Shabbat Bulletin

S e p t e m b e r 4 , 2 0 2 1 27 Elul, 5781

'The Lodzer' High Holydays Bulletin


(week 77)

Phones and e-mail are being forwarded to our office manager,

Sarah Senior.

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The weight of this sad time we must obey,

Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say.

The Shul must go on.

One way you can help is by sponsoring a zoom service,

Rabbi Eli's Sermon by request or Adon Olam - name that tune.

The past year has been full of challenges for not just me personally but for the entire Lodzer family. Last year I wrote about how I felt on Thursday September 3, 2020 as it was going to be my first time back in our Shul to meet with our High Holyday Committee.

It was the FIRST time I had been at the Shul since the original lockdown in March 2020. I also remember thinking that the New Year would mean a return to what we once called “a normal Shul life”. Sadly, as we all know, there were two more lockdowns to come and it would, once again, be several more months (in fact, an even longer time than the original lockdown) between my visits to the Shul. Unfortunately, I was not in shul from October 2020 to July 2021 when I was finally able to attend a Shabbat service with the Clergy and Rafi. That was the beginning of what we all hope is a return to some semblance of normalcy. Time will tell.

On that first Shabbat back in Shul, while standing on the Bimah, and being able to speak to the Lodzer family, I experienced a truly unique feeling; one that is difficult to describe. A week later was the Shabbat before my birthday and as I then said, “being in the shul on Shabbat and being able to address all of you from the Bimah together with having a minyan in the shul was truly the best birthday gift”. For as long as most of us have been alive, the ability to attend Shul not just on Shabbat but also any time of the year was important for all of us. Sadly, COVID kept us from physically attending services at our beloved Shul.

As has been our custom (and tradition) for many decades, when we say Kaddish after Alenu, we list the names of the Lodzer family members who are observing Yahrzeits, as well as reciting Kaddish for those who don’t have anyone to say it in their names in addition to the six million Jews that perished during the Holocaust. Since March 2020, we also say Kaddish for the citizens of this Province that lost their lives to COVID-19. Sadly, it would appear that all or most of the Lodzer family knows at least one person who passed away because of the pandemic. In my case, it was my beloved mother “Visia.”

My mother was one of the few Holocaust survivors still living until she passed and I felt it necessary to tell her story to what I thought would be a small group. As it turned out her story was told in articles as far away as Spain, France and Israel as well as being broadcasted nationally in Canada. The victims of COVID all have stories that should be told. Personalizing the victims of this pandemic is the least that we can do to honour their memories. Unfortunately, as we continue to recite Rabbi Eli’s “Prayer for the Pestilence” let us all hope that, someday soon, there will no longer be a need to recite this touching prayer.

Let us now consider what’s positive. During the pandemic, thanks to our Clergy, Gabbaim and your Board, we were among the first shuls to hold services on Zoom, allowing the Lodzer family to watch a Shabbat service and virtually be with one another including taking part in the service interactively. Incredibly, these Zoom services captured the warmth and the true spirit with which the Lodzer family has become familiar. Thanks to the unparalleled talents of Cantor David and his tireless efforts, the weekly tune selection for Adon Olam continues to be one of the highlights of the service. Also, thanks to your generosity, it has become a very successful fundraiser.

Unlike last Rosh Hashanah and Passover, we may be able to have family dinners: something we took for granted in the past. Some people that I have spoken to are actually planning outdoor meals since the Holydays come so early this year. The High Holydays have always been mostly about family for me and we MUST cherish the time we have with family and NEVER pass up an opportunity to be with them.

The Clergy and I are looking forward to meeting and greeting the entire Lodzer family partially in the Shul or through our Zoom services during the High Holydays.

Personally, and on behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank the Clergy; Rabbi Courante, Cantor Young, Arlene Moshe and of course our Office Manager, Sarah Senior for all their hard work throughout the year. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the entire Board of Directors for their continuing hard work and outstanding efforts especially over the past year and a half. I feel truly honored to work in conjunction with such a group of committed and talented individuals working for the good of the Lodzer family. I would be remiss in not thanking ALL front line workers and healthcare providers for their dedication, bravery, long hours, hard work and for the many lives that were thus saved.

