Articles

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...
Beth Tzedec Bulletin - High Holy Day Edition
By: Beth Tzedec
Aug 23rd 2021
Beth Tzedec Bulletin - Fall/High Holy Days EditionThe High Holy Days and the start of our new programming year are always an exciting and exhausting time. (Beth Tzedec certainly offers a 'megillah' of opportunities to inspire our kehillah to live meaningful Jewish lives! Let's plan to celebrate, learn, pray an connect as a community with the options offered throughout our quarterly...
Holy Holy Days Davening with Beth Tzedec
By: Beth Tzedec
Aug 16th 2021
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! Families will have access to a special virtual hub to access the High Holy Day experiences that are meaningful to you. This page will be updated with direct links to access the services as we move closer to Rosh Hashanah.Participation in on-site...
Beth Tzedec Men's Club Scholarship Program 2022
By: Beth Tzedec
Aug 16th 2021
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. Information and the application form is now available for download. Note that the submission deadline is April 8, 2022.Download the application form here 2022-application.doc  or email hershr@rogers.com. 
High Holy Days Programs with Beth Tzedec
By: Beth Tzedec
Aug 16th 2021
Learn, sing, gather and connect with our kehillah as we prepare ourselves for the High Holy Days. Video Learning OpportunitiesSoul Brew with Rabbi RosenbluthAugust 29 to September 3Percolate your mind, body and soul in the theme of “Panim el Panim: Face to Face— Reflections on human engagements during and post COVID” as we journey through the month of Tishrei with voices from...
Don't Forget to Renew!
By: Beth Tzedec
Jul 13th 2021
'Tis the season... Now that we're well into summer, gearing up for the High Holy Days and excited to once again celebrate as a community, please don't forget to renew your commitment to Beth Tzedec. Members who contribute early allow us to plan better for the new year, and ensure that we have the capacity to help those who need additional financial support.Members should...
Commemorating Tisha B'Av with BT
By: Beth Tzedec
Jul 12th 2021
Tisha B’Av—the 9th day of the month of Av—is one of the most solemn days on the Jewish calendar. It is the culmination of the Three Weeks, a period of time during which we mark the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Beth Tzedec is offering several programs and services to mark this sorrowful chapter in Jewish history. We look forward to welcoming you...