J a n u a r y  1 6,  2 0 2 1          3 Sh'vat, 5781

'The Lodzer' Shabbat Bulletin

(week 44)

Phones and e-mail 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.
for Saturday, January 16th, 2021

Light Candles: 4:49 PM Friday
Shabbat Ends: 5:55 PM

Triennial Year 2
Torah Portion: Exodus:Vayera
1:   7: 8-13  pg 235-240
2:   7: 14-18
3:   7: 19-25
4:   7: 26-29
5:   8: 1-6
6:   8: 7-11
7:   8: 12-15
maftir: 8: 12-15  pg 239-240

Ezekiel 28:25 - 29:21  pg 244-247

View/Download the Shabbat Prayers and Torah readings:



Jan. 18. Dennis Malet
Jan. 21. Pearl Fish

Jan. 21. Irving and Honey Spitzen

Jan. 18. Louis Hercberg, father of Helen Storm
Jan. 18. Jack Rosen, father of Norm
Jan. 19. Thelma Pechenick, great-aunt of Pearl Rosen
Jan. 20. Erik Lew, father of Sidney
Jan. 22. Yochvet Band, father of Brenda Ladowski


Today's Shabbat Service via zoom
is sponsored by
Helen and Harvey Storm
in honour of Helen's father's yhortzeit
Louis Hercberg
on January 18th.

Adon Olam - name that tune
is sponsored by
the Weiser Family
in gratitude for you all being there
for all of us
through this time of Covid.


Please join us this Saturday, January 16th at 9:30 AM
for Shabbat Vayera


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Snake Rod

“And He (G-d) said, "Cast it (the staff) to the ground," and he (Moses) cast it to the ground, and it became a serpent, and Moses fled from before it.”

Moses was frightened by the sight of the snake. G-d then instructs Moses to overcome his fear and grab the snake.

And the Lord said to Moses, "Stretch forth your hand and take hold of its tail." So Moses stretched forth his hand and grasped it, and it became a staff in his hand.

The message to Moses was that the first step on the road to inner freedom, the first step in taking control of one’s life, is the recognition that the curse of the serpent (in the Garden of Eden) as the enemy of man can be healed.

As soon as Moses grabbed the serpent in his hand, as soon as he resolved to take control of and channel his animalistic desires and passions, that passion ceased to be a destructive serpent and, when applied correctly, fueled an outburst of targeted positive growth.   

This then was the message to Pharaoh: you may continue using the power of your kingdom to dominate and enslave, to be a destructive serpent, which will eventually lead to the ruination of Egypt, or you may channel the mighty power of your empire to be a source of positivity for all people. The choice is yours.

The key to internal freedom is the understanding that we are not enslaved to our inner negativity and we are not entrapped by our inner serpent. To free ourselves we must realize that the passion disguised as a serpent can and must be elevated, channeled, and, when grasped by the mind, becomes a source of support and fuel for all that is pure and kind.

Embrace and channel your inner demons for good.
  Last week  

Lodzer Service - Shabbat Shemot

Birkot haShachar - 00:00:18 
Shacharit - 00:06:15 
Torah service - 00:26:34
Haftarah - 01:42:40 
Blessing of the New Moon - 01:14:19 
D'var Torah, Judy Hazan - 01:26:10    <<== currently queued up
Musaf - 01:34:02
Announcements - 01:45:21
Conclusion of the service - 01:51:50

Adon Olam - name that tune
was sponsored by
Mira Dilouya
to the tune of "Hit The Road Jack" - Ray Charles (1961)
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.
Wednesday, January 13th at 7:30 pm

Parsha with Judy

Start the New Year off Right!
Add a little Torah to your life - Join our class - we've started the Book of Exodus - all are welcome!

Judy Hazan is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
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Vayera (excerpt)
Alan Dershowitz writes “Abraham’s argument with God raises one of the most troubling and recurring issues of theology: Can God’s justice be judged by human beings according to standards of human justice? The alternative is to accept that whatever God does – regardless of how unjust it may seem to us, is just. But how can we reconcile this in terms of the flood, the binding of Isaac, the Job story and the Holocaust.   

