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Shabbat Bulletin - January 16, 2016

Shabbat Shalom,

As a Conservative, egalitarian synagogue, women participate in all aspects of the service receiving aliyot to the Torah and count in a minyan.

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Special Thanks:

Rabbi Eli Courante

A special thanks to Rabbi Eli Courante for leading our services this past Shabbat. Thanks to all who made that special effort to come out and meet him.

Thanks also to the Bell and Grossman families for sponsoring the Kiddush.

Rabbi Courante was born in Odessa, obtained his Smicha in Israel and spent over 10 years with a St Catharines congregation.

We are in the very early stages of determining whether Rabbi Courante would be a suitable fit to help with our synagogue needs. Please give us your opinion.

Rabbi Courante recently moved to Toronto with his wife Irina and their daughters Rachel and Arielle.

Miss a Shabbat, miss a lot.

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Rabbi Eli, tells the story of the Swedish Log Candle Stove to boil a kettle of water for tea.

Big ideas can bring transformative change to a people. Think about the transformative change the jewish people went through to arrive where they are today. The history of the jewish people as written in the Torah has shaped our journey and ultimately our destination.

4th Annual Kosher Chinese Dinner and Movie

As usual, this event was an outstanding success. The food was delicious and everyone enjoyed the terrific classic Israeli movie. More importantly, the atmosphere and ambience was one of complete relaxation and enjoyment -- an evening with family and friends.


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Here's the link to our Lodzer Congregation 2015 Xmas Eve Party picture collection.


I eat Chinese food on Christmas

Go to the movie theatre, too

‘Cause there just ain’t much else to do on Christmas

When you’re a Jew

Chinese Food on Christmas -- Brandon Walker

We will never forget!


How Marcel Marceau Started Miming to Save Children from the Holocaust. Quite a story:

There’s so much out there -- so much is relevant today.

Quotes of the Day - Sayings for Prayings

Robert F. Kennedy: Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope; and crossing each other from a million different centres of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.

This week’s Puzzle  -- by Marilyn Richmond

A man was driving a truck on the highway and there was a sign at a bridge ahead saying the Clearance Level. 

The man decided to ignore the sign or maybe he thought the truck would be able to pass under the bridge, but in any case,  the truck stuck firmly: the roof of the truck to the bottom of the bridge.

Police,  Ambulance,  Emergency Rescue,  Engineers,  City Officials, were all called to the scene as traffic backed up for miles behind the truck.  No expert knew how to solve the problem.

A young boy in one of the cars that was behind the truck,  called out of the window of the car

to the Mayor.

I know how to solve this problem.

What did the boy say to do to solve the problem?

Solution: The answer will be given at shul on Shabbat.

Daily Minyan

7 days a week at 9:00 am

Sunday – Friday: includes Breakfast following

Saturdays: Shabbat Service begins at 9:30 am and includes Kiddush Luncheon

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 call Sarah Senior, Lodzer Office Administrator,

for more information and to order:  416 636-6665

Lodzer committee members needed!

Help is always needed at the shul. Volunteer for a committee – you’ll be appreciated! Just call the office – 416-636-6665 and put your name in. The committee Chairperson will contact you. Membership Fundrasing Education Social Programming House Minyan Religious Holocaust Future Planning Music Cemetery

Lodzer Sisterhood Cookbooks

Great Gifts – just $20 each

Contact the Office at 416- 636- 6665

Tree of Life or Seat Plaques

Remember family and friends by purchasing a leaf on our tree of life or a sanctuary seat plaque. Call the office at 416 636-6665.


Jeff Shabes, Pres.

Harvey Storm, 1st Vice Pres.

Jonathan Usher, 2nd Vice Pres.

