Articles

The Great American Jewish Songbook Concert
By: Beth Tzedec
Sep 9th 2013
On Thursday, May 23, The Great American Jewish Songbook concert was held at the George Weston Recital Hall (Toronto Centre for the Arts). The sold-out show featured medleys written by some of the world’s most popular Jewish artists, including George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Neil Diamond and Carole King.Beth Tzedec’s Cantor Simon Spiro performed alongside five talented Broadway-style singers...
Aveenu Malkeinu: What a Wonderful Paradox
By: Daniel Silverman
Sep 9th 2013
The prayer Aveenu Malkeinu— our Father, our King—is one of the more familiar pieces of High Holy Day liturgy. We recite it in the concluding sections of many of the prayer services during Rosh Hashanah and every weekday morning during the Aseret Yemei Teshuvah—the ten days of penitence. Most dramatically, Aveenu Malkeinu concludes the I service on Yom Kippur, offering us one final...
Membership Renewal and High Holy Day Ticket Pickup Extended Hours
By: Beth Tzedec
Aug 19th 2013
Monday to Thursday, August 19-22 – 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.Friday, August 23 – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Sunday, August 25 – 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.Monday to Thursday, August 26-29 – 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.Friday, August 30 – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Sunday, September 1 – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Monday, September 2 (Labour Day) – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Tuesday September 3 – 8:00 a.m. to 8:00...
Mishpacha Program Now Open for Registration
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Jun 19th 2013
Beth Tzedec’s Mishpacha program: Toddlers, Tunes and Treats (for children ages 1 to 3 with a parent, grandparent or caregiver) is now open for registration for the Fall and Winter sessions. Classes will be held on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., led by Tobie Seligman. Come play, sing and create arts & crafts around a different theme each week. To...
Amy Kronish
By: Beth Tzedec
May 15th 2013
Amy Kronish, a world authority on Israeli films,  gave a lecture and presented movie clips on War and Peace: Changing Attitudes. She had an excellent rapport with the audience, engaging them in a lively discussion and leaving them wanting more. Speaking to Young Professionals on the provocative theme of The Jewish Mother in Film: Shrieking, Hysterical and Overprotective, Kronish...
Men's Club Update
By: Beth Tzedec
May 15th 2013
Speech ContestThe Beth Tzedec Men's Club and Sisterhood recently concluded their second annual Speech Contest. The top student speakers (in alphabetical order) are Noam Cotton, Hannah Saffer Spiro, Asher Zeldin, Eton Ziner-Cohen, Tiphaera Ziner-Cohen and Zach Zittell. Presentations will be made at the Annual Awards Breakfast on Sunday, June 9 at 9:30 a.m. The first-place...
Everything’s Coming Up ACEs
By: Beth Tzedec
May 15th 2013
The outstanding hurler on the baseball team is called the “ace”. In tennis, an “ace” is the serve that blasts through the centre of the service box, out of the reach of the opponent. If you have an “ace up your sleeve”, you have a powerful advantage. And the odds of scoring that ever elusive “ace” or hole-in-one are about 12,000 to 1 (which means that my...
Celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut at Beth Tzedec
By: Beth Tzedec
May 15th 2013
Beth Tzedec families celebrated Israel @ 65 with a trip back in time to experience the magic momentsof each decade since the creation of the Modern State of Israel in 1948. The exciting events helped inspire fun activities for children to expand their knowledge about Israel and grow their love for our homeland.How did we relive Israel over the last 65 years? 1940s—Israel celebrated Independence...
We're Making Progress, Together
By: Carolyn Kolers
May 15th 2013
Four years ago, when I became chair of Beth Tzedec’s Board of Governors, there were so many things I hoped to accomplish, in partnership with then incoming President Norman Kahn and the support of our new  Executive and Board. Thanks to your participation in Town Hall meetings, surveys, focus groups, emails and  informal discussions, we identified a number of goals  and...
Was That Purim, or What?
By: Beth Tzedec
May 15th 2013
Well, many thought it the best show yet. With Purim being early (our things are always early or late), the wizards (Cantor Simon and Aliza Spiro) pulled off a spectacular coup: A gallop through the very best of the last seven years, moving from Disney to Vegas and the Wild West, the Austrian Alps, and passing through the Roaring Twenties on the way to Scandinavia,...
Now is the month of Maying, When merry lads are playing, Fa la la la la . . .
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May 15th 2013
Those are the words to a Thomas Morley English madrigal that Aliza had to perform for Mother’s Day when she was in second grade. She still sings that every May. Indeed, there is a merry spirit to the month of May and it makes me want to celebrate, preferably with all of you. The month of May has been declared Jewish Heritage Month in Ontario. Thanks to the work of MPPs Mike Colle, Peter...
It's Time to Get Your Hands Dirty
By: Randy Spiegel
May 15th 2013
The snow is really gone, the rain is falling and the spring has finally sprung. If you are like me, you get a lift when you see spring flowers poking through the last snow, and you delight in hearing and seeing so many birds – including the ones that are nesting in the soonto- be-fixed light fixture over my porch. The Pesaẖ dishes are stored; I have done my counting of the omer up to Shavuot;...
Farewell and and Todah Rabah from the Shinshinim
By: Inbar Erez
May 15th 2013
It is so hard to believe that the end is near. We wanted to be able to say goodbye to all of Beth Tzedec and thank you for an incredible year.Coming to Beth Tzedec, we didn’t expect that the Jewish community here would be so warm, inviting and welcoming towards us. Our expectations were that we would work, plan programs and have a new experience. We expected to give to...
High Holy Days Teen Volunteers
By: Aily Leibtag
May 14th 2013
Calling all 2013-2014 High School students (Grades 9 to 12): Would you like to volunteer on the High Holy Days? We are looking for volunteers to help in the youth activity rooms and other places in the Synagogue. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Youth Director Aily Leibtag at 416-781-3514 ext. 239. You...
H̱esed Report Sivan 5773 / May 2013
By: Beth Tzedec
May 14th 2013
Out of the ColdThe fourth annual Out of the Cold Art Show and Fundraiser was held on Sunday, April 14 at Beth Sholom Synagogue. The artwork that is painted by our guests every Tuesday evening during our winter program was displayed and available for sale. The event was a huge success. Thirteen of the artists attended the show and in addition to their artwork, they each wrote and displayed a...