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Pay It Forward: Generations Members Initiative
By: Beth Tzedec
Nov 30th 2023
In November, we were pleased to launch our Giving Tuesday Campaign, a special opportunity for our Generations Members to make a difference to Beth Tzedec. Whether our members are passionate about volunteering their time or contributing financially, every effort matters. Thanks to the generosity of a caring member, funds will be matched 3-1 up to $10,000, until December 31st. That...
Canada's Rally for the Jewish People
By: Beth Tzedec
Nov 24th 2023
Join members of the Jewish community from across the country on Monday, December 4 at Parliament Hill in Ottawa as we unite and rally in our nation's capital.For the hostages. For the people of Israel. For the safety of Jewish Canadians.UJA has arranged for bus transportation from multiple locations in the GTA. The cost of the bus is $36; reservations are required. To reserve a seat, click...
Our Brothers and Our Sisters - The Week's End: November 24, 2023
By: Rev. Lorne Hanick
Nov 23rd 2023
For the past seven weeks, synagogues around the world have added prayers for the safe return of the hostages. Some are prayers that already appear in our printed siddurim. In times of great stress, some congregations re-introduce the responsive recitation of Psalm 130 every morning as is done between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. (“Out of the depths I call to you, Adonai, hear my cry, head me...
What’s in a Name? The Week's End: November 17, 2023
By: Cantor Sidney Ezer
Nov 16th 2023
Jacob and Esau could not be more different in terms of their demeanors and physical make-up. Esau was hairy, Jacob smooth; Jacob was a tent dweller and Esau a hunter. Jacob was quiet and cunning while Esau was loud and boorish. There was, however, one similarity between them. Both brothers had name changes. In two weeks, we will read parshat Vayishlaḥ which recounts Jacob’s fierce battle with...
Never Again: The Road Ahead - The Week's End, November 10, 2023
By: Rabbi Steve Wernick
Nov 10th 2023
Yesterday was the 85th anniversary of Kristallnacht, The Night of the Broken Glass. Kristallnacht was a Pogrom, orchestrated by Hitler’s Nazi government, in which Jews across Germany were beaten and arrested, many sent to concentration camps, Jewish-owned stores and synagogues were defaced or burned. Of course, violence usually doesn’t come from out of nowhere; it is often the outcome of...
The Shalshalet of Ambivalence, The Week's End: November 3
By: Rabbi Steve Wernick
Nov 2nd 2023
When planning our oldest daughter Ziva’s Bat Mitzvah, she made it clear that she wanted Parashat Vayera as her parashah. Why? Because it contained a Shalshelet, a rare Torah cantillation trop and she very much wanted to read it.In the parashah, two of the Angels who had visited Abraham now come to Lot to inform him of the pending doom of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. But Lot delays,...
Finding Ground, The Week's End October 27
By: Aviva Chernick
Oct 26th 2023
וַיֹּ֤אמֶר יְהֹוָה֙ אֶל־אַבְרָ֔ם לֶךְ־לְךָ֛ מֵאַרְצְךָ֥ וּמִמּֽוֹלַדְתְּךָ֖ וּמִבֵּ֣ית אָבִ֑יךָ אֶל־הָאָ֖רֶץ אֲשֶׁ֥ר אַרְאֶֽךָּ׃ יהוה said to Abram, “Go forth from your native land and from your father’s house to the land that I will show you.”This week’s parasha...
A Message from our UJA Shinshinit Idan Menashe
By: Beth Tzedec
Oct 19th 2023
UJA ShinShinim are young Israeli leaders who have just finished high school and who come to the GTA for one year to volunteer in our community. They are hosted by local Toronto families and engage more than 12,000 Jewish community members each year with cutting-edge programs focusing on contemporary Israel.As you all already know, the situation in Israel is tough. ‏I want to share with you...
A Message from our UJA Shinshinit Talya Rivel
By: Beth Tzedec
Oct 19th 2023
UJA ShinShinim are young Israeli leaders who have just finished high school and who come to the GTA for one year to volunteer in our community. They are hosted by local Toronto families and engage more than 12,000 Jewish community members each year with cutting-edge programs focusing on contemporary Israel.I honestly don’t know where to start, so I'll just start from the beginning.I’m 18...
Beth Tzedec Security Update
By: Beth Tzedec
Oct 13th 2023
Ensuring Our Security, Safeguarding Our CommunityOur community is increasingly under threat, given the uptick in antisemitism and anti-Israelism that is being experienced worldwide and here in Toronto.In our ongoing commitment to your safety, we want to update you on the enhanced measures we are taking here at Beth Tzedec.(CLICK HERE to donate to the Emergency Security Fund).Current Security...
Thoughts from our Tradition in a Time of Crisis, The Week's End October 13
By: Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin
Oct 13th 2023
On Sunday morning, while trying to capture a sense of joy on Simẖat Torah, we were simultaneously becoming aware of the terror, murder and slaughter in Israel, in real time, as it was unfolding. At that same time, we completed the annual Torah reading. Once again, the happy ending didn’t happen. Moshe Rabbeinu died, and he was not able to enter the Promised Land.And as I do every year, I...
Beth Tzedec Security Protocols
By: Beth Tzedec
Oct 10th 2023
While there is no evidence of any related threats to Beth Tzedec or in the GTA, we will be amending our Security protocols for the safety of our members, guests, staff and RHA students.  Key highlights include:Entry to and exit from the synagogue will continue to be exclusively through the rear entry doors off the parking lot.Our security staff will be augmented and...
Beth Tzedec Congregation Stands with Israel
By: Rabbi Steve Wernick
Oct 8th 2023
Dear Beth Tzedec community, Libi B'mizrach Ani B'sof Hama'aravMy heart is in the East, I am in the West. We’ve all been watching the horror unfolding in Israel following Hamas’ unconscionable terror attack. Our hearts are broken as we stand in solidarity with Israel. As the death, injured, and kidnapped toll mounts, inevitably, many of us who have family and friends in Israel...
You’re So Not Invited To My Sukkah: The Week's End October 6
By: Rev. Lorne Hanick
Oct 6th 2023
Now that I have your attention, let me tell you about Stacy Friedman’s Bat Mitzvah.If you do not understand the Hebrew, or you were not paying close attention, you missed the message of the movie. Stacy is chanting the maftir of Ki Tissa (Exodus 34:33-35). It is not translated. There is no commentary. [Movie blooper fans: the maftir is referred to as her haftorah.]When Moses had finished...
What is a Sukkah? The Week's End September 29
By: Cantor Sidney Ezer
Sep 28th 2023
What is a Sukkah? Leviticus 23:42-43, part of the Torah reading for the festival, contains the commandment to dwell in Sukkot as a reminder for all generations of how God made the Israelites live in Sukkot when God took them out of Egypt. The Talmud refers to Sukkot (Booths) as the Clouds of Glory which surrounded and protected the Israelites during their forty years in the desert. To further...