Breaking News - in a nutshell

   Lodzer AGM this coming Sunday!   

Levy's minimum order now 2 people.  Order deadline, 4pm Wednesday.
Last weeks' Lodzer Service - Shabbat Bereshit

By any chance did anyone record the service?
We seem to have lost a chunk. We do have audio-only for the missing chunk.

55:33 Haftarah preamble
1:12:10 Prayer for the new month
1:24:20 Rabbi Eli's sermon   <<== currently queued up
1:51:03 Jeff Shabes' announcements
The Shabbat zoom Service
was sponsored by
Cantor David Young
in honour of the memory of his Father
Jack E. Young, (Yaakov Ben Avraham.)


"Rabbi Eli's Sermon by Request"
was sponsored by
Albert and Shirley Hoffman.

Last weeks' topic: 
How will congregations of different Jewish denominations
move on past the COVID-19 experience?


Adon Olam
was sponsored by
Rabbi Eli
to the tune of "Besame Mucho" by Consuelo Velázquez
to mark another year of great fun
on The Lodzer Bimah, challenges notwithstanding.

Rabbi Eli's Shabbat sermon
Sponsor one of Rabbi Eli's Shabbat sermons, and request a topic of your choosing!

Suggested donation $90. 

Nota Bene:
Rabbi Eli asked us to clarify that while happy to commit to the requested subject, he still reserves the full right of the choice of what he actually has to say about it.

Cantor David's Adon Olam
Ever since the plague forced us to go virtual, Cantor David has been entertaining us with a new motif/tune for Adon Olam at each service.

Sponsor Cantor David's Adon Olam to the tune of your choosing and then monitor the zoom chat to see who was able to Name that Tune.

Due to the overwhelming success of our Sponsor Adon Olam tune,
 there is currently a queue, and at times the wait can be substantial-ish. We appreciate your patience as much as we cherish your support. The suggested donation stands at $72 (not applicable to those who've already booked their requested tune).

We're looking for sponsors:
Zoom Shabbat services sponsorship opportunities available in November.
Likewise, we still have Adon Olam tunes and sermon topics open for sponsorship on some dates in 2020.
Please contact the office, or call Rafi at 647 294 3323.
Wednesday, October 21st at 7:30 pm

Parsha with Judy

Judy Hazan is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
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Parsha Noah
Tear down the house and build a boat!
Make all living beings go up into the boat.
The boat which you are to build,
its dimensions must measure equal to each other:
its length must correspond to its width

In this week's Parsha, Noah, God inundated the world with a great flood. You may have noticed that the passage above is not from Noah. It is from The Epic of Gilgamesh, a Sumerian story that dates back nearly 5,000 years and is thought to be perhaps the oldest written tale on the planet. In it, there is an account of the great sage Utnapishtim, who is warned of an imminent flood to be unleashed by wrathful gods. He builds a vast circular-shaped boat, reinforced with tar and pitch, that carries his relatives, grains and animals. After enduring days of storms, Utnapishtim, like Noah in Genesis, releases a bird in search of dry land.

This sounds a lot like the story of Noah. God said to Noah, “I have decided to put an end to all flesh, for the earth is filled with lawlessness because of them: I am about to destroy them with the earth. Make yourself an ark of gopher wood; make it an ark with compartments, and cover it inside and out with pitch. So how is Noah different?  ...

Flood Stories from Other Cultures

Flood stories abound in great numbers from cultures around the world. According to John D. Morris, PhD (Institute for Creation Research)

“One of the strongest evidences for the global flood which annihilated all people on Earth except for Noah and his family, has been the presence of flood legends in the folklore of people from around the world. And the stories are all so similar. Local geography and cultural aspects may be present but they all seem to be telling the same story.”

“Over the years I have collected more than 200 of these stories, originally reported by various missionaries, anthropologists, and ethnologists.”

While the differences are not always trivial, the common essence of the stories is instructive as compiled below:

1. Is there a favoured family? 88%
2. Were they forewarned? 66%
3. Is flood due to wickedness of man? 66%
4. Is catastrophe only a flood? 95%
5. Was flood global? 95%
6. Is survival due to a boat? 70%
7. Were animals also saved? 67%
8. Did animals play any part? 73%
9. Did survivors land on a mountain? 57%
10. Was the geography local? 82%
11. Were birds sent out? 35%
12. Was the rainbow mentioned? 7%
13. Did survivors offer a sacrifice? 13%
14. Were specifically eight persons saved? 9%

Dr. Duane Gish, in Dinosaurs by Design, says  ...
full story:

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Finding Chika by Mitch Albom
Chika Jeune was born three days before the devastating earthquake that decimated Haiti in 2010. She spent her infancy in a landscape of extreme poverty, and when her mother died giving birth to a baby brother, Chika was brought to the Have Faith Haiti Mission & Orphanage that Albom operates in Port-au-Prince.

