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Update from the Reopening Taskforce: In-Person Friday Evening and Shabbat Morning Services
By: Beth Tzedec
Oct 19th 2020
We are excited to announce that Beth Tzedec will begin registering for in-person Friday evening and Shabbat morning services on Friday, October 23.Services will be appropriately distanced, and all who attend will be required to wear a mask. The maximum number of attendees is 40. The Shabbat morning services will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Hendeles Chapel. There will also be a Back...
Revisiting Beth Tzedec's High Holy Day Celebrations
By: Beth Tzedec
Sep 30th 2020
Olam H̱esed Yibaneh ~ We Build the World on LoveCelebrating the High Holy Days with Beth TzedecThis year's High Holy Day celebrations were profoundly different experiences for Jewish communities around the world. With COVID-19 pandemic protocols restricting public gatherings, families and congregations created new ways to reflect, share and daven together as small groups in...
An Important Message for the Congregation
By: Debbie Rothstein
Sep 25th 2020
On Monday, we wrote to you to apologize for the technical issues we experienced during our Rosh Hashanah live stream and committed that we would take the necessary steps to address these prior to Yom Kippur. Today, we are pleased to report that these problems have been fixed and we are ready to go for Yom Kippur.   The initial problems on Rosh Hashanah Day 1 were due to an...
Yom Kippur Service Schedule
By: Beth Tzedec
Sep 24th 2020
Learn more about our service experiences here>>Learn how to access online HHD services here>>Kol Nidrei: Sunday, September 276:50 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Short & Sweet Service6:50 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Sanctuary Service Service6:50 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Mezzanine Service ServiceYom Kippur: Monday, September 288:45 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. Communal Shaharit 10:10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Sanctuary...
A Message from the Toronto Board of Rabbis
By: Beth Tzedec
Sep 18th 2020
This is the time when we want to get together with family and friends, sit down to a lovely meal and celebrate together. If you were planning on expanding your bubble, or changing the protocols for it, please don't. Holidays and smahot are ideal ways to spread COVID-19. Unfortunately, the virus has been spreading via family and friends. This virus has been proven to spread rapidly...
Shofar Blowing Around Toronto
By: Beth Tzedec
Sep 16th 2020
Fulfill the mitzvah of hearing the shofar blow on Rosh Hashanah this Sunday, September 20 at one of our seven public shofar blowings. Alex Muir Memorial Gardens (east side of Yonge, at Alexander Muir Boulevard). Time: 1:30 p.m.Shofar Blower: Joe Milner Beth Tzedec Congregation (1700 Bathurst St. - Parking Lot)Time: 3:00 p.m.Shofar Blower: Rabbi Steven Wernick, Senior Rabbi. Dell Park (west...
Join a Beth Tzedec Small Group Today!
By: Yacov Fruchter
Sep 15th 2020
To register for a small group, click here>>When many of us are feeling isolated and disconnected from one another, Small Groups arean opportunity to build new relationships and connect monthly with other Beth Tzedec members over a shared goal, project or interest. What: BT Small Groups consist of  8-15 people meeting monthly on Zoom from October to June to discuss a topic or...
High Holy Days Greetings from the Presidents of GTA Conservative Synagogues
By: Debbie Rothstein
Sep 14th 2020
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Presidents of the Greater Toronto Area Conservative synagogues noted below have been meeting by Zoom on a weekly basis to discuss concerns, share ideas and brainstorm solutions. We’ve talked about the challenges of managing our shuls, large and small, through this crisis and the impact on our day-to-day operations. And we’ve...
Connecting to Online High Holy Day Services
By: Beth Tzedec
Sep 10th 2020
The High Holy Days are almost here, and we know how excited everyone is to access Beth Tzedec's live streamed services and experiences! Beth Tzedec members will be able to access our High Holy Day streamed services hub through their laptop or computer, or through a mobile device such as a cellphone or tablet. Your email address in your membership profile is your 'ticket' to accessing...
A Message of Renewal from President Debbie Rothstein
By: Debbie Rothstein
Sep 3rd 2020
It’s hard to believe that it’s September. For me, the last six months have been a blur. I worried about my job, my kids and my parents. I spent more time in my home office than anywhere else. And I was constantly thinking about Beth Tzedec and what it would take to sustain our community through all of this. But the last six months, as hard as they have been, have also been...
High Holy Day Service Schedule
By: Beth Tzedec
Aug 25th 2020
Learn more about our service experiences here>>Learn how to access online HHD services here>>Erev Rosh Hashanah: Friday, September 186:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Minhah and Festival Ma'arivRosh Hashanah I: Saturday, September 199:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Communal Shaharit (Blending together the Sanctuary and Mezzanine services, this joint experience will allow us to start our day davening...
Live Streaming HHD Services
By: Beth Tzedec
Aug 25th 2020
We're bringing back your favourite High Holy Day services for you and your family to enjoy from home! Beth Tzedec members will have access to a special virtual hub to access the High Holy Day experiences that are meaningful to you. This page will be updated with direct links to access the services as we move closer to Rosh Hashanah.Find the full service schedule here>>Learn how to access...
Celebrating the High Holy Days in Person
By: Beth Tzedec
Aug 25th 2020
For many of us, the key rituals of this holy season can't quite be replicated online, so we're bringing them to you.Visiting the ArkShare a private prayer in the Beth Tzedec Sanctuary by registering to visit the Aron Kodesh, the ark, during the Days of Awe (between Monday, September 21 and Saturday, September 26). A limited number of Beth Tzedec members will be invited to sign up for a one hour...
A Message about the High Holy Days from the Spiritual Leadership Team
By: Beth Tzedec
Aug 24th 2020
Dear Friends, Shimon the Righteous was one of the last of the men of the Great Assembly. He used to say: the world stands upon three things: the Torah, the Temple service, and the practice of acts of hesed, loving kindness. Why is hesed one of the legs of this precious three legged stool? The authors of Avot D’Rabbi Natan provide an answer with a haunting story. Once, Rabbi...
Reopening Our Doors⁠—An Update from Our Reopening Taskforce
By: Beth Tzedec
Aug 13th 2020
We are excited to announce that Beth Tzedec will begin reopening for in-person services with Minhah / Ma'ariv on Monday, August 17.The Reopening Taskforce, with input from medical professionals and public health authorities, has compiled and presented to the Board a Reopening Manual outlining policies and procedures to help ensure that we move forward safely and cautiously.Read the Reopening...