Live Streaming Frequently Asked Questions
By: Beth Tzedec
Jun 5th 2020
Dear Friends, We are thrilled that so many people joined us for our first live stream of Shabbat and Yom Tov prayer services this past weekend. We are even more grateful that so many of you found it meaningful. To give you an idea of the impact of the experience: 653 households joined our Shabbat morning service. 165 people shared their opinion of the service in our post-Shabbat...
Engaging Our Membership Online: A Message from the President
By: Debbie Rothstein
Jun 1st 2020
When I went to sleep on March 12, I didn't expect to wake up in a world in which my husband and I would not be able to attend the next day’s minyan, or that he would not be able to say Kaddish together with other mourners and friends in shul. Just a few weeks ago, our world changed and we have been forced to find new ways to connect, to engage and to provide meaningful Jewish...
President's Remarks from the Annual Meeting
By: Debbie Rothstein
May 26th 2020
This past year was a time of transition for Beth Tzedec. After the retirement (but not the departure) of our beloved Rabbi Frydman-Kohl, we welcomed two new rabbis – The Anne and Max Tanenbaum Senior Rabbinic Chair, Rabbi Steve Wernick and Associate Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin. I’m very happy to report that it has been a seamless transition. Last year, after a series of...
Notice of Annual Meeting
By: Beth Tzedec
May 25th 2020
By now, all Beth Tzedec members should have received, either via email or Canada Post, a notice with registration information for your personal access to the online Annual Meeting of the Congregation. This information is being sent to you as a member of Beth Tzedec Congregation for your express use only. For the safety and security of fellow members as well as the preservation of your...
Feminism in Israel: A D'var Israel from Alona Laufer
By: Beth Tzedec
May 22nd 2020
Being a woman in Israel is not a simple thing. Although Israel is the only democracy of the middle east, I don’t think we can call it completely gender equal. Recently there have been a few events that brought up this issue several times and made it a part of the public discourse.  In Israel, the inequality starts from a young age. The Shorts Protest started about two weeks...
Technical Requirements for Watching Services on the Beth Tzedec Website
By: Beth Tzedec
May 22nd 2020
As we begin the process of broadcasting services on Shabbat and Yom Tov, you may be thinking about the best ways to create a meaningful service experience for yourself and your family. As you do that, please take the time to review these recommended browsers and operating systems for optimum performance.Windows Computer Windows 8 & up IE 10 & up **** On Internet Explorer,...
Call for Submissions: High Holy Day Reader 2020
By: Linda Marleny Dow
May 21st 2020
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 Olam Hesed Yibaneh: We Build the World on Love, as our theme. So please - share your stories, poems and other artwork! Especially during...
Overcoming Intolerance: A D'var Israel from Gal Goren
By: Beth Tzedec
May 19th 2020
"Okay, so there are many Arab countries in the Middle East and only one Jewish one. Why won’t they just leave Israel and live in one of those?’’ Last Thursday, we hosted our weekly program exploring of the most "politically incorrect" TV show in Israel, Sorry For Asking. This TV show interviews Israelis and asks controversial questions sourced from the public to minority Israeli...
Broadcasting Services on Shabbat and Yom Tov
By: Rabbi Steve Wernick
May 14th 2020
Friends -In the face of sha'at had'hak, an extraordinary time of crisis, we turn to the core Jewish values that guide us as a kehillah kedoshah, a holy community. As we've repeated again and again over the course of the past few weeks, one of those values, pikuah nefesh, the preservation of life, is a bedrock principle of Jewish law, superseding most other obligations or mitzvot.The time has come...
BT Small Groups Community Conversations and Survey
By: Debbie Rothstein
May 8th 2020
Beth Tzedec is constantly striving to be a vibrant, inclusive community where members feel strongly connected to our congregation and to each other. A caring community involves more than just membership contributions. We want Beth Tzedec to foster relationships that motivate members to live meaningful and impactful Jewish lives that include taking responsibility for caring for our...
Remembering Omer Hai: A D'var Israel from Gal Goren
By: Beth Tzedec
May 7th 2020
"It is hard to find a bad word to say about Omer, or a good word that you can’t say about him. He was such a good person, one of those rare good people which is hard to find, full of good intentions, who would not harm a fly. Omer was very shy, and you could even have seen it in his loving brown eyes. You couldn’t ever ignore his charming smile. He was so ambitious and intelligent...
Gratitude and Hesed: A Message from the Senior Rabbi
By: Rabbi Steve Wernick
May 1st 2020
Dear Friends, As always, we hope that you are healthy, safe and managing the multitude of emotions that crises such as these inevitably produce. We are here for each other and are continuing to reach out to our community to check in, connect and care. Please contact us if there is something we can do to make this moment a little bit easier for you. BT All Access continues to be a...
Remembering the Holocaust: A D'var Israel from Alona
By: Beth Tzedec
Apr 24th 2020
This Holocaust Remembrance Day was different. It didn’t feel the same without the ceremonies, without seeing everyone in the street wearing white, without the feeling you get walking in the street, feeling like time is frozen. For me, it was different for another reason, it was the first Holocaust Remembrance Day in 10 years that I didn’t get to visit my grandfather, Avraham. My...
Standing Together
By: Debbie Rothstein
Apr 23rd 2020
In the 10 years since I joined the Beth Tzedec board, the person I have turned to for advice most often has been my father, Paul Rothstein. With his 60 years of history at Beth Tzedec and having been a past president, my dad has been a wealth of knowledge and wisdom. The best advice he ever gave me was to trust my gut – if a decision didn’t feel right, then it probably wasn’t....
Reflections from Pesah
By: Rabbi Steve Wernick
Apr 19th 2020
Dear friends,   I hope you had a meaningful Passover. It certainly was memorable! How many Zoom jokes did you share? What dayanu, it would have been enough, of thankfulness did you add to the traditional list? When Elijah came to your door, did you let him in? Did you make sure he was masked and gloved? Did he look like Bette Midler? (Did you watch the Saturday Night...