Dear Friends,Communal crises were not unknown to our ancestors. They discussed the challenges of maintaining Jewish life and observance during times of war, plague, famine and the like. These times are known as sha'at d’khak, times of crisis. And in each of those cases, based on the verse in Leviticus 18:5, that states "You shall therefore keep my statutes and my rules; if a person does...
are facing a difficult time.
never experienced anything so shocking on a global level.
shake the feeling that we are living in a historical event that will be remembered forever.
all around the world are scared, schools are shutting down, hospitals are
In Israel, the situation is not simple as well- 143 people were diagnosed with...
Hello everyone and Shabbat Shalom.
About two weeks ago, an amazing thing happened in Israel.
Bagatz, which is a part of the national court that contributes to
balancing systems within the Israeli democracy, has announced that Israel has
to make it legal for same sex couples to bear a child by means of the process
of surrogacy. This happened after an unsuccessful appeal of a gay couple...
Beth Tzedec is an
important centre for sustaining social and community well-being. During trying
times, we look to experts in our community to provide guidance and direction to
protect each other while continuing to offer spiritual support and growth
opportunities for every member of our community.
With recent news about the spread of COVID-19, we know that you may have
We have been advised by our friends at Beth Sholom that, out of care and concern for the community, Beth Sholom will be closed a thorough sanitizing due to the potential spread of COVID-19.If you attended Beth Sholom on Thursday, March 5 or Friday, March 6 and are feeling unwell, we recommend that you stay home and reach out to Toronto Public Health, via 311. We ask that all Beth Tzedec...
together as a spiritual community is one of the most important things we do at
Beth Tzedec. In light of that, we would like to acknowledge concerns about
health and germ-spreading and remind everyone of best practices.
As our rabbis mentioned over Shabbat, they are no longer hugging or shaking
hands to wish congregants a "Shabbat Shalom". Instead, join them in finding new ways...
Chair of the Nominating Committee, in accordance with subsection 9.09(b) of the
by-laws of Beth Tzedec Congregation, I call for nominations from the Members of
Beth Tzedec Congregation to stand as candidates for election as Directors at
the next annual general meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 26, 2020.
A Member wishing to be nominated as a candidate must submit her or his...
miss this weekend's Family Shabbat activities with Assistant Rabbi candidate
The primary function of the Assistant Rabbi will be to work closely with young
families, teens and college and university students in our kehillah.
join us to get to know Rabbi Cowans at any of the exciting opportunities listed
below. We would love to hear your feedback and...
Beth Tzedec Congregation is officially a smoke-free, cannabis-free and fragrance-free facility.These policies reflect
our commitment to provide a safe and healthy environment for everyone in the
Beth Tzedec community. To date, our congregation has not issued an
official policy regarding cannabis consumption on site, however we are aware of
the implications of legalization from a safety and...
Thank you to every member of the Beth Tzedec community who
completed our High Holy Day survey. You have helped give us the tools we need
to expand and plan for next year’s High Holy Days. Your comments and feedback make
it possible to continue offering service experiences that matter. Here’s what
By the Numbers
79% of all respondents told us that they were...
Update: The deadline to register for Mercaz Membership has been extended to Sunday, March 9- don't miss the chance to make your voice heard!Dear
We write to you today to encourage
you to join Mercaz
our Masorti/Conservative Movement’s party to the World Zionist Congress. You
know, that Congress started by Theodore Herzl in Basel Switzerland 122
years ago – the Congress...
On May 12, 2020, Beth
Tzedec Congregation will be hosting the world premiere of Searching for My Voice,
a one-person show written and performed by Allan Soberman.
Searching for My Voice
is Allan's heartfelt story of growing up in the family of Beth Tzedec's beloved
Cantor Morris Sobermanz”l, who was the Ba’al Koreh, Hazzan Sheini and
Bar/Bat Mitzvah teacher of 2,800 of us for over...
is going through a hard time.
days ago, the IDF killed one of the leaders of the terror organization, The
Islamic Jihad. He was responsible for many terror attacks that hurt Israelis
and had more plans to hurt Israel.
a result, more than 400 rockets were fired from Gaza to Israel over the last
two days. From Otef Gaza (the Israeli area next to the Gaza Strip) to Tel...
As a congregational community, we at Beth Tzedec condemn the
recent rocket attacks by Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip targeting
innocent Israeli civilians. We support Israel’s right to defend itself at all
times against terror and those who would do its people harm. And we note
with concern the fragility of the moment and potential for escalation.
At this time, therefore,...
We’re excited to welcome Aviva Chernick to Beth Tzedec as our
inaugural Artist in Residence. The award-winning singer has brought her voice
in music and prayer to communities and congregations around the globe, and
she’s now adding her voice to ours under the banner of the Beth Tzedec Centre
for Spiritual Well-Being.
As Artist in Residence, Aviva will model and teach Jewish values