Articles

Calling All Golfers
By: Beth Tzedec
May 5th 2016
A Once-in-a-Lifetime Round! Book now and be part of the fourth annual Men's Club Golf Classic, and the first golf event to be held at the new Carrick designed Lebovic golf club in Aurora. The fantastic elevation changes, manicured tees and greens that roll true will welcome you on May 26. Eminently playable, the course glows in the sunshine. A golf course is judged on its layout, not on its...
Reflections on Reflections
By: Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl
Apr 12th 2016
Reflections on ReflectionsRegis College, University of Toronto I thank Father Scott Lewis of Regis College for hosting this evening; Sister Lucy Thornson of Scarboro Missions for conceiving this program and inviting us to participate; Sister/Professor Eileen Schuller who has already taught me a great deal through her close reading of the document we are discussing tonight; and all of you...
Breaking the Stigma: Depression and Suicide in the Jewish Community
By: Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl
Mar 30th 2016
On Thursday, February 4 at Shaarei Shomayim, Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl participated in an important panel discussion with community and spiritual leaders as well as medical experts in the areas of adolescent, adult and geriatric psychiatry. This important community conversation was a first step in beginning to explain and break down the stigma of mental illness within the Jewish community.To view...
Your Support is Needed
By: Yacov Fruchter
Mar 29th 2016
As we plan for the arrival of the Syrian refugee family we are sponsoring, we have identified three ways our community can help them integrate and adjust to life in Toronto:Housing—We are looking for an affordable two- or three-bedroom apartment in the Lawrence and DVP area of the city. If you own, manage or are aware of a building with a vacancy, please contact me.Electronics—We are in need...
Four Rabbis Walk into a Shul ...
By: Rabbi Adam Cutler
Mar 20th 2016
A year ago, I embarked on a project into the as-of-yet unexplored possible. In Toronto, could four rabbis— Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist—sit together and discuss substantive issues of modern Jewish life in a public forum? The result was Young Rabbis Speak. What started as a one-time, exploratory event looking at a range of topics turned into a...
And Now, the News ...
By: Randy Spiegel
Mar 20th 2016
My late aunt Rosea”h used to say, “when they say news, they don’t mean good news.” And when watching the newscasts from the alphabet soup of networks, it’s easy to see that bad news always, shall we say, ‘trumps’ good news. In reporting the top BT News items, I am proud to say there is lots of good news to report. Do not adjust your dial—CELEBRATE! High Holy Day...
Acknowledging with Gratitude
By: S. Blake Teichman
Mar 20th 2016
Nn a January 29 eblast to the Congregation, I was pleased to announce that Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl has agreed to defer his retirement by two years, to July 2019. Over the past 22+ years, Rabbi Frydman-Kohl has provided tremendous leadership to our congregational family. As our spiritual leader, he has celebrated with us in times of joy and has provided guidance in times of sorrow. Under...
Matzah and Maror, Mitzvah and Maggid
By: Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl
Mar 20th 2016
Thirty years ago, our son lost his cherished nounours in the pedestrian mall in central Jerusalem. He was inconsolable. A friend, coming to visit us for Passover, brought a similar teddy bear from the same manufacturer. But there was no special attachment to the new bear, who remained without a little boy to love it. If I had been Franz Kafka, the story might have had a different...
Special Out of the Cold Art Showcase
By: Beth Tzedec
Mar 17th 2016
NEW—In advance of of the Out of the Cold Art Circle Exhibition and Sale, several paintings will be on display at Beth Tzedec on Shabbat, March 19 and Sunday, March 20.Beth Sholom and Beth Tzedec's Out of the Cold program hosts over 150 guests every week during the winter season. It offers a hot dinner, overnight shelter, breakfast, a bagged lunch and clothing donations.Guests also have the...
A Message from the President - Member Update
By: S. Blake Teichman
Mar 11th 2016
March 11, 2016—There is a lot happening at Beth Tzedec and below is a review of initiatives that relate to medium and long term planning. As always, please feel free to share your comments and questions by email to me at president@beth-tzedec.org. Strategic Plan – Over the past two years, the Strategic Planning Committee, co-chaired by Larry Wallach and Carolyn Kolers,...
A Message from the President
By: S. Blake Teichman
Feb 22nd 2016
For the past decade, we have enjoyed the cantorial and creative music of our Senior Cantor, Cantor Simon Spiro. In August 2016, at the conclusion of his contract, Cantor Simon will be completing his tenure at our synagogue.During his time at Beth Tzedec, Cantor Simon has provided unique musical direction and has become a friend to many in our community. We all join in wishing Cantor...
A Message from the President of Beth Tzedec Congregation
By: S. Blake Teichman
Jan 28th 2016
I am pleased to announce that Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl has agreed to defer his retirement by two years to July 2019. Over the past 22+ years, Rabbi Frydman-Kohl has provided tremendous leadership to our congregational family. As our spiritual leader, he has celebrated with us in times of joy and has provided guidance in times of sorrow. Under Rav Baruch’s leadership, Beth Tzedec continues to...
A Conversation on Weddings
By: Beth Tzedec
Jan 25th 2016
The recent policy change for weddings outside of Beth Tzedec has generated discussion about how our rabbis and cantors balance preserving traditional norms while attempting to meet people where they are. In place of a derashah (sermon), Rabbis Frydman-Kohl and Cutler will be joined by Yacov Fruchter, Director of Community Building and Spiritual Engagement to discuss the context,...
Doing for Ourselves
By: Yacov Fruchter
Jan 17th 2016
“Don’t do for others what they can do for themselves”—this is the iron rule of community organizing. What do you think about this statement? Some believe that embracing this statement is at the core of a successful engagement strategy that is focused on empowering active participants. What does a thriving Beth Tzedec look like to you? Most of us would likely answer...
Closing the Jewish Education Gap
By: Daniel Silverman
Jan 17th 2016
In my three and a half years so far at Beth Tzedec, I have been fortunate to participate in a number of professional development gatherings with other synagogue educators, both locally and from across North America. Regardless of the purpose of our gathering, be it improving teacher supervision, exploring new ideas in experiential education, or learning how to be better recruiters and...