Who are we?

The Lodzer Synagogue is a Conservative Synagogue, fully egalitarian – where women are encouraged to participate in services and count in the minyan. Founded by Holocaust survivors from Lodz, Poland, the shul has a rich history and a strong connection to the Shoah – providing valuable education within the community. The Lodzer is a family-oriented shul with a warm, inclusive community. Membership is reasonable and we love new members. Each Shabbat we have a lovely kiddush lunch following services. Give us a try – you’re welcome anytime!

Call the office to find out about membership specials (416-636-6665)



About Us

We are a Traditional Conservative Synagogue fully inclusive of women. We use the Silverman Siddur and the Hertz Chumash and our Shabbat services are truly inspirational.


History

Fifty five years ago, four friends, Leon Glicenstein, Ben Blady, Zenek Wajgensberg and Morris Blimbaum had a dream – to organize a Lodzer Society. Within a few months, the founding 90 families became the Lodzer Mutual Benefit Society. The first meeting was held on Cecil Street. A Board of seven members was elected. By 1954 the Society had purchased a cemetery on Bathurst Street and in 1962 a monument, proposed by Mietek Zurkowski to honour the Society’s loved ones, was completed.

Over the next decade, under the chairmanship of Abraham Blady, the Lodzer Mutual Benefit Society, through the generosity of its members sent nine ambulances to the

State of Israel. In 1974, Adam Tintpulver became President and realized the vision to build a home for the Lodzer mishpoche and a heritage for the children and the generations to come. In 1981 a committee chaired by Zenek Wajgensberg erected the beautiful building that stands today – The Lodzer Centre Holocaust Congregation. A shul built in the memory of the victims of the Shoah was born.



The Lodzer Centre has evolved into a fully egalitarian Conservative Synagogue. Women at The Lodzer Centre receive aliyot and count in the minyan. Our services remain traditional.

Executive

Jeff Shabes, Pres.

Harvey Storm, 1st Vice Pres.

Jonathan Usher, 2nd Vice Pres.

Morry Nosak, Treasurer

Marilyn Richmond, Secretary                                              

Board Members

Joe Ber
Henry Epstein
Roz Greene
Judy Hazen
Rafi Remez
Frank Steiman
Arnie Yudell


Honourary Member

Leon Pasternak


Rabbi Eli Courante

Cantor Marcel Cohen

B’aal Koreh:

Harvey Bitterman

Gabbai:

Arnie Yudell

Bulletin Editor:

Jonathan Usher

Office Manager:

Sarah Senior






Contact

Phone: (416) 636-6665

12 Heaton Street

North York Ontario M3H 4Y6


Directions

1 block north of Sheppard (Cocksfield Ave.), 1 block west of Bathurst (Heaton St.) (behind medical building) The Lodzer Centre is at 12 Heaton Street.


Office Hours

Monday through Thursday

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m. to 4:00. p.m.

Friday

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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