Dershowitz says “We cannot abdicate our own human responsibility to define justice in human terms. Such an approach is the first step on the road to fundamentalism.” 

The chapter goes on to contrast the story of Job with the story of Abraham – Job is rebuked by God for questioning the killing of his innocent children- Abraham argues with God over the fate of Sodom and Gemorah and God actually reasons together with him. Dershowitz writes, “The God who rebukes Job for trying to understand an obvious injustice is a God who promotes unthinking fundamentalism. One of the beauties of the Bible is that even its God speaks in different voices over time.” 

What’s interesting here is also the fact that Abraham argues with G-d over destroying Sodom and Gomorrah but accepts his command to sacrifice his son Isaac with no argument.

full story:

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Thursday, January 14th @ 7:30 PM

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January 14 - Day After Night by Anita Diamant 
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Thursday, February 11th @ 7:30 PM

Book Chat via ZOOM
Next Book Chat
February 11 - I Want You to Know We Are Still Here by Esther Safran Foer
Born in a displaced persons camp in Lodz, Poland, Foer grew up in Washington, DC with the Holocaust looming in the background of daily life, but never openly discussed. The result was a childhood marked by painful silences and continued tragedy, including her father’s death by suicide in 1954. Years later, her mother casually mentioned an astonishing revelation—that her father had a previous wife and daughter, both murdered in the Holocaust. Foer was left with even more questions and virtually no way to get them answered. Foer wrote, “I had grown up surrounded by ghosts—haunted by relatives who were rarely talked about and by stories that no one would share.” Foer committed herself to finding out who his wife and daughter—her half-sister—were and how her father had survived.

Armed with a photograph, a hand-drawn map, and a few leads that only came to light after the publication of her son Jonathan’s novel, Everything Is Illuminated, she traveled to Ukraine with her journalist son Franklin to locate the shtetl where her father hid during World War II. What she found reshaped her identity and gave her the opportunity to finally mourn. Foer’s poignant story is of four generations of survivors, storytellers, and memory keepers living in the shadow of the Holocaust, resolved to keep the past alive and imbue the present with deeper meaning.
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,
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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“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.’
Behind the scenes virtual tour of the Yad Vashem's Holocaust History Museum

COVID-19 has kept the doors of the Jewish people's memorial to the Holocaust closed for most of the year, but Yad Vashem is offering new and innovative ways to keep Yad Vashem accessible to the general public. We invite you to explore the history of the Holocaust with one of Yad Vashem's expert guides on a one-of-a-kind virtualtour of the Holocaust History Museum. This exclusive online visit to some of our galleries will give you the opportunity to encounter the fascinating stories behind the personal items on display.
Tu Bishvat is a joyous Jewish holiday that celebrates trees and nature. It brings us back to our roots, literally. Learn how to celebrate this nature-loving holiday with naturalist and former park ranger Deborah Newbrun. What will you do to celebrate the birthday of the trees?

The name of this holiday is often spelled Tu B'Shevat or Tu B'Shvat by some - this is a fun digression we're not going to get into here, but just know that Hebrew grammar nerds love to talk about this.
Tu B'shvat is a Jewish holiday that occurs on the 15th of the Hebrew month Shevat, which is usually around January or February in the secular calendar. 
Dr. David Iluz of BIU's  Department of Geography and Environment and of The Mina & Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences explains the significance of the trees of the seven species to the Jewish identity and the Israeli culture.
Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap
but by the seeds you plant.


