Weekly Updates

Shabbat Shalom, Beth Torah!

Shabbat Shalom!

Join us every week for Shabbat!
Doors open at 8:30am for a pre-davening coffee and schmooze.
Services begin at 8:45am and often include
b’nai mitzvah, aufrufs, baby namings, guest speakers and more.

Interested in an honour during the service?
Email us today or call (416) 782 4495 ext. 42.

Vacation Alert

Due to staff vacation, this webpage was populated on June 21st to include information for three consecutive Shabbats.

We apologize that information provided after June 21st for bulletin dates June 24th, July 1st, and July 8th, will likely not be added to this website (for example, mazel tov, condolence, or sponsorship notices). Any information that comes in during this time will be shared in the following bulletin, July 15th.

Thank you for understanding.

Mazel Tov to…

Mazel Tov to Jacob who celebrates his bar mitzvah on Sunday June 25th, his parents Bill and Chris, siblings Emma and Jonathan, and grandparents Doris, Amie, Tasker and Meera.


Kiddush Sponsors

Kiddush on Saturday June 24th is generously sponsored by Leon and Freda Yermus in celebration of their 60th wedding anniversary.

Sunday minyan breakfast on June 25th is generously sponsored by Gabbaim Mark Kranzberg and Mark Tytel in recognition of the last Sunday minyan of the season. Have a great summer!

Sunday Minyan

Sunday June 25th is the last minyan of the season! Please join us at 9:00 am.

Membership and HebrewsCool

Don’t delay, register today- before summer vacation starts- to secure your spot in our Hebrew’Cool and Mini Motek program.  Members can receive their Mini Motek registration for FREE by simply referring a friend or two to our program.

Membership Renewal – EARLY BIRD FEES end JUNE 30th
Take advantage of our early bird rates and renew you membership now by paying in full by cheque or e-transfer.

Are you 35 years old or younger? Check out our Young Adult membership options for those 35 years of age and younger. Graduated membership and Capital dues makes joining us an affordable option for our under 35 year olds.

You are now also able to renew your membership online – simply click here.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you experience any issues along the way. We look forward to welcoming you back to Beth Torah.

B’nai Mitzvah Date Approval Deadline

Please note that June 15th was the end date for processing B’nai Mitzvah applications until after the High Holidays. Applications that come in after June 15th will be dated and approved on a “first come first served basis” if there are multiple requests for the same service dates.

June 24, 2017

Sivan 30, 5777

Fri. Candle Lighting

8:45 pm

Shabbat Ends

9:48 pm



Numbers 16:01 – 18:32

Page 639

Isaiah 66:01 – 66:24
Numbers 28:09 – 28:15

Page 944
Page 695

July 1, 2017

Tammuz 7, 5777

Fri. Candle Lighting

8:45 pm

Shabbat Ends

9:47 pm



Numbers 19:01 – 22:01

Page 652

Judges 11:01 – 11:33

Page 664

July 8, 2017

Tammuz 14, 5777

Fri. Candle Lighting

8:43 pm

Shabbat Ends

9:45 pm



Numbers 22:02 – 25:09

Page 669

Micah 05:06 – 06:08

Page 664

Inspire! Campaign: Sunday October 22nd, 2017

New News! Host Confirmed!

Can you believe it?!
Emcee for the evening is confirmed as none other than Eugene Levy!


HEW: Kristallnacht and Survivor Testimony

We’re delighted to announce that Beth Torah will be hosting the 2017 Holocaust Education Week’s (HEW) prestigious closing night event on Thursday November 9th.
This years theme is “Survivor Testimony” and will include speeches, a candle lighting ceremony, and a video presentation.
Toronto survivors will be key participants in this program. If you are a survivor, please reach out to us if you would like to get involved or be acknowledged during this evening.
(416) 782 4495 ext. 42 or communications@bethtorah.ca.
More info to come. Stay tuned, or visit holocaustcentre.com/HEW

This event has been generously sponsored by the family of the late Morris and Rose Glick, and the family of the late Max and Greta Glicksman, both founding families of our shul. 

Beth Torah Baseball

Come cheer on Beth Torah at our next games:

Sunday June 25th against Beth Shalom, 9:30 am at 45 Goulding Avenue.

Sunday July 9th against Beit Rayim, 9:30 am at 66 Henderson Avenue.

