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Congregation Shaarei Tzedec

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved "Dr. Joe". In his 95th year, he died peacefully at home, surrounded by family on April 10th, 2017. Predeceased by his dear parents Rev. Aaron and Sime. Devoted husband of Pepi, treasured father and father-in-law of David and Margot, Sara and Ian Zagdanski, Aaron and Felicia, Amy and Luis Strauch. Cherished and proud grandfather of Jordy, Becky and Michael Zagdanski, Sydney, J.J., Ben, Jacob, Sam & Alex Greenberg, Adam & Robbie Strauch. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Dave & Della, Mort, the late Sarah, Rose & Ben and Dorothy.

The first in his family to be born in Canada, Dr. Joe was proud to grow up on Major Street. After serving in the RCAF, he graduated from U of T medicine, class of 5T2, and so began a storied career. Known for his personal care and dedication, Dr. Joe answered his own phones, had weekend line-ups at the cottage for allergy shots and care and was famous for his house calls. It was during one of those visits that he met Pepi, the love of his life, with whom he shared almost 59 years of marriage and who was an unending source of love and support.

Beyond his general practice, Dr. Joe made a name for himself in the boxing world. He was in the corner with George Chuvalo, Clyde Gray & others for seven world championship fights and in 1981, was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Dr. Joe was in everyone’s corner. He cared for the whole person through all stages of life with dignity, compassion and respect. He delivered over 3,000 babies and played a unique role in the lives of so many as doctor, mentor and friend. He lived a long and meaningful life and was an inspiration to a generation of students, patients and doctors. He was a patriarch who led a life that has become legend and left a legacy that is ours to honour and fulfil.

Our deepest gratitude to Joy, Nevi, Beverly and Josie whose loving care in recent years allowed him to live with fun, purpose and dignity.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:

  • Memorial Service: Noon, Friday, April 14 at Holy Blossom, 1950 Bathurst St
  • Burial at Shaarei Tzedec section Roselawn Cemetery.
  • Shiva @ 209 Dunvegan Rd.
    Shiva commencing Wednesday, April 19th.
    Shiva visits from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Shiva concludes Monday, April 24th after morning services.
    Morning services @ 7:30 am (Sunday @ 9:00 am)
    Evening services @ 7:45 pm

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.