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.

REMINDER FOR YOUNG ADULTS: Guests of members who are 24 years old and under do not require a ticket for entry into services.

Sunday Minyan’s Back!

We hope you had a great summer. Please join us again on Sunday mornings at 9:00 am as minyan resumes for the season.

September 30, 2017

10 Tishrei, 5777

Fri. Candle Lighting

6:42 pm

Shabbat Ends

7:44 pm


Yom Kippur

Leviticus 16:1 – 16:34
Numbers 29:7 – 29:11

Isaiah 57:14 – 58:14


We regret to inform you of the passing of

Shelly Manly, father and father-in-law of Melissa and Barry Avrich,

and of Kenneth Cogan, brother and brother-in-law of Cari Cogan and Bobby Krensky.

Our condolences to both families; may they know no more sorrow.

Bring Your 20 – 30 Year Olds

On Yom Kippur morning we have a special program aimed specifically at young professionals entering the workforce. Join us in the tent at 10:00 am for an inspiring conversation on “tackling mountains and redefining ‘possible'” with charismatic Torontonian Spencer West. Question and answer period to follow!
Not 20 – 30 but still want to hear Spencer speak? Don’t worry, he’ll be presenting again to all ages during the Rosh is On at 4:00 pm.

School and YLJ Reminder

It’s here! This Sunday is the first day for Sunday HebrewsCool, and Tuesday’s evening class begins on October 3rd. We’re looking forward to welcoming you for our best year ever.
YLJ, your orientation is this Sunday. Please remember a parent is required to attend this important information session. Having your b’nai mitzvah at Beth Torah in the next year? You probably need to enroll! Join us for all the facts – and a nice breakfast too.

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.
For more information, 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. 

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, email us!

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.

YLJ Orientation

Enrolled for YLJ? Need to enroll for YLJ? Sunday October 1st, please join your student and Rabbi Yossi for a YLJ orientation from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. This is a mandatory session for students and at least one parent.
For more information about this spectacular b’nai mitzvah program, including who is required to enroll, and to RSVP for your orientation, please contact ylj@bethtorah.ca

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.

Sunday October 22nd, 2017

This will be 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.

Tickets Now Available! Visit the official Inspire website here.

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!

Announcing our Catering Sponsor
Ace Kosher Catering
Enjoy fantastic pre- and post- event cocktails and edibles!

U of T’s Faculty of Music
The Inspire Your Future Campaign is pleased to announce that the UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO’S FACULTY OF MUSIC has assembled a talented quartet of up and coming string musicians to perform at the cocktail reception on October 22nd. The talented violinists, viola and cello musicians were first introduced to music at a young age and have pursued their passion ever since. The U of T String Quartet will be performing a special selection of Jewish music that will set the stage for unique and inspirational evening.

Click here for more information about tickets and sponsorship opportunities. This will sell out fast!

Staff Transitions

Atarah Derrick is thrilled to be joining Beth Torah as its Managing Director, responsible for the clergy offices, communications and development. She comes to us with 13 years experience in the Jewish communal sector working in communications, educational programming, and administration for non-profits. Atarah has spearheaded new initiatives as a professional and volunteer at New Israel Fund of Canada, Limmud, Beth Avraham Yoseph Congregation, Israel’s Judaica and many more organizations. She is a proud mother of three and a partner to Chad, who works in television production.

Shannon Harrison who has been with us for three years as the Rabbi’s Executive Assistant and Communications Manager has accepted a prestigious fellowship from the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem and will be relocating as of October. While we will miss her, we are proud of her success and are grateful for all her efforts.

Sukkah Movie Night

Screen in the Sukkah! Come out an enjoy a hilarious evening under the stars with Beth Torah. The Infidel is an identity crisis comedy centred on a salt-of-the-earth English Muslim who discovers that he’s adopted – and Jewish. Starting at 7:30 pm on Tuesday October 10.
Please RSVP by emailing communications@bethtorah.ca.

Lulav and Etrog Sets

Will be available in the Sanctuary during Sukkot for services. This year we will not be facilitating sale for home use.

Todah Rabah

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make our High Holidays a great success. A draw of names allowed some of them to attend a Jays game on us – we hope you enjoyed! Thank you to the anonymous member who generously donated his box tickets.

Hebrew School Update

Still need to enroll for Hebrew’sCool or MiniMotek, our intro to Hebrew School for 3.5 – 5 year olds? Don’t worry, there’s still time! Sign up in your online account at payments.bethtorah.ca.
First days are Sunday, Oct. 1 and Tuesday, Oct. 3. Your Director of Education, Kayla, can be reached anytime at hebrewschool@bethtorah.ca or (416) 782 4495 ext. 25.
For B’nai Mitzvah related inquiries, please contact Arlene at admin@bethtorah.ca or (416) 782 4495 ext. 27.


Saturday September 30 – Friday October 6 (Tishrei 10 – Tishrei 16)

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.

Sarah Breslow on Monday, October 2
Mother of Barney Breslow

Bella Bytensky on Sunday, October 1
Mother of Vadim Bytensky

Sally Caplan on Tuesday, October 3
Sister of Gloria Moscoe

Nelli Feldman on Thursday, October 5
Sister of Oscar Adler

Simon Gebert on Saturday, September 30
Father of Sandra Miller

Sebastian Goldenberg on Saturday, September 30
Brother of Mark Goldenberg

Rose Grader on Sunday, October 1
Mother of Nannette Mostyn and Frances Ezerzer

Rifka Kessler on Friday, October 6
Mother of Sam Kessler
Mother-in-law of Blanka Kessler

Gertie Kleinberg on Saturday, September 30
Mother-in-law of Syd Solomons
Grandmother of Lori Goldenberg and Hayden Solomons

Max Kriezman on Wednesday, October 4
Father of Cindy Turk

Eunice Lipchitz on Thursday, October 5
Mother of Joel Lipchitz
Sister of Don Epstein
Aunt of Debbie Cusmariu, Sherri Patak, and Nathaniel Epstein
Sister-in-law of Patricia Epstein

Mark Moss on Sunday, October 1
Brother of Ellen Somer and Merilyn Lean

Lucy Picov on Tuesday, October 3
Grandmother of Stephen Bobkin

Jared Joel Sable on Thursday, October 5
Husband of Naomi H. Cohen

Jack Schwartz on Wednesday, October 4
Brother-in-law of Esther Schwartz

Sidney Stein on Monday, October 2
Father of Randy Stein

Ben Sternberg on Saturday, September 30
Father of Gerry Sternberg

Leib Unger on Saturday, September 30
Father of Alina Turk

Sarah Unger on Saturday, September 30
Mother of Alina Turk

Gerald Waldman on Monday, October 2
Husband of Dorothy Gordon

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.