As Toronto enters Stage 2 of Ontario's Reopening Framework, we are seeing various businesses and synagogues in our community begin the process of reopening.At Beth Tzedec, we have been fortunate to be able to deliver and enjoy programs and services online.Yet we also look forward to the opportunity to come together again in person—to pray, to celebrate and to offer comfort to one another.We...
Yesterday afternoon, Premier Doug Ford announced the provincial
government's plans for the safe and gradual reopening of Ontario. Many
of us were excited to learn that, as of this Friday, places of worship
will be able to welcome a limited number of congregants, albeit no more
than 30 percent of our building capacity.
While we are looking forward to gathering together once again, our...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Being a woman in Israel is not a
Although Israel is the only
democracy of the middle east, I don’t think we can call it completely gender
Recently there have been a few
events that brought up this issue several times and made it a part of the
In Israel, the inequality starts
from a young age.
The Shorts Protest started about
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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...
"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...
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...
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...
"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...
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...
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.