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Shabbat Shalom, Beth Torah!

Shabbat and Sunday Service Times

Doors open at 8:30 AM for a pre-davening coffee and schmooze on Shabbat morning. Services begin at 8:45.

This week, we welcome Rachael Turkienicz, our Clergy educator, to speak during services.

Sunday Minyan will be breaking for the summer, and will be returning on September 9th.

Kiddush Sponsorship

Our enhanced kiddushes are generously sponsored by the Feldman family for 2018.



This week’s Kiddush has been generously sponsored by Martin and Betty Baranek in loving memory of their son Morry. 


Membership Renewal

This year, we are moving toward self-managed membership. Members can renew online with a few quick clicks.

Family Membership can be renewed HERE, and Single Membership can be renewed HERE. Please log in to your account. 

We are happy to help u set up your online account or help you with any membership questions you might have.  Connect with Courtney Sherman at

Hebrews'Cool Registration Now Open

From pre-school through their b’nai mitzvah years — and beyond —there is a way for everyone to establish a meaningful connection to our congregation and community. Hebrews’Cool uses an educational approach that maximizes student engagement through inquiry arts-based programming and multi-modal instruction. 

NEW! This year, we will be offering an intensive Hebrew program in conjunction with Hebrew School.

And if you refer a friend, you’ll receive $100 off your tuition. 


Need more information? Connect with Kayla Hendriks at


Beth David Singles50Plus:
Shabbat Under the Stars

Friday, July 20, 2018 • 8 Av 5778
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM 

Celebrate "Shabbat Under the Stars" at this outdoor Oneg Shabbat for Jewish singles ages 50+. Join this unique outdoor abridged service led by our wonderful Cantor Marshall Loomer, as we watch the sun set and the stars begin to twinkle. Refreshments and a mix and mingle will follow the service. There is no charge for this event.

(In case of rain, they will meet in the Chapel.) 

Clergy Emergency Line


In the event that you need to be in touch with Rabbi Yossi or Cantor Ben to relate a death or illness in the family, please connect with us by using our emergency line: 416-508-8755.


Unfortunately, if we do not receive a call on the emergency line, you will only be responded to when the office reopens. 
You may also communicate with us by emailing This email can be used to inform us of a member’s illness or regarding support that a member may need.



Volunteer at Beth Torah

It may be the beginning of summer, but we’re already gearing up for the High Holidays! If you or a family member would like to help us with youth programming, ushering or other volunteer roles,  let us know by filling in our volunteer form. Or connect with Jenn Ferman, BTC’s General Programming Coordinator at


Chessed Committee

A kind community is a strong community. We respect your privacy, but if you would like us to know of illness, please inform us by calling  416-508-8755.


Tell Your Story at Beth Torah

Do you have a special personal article that you’d like to share with Beth Torah? We’d like to display your piece in our display case and share the brief story behind it. Please be in touch with Courtney at to coordinate. 

Double Threat Now Available for Purchase Through Beth Torah

We're proud to support the release of Ellin Bessner's new book, Double Threat: Canadian Jews, the Military, and World War II.

This book explores the role of Canadian Jews in the war effort and the struggles they endured as they fought against Fascism and widespread anti-Semitism. Purchase your copy today at
 and the dangers of being captured and identified as Jews.


JF & CS Emerging Leaders Presents
Cringe Worthy

August 14, 2018, The Opera House | 735 Queen st. East
First kisses. Hair perms. Fashion catastrophes. 
Forgetting your Bar Mitzvah portion.
Slow dancing at arm's length. 

We've all been there.
Now it's time to relive those moments and be thankful we've made it through our awkward phase.

​Join us for a trip down memory lane as people share their most embarrassing teen stories, live on stage. 

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities available at


Beth Torah Poetry

Raisins with Almonds

Rozhinkes mit mandlen, my dear Zaidy used to sing,

I didn’t understand it all, but thought it a pretty thing.

A classic Yiddish lullaby, it’s often on my mind

As a sweet reminder of someone who was kind.

But is there  a deeper meaning beyond this simple treat?

Almonds  -- hard and bitter, raisins-- soft and sweet.

Each on its own has merits, but when juxtaposed

The end result is just like life, or that’s what I suppose.

Some days are full of happiness, love, success and light

Other times are difficult, we struggle, cry and fight.

Without a taste of sadness, we can’t fully appreciate

The joyful moments when they come: it’s the contrast that makes them great.

Sweet raisins, bitter almonds: happiness and strife—

Was it a simple lullaby, or a metaphor for life?

Rozhinkes mit mandlen, my Zaidy used to sing,

And may we all appreciate whatever life may bring.


Saturday, July 14- Friday, July 20 2018

2 Av—8 Av 5778


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 ones’ yahrzeit has been omitted. Please email us at  to add your yahrzeit to our database for future listings.


Morry Baranek, son of Martin Baranek and Betty Baranek, brother of Lenny Baranek and Marlene Baranek, husband of Arlene Pastor-Baranek, on July 14, 2018

David Lipfeld, father of Iris Richter on July 14, 2018

Benjamin Applebaum, son of Heath and Danielle Applebaum on July 14, 2018  

Marlyn Caplan, mother of Shari Caplan on July 15, 2018

Sandra Consky, mother of Harvey Consky on July 15, 2018 

Abraham Goldfarb, father of David Goldfarb on July 17, 2018 

Violet Wener, sister-in-law of Toni Silberman on July 7, 2018

Allen Abbott, brother of Pauline Abbott-Till on July 18, 2018 

Ralph Castor, father of William Castor on July 18, 2018 

Clara Malitz, mother of Leiba Long on July 18, 2018  

Jack Cohen, father-in-law of Lynda Cohen on July 19, 2018

Rose Lewis, mother of Elaine Lurie on July 19, 2018 

Meyer Belkind, father of Velma Ruschin on July 20, 2018  

Thu, 19 July 2018 7 Av 5778