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Shabbat Shalom, Beth Torah!

COVID-19 Alert

Please note that due to the developing situation with the novel coronavirus, all onsite programs and events at Beth Torah have been cancelled until further notice.

Shabbat Services

We will be livestreaming Shabbat Services. Click here to watch between 8:45 am and 11:30 am on Saturday morning, or to watch on Facebook Live, click here. In case of any interruptions on our website, you can watch the livestream here. Siddur and Torah readings will be available online.

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

This Week's Livestream Sermon

"Where are you going? Have you been invited?."

Joining for Sermon? 

It is at approximately 10:30 am. 

Join us in Shul by Photo!

We know we can't have you in person, but please send your photos and family pictures to add to our broadcast on Shabbat morning. Please send them to until 5:00 p.m. today.  

Daily Minyan

Beth Torah now hosts a daily morning minyan via Zoom. If you would like to join, please email Mark Tytel to register and receive a link to the services.

Because of security concerns we need to verify everyone who registers. Please be patient as this may take a few days. Please also note that we are unable to process your request on Shabbat or Jewish holidays.


We extend our sincerest condolences to Robert Koven and family on the passing of Robert’s father, Irving Koven.

May they know no more sorrow.


Mazal Tov to Aly and Aaron Salz on the birth of their son, Dylan Benny Salz, born on Sunday, May 3, 2020. Proud grandparents are Mark and Marla Shoom and Mitchell and Lisa Salz.

Mazal Tov to Rayna Schwartz and Bas de Beer on the birth of their son Oliver Moss de Beer, born on Saturday, May 16, 2020. A little brother for Benson. Proud grandparents Gayla and Ken Schwartz and great grandmothers Evelyn Gurvey and Gertie Schwartz.

Join Rabbi Yossi JFK (Just For Kiddush) Each Week

Sit, have a l'chayim and hang out with Rabbi Yossi while checking out new music, meeting friends old and new, and finding out what's happening in our community. New episodes each Monday (we'll try).

Click here to watch JFK week one.

Membership Renewal - No Credit Card Fees for Early Birds

Want to renew your membership? We've waived credit card fees on Early Bird full payments for membership dues. Other incentives that are new this year:

  • Members save $100 if they renew by June 30, 2020
  • Free membership and High Holiday tickets* for young adults under 30
  • Our Dignity Fund helps to cover those who cannot afford full membership

Ready to Renew? Click here.

Live from Thornhill…. It’s Friday Night Live!

Tune in on Beth Torah Facebook Live and join Cantor Ben to sing along Kabbalat Shabbat. Starting tonight and taking place every Friday at 7:30 pm. Unwind, sing and eat! Go to our Facebook page to join us.

Breast Cancer: Optimal Screening, Why We Don’t Get it And What You Can Do About It

Join Dr. Paula Gordon on Thursday, June 4, where she will discuss Breast Cancer screening, optimal timing, and how to get through the process.

Dr. Gordon will

  • Describe the best time to start screening for cancer
  • How and how often to screen for breast cancer so it can be found as early as possible, to allow the least aggressive options for treatment
  • How to screen for recurrence in women who’ve had cancer
  • Explain why these methods are not always offered
  • Suggest what you can do about it

This session will take place via Zoom. Registrants will be sent the log in 24 hours before the event begins.

Click here for more information and to register.

Children Sing Shalom!

Calling all children and parents – check out Cantor Ben’s weekly recordings and learn the fun songs of Synagogue with your little ones. New recordings every Monday, starting Monday May 25! Fun for children of all ages at

Activities for Families

Click here for some activities for families and kids, brought to you by Hebrews’cool. Please feel free to reach out with any questions. Look for another fun activity next week!

It’s OK not to feel OK

Many people may feel sad, stressed, anxious, confused, scared or angry during the COVID-19 pandemic. These are normal and common responses to unexpected or stressful situations.

Support is available. The City of Toronto has partnered with ten organizations to help connect residents to free telephone, text and online mental health support during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, click here.

BTC Choir is Back!

Come together on Zoom for a modern choral experience. Every other Tuesday at 7:30 pm starting on May 26th.

Please register by emailing

Shavuot Yizkor Service


The next Yizkor service will be on the second day of Shavuot - May 30, 2020 at approximately 10 am. We are once again collecting pictures of loved ones to show during the service. If you did not send in pictures for the Pesach Yizkor service, please feel free to send in your pictures for inclusion to (When sending in pictures, please specify if they are for Yizkor or the weekly Shabbat slideshow).

