Special Events

Social Action Retreat June 2-4, 2017See our calendar for scheduled services.

Coming Soon

Progressive Dinner 2017

Our successful fundraising event of 2016 will take place again in June 2017.  More details will be available shortly.  Please set aside Saturday June 10th for the Progressive dinner and fundraiser.  Please contact Ron or Howard if you are interested.

Minyon Service - Summer 2017

We are looking for 2-4 young adults to run the Minyon service during the summer.  Please contact Howard if you are interested.

Past Events

Camp George talk with Len from the URJ

Saturday, March 25th,  Len represented Camp George at BSVT to present some of the features of Camp George that people may not be aware of.

He presented the benefits of Jewish camp for kids (which I can personally say is an awesome experience my kids still remember) and discussed the Social Justice Weekend at the camp on June 2-4. An excellent opportunity for adults to go to camp and enjoy life the way the kids do.  Click here to see the poster. 

Camp George is a URJ sponsored camp giving them resources not available to some of the smaller camps.  In addition to all the regular camp activities, George offers a immersive Jewish experience that helps kids learn about Judaism in a way that generally isn't possible in Durham. These are experiences that will last them a lifetime.

There was lots of questions and conversation.  Those with camp experience want the weekend to come sooner than later.  At the end of services, we sang a Camp George rendition of a closing prayer to put everyone in a festive mood for the Oneg sponsored by Elliott and  Barbara in honour of the twins third birthdays.  Happy Birthday M&M.

Purim Party – Saturday, March 11th

B’nai Shalom V’Tikvah held a Purim party on the evening of March 11th in Whitby. The adult costume party was an excellent time with Harpo, Thing one and Thing 2, The king and his flapper girl, the Fox and a host of many other characters.  We had a Play-off with two Shpiel teams competing against each other.  Each team out trumped the other and the laughing was riotous and alternatively factual.  The food (an essential part of every BSVT event) was plentiful and delicious.  We are definitely looking forward to next years "Perm" Party.

Hebrew School Purim Party – Sunday, March 5

For all those young congregants (or those who are young at heart) the Hebrew school will be holding a Pre-Purim party at Beth Zion Synagogue on Sunday, March 5th beginning at 10:00 a.m.

(Hebrew school classes will begin at 9:30 a.m). If you plan to attend the party you should be planning your costume now!

(Reminder that there will be no Hebrew school on Sunday, March 12th but there will be a Purim service at Beth Zion Synagogue.)

Hamantashen and Mishloach Manot - Saturday, March 4, 2017

On March 4thBSVT will celebrate Shabbat with Rabbi Steinberg. (Purim the 14thof Adar falls on begins at sunset March 11th.)

The Board of our congregation is sponsoring a hamantashen baking contest.

Congregants are urged to proclaim their intention for entering the contest by contacting Vivian, Brian, Joanie or Ron by Tuesday, February 28th.

Our hope is that we shall have sufficient hamantashen to complement our kiddish and extras to create some Mishloach Manot baskets to give to congregants who are unable to attend the service. Therefore the Shabbat service will definitely have a Purim “flavour”.

Our special guest speaker is Rabbi Cory Weiss.  From the website of Temple Har Zion.

Rabbi Cory Weiss

rabbiBefore coming to Temple Har Zion in 2006, Rabbi Cory Weiss served as Rabbi of Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek in Chester, Connecticut from 1999 to 2005, contributing to the growth of the community and the building of a new synagogue. Prior to Beth Shalom, he was the Associate Rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel in West Hartford, Connecticut. Rabbi Weiss received his ordination at the New York campus of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1993. He earned his M.A. in Hebrew Literature at HUC-JIR's Jerusalem and Los Angeles campuses. He received his Bachelor of Music degree with distinction in 1986 from the University of Michigan, where he studied French Horn, composition, and Judaic Studies.

