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Beth Tzedec
Mar 31st 2020

Remembering the Holocaust: A D'var Israel from Alona

April 24, 2020 – Shinshin Alona Laufer shares memories of her grandfather and shares what she learned from his experiences as a survivor of the Shoah ... To read her D'var Israel, click here>>.

New Programs with Our Shinshinim, Gal and Alona

April 20, 2020 – Gal and Alona, Beth Tzedec's shinshinim, may have had to cut their time in Toronto short, but they have still been busy creating exciting programs for adults, teens and children, live from Israel! Take a few minutes and check out all they have planned ... For all the latest details, click here>>.

Apex Kosher Catering: Our Kitchens Are Open

April 20, 2020 – Sit down to a stress-free Shabbat dinner with your family this week. 

Our friends at Apex Kosher Catering have just released a new Friday night dinner menu, offered at an affordable price for pick up or delivery. 

To view their latest delicious menu options, click here>>

Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin: Caring for Aging Parents from a Distance

April 16, 2020 – Have you been struggling to care for your elderly parents while practicing safe social distancing?

This is hard stuff. Thankfully, we have a resource for you. Anne Max, MSW, RSW, a lifelong member of Beth Tzedec Congregation and a member of the Centre for Spiritual Well-Being Advisory Council, has volunteered to be a resource for members of our community who need help assisting their parents during this pandemic.

To learn more about how she can help you, click here>>

Learning to Appreciate Family: A D'var Israel from Alona

April 3, 2020 – I’m going insane at home right now. Can you relate? At some level I guess you can.

The result of the COVID-19 situation is that you have to stay at home most of the day, if not the whole day. You can’t see any of your friends and colleagues, and you can only see your family.

If that’s not enough, you have to see those same people, that have this special way to get on your nerves in a way no one else can, all the time!

I must share with you that with all of my love to my family, I find it especially difficult.

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Beth Tzedec Congregation Transitions to Online Learning

April 2, 2020 – On Friday, March 13, the day after the province of Ontario extended public school closures by two weeks beyond March break due to COVID-19 concerns, I sent an email to the families in the Beth Tzedec Congregational School advising them that we would be moving our learning online as well.

Our dedicated teachers and I used the March Break week to brainstorm, troubleshoot and plan for moving all of our learning experiences into an online format. We discussed the ideal length of online class for each grade, how we would deliver Passover learning in particular to our students and how we could maintain a sense of school and classroom community during this challenging time.

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Thoughts from Isolation: A D'var Torah from Gal

March 26, 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. 

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A Message from the Beth Tzedec Men's Club

March 25, 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.

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Apex Kosher Catering: Keeping Our Kitchens Open

March 24, 2020 – Our 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.

Our menus change weekly. For find the link to our latest Friday night dinner menu, click here>>

The Pen Pal Project

March 20, 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 write emails will be in touch with their Pen Pal (with their parents’ help) and middle schoolers can write emails of their own and learn about building relationships with older generations.

If you or someone you know might benefit from joining this project, contact Shirel Barkan-Slater by Monday, March 30 at 5:00 p.m.

Farewell (for Now) from Our Shinshinim

March 15, 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.

To read the full announcement, click here>>