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...
Beth Tzedec Bulletin - Summer 2023 Edition
By: Beth Tzedec
Jun 8th 2023
Beth Tzedec Bulletin - Summer 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:Divas on the Bima concert event (page 2);Patti Rotman's...
Shirat HaHodesh (June 2023) ~ Mi Lo Yavoh
By: Beth Tzedec
Jun 6th 2023
The song Mi Lo Yavoh by the talented Israeli artists Avraham Tal and Benaia Barabi, was written and inspired by the beginning of their friendship. The two met for the first time on the reality TV show "The Voice Israel", when Avraham was Benaya's mentor. They became friends, got to travel Asia together and write and perform songs together.In the song, they talk about...
The Week's End, Pride Edition ~ 2 June 2023
By: Aviva Chernick
Jun 2nd 2023
This week we usher in Pride Month. Throughout June in Canada, the LGBTQ+ community is celebrated and brought into focus throughout public spaces and various cultural, educational and religious organizations. The celebration happens from within the community, as well as being led and supported by allies, family members, friends, colleagues, neighbours...everyone and anyone.  There are parties...
Mishna Peah 1:1 ~ The Week's End, Shavuot Edition ~ 25 May 2023
By: Yacov Fruchter
May 25th 2023
These are the deeds for which there is no prescribed measure: leaving crops at the corner of the field for the poor, offering first fruits (bikurim) as a git to the Temple, bringing special offerings to the Temple on the three Festivals, doing deeds of lovingkindness and studying Torah.One of the biblical names for the holiday of Shavuot is Yom Habikurim, the day of offering our first fruits. The...
Bamidbar: In the Desert ~ The Week's End: May 19, 2023
By: Daniel Silverman
May 19th 2023
This Shabbat we start a new book of the Torah, Sefer Bamidbar, the Book of Numbers. Hebrew speakers might pick up that the English name of the book, Numbers, is not at all a translation of the word  Bamidbar, which means In The Desert. We see the same issue with the name of the book we just finished–VaYikra means And He Called, not Leviticus (or anything to do with Levites).The...
Shield of Abraham, Guardian of Sarah: The Week's End, Friday, May 12 2023
By: Rev. Lorne Hanick
May 12th 2023
This year the Torah portions Behar and Behukotai are combined. The Haftarah for Behar (Jeremiah 32) is not publicly recited. This haftarah includes Jeremiah’s prayer of exaltation to God, even while sitting in prison for uttering the oracle of the fall of Jerusalem, which was fulfilled in the calamity of 586 BCE. The prayer is a “covenantal history,” similar in language and style to...
An Observation About Observance: The Week's End, Friday May 5, 2023
By: Cantor Sidney Ezer
May 5th 2023
We are all familiar with the term observant Jew in our vernacular. This week’s Torah portion Emor contains an expressive exhortation with regards to religious observance: וּשְׁמַרְתֶּם מִצְוֹתַי וַֽעֲשִׂיתֶם אֹתָם “You shall observe My commandments and do them” (Leviticus 22:31). What does it mean to observe a commandment? If one does a mitzvah,...