Rabbi Weiss is a member of the Reform Rabbis of Greater Toronto, the Toronto Board of Rabbis, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and the Greater Toronto Interfaith Curling Club. He currently serves on the National Board of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and the Jewish National Fund of Toronto. Rabbi Weiss has also served on the faculty of URJ Camps George, Eisner and Crane Lake. Rabbi Weiss lives in Thornhill with his wife Karen, who is a professional Jewish Educator, and their sons Michael and Jacob.

Dr. Zola  Golden Threads:  Linking the Generations

Golden Threads Linking the Generations: North American Jews and their Ethical Wills.  Presented by Dr. Gary P. Zola

From their earliest days on the North American continent, Jews have written ethical wills which were intended to convey their moral legacies. What were the ideals that one generation sought to bequeath to the next? Dr. Gary P. Zola will bring us a selection of remarkable ethical wills that were written by Jews who lived in the United States and Canada. He will guide us through these interesting documents and help us to explore their moving contents. Finally, we will be considering the moral lessons that we ourselves would want to bequeath to the next generation.

Dr. Gary Zola is the Executive Director, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives and the Edward M. Ackerman Family Distinguished Professor and the American Jewish Experience & Reform Jewish History at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He received both his rabbinic ordination (1982) and his Ph.D. in American Jewish History (1991) from HUC-JIR. Dr. Zola has authored and edited numerous publications.

Comment: We couldn't have picked a worse night to have our wonderful guest come from Cincinnati to present to BSVT.  The only snow storm since January 1st ended up keeping away the crowds from seeing a wonderfully entertaining and informative speaker.  Dr. Zola spoke and showed examples of letters that Jews of the past left to their children. These deep and heartfelt letters were only seen after their deaths so there is no explanations and we have to make our own assumptions from reading them.  It was interesting to me to hear the different impressions the crowd had in these interactive discussions.  Dr. Zola brought 7 examples of letters of influential Jews of the early formation of Judaism in Canada and the States.  They ranged from quite blunt to very heartfelt  but they all had a deep sincerity in them to encourage their children to continue to identify as Jewish even though that may have been difficult for them. 

Link to one of the letters that Dr. Zola provided.

Below is a link to the Snapd Ajax page for this presentation. 


Curling Challenge

B'nai Shalom V'Tikvah recently challenged Temple Sinai in Curling.  Little did they suspect that along with a few very powerful curlers, the majority of us have yet to learn the finer details of the game (such as standing up, sweeping and who's team am I actually on).   That aside, it was a very fun evening and all 14 BSVTers and 4 Temple Sinai expert curlers shared a few laughs as well as a couple of bruises. 

Click here for pictures of the Curling Challenge 2017

Mizzuzah's in Motion

We installed our 4th Mizzuzah the week of February 6th.  The house of Hartley, Pauline and Ben now has a wonderful and symbolic treasure adorning their front door.  Mazel Tov to them all.

Channukah Toy Drive

Beginning in December, B’nai Shalom V’Tikvah will be accepting new unwrapped toys or gift cards from major retailers to donate to the Jewish Family and Child Service / National Council of Jewish Women-Toronto Chapter Hanukkah Toy Drive. (Monetary donations made out to the National Council of Jewish Women-Toronto Chapter are also gladly accepted.) In past years the overwhelming support by our congregation has produced cartons of gifts for needy Jewish children.

Gifts can be brought to services on Shabbat, December 3rd or on Sundays to Hebrew School at Beth Zion Synagogue. Please help keep up a B’nai Shalom V’Tikvah tradition of our huge generosity despite our small numbers.

Wishing you and yours a Hanukkah filled with the glow of lights and the nearness of family and friends.  חג שמח      

The Latke Challenge

The annual Latke Challenge continues with the pressure increasing on all the competitors to ramp it up.  Olivia, last years winner, has her hopes set on a claiming her tiara once again.  But the competitors are out there with deep fried hopes of succulent success of their own.  The Jew-maican patties were a hit last year, even while working without the advantages of a working mixer.  Will Olivia be up to the challenge this year?  Only time will tell.  

