Beth Torah Congregation

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Shabbat Behukotai 

Rabbi Yossi Sapirman

Cantor David Young

President: Harold Wolkin

Executive Director: Nicole Toledano

May 21, 2011

17 Iyar, 5771

Candles: 8:22 PM 

Shabbat Ends: 9:26 PM 

In This Issue
Shabbat Services
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Meetings
Mazal Tov
Yahrzeit List
Usher Volunteers Needed
Shabbat at Algonquin Park
BT Softball League
Community Events / Information

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Kiddush Sponsors 


A special thank you to the Fiksel Family who are sponsoring our Congregational Kiddush this morning in memory of Esther Fiksel whose yahrzeit was commemorated on May 20th and in memory of Herbert Chikofsky whose yahrzeit was commemorated on April 29th.

In the event of a death in the family, please notify our Lifecycle Coordinator at (416) 782.4495 x 21 or during regular office hours or contact our emergency cell at

(416) 410-6504.

Office Hours   


Monday - Thursday

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM 


8:30 AM - 1:00 PM 

Funds & Donations 2011


You can dedicate this Shabbat Newsletter in memory or in honour of a person or event $132


Sponsor a Congregational Kiddush on Saturday to honour your loved ones $435


Sponsor a Family Shabbat on a Friday evening $435


Sponsor a Sunday Minyan Breakfast $150


Send a card to a friend in honour or in memory

$10, $18 or $36


Donate a Siddur $54

or a Chummash $72


Sponsor or Co-sponsor our Annual Festival Events $100 or $500


Choir Fund - make a donation


Call Shul Office for details: (416) 782-4495 x 21

Haftorah Notice


If you are interested in reading the Haftorah on a Shabbat morning, please give our Gabbai, Mark Krantzberg a call at  

(416) 782-9132

or email

Beth Torah Congregation Purim Carnival 2011 Photographers: 


Augustus Amul and Peter Ancho


(416) 648-9599

(416) 436-2614 

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Shabbat Services

 Shabbat Services begin at 8:45 AM.

Bar Mitzvah of Benjamin Codas today in the  

Rose and Morris Glick Family Sanctuary.


Naomi Lefkowitz & Shael Simon Baby-Naming services today in the  

Rose and Morris Glick Family Sanctuary.


After Services:

The Codas family & guests are invited to the Milton Turkienicz Social Hall.  

The rest of the congregation is invited to the Sisterhood Hall. 


Kiddush Donors: 

Our thank you to the following families for their generous donations to our  

Congregational Kiddush fund:

         The Rosen/Codas family in honour of Benjamin

         The Wilder/Karabus family in honour of Molly

         The Caplan/Freedman family in honour of Zachary

         The Spivak/Goldberg family in honour of Rebecca

         The Lefkowitz/Simon family in honour of Tessa Jane

         Brent & Sharon Weiser in honour of their son David's 18th birthday and  

best wishes to Howie Kamen on his Birthday


Babysitting Services:

Babysitting services are available today in the lower level from 9:30 AM until services end.


Sunday Minyan:

Sunday Minyan service at 8:45 AM in The Wolkin Family Chapel - light breakfast to follow. 

Upcoming Events
Breakfast to Meet the Disabled Veterans of Israel

Sunday, June 12th at 7:30 AM 

To RSVP your attendance, please call Arwen at Beth Torah at (416) 782-4495 x 41 or email

Rabbi Yossi's 13th Anniversary at Beth Torah

November 4 - 6, 2011 

Celebrations for the Rabbi Yossi's 13th Anniversary at Beth Torah will be held from Friday, November 4th to Sunday, November 6th. Please hold those dates in your calendar. The celebrations include a special Friday night service for the community and a Gala on Sunday evening.
Upcoming Meetings 

Catering Committee                                                                May 24 at 7:00 PM

Programming Committee                                                        May 26 at 7:30 PM

Canadian Council of Conservative Synagogues Meeting        June 2 at 7:00 PM

Mazal Tov

Mazal Tov to Benjamin Codas, who is celebrating his Bar Mitzvah this morning; to his parents Stephen Codas & Robyn Rosen Codas; to his sister Rebecca; to his grandparents, David & Eleanor Codas and Hascal & Sandy Rosen.

