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You can share your memoirs of the Beach Hebrew Institute. Email them ereh.


Bat Mitzvah Memoir October 1978

by: Frances Yalonetsky

"My daughter Tanya Yalonetsky request that her Bat Mitzvah be held at her Zaidy's synagogue. It became a challenging request. It was 1978, the stove in the kitchen had not been turned on for many years. I hired a caterer who had been a cook in the army. I had…" [read more]


Leo Schachter Memoir

by: Sheldon Schachter

Leo Schachter emigrated from Poland to Canada by ship in 1927 at the age of 15. He started a clothing store on Queen St. E. near Coxwell Ave. and in 1957 switched synagogues to the Beach Hebrew Institute. [read more]


A Special Memory

by: Frances Yalonetsky

"My mother Sara Schachter was given the honour of being the first woman to carry the Torah at the Beach Synagogue. She was extremely proud. Unfortunately I cannot remember the year."


Memoir of Beach Hebrew Institute in the 1930s

by: Benson Orenstein

"About 1932-3, our family faced an open anti-Semitic experience as the Nazi movement in Germany spread to the Beaches in Toronto. We were living in a duplex managed by Price Brothers Realty. We were issued a notice of eviction for our rental home on Wineva Avenue." [read more]


MEMOIR OF THE BEACH SYNAGOGUE

by: David Zand

"I had my bar mitzvah in the synagogue in 1945, I still have the book which I was given. The Kiddush was in the basement where there was still an earthen floor. The sisterhood brought sweets and the whole congregation was invited. The evening celebration…" [read more]

MEMOIR OF 35 YEARS AT THE BEACH SYNAGOGUE

by: DALIA DAY

"Over 35 years ago, my family was invited to join the congregation by my Uncle Sam Day who owned a grocery store at Queen and Woodbine. Membership had dropped so that often there were not enough men for a minyan.There was talk of selling the building and…" [read more]