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...
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
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ReflectionsRegis College, University
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Nn a January 29 eblast to the Congregation, I was
pleased to announce that Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl
has agreed to defer his retirement by two years, to July
2019. Over the past 22+ years, Rabbi Frydman-Kohl has
provided tremendous leadership to our congregational
family. As our spiritual leader, he has celebrated with us
in times of joy and has provided guidance in times of
Thirty years ago, our son lost his cherished
nounours in the pedestrian mall in central Jerusalem. He
was inconsolable. A friend, coming to visit us for
Passover, brought a similar teddy bear from the same
manufacturer. But there was no special attachment to the
new bear, who remained without a little boy to love it. If
I had been Franz Kafka, the story might have had a