Articles

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...
Beth Tzedec's Updated COVID Protocols
By: Beth Tzedec
Mar 21st 2022
May 25, 2022—The Beth Tzedec Re-opening Committee has met to review the mandates that are currently in place for the purpose of minimizing COVID exposure while at the Synagogue. The guiding principle that we use in developing COVID policies for the Shul is that what we propose is effective. We strongly believe wearing masks and staying socially distanced is an essential means of reducing COVID...
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...
Yod-Hey-Vav-Hey / YMCA: A Video Collaboration Celebrating Purim
By: Beth Tzedec
Feb 7th 2022
Let's face it. The last two years have been difficult. But as we move toward the spring and the end of the health restrictions, it's time to get into the spirit, silliness and fun of Purim!We're putting together a Purim parody video and are looking to you to lend your voices, acting talents and video skills—or lack thereof—to "Yod-Hey-Vav-Hey", Cantor Ezer’s hilarious reworking of...
Rabbinical Assembly Condemns Swastikas and Other Hate Symbols
By: Rabbi Steve Wernick
Feb 2nd 2022
We Stand in Solidarity with the Rabbinical AssemblyFebruary 2, 2022—In response to the use of swastikas, and in one instance a Confederate flag, during the "Freedom Convoy" protests against coronavirus vaccine mandates outside the Canadian Parliament, the Rabbinical Assembly (RA), the international association of Conservative movement rabbis, issued the following statement:We are outraged and...
Shabbat of Solidarity: Standing with Congregation Beth Israel
By: Rabbi Steve Wernick
Jan 20th 2022
Saturday, January 22; Services begin at 9:30 a.m.This Shabbat, Rabbi Wernick and Rabbi Fryer Bodzin will be joined by Debbie Rothstein to share and reflect on last week's events at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas and the impact on world Jewry and within our own community.Our Shabbat morning services will be livestreamed beginning at 9:30 a.m. This sermon presentation will begin at...
Standing In Solidarity With Congregation Beth Israel
By: Beth Tzedec
Jan 15th 2022
Join our livestream virtual gathering at 8:30 p.m.January 15, 2022—We are watching with concern and horror the situation that is unfolding Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas. We send our thoughts and prayers to the hostages, their families and the law enforcement agencies working toward a peaceful resolution of the standoff situation quickly.It is in moments like...
Celebrate Shabbat Shirah with Beth Tzedec
By: Beth Tzedec
Jan 11th 2022
What did we do, the People of Israel, when we crossed the sea and arrived safely at the other side? We sang. We sang then and we sing now. Though we do feel the disappointment of not being able to be together, all of us, in person, this Shabbat as always, our spiritual leaders will raise their voices and from wherever we are, we will join in,...
Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl Appointed to the Order of Canada
By: Beth Tzedec
Dec 30th 2021
Mazal Tov to Rav Baruch!We are delighted to announce that Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl, our Rav Baruch, has been appointed to the Order of Canada.This most prestigious honour is well deserved and recognizes his lifetime of service to the Jewish people, to the city of Toronto and to the citizens of our great nation.Rav Baruch has been a spiritual guide to thousands and he has represented...
Stop the Deportation: Recognize Ugandan Abayudaya Jews and Masorti Conservative Conversions in Israel
By: Rabbi Steve Wernick
Dec 28th 2021
Many in Israel and around the world have closely followed the case of Yosef Kibita, a Ugandan Jew who has been waging an intense legal struggle to make Aliyah since 2018. Yosef, who has lived on the Masorti-affiliated Kibbutz Ketura in the Negev since moving to Israel, has faced tremendous opposition from the Interior Ministry. Yosef suffered another blow from the Ministry that once again...
REDI Committee Survey: Your Feedback Matters
By: Beth Tzedec
Dec 17th 2021
Your Feedback RequestedThe anti-Racism, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (REDI) Committee is championing improving equity and inclusivity at Beth Tzedec. To that end, the REDI Committee is striving to promote a safe and welcoming environment for all within the Beth Tzedec community.While we have a dedicated team who are passionate about this mission, we need your help in focusing the...