With the heartiest and healthiest of wishes from the Clergy, the Board of Directors, Sarah Senior and my family I would like to wish all of you Shana Tova Tikataivu and I look forward to seeing ALL of you in person or via Zoom during the upcoming High Holydays.

Jeff Shabes, President

Of Goats and Hebrews

The Children of Israel and the caprines have had a complicated relationship through the ages. Alas, there is no room here to describe the ancient cult of hircine in the Holy Land, nor ponder the significance of certain demonic portrayals in pre-medieval Hebrew mysticism.

Yet the act of scapegoating held its prominent place in Yom Kippur liturgy of the Temple era. The High Priest had to put both hands on the goat’s head and confess upon it the sins and transgressions of the Israelites. Then, the goat was to be sent off to the wilderness. (Lev. 16)

Just in the next chapter, we find a warning: …so they [the Jews] may offer no more sacrifices to the goats after whom they stray from their God. (Lev. 17)

You must all remember the old Hasidic tale of a Yid kvetching to the Rabbi about the great poverty of his big family living in a tiny house. The Rabbi tells him to buy a goat and keep it with the family at all times. And of course, they are even more miserable, and suffer greatly, and bemoan their fate even more vigorously – until the very happy end when the Rabbi says they can sell the goat, and they come to know true happiness.

Last week, our family experienced something of the kind. Our AC died – on the peak of the heat wave as you may remember. Apparently, the blower motor died. It would take days, best case scenario, to replace it. We call around some good friends (thank you Cantor, thank you Rafi) and borrowed fans that helped us pull through the ordeal. Still, that was not fun. Except… on Friday, they actually replaced the entire system! And the AC works! And it’s sooo cool! A mechayye.

Scary and counter-intuitive as that thought might be, we need something to always be missing from our lives. We should never be entirely satisfied.

A year and a half ago, we have all let a particularly smelly, hairy goat into our homes and into our lives. It is still with us. And that is unfortunate. Just remember: a goat also has its merits.

I know life can be tough and more than a bit depressively so. At least last year, the situation was novel and exciting. It was a macabre excitement, sort of the morbid curiosity little children experience when they encounter calamity, but it was there. It came with a jolt, it instigated a strong reaction. A year and a half later, it feels just drab.

And that is where the goat angle comes in. If you start losing hope, remember how much we have to rebuild and regenerate. If you are sick and tired of staying shut in between four walls, think of the world of new opportunities that gives you (if you can’t think of anything, call me tomorrow). If you lost someone you love in the pandemic, think of all the ways in which you are a better person thanks to them; think of your loved ones for whom you are responsible now.

Our lives naturally have ups and downs. We even need those to emotionally adapt to our surroundings, to experience, internalize life itself. Things get better, and they get worse occasionally. Sometimes the waves are higher than usual, and then they get 'worser' yet and 'betterer' yet.

A goat reminds us of all that. A goat also gives us hope (even if it is first and foremost the hope of getting rid of the goat). Goats have their purposes. They are just not there to be worshipped.

Have a wonderfully sweet new year.

A year full of health and blessing.

A year promising safety and prosperity for you and your loved ones.

A year of hope and growth. A year of personal development and success.

A year when the blessing comes in, and the goat gets out.

Ketivah ve-Khatimah Tovah: May You be Prescribed in The Book of the Good Life.

Shanah Tovah u-Metukah Lodzer! We love you.

Rabbi Eli, Irina, and the Girls

Yes, hircine is a word! Look it up – or ask me next time. RE

L'Shana Tova

As we greet the start of 5782, we embrace the arrival of the new year with many mixed emotions: we have reason to celebrate, mourn, and give thanks for the experiences of the past year that unfolded with twists and turns and curveballs that challenged our human capacity for resilience. Yet, in this unique year, with the power of resilience, we have managed to deal with all three of these emotions, and a gamut of others as well.

Let’s open by thinking about celebrating the many blessings we have enjoyed. We celebrate that despite the need for physical distance that has been part of our normal for much of the past year and longer, we have benefited from technological means to stay connected with our extended family and friends, and our community has seized every opportunity to bring people together while adhering to public health guidelines. Indeed, we celebrate that in some measure, the COVID-19 pandemic has not won over us. Despite being made vulnerable, we are emerging stronger and more resolute as a community, ready for the next opportunities that the future holds for us.

