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Have You Joined a Shul Yet?

Shaar Shalom Countdown

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As most members and GTA synagogues are aware, the expiry date is November 30, 2017 to be eligible for the offers Shaar Shalom has arranged with these synagogues. We have been advising our membership periodically to approach shuls, speak to the leadership and make your decision. It is our hope that all or most of our membership will find new spiritual homes.

To this effect, many GTA shuls have held special events as orientations and opportunities to ask any questions you might have. You don’t have to wait for any of these special events. Feel free to drop in at a Kabbalat Shabbat, a Shabbat morning service or join one of the interest groups to see how the membership reacts to you and you to them.

We are approaching the summertime. Many people will be going on vacations, to summer homes but planning for the upcoming High Holidays has traditionally been the time when we re-enrolled in our shuls.

This countdown clock is a reminder of how many days you have until the offer expires. This has been an 18 month process and we are anxious to finalize the administration of Shaar Shalom, have a final audit and general meeting and surrender our charter, which will be done on or before June 30, 2018. So please keep this date in mind and join a shul sooner, rather than later.

Those who have made the choice have all been so pleased at how seamless we have made this process.  We, at Shaar Shalom, work with the folks in the other shul offices to manage the paperwork for you. You sign the form confirming you are joining a shul and we provide your shul profile to the new shul, saving you the stress of completing all the information about Hebrew names, dates, and yahrzeit dates.

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14th Annual Golf Tournament

Adath Israel Holds 14th Annual Golf Tournament May 16th, 2017

Golfers can almost smell the greens with snow subsiding and for those who love the comraderie and the competition, you may want to register for Adath Israel’s 14th Annual Golf Tournament! It will held on May 16, 2017 at 11:30 AM at Lebovic Golf Club . Proceeds of the tournament benefit Preserving Our Past & Building Our Future, Young Family Programming and Cemetery Restoration.

A delicious kosher Lunch & Dinner are included. Register by April 21, 2017.

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Meet Beit Rayim Leadership

Beit Rayim Holding Information Information Evening

This information evening offers Shaar Shalom members a more intimate setting to meet the clergy and lay leadership of Beit Rayim to listen to what their shul can offer and ask them questions directly. Milestones are approaching. Purchasing High Holiday tickets for next year and the deadline for the Shaar Shalom offer (November 30, 2017). Take this opportunity and find out if Beit Rayim could be your new spiritual home.

Call Today to RSVP. 

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To read Rabbi Chezi Zione’s letter to Shaar Shalom members, click here.

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Music and Magic

An Exceptional Evening of Music and Magic

Thursday, May 18th 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Enjoy a performance by Mike D’urzo, International Award Winning Magician. Jazz combo featuring the musical stylings of BEBY’s own talented young musicians. Take a peak at the Time Capsule. Drinks, food and good times!

Register by clicking on the image above.

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Carlebach Classic Gala Concert

Beth Tikvah Holds a Carlebach Classic Gala Concert

Beth Tikvah Synagogue is known for its musical prowess and this Carlebach Classic Gala Concert will highlight all its musical talents with its hazzan, Tibor Kovari along with the Beth Tikvah Choir, the Beth Tikvah Chamber Orchestra and will be conducted by Alexander Veprinskiy. The evening will be narrated by Rabbi Jarrod Grover.

Beth Tikvah_Carlebach Classic Gala ConcertTuesday, May 23rd, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Beth Tikvah Synagogue
Call the Beth Tikvah Office for Tickets 416-221-3433
$36 in advance; $40 at the door

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Jewish Hollywood Concert

100 Years of Jewish Hollywood

A Celebration of Your Favourite Movie Songs
and the Jewish Songwriters Who Wrote Them!

A one-night-only special event for Jewish Music Week!
Jewish songwriters have dominated the Best Song category at the Oscars since it was introduced in 1934. Now, join this celebration of all-time favourite movie songs and the Jewish songwriters who wrote them, performed by the powerhouse voices of Simon Spiro and special guest stars Jeff Madden, Elicia Mackenzie, Charles Davidson, Julia Barber and Briar Boake. Featuring the fabulous 24-piece Hollywood Orchestra, film clips and narration, this family-friendly show features everything from MGM classics to James Bond themes and Disney songs. It’s an event like none other, and a must-see for movie-goers and music-lovers of every generation!

This event is presented by the Song Shul and Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda as part of Jewish Music Week!

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Beth Emeth Shabbatini

Shabbatini & Kabbalat Shabbat

at Beth Emeth – May 26, 2017 6:00PM

Join us for a Shabbatini at 6:00 PM
Martini Bar • Harvest Table.
Fun for the whole family! Kiddie Mocktails.


followed by a Kabbalat Shabbat Celebration
led by Cantor David Guber.
Services at 7:00 pm.

Sponsored by The Music & Membership Committees.
No Charge. RSVP required by
Wednesday, May 23, 2017
Call Tanya Werger (416) 633-3838 ext. 288

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Norm Zinman, one of Shaar Shalom’s Board Members, has written a letter specifically to those who are still looking for a spiritual home, offering his personal experiences at Beth Emeth and that of many others who have joined. He personally invites you to attend the Shabbatini and to experience the warm reception yourself.

