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Shabbat Shalom, Beth Torah!

Please note that due to the developing situation with the novel coronavirus, all onsite programs and events at Beth Torah have been canceled until further notice.
A letter from Rabbi Yossi

"We are not an Essential Service"

I hope this week is going as well as possible for all of you. It's so hard to adjust to this new, slow life and a different sense of time. I read that while Rosh Hashanah was six months ago, Purim feels like it was six months ago. Frankly, last week feels like last year! 

We are working harder than ever to adjust to the new normal, working from home, rethinking everything we do and trying to be present for our children while being available at work! 

Lots of Zoom calls to friends and family have made the creeping discomfort easier, as have emails and WhatsApp messages. 

While some people are selfish and irresponsible, most are caring and respectful of others. Some are exemplary in their caring, turning their talents and resources to help anyone in need, and the need is great. Please help, even very small kindnesses are big these days. We are all vulnerable and anxious, let's be examples of goodness.  

We are all waiting to hear that this is over, a bad dream that passes when we awake. Alas, its real and it affects everything, and Passover looms large on the horizon. 

Join me for more updates, conversation and a discussion during our Shabbat morning livestream.  

I am grateful to all of you who have sent in photos so that we can be together in shul. Keep them coming! And I am grateful to all who have sent in donations to help members who are struggling at this time. You can make a donation, as well.  

We may not be an essential service, but to so many and to each other, we are essential. Let's keep our hearts open while our doors are closed for now, for this too shall pass.   

By the way, there will be a livestream Seder! Details to follow. 

Rabbi Yossi

Shabbat Services

We will be livestreaming Shabbat Services. Click here to watch between 8:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. Siddur and Torah readings will be available online. 

This week’s sermon will be 2020 -The Most Important Passover Ever. Really. 

Questions can be submitted until 3:00 p.m. today to  

We want your photos! Send us family pictures to add to our pews this Shabbat morning. Please send to until 3:00 p.m. today.  

Rabbi Yossi will provide shul updates and news during the livestream. 

Livestream made possible through the generosity of Martin and Shirley Glick.

Rabbi Yossi Asks: How Are You Doing? 
For Kids in Grades 1-3 

A Zoom chat about what's going on and how you are getting through it.  Appropriate for kids grades 1-3 

Registration for this Zoom session is required to receive the login link. Register here.  


Great-grandmother Mollie Rothman of Toronto is delighted to announce that her grand-daughter Adina Rothman Be’er and husband Eyal Be’er have their first child, a girl, born in Tel Aviv, Israel. Adina is the daughter of Mollie’s son and daughter in-law, Jeff and Debbie Rothman of Israel. Mazel Tov to all the family. 

Gabriel Zac was born on February 10 to Lara and Edmond Harbour in London UK, brother to Nina.  Proud grandparents are Renée and Ralph Wolfe and Susan and Rex Harbour. Mazel Tov to all the family.  

Mazal Tov to proud grandparents Jerry and Debbie Cusmariu and Mark and Shelley Weller of Cleveland, Ohio, on the birth of their granddaughter, Norah Rose, born on March 9 to Sandy and Lindsey Cusmariu. Mazel Tov to all the family. 

Sell Your Chametz 

Passover begins in less than 2 weeks! If you have begun cleaning out your kitchen cupboards and cabinets and you would like to sell your chametz, please see our online form.

Jewish Free Loans in the Time of COVID-19 

To help the Jewish community deal with the fall-out of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jewish Free Loan Society has created the “COVID-19 Loan.” Up to $8,000 in an interest free loan is available. For more information, please visit You can also call 416-635-1217 x5269, or email

B’nai Brith Emergency Food Drive 

Seniors living under the poverty line need your help during this crisis. Can you assist B’nai Brith to help them? As of March 16th, B’nai Brith closed down their daily meal program for seniors, veterans, and the needy until they can safely recommence with due regard for the safety of their participants. The Pride of Israel Kosher Food Bank announced that it was closing its doors indefinitely due to the current situation. This means that there are needy and at-risk people possibly going without food. B’nai Brith has established an emergency food drive. Please click on this link to learn more:


Yahrtzeit Listings - March 28, 2020- April 3, 2020

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

We apologize if your loved one's yahrtzeit has been omitted. Please email us at to add your yahrtzeit to our database for future listings.

Avraham Werblunsky brother of Helen Yermus, brother-in-law of Aaron Yermus, on
March 28th, 2020

Robyn Albert, sister of Jonathan Robert Strauss and Marci Pearlman, sister-in-law of Shawna-Gay Collette Ellis Strauss and Mark Pearlman, on March 28th, 2020

Zev Barenholtz,  grandfather of Ellen Feldman, Brian Feldman and Bonita Josse, on March 28th, 2020

Jack Swan, father of  Evy Strasberg and father-in-law of Zeno Strasberg, on March 29th, 2020

Max Rubenstein, father of Rosalee Naster and grandfather of Mark Tytel, on March 29th, 2020

Anne Cooper, mother of Sheldon Cooper and mother-in-law of Marlene Cooper, on
March 30th, 2020

Judi Roza, sister of Mark Roza and sister-in-law of Susan Roza, on March 30th, 2020

Max Lipson, father of Helen Lipson-Fox, on March 30th, 2020

Benjamin Goldstein, father of Faye Kushnir, on March 31st, 2020

Joan Dzikonski, friend of Mollie Rothman, on March 31st, 2020

Karen Dawn Norwich, mother of Shoshana and Jacqueline Goldberg, mother-in-law of Joel Weisberg and Dan Cohen, on March 31st, 2020

Samuel Rosenbluth, father of Iris Rosenbluth and father-in-law of Mark Krantzberg, on
March 31st, 2020

Beatrice (Bebe) Youngman, mother of Mark Youngman and mother-in-law of Steffi Black, on
April 1st, 2020

Herman Sirot, husband of Norma Sirot, on April 1st, 2020

Allen Lean father of Marvin Lean and father-in-law of Merilyn Lean, on April 2nd, 2020

Arthur Friedlander, father of Mary Devenyi, on April 2nd, 2020

Blanche Posen, grandmother of Devra Wasser, on April 2nd, 2020

Louie Gampel, father of Aron and Gary Gampel, and father-in-law of Marla Nudler, on
April 2nd, 2020

Rachel Braun, mother of Mary Devenyi, on April 2nd, 2020

Sam Filer, husband of Toni Silberman, on April 3rd, 2020

Tue, 31 March 2020 6 Nisan 5780