We celebrate the vaccines that have allowed our leaders to open our city in measured steps so that we can resume some semblance of our previous lives, reconnecting friends and family, within the safety precautions recommended.

We also celebrate the extending of Israel’s stronger relations with an increasing circle of Arab countries, and we cherish the hope for a future of continued peace and growth.

At the same time, we mourn those lives claimed by the ongoing brutal grip of COVID-19 that lurks and pounces when unexpected, and we mourn our inability to have been there for them in their time of need in the way we would have wanted to be. We mourn those in Israel who have lost their lives defending Israel, during the recent operation with Gaza, and in ongoing attacks on civilians and IDF personnel. We mourn life the way we knew it.

Yet, we know that gratitude brings resilience and so, in conclusion, as 5781 draws to a close, we think about all we have to be thankful for. We extend our communal thanks to all those who continue, day after day, to dedicate themselves towards keeping us as safe as they can, so that we can function with a degree of normalcy and continue on with our lives. We are thankful that our children can finally return to their classrooms and reconnect with their friends. We are thankful that we live in Canada where vaccination statistics lead many other countries. We are thankful to our community who continue to support us and make the Lodzer the family shul we all love. And finally, I want to extend my thanks to my dedicated and talented choir members, who devote hours and days to rehearsing so that we can bring the joy of song to our services and hopefully inspire you through our melodies.

I wish each and every one of you Shana Tova U’Metuka – a sweet, healthy, and happy new year!

Cantor David

Shabbat Shalom

for Saturday, September 4th, 2021

Light Candles: 7:31 PM Friday

Shabbat Ends: 8:31 PM

Triennial - year 2

Torah Portion: Deuteronomy: Nitzavim

1: 29:9-11 pg 878-883

2: 29:12-14

3: 29:15-28

4: 30:1-6

5: 30:7-10

6: 30:11-14

7: 30:15-20

Maftir: 30:15-20 pg 882-883

Haftarah: Isaiah 61:10 - 63:9 pg 883-886

View/Download the Shabbat Prayers and Torah readings:



Today's Shabbat Service via zoom


Cantor David's Adon Olam - name that tune

Sponsored by

Alexandra Landsberg

Alex is also also laining the Haftara

All in honour of the 40 anniversary of her Bat Mitzvah

Rabbi Eli's - Sermon by Request

Sponsored by

Arnie Yudell

The topic is:

"Mutual acceptance and lack thereof among Jews"




Aug 29 Henry and Deborah Epstein

Aug 30 Michael and Annette Sacks

Sept 1 Simon and Rachelle Weisman

Sept 2 Ronald Csillag and Deborah Berlach

Sept 2 Howard Iseman and Susan Yellin


Sept 5 Pesa Katz

Sept 5 Helen Yellin

Sept 7 Chana Baola Koplowitz

Sept 7 Mordechai Koplowitz

Sept 7 Reuben and Golda Kreitzman

Sept 7 Ruth Shulman

Sept 8 Harry Kreitzman

Sept 9 Solomon Kliger father of Irene Szweras

Sept 10 Harris Maxwell

Sept 10 David Kamchi

Sept 10 Charles Richmond

Sept 10 Helen Rutkowski

Sept 11 Rose Sidenberg


It is the practice at The Lodzer to publish birth dates, (example: March 19 ...,) in the email and online versions of the weekly bulletin.


If any member doesn't want their birth date published, please notify Sarah.


Please join us this Saturday, September 4th at 9:30 AM

for Shabbat Nitzavim


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March 2020 was the last time we had the chance to meet freely at our second home, The Lodzer. Luckily we have Zoom. It allows us to meet on a regular basis and even wear pajama bottoms during the Shabbat and High Holy Days service.

Last week I put on my dress shoes, what an odd feeling.

Although the Lodzer remains largely closed to larger numbers, we recently started having people join us in person at the Shul.

Next time you enter The Lodzer you will see the facelift it received courtesy of the many volunteer hours Arnie Yudell put in. He painted the whole downstairs, including the kiddush room and bathrooms. Unfortunately, Arnie cannot build elevators. For that we need to hire professionals. I am sure that during Covid you found out that tradespeople are hard to find and those who work are expensive. There are certain items we must complete soon, like a new elevator. The old one has reached its limits according to the inspectors.

