Life Journeys - The Week's End (November 4, 2022)
By: Daniel Silverman
Nov 3rd 2022
It was exactly 25 years ago this Shabbat that I celebrated my Bar Mitzvah. The protagonist of the Torah reading, Abram (later Abraham), is sent out on a journey by God to a place and into a future he does not know at the time of departure. So to, as I reflect on my own life and the changes in the world since 1997, have I – and all of us – been on our life journeys not knowing exactly where we...
Nimrod the Warrior - The Week's End (October 28, 2022)
By: Rev. Lorne Hanick
Oct 28th 2022
The post-diluvian genealogy of Noah and his sons after the flood is a dry listing of begats, save for a digression about Nimrod the son of Cush.“Cush also begot Nimrod, who was the first man of might on earth. He was a mighty hunter by the grace of the Lord; hence the saying ‘Like Nimrod a might hunter by the grace of the Lord.’The mainstays of his kingdom were Babylon, Erekh, Accad...
What It Means to be an Ezer - The Week's End (October 21, 2022)
By: Cantor Sidney Ezer
Oct 20th 2022
Perusing through the Bible as a kid, I was excited to find my family surname in English. It was in parashat Vayishlaḥ, which outlined the genealogy of Esau. Ezer is listed as one of the sons of Seir the Horite, the Horites being the original non-semitic settlers of Seir / Edom prior to the arrival of Esau’s clans (Genesis 36:20 ff). As an adult, however, I discovered that in Hebrew the name...
A Wake-Up Invitation to Our Hearts
By: Aviva Chernick
Sep 30th 2022
On the second day of Rosh Hashanah, I spoke about Teshuvah, Belovedness, and Pleasure. The night before, after ẖag dinner, my dear colleague Yacov gave me the slightest nudge about the language I use, reminding me to ensure that it should be clear to the people in the room what I mean. For instance, in my Jewish mindfulness circles, words like “belovedness” and “embodiment” are...
High Holy Day Tickets & Shul Entry Process
By: Beth Tzedec
Sep 23rd 2022
Our members-in-good-standing will fall into one of two categories below:Scenario 1: I have tickets alreadyFor members who have received their tickets, simply show them at the entry to our security guard to gain access to the shul. Scenario 2: I am a member-in-good-standing but I did not receive my tickets!For those who renewed/joined prior to September...
Connect - The Week's End (September 16, 2022)
By: Yacov Fruchter
Sep 15th 2022
When the new ambassador of Israel to the United Kingdom, Tzipi Hotovely, presented her credentials to Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom in 2021, she was accompanied by her husband Or Alon. While it was out of protocol, Or asked the Queen:  "What is one piece of life advice you can give us in light of your rich experience?"Or later shared, ''She thought about it, pondered and then...
Turn, turn, turn! — The Week's End (September 9, 2022)
By: Rev. Lorne Hanick
Sep 9th 2022
The Hebrew language and Jewish tradition have several verbs related to transgression. The most well known is the verb חָטָא, hattah, to sin.  The noun is חֵט ẖet, is also the word for “arrow”. Archery is the imagery for missing the mark in whatever we set out to achieve. Like an arrow that misses the bull’s eye, there is nothing wrong with the arrow...
High Holy Days FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
By: Beth Tzedec
Sep 8th 2022
We look forward to welcoming you back to Beth Tzedec for High Holy Days 5783. We have created a detailed list of FAQs to help you plan for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, whether you are participating in person or via livestream. Please read below for our FAQs or click here to download a PDF.1.  Will there be in-person services this year?We are very pleased to be hosting multiple in-person...
Focusing On Personal Gates Before the Heavenly Gates — The Week's End (September 2, 2022)
By: Cantor Sidney Ezer
Sep 2nd 2022
Parashat Shoftim begins with the command to set up a proper judicial system in Israel: “You shall appoint magistrates and officials for your tribes, in all the settlements that the Lord your God is giving you”. (Deuteronomy 16:18) Instead of the usual word for cities or settlements, the Torah uses a different term, Sh’arekha, literally meaning “your gates”. Although the...
Jews Doing Jewish with Other Jews — The Week's End (August 26, 2022)
By: Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin
Aug 25th 2022
Dear Friends, In the '90s, I worked for Hillel in Miami, Florida. At the time the mission of the organization was to maximize the number of Jews doing Jewish with other Jews. Since I left the organization, more than 20 years ago, it underwent a lot of change. Earlier this week, Hillel launched its latest rebranding, and a new tagline of only four words: “All Kinds of Jewish.”...
High Holy Days Davening @ BT
By: Terri Humphries
Aug 22nd 2022
Nashuvah! | Return Again!We're thrilled to once again offer your favourite High Holy Day services for you and your family to enjoy, onsite or from the comfort of your own home! Members will have access to our virtual livestream hub to access the Sanctuary Services and the Outdoor Short & Sweet Services. This page will be updated with direct links to access the services as we move closer to...
Heshbon Hanefesh, Spiritual Accounting — The Week's End (August 18, 2022)
By: Aviva Chernick
Aug 18th 2022
The month of Elul begins in just over a week. Below is an invitation to begin thinking, over this time, about how we might each choose to engage with the opportunities of Elul.Elul is the month that leads up to Rosh Hashanah, Aseret Yimei Teshuvah—10 days of Return—and Yom Kippur. During the month of Elul we are encouraged to begin to engage in H̱eshbon Hanefesh, Spiritual Accounting, a...
Tu B'Av: Jewish Valentine's Day — The Week's End (August 11, 2022)
By: Rabbi Steve Wernick
Aug 11th 2022
Tomorrow, Friday, is a special day on the Jewish calendar. It is Tu B’Av or the 15th of the month of Av. We know of Tisha B’Av, the day on which the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem were destroyed. But what is Tu B’Av?According to tradition, Tu B’Av is the day on which the sin of the spies (their lack of belief in God and themselves to enter the Land of Israel when the people first...
Men's Club Scholarship Program for 2023
By: Beth Tzedec
Aug 4th 2022
The Beth Tzedec Men’s Club is pleased to sponsor our long standing scholarship program to assist young men and women who are pursuing programs of higher Jewish education.  Applicants need not be a member of Beth Tzedec.The criteria we use to judge each applicant is based on the following and should be given careful consideration when applying.  The information provided with this...
The Culmination of Mourning —The Week's End (August 4, 2022)
By: Yacov Fruchter
Aug 4th 2022
As the culmination of the Three Weeks of mourning, we begin this Saturday night the Fast of Tishah B'Av, marking the destruction of the two Temples in Jerusalem. I have always been particularly moved by the rituals of the 9th of Av. In the heart of the summer, we gather late at night, sitting on the floor of the synagogue, lights dimmed, while we chant Megillat Eikhah, the Book of...