100 Year Celebration

2012 Marks Beth Lida's Centennial Anniversary
Klezmer musicians, a Chuppah, and about 100 people were part of a lively June 3rd procession that escorted a new Torah along Spadina Road to Beth Lida Forest Hill Synagogue on Gilgorm Road in the Eglinton-Spadina area. At the celebration, which marked Beth Lida's 100th anniversary, shul president Simone Sherman spoke of Beth Lida's past and present and then introduced Rabbi Moshe Stern who gave a stimulating D'var Torah. Afterwards everyone was invited to a lovely luncheon in the shul's garden. Shown carrying the Torah is former president Victor Pamensky. The congregation began in 1912 as Congregation Shearith Israel Anshei Lida and had a synagogue downtown on Augusta Avenue until the mid-1950s.

In honour of our 100th anniversary, Beth Lida's rich history has been documented by historian and journalist Bill Gladstone and published in a commemorative book. 

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Photo credit: Paul Philip Brown 

Press Articles:

CJN Article


Celebrating 100 years - Photos and Videos! 

https://picasaweb.google.com/Zadie2007/BethLidaS100thAnnivCelebrationJune32012PhotosByFrankSJonathanBAndPaulB?noredirect=1   Photos & Videos


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=426l8lux26A     Video #1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2pi9D8m8_c    Video #2


Photo credits: Paul Brown, Frank Spitzer, Jonathan Bordan, Aaron Cooperberg