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Shabbat Shalom, Beth Torah!

Shabbat and Shavuot Services

Services for Shabbat and Shavuot begin at 8:45 AM on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. On Monday, Yizkor will be at 10 AM.

On Monday, the second day of Shavuot, we will be joined by March of the Living participants, who will share stories and thoughts about their meaningful time in Poland and Israel. This will be immediately following Yizkor. 

Kiddush Sponsorship

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


Monday’s Shavuot Kiddush has been generously sponsored by Gayle Nussbaum and David Lewis and family in honour of Aaron & Bella z’l Nussbaum and this year’s participants in The March of the Living and in memory of the 6 million Jews who were lost in the Shoah.

Want to sponsor a Kiddush? One of the best parts of Beth Torah is sharing a bite together following Shabbat morning services. Connect with Ellie at for more information and to book a date.

Mazal Tov!

Mazal tov to Brahm Siegel and Paula Feig on the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Mordecai Siegel, at services on Saturday. 

Mazal Tov to David and Marilyn Glick on the birth of a granddaughter. 



We send our sincerest condolences to the family of Michael Nisker on his passing this week.. 


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.


Tikkun Leil Shavuot

May 19-20, 8pm-8am, Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina Avenue

So you're planning to pull an all-nighter? You belong here on Shavuot! Join us for a free night (and later night...and morning) of community, study, singing, snacking and more! Over 50 sessions to attend. Reimagine traditional Jewish texts and open up new and engaging conversations. Special programs for kids and teens. Beth Torah is a sponsor and Rabbi Yossi will be speaking at 8pm. All are welcome!

More than 50 exciting, informative and helpful learning sessions FREE to anyone wishing to attend.  


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.


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.


Musical Shabbat Service and YLJ Graduation

Friday, June 1, 6:15 Service Begins

Join us for a musical Friday night service with Klezkonnection (Mourners Kaddish at end of services)  to celebrate Graduation Day for Year of Living Jewishly and Hebrews’Cool.

RSVP to join us for an Ace catered dinner to follow! $25 to celebrate and dine with us. 


Book Drive

A high school member of Beth Torah is running a book drive to help underprivileged children at the Wasaho Cree Nation School in Fort Severn. Please bring in children's books and place them into the box at Coat Check. Join us in helping this community by contributing to the book drive! 


Lost in Yonkers

Mazal Tov to Charles Altow, recently cast as Arty in Teatron’s production of Lost in Yonkers. Shows will run August 7-15, 2018, tickets can be purchased here: 1-855-985-2787 and

Beth Torah Poetry



By Sharron Elkouby, Poet in Residence, Beth Torah Congregation

Shavuoth 5778/2018
Cheesecake and blintzes with sour cream,
Shavuot’s a dairy-lover’s dream,
But before you nosh on your 4-cheese pizza,
Or partake in an ice-cream feast-a,
Take a moment to understand
The holiday’s meaning; it’s deep and it’s grand:
Thunder boomed, lightning lit up the sky
And awoke the people asleep nearby.
The mountaintop was obscured by a cloud
And a shofar’s blast was shrill and loud.
The people trembled with awe and fear,
Overcome with what was occurring here.
Then from mount Sinai a Voice was heard,
With holy wisdom in every word.
Words to cherish, a way of life
For a peaceful world and an end to strife.
It was their duty to hear and obey,
As it is for us, to this very day.
So stay up and study, keep learning all night
About the way to re-kindle the light;
Stay up and study, don’t sleep and don’t dream
There’s more to Shavuot than cheese and ice cream.
It’s a time for prayer and contemplation,
As well as a reason for great celebration.




- Friday, May 19thSaturday, May 25th 2018

5 Sivan—11 Sivan 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.



Elynne Hillary Goldkind, sister of Anna Miller on May 19, 2018

Monty Shulman, brother-in-law of Faye Kushnir on May 19, 2018

Harry Gurvey, father of Gayla Schwartz on May 19, 2018

Isaac Chapnick, father of Sid Chapnick on May 20, 2018

Roselle Abramowitz, mother of Naomi Cohen on May 20, 2018

Harry Levine, father of Lynda Castor on May 21, 2018

Aaron Kessler, father of Sam Kessler, father-in-law of Blanka Kessler on May 21, 2018

Toby Gerstein, mother of Samuel Gerstein on May 21, 2018

Doris Fleishman, mother of Rosalie Moscoe on May 21, 2018

Ziporah Markovitz, mother of Blanka Kessler on May 21, 2018

Betty Shulman, grandmother of Tamara Gilbert, Jason Gilbert, David Beron, and Robyn Beron on May 22, 2018

Samuel Cass, father-in-law of Jennie Cass on May 22, 2018

Inger Sherman, mother of Philip Sherman on May 23, 2018

Pamela , wife of Peter Fingold, sister of Gary Grundman on May 24, 2018Fingold

Dorothy Lieberman, mother of Rhoda Appelton on May 25, 2018

Jack Aronoff, father of Janet Aronoff on May 25, 2018



Wed, 23 May 2018 9 Sivan 5778