Mazal Tov to Molly Wilder-Karabus, who celebrated her Bat Mitzvah on Friday May 20th; to her parents Sheri Wilder & Antony Karabus; to her sister Rachel; to her grandparents Erika Karabus and Joe Wilder.


Mazal Tov to Zachary Freedman, who is celebrating his Bar Mitzvah this evening; to his parents David Freedman & Shari Caplan; to his brothers Ryan & Logan; to his grandparents, Frances Schanfield, Allan Freedman & Mel Caplan and to great grandfather Michael Avrith.


Mazal Tov to Rebecca Goldberg who will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on Thursday, May 26th; to her parents Laurence Goldberg & Diane Spivak; to her brothers Jonathan & Michael; toher grandparents Elaine & Percy Goldberg and Mira Spivak.


Mazal Tov to Naomi Lefkowitz & Shael Simon on the occasion of their daughter's baby naming today. Tessa Jane has been given the Hebrew name of Maya Tamah. Mazal Tov to her siblings Lily and Judah and to grandparents Joe & Sheila Lefkowitz and Manny & Debbi Simon.


Mazal Tov to Margot Bychutsky & Isaac Elfaks on their recent engagement and to the proud parents Vadim Bychutsky & Rachael Turkienicz and Albert & Leni Elfaks.


Mazal Tov to Helen Yermus on being one of the 19 Holocaust survivors honoured at Queen's Park on May 19th, 2011. The ceremony was attended by Amir Gissin, Fran Sonshine; Monte Kwinter (MPP York Centre), Dr. Eric Hoskins (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) and Premier Dalton McGuinty.

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Wedding Anniversaries   


Gregory Milavsky & Andrea Adler Milavsky         May 23

Simon & Brenda Benattar                                         May 24

Robert Wasserman & Jacqueline Shinfield          May 24

Stephen & Yasmin Klein                                           May 25

Paul & Shelley Tushinski                                          May 26

Julius & Leiba Long                                                   May 27

Brent Weiser & Sharon Katz Weiser                       May 27


We extend our sincere condolences to Francine Frankel and family on the loss of her brother, Jeffrey Gold. May you know no more sorrow.

Yahrzeit List
Yahrzeit Candle

Yahrzeit List

From May 14 - 20, 2011 (Iyar 10 - 16, 5771)


Name                                              Observed on


David Berger                                Monday, May 23      

      Observing this yahrzeit            Relationship

      Berger, Billy                              father


Bessie Chapnick                         Saturday, May 21    

      Observing this yahrzeit            Relationship

      Chapnick, Sid                            mother


Klara Engelhardt                          Sunday, May 22       

      Observing this yahrzeit            Relationship

      Devenyi, Hertha                        mother


Maurice Genesove                     Wednesday, May 25  

      Observing this yahrzeit            Relationship

      Genesove, Celia                       father-in-law


Karen Hefner                               Thursday, May 26   

      Observing this yahrzeit            Relationship

      Hefner, Anna Gusta                  daughter-in-law

      Hefner, Glenn                            mother


Lucian Hoffnung                          Monday, May 23      

      Observing this yahrzeit            Relationship

      Rubinger, Deborah                   father


Josef Jarcaig                               Sunday, May 22       

      Observing this yahrzeit            Relationship

      Dodick, Helen                           father


Julius Karpati                               Monday, May 23      

      Observing this yahrzeit            Relationship

      Karpati, Leslie                           father


Nathan Lemberg                         Sunday, May 22       

      Observing this yahrzeit            Relationship

      Lemberg, Ben                           father


Allen Lewis                                  Monday, May 23      

      Observing this yahrzeit            Relationship

      Lurie, Elaine                              father


Goldie Rotman                             Saturday, May 21    

      Observing this yahrzeit            Relationship

      Cass, Jennie                             mother


Sophie Tenhouse                       Thursday, May 26   

      Observing this yahrzeit            Relationship

      Tenhouse, Sharron                   mother-in-law


Chaim Vechsler                          Thursday, May 26   

      Observing this yahrzeit            Relationship

      Adler, Marcia                            father


Ben Walton                                   Monday, May 23      

      Observing this yahrzeit            Relationship

      Walton, Howard                        father


Martyn Wolfman                          Monday, May 23      

      Observing this yahrzeit            Relationship

      Sirot, Norma                              brother

* If a Yahrzeit which you are commemorating today is not listed here or if there is a Yahrzeit in your immediate family which you would like to have listed, please call Norma at (416) 782-4495 x 21.