I urge you all to dig a little deeper to help us raise the needed funds to complete the bare necessities.

I am also looking for volunteers to help us bring the building to a clean and sanitary condition once we have the green light to reopen fully. Our caretaker was laid off March of 2020. They are ok thanks to all the government subsidies.

A professional cleaning crew will cost close to $4000 which we are trying to save.

I am looking forward to seeing you all either in Shul or on Zoom during the upcoming Holy Days.

Shana Tova to all, stay safe and healthy,

Rafi (

Monday, September 6

Erev Rosh Hashana, 5782

Service Schedule for ticket holders:

Rosh haShanah:

Sept 7 & 8 - 9 AM

Note that the September 11th HH Bulletin will be sent out at nightfall on the 2nd day of Rosh Hashana. Wednesday, Sept. 8th at 8:09 p.m.

Parsha of the Week

With Judy Hazan

Our class continued to meet weekly all through the Pandemic thanks to ZOOM. We have studied the Parsha now for 14 years – many of the people who started back in 2007 are still with us. This year, Zoom facilitated the addition of people from other cities to join us each week. We have several people from St. Catharines and Waterloo.

Parsha of the Week is a one-hour class that takes place every Wednesday night from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. The first half hour is a lecture format with the last half hour reserved for discussion. The purpose of the class is to dive into the weekly parsha and pull out its relevance and meaning for us today. We do this by studying commentaries from classical to contemporary; always with the goal of making Torah relevant to our lives today.

The class is open to all. No Hebrew is required. There is no cost. Just a willingness to learn, think and join your Lodzer friends and family for a meaningful hour once a week.

Lodzer Book Chat 2021-2022

Our Lodzer Book Chat meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm. We have been together for seven years, still growing strong and welcoming new people on an on-going basis.

During the pandemic we have been meeting on zoom. The zoom link is provided in the weekly Shabbat bulletin on the Tuesday of the week we meet. If this changes and we are able to meet in person we’ll meet at the Lodzer as before.

The books on the list have been chosen by people who attend regularly and we always have great choices for our discussions. Hope you can join us.

If you are new to Book Chat please contact We will ask you to subscribe to our weekly bulletin for Book Chat news and zoom link.

Nov. 18 - The Gown by Jennifer Robson

Dec.16 - They Left Us Everything by Plum Johnson

Jan. 20.- Letters Across the Sea by Genevieve Graham

Feb. 17 - The Light of Days by Judy Battalion

March 17 - The Magdalene Girls by V.S. Alexander

April 14 - The Woman With the Blue Star by Pam Jenoff

May 19 - Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland

June 16 - When Time Stopped by Ariana Neumann

July 21 - American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

August 18 - The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue

High Holyday Services

Check Your Inbox

High Holyday Subscribers/Ticket holders will receive an email with zoom instructions and a link to the Rosh Hashanah Day I and II Services.

- If you don't receive this e-mail by Friday or should you get stuck with any part of the zoom process, text first either Rafi at 647-294-3323 or Jeff at 416-464-4152.

Please allow us a few minutes to respond. If we need to speak with you, we will call you.

Should you be listening in on a landline only, please call us if you are lost in the process.

- Please make sure to join the zoom meetings at least 15 minutes before the beginning of the service.

We are excited to have you join our Lodzer congregational family Zoom High Holy Day services!

High Holyday tickets via zoom are still available until Friday, September 3rd.

Call, leave a message or e-mail

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Please CC: Rafi ==>

- In person and via zoom... All the information should be in the hi-holy day package that was sent out by mail.

Lodzer 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.

This Bulletin Cycle:

Wednesday, September 1st at 7:30 pm

Parsha with Judy

Nitzavim-Vayilech (excerpt)

This week we read a double portion of Torah. It is the last Shabbat of the year and the parsha presents us with some interesting ideas. At first glance the two names of the parshiot seem in contradiction with each other.

Nitzavim means ‘you are standing” and Vayeilech means “And he went out”. When a person stands he’s not going anywhere. And when a person goes, he is not standing on one place. So that’s a conundrum.

