Articles

Shabbat Nahamu: The Week's End, July 28 2023
By: Rabbi Steve Wernick
Jul 28th 2023
The Shabbat after Tisha B’av has a special name, Shabbat Nahamu.  It get’s its name from the opening sentence of the Haftarah (Isaiah 40:1) , “Nachamu Nahamu ami – Comfort, comfort My People.”  Both the Haftarah and the choice of the Torah Reading, V’Ethanah in which we read of the Ten Commandments and the recitation of the Shema are designed to provide us with comfort and...
Beth Tzedec Stands with the Global Masorti/Conservative Movement
By: Rabbi Steve Wernick
Jul 27th 2023
Beth Tzedec stands in support with the Global Masorti/Conservative Movement's response to the Israeli government's changes to the Constitution. The Global Masorti/Conservative representatives in the Zionist movement are appalled by Netanyahu's capitulation to extremists and the passage of anti-democratic legislation.Read the full statement below or click here to download it.Global...
Fraudulent Text Message Scheme
By: Beth Tzedec
Jul 27th 2023
We are aware of fraudulent text messages appearing to come from Rabbi Steven Wernick. The message asks people to purchase gift cards on Reb Steve's behalf. The messages begin with this text: "Are you available? I have a request for you to manage discreetly." ... and they are signed as "House of Peace".We remind our members and the community that no one from Beth Tzedec...
In Order to Inhabit: The Week's End July 21, 2023
By: Aviva Chernick
Jul 21st 2023
This week, we begin a new sefer - a new book of Torah, Devarim - Deuteronomy. My dad had a quote he loved that he must have learned in high school German class - “Aller anfang ist shwer,” every beginninging is hard. This is the beginning of the book and also the beginning of the end of the Torah. In the sixth pasuk - verse, we readיְהֹוָ֧ה אֱלֹהֵ֛ינוּ דִּבֶּ֥ר...
Welcome to our Director of Family and Young Adult Engagement, Cantor Audrey Klein
By: Beth Tzedec
Jul 18th 2023
We are delighted to announce that Cantor Audrey Klein has started this week in her role as Beth Tzedec’s Director of Family and Young Adult Engagement. Cantor Klein is responsible for overseeing family programming and serving as the spiritual and administrative leader in this area. In her new role, she is developing personal relationships with a community of more than 800...
HAVE YOU HEARD THE NEWS? Beth Tzedec Generations Membership
By: Beth Tzedec
Jul 14th 2023
If you are renewing your Generations Membership click here>>HAVE YOU HEARD THE NEWS?Beth Tzedec Congregation is continuing its no-fee membership program for those under 40.Click here>> to confirm your no-fee membership now. Or keep reading below for more details about this breakthrough initiative in Toronto’s Jewish community. What possessed us to do such a thing? It’s...
Journeys of Not Knowing: The Week's End July 14, 2023
By: Yacov Fruchter
Jul 14th 2023
As we end the book of Bamidbar (Numbers), there is a continued theme of the vulnerable Children of Israel wandering through the desert. We get this sense that they are becoming more and more comfortable with sitting with the unknown and also working on the skill of asking questions when we are unsure. Here we see an essential tool that Ryla and I are also constantly supporting our children...
Welcome to our new Cemetery General Manager, David Shapero
By: Beth Tzedec
Jul 14th 2023
We are excited to announce that David Shapero has started in his new role as Cemetery General Manager.David will have responsibility for the overall business and operational leadership of the Beth Tzedec Memorial Park. In this position he oversees all aspects including staff and volunteers, finances, and the maintenance and development of the facilities.  David comes to Beth Tzedec...
Reflections on the Three Weeks: The Week's End July 7
By: Daniel Silverman
Jul 7th 2023
This Shabbat begins the three weeks leading up to Tisha B’Av, the major fast and day of mourning that commemorates, among other things, the destruction of the first and second Temples in Jerusalem. It is a period of diminished joy. In these three weeks, it is customary not to have weddings, and in the eight days preceding the 9th of Av, there are customs not to cut hair and...
The "Kaddish Effect": The Week's End June 30, 2023
By: Rev. Lorne Hanick
Jun 30th 2023
The adventures of the Israelites in the Trans-Jordan as described in this week’s double-portion of Hukkat-Balak (Numbers 19-25) are interesting, but what has long held my fascination are the six poems that supplement the narrative. Our ancestors were poets before they were prose storywriters. Biblical scholars are agreed that the poems pre-date the narratives. In some cases, such as the Song of...
2023/2024 Voluntary Contributions
By: Beth Tzedec
Jun 26th 2023
Beth Tzedec is proud to partner with organizations and projects that support our values. When you make your annual membership contribution, we encourage you to consider supporting these important organizations and initiatives. $36 The Beth Tzedec Men's Club is committed to supporting our community, sponsoring exciting programs, courses...
A Different "Take" on Koraḥ: The Week's End June 23, 2023
By: Cantor Sidney Ezer
Jun 23rd 2023
The first verse of this week’s parshah contains a syntactic peculiarity. It begins with the phrase “Vayikaḥ Koraḥ” – and Koraḥ took. The rest of the verse then lists Koraḥ’s lineage along with that of Dathan and Abiram, leading men in the tribe of Reuben. In the Hebrew text, there is no direct object following the verb took. So, what exactly did Koraḥ...
Beth Tzedec's Generations Membership
By: Beth Tzedec
Jun 19th 2023
We have some exciting and important news to share with you!Beth Tzedec Congregation is no longer charging membership to those under 40.Click here to confirm your no-fee membership now.What has possessed us to do such a thing? It’s simple, really. Because we want to invest in our relationship with YOU. We care about you and your connection to our community.So, what’s the catch? There...
The 2023 Rabbinical Assembly Meetings: The Week's End, June 16 2023
By: Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin
Jun 16th 2023
Dear Friends, Earlier this week I was in New York City for the Rabbinical Assembly meetings (the international association of Conservative rabbis). I have been a member of the Nominations Committee for the last few years, and this was our first in-person meeting, all the others having been on Zoom. To be honest, I was curious why this particular meeting needed to be in person. It seemed to...
The Humble Leader: The Week's End, Friday June 9 2023
By: Rabbi Steve Wernick
Jun 9th 2023
I like to think that one of the reason’s the characters of the Bible resonate through the ages is because they are not superheroes, rather, they flawed human beings like the rest of us. In this week’s parashah, Beha’alotekha, Moses is certainly showing his flaws: he is getting older and he is quick to anger.  And yet, it is in this parashah that we learn of what is perhaps...