: Beth Tzedec
Mar 25th 2020
During sha’at d’khak, a time of crisis, we are tasked with finding new strategies and ideas for celebrating Pesah with our loved ones. We hope that this list of resources helps inspire and educate your family.The Rabbinical Assembly Pesah guide is a brief outline of the policies and procedures relevant to the preparation of a kosher for Pesah home. Find it here>>Apex Kosher Catering...
Apex Kosher Catering ... Keeping Our Kitchens Open
By: Beth Tzedec
Mar 24th 2020
Sit Down to a Stress-Free Shabbat DinnerOur friends at Apex Kosher Catering are offering weekly Friday night dinners at an affordable price for pick up or delivery. The menu changes weekly, so be sure to check back often for your favourite meals.To view the latest menu, click here -- apex-friday-night-ad-week-3.png 
Beth Tzedec Memorial Park: COVID-19 Pandemic Protocols
By: Beth Tzedec
Mar 22nd 2020
Effective as of Tuesday March 24, 2020. Beth Tzedec Memorial Park (BTMP) is concerned about the health and safety of all individuals visiting our cemetery, the families whom we serve, funeral directors and our staff. Whether we are declared an essential service or not by government, we view our operations as such. We must therefore take a very aggressive approach to COVID-19 so that we can...
The Pen Pal Project
By: Shirel Barkan-Slater
Mar 20th 2020
Youth, Families and Seniors are all invited to join our Pen Pal Project at Beth Tzedec! Kids aged 3 to 13 will be paired up with a senior buddy to exchange weekly emails, learn about each other’s lives and cultivate spiritual nearness with safe social distancing. Younger children will be invited to send drawings, with their parents to help foster the relationship. Older kids who can...
Engaging Our Minds
By: Beth Tzedec
Mar 20th 2020
Social gathering, community celebration and family excursions may be curtailed for the short-term, but there are an incredible assortment of opportunities to virtually connect with art, music, literature, worship and wellness. Beth Tzedec staff has been surfing social media and web sources to compile a growing list of activities and opportunities to engage with community beyond our four...
Protecting Ourselves and Our Communities
By: Beth Tzedec
Mar 20th 2020
We are entering a time of unprecedented personal restriction, and being good global and community citizens, we are all striving to do our part to both protect and support our families and communities. But even with the vast majority giving that extra bit of effort to aid and assist, there remains that very small minority who seek to profit and abuse the public good.We have been made aware of a...
Community Update: Office Closure
By: Beth Tzedec
Mar 19th 2020
The leadership of Beth Tzedec relies on the advice and counsel of public health agencies as it makes decisions on behalf of our community. With a deep concern for the health and safety of our members and staff, we have made the decision to close the Beth Tzedec offices until further notice. During this period, we remain accessible and are responding to voice mail and email messages as...
Join our Virtual Minyan!
By: Beth Tzedec
Mar 16th 2020
*Updated Thursday, March 19, 2020As of this afternoon, we will be hosting daily services via Zoom at the scheduled times indicated on the Beth Tzedec calendar, with the exception of Friday Minhah, which will be hosted at 4:00 p.m. Siddur Downloads and Prayer Resources:Link to download SiddurimMorning Minyan – Siddur Sim Shalom: Shaharit for WeekdaysEvening Minyan – Siddur Sim...
An Important Message from Your Leadership Team
By: Beth Tzedec
Mar 16th 2020
Dear Friends,Communal crises were not unknown to our ancestors. They discussed the challenges of maintaining Jewish life and observance during times of war, plague, famine and the like. These times are known as sha'at d’khak, times of crisis. And in each of those cases, based on the verse in Leviticus 18:5, that states "You shall therefore keep my statutes and my rules; if a person does...
Farewell (for Now) from Our Shinshinim
By: Beth Tzedec
Mar 15th 2020
Today we are facing a difficult time. We have never experienced anything so shocking on a global level. We can’t shake the feeling that we are living in a historical event that will be remembered forever. People all around the world are scared, schools are shutting down, hospitals are overloaded. In Israel, the situation is not simple as well- 143 people were diagnosed with...
An Amazing Thing Happened in Israel
By: Beth Tzedec
Mar 14th 2020
Hello everyone and Shabbat Shalom. About two weeks ago, an amazing thing happened in Israel. Bagatz, which is a part of the national court that contributes to balancing systems within the Israeli democracy, has announced that Israel has to make it legal for same sex couples to bear a child by means of the process of surrogacy. This happened after an unsuccessful appeal of a gay couple...