Articles

A Message from Our New Rabbi Emeritus
By: Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl
Aug 1st 2019
Dear Friends, As I transition into my new role as Rabbi Emeritus, I am filled with many memories, much gratitude and an abundance of anticipation. Josette and I are grateful to synagogue leaders, good friends, those who have offered support and guidance, and to all the members of our community with whom we have prayed, studied and walked with on personal journeys over the...
A Farewell from Our Shinshinim
By: Beth Tzedec
Jun 6th 2019
Beth Tzedec's outgoing Shinshinim wrote this farewell message to the Congregation. We wish them the best of luck as they prepare to return to Israel. Be sure to join us as we send them off at the upcoming Family Shabbat DInner.Over the past 10 months, we have had the privilege of being a part of the Beth Tzedec community. When we first came, we had no idea what to expect. As two secular...
A Month, a Year, a Life of Pride
By: Geneviève Cohen
Jun 5th 2019
This past Shabbat marked the beginning of a wonderful celebratory month for LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, and more!) Pride. I am excited to share that Beth Tzedec is partnering on a number of events to mark this joyous occasion in the city: Community Pride Shabbat Dinner at the 519 . June 7, 6 p.m. (sold out!)Camp, Pride, and Family- Oh My! Panel Discussion with Canadian...
We Welcome Your Thoughts
By: Beth Tzedec
Jun 3rd 2019
We are always interested in hearing from our members and community—thoughts, ideas, impressions or concerns—and invite you to contact our leadership, clergy or senior staff at any time. Please see below for email information.Debbie Rothstein, PresidentBernie Gropper, Chair Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl — 416-781-3514 ext. 228Reb Steve Wernick — 416-781-3514 ext. 218Cantor Sidney Ezer —...
A Message from the Ritual Committee About High Holy Day Honours
By: Beth Tzedec
Jun 3rd 2019
Dear Friends, We hope you are well and enjoying spring! We at Beth Tzedec are already deep into our planning for the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Our planning centers around our priorities of personal engagement within our larger community and inviting you to enjoy a variety of options for meaningful and relevant prayer services and experiences. We are...
A Message from the President on Rav Baruch's Continuing Connection to Beth Tzedec
By: Sheldon Rotman
May 24th 2019
“Aseh l’kha rav uk’neh l’kha haver — Make for yourself a rabbi and acquire for yourself a friend” Pirkei Avot In recognition of his twenty-six years of service as Beth Tzedec’s Senior Rabbi, we are pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has conferred upon Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl the title of Rabbi Emeritus.  The title “emeritus" is our way of recognizing...
A Personal Message from Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin
By: Beth Tzedec
May 14th 2019
Dear New Friends, I am beyond ecstatic to be joining the Beth Tzedec spiritual leadership team as your associate rabbi this summer. The weekend that I spent interviewing was so enjoyable, and I know it was a taste of what the future can be. Thank you to Teddy Zittel, Dena Libman and the entire Associate Rabbi Search Committee for making my family feel comfortable. In the twelfth...
A Message from the President About Our New Associate Rabbi
By: Sheldon Rotman
May 14th 2019
We are thrilled to announce that Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin will be joining the Beth Tzedec spiritual leadership team as our Associate Rabbi as of August 1, 2019. For the last ten years, Rabbi Fryer Bodzin has led the Israel Center of Conservative Judaism in Queens, NY with Torah learning and hesed. She will be bringing her energy, compassion and experience to facilitating life-cycle events...
Call for Submissions for High Holy Days Reader
By: Beth Tzedec
May 3rd 2019
Each year we produce a wonderful booklet of prayer, poetry and reflections for the Days of Awe. This booklet is designed to inspire and enlighten us during the High Holy Days - adding to our Beth Tzedec Congregation experience. This year we have chosen Sh’laymoot, well-being, as our theme. We understand sh’laymoot to be the sense of peace and contentment stemming from an individual's...
Beth Tzedec Stands in Solidarity with Chabad of Poway
By: Beth Tzedec
Apr 28th 2019
To the Members of the Beth Tzedec Family:Once again, our community in the midst of our holiday celebrations has been shocked by violence. As we gathered to enjoy the company of our families and friends, again a Beit Tefillah, a house of prayer, has been desecrated during Yom Tov observance.  We share the pain and stand together with Chabad of Poway, outside San Diego, as well...
A Message from the Nominating Committee
By: S. Blake Teichman
Apr 22nd 2019
The Nominating Committee of Beth Tzedec Congregation informs the Members of the Congregation that since no additional candidates were nominated to stand for election as Director by the deadline of April 15, 2019, the following have been acclaimed as Directors as of the annual meeting scheduled for May 30, 2019: Jamie Golombek (for a term of 3 years), Bernie Gropper (for a term of 2 years),...
Message from the Nominating Committee
By: S. Blake Teichman
Apr 7th 2019
The Nominating Committee of Beth Tzedec Congregation nominates each of the following individuals for election as a Director at the annual meeting scheduled for May 30, 2019:  Jamie Golombek, Bernie Gropper, Mitch Max, Patti Rotman, Earl Schwebel, Brian Segal, Aaron Wine, Josh Zelikovitz and Oscar Zimmerman. Additional candidates may be nominated by petition in writing signed by at least...
Help us create a lasting memory for Rabbi Frydman-Kohl
By: Beth Tzedec
Mar 28th 2019
Rav Baruch will be presented with a video tribute journal on the occasion of his retirement.You are invited to record a brief video greeting, message or memory with our professional videographer in Beth Tzedec Sanctuary on Sunday, April 28 between 1:00 and 2:30 p.m. or Wednesday, May 1 between 7:00 and 10:00 p.m.Rav Baruch has reached out to...
A Ring of Peace Supporting the Muslim Community
By: Beth Tzedec
Mar 20th 2019
Friday, March 22 at 1:00 p.m. at Sayeda Khadija CentreLast Friday, during Muslim prayers in New Zealand, a white supremacist stormed two mosques, murdering 50 people and injuring scores more. Who among us was not horrified by the news? Who among us did not immediately remember the terrible attack against Jews in Pittsburgh? And who among us does not remember the Ring of Peace our...
A Call for Nominations from the Members by the Chair of the Nominating Committee, S. Blake Teichman
By: S. Blake Teichman
Feb 28th 2019
As Chair of the Nominating Committee, in accordance with subsection 9.09(b) of the by-laws of Beth Tzedec Congregation, I call for nominations from the Members of Beth Tzedec Congregation to stand as candidates for election as Directors at the next annual general meeting scheduled for May 30, 2019.  A Member wishing to be nominated as a candidate must submit her or his name to the...