With no children of their own, the forty-plus children who live, play, and go to school at the orphanage have become family to Mitch and his wife, Janine. Chika’s arrival makes a quick impression. Brave and self-assured, even as a three-year-old, she delights the other kids and teachers. But at age five, Chika is suddenly diagnosed with something a doctor there says, “No one in Haiti can help you with.”

Mitch and Janine bring Chika to Detroit, hopeful that they can get the medical help needed to return her to a healthy life in Haiti. Instead, Chika becomes a permanent part of their household, and their lives, as they embark on a two-year, around-the-world journey to find a cure for an inoperable brain tumor. As Chika’s boundless optimism and humor teach Mitch the joys a child brings to their lives, he learns that a relationship built on love, no matter what blows it takes, can never be lost.
O c t o b e r  24,  2 0 2 0                                          6 Cheshvan, 5781  

Lodzer Shabbat Bulletin

(week 32)

Office phones and e-mails are being forwarded to our office manager,
Sarah Senior.

The weight of this sad time we must obey,
Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say.
The Shul must go on.

As most of you know, our Annual General Meeting will be held this coming Sunday at 10AM. Not surprisingly and what has become the new normal, it will be held on Zoom and will not be added to YouTube.  Our Annual General Meeting usually is held in late May or Early September, however due to COVID your board delayed the meeting.  Although this is not an election year, we strongly urge you attend to become more informed on various issues and challenges the Lodzer family faces and spend some time with your Lodzer family.  Our agenda will include a financial report for the previous year to be presented by Morry Nosak, a moment of silence for all the departed as well as my annual report.  My report usually focuses on accomplishments from the previous year and of course a look ahead as well as a myriad of other topics. This year’s report will focus on what we can all do to continue the legacy passed down by our founders and stability while staying safe and healthy.  As always, there will be a question and answer session at the end of our meeting.  

In many respects this meeting is one of the most important any Board of Directors has ever attended and we look forward to seeing you all on Sunday at 10AM.  If you did not receive the link, please contact Rafi, the office or myself.

Hope to see you all on Shabbat and on Sunday morning,
Jeff Shabes
Dear Friends of the Lodzer,

Like many synagogues we are trying to serve the needs of our community under these trying times. Covid 19 has certainly changed our lives this year and our synagogue life has become a Zoom bubble. By now you are all experts in the Zoom world.

Our little shul has been extremely lucky to have Rabbi Eli, Cantor David, Arlene, Sarah, and all those who have made access easier and ensured that we continue to commit to having a weekly service, POW (Parsha of the Week), and Book Club. Of course, we are able to offer more and are able to do so with your help. Ideas are welcome and help with phone calls and other logistics are appreciated.

Every week I am in search of people for Aliyot and readings. We are also looking for sponsors for the service, sermon, and Adon Olam. All of the above have been successful to date and are welcomed by all.

We are looking for sponsors in the coming weeks and months so that the momentum can gain speed. Please don't forget to share the links for Shabbat with friends and family. All are welcome. The service is haymish and fully interactive.

There are many opportunities for sponsorship:
  • Birthdays
  • Yahrzeit
  • Anniversaries
  • Graduation
  • Other family occasions
  • You just like me
  • You don't like me
  • You wish to honour a friend or a relative
  • You just want to hear Adon Olam to a different tune
  • You wish to offer Rabbi Eli a suggestion for a sermon
  • You need a tax deduction
  • And many more I just cannot think of
Please send me an email at with any request and a date.

Please be flexible with the date. I promise to get back to you within 48 hours with a response.

Yours truly,
for Saturday, October 24th, 2020

Light Candles: 6:02 PM Friday
Shabbat Ends: 7:02 PM

Triennial Year 2
Torah Portion: Genesis:Noach
  1.  8: 15 - 22  pg 31-38
  2.  9:  1 - 7
  3.  9:  8 - 17
  4.  9:  18 - 29
  5. 10:  1 - 14
  6. 10:  15 - 20
  7. 10:  21 - 32
10:  26-32  pg 38

Isaiah 54:1 - 55:5  pg 41-44

View/Download the Shabbat Prayers and Torah readings:


Oct. 24. Diana Kissin
Oct. 24. Alisa Schwartz
Oct. 24. Debbie Spigelman
Oct. 25. Eda Kardonne
Oct. 26. Norm Rosen
Oct. 29  Marcel Hascal

Oct. 25. Alfred Freedman, father of Hugh
Oct. 25. Emery Steiner, father of Melanie Steiner
Oct. 27. Sara Grunberg, mother of Richard
Oct. 30. Morris Super, father of Dora Usher

Marcel Reich's mother, Margaret, passed away Thursday, October 15th. Marcel was one of our regular Lodzer Minionaires. We're saddened by your loss.
Please consider SPONSORING a ZOOM Shabbat Service
in honour or in memory of your loved ones!

