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 discussed how we’ve responded with
online services and programs, our respective plans for the High Holy
Days, and much more.
Most of us did not know one another before we began our weekly calls, which we all look forward to and which we hope will continue in the future. We have all thoroughly enjoyed the experienceand have developed a profound respect for one another and for the outstanding work of our Clergy, our Executive Directors and staff, our lay leadership and our volunteers. Most of all, we have developed, through regular communications, a deeper appreciation of the remarkable power of community.
All synagogues, regardless of denomination, offer a vital service, particularly during a crisis, and we are all here to support our Members and our communities in times of joy and in times of sorrow. We thank you, our respective Members, for your commitment, support and contributions in helping to sustain a vibrant and relevant Jewish community through your synagogue affiliation. As we approach a High Holy Day season unlike anything that many of us have ever experienced, we extend our best wishes to you, your families and loved ones for a safe, healthy and happy New Year.
David Urbach, Adath Israel Congregation
Larry Miller, Beit Rayim Synagogue and School
Andy Pascoe, Beth David B’nai Israel Beth Am
Malcolm Weinstein, Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue
Mark Vernon, Beth Radom Congregation
Abe Glowinsky, Beth Sholom Synagogue
Doug Millstone, Beth Tikvah Synagogue
David Lewis, Beth Torah Congregation
Debbie Rothstein, Beth Tzedec Congregation
Jeff Shabes, Lodzer Centre Congregation
Steve Bloom, Pride of Israel Synagogue