CIJA and Boycotts, Divestments, Sanctions

CIJA is doing important work for our community. Check out their efforts to combat BDS or get more information at cija.ca

Mini-Motek Referral Program

This is a once a week program designed as a first exposure to Hebrew School for children 31/2—5 years old. Using art, hands-on exploration and interactive story telling, the students are engaged in a way that sets the foundation for years of future Jewish education.

Students returning to Mini Motek for a second year, and new Mini Motek students who already have an older sibling in our Hebrews’Cool, will receive $150 off their 2017-2018 registration!
Refer a friend and receive $150 credit towards your Mini Motek registration!
Maximum credit: $300 (that makes Mini Motek FREE for members!)

For more information, contact Alley.


Sunday October 22nd, 2017

Save the date for an extraordinary celebration, featuring sensational entertainment and a culmination of our Inspire campaign. Co-chaired by past-president David Glick, board member Jean Wagner, and past-president Harold Wolkin.

Entertainment Confirmed!

We’re excited to announce that entertainment during the Inspire evening will be performed by Juno award winning, multi-platinum singer-songwriter, Chantal Kreviazuk!

Stay tuned for more information about tickets and sponsorship opportunities. This will sell out fast!


Catering Partner Update

We regret to inform you that KosherDudes is no longer a catering partner at Beth Torah and will not be providing catering services at shul going forward.

If you have an existing contract with KosherDudes for an upcoming Beth Torah event, or if you are looking for our list of approved caterers, please contact our office.

United Synagogue Convention

December 1 – 5 in Atlanta

It’s the largest gathering of Conservative Jewish leaders, thinkers, and doers in North America. Join hundreds of rabbis, executive directors, presidents, educators, millennials and others to tackle big questions facing kehillot (congregations) and leave inspired and empowered with new ideas, strategies, and skills to strengthen your community back home.

For more information and registration, visit uscjconvention.org.

UJA’s Centennial Journey to Israel

An experience that only comes around every 100 years!

Trip: October 31st – November 8th, 2017 

Join UJA for an information evening and discover why this journey Is unlike any other Israel experience; a journey that promises to be as diverse and exciting as the Jewish state itself! If Beth Torah can get 20 couples to participate, we will have our own bus!

More information hereA contribution to the UJA campaign is required.

Haftorah Readers

We’re looking for Haftorah readers for many Shabbats between June 24 to September 2. Interested? Please email gabbai Mark Krantzberg.

Support Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Are you a friendly, outgoing person with strong communication skills looking to make a difference in the life of someone with a developmental disability? Reena is looking for a mature, responsible adult female volunteer to walk with a lady we support to and from Beth Torah Synagogue and sit with her during services each Saturday. Location is approximately a 15 minute walk to Beth Torah. A minimum 6 month commitment is required. Must have current Standard 1st Aid/CPR training or be willing to take it.

Find out more at www.reena.org
To apply contact Mille Chadwick by email or at (905) 763.8254 x3612.

Become a Mentor with JIAS Toronto

Jewish Immigrant Aid Services connects individuals to employment opportunities and economic self-reliance. Mentors are specifically needed to work with JIAS Toronto newcomer clients who are internationally trained professionals. Volunteer mentors will help Jewish newcomers by providing relevant information and targeted guidance about the Canadian job market, and making introductions and connecting newcomers to professional networks. To volunteer or for more information, please email Lisa or call (416) 630 6481.

Chesed Commitee

There are many members of our Congregation who could use a helping hand, or even just a friend! To join the Chesed Community or find out how you may be of service please contact the committee chair Jean Wagner (Sutkiewicz) by email at jean@jwsgroup.ca.


June 24 – July 14 (30 Sivan – 20 Tammuz)

We offer comfort to those who mourn or observe yahrzeit, and honour those who wish to keep alive the memory of those who vanished in the Shoah.

We apologize if your yahrzeit has been omitted. Please email us at communications@bethtorah.ca  to add your yahrzeit to our database for future listings.

