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Beth Tzedec Congregation Announces ROM’s Acquisition of the Important Cecil Roth Judaica Collection
By: Beth Tzedec
Sep 26th 2023
TORONTO, September 26, 2023 – Beth Tzedec Congregation is pleased to announce a new home for the Cecil Roth Judaica collection—one of the most significant collections of its kind. This extensive collection of Jewish historical objects curated by historian Dr. Cecil Roth has been acquired by the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), marking an important step in bolstering ROM’s already substantial...
Zoom Minyan Protocols Have Changed
By: Beth Tzedec
Sep 21st 2023
Beth Tzedec is committed to the continuation of morning and evening Zoom minyanim for our members and the broader community. To provide you with the most welcoming and secure online experience, we are making changes to our Zoom protocols which include:Access will only be granted to those who display their name in the Zoom waiting room.If you use a phone number or a name like...
Baggage and Luggage, The Week's End September 22
By: Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin
Sep 21st 2023
Dear Friends,  The following is a condensed version of my first day Rosh Hashanah sermon that was delivered in the Mezzanine Service.  When I studied at the Shalom Hartman Institute in the summer, Yehuda Kurtzer, described the difference between baggage and luggage.  He said that our baggage is the items that go under the plane and drag us down. They hold us back...
Looking Within to Change, The Week's End Erev Rosh Hashanah: September 15
By: Rabbi Steve Wernick
Sep 14th 2023
Every Rosh Hashanah we wish each other “Shanah tovah”, a good year. The root of Shanah, shin-nun-hei means both “to repeat” and “to change,” (leshanot). Rosh Hashanah, the ‘head of year’ brings an opportunity for us to not just repeat the same thing we did last year, but to change aspects of our lives. Beginning tonight, we come together, not only to reflect on the past but...
Choose Life
By: Aviva Chernick
Sep 8th 2023
It has been 123 days since my dad died. In that time, I have been reciting kaddish at our daily minyanim and on Shabbat. I have become part of our community of aveilim – mourners, a circle that gathers around each other and supports each of the personal journeys of loss and grieving. I have prayed in many communities in which the minhag-the practice, is to all rise for Kaddish Yatom – for the...
Psalm 27 - From: A Way In
By: Beth Tzedec
Aug 31st 2023
To the Beloved,The Infinite Presence is my light and expanse, who should I fear?The Infinite Presence is the strength of my life, what shall I dread?When forces come closeSeeming to devour me,When narrowness threatens,And opposition attacks,All that is menacing stumbles and falls.Even as an army of mistrust besieges meMy heart does not fear.Even as thoughts and desires rise up against meI still...
It's Time to Renew Your Membership!
By: Klara Romm
Aug 28th 2023
It's easier than ever for members to access, update and renew their membership online. Take a few moments to explore your member account HERE, confirm your information is correct and up-to-date and renew your commitment to Beth Tzedec.For those members under age 40, renew/reconfirm your NO-FEE Generations Membership HERE.If you have any questions, please contact Klara Romm at 416-781-3514, ext....
Beth Tzedec Bulletin - High Holy Days Edition 2023
By: Beth Tzedec
Aug 28th 2023
Beth Tzedec Bulletin - Fall / High Holy Days 2023 EditionThe latest edition of the Beth Tzedec Bulletin is available for download. Let's celebrate, learn, pray and connect as a community with the many opportunities offered throughout our quarterly catalogue of programs, events and articles.Don't miss any of the news and excitement, including:Patti Rotman's "From the President"...
Psalm 27 - From: Opening to You: Zen-Inspired Translations of the Psalms
By: Beth Tzedec
Aug 25th 2023
by Norman FischerYou are my light and my help                 Whom should I fear?You are the fortress of my life                 Who should I dread?When the narrow ones gather their strength to devour me                It is they who stumble and fallEven if a...
Guidance and Handholding into Maturity: The Week's End, August 25
By: Daniel Silverman
Aug 25th 2023
All of us at Beth Tzedec are So excited that the Netflix and Happy Madison film, You Are So Not Invited To My Bat Mitzvah, is now available for viewing. Many scenes in the movie were filmed in Beth Tzedec in the Summer of 2022 and included members of the community as background actors. One of the main plotlines of the film is about an emerging Jewish adult – but...
Where Are Your Loyalties?
By: Rev. Lorne Hanick
Aug 18th 2023
This summer I was in England for the first time. I spent five days in London at the 43rd annual conference of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS).The conference was excellent, but the highlight of the trip for me was running around London for a few days before and after the conference to see the great sites. My sightseeing brought to mind memories...
High Holy Days 2023 - FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions
By: Beth Tzedec
Aug 16th 2023
We look forward to welcoming you to Beth Tzedec for High Holy Days 5784 beginning sundown September 15 which also coincides with Erev Shabbat. We have updated our FAQs to help you plan for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, whether you are participating in person or via livestream.1.  What in-person services are being offered this year?We are very pleased to host multiple in-person services this...
Beth Tzedec Men's Club Scholarship Program - 2024
By: Beth Tzedec
Aug 15th 2023
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. The criteria we use to judge each applicant is based on the following and should be given careful consideration when applying. The information provided with this application is the sole source upon which the...
A Humbling Charitable Reminder
By: Cantor Sidney Ezer
Aug 11th 2023
Rabbi Yosef Dov Soloveitchik (1820-1892), the Rabbi of Brisk, also known by the title of his work, Beit Halevi, was revered throughout Europe as a foremost scholar and Talmudic sage. Even more renowned was his kindness of heart and humility, which the following story relates.One day, he stopped by an inn in the middle of a freezing night and asked for lodging. He had no entourage with him. The...
My Tefillin Story: The Week's End, August 4, 2023
By: Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin
Aug 4th 2023
Dear Friends, I spent last week at Camp Ramah. On Shabbat afternoon, I was given the opportunity to teach the Hanhallah, comprised of unit heads and other senior staff. I reminded them that the second paragraph of Shema falls in this week’s parashah, and it would be a superb opportunity to teach their campers that we kiss our tefillin when we mention them each day. In Devarim 11:18 we...