Articles

Shavuot and Choice
By: Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl
Jul 10th 2014
The gift of Torah, which we re-enact and celebrate on Shavuot, is linked by custom to the scroll of Ruth. Her story is associated with Shavuot for three reasons: The narrative is set at the time of the spring harvest which took place in late May/early June.A major theme of the narrative is ẖesed by and for Ruth. Loving-kindness is understood as the essential value of Torah and a means...
Executive Committee 2014/2015
By: Beth Tzedec
May 29th 2014
Following the Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday, May 28, the Board of Governors met and elected the Executive Committee, comprised of the following individuals:S. Blake Teichman - PresidentDr. Sheldon Rotman - Chair of the Board of GovernorsTed Zittell - Vice-PresidentDebbie Rothstein - Vice-ChairPeter Weinstein - TreasurerAlan Sless - SecretaryDena Libman - ParnosCarolyn Kolers -...
Brooklyn: Birthplace of Musical Dreams
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Apr 24th 2014
New York City is an amazing place. Commuting from England, I stayed on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for many years. Aliza lived there for 18. We actually lived around the corner from each other for over a decade without ever knowing it! Like many of you, we try to get back to New York as often as possible. There’s an energy there that is difficult to describe. It’s a pace, a...
Narrative, Memory and What is Yet to Come
By: Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl
Apr 24th 2014
For all the efforts of the great Jewish thinkers to develop a systematic exposition of Jewish beliefs, Judaism is primarily defined by narrative theology, the telling of a sacred story that gives meaning to our past and momentum to our future. Each morning during prayers we retell a précis of our sacred saga. And on Passover, we devote significant attention to the Telling. In The White...
Connecting to Israel and the Jewish People
By: Carolyn Kolers
Apr 24th 2014
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...
Embracing Fearful Change
By: Rabbi Adam Cutler
Mar 6th 2014
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...
How to Make your Seders Child-Centric
By: Daniel Silverman
Mar 2nd 2014
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...
May Your Roof be Well Thatched...And Those Inside Well Matched
By: Randy Spiegel
Feb 18th 2014
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...
From the Heart an Elegant Success
By: Beth Tzedec
Jan 1st 2014
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...
H̱esed Report
By: Beth Tzedec
Jan 1st 2014
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...
A Mid-Year Update
By: Carolyn Kolers
Jan 1st 2014
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...
Jewish Wanderlust
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Jan 1st 2014
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...
Mission Critical– Data Driven
By: Randy Spiegel
Jan 1st 2014
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...
Building Community
By: Carolyn Kolers
Nov 6th 2013
I’m 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”.  The USCJ Centennial In mid-October, our Chair, Dena Libman, and I accepted an invitation to attend the Centennial...
2013 Chai Tea & Fashion Show
By: Beth Tzedec
Sep 17th 2013
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 &...