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High Holy Days Programs with Beth Tzedec
Beth Tzedec
Aug 16th 2021

Learn, sing, gather and connect with our kehillah as we prepare ourselves for the High Holy Days. 


Video Learning Opportunities

Soul Brew with Rabbi Rosenbluth

August 29 to September 3

Percolate your mind, body and soul in the theme of “Panim el Panim: Face to Face— Reflections on human engagements during and post COVID” as we journey through the month of Tishrei with voices from around the world. Enjoy introspection and inspiration leading to the High Holy Days with a daily series of 15-minute videos and a series of artists, thinkers and leaders from Beth Tzedec and across the globe.

Find the series on YouTube here>>
Find the series on Facebook here>>

Share the results of your personal Soul Brew on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube using the hashtag #btsoulbrew.

Three Tenets: Teshuvah, Tefillah and Tzedakah

Sundays, August 29 and September 5 & 12

Each Sunday between Seliẖot and Yom Kippur, Yom Kippur, Cantor Sidney Ezer and Asher Farber will discuss and share melodies based on the famous line from the maẖzor outlining the three fundamental principles associated with the High Holy Days. New videos will be posted on Facebook at 12:00 noon each day.



Family, Youth and Teen Opportunities

Middle School Rosh Hashanah

Tuesday, September 7 from 10:00 15 to 11:00 a.m.

Middle schoolers in grades 6 to 8 are invited to join Sylvie Moscovitz in Rabbi Wernick’s backyard (15 Avenal) for a fun and meaningful Rosh Hashanah experience. 

Pre-registration is required in advance to Sylvie at smoscovitz@beth-tzedec.org


Family Rosh Hashanah Experience

Tuesday, September 7 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Join Daniel Silverman along with members of Beth Tzedec for an outdoor family Rosh Hashanah experience in Cedarvale Park. Rain or shine, this 45-minute guided program will bring themes of the High Holy Days to life in a new setting and is designed for all members of a family to participate in.  

Pre-registration is required to Daniel Silverman at dsilverman@beth-tzedec.org.


High School Rosh Hashanah

Tuesday, September 7 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Teens in grades 9 to 12 are invited to join Sylvie Moscovitz in Rabbi Wernick’s backyard (15 Avenal) for a meaningful, short and sweet Rosh Hashanah experience. 

Pre-registration is required in advance to Sylvie at smoscovitz@beth-tzedec.org


Rosh Hashanah Fun for Kids ages 1 to 4

Wednesday, September 8 from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m.

Anat Kriger leads an engaging Rosh Hashanah program for especially for families with kids ages 1 to 4 accompanied by an adult in Rabbi Fryer Bodzin’s backyard (77 Chiltern Hill).

Pre-registration is required in advance to Anat at akriger@beth-tzedec.org.


Rosh Hashanah Fun for Kids ages 4 to 8

Wednesday, September 8 from 10:45 to 11:15 a.m.

Anat Kriger takes kids ages 4 to 8 on a Rosh Hashanah adventure without leaving Rabbi Wernick’s backyard (15 Avenal)! A parent or caregiver is required to accompany their child. 

Pre-registration is required in advance to Anat at akriger@beth-tzedec.org.


Yom Kippur Middle School Program

Thursday, September 16 from 10:15 to 11:00 a.m.

Middle schoolers in grades 6 to 8 are invited to join Sylvie Moscovitz in Rabbi Wernick’s backyard (15 Avenal) for a meaningful Yom Kippur time of reflection and discussion. 

Pre-registration is required in advance to Sylvie at smoscovitz@beth-tzedec.org


Family Yom Kippur Experience

Thursday, September 16 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Join us, rain or shine, for an outdoor family Yom Kippur program in Cedarvale Park. This 45-minute guided experience will bring to life the themes of the day and give every member of the family a meaningful connection to Yom Kippur’s rituals and ideas.

Pre-registration is required to Daniel Silverman at dsilverman@beth-tzedec.org.


Connecting and Learning Opportunities 

High Holy Days Hot Topics!

September 12, 13 & 14




Our “Hot Topics!” are always a highlight of the High Holy Day experience at Beth Tzedec. Since we continue to be mindful of Public Health recommendations regarding physical distancing and safe gathering practices, we will continue to offer our Hot Topics! sessions via Zoom.

Environmentally Aware with Dr. Tareq Abu Hamed

Sunday, September 13 —10:00 a.m.

Dr. Tareq Abu Hamed is the Academic Director of the Arava Institute, the first Israeli Arab to hold the position. Dr. Hamed and Reb Steve will speak about environmental issues and the Institute’s work as well as shared society and the unique make up of its student body. 

As this new year is a shmita year cycle, the Torah directs our attention toward the environment, the wealth gap, and our spiritual well-being. With people coming from all over the world to the Arava Institute to learn about the environment, they will discuss how the Arava Institute creates opportunities for co-existence between Arabs and Jews, Israelis and Palestinians and others. 

There will be a short question and answer period following their discussion.

To register for this Hot Topics! session, click here>>

REDI, Set, Go: Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion with Leah Mauer and Nicole Yuen

Monday, September 13 —7:45 p.m.

Join members of the new anti-Racism, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (REDI) Committee at Beth Tzedec to hear about some of the work we’re starting to do in our Congregation. We’ll be highlighting the lived experiences of some Beth Tzedec members and talking about some of the work our group is starting to undertake for our kehillah. This panel will be facilitated by Leah Mauer and Nicole Yuen, co-chairs of the REDI Committee.

To register for this Hot Topics! session, click here>>

The Neshama Hospice with Debbie Berlin, Robert Kamen and Rabbi Fryer Bodzin

Tuesday, September 14 —7:45 p.m.

Rabbi Fryer Bodzin will join Debbie Berlin and Rob Kamen, Founders, Board Secretary and Director of Operations at Neshama Hospice. They will discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on end-of-life care and on planning for Neshama Hospice, and explore how the Face to Face work of hospice care is a critical component of end-of-life care.

Neshama Hospice is Canada’s first hospice residence based on Jewish values. We will be located on Brightwood Street in a quiet, tree-lined residential neighbourhood in North York, Ontario. The purpose-built, home-like hospice will comprise 12 resident rooms and will be guided by a philosophy of providing exceptional, family-centred, end-of-life care in a calming, comfortable environment. It will be a place of community, friendship and compassion, where staff and volunteers will provide round-the-clock medical, emotional and spiritual support for residents. 

To register for this Hot Topics! session, click here>>


Shofar Blowing and Tashlikh

Tuesday, September 7 at 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Join members of Beth Tzedec and the Jewish community for one of our two outdoor shofar blowing programs after which participants will walk to the Cedarvale ravine to perform the ritual of tashlikh, symbolically casting our sins into the river. (Bring bread to toss in the river!) 

Cedarvale Park group at 3:00 p.m. with Daniel Silverman (No registration required)
Beth Tzedec Parking Lot group at 4:00 p.m. with Reb Steve: register here>>