Reb Steve was featured in the National Post, Newstalk 1010 and SiriusXM, speaking about the hostage incident at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, sharing the fears of our community and how we move forward despite the threats. Read article here. Listen to Newstalk here. Listen to SiriusXM here.
On Monday, January 18, Rabbi Wernick submitted an article to the National Post's "Comment" section on the Colleyville, Texas hostage-taking incident, titled "Why I am not scared to be a rabbi, even after the Texas hostage-taking".
We are watching with concern the situation tat Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas. We send our thoughts and prayers to the hostages, their families and the law enforcement agencies working toward a peaceful resolution. Join us at 8:30 p.m. as we host a community-wide vigil for Congregation Beth Israel.
In an abundance of caution, Sunday and weekday services will be via Zoom only. Friday evening and Shabbat morning services will continue to be offered in-person and via livestream, held in the Sanctuary to allow for maximum physical distancing. Kiddush on Saturdays will be offered as a takeaway box.
Deadline: Monday, January 31—The REDI Committee is championing improving equity and inclusivity at Beth Tzedec and has prepared a short survey to seek each member's input with respect to your Beth Tzedec experience as it relates to these themes. Please click below for more information and to access the survey
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is voting on censuring Trustee Alexandra Lulka for calling out anti-semitism in unvetted information that was sent to a TDSB mailing list. This comes on the heels of a number of incidents in the TDSB that has Jewish staff members and families on edge.
The latest edition of the Beth Tzedec Bulletin is available for download. To view the Bulletin, click the link below. If you would like a printer-friendly version, please email email@example.com.
Shabbat at the Floor is a welcoming, inclusive, musical, connected, caring and relevant monthly Kabbalat Shabbat experience. It's not just another service, we choose music intentionally to represent diverse Jewish voices, identities and life stories, some familiar and others new. Prepare to be moved, inspired and connected.
On Wednesday and Thursday, we come together again to observe Kol Nidrei and Yom Kippur, to atone, repent and ask forgiveness for our sins over the past year. Click the link below for a listing of our Kol Nidrei and Yom Kippur service times and programs, including the approximate time of Yizkor in each service.
With the restrictions due to COVID-19 now incrementally being eased, the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) is hopeful that foreign travel, for those who are double vaccinated, will be made possible in the near future. In anticipation, SPNI has decided to proceed with its mission from November 7 to 11, 2021.
The fall edition of the Beth Tzedec Bulletin, including our High Holy Day information, is now available for download. (To download the print version, click here>>)
October 21, 2021—Beth Tzedec has updated its safety protocols and requirements for attending in-person services. As of today, we no longer require pre-registration for attending Beth Tzedec Friday evening or Shabbat morning services.
July 15, 2021—The cemetery grounds will be open Sundays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All gatherings on the cemetery grounds are limited to 100 people or less. Face masks and social distancing are required at all times.
With the very limited number of in-person minyan registrations and to focus on preparing for the High Holy Days, our Sunday and weekday services will be offered via Zoom only. We intend to return to in-person service options Hol Hamoed Sukkot.
Beth Tzedec joined more than 200 organizations across the country regarding the recent surge in anti-Semitic incidents we are experiencing across Canada. We will continue to stand in solidarity against this hate and intolerance.