Please join us this Saturday, October 24th at 9:30 AM
for The Lodzer Shabbat Noach Services via zoom.

Make joy on Shabbat in your own home.
Live from 'The Lodzer' Sanctuary
with Rabbi Eli & Cantor David via Zoom!

also with:
Torah reader: Arlene Moshe
Haftarah: Phil Drash
Gabba'im: Rafi and Arnie
Lodzer Board President, Jeff Shabes
and each and everyone one of us who joins in on the service.

This week's ZOOM Shabbat Service
is sponsored by

Laura Catz-Biro
in honour of her father
Alexander Catz
on his 93rd birthday


Meir and Alisa Schwartz
in honour of Alisa's birthday


"Rabbi Eli's Sermon by Request"
is sponsored by
Rafi Remez

Today's topic: 
Why are there few Conservative Jews in Israel?
Is the decrease of support for Israel by the Jews of the diaspora political?
What is the end game of those Ultra Orthodox Jews who do not believe in Israel?


Adon Olam - name that tune
is sponsored by
Sharyn Berger


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is being recorded.

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you are consenting to be recorded.

On Saturday, October 24th at 9:30 AM

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Après nous, le déluge.
After us, the flood.
King Louis XV of France

Is generally regarded as a nihilistic expression of indifference to whatever happens after we are gone, though it may also express a more literal forecasting of ruination.
Sunday, October 25 @ 10 AM

Annual General Meeting via zoom


Members will receive, (via email,) the zoom link/info to join the meeting, sometime this week from the Lodzer Office.
Call the office Thursday or Friday if you haven't received the email.

Due to COVID-19 the AGM will be conducted from the shul via Zoom.
“Only at the Lodzer”
Where everyone has a voice.

The Lodzer Board of Directors will continue to check in on you from time to time, to assist you in whatever way possible, or even just to say ‘hi.’
How much is that doggie in the window?

A shop owner placed a sign above his door that said: “Puppies For Sale.”

Signs like this always have a way of attracting young children, and to no surprise, a boy saw the sign and approached the owner;

“How much are you going to sell the puppies for?” he asked.

The store owner replied, “Anywhere from $30 to $50.”

The little boy pulled out some change from his pocket. “I have $2.37,” he said. “Can I please look at them?”

The shop owner smiled and whistled. Out of the kennel came a Lady, who ran down the aisle of the shop followed by five teeny, tiny balls of fur.

One puppy was lagging considerably behind. Immediately the little boy singled out the lagging, limping puppy and said, “What’s wrong with that little dog?”

The shop owner explained that, the veterinarian had examined the little puppy and had discovered it didn’t have a hip socket. It would always limp. It would always be lame.

The little boy became excited. “That is the puppy that I want to buy.”

The shop owner said, “No, you don’t want to buy that little dog. If you really want him, I’ll just give him to you.”

The little boy got quite upset. He looked straight into the store owner’s eyes, pointing his finger, and said; “I don’t want you to give him to me. That little dog is worth every bit as much as all the other dogs and I’ll pay full price. In fact, I’ll give you $2.37 now, and 50 cents a month until I have him paid for.”

The shop owner countered, “You really don’t want to buy this little dog. He is never going to be able to run and jump and play with you like the other puppies.”

To his surprise, the little boy reached down and rolled up his pant leg to reveal a badly twisted, crippled left leg supported by a big metal brace. He looked up at the shop owner and softly replied, “Well, I don’t run so well myself, and the little puppy will need someone who understands!”
Compassion is to look beyond your own suffering
and help heal the hurt of others.
is an interactive, immersive and multimedia experience inside of an exact replica of a World War II cattle car that was used to transport Jews and other targeted groups to the concentration camps and extermination camps. Visitors will be able to emotionally connect to the displays as well as the experience through being immersed in this historical space.
On display October 18th in the Roundhouse Park, Toronto (Photo Credit: Jack Greene)

The infamous Holocaust cattle car was used to forcibly deport Jews and other targeted groups to the concentration camps, labour camps and extermination camps throughout Europe between the years of 1941-1944. This was a wooden freight car meant to transport cattle. Up to 150 individuals were crammed into locked, windowless box cars and travelled for an average of 4 days in this state without food water, restroom facilities or even the ability to sit down. Many deportees died in the cattle cars enroute and for the others, it symbolized the terrifying descent into the darkness that robbed them of their families, freedom and for some, even their lives.

