March 11, 2016—Member Update: There is a lot happening at Beth Tzedec and below is a review of initiatives that relate to medium and long term planning.
Beth Tzedec is now collecting non-perishable, kosher le-Pesaẖ food items for the annual Passover food drive. Items can be dropped off in the containers in the parking lot and Bathurst Street lobbies through April 10.
While many wind down for the summer, this is the busiest time of year, with physical and programmatic changes being made to better serve our members in the New Year. Our Administration offices are now under renovation and will have a new look that is scheduled for completion later this summer.
For the past decade, we have enjoyed the cantorial and creative music of our Senior Cantor, Cantor Simon Spiro. In August 2016, at the conclusion of his contract, Cantor Simon will be completing his tenure at our synagogue.
We will be sending Purim treats packages to our university/college student members. To participate, send a 'snailmail' address to Klara Romm at 416-781-3514 ext. 220 by Friday, February 17. If the address is a dormitory, ensure that it is the correct one to receive packages.
I am pleased to announce that Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl has agreed to defer his retirement by two years to July 2019. Over the past 22+ years, Rabbi Frydman-Kohl has provided tremendous leadership to our congregational family.
The recent policy change for weddings outside of Beth Tzedec has generated discussion about how our rabbis and cantors balance preserving traditional norms while attempting to meet people where they are. On Shabbat, February 6 at the Shaẖarit service, we open the conversation.
Beth Tzedec is accepting contributions to Syrian Refugee Program Fund, which provides food, shelter and support to a Syrian family resettling in Toronto.
As part of the Gala Celebration, Larry Wallach created a video retrospective, providing a taste the lustrous history of Beth Tzedec Congregation.
The Yorkville Lunch 'n' Learn program, beginning Thursday, January 21, has been relocated to The Ben-Dor Group (162 Cumberland St., Suite 300). Join Yacov Fruchter as we dig into some Torah over lunch.
The information contained in last week’s edition of The Week Ahead e-newsletter regarding the Choir has led to some questions about the process leading up to that announcement. Our President provides some additional background.
Thanaa and Amyn, the sister and brother-in-law of the Syrian family Beth Tzedec is sponsoring through the Syrian Refugee Program initiative have sent a note expressing their gratitude.
The H̱adashot for BTTeens program at Aroma Cafe has been cancelled for this evening. We apologize for any inconvenience, and look forward to seeing you again at our next session in January.
February 11, 2016—Out of view of members and guests, demolition is now well under way. Passing the south side of the building, you may have noticed an opening on the second floor wall.
With winter weather upon us, the Beth Tzedec/ Beth Sholom Out of the Cold program has an urgent need for women and men's winter boots and down-filled jackets.