Articles

Beth Tzedec Men’s Club Makes a Difference
By: Beth Tzedec
Jan 1st 2014
Men’s Club President Mark Lapedus presented Beth Tzedec President Carolyn Kolers with a cheque for $14,500, the proceeds from last May’s first annual Men’s Club Classic Golf Tournament. Silverman Siddurim UpdateBeth Tzedec Men’s Club members David Sigal, Jeff Mills, Ted Bluestein and Alan Abrams have continued to sort and catalogue the Silverman siddurim and have begun distributing...
A Mid-Year Update
By: Carolyn Kolers
Jan 1st 2014
The arrival of January marks the midway point through our year and, as always, the time has passed incredibly quickly. I hope that you are well and that you have managed through the past few difficult weeks, with the ice storm, the resultant power outages and the extraordinary cold. At Beth Tzedec It is always busy at our Synagogue, and the closing weeks of 2013 were no exception. The From...
Jewish Wanderlust
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Jan 1st 2014
In 1994, the Birthright Israel program was created. This is a free 10-day heritage tour of Israel for Jewish young adults, aged 18-26. As I write this, my step-daughter Ariel is with Birthright. She left from New York, and upon landing at Ben Gurion Airport she posted the following on her Facebook page: “On Israeli soil. That was one of the most emotional, surreal plane landings ever. I’m in...
Mission Critical– Data Driven
By: Randy Spiegel
Jan 1st 2014
As we turn the page on 2013, we begin the planning cycle for programs to be launched next September. Part of our process involves gathering data on attendance. Usually the first indicator of satisfaction, compiling the many snapshots of how many came to what, provides a picture of the usage of our building and its place in the community. A Community Destination for Jewish Living, active...
Building Community
By: Carolyn Kolers
Nov 6th 2013
I’m not sure where the month of October went, but I hope yours was a good and productive one!  Like many of you I expect, I spent the start of October recovering from the earliest-possible High Holy Days, before delving back into “normalcy”.  The USCJ Centennial In mid-October, our Chair, Dena Libman, and I accepted an invitation to attend the Centennial...
2013 Chai Tea & Fashion Show
By: Beth Tzedec
Sep 17th 2013
More than 250 women of all ages attended Sunday in the Park with Beth Tzedec, the fifth annual Chai Tea and Fashion Show. Six months of preparation by a committee of 19 enthusiastic and creative women translated into a wonderful afternoon filled with prizes, games, fabulous food and décor, and a lively fashion show courtesy of Options for Her, Sense of Independence and Tulips &...
First Annual Beth Tzedec Men's Club Golf Classic
By: Beth Tzedec
Sep 17th 2013
Forty-eight golfers and a dozen others attended Copper Creek Golf Club on May 31. Funds raised will be used to help fund Synagogue events and projects.The Men's Club is grateful for the support of the donors and organizers who made this inaugural event an outstanding success.
President's Kol Nidrei Speech 2013/5774
By: Carolyn Kolers
Sep 16th 2013
Good evening. Good Yom Tov. Shabbat Shalom. I am honoured to have the opportunity tonight to address you as the President of this wonderful congregation, one last time. When I was a child, in the thick of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Circuit, on several occasions, I heard the senior rabbi at Temple Sinai, Jordan Pearlson (alav hashalom) open the service the same way every Friday...
WOW!! Beth Tzedec’s Congregational School Introduces Exciting New Programs
By: Daniel Silverman
Sep 10th 2013
We are thrilled to announce that the BT Congregational School has been awarded funding from the Toronto WOW! Project for the launch of three exciting programs for this year.We are immediately introducing a newly developed holiday-themed curriculum for Grade 3 focussed on experiential learning. Students will be engaged in individual and group projects designed for many different learning styles...
Simẖat Torah Luncheon: Honouring Outstanding Dedication to our Beth Tzedec Community
By: Beth Tzedec
Sep 10th 2013
It is our great pleasure to honour this year’s Kallat Torah, Ruth Warner Hyman, and H̱attan Bereisheet, Paul Rothstein, at our Simẖat Torah services and luncheon. Ruth and Paul have demonstrated outstanding dedication to our Beth Tzedec community and now join our distinguished list of honourees. Ruth Warner Hyman—Kallat Torah Ruth Warner Hyman, business owner, teacher and...
A Year of Growth
By: Carolyn Kolers
Sep 9th 2013
Despite Rav Baruch’s reminder in June that there were only 10 weeks left until the High Holy Days, I remained convinced that there was plenty of time to enjoy the summer. As I finally sit down to write this column, it is clear that summer has come to an abrupt conclusion, and the High Holy Days are upon us. Now is the time to take stock of the year that is ending and focus on the one...
What Have You Done for Me Lately?
By: Randy Spiegel
Sep 9th 2013
Every person of every generation has a stake in what  happens at Beth Tzedec. Much more than just a place to experience Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, your shul is where so much of Jewish life emanates. From a baby naming to a bat mitzvah, from a marriage to a golden anniversary, Beth Tzedec is the place where you come to celebrate and share life cycle moments, smahot or events of great...
The Once and Future Shul
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Sep 9th 2013
A new future King of England has been born in the country of my birth. I am English, although I haven’t lived full-time in the UK in decades. Since 1980, I have traveled the world as a singer and as a cantor, and in the words of Johnny Mercer, “There’s such a lot of world to see.” I have lived in Canada since 2005. After repeatedly renewing my work permit, I am now in the process...
The Jakob Ari Shapiro Purim Award
By: Beth Tzedec
Sep 9th 2013
Jakob Ari Shapiro z"l  performed in the Beth Tzedec Purim Family Musical for four years. During that time, he made an incredible impression on everyone who knew him. He was talented and easy-going, positive and agreeable, and took initiative to help in all areas even without being asked. Jakob was beloved by his fellow cast and crew members, and was hugely admired by the other children in...
An Exciting year for the Voices of Tomorrow
By: Beth Tzedec
Sep 9th 2013
Last year saw the creation of Beth Tzedec’s children’s choir, the Voices of Tomorrow (VOT), a 10-voice ensemble made up of children ages 7 to 12. Under the dedicated leadership of Cantor Simon Spiro, VOT began rehearsals in the fall, with a Synagogue bimah debut in January on Shabbat Shirah morning. Helping Cantor Spiro lead Musaf, they sang with the Beth Tzedec Singers and introduced...