But a closer look provides some valuable insight.

The meaning of Nitzavim is not merely to stand, but rather to stand firmly. A Jew should feel strong about being Jewish and fulfill the mitzvot proudly. Nothing in the world should be able to budge him. Today, tomorrow, next week, and next year, he should continue keeping the laws of the Torah.

But standing firmly does not mean standing still.

Together with Nitzavim comes Vayeilech, which means ‘And he went.’ A Jew can never remain standing in one place. Ideally he or she is always moving forward to do more good deeds and become a better person.


full story:

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Wednesday Nights from 7:30 – 8:30 pm

For the next while, Parsha of the Week will be online via zoom.

Judy Hazan, Cell: 416-704-1693

If you would like to join us,

please email me and I will send you the link.

Next Tuesday & Beyond:

Wednesday, September 15

Erev Yom Kippur

Service Schedule for ticket holders:

Yom Kippur:

Sept 15

Kol Nidrei - 7:24 PM

Sept 16

Yom Kippur morning - 9:30 AM

The Rabbi's Hour - 5:25 PM

Mincha & Neilah - 6:10 PM

** End of Fast - 8:08 PM

Monday, September 20

Erev Sukkot

Service Schedule for ticket holders:

Sept 21

Sukkot, Day I - 9:30 AM

Monday, September 27

Sukkot VII (Hoshana Raba)

Tuesday, September 28

Shmini Atzeret (Yizkor)

Service Schedule for ticket holders:

Sept 28

Shemini Atzeret - 9:30 AM (Yizkor - approx. 10:45 AM)

Wednesday, September 29

Simchat Torah

Thursday, October 14th @ 7:30 PM

Book Chat via ZOOM

Next Book Chat

October 14th - The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem by Sarit Yishai-Levi

Gabriela's mother Luna is the most beautiful woman in all of Jerusalem, though her famed beauty and charm seem to be reserved for everyone but her daughter. Ever since Gabriela can remember, she and Luna have struggled to connect. But when tragedy strikes, Gabriela senses there's more to her mother than painted nails and lips.

Desperate to understand their relationship, Gabriela pieces together the stories of her family's previous generations—from Great-Grandmother Mercada the renowned healer, to Grandma Rosa who cleaned houses for the English, to Luna who had the nicest legs in Jerusalem. But as she uncovers shocking secrets, forbidden romances, and the family curse that links the women together, Gabriela must face a past and present far more complex than she ever imagined.

All happy families resemble one another,

each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way./LT


Below is the list of titles and dates for the monthly Lodzer Book Club Chats 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,

Stay tuned... we're making a list and checking it twice...

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.

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“Only at the Lodzer”

Where everyone has a voice.

The parable of the Rabbi and the goat

A Jew came to the Rabbi, begging for advice.

"Rabbi, my life is unbearable. I work hard all day but we are very poor. My wife and I and our six children all live in a one-room shack. Our clothes are threadbare, we hardly have food, what shall we do?"

The Rabbi pondered and then gave the man a coin from the charity box, and said, "Buy a goat."

"You mean, so we can have free milk?"

The Rabbi nodded.

"But Rabbi, even if we could afford a goat, we don't have a barn or even a yard to keep a goat in."

"So keep it in the house with you."

The man was puzzled, but there was no questioning the wisdom of the Rabbi. He went and bought a goat and took it home.

A week later he came back to the Rabbi.

"Oh Rabbi! I really don't want to sound ungrateful for your advice, but life is horrible! My wife and I and our six children and the goat are really really crowded in our little home. The noise, the stench! The goat eats our food and our clothes! Please help!"

The Rabbi pondered some more, and said, "Sell the goat."

After two days the Jew came back.

"Oh Rabbi! You are so wise! I sold the goat like you told me, and now life is wonderful! So much space in our peaceful home! So wonderful to have clothes and food not disappear on us! Thank you so much!"

