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Beth Jacob Congregation of


Beth Jacob Congregation has been serving the Jewish community of Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge for more than a century. Founded in 1908, Beth Jacob is a modern Orthodox synagogue with congregants from different observances.

weekly services at beth jacob

Regular minyan times (other minyamin may vary)

     ♦   winter - approx 4:30pm to 6:00pm (varies)
     ♦   summer - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

     ♦   9:30am to 11:00am
     ♦   No regular Kiddush lunches at this time

No pre-registration required, all are welcome




We've got some very exciting news to share: On Saturday night, Dec. 10 (after Shabbat ends) Chabad and its community partners, Beth Jacob and the WRJCC, are hosting a pre-Chanukah concert featuring the world famous a cappella singing group, THE MACCABEATS! You may be familiar with their "Candlelight" hit, or their more recent parody "The Latke Recipe," both shown below. This will be a family friendly event and everyone is welcome! Doors open at 7:30 PM for a Latke Bar social, and showtime is at 8:30 PM. Tickets are on sale now at - get yours now!



Beth Jacob invites the entire community to our next lecture in the new adult education series, to be held on Tuesday, January 24 at 7:15 PM (dessert buffet to start, and the talk begins at 8:00). Our last lecture saw a wonderful turnout, and as enriching as the talk was, the socializing and connecting at the dessert table was just as fulfilling; it's so good to get out and see each other! 

Our speakers are the dynamic couple, Barry and Lynda Fishman, and the title of their talk is "From Wounds to Wisdom." The talk will address the pain of loss and tragedy, and how one can grow from the experience. Please see their bios for more information:

Lynda and Barry Fishman met in 1974 when they were 17 years old, 4 years after Lynda’s mother and 2 sisters were killed in a plane crash, and just a few months after Barry was orphaned and left to care for his brother with special needs.

Lynda and Barry have turned their wounds into wisdom. 

Lynda is a social worker, retired camp director and college professor, inspirational speaker, and author of Repairing Rainbows; Barry has had a successful business career and has been the CEO of 3 pharmaceutical companies including Teva Canada. They have been honoured by ICRF, ORT and the Canadian Healthcare Hall of Fame for their contributions to the community. Married for over 43 years, they have three grown children, three precious grandchildren and three big dogs. 

With a message about courage, strength and hope, Lynda and Barry now spend their time sharing their moving and inspiring story and their eight “happiness-inducing choices.”

Lynda's book, Repairing Rainbows, will be available for purchase during this special event at a cost of $18. 

On January 24 at 7:15 pm, we are excited to welcome Lynda and Barry to Beth Jacob. The event will begin with a dessert buffet and socializing, and the talk begins at 8:00 PM. Please click here to RSVP:

JLI Classes with Rabbi Goldman!

Scheduled class dates:
Sunday November 27
Sunday Dec 4
Sunday Dec 11
Sunday Dec 18

A message from Rabbi Moishy Goldman:

Wouldn't it be nice if there was a place in KW where Jews could gather to have an intelligent conversation about these questions? A place to listen to each other's thoughts, wrestle with the Torah's texts, and expand our understanding? A place to grow and be spiritually nourished?

SURPRISE! We have such a place. Come to the first class of this course, free of charge, and see if it's for you.
12:00 PM Sundays at Beth Jacob. I will be teaching this course about G-d (I don't think I've ever written such a presumptuous statement in my life, but humour me, please...) and it will be a really fun and profound ride for us all. There's a seat for you - join us!

Please let me know if we should expect you for the free trial; or sign up for the full 6 weeks (you can participate in person or virtually) at

I would be delighted to see you there.

yad vashem posters - an update

We, at Monsignor Doyle, would like to thank you for sharing the poster display with our school community. It was a rich learning opportunity that caught the interest of our students. Students were engaged in conversations with each other, and especially enjoyed the visuals that were included on the posters.

The Yad Vashem Holocaust posters have now been displayed for a week in each of Monsignor Doyle Catholic Separate School and Resurrection Catholic Separate School.  We are still awaiting more detailed reviews but informally, we've been told that the display is "important", "extremely educational", "excellent" and much appreciated by both teachers and students.  During the coming month, the posters will be displayed in Huron Heights, Forest Heights, Waterloo Collegiate and Grand River high schools in the public school sector.


The 2022-2023 Annual Membership Dues letters have been mailed and dues paid between November 1 and December 31 will receive a tax receipt for 2022.  Your support is truly appreciated and is critical to the functioning of the synagogue. 

To pay online via PayPal, please click here.

REGULAR IN-PERSON services at beth jacob 

In-person services continue at Beth Jacob!  We welcome everyone to attend, no pre-registration is required and guests are welcome!

  • In order to help protect and safeguard the health of our members and guests, the wearing of face masks covering the nose and mouth remains mandatory indoors at the shul for all persons over the age of 2
    Adult sized masks are available but we regret we do not have any child-sized masks
  • We do ask everyone who attends: if you have any fever or signs of illness, please stay home until you feel better
  • Hand sanitizer is provided throughout the building
  • Siddur and Chumash will be available for your use should you require them
  • Kippah are now available on site, and you are welcome to store your tallit at Beth Jacob
  • Children of all ages are welcome, but we ask that parents continue to supervise their children under the age of 12

Beth Jacob remains committed to following the guidelines and protocols as issued from our federal, provincial, regional and municipal authorities and public health experts.  Thank you for your continued understanding and support.


Haftorah and DVAR TORAH SIGN UP Sheet

Everyone (men and women) are encouraged to sign up! 


Seeking Haftorah volunteers - click here to sign up using Google Docs!

Seeking Dvar Torah volunteers - click here to sign up using Google Docs!

office hours

The office is normally open:
Mondays to Thursdays, 9:00am to 12:00pm

The office is not open on Sabbath and Major Religious Holidays and phones and emails are not answered on those days. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 

Should you require urgent burial assistance for a loved one,
please contact us through Dignity Memorial's 24 hour
answering service at 519-743-8900. 

Fri, December 9 2022 15 Kislev 5783