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We’re Having a Reunion

Category : Invitations , News

Psst! Tell All Your Shaar Shalom Friends!!

All Shaar Shalom Members, Current and Past, Are Invited to the Shaar Shalom Reunion

Shaar Shalom Reunion

Some Shaar Shalom members think it would be a great idea to have a reunion!! Anyone who was a member as of June 30, 2016, even if they have joined another shul, is still considered a Shaar Shalom member. All members are invited to this free event so generously sponsored by Beth David Synagogue, with our committee’s thanks.

invite a friendOur current members are our link to past members. We would ask you to consider forwarding this email ONLY to those of your friends who were members of Shaar Shalom in the past, and invite them to attend this social event. You’ll have the opportunity to see people you may not have seen in a long time. To facilitate this, we have added a button at the bottom of this email to forward the invitation.

  1. This is a casual event on Sunday evening, June 11th, 2017 at 6:00 PM.
  2. It will be held at Beth David Synagogue, 55 Yeomans Road (south of Sheppard and west of Bathurst).
  3. There will be a barbecue dinner, musical entertainment and other surprises.
  4. Admission is free.

Each of you is a VIP guest. Your attendance will make this event a success. To ensure there is sufficient number of dinners and any special dietary requirements, pre-registration is required. The deadline for registration is Thursday, June 1st.

To register, either click on the flyer above or on this link: https://events.blackbirdrsvp.com/shaar-shalom-reunion and register before June 1st.

To print the flyer, click here. Flyer will open in Adobe Reader from which you can print the invitation.

We look forward to seeing everyone there.
Linda Friedman, Chair
on behalf of The Shaar Shalom Reunion Committee

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Synagogues in Germany

International Exhibition at the Paul H. Cocker Gallery, Ryerson University

March 16 – April 21, 2017
Paul H. Cocker Gallery, Ryerson University
325 Church St, Toronto, ON

Synagogues in Germany CatalogueCurrently on the Canadian leg of a major international tour, this large and interactive multimedia exhibition from Germany has made its way to Toronto following a show at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg.

The work represented in this exhibition began following the 1994 firebombing of a Lübeck synagogue, the first attack on a Jewish house of worship in Germany since 1945. Architectural research at Darmstadt Technical University has resulted in elaborate 3D digital reconstructions of more than 25 of over 1000 synagogues destroyed on Kristallnacht. Visitors can explore a selection of these digital models from one of the ten different computer workstations on which they are installed. Along with associated placards, photographs, text panels, books, and three documentary films, these reconstructions speak to the nature and significance of cultural loss as an instrument of genocide. They also visually document the extraordinary architectural variety and historical importance of the buildings destroyed by the Nazis, and in so doing contribute to commemorative work ongoing in the wake of the Holocaust by providing a source for reflection on what the historical destruction of Jewish culture means today. 

The exhibition will be open weekly: 

Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Extended or alternative hours for group visits can also be arranged. Admission is free. 

The exhibition and related programming have been made possible thanks to the generous assistance of the Federal Republic of Germany / the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa), the German Consulate General – Toronto, Ryerson University, the University of Manitoba, and the Paul H. Cocker Gallery.

For more information and more images, including information about how to arrange group visits, please contact the communications and archive specialist: alexandra.berceanu@ryerson.ca.

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Re-Dedicating Cayne Family Chapel

A New Beginning for the Cayne Family Chapel

On Thursday March 24th, 2017, the Pride of Israel Synagogue held a re-dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the Cayne Family Chapel, which was moved from Shaar Shalom Synagogue to Pride of Israel.

Guests from both the Pride of Israel and those who were former members of Shaar Shalom Synagogue filled the anteroom of the Cayne Family Chapel. The ceremony began with remarks from the Chairman of Pride of Israel, Carl Zeliger, past president, Steve Bloom, the original Cayne Dedication plaque was read by Michele Axelrod before Jerry Cayne officially cut the ribbon. Current President of Shaar Shalom, Barry Barnes made a short but poignant speech to say this is a bittersweet occasion where it is sad to know that one synagogue had to close, a painful thing for many of the Shaar Shalom members, but that it is gratifying to know that this intimate place of worship will continue to exist at Pride of Israel.

Before the guests entered the chapel, Rabbi Sean Gorman read a blessing in Hebrew and English on this special occasion and Cantor Charles Weinberg sang a blessing and the Shehechayanu, to which the guests joined in song.

Guests then filled the chapel to experience the first Ma’ariv minyan after the dedication, which Mark Wallach deftly led. Once the service was completed, light refreshments were served and people milled around to chat and socialize.

This was a well-attended event and a touching ceremony. Jeff Rosen, a previous member of Shaar Shalom and a current member of Pride of Israel, as well as a previous editor for the CJN was kind enough to provide Shaar Shalom with a gallery of pictures recording the event, for those who could not make it. These images are copyrighted and are not to be used without his sole permission. Contact him directly at jelijo@sympatico.ca.