Articles

Honouring Those Who Lead our Congregation
By: Beth Tzedec
Jun 16th 2016
Shabbat morning, June 25, will be the final Shabbat service led by Cantor Spiro before he concludes his time at Beth Tzedec and commences his usual summer vacation. For the past 11 years, Cantor Spiro has provided musical leadership to our Congregation and enhanced the life of our shul; this will be a wonderful opportunity for our community to daven and sing together. Shabbat, June 25 will...
Shaping Jewish Identity: The Role of Memory and History
By: Rabbi Harvey Meirovich, D.H.L.
Jun 16th 2016
June 12, 2016 / Shavuot morning, 5776 I am inspired by a provocative claim made by the late Jewish historian, Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi. In his celebrated book, Zakhor, published more than three decades ago, Yerushalmi sets down an audacious claim about the 4,000 year adventures of the Jewish people. He delves into the two main strategies Jews have used to fortify their group survival. One...
Reflections on Making Aliyah 25+ Years Later
By: Rabbi Harvey Meirovich, D.H.L.
Jun 16th 2016
June 11, 2016 / Shavuot 5776Keynote at the Tikkun Leyl Shavuot program On August 17, 1989 our family, then numbering Cheryl and myself and our four children, Danya, Ari, Elina, and Batya, stepped on to Israeli soil as new immigrants to Israel. More than 25 years later our family count, besides Cheryl and myself, comprises our four married children, and our 13 grandchildren, ranging from 14...
Board Elects New Executive Team
By: Beth Tzedec
Jun 8th 2016
On Tuesday evening, June 7, the Board of Governors met and elected the new Executive, comprised of the following individuals: Sheldon Rotman – President Debbie Rothstein – Chair of the Board Alan Sless – Vice-President Ilene Flatt – Vice-Chair Cecile Zaifman – Treasurer Lawrence Wallach – Secretary Gary Elman – Parnos S. Blake Teichman – Immediate Past...
Youth Director/Teen Engagement Coordinator Position
By: Beth Tzedec
Jun 7th 2016
Full-Time PositionECRUSY and Beth Tzedec Congregation are currently seeking a Regional Youth Director and Teen Engagement Coordinator.  This new and exciting, full-time, Toronto-based position combines dual responsibility for leading USY (grades 9-12) and Kadima (grades 5-8) programs across the Eastern Canada Region of United...
Beth Tzedec Board of Governors Election Results
By: S. Blake Teichman
Jun 5th 2016
A Message from the PresidentTo the Members of Beth Tzedec Congregation: It is my pleasure to advise the membership that the election results are now final. The following are the names of the successful candidates who have been elected to Beth Tzedec Congregation's Board of Governors for a two-year term: Gary ElmanIlene FlattLeonard Gangbar (new)Ava Kanner (new)Karen HershDavid Matlow...
Peace of Mind Speech from Eli (a POM participant)
By: Beth Tzedec
Jun 2nd 2016
A unit of discharged Israeli soldiers participating in the Peace of Mind program joined us for a special Peace of Mind Shabbat dinner on May 20. Eli, a participant in the weeklong program, spoke to the Congregation about his experience here. Please see below for his presentation.Hi, My name is Eli. First, I would like to apologize for reading from the...
Strategic Planning Update
By: Beth Tzedec
May 20th 2016
May 20—We had an excellent response to the strategic planning survey, receiving 979 surveys from approximately 2,500 Beth Tzedec member families, including input from former members and children of members who chose to leave Beth Tzedec. The survey information will provide solid feedback to add to the other data we have collected as part of the strategic planning...
Beth Tzedec Walks with Israel
By: Simmi Toby
May 18th 2016
On Sunday, May 29 beginning at 8:00 a.m., drop by our 'Beth Tzedec booth' to say hello, fuel up with coffee and donuts, pick up some great swag, and maybe even join us on the UJA's Walk. Look for the Beth Tzedec banner at Coronation Park to find us. We'll also have a Beth Tzedec team walking this year. If you would like to sign up to join our team, contact Simmi Toby at 416-781-3514...
Calling All Golfers
By: Beth Tzedec
May 5th 2016
A Once-in-a-Lifetime Round! Book now and be part of the fourth annual Men's Club Golf Classic, and the first golf event to be held at the new Carrick designed Lebovic golf club in Aurora. The fantastic elevation changes, manicured tees and greens that roll true will welcome you on May 26. Eminently playable, the course glows in the sunshine. A golf course is judged on its layout, not on its...
Reflections on Reflections
By: Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl
Apr 12th 2016
Reflections on ReflectionsRegis College, University of Toronto I thank Father Scott Lewis of Regis College for hosting this evening; Sister Lucy Thornson of Scarboro Missions for conceiving this program and inviting us to participate; Sister/Professor Eileen Schuller who has already taught me a great deal through her close reading of the document we are discussing tonight; and all of you...
Breaking the Stigma: Depression and Suicide in the Jewish Community
By: Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl
Mar 30th 2016
On Thursday, February 4 at Shaarei Shomayim, Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl participated in an important panel discussion with community and spiritual leaders as well as medical experts in the areas of adolescent, adult and geriatric psychiatry. This important community conversation was a first step in beginning to explain and break down the stigma of mental illness within the Jewish community.To view...
Your Support is Needed
By: Yacov Fruchter
Mar 29th 2016
As we plan for the arrival of the Syrian refugee family we are sponsoring, we have identified three ways our community can help them integrate and adjust to life in Toronto:Housing—We are looking for an affordable two- or three-bedroom apartment in the Lawrence and DVP area of the city. If you own, manage or are aware of a building with a vacancy, please contact me.Electronics—We are in need...
Four Rabbis Walk into a Shul ...
By: Rabbi Adam Cutler
Mar 20th 2016
A year ago, I embarked on a project into the as-of-yet unexplored possible. In Toronto, could four rabbis— Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist—sit together and discuss substantive issues of modern Jewish life in a public forum? The result was Young Rabbis Speak. What started as a one-time, exploratory event looking at a range of topics turned into a...
And Now, the News ...
By: Randy Spiegel
Mar 20th 2016
My late aunt Rosea”h used to say, “when they say news, they don’t mean good news.” And when watching the newscasts from the alphabet soup of networks, it’s easy to see that bad news always, shall we say, ‘trumps’ good news. In reporting the top BT News items, I am proud to say there is lots of good news to report. Do not adjust your dial—CELEBRATE! High Holy Day...