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.