FAQ - Beth Avraham Yoseph of Toronto
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Where is the BAYT?
Who are the Rabbi and Rebbetzen?
We are fortunate to have a wonderful, energetic and inspiring couple, Rabbi Daniel Korobkin and Karen Korobkin. The Korobkins joined our kehilla in August 2011 following the retirement of our founding Rav and now Rabbi Emeritus, Rabbi Baruch Taub.
When does the Rav give his drasha on Shabbos morning?
On a typical Shabbos morning, the Rav gives his speech after Mussaf in the Main Shul which is usually around 11:00 a.m. This timing of the drasha allows those who attend other minyanim at the BAYT to hear the rabbi speak after they have finished their davening in another part of the synagogue.
What's the BAYT's Hashkafa (outlook)?
The BAYT is a unique Orthodox Zionist shul that encompasses and nurtures a wide and diverse range of approaches to Orthodoxy, from Modern Orthodox to "Yeshivish" to Chassidic (and everything in between). First and foremost, we are all BAYT members. More important than our individual differences is a commitment to co-existence, mutual tolerance and respect, communal needs and to each other as a learning, growing and caring kehilla. Whatever your personal flavour of Orthodoxy, or whether you just want to grow in your yiddishkeit, you'll find a comfortable home at BAYT. We daven Nusach Ashkenaz.
We are a family synagogue emphasizing the warmth of torah tradition. Our mission statement is here.
What are the BAYT's affiliations?
BAYT is proud to be a contributing member of the Orthodox Union (OU). We also have strong partnerships with Yeshiva University and its Torah MiTzion Beit Midrash Zichron Dov, Kollel Ohr Yosef, the Vaad HaRabonim, COR, day schools, yeshivot and high schools in the city, all the Orthodox organizations in Toronto (and many abroad in the US and Eretz Yisrael), the broader Thornhill community, City of Vaughan, and the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and its funded agencies. BAYT regularly opens its doors to these organizations through joint programming, and encourages its members to get involved in volunteering with them.
What are the daily and Shabbos minyan times?
BAYT has four regular daily Shacharis minyanim and two mincha/ma'ariv minyanim. See here for times (times may change for Rosh Chodesh or statutory holidays). On Friday night we have 2 Kaballos Shabbos minyanim, and on Shabbos morning, we have seven different minyanim depending on age groups, times and length. We have one Shabbos Mincha minyan preceding Shalosh Seudos. Something for everyone!
What are the daily and weekly shiurim and classes?
Do you have home hospitality for out-of-neighbourhood visitors?
While there are not any hotels within walking distance, BAYT members regularly open their homes to visitors and guests. Whether you need meals over Shabbos, good company or just a bed to sleep in, we're here to help. Contact us and we'll set you up with home hospitality.
Is there a Kiddush every Shabbos?
We have a large variety of minyanim for Shacharis every Shabbos - it depends on which minyan you attend and whether someone sponsors it, for marking a yahrzeit, birthday, anniversary, or just because. Our Youth minyanim all have kiddushes every week. The only way to find out for sure is to show up for davening. We are working on having more regular kiddushes for the entire kehilla - but not just yet. If there is a Kehilla Kiddush, it will be listed in the weekly Shabbos bulletin.
What's the catering facility like?
BAYT has the largest catering facility of any Orthodox shul in the city, with a modern kitchen and tastefully decorated rooms. Our caterer is Jacob's Catering, who is under the COR hashgacha. We have a variety of rooms to accommodate in style any simcha, from the initimate Simcha Suite, to the Rebbetzin Judy Taub Hall, and the Perlis Hall, which can seat up to 800 guests. Contact our booking co-ordinator Karen Zilberberg to plan your next simcha or meeting event at the BAYT.
Why should I become a BAYT member?
If you're interested in becoming part of the most exciting, diverse, learning, caring and engaging kehillas anywhere, you should be part of the BAYT. We are a full-service shul, and we have much to offer you. Don't you deserve the best? Contact our membership co-ordinator Leslie Lewis for more information.
Phone: 905-886-3810 Ext. 143
What are the membership options?
We have many opportunities and options to join the BAYT, including attractive rates for singles, young families, newly married couples, and our introductory Free Membership for first-time High Holydays tickets. Our Obligations Committee ensures that no one is turned away for financial reasons. See Membership for further details on our attractive rates.