Articles

Rally for the People of Israel
By: Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl
Jul 14th 2014
Dear Friends,This has been a challenging summer for the Jewish community: the kidnapping and killing of "our boys", the revenge murder of a young Palestinian, the missiles from Gaza, the Israeli defensive response, the missiles from Gaza, the need for diplomatic and political advocacy, the missiles from Gaza. Many members of our congregation are in Israel; others have children, siblings,...
Words and Black-Jewish Relations
By: Rabbi Adam Cutler
Jul 10th 2014
In Judaism, we know the power of the spoken word. We will shortly be recognizing the 50th anniversary of Mississippi Freedom Summer, the historic campaign to register as many African-American voters in Mississippi as possible. As was the case in many elements of the march for civil rights, Jews played a prominent role. As Cheryl Greenberg writes in Troubling the Waters: Black-Jewish...
Making Memories
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Jul 10th 2014
Life is for living. Don’t wait. Go out and live it! As I write this, Aliza and I are still doing the switch from Pesaẖ dishes to ẖametz dishes, even though Pesaẖ ended more than just a day or two ago. True that it’s a big job and we lead busy lives, but that’s not the only reason it takes us so long. Our Pesaẖ involves more than dishes—we have Egyptian bobble head...
Blessings and Memories
By: Randy Spiegel
Jul 10th 2014
It’s time to take stock. The snow is gone, the broken trees are beginning to mend, my lawn is finally turning green and I’m getting ready to plant my garden. Maybe THIS year, we’ll have squash for Sukkot. Maybe. The cloud of winter is finally lifting and, with it, an emotional blanket that has covered blessings too numerous to count. It’s time to take stock: Amazing parents (I am...
Looking Back with Gratitude and Turning to the Future
By: Carolyn Kolers
Jul 10th 2014
We are not obligated to finish the work; neither are we free to desist from it. (Pirkei Avot) I can’t believe it was six years ago when I began my service to the Congregation on the Board, then as Chair of the Board of Governors for two years and as President for three. Throughout this time, I have been proud to work with my colleagues on the Board and its committees who shared similar...
Shavuot and Choice
By: Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl
Jul 10th 2014
The gift of Torah, which we re-enact and celebrate on Shavuot, is linked by custom to the scroll of Ruth. Her story is associated with Shavuot for three reasons: The narrative is set at the time of the spring harvest which took place in late May/early June.A major theme of the narrative is ẖesed by and for Ruth. Loving-kindness is understood as the essential value of Torah and a means...
Executive Committee 2014/2015
By: Beth Tzedec
May 29th 2014
Following the Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday, May 28, the Board of Governors met and elected the Executive Committee, comprised of the following individuals:S. Blake Teichman - PresidentDr. Sheldon Rotman - Chair of the Board of GovernorsTed Zittell - Vice-PresidentDebbie Rothstein - Vice-ChairPeter Weinstein - TreasurerAlan Sless - SecretaryDena Libman - ParnosCarolyn Kolers -...
Brooklyn: Birthplace of Musical Dreams
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Apr 24th 2014
New York City is an amazing place. Commuting from England, I stayed on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for many years. Aliza lived there for 18. We actually lived around the corner from each other for over a decade without ever knowing it! Like many of you, we try to get back to New York as often as possible. There’s an energy there that is difficult to describe. It’s a pace, a...
Narrative, Memory and What is Yet to Come
By: Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl
Apr 24th 2014
For all the efforts of the great Jewish thinkers to develop a systematic exposition of Jewish beliefs, Judaism is primarily defined by narrative theology, the telling of a sacred story that gives meaning to our past and momentum to our future. Each morning during prayers we retell a précis of our sacred saga. And on Passover, we devote significant attention to the Telling. In The White...
Connecting to Israel and the Jewish People
By: Carolyn Kolers
Apr 24th 2014
With the winter weather continuing, Purim just behind us and Pesaẖ sneaking up, I hope you are keeping warm and looking forward to the eventual arrival of spring. Another Incredible Visit to IsraelLast year at this time, I wrote about our meaningful family trip to Israel, my first visit there after 20 years. I was recently privileged to return to Israel to participate in the selection of...
Embracing Fearful Change
By: Rabbi Adam Cutler
Mar 6th 2014
While Robert Frost encounters two equally trodden paths in the forest and knowingly accepts that one day he’ll lie about choosing the one less traveled, many of us, throughout our lives, repeatedly encounter unequal paths and always choose the more obvious, and arguably easier, route. How often, if ever, did we take risks? How frequently did we not follow the direction set out by those...
How to Make your Seders Child-Centric
By: Daniel Silverman
Mar 2nd 2014
Is Passover your favourite Jewish holiday?  If you’re in charge of the cooking, the cleaning or making a seder, the answer is probably no; but if you’re a child or teenager, you might say yes (by the way, if you are a child or teenager reading this column, I’m very impressed!). I believe that Pesah is our most child-focussed holiday. There’s lots of singing, many ways to...
May Your Roof be Well Thatched...And Those Inside Well Matched
By: Randy Spiegel
Feb 18th 2014
A number of years ago, I hired a delightful woman, born and raised in Ireland. She always wore a smile and her work ethic was positively motivating. Though not Jewish, she remarked on how similar the Jewish people were to the Irish in our attitudes towards family and the significance of life. We traded stories about grandparents, family gatherings (there was always food involved) and even...
From the Heart an Elegant Success
By: Beth Tzedec
Jan 1st 2014
On November 21, Beth Tzedec was proud to co-host the special From the Heart event, together with The Canadian Shaare Zedek Hospital Foundation. The event was co-chaired by Beth Tzedec members Bernie Abrams and Norman Bacal, both of whom have been active supporters of the Shaare Zedek Hospital. The evening’s theme of tzedec rang out in the opening remarks of Rabbi Adam Cutler and the...
H̱esed Report
By: Beth Tzedec
Jan 1st 2014
Information hotline 416-781-3514 ext. 261Out of the ColdOut of the Cold is now in full swing. We have been serving close to 175 homeless people each week. There has been a great response from our Beth Tzedec members who have been volunteering their time to help each week. Thanks to the efforts of Beth Tzedec’s Youth Director, Aily Leibtag, many bar/bat mitzvah aged children have been...