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Lodzer Shabbat Bulletin

Please join us for a special musical Birkat HaChodesh Service
with Cantor David Young and his choir.


Stitchers: Tapestry of Spirit

Shabbat Shalom

Light Candles: 4:29 PM Friday
Shabbat Ends: 5:32 PM

Triennial Year 1
Genesis, Chayye Sarah:
  1. 23:1 - 23:4  pg80
  2. 23:5 - 23:7
  3. 23:8 - 23:12
  4. 23:13 - 23:16
  5. 23:17 - 23:20
  6. 24:1 - 24:4
  7. 24:5 - 24:9
Maftir:  24:5 - 24:9

I Kings 1:1 - 1:31  pg90

Nov. 23  Nicole Anidjar
Nov. 24  Howard Iseman
Nov. 24  Miriam Perez


Nov. 23  Richard Ingber, husband of Fay, father of Joyce Ingber Schlosser
Nov. 26  Emmanuel Gold, father of Carole Abrahams
Nov. 29  Moishe Katz, father of Reisa Grunberg

On the passing of Eli Batsre, husband of Miriam Peretz.
Funeral to be held 10am, this Thursday at Steeles Memorial
Where in the World is Rabbi Eli?
Birmingham, Alabama 

It's pretty chilly down south today. In fact, the temperature is about 0 C - that, before the wind chill. So much for stereotypes.

In the middle of a weekday, the downtown area is nigh empty, underlining the bare protruding monuments to both the civil rights movement and its most vicious foes. 

The Jews who settled in Birmingham in the last quarter of the 19th c, have had a long and colourful history as far as standing by the side of their African-American neighbours for their rights was concerned. "Neighbours", metaphorically speaking; to this day, the city's black and white communities live in separate areas, with the exception of downtown where students and hipsters dwell.

It was right here, on those streets, that Abraham Joshua Heschel walked by Martin Luther King's side on the March. It was here that local rabbis Morris Newfield and Milton Graftman fought the segregation, protested the injustice, and were subjects to multiple intimidations, from sticks of dynamite found in the window wells of the synagogue, to a million-dollar defamation suit by the Klan.

Birmingham, like a number of other southern cities, advertises itself as "the cradle of civil rights". Which might be a bit ironic, indeed.

The Jews and African-Americans in the US shared many goals, challenges, and feelings, and that work for common causes continued until Malcolm X raised his banner, creating the huge rift. The two communities went their separate ways, and nowadays, a young idealistic Jewish student who, say, tries to join a black rights club is more likely to be sneered at than accepted as they would have been half a century ago. And, sadly, many of our own have sadly developed a racist stance, looking down at the "Schvartzes"  (of course, they are too "refined" to use the N-word) with mistrust and disapproval. The attitude is more common, if anything, in the northern Jewish communities than in the south, and is more likely to be found in the Ultra-Orthodox communities, but is, by no means, unique to them.

In fact, if anything could bring back the cordial relationship, it might be the racist and Anti-Semitic tendencies throughout the States, steadily growing for the past 3 years. Time will tell.

Today, the Jewish community in Birmingham is about 6,000 strong, featuring 4 congregations, a day school, community centres, family services, and more.

The local Jewish paper, The Deep South Jewish Voice, will be celebrating its 30th birthday shortly: http://www.sjlmag.com/

The community is warm and welcoming, very much in tune with famous southern hospitality. All the same, I miss you guys. 

Cometh Shabbos see you at the Lodzer,
Event Calendar
Eli Batsre • OBIT • Funeral Thursday, November 21 @ 10am
Donations to be made to Lodzer Holocaust Center 416-636-6665

Date of Death:
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Yahrzeit Day:
18 Cheshvan
Date of Funeral:
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Time of Funeral:
10:00 AM
Memorial Service Location:
Steeles Memorial Chapel Service
Burial Service Location:
Cemetery Gordon Richon Le Tsiyon, Israel
Shiva Details:
Family will be in Israel
DKS - dynamic kinetic stability


        I've been brought up in the ubiquitous Orthodox belief that the Sages of the Talmud not only spoke at least 70 languages each (the minimal prerequisite to join the club) but also had a better understanding of real science than the world's finest researchers were able to achieve to this very day.

       Come and explore some of the most notable theories, models, and scientific ideas carried by the Rabbis throughout the centuries.  RE.