Ruth Frankel on Tuesday, June 27
Mother of Allen Frankel

Morris Goldberg on Wednesday, June 28
Father of Michael Goldberg

Eugene Kessler on Friday, June 30
Brother of Sam Kessler

Mordechai Korenblum on Sunday, June 25
Brother-in-law of Zelda Korenblum

Jack Leibowitz  on Sunday, June 25
Grandfather of Cheryl Amar and Risa Grossman

Morris Lukofsky on Tuesday, June 27
Grandfather of Elaine Goldberg and Fern Lukofsky

Moses Monson on Wednesday, June 28
Father of Connie Kussner

Lilly Robinson on Tuesday, June 27
Mother of Donna Robinson

Marley Rynd on Sunday, June 25
Mother of Jeremy Cohen

Sylvia Sirot on Sunday, June 25
Mother of Herman Sirot

Isobel Slan on Saturday, June 24
Mother of Anna Miller

Cissy Solomons on Sunday, June 25
Mother of Syd Solomons

Mel Steinberg on Wednesday, June 28
Father of Sheryl Steinberg

Joseph Weinstein on Saturday, June 24
Father of Toby Levinson and Howard Weinstein

Arthur Zuckerman on Monday, June 26
Father of Richard Zuckerman

Max Adler on Tuesday, July 4
Father of Ruth Heller

Nettie Applebaum on Saturday, July 1
Grandmother of Tolsa Greenberg

Jadzia Bredin on Wednesday, July 5
Mother of Robert Bredin

Lily Day on Saturday, July 1
Mother of Martin Day

Israel Dezenhouse on Sunday, July 2
Brother of Leonard Dezenhouse

Sophie Ehre on Friday, July 7
Grandmother of Sophie Chapnick

Israel Gerskup on Sunday, July 2
Father of Allen Gerskup

John Gordon on Saturday, July 1
Father of Dorothy Gordon

Claudia Ikeman on Thursday, July 6
Mother of Warren Ikeman

Israel Kaftalovich on Saturday, July 1
Father of Mark Kaftalovich

Rachel Kaye on Monday, July 3
Mother of Philip Kaye

Sol Kaye on Friday, July 7
Father of Philip Kaye

Abe Levine on Monday, July 3
Father-in-law of Merle Levine
Grandfather of Maura Levine and Robyn Levine

Morris Nudler on Friday, July 7
Father of Marla Nudler

Louis Rapoport on Saturday, July 1
Father of Susan Glick

Eliyahu Mordechai Rothman on Friday, July 7
Grandson of Mollie Rothman

Millie Shime on Tuesday, July 4
Sister of Jennie Cass

Dianne Silver on Tuesday, July 4
Mother of Joel Silver
Mother-in-law of Tracie Wagman

Louis Slimowitz on Friday, July 7
Father of David Slimowitz

Henech Turkienicz on Thursday, July 6
Brother of Norman Turk and Harry Turk
Brother-in-law of Alina Turk
Uncle of Stephen Turk

Milton Cadsby on Thursday, July 13
Father of Catherine Silver
Grandfather of Elie Silver

Jack Carman on Monday, July 10
Uncle of Sherri Patak and Nathaniel Epstein
Brother-in-law of Don Epstein and Patricia Epstein

Benjamin Eidelman on Sunday, July 9
Father of Betty Baranek

Al Feingold on Thursday, July 13
Father of Lynne Feingold

Aaron Feldman on Sunday, July 9
Father of Elaine Feldman and Merle Lightman

Isak Fiksel on Thursday, July 13
Father of Ephraim Fiksel and Betty Fiksel

Sam Kleiner on Friday, July 14
Father of Deborah Kleiner and Ita Kleiner

Eric Levitt on Saturday, July 8
Father of Karen Levitt 

Sarah Lukofsky on Friday, July 14
Grandmother of Elaine Goldberg and Fern Lukofsky

Yetta Nashman on Friday, July 14
Mother of Bruce Nashman

Gertrude Pasen on Sunday, July 9
Grandmother of Shelly Feldman

David Pomotov on Friday, July 14
Father of Michal Pomotov

Pauline Rose on Tuesday, July 11
Mother of Carl Rosen

Florence Silver on Wednesday, July 12
Mother of Mark Silver
Grandmother of Elie Silver

Online Bulletin Changes

In respect of the increasing concern for the privacy of our members, we will be reducing the amount of personal information published in the version of our bulletin that appears online. For full names in ‘mazel tov’, condolence, and other announcements, please pick up a copy of our print bulletin in the Sanctuary during Shabbat services, or on the table outside the office during the remainder of the week.
We will continue to email bereavement notices to members on our mailing list.

Thank you for your understanding.