Morry Nosak, Treasurer

Marilyn Richmond, Secretary                                              

Board Members

Joe Ber

Roz Greene

Henry Epstein

Rafi Remez

Frank Steiman

Arnie Yudell

Honourary Member

Leon Pasternak

Cantor: Marcel Cohen

B’aal Koreh: Harvey Bitterman

Gabbai: Arnie Yudell

Bulletin Editor: Jonathan Usher

Office Manager

Sarah Senior

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Who we are -- Contact Info


Bar and Bat Mitzvah’s

High Holy Days 2016

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The Skystar 180 tactical aerostat system developed by RT Ita Systems was recently used to protect world leaders at the UN climate summit in Paris.

Photo credit: (Photo courtesy RT Ita Systems)

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Events -- one stop shopping


7:30-8:30 pm

Parsha of The Week (POW)

with Judy Hazan

Join this lively group every Wednesday night at 7:30 at The Lodzer where we study the week’s sedra together. Classes are informal and no prior knowledge or preparation is required. The purpose of the class is to learn the story of the parsha, determine its most important elements and tie its morals and lessons into our daily lives. This is open to the public and there is no cost.

For more information contact Judy Hazan 416-704-1693


after the kiddush

Pirke Avoth Discussion Group

with Jonathan Usher

Every shabbat, after the kiddush there is a vibrant discussion of

one Mishnah of Pirke Avoth.

Chesed/Benevolent Committee

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Words of Appreciation

Many, many thanks for the good wishes to Rick for a speedy recovery and for planting a tree with JNF.  This support was very much appreciated.

Eda and Rick Kardonne and family.

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.

Office Hours

Monday through Thursday

9 am - 1 pm and 2 pm - 4 pm


9 am to 1 pm


January 16, 2016

Kiddush Lunch

Torah Times

Shabbat Services: 9:30 am.

Based on a Triennial Year

Torah Reading:

Bo: 12:29 - 13:16 (Pg. 258)

Haftorah reading:

Jeremiah: 46:13 - 46:28  (Pg.263 )

Candle Lighting: 4:49 p.m. – Friday

Havdalah: 5:59 p.m. – Saturday

This week’s kiddush is provided by the Lodzer

To sponsor a Kiddush please call the office 416-636-6665


January 18, 2016

7:30 pm


Book Chat

Please join us.  Our next book is "As A Driven Leaf" by Milton Steinberg.  We'll meet at the shul. Milton Steinberg was an American rabbi and author.  His  magnificent 1939 novel "As A Driven Leaf" brings the age of the Talmud to life and explores Elisha Ben Abuyah's unsuccessful struggle to live in two worlds.

The next book will be  "Have A Little Faith" by Mitch Albom, The date will be decided at our January 18 meeting.

For more information contact


23 January

from 2 to 6 pm

at Beth David

Annual Shabbat Unplugged!


Lodzer Centre is invited to Beth David's Annual Shabbat Unplugged!

It's a wonderful way  to spend an afternoon to relax, enjoy time with family, friends and community, "unplugged" from the routines of our regular week.

There will be activities for all ages:

a Board game room with classics and new games for all ages - Spot It; Othello; Settlers of Catan; Monopoly; Scrabble; Ticket to Ride AND Mah Jong.

Learning opportunities for adults - led by Beth David members

Learning sessions with our Rabbinic Intern Bryan Wexler

Activities in the gym for kids and teens

Activities led by our wonderful Shinshinim Noa and Itay

Shmoozing and Noshing

Delicious Seudah Shlishit (light dinner)

Musical Havdallah - followed by a sing-a-long

The afternoon is free but please register at so that they know how many people to plan for.

