Beth Tzedec Stands with Israel

As the crisis situation in Israel continues to unfold, we invite you to stay informed and connected with us in prayer and community. Read on to find opportunities to join us at Beth Tzedec Congregation or with our Shul and community partners to connect with friends and clergy. 

We will continue to add programs to this resource page and to our website, so please check back soon. 

Please give to Beth Tzedec's Victims of Terror Fund. To make a contribution, click here>>. One hundred percent of proceeds will go to the UJA's Emergency Appeal for the People of Israel.

Whenever we encounter members of our people in need, we invoke the value כל ישראל ערבים זה לזה - all Israel is responsible one for the other.  Today this value rings more relevant than ever before.  Now is the time to be counted, to comfort, to support and to advocate.  We have a challenge of historical importance and must respond accordingly.

—Rabbi Steven Wernick

Helping Our Community

Beth Tzedec's Victims of Terror Fund

Israel needs our help now more than ever. Please give whatever you are comfortable with to our dedicated fund. One hundred percent of proceeds will be shared with the UJA’s Emergency Appeal for the People of Israel. 

To make your contribution to our Victims of Terror Fund, click here>>

Volunteers are Needed to Connect with Our Seniors

Beth Tzedec is asking for volunteers who can connect with our seniors and shut-ins. Please contact Yacov Fructer at or 416-781-3514 ext. 279 if you have some time available to connect with our seniors.

Bond with Israel; Buy Israel Bonds

Invest in Israel Bonds to provide the nation with financial resources at its darkest hour. Make a tremendous impact while being a part of an initiative that brings immediate and real support! 

To learn more about investing, click here>>

Community Calls for Action and Support

Standing Together: Add Your Voice to a Call for the United Nations to Act

On behalf of my Congregation, Beth Tzedec Congregation (Toronto, ON), I am asking the Government of Canada to instruct Canada's Ambassador to the United Nations – Bob Rae - to seek an emergency session for the purpose of demanding that Hamas release all hostages. 

I encourage all members of Beth Tzedec to contact their MP to support this effort. Canada must lead the international effort to free the hostages.

Michael Kerzner, York Centre MPP — Standing with Israel in the Legislature

Our Leadership Stands with Israel 

A Message from Rabbi Steven Wernick

Libi B'mizrach Ani B'sof Hama'arav
My 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 will feel this on a personal level.

All of us are feeling it on a communal level. In traumatic moments such as this, we wonder ‘what can we do?’ We answer as follows.

Our task is to comfort Israel and those immediately impacted, to provide support so that Israel has the resources it needs to both comfort its citizens and ensure their safety and security, and we need to advocate to ensure that Canada is standing by its ally, Israel.

And in the public square, we ensure that our Canadian neighbours have accurate and factual information so that they understand the moral imperative to support Israel at this time.

Finally, we pray for the victims, for the immediate release of the captives, and for the protection of the IDF and the state of Israel. And we pray for peace.

Here’s how you can help.

  1. Donate to the Beth Tzedec Victims of Terror Fund. One hundred percent of all donations will be forwarded to the Jewish Agency for Israel’s Victims of Terror. Please click HERE to donate or call the Synagogue Office at 416-781-3511.
  2. Contact your elected officials and let them know that you stand with Israel, and expect them to do so as well. 
  3. Click HERE for a prayer composed by the Israeli Rabbinical Assembly and the Masorti Movement that responds to this terrifying moment.

Should you want or be in need of personal comfort or care please reach out to any member of our Spiritual Leadership Team. We are here to support each other as we support Israel.

ברך את מדינת ישראל. Bareh Et Medinat Yisrael. May God bless Israel.
עם ישראל חי. Am Yisrael H̱ai. The people and the nation of Israel shall endure.

—Rabbi Steven Wernick