Previous Shabbat

Lodzer Service - Ki Tavo


Birkot haShachar - 00:00:21

Shacharit - 00:05:47

Torah service - 00:24:08

Haftarah - 01:01:55

Rabbi's Words - 01:20:18 <<== currently queued up

Musaf - 01:36:41

Announcements - 01:46:50

Conclusion of the service - 01:56:10

Cantor David's Adon Olam - name that tune

Sponsored by

Susan Yellin

in honour of her mother's yahrzeit,

which will take place on Sept. 5th

to the tune of "Cheek to Cheek" - Irving Berlin (1934-35)

Words of Wisdom for September, 2021

from Marilyn Richmond

Be kind to yourself


Be kind to others

Pull Out of Antisemitic UN Durban Conference

Appeal to all United Nations Member States:

Citing historic concerns regarding antisemitism, Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States have announced that they will not attend the UN’s Durban Conference anniversary later this year. I welcome these announcements and call on all other countries to follow.

The Durban process, since its inception at the 2001 World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa, has included ugly displays of intolerance and antisemitism.

UN Watch started this petition to António Guterres (Secretary General of the United Nations)



- We know less about where we're heading than where we've been.

- As Jews we retell the same stories over and over and over again, lest we forget.

- At times our Jewishness seems like it's defined by our suffering. Erasing our past will not prevent future suffering.

- Hope is wishful thinking re-branded. Hope is easy. Knowledge is hard.

- We learn from our past... hopefully.

Thursday, September 14

8 Tishri, 2935

826 BCE


Temple Dedicated

The 14-day dedication festivities, celebrating the completion of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem built by King Solomon, commenced on the 8th of Tishrei of the year 2935 from creation (826 BCE). The First Temple served as the epicenter of Jewish national and spiritual life for 410 year, until its destruction by the Babylonians in 423 BCE.

We’ve been around awhile!

The Holy Temple is the Divine "home" and "place," as the "gate of Heaven" for man's service of G-d, and as the ultimate embodiment of G-d's desire to create life and mankind's endeavor to sanctify it.

September 15, 2007


International Day of Democracy

In 2007 the United Nations General Assembly resolved to observe 15 September as the International Day of Democracy - with the purpose of promoting and upholding the principles of democracy - and invited all member states and organizations to commemorate the day in an appropriate manner that contributes to raising public awareness.

“Peace is much more precious than a piece of land... let there be no more wars.”

"The Israeli People Live!"

September 17, 1978


The Camp David Accords

Anwar Sadat

The Camp David Accords, establishing peace between Israel and Egypt, were signed by Anwar El Sadat and Menachem Begin on this date in 1978 with U.S. President Jimmy Carter serving as witness and facilitator. The Accords resulted in Israel’s withdrawal from the Sinai, which was restored to Egypt; recognition of Israel by Egypt, which became the first Arab state involved in earlier wars with Israel to do so; agreement by Israel to permit the establishment of a “self-governing authority” in the Palestinian territories and to withdraw from the occupied territories; the firm entry of Egypt into the pro-American bloc of Middle Eastern states (which came to include, most significantly, Jordan and Saudi Arabia); and a Nobel Peace Prize shared by Begin and Sadat — who would be assassinated for his peace-making in 1981.

Will there ever be another Arab leader willing to make peace with Israel?

September 22, 2007


Marcel Marceau

Until his death at age 84, Marcel performed 300 times a year and taught 4 hours a day at his pantomime school in Paris . He died on Yom Kippur, 2007.

It’s good to Shut up Sometimes

Born to a Jewish family in Strasbourg , France in 1923, young Marcel Mangel discovered Charlie Chaplin at age five and became an avid fan. He entertained his friends with Chaplin imitations, and dreamed of starring in silent movies.

Marcel (Mangel) Marceau

When Marcel was 16, the Nazis marched into France , and the Jews of Strasbourg - near the German border - had to flee for their lives. Marcel changed his last name to Marceau to avoid being identified as Jewish, and joined the French resistance movement.

Masquerading as a boy scout, Marcel evacuated a Jewish orphanage in eastern France . He told the children he was taking them on a vacation in the Alps, and led them to safety in Switzerland . Marcel made the perilous journey three times, saving hundreds of Jewish orphans. He was able to avoid detection by entertaining the children with silent pantomime.

September 28, 2016


Shimon Peres

Shimon Peres was the last of Israel's founding fathers.