The year we also have a channukah debate planned.  Which is the real meaning of Channukah, Latkes or Hamentashen?  Ron will be leading a debate to finally settle the score once and for all.  Music will be lead by Roz and I suspect bubbie may try to make an appearance, but at her age, she may forget.

Put on your largest pair of pants and drop on by. 

Mizzuzahs in Motion  

We have had two Mizzuzah events so far.  If you want to host a get together where we hang a Mizzuzah on your door posts, just ask any board member.

The BSVT Progressive Dinner and Fund Raiser

This was one of the best events we have had.  Congregants went from house to house  to house (well a Condo) and shared food, Jewpardy and prayer along with a lot of singing.  The Auction went off wonderfully with Ron winning the majority of the items on the board.  When Ron wants something, Ron gets it.  We made a wonderful return on our investment to help BSVT for the following year.  Thanks to Ron, Brian, Beryl, Wenda, and Vivian for all their work. 

Yom Hasoah Service Sunday May 1st

Members of BSVT and Beth Zion synagogues remembered the holocaust with guest speakers, prayers and candle lighting.  A wonderful turn out for a very special event that left many people moved and emotionally strengthened listening to the story of one ladies triumph in her struggle to survive.

The BSVT Community Second Seder: Saturday April 23rd 2016

61 members of BSVT, World Religion Day and St. Paul's United Church gathered for a traditional Jewish Seder to celebrate Passover.  The event was a huge hit with the eloquent reading of John Stocker and put luck food provided by the attendees.  Everyone has a delicious and fulfilling evening with family and friends.  

The BSVT Community Second Seder: Saturday April 4th 2015

Join with members of BSVT, World Religion Day and St. Paul's United Church for a traditional Jewish Seder to celebrate Passover.  The event is free to BSVT members and open to those who have called in and received an invitation for a minimal donation to cover the cost of the food.  For more information, contact 905.428.2580 and leave a message.  

Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 BSVT's largest AGM in recent memory saw the significant discussion relating to the format of the board.  Members are elected to sit as a Director on the Board.  The board then selects the positions of those elected. 

UJA's Walk with Israel

Sunday, May 25th, 2014 – Join Jewish Toronto as we Walk with Israel

Join us this year as we fund-raise and walk in support of the Jewish state.

Register today at: www.walkwithisrael.com

Need help registering? Contact the Walk Hotline at: 416.631.5700, or email us at info@walkwithisrael.com.

Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday May 25th!


BSVT's 20th Anniversary Party!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

 Our 20th Anniversary Celebration was held at The Kinsmen Heritage Centre of Ajax.

Food Fun and Friends.  How very BSVT of us.  We celebrated 20 years with an outstanding party of 110 people (who finished 118 meals?) who came and enjoyed the first ZAIDIE Awards ceremony.  Members received their own copy of "Songs from the Whole of my Heart".  A CD of 47 prayers and songs that we sing in our congregational services.   The Mediterranean food was superb and the servers were delightful and helpful.  There was a photo show illustrating our 20 year history and past presidents received the Presidential Version of the B'nai Shalom v'Tikvah Book of Memories for their dedication of time and effort for BSVT.   Beryl did a fantastic job organizing the night and making sure everything that needed to happen, did. 
Looking forward to the 25th.  Plans are already in the works.......

Worlds Largest Dreidel  

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BSVT and Trillium Foundation Event  March 3, 2014

Organ and Tissue Donation: Saving Lives Through You

50 guests listened to a variety of
speakers including Rabbi Bulka- the Chair of Trillium Gift of Life, MPP Joe Dickson Ajax/Pickering, CEO of Trillium Gift of Life, Ronnie Gavsie and others, including our personal friends and BSVT members as they shared their personal story and how all of their lives were transformed.  We also heard about the Jewish perspective on organ donation and how it is the greatest mitzvah one can perform.  If you would like more information, visit BeADonor.ca