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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 AM. 

Sunday morning minyan meets at 9:00 AM in the Charney Family Hall. Breakfast to follow. 

Kiddush Sponsorship

Our enhanced kiddushes are generously sponsored by the Feldman family for 2019.

Mazal Tov

Mazal Tov to Layla Rodney on her Bat Mitzvah, taking place on May 18. Proud parents are Julie Ruben Rodney and Jordan Rodney.

Mazal Tov to Alex Jacobs on his Bar Mitzvah, taking place on May 19. Proud parents are Candace and David Jacobs.


We extend our sincerest condolences to Ruth Heller and family on the passing of her husband, Lionel Heller. May they know no more sorrow. 

Beth Torah Baseball Thank You

Our immense gratitude to Saul Sigulim and family for their donation to fund the 2019 Beth Torah baseball uniforms! Thank you for making our team look so good.

Kids in the Kitchen

Join us for an entertaining evening with creative cookbook author, Amy Stopnicki,
in our own professional kitchen!

Kids of all ages can roll up their sleeves at this interactive and hands-on cooking experience, while learning to make their very own maki rolls and sushi pizza!

We will also prepare and donate some delicious creations to people struggling with food insecurity.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Register online | $5 per child

Musical Shabbat Service

Join us on May 31 for a Musical Shabbat Service and Dinner to honour the graduates of Hebrews'Cool and our Year of Living Jewishly program.

We will be joined by Jonno Lightstone and KlezKonnection for a very special graduation service. All are welcome!

$25 dinner per person (for non-graduates). 
Registration is now open! 
Click here to RSVP.



Membership Renewal and Hebrews'Cool Registration

It’s that time of year again! Membership renewal begins next week. Look out for your packages in the mail and accompanying email communications.

Hebrews’Cool registration also begins next week for pre-K to grade 6 students! Choose from Sunday morning or Tuesday early evening programs, with our new intensive Hebrew optional extra on Sunday afternoons. More details to come with membership info.

Lecture Series: Elliott Malamet

Join us for the discussion, “Rocking in the Free World: Can Judaism Survive Modernity?" Renowned contemporary Jewish thinker, Dr. Elliott Malamet will explore strategies by which faith can be upheld, and how Judaism can transmit to the next generation.

Thursday, June 13 at 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Register now.

Teen Mental Health Symposium

NCJWC Toronto, and ALUMA - Israel Family Counselling Association present this complimentary event for parents and guardians to increase awareness on teen mental health. Hear from a panel of medical experts, with member Rosalie Moscoe as mediator. Light refreshments provided.

Thursday, May 30 at 7:00 PM

4700 Bathurst Street

Registration at 6:45 PM

Or pre-register (recommended) at: or (416) 633-5100

Syrinx Concert Toronto Performance

Syrinx will welcome internationally acclaimed pianist, Ishay Shaer, for a special concert event, including the works of Beethoven, Debussy, Chopin, and Canadian composer, Jean Coulthard.

Thursday, June 6 at 7:30 PM
Mazzoleni Hall, Telus Centre
273 Bloor Street West
General: $32 | Student: $22

Pay by cash or cheque at the door, 
order online, or reserve by phone at: 
(416) 654-0877.

Upcoming USY Programs

Registration for USY Summer Experience 2019 is open! Learn more about our North American, Israeli, and European programs at: or #myUSYsummer.


Beth Torah Poetry

Be the Light

Be the light when darkness falls,
When evil spreads, let’s heed the call.
Be the light and clear the path,
To save the world from all its wrath.
When all seems hopeless, take a stand:
Lend those in need a helping hand.
Know your neighbours, share a smile,
You may find common ground in awhile.
Reach out to the greater community,
You can make a difference; this you will see.
Compassion and generosity,
Will bring us together in unity.
And this you may not anticipate:
You’ll find love is always stronger than hate.
So when prejudice rears its ugly head,
Spread knowledge, wisdom and love instead.
Together, we can set things right,
Together, we can spread the light.

-Sharron Elkouby, 2019

Children of the Shoah

They should have been at the playground, playing with a ball,
But the children of the Shoah, they had no chance at all.
They should have been at the village shul, learning how to daven,
But instead they met a dreadful end in the Nazi ovens.
He should have been a bar mitzvah, but he was in a camp,
Fighting off starvation, shivering and damp.
She was just a toddler, in need of love and care,
But her sweet mama disappeared, to a place she knew not where.
They were small and helpless, too young for any battle,
When they were shoved in boxcars, and treated worse than cattle.
They should have gone to parties, they should have learned to dance,
But the children of the Shoah, they never had a chance.So what do we owe these lost ones,
who didn’t play or dance?
We owe them our commitment: against hatred we’ll take a stance.
We must ensure these innocents didn’t die in vain:
It’s up to us to guarantee it never happens again.
They should have been at the playground, playing with a ball,
But the children of the Shoah, they had no chance at all.

- Sharron Elkouby, 2019

Yom Haatzmaut

Yom Haatzmaut, Independence Day!
How to celebrate when I’m so far away?
Our countries are thousands of miles apart,
Yet Israel is near, as it’s in my heart.
So before beginning the celebration,
I think it’s time for contemplation:
Though Israel was always our people’s home,
We had to fight to make it our own.
Pioneers toiled, and millions suffered sad fates,
‘Til at last we had our own Jewish state.
The whole world voted, and many concurred,
But conflict with our unfriendly neighbours occurred.
There were hard-fought battles to claim our land,
But we had our reward for taking a stand.
So now that our history lesson’s done,
It’s time for us to have some fun.
Let’s wave our flags, let’s wear blue and white,
Eat, drink, and be merry, and dance through the night.
We’ll dance the hora, and Hatikvah we’ll sing,
For a land of our own is a beautiful thing.

- Sharron Elkouby, 2019


Saturday, May 18, 2019 – Friday, May 24, 2019

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

Martin Caplan, father of Robert Caplan, father-in-law of Arlene Caplan, on May 18, 2019

Jeffrey Gold, brother of Francine Frankel, on May 18, 2019

Pearl Sheffy-Gefen, cousin of Mollie Rothman, on May 18, 2019

Sol Feigelsohn, father of Adrian Feigelsohn, on May 20, 2019

Eunice Goldenberg, mother of Howard Walton, on May 20, 2019

Anne Greenberg, mother of Jack Greenberg, on May 20, 2019

Neil David Berman, father of Mara Lederman, on May 21, 2019

Helen Bloom, mother of Miriam Pinkus, on May 21, 2019

Esther Fiksel, mother of Ephraim Fiksel, on May 21, 2019

Henry Morgan, father of Edward Morgan, on May 21, 2019

Florence Phillips, mother of Maida Gerskup, on May 21, 2019

Jack Goodfield, father of Mark Goodfield, on May 22, 2019

Goldie Rotman, mother of Jennie Cass, on May 22, 2019

Michael Silverstein, cousin of Mollie Rothman, on May 22, 2019

Lucian Hoffnung, father of Deborah Rubinger, on May 24, 2019

Allen Lewis, father of Elaine Lurie, on May 24, 2019

Ben Walton, father of Howard Walton, on May 24, 2019

Martyn Wolfman, brother of Norma Sirot, on May 24, 2019

Wed, 22 May 2019 17 Iyyar 5779