Birthdays, Anniversaries, Yahrzeits


Jan. 16  Samara Bell

Jan. 18  Dennis Malet

Jan. 19  Bina Blumenfeld



Jan. 17  Abraham Jackson, father of Simon

Jan. 17  Elik Lew, father of Sidney

Jan. 19  Yochevet Band, mother of Brenda Ladowski

Jan. 21  Joseph Steiman, grandfather of Frank

Jonathan’s Parsha of the Week

THE TORAH PORTION - from - Reflections by Rabbi Yehoshua Berman

Article in -  Invoking creation in the story of the Ten Plaques  by Zion Zevit

Bo (Exodus 10:1-13:16)

Educating Our Children

Rabbi Yaakov Weinberg pointed out a very interesting insight. The verse says, "And in order that you should tell into the ears of your son and your son's son that which I did in Egypt and My signs that I placed in them and you will know that I am Hashem (10:2)." Note, said Rabbi Weinberg, that the verse does not simply say you shall tell your son, rather it says you shall tell into the ears of your son. This teaches us that even when the child is not yet old enough to comprehend the account of Yetzias Mitzrayim, you should nevertheless say the words into his ears. If you get him to simply hear the words, you have achieved a great accomplishment.

The obligation is to teach the child these verses so that his very beginning to learn how to talk will be through these verses. Explains the Aruch Ha'Shulchan, (3) by doing so you are implanting the foundations of conviction in Torah and its Giver into the child's heart.

This is a fundamental concept in chinuch, education. Children's minds and hearts are like sponges and they readily absorb whatever you put into them. How careful, then, we must be to ensure that our children are only exposed to sounds and sights that will fill them with a great desire to follow the Torah - to be a moral, good, and kind person; and children must be guarded with the utmost of care from any and all negative influences.

Another fundamental we must take note of in this context is that education is a gradual, deliberate process. Sure, your child doesn't understand this lofty concept or involved topic right now, but you'll keep repeating the statements and ideas to him over the course of many years and eventually he will indeed get it.

By the way, as Rabbi Weinberg so aptly pointed out, in truth we must guard ourselves from negative, evil influences just as much as we must guard our children. It is just that since children are so obviously impressionable, we are much more readily able to understand and accept the need for prudence. If one thinks honestly about the issue, though, one will realize that the only reason why one may be more permissive with oneself than with one's children is merely that one wants to excuse one's own inappropriate indulgence of desires whereas for the child - who is so clearly impressionable - one remains unwilling to make such allowances (and the fact that the child's desires are not felt as his own also makes it easy to discount them). This is an extremely important point to contemplate.

Jonathan’s Pirke Avoth for the week

Pirke Avoth Perek 1 Mishnah 6

Note: This commentary is taken from Ethics from Sinai by Irving M. Bunim. Some sentences of the commentaries have been taken verbatim (in quotes) and others have been summarized. All relate to Mishnah 2. The Questions are my own.

Joshua ben P’rahtah and Nittai of Arbela received the tradition from them [the above Sages]. Joshua ben P’rahyah said: Provide yourself with a teacher; win for yourself a companion; and judge every man in a favorable, meritorious light.

There are different paths in Judaism. “Soon after you become aware of the differences, it is important that you adopt a specific approach and proceed to deepen your religiosity in a consistent and systematic way….

Select a rabbi and follow his derech, his approach. In the realm of practical Judaism this will also lead to clarity and certainty.”

“A friend, therefore, has to be ‘bought’, not with money of course, but with attention, concern and love. Friendship does not come gratis; it requires your time and regard.”

Question: Is sympatico rather than effort the basis of friendship?

“Justice is symbolized by a pair of scales…. when the scales are balanced and we do not really know, then give the man the benefit of the doubt.” “ If you wish to find some merit in a person , judge him as a whole. You will surely find some redeeming feature, some commendable achievement, some praiseworthy character-trait.”

Question: However, may not the person, taken as a whole, also have

                some character traits that are wholly unacceptable?

“The limitation inherent in our institutions of justice is that they can judge only the act and not the man.”

Question: In our legal system, doesn't the severity of the  sentence

                 reflect the person and not just the one act?

“There is a basic principle widely accepted throughout the Rabbinic literature: It asserts that the same general criterion which an individual uses in relation to others will be used by Heaven in relation to him.”

Question 1: Do we have any idea of what is going on in Heaven?

Question 2: Is the statement about judgments in Heaven helpful?