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.

Sunday Minyan

Sunday June 25th was the last minyan of the season! Have a great summer. We look forward to seeing you at Shabbats, and Sundays when minyan resumes in the fall.

Membership and HebrewsCool

Don’t delay, register now 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 – 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 young singles or families.

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.

August 19, 2017

Av 27, 5777

Fri. Candle Lighting

7:57 pm

Shabbat Ends

8:59 pm



Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17

Page 799

Isaiah 54:11 – 55:05

Page 818

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.

Mazel Tov

Mazel Tov to Jeffrey and Marisa on their aufruf this Saturday, to their parents Julia, and Mel and Rhona of Montreal, and to grandmother Greta.


We regret to inform you of the passing of Andrew Zimet, husband of Zoe Klein, father of Sasha and Stefan (Susan), grandfather of Elle and Simone.

Kiddush Sponsor

This week’s Kiddush has been generously sponsored by Jeff and Marisa and family in honour of their upcoming wedding.

Community Selichot Services

It’s coming! Saturday September 16th, join us at Adath Israel as we partner again on a community selichot service.

The film My Father, My Lord will be presented at 8:30 pm followed by a discussion by Rabbis Seed, Meirovich, and our Rabbi Yossi. Selichot services at 10:30 pm featuring Cantor Stein and Cantor Ben accompanied by a piano and string quartet. Dessert reception to follow. 37 Southbourne Avenue.

Welcome, Andrew

Please join us in welcoming Andrew Weisberg, who is stepping up as President of Beth Torah Congregation. We look forward to working with him on the exciting season ahead!

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. 

Beth Torah Baseball

Come cheer on Beth Torah at a playoff game against Beit Rayim! This Sunday at 9:30 am. 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.

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.

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!

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


The family of longtime Beth Torah member Barbara Gross z”l has asked us to share with you that her unveiling will be held on Sunday Aug. 20th at 10:00 a.m, section C of Pardes Shalom: 10953 Dufferin St. Everyone is invited to attend.

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.

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.


Sat. August 19 – Fri. August 25 (Av 27 – Elul 3)

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.

Harry Hirsh Fox on Sunday, August 20
Father-in-law of Helen Lipson-Fox

Samuel Frankel on Friday, August 25
Father of Allen Frankel

Ruth Goldberg on Saturday, August 19
Mother of Michael Goldberg

Joseph Grader on Tuesday, August 22
Father of Nannette Mostyn and Frances Ezerzer

Susan Green on Thursday, August 24
Mother of Kevin Green

Leo Greenspan on Wednesday, August 23
Father of Jeffrey Greenspan

Annie Kirshenbaum on Wednesday, August 23
Mother of Irving Kirsh

Morris (Mike) Korman on Saturday, August 19
Grandfather of Marni Hefner

Razel Kurant on Wednesday, August 23
Grandmother of Jack Waserman

David Levenstadt on Saturday, August 19
Husband of Reggie Levenstadt
Father of Helen Fox

Brian Lurie on Tuesday, August 22
Brother of Ian Lurie

Marlene Mather on Thursday, August 24
Wife of Frank Mather

Hyman Rotman on Saturday, August 19
Father-in-law of Mollie Rothman

Frances Swan on Thursday, August 24
Mother of Evy Strasberg

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.