Rabbi Eli’s Winter Talks' Session


Tuesday, Dec. 3 @ 7 pm

 The Rabbis and zoology. The rabbinical concepts of animal and human anatomy,
the origin of species, and abiogenesis.


Tuesday, Jan. 7 @ 7 pm

 The formal logic of the Talmud. How do deductive and inductive relationships,
valid arguments, and burden of proof work in the rabbinical discourse?

Saturday, December 7
Do you want to share some thoughts?
Give a D'Var Torah?
Talk about something?
Do a reading? Tell your life's story?

Please volunteer, when dates become available.

December 7 - Judy Hazan
December 14 - Daphna Grossman
December 21 - Sheldon Richmond

With thanks to our previous speakers:
November 16 - Marty Kellerstein, Harvey Bitterman & Marilyn Richmond
Community Event
Book Chat
Thursday, December 12 
7:30 PM
Lodzer Kiddush Room

The Lodzer BOOK CHAT is going into its 6th season.  We have been meeting every 6 weeks and beginning this 2019-2020 season, by popular request, we’ll meet monthly.

We are a group of people who love to read and discuss books that we choose from suggestions made by our regular attenders.  Most books contain a Jewish theme.   Having read the book or not, you are welcome to join us.  We talk, learn, laugh, have snacks and get great ideas for books to read and movies to watch.  We meet Thursdays at 7:30 pm at the Lodzer.
If you are interested in learning more about us, contact cathyrzeldin@gmail.com

December 12 - The Alice Network - Kate Quinn
  •  At the heart of Quinn's book is the true story of the covert Alice Network, through which courageous men and women infiltrated the German lines in rural France. Lili, in the novel the chief handler of the group, is based on a real woman who at the time was called a "regular Joan of Arc."
  • By the spring of 1915 the "Alice Network" involved eighty men and women of all social classes. They watched trains, identified the positions of gun batteries, munitions depots and the dwellings of officers, and helped evacuate Allied soldiers to the Netherlands.

January 9 - The Song of Jade Lily - Kirsty Manning
February 6 - Still Alice - Lisa Genova
March 5 - Washington Black - Esi Edugyan
April 2 - Hidden Figures - Margot Lee Shetterly
April 30 - Circling the Sun - Paula McLain
June 4  The Other Mrs. Smith - Bonnie Burstow 
June 25  Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens
Tuesday, December 24 - On the 3rd Night of Chanukah...

Rafi’s Annual
Kosher Chrismukkah
Chinese Food and a Movie

Dinner 6 PM, Movie following
Movie: TBA

$TE Prepay at office or call Sarah to reserve

“We’re Cool with Yule!”
Saturday, January 25 @ 6:30pm

Karaoke Dinner Party
“Let the good times ROLL”

Havdalah service
Dinner w. Wine & Dessert
Tree of Life - Leaf Dedications
Karaoke (& Beer?) 


Lodzer on tap

Morning Minyan

Sunday - Friday: 9:00 am
Run by Arthur Zins
Breakfast following services
Come Daven, Fress & Schmooze


Wednesday evenings from 7:30 - 8:30 PM
Please join this lively group,
led by Judy Hazan

Shabbat Services

Birkot ha-Shachar 9:12 am
Yishtabach 9:30 AM
Led by Cantor Young & Rabbi Eli
Kiddush following services
1953 - 2019
12 Heaton Street, M3H 4Y6  (416) 636-6665

YouTube channel: search "Lodzer Congregation"

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

Saturday Mornings
Birkot ha-Shachar 9:12 am
Yishtabach 9:30 AM
Led by Rabbi Eli & Cantor Young
Kiddush following services


and special musical Birkat HaChodesh Services
with Cantor David Young and his choir.


Nov. 23 - Kislev, November 28 - 29
Dec. 21 - Tevet, December 28 - 29
Jan. 25 - Shevat, January 27
Feb. 22 - Adar, February 25 - 26
March 21 - Nissan, March 26
April 18 - Iyar, April 24 - 25
May 23 - Sivan, May 24
June 20 - Tammuz, June 22 - 23

Yizkor Services @ 10 AM
April 16 - 8th Day of Pesach
May 30 - Shavuot

“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 RabbiEli@Lodzer.ca with your phone number and he will call you as soon as possible.
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 Harvey Bitterman
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
Josef Ber
Roz Greene
Syd Markowitz
Marilyn Richmond

Honourary Board Members
Leon Pasternak
Frank Steiman

The Lodzer Sisterhood
Please Contact: JudydHazan@gmail.com

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