Welcome to Beth Israel Synagogue

Beth Israel, the Family Shul, is a forward-thinking synagogue, committed to Torah and mitzvot, with members from all backgrounds – Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Canadians, Israelis, Americans, Europeans, Africans and Australasians.  Our ‘family’ is passionate about Judaism and we look forward to welcoming you!

Come and see why we are the premier shul in Edmonton for:

  • Israel advocacy – greatest number of participants at CIJA 2013
  • Holocaust memory – our rabbi chairs the Holocaust Monument of Canada council
  • Youth education – over 100 kids at our weekly programs
  • Adult education – over 40 people at our weekly Shiur on the Barbie and hundreds of people at our biannual Shabbatons
  • Women’s Learning – 20-25 women gather weekly for BMW (Beit Midrash for Women) and the young women Pomegranate group
  • Men’s Learning – multiple chavrusas meet each Thursday night for Mishmor
  • Dynamic Bat-Mitzvah Programming – hosting the international MaTaN project, connecting mothers and daughters as links in the chain of our tradition
  • Women “called” to the Torah – each year, many of our young ladies go off to Israel for a year of post-secondary seminary learning
  • Festival programming – whether it’s Chanukah on Ice or Purim in the Caribbean, we are where the fun begins
  • Daily minyanim – Need to say kaddish?  We have morning and evening minyan 365 days a year

New and Exciting!

Pomegranate Women

pom women schedule 2015-2016

Marriage, Romance, and Maturity


Fast of 9th of Av

Fast begins 9:41 p.m. (July 25);

Fast ends 10:31 p.m. (July 26)


This Sunday is Tisha B’Av, the most tragic day on our calendar.  On this day, the ten spies came back to the Children of Israel with the terrible report of the Land.  As a result, G-d decreed that it would be a day of crying for all generations.  And thus, the First and Second Temples were both destroyed on 9th Av.  We’ve included a review of the laws of mourning in our weekly email (23 July 2015 email).   Please ignore the times on the calendar for Shabbos mincha.  Obviously, we all need to eat before the fast begins at sunset; and so Mincha will be at 6:00pm.  You then go home for shaleshudos/seuda mafsekes (3rd Shabbos meal/pre-fast meal); and then after Shabbos, you say “Baruch hamavdil bein kodesh l’chol” which allows you to get into your car and return to shul for Maariv and Eicha (Lamentations).   On Sunday morning, we will be reciting kinnos (hymns of lamentations) together with meaningful insights provided by Rabbis Friedman, Yeamans, Segal, and Becker.  On Sunday evening, between Mincha and Maariv, we will be showing the OU/YU inspirational DVD.

PI at BI – May

PI @ BI – Miracles in Your Life – Living with Passion with guest Rabbi Steve Burg