Articles

Beth Tzedec to Welcome New Senior Rabbi
By: Beth Tzedec
September 20 2018
Dr. Sheldon Rotman, President of Congregation Beth Tzedec in Toronto, one of the world’s leading voices in Conservative Judaism, has announced that Rabbi Steven Wernick, currently CEO of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ) will join the congregation as its new Senior Rabbi beginning February 2019.Rabbi Wernick received his ordination and a Masters of Arts in Jewish Education...
Board Elects New Executive Committee
By: Beth Tzedec
June 8 2018
On Wednesday evening, June 6, 2018, the Board of Governors met and elected the new Executive, comprised of the following individuals:Dr. Sheldon Rotman – PresidentDebbie Rothstein – Chair of the BoardLawrence Wallach – Vice-PresidentCecile Zaifman – TreasurerOscar Zimmerman – SecretaryGary Elman – Chair of RitualIn addition to the Executive Committee members, the 2018-2019 Board...
A Message from the President: Modernizing Our By-Laws
By: Sheldon Rotman
May 7 2018
I am delighted to provide you with proposed new by-lawsto govern Beth Tzedec’s operations moving forward. Our current by-laws were first developed in 1952 and, while they have since been amended numerous times, it was clearly time for a complete governance review to ensure accountability and transparency, facilitate meeting the needs of our members in an efficient and effective manner, and, be...
Israel at 70: Bridging Divides—An exclusive webinar with JTS
By: Beth Tzedec
April 16 2018
As a thank you for supporting JTS is offering an exclusive live webinar on Tuesday, April 17 at 7:00 pm, hosted by Chancellor Arnold Eisen.Activities and experts in Israel and in North America report evidence of a growing divide between the world's two most important Jewish communities. Chancellor Eisen will discuss this pressing issue against the backdrop of modern Jewish history and...
The Search is On
By: Sheldon Rotman
March 7 2018
As your Board of Governors started the search for a successor to Rav Baruch, who will retire in July 2019, we learned that Rav Adam would be leaving us at the end of March. As a result, we decided to strike an Associate Rabbi Search Committee to fill our short-term and longer-term need. Our two search committees are working together to ensure the best fit and smoothest transition for our...
A Message from the President
By: Sheldon Rotman
November 16 2017
A few months ago, Rav Adam Cutler was invited to interview for the role of Senior Rabbi at Adath Israel Congregation. This week, they concluded an agreement for Rav Adam to assume that role. On behalf of the Board and members of Beth Tzedec—Mazal Tov to Rav Adam! Rav Adam joined Beth Tzedec as Rabbi in August 2009. Over the past eight years, he served our...
Out of the Cold Volunteer Registration
By: Beth Tzedec
November 6 2017
OOTC Volunteer Registration is Now ClosedThe 19th season of the Beth Sholom/Beth Tzedec Out of the Cold Shelter will operate on Tuesday nights from January 2, 2018 through March 20, 2018. We provide a hot meal, clothing, entertainment, an art program and a mindfulness group for 175 of Toronto’s homeless and needy. We also offer sleeping accommodations for 60 overnight guests, a hot breakfast,...
Open Our Hearts ~ September 16, 2017
By: Beth Tzedec
September 19 2017
Composed by participants of Beth Tzedec's pre-Seliẖot seminar,under the direction of Rabbi Howard Avruhm Addison Recited as part of Seliẖot service that night Open our hearts and minds, O God; steer us along paths of understanding and peace.We realize that we fail in many ways. Help us become the best we can be.God, enable us to be better, to appreciate that which we have.Forgive us...
Welcome Maayan and Ishay, Our New Shinshinim!
By: Beth Tzedec
September 7 2017
Maayan Lange and Ishay Frenkel, our new shinshinim, have arrived at Beth Tzedec and are already settling into a new routine. We look forward to seeing them at many of our Services, programs and festivals throughout the year, including our Membership Appreciation BBQ, and Middle School and Teen lounges on the High Holy Days.Why not make a personal connection with Maayan and Ishay by inviting them...
Membership Renewal and High Holy Day Tickets
By: Beth Tzedec
September 6 2017
Avoid the Last Minute RushHigh Holy Day ticket packages have been mailed to all those members who have already renewed their memberships for next year. You should receive them next week.For those who have not yet renewed, You can do so online by clicking on the 'Login/Register' button at the top of the Beth Tzedec website homepage, by email or by calling 416-781-3514 ext. 215. You can...
More Than the Kotel - by Rabbi Jennifer Gorman
By: Beth Tzedec
July 28 2017
"Shall we end by having a theocracy? No, indeed… We shall prevent any theocratic tendencies from coming to the fore on the part of our priesthood… Rabbis shall receive honors high as their valuable functions deserve, but they must not interfere in the administration of the State which confers distinction upon them, else they will conjure up difficulties without and within." "All that you have...
Tuning Up for the High Holy Days
By: Beth Tzedec
July 27 2017
Beth Tzedec is delighted to announce that the dynamic Israeli Hazzan Moshe Fishel and renowned Maestro Meir Briskman, the M&M Duo, will return to Beth Tzedec, joining Cantor Sidney Ezer in leading services for Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidrei and Yom Kippur, as well as performing in a series musical performances in late September with Lishmoa El Harina,...
Renovations Updates
By: Randy Spiegel
July 20 2017
Making Changes Inside and Out!Outside—The long overdue resurfacing of our parking lot is underway. On Monday, the heavy equipment came in to tear up the old asphalt and start the grading. For the duration, the parking lot will be closed. Weather permitting, work will continue with the line painting being the final step completed early in the next week.Inside—Work...
New Administration Offices in the Works
By: Randy Spiegel
July 4 2017
New Administrative Offices in the Works While many wind down for the summer, this is the busiest time of year, with physical and programmatic changes being made to better serve our members in the New Year. Our administration offices are now under renovation and will have a new look that is scheduled for completion in the late summer. In the interim, several staff members been relocated to...
Remarks to the Beth Tzedec Men's Club Scholarship Breakfast / Sunday, June 11, 2017
By: Daniel Silverman
June 15 2017
Let me begin by thanking the Beth Tzedec Men’s Club for inviting me back to speak at this celebration. In particular, thank you to Hersh and Cheryl Rosenthal and their family for your commitment and dedication to the Men’s Club, our congregation and these scholarship awards. One of the most often used buzzwords in Jewish circles for the past couple of decades has been Jewish Identity....