When I went to sleep on March 12, I didn't expect to wake up in a world
in which my husband and I would not be able to attend the next day’s
minyan, or that he would not be able to say Kaddish together with other
mourners and friends in shul. Just a few weeks ago, our world changed
and we have been forced to find new ways to connect, to engage and to
provide meaningful Jewish...
This past year was a time of transition for Beth Tzedec. After the
retirement (but not the departure) of our beloved Rabbi Frydman-Kohl, we
welcomed two new rabbis – The Anne and Max Tanenbaum Senior Rabbinic Chair, Rabbi
Steve Wernick and Associate Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin. I’m very happy to report
that it has been a seamless transition.
Last year, after a series of...
By now, all Beth Tzedec members should have received, either via email or Canada Post, a notice with registration information for your personal access to the online Annual Meeting
of the Congregation. This information is being sent to you as a member
of Beth Tzedec Congregation for your express use only. For the safety
and security of fellow members as well as the preservation of your...
Being a woman in Israel is not a
Although Israel is the only
democracy of the middle east, I don’t think we can call it completely gender
Recently there have been a few
events that brought up this issue several times and made it a part of the
In Israel, the inequality starts
from a young age.
The Shorts Protest started about
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Each year we produce a wonderful booklet of prayer, poetry
and reflections for the Days of Awe. This booklet is designed to inspire and enlighten us during the High
Holy Days - adding to our Beth Tzedec Congregation experience.
This year we have chosen Olam Hesed Yibaneh: We Build the World on Love,
as our theme.
So please - share your stories, poems and other artwork! Especially during...
"Okay, so there are many
Arab countries in the Middle East and only one Jewish one. Why won’t they just
leave Israel and live in one of those?’’
Last Thursday, we hosted our
weekly program exploring of the most "politically incorrect" TV show
in Israel, Sorry For Asking. This TV
show interviews Israelis and asks controversial questions sourced from the
public to minority Israeli...
Friends -In the face of sha'at had'hak, an extraordinary time of crisis, we turn to the core Jewish values that guide us as a kehillah kedoshah, a holy community. As we've repeated again and again over the course of the past few weeks, one of those values, pikuah nefesh, the preservation of life, is a bedrock principle of Jewish law, superseding most other obligations or mitzvot.The time has come...
Beth Tzedec is constantly striving to be a vibrant, inclusive community
where members feel strongly connected to our congregation and to each
other. A caring community involves more than just membership
contributions. We want Beth Tzedec to foster relationships that motivate
members to live meaningful and impactful Jewish lives that include
taking responsibility for caring for our...
The past two months have been most trying for
our community. The moment that emergency measures were announced, we closed our
cemetery for visitation, opening only to perform burials. Our priority has and
continues to be to perform the sacred duties of burial with the utmost dignity
and respect. We recognize how difficult the closure has been for those who have
lost loved ones.
"It is hard to find a bad
word to say about Omer, or a good word that you can’t say about him. He was
such a good person, one of those rare good people which is hard to find, full
of good intentions, who would not harm a fly. Omer was very shy, and you could
even have seen it in his loving brown eyes. You couldn’t ever ignore his
charming smile. He was so ambitious and intelligent...
NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF THE MEMBERS OF BETH TZEDEC CONGREGATIONTake Notice that the Annual Meeting (the "Annual
Meeting") of the Members of Beth Tzedec Congregation (“the
Congregation”) for 2020 will be held on the 26th day of May, 2020 at
7:30 p.m. for the following purposes:
To approve the Minutes of the annual meeting of the members of the Congregation held on May...
As always, we hope that you are healthy, safe and managing the multitude
of emotions that crises such as these inevitably produce. We are here
for each other and are continuing to reach out to our community to check
in, connect and care. Please contact us if there is something we can do to make this moment a little bit easier for you.
BT All Access continues to be a...
Effective as of Tuesday April 26, 2020.Beth Tzedec Memorial Park (BTMP) is concerned about the health and safety of all individuals visiting our cemetery, the families whom we serve, funeral directors and our staff. We have been declared an essential service by government, and we must therefore take a very aggressive approach to COVID-19 so that we can hopefully continue to operate in these...
This Holocaust Remembrance Day was different.
It didn’t feel the same without the
ceremonies, without seeing everyone in the street wearing white, without the
feeling you get walking in the street, feeling like time is frozen.
For me, it was different for another reason,
it was the first Holocaust Remembrance Day in 10 years that I didn’t get to
visit my grandfather, Avraham.