Tu BiShevat (Shevat 15)
New Year for Trees

Thursday, January 28th

Tu BiShevat marks the beginning of a "New Year for Trees." This is the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in the Land of Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle. 
We mark the day by eating fruit, particularly from the "Seven Kinds" that are singled out by the Torah in its praise of the bounty of the Holy Land (wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates). 
Legally, the "New Year for Trees" relates to the various tithes that must be separated from produce grown in the Holy Land.
On this day we also remember that "Man is a tree of the field" and reflect on the lessons we can derive from our botanical analogue...
Tikkun olam - repair the world
Bal Tashchit - you must not destroy

Community Section

Thursday, January 14th @ 11am
January 27, 2021 at TBA
International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Yad Vashem will debut the first-ever virtual tour of Block 27 – the most visited international pavilion in Auschwitz I.
During pre-COVID times, there were more than 200,000 visitors to Block 27 each year.
Block 27 was developed by Yad Vashem and was officially opened on June 13, 2013.

The exhibition is divided into several galleries, focusing on Jewish life before the war, the ideology of the Nazis and the extermination of Jews within the Nazi-occupied Europe. There is one room dedicated to the memory of children murdered during the Holocaust. In it, you can see the work of artist Michal Rovner, who used dozens of children's drawings in her creation.

At the end of the exhibition, is a section dedicated to memory, including a book of names of victims of the Holocaust collected by the Yad Vashem Institute, as well as Reflection Centre.

Note: This event will be pre-recorded. It will debut on January 27, 2021, but will be available for viewing after this date. More details to join the event will be forthcoming.
Wednesday, January 27th @ 6pm
Holocaust Remembrance Day
Each year on January 27, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) hosts a program in recognition of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Historically, the program has been a conference that included speakers from all over the world to share their thoughts and insights into the future of Holocaust education. The program brings together academics, educators, school board representatives, police, academics, and more. As we navigate ourselves through the COVID-19 pandemic our work in changing the course of human rights education is more important than ever.

Please join us on January 27, 2021 as we host, in partnership, a virtual program featuring guest speakers, Heather Dune Macadam and Michael Berenbaum who will share their insights on the future of Holocaust education.

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Last year, 2020, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center commemorated the first International Holocaust Remembrance Day officially recognized by the City of Toronto.
Sunday February 21st at 1:00 pm
Kulanu invites you to an upcoming webinar on the Jewish community in Suriname.

Details to follow


Suriname and the Holocaust - Then and Now
History of Suriname Jewish community (the oldest existing Jewish community in the Americas), Suriname as a safe haven to Jews during the Holocaust, how 104 members or 15% of the Suriname Jewish community died in the Holocaust, personal stories of victims (i.e. Samuel Fernandes, a Dutch underground hero) and the story about the 2016 ceremony to unveil a Memorial monument for those 104 victims.
Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
CIJR - Kulanu - hosted by The Lodzer

Slide Presentation and Q & A by:
Jacob Steinberg was working for over two years as a consultant to a gold mining company in Suriname. Jacob became part of this isolated Jewish community. He is now the Kulanu coordinator for the Suriname Jewish Community and is making every effort to help them reconnect to the worldwide Jewish community. 
1953 - 2021
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Haftarah: Phil Drash
Gabba'im: Rafi and Arnie
D'var: Rabbi Eli; Judy Hazan
Lodzer President, Jeff Shabes
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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, (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
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Whether an anniversary, birthday, Yahrzeit 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 RabbiEli@Lodzer.ca 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 and his Corona Choir.

 via zoom 
Shabbat Mevorchim
January 9 - Sh'vat, Thursday, January 14
February 6 - Adar, Fri-Sat, February 12-13
March 13 - Nisan, Sunday, March 14
April 10 - Iyyar, Mon-Tue, April 12-13
May 8 - Sivan, Wednesday, May 12

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 -  President@Lodzer.ca
Harvey Storm, 1st VP
Morry Nosak, 2nd VP & Treasurer
Rafi Remez, Secretary - Gabbai@Lodzer.ca
Judy Hazan, Programming
Josef Ber
Roz Greene
Syd Markowitz
Marilyn Richmond

Sisterhood • P.O.W. • Programming

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Our daily Minyans are suspended amid covid-19 concerns.



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