Articles

Two Prominent Authors to speak at Beth Tzedec in February
By: Jonathan (Jonny) Ain
Jan 30th 2024
Beth Tzedec is thrilled to be welcoming two distinguished speakers this February.On Thursday, February 29, the congregation proudly presents A Conversation with Mitch Albom, featuring the globally acclaimed author, journalist, and philanthropist. With over 40 million copies sold worldwide, Albom's best-selling books transcend borders and languages. Register for an Evening with Mitch Albom...
Message from Jonny Ain, Director of Development
By: Jonathan (Jonny) Ain
Jan 30th 2024
Dear Friends, Welcome to the inaugural edition of Beyond Measure, a quarterly publication dedicated to keeping our valued donors abreast of the tangible impact of their contributions and the latest developments at Beth Tzedec. At the heart of this newsletter is a commitment to transparency and inspired story-telling, ensuring you are well informed about the events that shape our...
PM Consults with Beth Tzedec
By: Jonathan (Jonny) Ain
Jan 30th 2024
On Wednesday, January 10, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Beth Tzedec, engaging with about 30 community leaders to gather feedback on Canada's handling of Israel's war against Hamas. The meeting, which marked the first time the PM has personally consulted with the Jewish community since the October 7 attacks, provided a platform for local leaders, including Beth Tzedec lay and professional...
Making connections central to life at Beth Tzedec
By: Jonathan (Jonny) Ain
Jan 30th 2024
At Beth Tzedec, the value of connection is not just a word; it's a living essence that weaves through the very fabric of our community. Connections are formed on multiple levels—bonding with our Spiritual Leadership Team, cultivating meaningful relationships with our fellow congregants, connecting with the depth of Jewish tradition, and exploring our individual values for enriching Jewish life....
A Caring Community During Difficult Times
By: Jonathan (Jonny) Ain
Jan 30th 2024
As director of Beth Tzedec’s Centre for Spiritual Wellbeing, Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin has experience working with community members who are feeling detached, alienated, or distressed about the challenges of the past number of years. Yet since October 7, the volume of outreach she has experienced has surpassed even the difficulties posed by the pandemic and the crisis of inflation. According to...
Shabbat Shirah: The Week's End - January 26, 2024
By: Daniel Silverman
Jan 26th 2024
Shabbat Shirah is centered around two Biblical songs or poems of victory. This week’s Torah reading includes the Song of the Sea, sung by Moses and the Israelites after crossing the Sea of Reeds and witnessing Pharaoh’s pursuing army drown in the waters. This week’s Haftarah highlights Deborah the Judge’s song of victory after the Israelite forces under her leadership defeated the...
The Plague of Fish
By: Rev. Lorne Hanick
Jan 12th 2024
From the perspective of the biblical narrative and the haggadah, each plague upon Egypt is more severe than the previous one, and Pharoah is worn down until after the final plague, Israel is set free. The perspective of this weeks haftarah from the book of Ezekiel is different. There is only one plague. That is the first plague:“Thus said the Lord God: I am going to deal with you, O Pharoah...
Out of a Lump of Clay: The Week's End - January 5, 2024
By: Cantor Sidney Ezer
Jan 5th 2024
While we just rang in 2024, and although Rosh Hashanah is nine months away and not typically on our radar at this present moment, there is a High Holyday liturgical connection in this week’s Torah portion Shemot that I would like to share. In Exodus 1:16, Pharaoh issues a barbarous order to the Hebrew midwives to kill all newborn Hebrew boys while letting the newborn Hebrew girls...
B’nai Yisrael ~ The Week's End (December 28, 2023)
By: Rabbi Steve Wernick
Dec 28th 2023
In this week’s Torah reading, Jacob calls his children together to tell them the future: Heasfu, v’agidah et lakhen yet asher yikrah etkhem b’akharit hayamim – Gather together and I will tell you what will be at the end of time. But in the verses that follow there are no predictions or prophecies. Nistam mimenu hakeytz, say the commentaries, “the end of hidden from him.” Jacob who at...
My Thoughts from the Rabbinical Assembly Solidarity Mission to Israel - The Week's End: December 22
By: Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin
Dec 22nd 2023
Dear Friends,  I spent two and a half days in Israel this week, on a solidarity mission with other North American Conservative rabbis. We came to Israel to bear witness and to offer support to our Masorti rabbis in Israel.  Masorti rabbis have spent every day since October 7 going to funerals and shivas, organizing prayer spaces and offering multiple forms of support. We came to...
Joy and Supplication through Hallel - The Week's End: December 15, 2023
By: Aviva Chernick
Dec 15th 2023
Today is the final day of Hanukkah and this morning was the final Hallel for the holiday.Each morning of the eight days of Hanukkah, we recite Hallel – the Service of Praise - as we do on other joyous occasions including Rosh Hodesh (the beginning of the new month), and on each of the three Pilgrimage Festivals. Hallel is a collection of psalms that recall the celebration of the Festivals...
Beth Tzedec Bulletin - Revised Winter Edition
By: Beth Tzedec
Dec 13th 2023
Beth Tzedec Bulletin - Winter 2023 EditionWe have identified an error which occurred during the latest Bulletin editorial process in which the wrong author was attributed to the article entitled “Microaggressions” on page 35. The article was mistakenly credited to Debbie Rothstein, Immediate Past President. It was actually penned by Corinne Promislow, a Board Director and member of...
Beth Tzedec Bulletin ~ December 2023
By: Beth Tzedec
Dec 5th 2023
Beth Tzedec Bulletin - Winter 2023 EditionThe latest edition of the Beth Tzedec Bulletin is available for download. Let's celebrate, learn, pray and connect as a community with the many opportunities offered throughout our quarterly catalogue of programs, events and articles.Don't miss any of the news and excitement, including:Patti Rotman's "From the President" article (page...
Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl Endowment Fund Donors
By: Beth Tzedec
Dec 5th 2023
We gratefully acknowledge the donors who have contributed to the Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl Endowment Fund, supporting the Beth Tzedec Centre for Spiritual Well-Being. The list includes donors from June 2020 through November 2023.To view the list, click here>>
Jacob's Life of Celebration and Sorrow - The Week's End: December 1, 2023
By: Daniel Silverman
Dec 1st 2023
Of the three Biblical patriarchs, we spend the most time with Jacob. We meet Jacob before he is even born and follow his life from beginning to end. In his youth we learn of his sibling rivalry with his older brother Esau. We read of his 20 years with his uncle Lavan, arriving empty-handed as a single young man and departing with two wives, two concubines, 12 children and lots of wealth. We...