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
It is our great pleasure to honour this year’s Kallat Torah,
Ruth Warner Hyman, and H̱attan Bereisheet, Paul Rothstein, at our Simẖat Torah
services and luncheon. Ruth and Paul have demonstrated outstanding dedication
to our Beth Tzedec community and now join our distinguished list of honourees.
Ruth Warner Hyman—Kallat Torah
Ruth Warner Hyman, business owner, teacher and...
Despite Rav Baruch’s reminder in June that there were only 10
weeks left until the High Holy Days, I remained convinced that there was plenty
of time to enjoy the summer. As I finally sit down to write this column, it is
clear that summer has come to an abrupt conclusion, and the High Holy Days are
upon us. Now is the time to take stock of the year that is ending and focus on
Every person of every generation has a stake in what happens at Beth Tzedec. Much more than just a
place to experience Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, your shul is where so much of
Jewish life emanates. From a baby naming to a bat mitzvah, from a marriage to a
golden anniversary, Beth Tzedec is the place where you come to celebrate and share
life cycle moments, smahot or events of great...
A new future King of England
has been born in the country of my birth. I am English, although I haven’t lived
full-time in the UK in decades. Since 1980, I have traveled the world as a
singer and as a cantor, and in the words of Johnny Mercer, “There’s such a lot
of world to see.”
I have lived in Canada since 2005.
After repeatedly renewing my work permit, I am now in the process...
Jakob Ari Shapiro z"l performed in the Beth Tzedec Purim Family Musical for four years. During that time, he made an incredible impression on everyone who knew him. He was talented and easy-going, positive and agreeable, and took initiative to help in all areas even without being asked. Jakob was beloved by his fellow cast and crew members, and was hugely admired by the other children in...
Last year saw the creation of Beth Tzedec’s children’s
choir, the Voices of Tomorrow (VOT), a 10-voice ensemble made up of children
ages 7 to 12.
Under the dedicated leadership of Cantor Simon Spiro, VOT
began rehearsals in the fall, with a Synagogue bimah debut in January on
Shabbat Shirah morning. Helping Cantor Spiro lead Musaf, they sang with the Beth
Tzedec Singers and introduced...
On Thursday, May 23, The Great American Jewish Songbook concert was held at the George Weston Recital Hall (Toronto Centre for the Arts). The sold-out show featured medleys written by some of the world’s most popular Jewish artists, including George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Neil Diamond and Carole King.Beth Tzedec’s Cantor Simon Spiro performed alongside five talented Broadway-style singers...
The prayer Aveenu Malkeinu—
our Father, our King—is one of the more familiar pieces of High Holy Day
liturgy. We recite it in the concluding sections of many of the prayer services
during Rosh Hashanah and every weekday morning during the Aseret Yemei Teshuvah—the ten days of penitence. Most dramatically,
Aveenu Malkeinu concludes the I
service on Yom Kippur, offering us one final...