With the winter weather continuing, Purim just behind us and
Pesaẖ sneaking up, I hope you are keeping warm and looking forward to
the eventual arrival of spring. Another Incredible
Visit to IsraelLast year at this time, I wrote about our meaningful family
trip to Israel, my first visit there after 20 years. I was recently privileged
to return to Israel to participate in the selection of...
While Robert Frost encounters two equally trodden paths in
the forest and knowingly accepts that one day he’ll lie about choosing the one
less traveled, many of us, throughout our lives, repeatedly encounter unequal
paths and always choose the more obvious, and arguably easier, route.
How often, if ever, did we take
risks? How frequently did we not follow the direction set out by those...
Is Passover your favourite Jewish
holiday? If you’re in charge of the cooking,
the cleaning or making a seder, the answer is probably no; but if you’re a
child or teenager, you might say yes (by the way, if you are a child or
teenager reading this column, I’m very impressed!). I believe that Pesah
is our most child-focussed holiday. There’s lots of singing, many ways to...
A number of years ago, I hired a delightful woman, born and
raised in Ireland. She always wore a smile and her work ethic was positively
motivating. Though not Jewish, she remarked on how similar the Jewish people
were to the Irish in our attitudes towards family and the significance of life.
We traded stories about grandparents, family gatherings (there was always food
involved) and even...
On November 21, Beth Tzedec was proud to co-host the special From the Heart event, together with The Canadian Shaare Zedek Hospital Foundation. The event was co-chaired by Beth Tzedec members Bernie Abrams and Norman Bacal, both of whom have been active supporters of the Shaare Zedek Hospital. The evening’s theme of tzedec rang out in the opening remarks of Rabbi Adam Cutler and the...
Information hotline 416-781-3514 ext. 261Out of the ColdOut of the Cold is now in full swing. We have been serving close to 175 homeless people each week. There has been a great response from our Beth Tzedec members who have been volunteering their time to help each week. Thanks to the efforts of Beth Tzedec’s Youth Director, Aily Leibtag, many bar/bat mitzvah aged children have been...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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”.
mid-October, our Chair, Dena Libman, and I accepted an invitation to attend the
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 &...
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.
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...
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