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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 are joined by Dr. James Diamond, Chair of Jewish Studies at University of Waterloo, who will be speaking on The Powerless Power of Purim’s Persia.

Sunday morning minyan meets at 9:00 AM in the Charney Family Hall. Breakfast following, please join us. 

Kiddush Sponsorship

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

Mazal Tov

Mazal Tov to Angela Brandt and Vince Borghese, on Misha’s becoming Bar Mitzvah, taking place this Sunday morning.

ADRABA Open House

Wednesday, March 27 @ 7:30
47 Glenbrook Avenue

 ADRABA ( is Toronto's only full-time Jewish blended-learning high school.  
We are offering full- and part-time Jewish learning, blending traditional teaching with cutting-edge tech, towards an Ontario Secondary School Diploma.  Come and see for yourselves what the future of Jewish education looks like.

Circle of Care Needs YOU.

Volunteer with Circle of Care and  help Seniors live longer,  healthier lives in the community.

We have an urgent need for the following volunteers:

Kosher Meal on Wheels (regularly or just a few times until April)
Jewish Hospice Program (training starts soon)
Friendly Visiting (1-2 hours/week)

Call 416-635-2900 x284

Layla Rodney's Dance-a-thon in Support of Leket Israel

March 24, 2019 7:00 -9:00 PM, Beth Torah Congregation

In honor of my Bat Mitzvah, I have chosen to organize a dance-a-thon fundraiser to support Leket Israel in helping those in need throughout Israel. All donations in honor of my Bat Mitzvah will enable the rescue and redistribution of fresh, nutritious produce and hot meat meals to those in need throughout Israel. A donation of $18 will enable the rescue of 180 lbs. of produce.

A minimum donation of $18 is requested to participate in the dance-a-thon. Learn more and donate at



We extend our sincerest condolences on the passing of Ed Appelton, husband of Rhoda, and father of David and Stephanie. May they know no more sorrow.

Upcoming USY Programs

The moment you have all been waiting for - registration for USY Summer Experience 2019 is officially OPEN! Learn more about our programs in North America, Israel, and Europe including two NEW programs at #myUSYsummer

Join ECRUSY on March 31 to pack boxes for the Passover Food Drive at NCJW. Call (416) 667-1717 to get involved!

Beth Torah Choir

Do you love to sing? Can you hold a tune? 

For experienced singers and novices alike, you are welcome to join an open rehearsal and see if Beth Torah Choir is for you!  

Under the guidance of experienced teacher and professional musician Louis P. Simão, you will share in the opportunity of giving back to your community through the gift of song. 

Concerned About Your Thinking Skills or Memory?  Free Training Programs are Available! 

Baycrest is comparing the benefits of cognitive training programs to help older adults keep their brain healthy and maintain their independence as they age. Some financial compensation will be provided for participation. Participation is CONFIDENTIAL. 

A Baycrest Brain Healthy Aging Project  416-785-2500 ext. 3377


Host a Beit Halochem Veteran

Beit Halochem is looking for hosts and co-hosts to welcome a hero in your home for the weeks of May 19-June 2, 2019. Awesome experience!

Contact Beit Halochem at 905-695-0611 or


Help Save a Life

If you had the opportunity to save a life, would you?

Six years ago, my sister  Mona was feeling unusually itchy. Mona then visited an allergist and was tested for a variety of allergies. This test revealed a rare, progressive and fatal liver disease: Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC). 

PSC is an autoimmune disease, unrelated to lifestyle, where the bile ducts become inflamed and scarred leading to bile accumulating in the liver and damaging the liver cells. The only cure for PSC is a liver transplant. 

Mona is 58 years old and is in otherwise good health. She is a single, hard-working mother who has brought up 2 wonderful children on limited finances. She is also the main caregiver for her 88-year old mother who resides with her. 

While Mona is on the liver transplant list, the wait may be too long for her. The goal is for all those who meet the basic criteria (age 18-60, no serious medical conditions, compatible liver size), to be tested. Mona’s AB blood type allows her to accept a liver from a donor of any blood type so she is unrestricted.

Basically, the donor would donate 60-70% of their liver. As a living donor you are basically saving two lives, as your generosity allows Mona to be removed from the transplant list enabling all others on the list to move up a spot.

I know this is a big “ask” but it is also an opportunity to do something remarkable and make a direct and personal impact on your life and on Mona’s life. Please take a moment to check out more detailed information at: and email the link below with any questions or if you or someone you know would like to be tested ­­­



Saturday, March 23rd – Friday, March 29 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 ones’ yahrzeit has been omitted. Please email us at  to add your yahrzeit to our database for future listings.

A Special Note to the Congregation Regarding Adar Yahrtzeits


When a Yahrzeit falls in Adar during a leap year the Hebrew calendar renames Adar to Adar I and adds the month of Adar II. Our tradition is to observe Adar II for all Yahrzeits. Still, some may wish to commemorate the date in both months.


Marton Fried, father of Eva Fried-Zimmerman on March 23rd, 2019

Freda Dworja Kleiman, mother of Robert Kleiman on March 23rd, 2019

Robert Ritter, father of Sharon Chapnick on March 24th, 2019

Dani Sarkozi, father of Cory Grossman and Carli Grossman on March 25th, 2019

Bat Sheva Barenholtz, grandmother of Brian Feldman on March 25th, 2019

Dora Jakubowski, mother of Marilyn Jakubowski on March 26th, 2019

Tyrus Reiman, companion of Galila Turkienicz on March 26th, 2019

Lawrence Pollack, father of Jonathan Pollack on March 27th, 2019

Jack Silberman, father of Toni Silberman on March 29th, 2019

Mon, 25 March 2019 18 Adar II 5779