Usher Volunteers Needed!


Interested in making new friends?  Looking for ways to serve Beth Torah?  USHER.


We're looking for volunteer ushers to assist during Shabbat and Festival / Holiday services.  Ushers welcome all congregants and make them feel comfortable during services.  If you're young or young-at-heart, a new or long-standing member, a family or single, ushering is a great way to meet new people and perform an important mitzvah.  Greet members and visitors with a warm 'Shabbat Shalom' and make newcomers feel welcome.  Email Steve Klein at for more information or call (416) 782-4495 x 41 and let Arwen Long, Executive Assistant for Rabbi Yossi Sapirman know of your interest. Toda.



Beth Torah Shabbat at Algonquin Park 


"Whitefish Lake"

Thursday to Sunday

August 18-21, 2011


Arrive on Thursday or Friday afternoon and set up camp.

(we can help you)



* nature hikes * canoeing (bring your own or rent

there) * swimming * bike riding (bring your own or

rent there) * fishing * photography * BBQ * just

relaxing with great company



*A unique Friday night Shabbat campfire.

* Shabbat morning services in the wild followed by a delicious Kiddush lunch

* An amazing and spectacular havdalah party!

* Bar and Barista available for those over 18!


Accommodation and Supplies:

* Sleep in a tent or stay at a nearby lodge


Your registration fee includes campsite and car parking fees, firewood and ice, Shabbat Kiddush deli lunch and Havdalah snacks. You supply all other meals (Kosher only) during the weekend including any beer, wine, liquor.We can help if you need a suggested list of food and camping supplies.


For more information, please contact Jeremy Alter at (416) 783-7393.

 RSVP:  or (416) 782-4495 x 41.


Members: Adults (18 & over) $60 Children (5 to 17) $30

Non Members: Adults (18 & over) $75 Children (5 to 17) $35

Under 5 years-free



 2011 Inter-Synagogue Softball League 




Playing schedule for the season:


Date                                     Team Playing                               Location


June 26                                Beth Tzedec                                  Bayview Res.

July 10                                 Temple Emanu EI                             Harding Park

July 17                                  Pride of Israel                                Harding Park

July 24                                  Beth David                                     Rich. Green #6

August 7                              Temple Har Zion                             Crosby

August 14                            Beit Ravim                                      Grandview


* All games begin at 9:00 AM

Community Events / Information

"The Insider"   

News and Events from the Miles Nadal JCC.


Photo Exhibits, Israeli Theatre, New Camps at the MNjcc...


Click here for more information.



Family Challenge

Join us on Sunday, May 29th for the UJA Walk With Israel Family Challenge.


The ultimate family project, the Family Challenge will bring your family and friends together for a fun, important and unforgettable event.


For more information, please visit 




Yard Sale for the Homeless

Host a yard sale at your home on June 5th.


Then donate your proceeds to Ve'ahavta: the Canadian Jewish Humanitarian & Relief Committee, where your generous donations go directly to assisting the homeless in our community.


For more information, please visit:  (Current Events)




Israel Day Festival

Na'amat Canada Toronto presents 16th Annual Israel Day Festival on

Sunday, June 5th  at Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge Street,

11:00 AM  - 6:00 PM.


For more information, please call (416) 636-5425 or visit




Zareinu Moveathon Festival 

June 12th at Downsview Park (Walk and Run)


June 26th at Bishop Reding High School, Milton (Ride) 


To register, please go to, or call (416) 661-1800.



Aid to Disabled Veterans of Israel (September 8-20)   

Join Toby and Saul Feldberg on an exclusive Beit Halochem Canada mission: Israel Historic, heroic and home, on September 8-20, 2011. For more information, please click here.



TopBunk Jewish Summer Camp 


Give your children the gift of Jewish summer camp! Get 1 Top Bunk certificate in the amount of $1,250. For more information on the camp and how to get your certificate, please click here.



Shalom Hartman Institute - Sun Valley Retreat  

A Festival of Jewish Ideas. Shalom Hartman Institute - Sun Valley Study Retreat - July 31-August 3, 2011.  Please visit us for more information.



One Family Fund - Cross Israel Hike

Ein Gedi Hike October 29 - November 3, 2011.

For more information, please click here.


Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom!


SmileLego  Sincerely,

Dmitri Sobolev

Communications Coordinator

Beth Torah Congregation