Beth Tzedec Synagogue

In 1955 two historic Jewish synagogues amalgamated to form the Beth Tzedec Congregation - Goel Tzedec and Beth HaMidrash. They hired the architect Peter Dickson to design the new temple. Mr. Dickson had arrived in Toronto 5 years earlier from England, designed other famous Toronto buildings like the O'Keefe Centre, the Benvenuto Place apartments, the original Inn on the Park, and five towers in Regent Park. He died of cancer in 1961.

With about 6,000 members, it is now the largest Conservative Jewish congregation in North America.

The last Goel Tzedec synagogue was opened on Feb 3rd, 1907 on the west side of University near Queen St. West just north of the armories, and was demolished in the 1950s.

 
 

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1924 Historic photo from Sunday, July 27, 1924 - Goel Tzedec Synagogue, University Ave., South of Agnes St. in Grange ParkGoel Tzedec Synagogue, University Ave., South of Agnes St.
93 years ago - Grange Park - Sunday, July 27, 1924
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1951 Historic photo from 1951 - Sign announcing the site of the new Goel Tzedec Synagogue (eventually renamed Beth Tzedec Synagogue) in Forest HillSign announcing the site of the new Goel Tzedec Synagogue (eventually renamed Beth Tzedec Synagogue)
66 years ago - Forest Hill - 1951
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1954 Historic photo from 1954 - Beth Tzedec Synagogue under construction in Forest HillBeth Tzedec Synagogue under construction
63 years ago - Forest Hill - 1954
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1955 Historic photo from 1955 - Beth Tzedec Synagogue under construction - designed by Peter Dickson in Forest HillBeth Tzedec Synagogue under construction - designed by Peter Dickson
62 years ago - Forest Hill - 1955
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1988 Historic photo from Friday, December 2, 1988 - Lighting the Chanukah lights: While teacher Cheryl Needleman and classmates watch; Zoey Fiksel and Daniel Thorke; both 6; light the menorah at Beth Tzedec  in Forest HillLighting the Chanukah lights: While teacher Cheryl Needleman and classmates watch; Zoey Fiksel and Daniel Thorke; both 6; light the menorah at Beth Tzedec
29 years ago - Forest Hill - Friday, December 2, 1988
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)