Articles

Yod-Hey-Vav-Hey / YMCA: A Video Collaboration Celebrating Purim
By: Beth Tzedec
Feb 7th 2022
Let's face it. The last two years have been difficult. But as we move toward the spring and the end of the health restrictions, it's time to get into the spirit, silliness and fun of Purim!We're putting together a Purim parody video and are looking to you to lend your voices, acting talents and video skills—or lack thereof—to "Yod-Hey-Vav-Hey", Cantor Ezer’s hilarious reworking of...
Rabbinical Assembly Condemns Swastikas and Other Hate Symbols
By: Rabbi Steve Wernick
Feb 2nd 2022
We Stand in Solidarity with the Rabbinical AssemblyFebruary 2, 2022—In response to the use of swastikas, and in one instance a Confederate flag, during the "Freedom Convoy" protests against coronavirus vaccine mandates outside the Canadian Parliament, the Rabbinical Assembly (RA), the international association of Conservative movement rabbis, issued the following statement:We are outraged and...
Shabbat of Solidarity: Standing with Congregation Beth Israel
By: Rabbi Steve Wernick
Jan 20th 2022
Saturday, January 22; Services begin at 9:30 a.m.This Shabbat, Rabbi Wernick and Rabbi Fryer Bodzin will be joined by Debbie Rothstein to share and reflect on last week's events at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas and the impact on world Jewry and within our own community.Our Shabbat morning services will be livestreamed beginning at 9:30 a.m. This sermon presentation will begin at...
Standing In Solidarity With Congregation Beth Israel
By: Beth Tzedec
Jan 15th 2022
Join our livestream virtual gathering at 8:30 p.m.January 15, 2022—We are watching with concern and horror the situation that is unfolding Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas. We send our thoughts and prayers to the hostages, their families and the law enforcement agencies working toward a peaceful resolution of the standoff situation quickly.It is in moments like...
Celebrate Shabbat Shirah with Beth Tzedec
By: Beth Tzedec
Jan 11th 2022
What did we do, the People of Israel, when we crossed the sea and arrived safely at the other side? We sang. We sang then and we sing now. Though we do feel the disappointment of not being able to be together, all of us, in person, this Shabbat as always, our spiritual leaders will raise their voices and from wherever we are, we will join in,...
Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl Appointed to the Order of Canada
By: Beth Tzedec
Dec 30th 2021
Mazal Tov to Rav Baruch!We are delighted to announce that Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl, our Rav Baruch, has been appointed to the Order of Canada.This most prestigious honour is well deserved and recognizes his lifetime of service to the Jewish people, to the city of Toronto and to the citizens of our great nation.Rav Baruch has been a spiritual guide to thousands and he has represented...
Stop the Deportation: Recognize Ugandan Abayudaya Jews and Masorti Conservative Conversions in Israel
By: Rabbi Steve Wernick
Dec 28th 2021
Many in Israel and around the world have closely followed the case of Yosef Kibita, a Ugandan Jew who has been waging an intense legal struggle to make Aliyah since 2018. Yosef, who has lived on the Masorti-affiliated Kibbutz Ketura in the Negev since moving to Israel, has faced tremendous opposition from the Interior Ministry. Yosef suffered another blow from the Ministry that once again...
REDI Committee Survey: Your Feedback Matters
By: Beth Tzedec
Dec 17th 2021
Your Feedback RequestedThe anti-Racism, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (REDI) Committee is championing improving equity and inclusivity at Beth Tzedec. To that end, the REDI Committee is striving to promote a safe and welcoming environment for all within the Beth Tzedec community.While we have a dedicated team who are passionate about this mission, we need your help in focusing the...
A Message from Beth Tzedec Congregation: Fighting Anti-Semitism in the TDSB
By: Beth Tzedec
Dec 8th 2021
Your Support is NeededThe Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is voting today (Wednesday, December 8) on censuring Trustee Alexandra Lulka for calling out anti-semitism in unvetted information that was sent to a TDSB mailing list. This comes on the heels of a number of incidents in the TDSB that has Jewish staff members and families on edge.The Toronto Board of...
Beth Tzedec Bulletin - Winter Edition!
By: Beth Tzedec
Nov 30th 2021
Beth Tzedec Bulletin - Winter EditionThe latest edition of the Beth Tzedec Bulletin is available for download. Let's plan to celebrate, learn, pray and connect as a community with the many options offered throughout our quarterly catalogue of programs, events and articles from synagogue professionals and leadership.Don't miss any of the news and excitement, including:Professor...
We Welcome Your Thoughts
By: Beth Tzedec
Nov 5th 2021
We are always interested in hearing from our members and community—thoughts, ideas, impressions or concerns—and invite you to contact our leadership, clergy or senior staff at any time. Please see below for email information.Debbie Rothstein, President Reb Steve Wernick — 416-781-3514, ext. 218Rabbi Fryer Bodzin — 416-781-3514, ext. 219Cantor Sidney Ezer — 416-781-3514, ext....
Celebrating Shemini Atzeret and Simhat Torah
By: Beth Tzedec
Sep 23rd 2021
As a kehillah, we have shared a meaningful Kol Nidrei and Yom Kippur of repentance, reflection and prayer. We next look forward to celebrating Sukkot in our sukkahs, gathering to sing, daven and to share meals and conversation with families, friends and neighbours. Our Shemini Atzeret and Simhat Torah services on September 27 to 29 (including the...
Celebrating Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret and Simhat Torah
By: Beth Tzedec
Sep 17th 2021
As a kehillah, we have shared a meaningful Kol Nidrei and Yom Kippur of repentance, reflection and prayer. We next look forward to celebrating Sukkot in our sukkahs, gathering to sing, daven and to share meals and conversation with families, friends and neighbours. Our Sukkot Services on September 20 to 22 (including the evening Minhah-Ma'ariv Services)...
Observing Kol Nidrei and Yom Kippur with Beth Tzedec
By: Beth Tzedec
Sep 12th 2021
Last week, we gathered to wish each other Shanah Tovah and celebrate Rosh Hashanah, either in person or virtually via our livestreams and on-demand services. This Wednesday and Thursday, we come together again to observe Kol Nidrei and Yom Kippur, to atone, repent and ask forgiveness for our sins over the past year.For those who have not pre-registered to attend our Kol Nidrei and Yom Kippur...
SPNI and UJA's Mission to Israel 2021
By: Beth Tzedec
Sep 12th 2021
“Israel is literally dotted with lovely corners and even a few species that would have long ago disappeared without SPNI's uncompromising voice.” Pollution in a Promised Land, an environmental history of Israel – Professor Alon TalWith the restrictions due to COVID-19 now incrementally being eased, the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) is hopeful that foreign travel, for...