In Toronto, it is Sunday, April 22, 2018 (The Hebrew date is: )
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Congregation Shaarei Tzedec


It is with great sadness that we announce that just after he turned 89, we have lost our beloved Morton Greenberg. A star baseball player who pitched a no-hitter, avid curler and hockey enthusiast, Mort was a well-known advocate of Canadian sports. He considered "greats" as his friends from Gordie Howe, Wayne Gretzky, Brigit Nilsson and Brian Williams. He was pivotal in CBC's decision to first broadcast curling, bringing awareness of the sport to the households of many Canadians for the first time. He also loved the opera and was a proud and frequent supporter of the arts. But perhaps Mort was most well known as The Jewish Santa as he raised funds each Christmas for the Toronto Star, Toronto Sun/Variety Village, Canadian Olympics, Kids Help Phone and CACL. Driven by his love of children he helped raise almost $800,000 over the years with his famous holiday cards and the generosity of his many friends, neighbours and admirers. Mort went to film school at UCLA and fiercely supported the UofT Varsity Blues and their Opera School. He was a fighter until the end and, from his hospital bed, was even talking about reprising his role as the Inspector in Pirates of Penzance in the latest Gilbert and Sullivan Society presentation. He is the last of the Greenbergs of Major St who have lived there for over 90 years. He lived his whole life in the family home. His family and friends will miss him dearly.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to Abrahamson Fund c/o Michael Garron Hospital Foundation, 416-469-6003 or

Funeral Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 Funeral Time: 02:30 PM

Funeral Place: Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Ave. West, Toronto, Ontario M3J 2P1

Cemetery: Roselawn Avenue Cemetery, Shaarei Tzedec section

Minchah service and reception immediately following interment at Congregation Shaarei Tzedec, 397 Markham Street

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Posted April 22, 2018

Monday & Thursday Mornings At Our Shul

  • Join Us for Monday Morning & Thursday Morning Minyans at the Markham St Shul.

    We start daving at 7am promptly. We end at 8am, followed by a sumptuous breakfast.

    Beat the morning traffic, park for free, daven, say Kaddish, have a freshly brewed coffee, an orange juice, plus a full breakfast.

    Then head to work spiritually, mentally and physically refreshed and turbo-charged for your day at the office in downtown Toronto.

    We are minutes away from your downtown office.

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About Congregation Shaarei Tzedec

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  • Congregation Shaarei Tzedec is over 100 years old. The shul started in 1902 and today acts as a beacon of Orthodox Yiddishkeit and Spirituality in Downtown Toronto. The shul is commonly referred to as The Markham Street Shul.

    We have services every Monday & Thursday mornings at 7am

    Each Shabbat you are welcome to join us for Friday night services and all Saturday services. Shacharit services on Saturday morning start at 9am.

    We celebrate all the major Holidays including Pesach, Shavuot, Sukkoth, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and Rosh Chodesh.

    We are located at 397 Markham St on the corner of Markham St and Ulster St. This is one block West of Bathurst St and one block North of College St.

    We daven according to Nusach Sefard.

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Congregation Shaarei Tzedec is a registered Canadian charity. We believe that our Shul should be open to all. We do not have membership fees. We rely on you to provide tzedakah to keep us going and your generous donation is 100% tax deductible.