Historians suggest that without the mass transportation carried out on the railways in these box cars, the scale of the Final Solution would not have been possible.

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Sink or Swim?

In the not too distant future, the news is announced – the environmental apocalypse is here.  In 3 days, every continent on planet earth will be underwater.  Religious leaders from around the world address their followers, offering words of guidance and solace to face this cataclysmic moment.

The Pope speaks – “Catholics of the world.  We have 3 days to pray and repent, to turn toward salvation, ready for Judgement Day.”

The greatest Imam of the time speaks – “Muslims of the world.  We have 3 days to fast, pray and repent, to surrender to Allah, ready for Judgement Day.”

The greatest Rabbi of the time speaks – “Jews of the world.  We have 3 days to learn how to breathe under water!”  

Jews have learned how to breathe under whatever water we are in – adapting, reinterpreting and changing, religiously and culturally, in order to survive and to thrive.

Rising sea levels, flooding and extreme weather have taken lives
and destroyed villages, cities and ecosystems.
It's time for we Jews to rise to the occasion.
Upcoming Events

If the wind blows, you can always adjust your sails,
but if you don't know where you're going,
then any road will take you there.
Join us...
• Wednesdays at 7:30 PM for Judy's Parsha of the Week via zoom.
Thursday, November 19th @ 7:30 PM

Book Chat via ZOOM
The ZOOM meeting link
will be published in the bulletin
you will receive by email a couple of days before
the scheduled book chat date.

To receive the email version of the bulletin, (containing the zoom links,)
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Below is the list with titles and dates for the monthly meetings of the Lodzer Book Club which take place on zoom, for now, at 7:30 pm. Please join us for interesting discussions, suggestions on books and films and to meet others who love to read.  Whether you read the book or not, you are welcome.

Please contact me if you have questions.
Next Book Chat
November 19 - All the Rivers by Dorit Rabinyan
A controversial, award-winning story about the passionate but untenable affair between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man, from one of Israel’s most acclaimed novelists

When Liat meets Hilmi on a blustery autumn afternoon in Greenwich Village, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Charismatic and handsome, Hilmi is a talented young artist from Palestine. Liat, an aspiring translation student, plans to return to Israel the following summer. Despite knowing that their love can be only temporary, that it can exist only away from their conflicted homeland, Liat lets herself be enraptured by Hilmi: by his lively imagination, by his beautiful hands and wise eyes, by his sweetness and devotion.

Together they explore the city, sharing laughs and fantasies and pangs of homesickness. But the unfettered joy they awaken in each other cannot overcome the guilt Liat feels for hiding him from her family in Israel and her Jewish friends in New York. As her departure date looms and her love for Hilmi deepens, Liat must decide whether she is willing to risk alienating her family, her community, and her sense of self for the love of one man.

Banned from classrooms by Israel’s Ministry of Education, Dorit Rabinyan’s remarkable novel contains multitudes. A bold portrayal of the strains—and delights—of a forbidden relationship, All the Rivers (published in Israel as Borderlife) is a love story and a war story, a New York story and a Middle East story, an unflinching foray into the forces that bind us and divide us. “The land is the same land,” Hilmi reminds Liat. “In the end all the rivers flow into the same sea.”

December 17 - The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
January 14 - Day After Night by Anita Diamant 
February 11 - I Want You to Know We Are Still Here by Esther Safran Foer
March 11 - Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
April 8 - The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi
May 6 - The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict
June 3 - An Improbable Friendship by Anthony David
July 8 - Serenade for Nadia by ZÜLFÜ Livaneli
August 5 - The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai

September TBA - Cilka's Journey by Heather Morris
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1953 - 2020
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Morning Minyans via ZOOM
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Do you need a Minyan?
Whether an anniversary, birthday, Jahrzeit or any other important occasion, 'The Lodzer' will strive to organize an on-line minyan for you.
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“Know Before Whom You Stand”


Want to contact the Rabbi?
Rabbi Eli is eager and very happy to speak to our congregants on a one-on-one basis about personal or shul issues. Please e-mail him at with your phone number and he will call you as soon as possible.

