Shimon the Righteous
was one of the last of the men of the Great Assembly. He used to say:
the world stands upon three things: the Torah, the Temple service, and
the practice of acts of hesed, loving kindness.
Why is hesed one of
the legs of this precious three legged stool? The authors of Avot
D’Rabbi Natan provide an answer with a haunting story. Once, Rabbi...
We are excited to announce that Beth Tzedec will begin reopening for in-person services with Minhah / Ma'ariv on Monday, August 17.The Reopening Taskforce, with input from medical professionals and public health authorities, has compiled and presented to the Board a Reopening Manual outlining policies and procedures to help ensure that we move forward safely and cautiously.Read the Reopening...
We are delighted to announce that a generous donation from Gabi Weisfeld had made it possible for us to upgrade the Hendeles Chapel while our building is closed.This upgrade includes replacing the carpeting and removing the pews in favour of flexible seating, which can be configured in many different ways to help facilitate davening and physical distancing.While it's still a work-in progress,...
Reopening Our Doorsby Lawrie Lubin, Chair of the Reopening TaskforceAugust 13, 2020 –We are excited to announce that Beth Tzedec will begin reopening for in-person services with Minhah / Ma'ariv on Monday, August 17.The
Reopening Taskforce, with input from medical professionals and public
health authorities, has compiled and presented to the Board a Reopening
Connection and Gratitudeby President Debbie RothsteinJuly 3, 2020 –In the last three months, we have all had to adapt to a new way of life.
For me, it has meant that much of my day is spent in my home office.
After the first few weeks of shock, I find I have eased into a
semi-routine, although I have pretty much lost all concept of time. Most
importantly, I have found that I have much...
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
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
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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...