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Beth Torah Remembers. Hear it Now. 

Dear Congregation and Friends,

This past week was bittersweet. While we celebrated five B'nai Mitzvah at our synagogue, these simchas provided five opportunities to remember the victims of the Pittsburgh Massacre.

It was on Shabbat morning that almost 600 congregants came together for an extraordinarily moving memorial service. We were honoured by the presence of Marco Mendocino our local Member of Parliament and Mike Colle our city councillor on our Bimah along with our Executive and Past Presidents.

Our President Andrew Weisberg invoked the deeply moving missing Torah formation ceremony that evoked the sense of loss we all felt, as well as poignant readings and music.

We are able to share that service with you in its entirety, please find links below to the various readings, liturgical music and the sermon that were shared.

You will also note that it was Harley Malamed’s  Bar Mitzvah day, and the sermon ends on a high note declaring the spirit of youth and determination to be what reminds us of our primary objective, “not by might nor by power but by my spirit, says the Lord”, a quote from the prophet Zechariah. We concluded our memorial with a heartfelt rendition of Siman Tov u'Mazel Tov!

We are grateful to the Malamed family for sharing their very special day with us, it was truly memorable and we are all proud to be part of this community.

On Sunday night, we shared in one of the most complex theological and philosophical conversations about faith during the Holocaust. Hosted by the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre as part of Holocaust Education Week, Professor James Diamond shared some sermons drafted during the war reflecting an intellectual audacity, creativity, and erudition, combined with an absolute refusal to sugarcoat the horrors of the events that produced them, to a rapt audience.

Read more about Professor Diamond's brilliant work and the buried sermons of the Warsaw Ghetto Rabbi.






Wed, 27 May 2020 4 Sivan 5780