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THE LODZER SYNAGOGUE

Shabbat Bulletin - July 30, 2016




Make shul and Judaism an important part of your lifestyle

If you have an inspiring story, let us know. Give credit where credit is due.







Shaar Shalom Synagogue has closed.

If you have friends that belonged to that synagogue please ask them to come and see if they like our synagogue, our style, and our services.


Shalom B’bayit  (Peace in the Home)


We live together in our spiritual home in a spirit of mutual respect and cooperation. The bulletin is an extension and reflection of that home.


The bulletin at times pushes boundaries, fails and learns from failure.

Enjoy the ride and/or help us pave the way.


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Birthdays


July 26  Ida Ash
July 29  Avi Barkin

July 31  Eugene Opler
Aug. 4  Allan Hoffer
Aug. 5  Irene Szweras


Anniversaries

July 23  Sheldon & Marilyn Richmond

July 30  Gerald & Leila Young

Yahrzeits


July 25  Sara Koplowitz, wife of Israel

             and mother of Shirley Smoskowitz
July 27  Elka Richmond, mother of Sheldon
July 27  Esther Storm, mother of Harvey

July 30  Frida Nadler, mother of Sam
Aug. 2   Pepi Mozes, wife of Marcel
Aug. 2   Lola Zaidman,

            mother of Leo Zaidman and Sally Berger
Aug. 3  David gould, husband of Helen
Aug. 3  Jack Manley, father of Neil
Aug. 4  Sadie Applebaum,

            mother of Sheilah Solomon




Quotes of the Day

It does not matter  if no one else can see your act of kindness.

You’ve inspired yourself.

(Erica Brown)


“When the heart is full, the eyes overflow”
(Sholem Aleichem)



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Rosh Chodesh Tammuz ushers in the period of the calendar when we prepare for Tishah B'Av, reminding us what we all know too well where sinat hinam can lead human beings - both historically and in modern times.


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Wednesdays

7:30-8:30 pm

Parsha of The Week

(POW)

with Judy Hazan



POW returns Sept. 7

Enjoy the Summer!


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Join this lively group every Wednesday night at 7:30 PM 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


Shabbat

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.


“Welcome everyone with joy”


Saturday,

July 30

24 Tamuz


Birkot

ha-Shachar

9:12 AM

Led by

Frank Steiman


Yishtabach

9:30 AM


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(Hats On!)

Kiddush Lunch








This week’s Kiddush is sponsored by:


The Lodzer Congregation




Torah Times

Torah Reading: Triennial Year 3

Parashat Pinchas


1: 28:16 - 28:25 (pg. 695)
2: 28:26 - 28:31
3: 29:1 - 29:6
4: 29:7 - 29:11
5: 29:12 - 29:16
6: 29:17 - 29:28
7: 29:29 - 30:1
maftir: 29:35 - 30:1
Haftarah:
Jeremiah 1 - 2:3 (pg. 710)


Candle Lighting: 8:25 p.m. – Friday

Havdalah: 9:31 p.m. – Saturday



Friday,

August 5

1 Av


Rosh Chodesh

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(DB, 12 years ago.)

Saturday,

August 6

2 Av


Birkot

ha-Shachar

9:12 AM

Led by

Frank Steiman


Yishtabach

9:30 AM

Kiddush Lunch


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Freda Kon,

Syd & Lily Markowitz


are co-sponsoring the kiddish for the yahrzeits of


Leo Kon

And

Harry Markowitz











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Saturday,

August 13

9 Av


Birkot

ha-Shachar

9:12 AM

Led by

Frank Steiman


Yishtabach

9:30 AM

Kiddush Lunch



To sponsor a Kiddush

please call the office

416-636-6665





Tisha B'Av Service at Lodzer       
                
Starting with Mincha

at 8:15 p.m.

Sunday,

August 14

10 Av


Tisha B'Av Service at Lodzer


9 a.m.

Why Is Tisha B'Av

Important For Israel?


As we go about our daily lives, how important is it to recall the painful destruction that the Jewish people have endured time and time again?

Is there a way to translate this memory of the past into action for the future?

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Sunday,

August 21

7 PM

Lodzer

Centre

Congregation


12 Heaton St.

416-636-6665

All classes are on Sunday at 7 pm:

Free of charge.

Donations are welcome.

Refreshments will be served following

each presentation.


This project is funded

In part by the

Government of Canada

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The History of Klezmer Music.


Presentation by:

Raisa and Viktor Orshansky

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Sunday,

August 28

7 PM

Lodzer

Centre

Congregation


12 Heaton St.

416-636-6665

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"Where Does that Tune

Come From?"


The Musical Origin of Popular Jewish Melodies.


Presentation by:

Charles Heller

Sunday,

September 11

7 PM

Lodzer

Centre

Congregation


12 Heaton St.

416-636-6665

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The Yiddish Theatre.


Presentation by:

Faye Kellerstein



Thursday,

September 15

7:30 PM

Shul

Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin


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Some News About Book Chat

Book Chat is moving to Thursdays at 7:30 pm at the Lodzer and we'll meet every 6 weeks.

