Community Update: Office Closure
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 quickly as possible.

Together with members of the Board of Directors and other volunteers, we are attempting to connect with all of our members, to check in on you and to assist wherever possible.

We stand together, while physically apart, to help stop the spread of this virus and to return to normal life – hadesh yameynu kekedem.

The following is provided as a quick reference guide. Please visit the Beth Tzedec website for a full list of contact information for staff and spiritual leadership.


In case of emergency due to death, please contact the Jewish funeral home of your choice; they will make arrangements and coordinate with us.

To reach a Beth Tzedec spiritual leader 24 hours a day for a non-death rabbinic emergency, please call 416-781-3514, ext. 8.

Please note that our team is not available by phone or email on Shabbat or Festivals. We will contact you as soon as possible after the conclusion of these sacred days.

Spiritual Guidance and Support

It is not unusual to struggle with feelings of isolation during this difficult time. If you would like to speak to a member of our Spiritual Leadership Team; or

If you would like to volunteer to offer support and comfort to members of our community over the phone; or

For guidance about an upcoming simhah or ritual milestone:

Contact Rosalie Hartenberg Watson at or 416-781-3514, ext 227.

Additional Resources

Apex Kosher Catering remains open, operating and here for you. Apex is continuing to take orders for Shabbat and Pesah meals.
Contact: or 419-901-5044

Congregational School is now providing lessons and resources remotely.
Contact: Daniel Silverman at or 416-781-3514, ext. 231

Donations and tributes are welcome and encouraged as we continue to help sustain our kehillah and cultivate spiritual nearness. You can always contribute online.
Contact: Florence Bendelac at or 416-781-3514, ext. 213

Program information is available on the Beth Tzedec website.
Youth Programming Contact: Shirel Barkan-Slater at or 416-781-3514, ext. 290
Teen Programming Contact: Sylvie Moscovitz at or 416-781-3514, ext. 246

Beth Tzedec Bulletin
Announcements and inquiries for our quarterly Bulletin are always welcome—we love celebrating your milestones and special events.
Contact: Terri Humphries at or 416-781-3514, ext. 212

Other questions? We're here for you.
Contact: or call 416-781-3511

We are proud to continue to offer online services, programming, content and resources to help foster a sense of spiritual nearness, despite social isolation.
You can connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Youtube and stay informed about upcoming events and resources by visiting our website regularly and reading our weekly email newsletter.

In times of crisis, we have an opportunity to reach out to one another, to build and maintain social connections and to care for one another, even if that means being apart.

Stay safe and stay connected.


Debbie Rothstein, President
Bernie Gropper, Chair of the Board
Rabbi Steven Wernick, Senior Rabbi
Randy Spiegel, Executive Director