Doorstep Donations

Doorstep Donations aims to support those in our community who are left without jobs and cannot afford to feed themselves or their families. Doorstep Donations keeps social distancing measures in mind and makes donating food to our local community easy.

In order to donate, all you have to do is contact them, through their website or email, and leave the food outside on your doorstep/driveway. They will pick up the donated food and bring it to Daily Bread Food Bank. This organization will help to distribute the donations throughout the community.

You can donate all non-perishable items (anything that does not need to be refrigerated).

Direct cash donations are also accepted. If you would like to make a direct cash donation, which will be used to purchase necessities for those in need during this difficult time, click here.

We must take action to act as neighbours and help our community just as they would help us in these difficult times. Please join Doorstep Donations and spread the word to make sure that our entire community is comfortable during the quarantine. Please forward this to anyone that you think would want to help during this unprecedented time.

To sign up, visit


RUACH is a volunteer network of therapists, social workers, Jewish clergy, chaplains, and providers-in-training offering support during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Caregivers provide inclusive and accessible care to clients of all walks of life, regardless of religion/observance level, age, nationality, gender identity, orientation, ability, or political affiliation.

The short-term supportive care is 100% free in order to lower barriers to access. When a client signs up, they are matched with an emotional or spiritual caregiver within 72 hours. They are provided 1-6 supportive care sessions, and can be referred as needed to local service agencies for long-term support.

RUACH is here to support you for any of your needs. 

You can email or go to their website

Diller Applications-Extended Deadline!

The Diller Teen Fellows program is an immersive leadership program inviting a select group of Jewish 10th and 11th graders from 6 continents and 32 communities to step up, lead their communities, and repair the world. We look for teens with diverse backgrounds who are open to deepening their Jewish Identity, developing effective leadership skills, and partaking in opportunities to connect with Jewish teens globally.

The program is made up of monthly workshops, shabbatons throughout the year, the opportunity to host an Israeli in Toronto and a 3 week trip to Israel. Applicants from all denominations, who attend any school in the GTA are encouraged to apply. Should you have any questions please reach out to Caroline Levine-Rosenberg ( or 416-635-2883;5194. Applications for the program are open until June 17 and can be found by clicking here.


Yahrtzeit Listings - May 23 - May 29, 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.

Aaron Leiderman, father and father-in-law of Mel and Helen Leiderman, on May 23rd, 2020

Carolyn Solomons, mother and mother-in-law of Hayden and Robyn Solomons and Lori and Shawn Goldenberg, on May 23rd, 2020

Alan Wilder, father and father-in-law of Sharlene Wilder and Sheldon Freeman, on May 24th, 2020

Bronislawa (Tola) Hoffnung, mother and mother-in-law of Deborah and Tzvi Rubinger, on May 24th, 2020

Fred Solomon, father and father-in-law of Robert Solomon and Shari Wert, on May 24th, 2020

Alex Devon, father and father-in-law of Michael Devon and Caroline Freedman-Devon, on May 26th, 2020

Dennis Gordon Newton, father and father-in-law of Gary Newton and Jean Wang, on May 26th, 2020.

Valerie Brooks, mother and mother-in-law of James and Lisa Brooks, on May 26th, 2020

Beverly Schwartz, mother and mother-in-law of Alan Schwartz and Marla Weingarten, on May 27th, 2020

Irving Wolfman, father and father-in-law of Donna and Steven Goldenberg, on May 27th, 2020

Morris Sigulim, brother and brother-in-law of Saul and Andrea Sigulim and Betty and Arie Gaertner, on May 27th, 2020

Peter Nichols, uncle of Helen Yermus, on May 27th, 2020

Rose Kirshenblatt, mother and mother-in-law of Debbie and Jerry Cusmariu, Sherri and Tom Patak, sister of Don Epstein, sister-in-law of Patricia Epstein and aunt of Nathaniel Epstein, on May 27th, 2020

Sylvia Greenspoon, mother and mother-in-law of Susan and Mark Roza, on May 27th, 2020

Wolf (Willie) Riseman, father and father-in-law of Margie and John Levitt, on May 27th, 2020

Elynne Hillary Goldkind, sister and sister-in-law of Anna and Robert Miller, on May 28th, 2020

Harry Gurvey, father and father-in-law of Gayla and Kenneth Schwartz, on May 28th, 2020

Monty Shulman, brother-in-law of Faye Kushnir, on May 28th, 2020

Norm Lean, father and father-in-law of Marc and Alison Lean, on May 29th, 2020

Roselle Abramowitz, mother and mother-in-law of Naomi and Michael Cohen, on May 29th, 2020

Wed, 27 May 2020 4 Sivan 5780