Articles

More Than the Kotel - by Rabbi Jennifer Gorman
By: Beth Tzedec
Jul 28th 2017
"Shall we end by having a theocracy? No, indeed… We shall prevent any theocratic tendencies from coming to the fore on the part of our priesthood… Rabbis shall receive honors high as their valuable functions deserve, but they must not interfere in the administration of the State which confers distinction upon them, else they will conjure up difficulties without and within." "All that you have...
Tuning Up for the High Holy Days
By: Beth Tzedec
Jul 27th 2017
Beth Tzedec is delighted to announce that the dynamic Israeli Hazzan Moshe Fishel and renowned Maestro Meir Briskman, the M&M Duo, will return to Beth Tzedec, joining Cantor Sidney Ezer in leading services for Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidrei and Yom Kippur, as well as performing in a series musical performances in late September with Lishmoa El Harina,...
Renovations Updates
By: Randy Spiegel
Jul 20th 2017
Making Changes Inside and Out!Outside—The long overdue resurfacing of our parking lot is underway. On Monday, the heavy equipment came in to tear up the old asphalt and start the grading. For the duration, the parking lot will be closed. Weather permitting, work will continue with the line painting being the final step completed early in the next week.Inside—Work...
New Administration Offices in the Works
By: Randy Spiegel
Jul 4th 2017
New Administrative Offices in the Works While many wind down for the summer, this is the busiest time of year, with physical and programmatic changes being made to better serve our members in the New Year. Our administration offices are now under renovation and will have a new look that is scheduled for completion in the late summer. In the interim, several staff members been relocated to...
Remarks to the Beth Tzedec Men's Club Scholarship Breakfast / Sunday, June 11, 2017
By: Daniel Silverman
Jun 15th 2017
Let me begin by thanking the Beth Tzedec Men’s Club for inviting me back to speak at this celebration. In particular, thank you to Hersh and Cheryl Rosenthal and their family for your commitment and dedication to the Men’s Club, our congregation and these scholarship awards. One of the most often used buzzwords in Jewish circles for the past couple of decades has been Jewish Identity....
Board Elects New Executive Committee
By: Beth Tzedec
Jun 2nd 2017
On Monday evening, May 29, the Board of Governors met and elected the new Executive, comprised of the following individuals:Dr. Sheldon Rotman – PresidentDebbie Rothstein – Chair of the BoardLawrence Wallach – Vice-PresidentIlene Flatt – Vice-ChairCecile Zaifman – TreasurerAlan Sless – SecretaryGary Elman – ParnosS. Blake Teichman – Immediate Past PresidentCarolyn Kolers – Past...
Building for Today and Tomorrow
By: Sheldon Rotman
Jun 2nd 2017
With great pride, Beth Tzedec is pleased to thank Mary Ellen Herman for a commitment to the Congregation that will see the main floor banquet hall named the Michael and Mary Ellen Herman Banquet Hall. Norman Bacal, chair of the Beth Tzedec Development Committee, made the announcement on Shavuot before the entire Congregation. In memory of her late husband Michaelz”l, and in...
Announcing Beth Tzedec's 1-4-7 Draw
By: Beth Tzedec
May 19th 2017
1 Ticket / 4 Seasons Resort / 7 Nights AccommodationAnnouncing Beth Tzedec's 1-4-7 Draw, a raffle for one of two great packages for a stay at the fabulous Four Seasons Residence Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, plus $500 cash. (Total value of each prize package is $7,500.)The draw will be held at the Simẖat Torah Luncheon on Friday, October 13, 2017 at approximately 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $136...
Support the Peace of Mind Program
By: Beth Tzedec
Feb 24th 2017
For a week in 2016, a unit of 15 former elite IDF soldiers who experienced the trauma of loss during battle visited our Congregation as part of the Peace of Mind program. Designed to aid in the recovery of these brave young men, they lived in our homes and met in our synagogue. Many have already committed funds to welcome a new group in June 2017. In addition to the emotional and...
Adult Winter Boots for Out of the Cold
By: Beth Tzedec
Feb 13th 2017
The Out of the Cold program has an immediate and urgent need for adult winter boots. These winter weather items can mean the survival of those in the community who are homeless. Donations of boots should be bagged and labelled OOTC, and dropped off at Beth Sholom Synagogue (1445 Eglinton Ave. W) during regular weekday business hours.
Neighbourhood Hydro Shut-Down - February 16
By: Beth Tzedec
Feb 10th 2017
Toronto Hydro has been undertaking a major upgrade to infrastructure in the area around the synagogue. On Thursday, February 16 from approximately 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, the power to our building—and to other homes surrounding Beth Tzedec—will be suspended. During the shut-down, the building will be open only for daily minyan in the morning, with evening services...
Standing Together to Oppose Hate and Violence
By: Beth Tzedec
Feb 2nd 2017
Beth Tzedec Congregation stands united with the Jewish community in condemning the murders at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec. Rabbis Frydman-Kohl and Cutler have reached out to their Muslim friends, sharing our sorrow and solidarity.Public support from allies and friends is without parallel in providing comfort and strength. We will gather at the Islamic Foundation of...
Words of Thanks from Imran Ally
By: Beth Tzedec
Feb 2nd 2017
Emailed to Rabbis Frydman-Kohl and Cutler on January 30Greetings, Your heartfelt outpouring of support with messages of strength, care and compassion to the Muslim community has been unbelievable. Thank you. Sincerely, Imran Imran Ally is the Imam and Shaykh in residence at the TARIC Islamic Centre in Toronto since his arrival in Canada in mid 2000 and continues to be the first Chaplain...
A Message from the Rabbi and President of Beth Tzedec Congregation
By: Jason Pivovitsch
Jan 30th 2017
Dear friends,Our congregation and community condemn the attack last night on the Quebec City mosque, a sacred place of prayer. We are deeply shocked and grief-struck by this act of violence. The sanctity of human life is an essential teaching of the Torah. It is a basic assumption of civil society that the sanctity of places of worship must be respected and protected.  The members of...
Winter Coats for Out of the Cold
By: Beth Tzedec
Jan 11th 2017
With the extreme cold weather, the Out of the Cold program has an immediate and urgent need for adult winter coats. These winter weather items can mean the survival of those in the community who are homeless. Donations of coats and boots should be bagged and labelled OOTC, and dropped off at Beth Sholom Synagogue (1445 Eglinton Ave. W) during regular weekday business hours.