A Message from our UJA Shinshinit Idan Menashe
By: Beth Tzedec
Oct 19th 2023
UJA ShinShinim are young Israeli leaders who have just finished high school and who come to the GTA for one year to volunteer in our community. They are hosted by local Toronto families and engage more than 12,000 Jewish community members each year with cutting-edge programs focusing on contemporary Israel.As you all already know, the situation in Israel is tough. ‏I want to share with you...
A Message from our UJA Shinshinit Talya Rivel
By: Beth Tzedec
Oct 19th 2023
UJA ShinShinim are young Israeli leaders who have just finished high school and who come to the GTA for one year to volunteer in our community. They are hosted by local Toronto families and engage more than 12,000 Jewish community members each year with cutting-edge programs focusing on contemporary Israel.I honestly don’t know where to start, so I'll just start from the beginning.I’m 18...
Beth Tzedec Security Update
By: Beth Tzedec
Oct 13th 2023
Ensuring Our Security, Safeguarding Our CommunityOur community is increasingly under threat, given the uptick in antisemitism and anti-Israelism that is being experienced worldwide and here in Toronto.In our ongoing commitment to your safety, we want to update you on the enhanced measures we are taking here at Beth Tzedec.(CLICK HERE to donate to the Emergency Security Fund).Current Security...
Thoughts from our Tradition in a Time of Crisis, The Week's End October 13
By: Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin
Oct 13th 2023
On Sunday morning, while trying to capture a sense of joy on Simẖat Torah, we were simultaneously becoming aware of the terror, murder and slaughter in Israel, in real time, as it was unfolding. At that same time, we completed the annual Torah reading. Once again, the happy ending didn’t happen. Moshe Rabbeinu died, and he was not able to enter the Promised Land.And as I do every year, I...
Beth Tzedec Security Protocols
By: Beth Tzedec
Oct 10th 2023
While there is no evidence of any related threats to Beth Tzedec or in the GTA, we will be amending our Security protocols for the safety of our members, guests, staff and RHA students.  Key highlights include:Entry to and exit from the synagogue will continue to be exclusively through the rear entry doors off the parking lot.Our security staff will be augmented and...
Beth Tzedec Congregation Stands with Israel
By: Rabbi Steve Wernick
Oct 8th 2023
Dear Beth Tzedec community, Libi B'mizrach Ani B'sof Hama'aravMy heart is in the East, I am in the West. We’ve all been watching the horror unfolding in Israel following Hamas’ unconscionable terror attack. Our hearts are broken as we stand in solidarity with Israel. As the death, injured, and kidnapped toll mounts, inevitably, many of us who have family and friends in Israel...
You’re So Not Invited To My Sukkah: The Week's End October 6
By: Rev. Lorne Hanick
Oct 6th 2023
Now that I have your attention, let me tell you about Stacy Friedman’s Bat Mitzvah.If you do not understand the Hebrew, or you were not paying close attention, you missed the message of the movie. Stacy is chanting the maftir of Ki Tissa (Exodus 34:33-35). It is not translated. There is no commentary. [Movie blooper fans: the maftir is referred to as her haftorah.]When Moses had finished...
What is a Sukkah? The Week's End September 29
By: Cantor Sidney Ezer
Sep 28th 2023
What is a Sukkah? Leviticus 23:42-43, part of the Torah reading for the festival, contains the commandment to dwell in Sukkot as a reminder for all generations of how God made the Israelites live in Sukkot when God took them out of Egypt. The Talmud refers to Sukkot (Booths) as the Clouds of Glory which surrounded and protected the Israelites during their forty years in the desert. To further...
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....