Ariel Sharon, David Ben-Gurion, Levi Eshkol, Moshe Dayan, Moshe Sharett, Golda Meir, Yigal Allon, Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Shamir, and Yitzhak Rabin are all gone.

And now so is Shimon Peres.

Community Section


1953 - 2021

12 Heaton Street, M3H 4Y6 (416) 636-6665


"Lodzer Congregation" YouTube channel


At this time, our Shul is Safely Reopening

for Shabbat Services only

By reservations only - 10 members from the Lodzer will join our clergy in the sanctuary for Shabbat services.

Ontario guidelines for faith-based services will be followed:

To be allowed to attend services in person, you must have received your second vaccination at least two weeks prior to attendance and provide written proof of receiving the second dose to Rafi via email.

PDF downloads of your "vaccination receipts" are accessible at

"You have received 2 valid dose(s)"

That's what we want to see.

Print the 2nd dose information page


save as pdf and attach/enclose in an email, To:

You will only be required to provide the vaccine certificate once. It will be kept on file in the office for reference. For the time being, that is all that is required to gain access to the Lodzer for Shabbat services.

No one shall be admitted without previously registering

and previously providing proof of vaccination.

Make joy on Shabbat in your own home.

Live from 'The Lodzer' Sanctuary

with Rabbi Eli & Cantor David via Zoom!

also with:

Ba'alat Koreh: Arlene Moshe

Haftarah: Phil Drash

Gabba'im: Rafi and Arnie

D'var: Rabbi Eli; Judy Hazan

Lodzer President, Jeff Shabes

and each and everyone one of us who joins in on the service.

Once the service starts, everybody's microphone will be muted other than for those who are leading the service or participating at each given moment (e.g. getting an Aliyah).

At some point after the Shabbat Kiddush L'Chayim the service will conclude and recording of the service will be stopped.

You are encouraged to hang around for Good News/Bad News, to shmooze and wish everyone Gut Shabbos.

We do not post zoom meeting IDs nor passwords on nor on social media.

Please share zoom invitations via e-mail only.

"Please share this invitation only through direct communication to the people you know personally. Guests are always welcome at our services, this is merely a safety measure."

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Rabbi Eli's Shabbat sermon

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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, (for a suggested donation of $72,) and then monitor the zoom chat to see who was able to Name that Tune.


Sponsoring a zoom Shabbat Service

Is a great way to commemorate any milestone

from a birth, birthday, bar/bat mitzvah, anniversary, graduation, or a loved one's yahrzeit

and an important way in which you can support the Lodzer Congregation.

Any and every donation is appreciated.

Morning Minyans via ZOOM

by request only

Do you need a Minyan?

Whether an anniversary, birthday, Yahrzeit or any other important occasion, 'The Lodzer' will strive to organize an on-line minyan for you.

Advanced notice required - Contact Sarah or Rafi.

Join our Lodzer Minyanaires.

“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

and special musical Birkat HaChodesh Services

featuring Cantor David Young.

via zoom

Shabbat Mevorchim

October 2 - Cheshvan: Thursday, October 7

October 30 - Kislev: Friday, November 5

November 27 - Tevet: Saturday, December 4 - 5

January 1, 2022 - Sh'vat: Monday, January 3, 2022

Yizkor Services

Sunday, August 29, 2021 - pre Rosh Hashana

September 16, 2021 - Yom Kippur

September 28, 2021 - Shemini Atzeret

April 23, 2022 - Passover

June 6, 2022 - 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'alat 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

Shabbat eBulletin &

Editor: Charles Greene

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Morning Minyan

Sunday - Friday: 9:00 am

Run by Arthur Zins

Breakfast following services

Come Daven, Fress & Schmooze

Our daily Minyans are suspended amid covid-19 concerns.


Sponsoring a zoom Shabbat Service

is a great way to commemorate any milestone

from a birth, birthday, bar/bat mitzvah, anniversary, graduation, or a loved one's yahrzeit

and an important way in which you can support the Lodzer Congregation.

About Us

The Lodzer Centre Congregation is a Conservative Egalitarian shul located one block north-west of Bathurst and Sheppard. The Lodzer offers a progressive Conservative liturgy, led by Rabbi Eli Courante and Cantor David Young. New members are always welcome.

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