Dear Friends,

As we try to keep in touch throughout these trying times of isolation and distancing, I created a simple tool to enable you to make a (non-urgent) appointment with me in one click.
Please click here to set a Zoom, phone, or other virtual means meeting. Be sure to include your phone number/email in the information space!

Rabbi Eli

Prayer in response to the pestilence
by Rabbi Eli Courante

Our God and God of our ancestors,
Take heed of our struggle with the new plague that befell the world.

We pray before You, strengthen our forbearance in face of trials that may await us. Unite us in our common plight, steady our hand and the hands of our leaders to combat the disease. As we stay separated in space, let us come together in spirit.

Let us not be so vain as to think the ordeal was sent as retribution for our own iniquities, for we are not foolish enough to imagine carrying such clout over the universe. Do not allow us to imagine any of us can single-handedly bring about a big global solution for the immediate peril; nor, let us fall in the pit of despair and conclude that we can do nothing at all.

Rather, give us the patience, goodness of spirit, determination, wit, and will power to contribute to the common cause by little steps, precious small efforts joining the common cause.

Grant us the blessing, o Lord, by protecting us and our loved ones, and all your people on Earth. Send Your healing to those who suffer, and solace to those who hurt.

May we speedily and soon see the days of security and tranquility, happiness and good fortune. For it is said, Return us unto You, o God, and we shall return; renew our days as they used to be.

Hashivenu Adonai Eleycha ve-Nashuva, Chadesh Yemeynu ke-Kedem.

And let us say,

We invite you to experience the Lodzer Congregation
Please join us for weekly Shabbat Services

Saturday Mornings @ 9:30 AM
Led by Rabbi Eli & Cantor David
Kiddush following services

and special musical Birkat HaChodesh Services
featuring Cantor David Young and his Corona Choir.

 via zoom 
Shabbat Mevorchim
October 17 - Cheshvan, Sun.-Mon. October 18-19
November 14 - Kislev, Tues November 17
December 12 - Tevet, Wed. December 16

Yizkor Services
April 4, 2021 - 8th day of Passover
May 18, 2021 - 2nd Day of Shavuot
Cemetery plots for sale to members in good standing (three years minimum).
If you are a member (3 years or more) and want to buy a plot, the cost per plot is $2500.
If you know anyone wanting a plot - the person can pay three years' membership dues and then be entitled to buy a plot. This is an opportunity to purchase before prices increase.

Please consider sponsoring a kiddush, or contributing to the building, programming, or any specific interest fund.

If anyone has tickets for any event that they would like to donate to the shul please let the office know. It is a simple way to raise money for our synagogue so please donate spare tickets and bid generously.

Tree of Life or Seat Plaques
Remember family and friends by purchasing a leaf on our tree of life or a sanctuary seat plaque.

Lodzer Sisterhood Cookbooks
Great Gifts – just $20 each

Siddur Dedications
As you know, we now use the new-new siddur. For the low-low price of $18 per book these may be dedicated to your loved ones, yourself, family members and as gifts, or simply to support the shul.

Making a difference to our shul
The Board along with Rabbi Eli are setting a new direction for our shul. "We are making changes to shul services and programming, and becoming more of a community." The Board discusses procedures and suggested innovations on a monthly basis. "We're not alone in this and would greatly appreciate your help."
If you have any suggestions please give them, in writing to Sarah, and, if you wish to speak at our monthly Monday night Board meeting about your ideas, concerns, or interests, again, please let Sarah know. 
"It is your shul. We want and need your input."
Chesed Committee
Please call the shul office if you need support or if you know of one of our members who may need support. It remains confidential.

Team Lodzer

Office Manager
Sarah Senior: 416-636-6665

Office Hours
Monday through Thursday:
9am - 1pm & 2pm - 4pm
Friday: 9am to 1pm

All bookings go through Sarah.
Sarah maintains the Master Calendar.

Rabbi Eli Courante
Cantor David Young
Ba’al Koreh Arlene Moshe
Gabbai Arnold Yudell
Gabbai Sheni Rafi Remez

Board of Directors
Jeff Shabes, President -
Harvey Storm, 1st VP
Morry Nosak, 2nd VP & Treasurer
Rafi Remez, Secretary -
Judy Hazan, Programming
Josef Ber
Roz Greene
Syd Markowitz
Marilyn Richmond

Sisterhood • P.O.W. • Programming

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Morning Minyan

Sunday - Friday: 9:00 am
Run by Arthur Zins
Breakfast following services
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Our daily Minyans are suspended amid covid-19 concerns.


We will try our best to secure a minyan (for Yahrzeits, etc)  if we receive 48 hours notice.
Please notify Sarah or call Arthur directly 416-573-9440. 

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