Beth David Congregation amalgamated with B’nai Israel Congregation in 1960 and with Beth Am Congregation in 1977, resulting in one of the most dynamic Egalitarian Conservative congregations in Toronto. Each of the three congregations that make up Beth David B'nai Israel Beth Am today began in a similar fashion, with a desire to provide a place of worship, study and gathering for a group of young people new to an area where none of this existed. Services began in private homes, in stores, and eventually in permanent homes and then synagogue edifices.
Beth David exists to develop and preserve Jewish traditions from generation to generation. In accordance with this mission we serve the Jewish community of the Greater Toronto Area, including members and non-members, by addressing their spiritual, social and educational needs. We do this by providing a variety of opportunities for religious observance, educational and social programming for children, youth and adults, and venues for life cycle events and celebrations of our faith and traditions.
Beth David B'nai Israel Beth Am upholds the principles of Conservative Judaism:
- Jewish spiritual growth
- Education and learning
- Spiritual inclusiveness
- Social inclusiveness
- Anticipating the needs of members
- Stimulating Volunteerism
Our Vision of Tomorrow
In order to preserve and develop Jewish traditions, we must become a synagogue that makes things happen. We will provide critical leadership in religious observance, Jewish education and community social and political action.
Beth David will be an exciting place participate, learn and grow – a place where warmth, caring and the joy of being Jewish together, blend with tradition, ritual and spiritual development to produce something unique. These are fundamental driving forces that influence the decisions we make, and define the character of our organization.