Since the High Holidays begin erev October 2, we can start to meet again in mid- September.

Our first book is "The Illegal" by Lawrence Hill on September 15.

Our next book will be "Pumpkin Flowers" by Matti Friedman on October 27.  There's time to get it from the library before then and it is well worth the read; recommended by the Jewish Book Council.

We can begin to choose future books as a group at our September 15 meeting.

I hope everyone is having a fantastic summer!

Sunday,

September 18

7 PM

Lodzer

Centre

Congregation


12 Heaton St.

416-636-6665

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Jewish Music of North Africa.


Presentation by:

Cantor Aaron Bensoussan



Sunday,

September 25


Yizkor

Service


10:30 AM


Michael Levitt

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Lodzer Annual Yizkor Service


Guest Speaker: Michael Levitt


The Soul Lives On

The essence of every human life is the soul. After death, the soul lives on. Yizkor is about life, death and eternity; about the core mission we all share to bring light, life, kindness and goodness into this often dark and cruel world; about the transcendent bond and timeless connection between you and someone you loved, and still do. Yizkor is far more than a ritual or prayer. Yizkor is a gift from your soul in this world, to the soul of your loved one, in the next world.


Rosh Hashanah


Sunday eve, Oct. 2 , 2016, and Monday and Tuesday all day Oct.3, 2016 and Oct. 4, 2016.

The Jewish New Year


Yom Kippur


Tuesday eve, Oct 11,
2016, and Wed., all day Oct. 12, 2016.

Kol Nidre and Day of Atonement

(fast and break the fast)


Sukkot


Sunday eve, Oct 16, 2016, and Monday and Tuesday all day, Oct. 17,  and Oct. 18, 2016

Feast of Tabernacles


Hoshanah Rabah and
Shmini Atzeret


Sunday, Oct 23, 2016
Monday, Oct.24, 2016 and Yizkor

Eighth Day of Assembly


Simchat Torah


Monday eve, Oct. 24 and all day Tuesday, Oct 25, 2016

Day of Celebrating the Torah

Thursday,

October 27

7:30 PM

Shul

Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin

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"Pumpkin Flowers" by Matti Friedman.

It is well worth the read; recommended by the Jewish Book Council.

The hill, in Lebanon, was called the Pumpkin; "flowers" was the military code word for casualties.


Part memoir, part reportage, part history, Friedman’s powerful narrative captures the birth of today s chaotic Middle East and the rise of a twenty-first-century type of war in which there is never a clear victor and media images can be as important as the battle itself.

Sunday,

October 30

7 PM

Lodzer

Centre

Congregation


12 Heaton St.

416-636-6665

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The Jewish Role in Jazz

and the

Israeli Jazz Scene.


Presentation by:

Reuven Grajner


Sunday,

November 6

7 PM

Lodzer

Centre

Congregation


12 Heaton St.

416-636-6665

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The Golden Age of Cantorial Music.


Presentation by:

Cantor David Nemtzov




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Sunday,

November 20

7 PM

Lodzer

Centre

Congregation


12 Heaton St.

416-636-6665

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Jewish Music of The Middle East:

Part One.


Presentation by:

Cantor Aaron Bensoussan



Sunday,

November 27

7 PM

Lodzer

Centre

Congregation


12 Heaton St.

416-636-6665

All classes are on Sunday at 7 pm:

Free of charge.

Donations are welcome.

Refreshments will be served following

each presentation.


This project is funded

In part by the

Government of Canada

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Jewish Music of Eastern Europe.


Presentation by:

Raisa and Viktor Orshansky

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Sunday,

December 4

7 PM

Lodzer

Centre

Congregation


12 Heaton St.

416-636-6665

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Jewish Music of The Middle East:

Part Two.


Presentation by:

Cantor Aaron Bensoussan

Sunday,

December 18

7 PM

Lodzer

Centre

Congregation


12 Heaton St.

416-636-6665

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Israeli Music.


Presentation by:

Cantor David Edwards





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אז דער רב טוט א שידוך  מיטן בעדער, האלט זיך דער בעדער פאר א רב.


As der rov tut a shidduch mit'n beder, halt zich der beder far a rov.


When the bath-house attendant makes a match with the rabbi, he feels he is as important as the rabbi.


                                           
אז מ׳בעט א פארך צומ מנין, האלט ער זיך אין גרויסר.


As m'bet a parch tzum minyan, halt er zich in groisser.


Inviting a boor to complete a minyan raises his self importance.

Metaphorical Meaning:
A person's self-image tends to be influenced by others' attitudes toward him.



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What Pirke Avoth says about how to conduct an argument.

Pirke Avoth Perek 2 Mishnah 15 (abridged form)

They each said three things. Rabbi Eliezer said: Let your fellow man’s honour be as dear to you as your own; do not be easily moved to anger; and repent one day before your death. And [he further said]: Warm yourself by the fire of the Sages, but beware of their glowing embers, that you be not burnt: for their bite is the bite of a fox, their sting is the sting of a scorpion, and all their words are like coals of fire.

All their words are like coals of fire  

Their words are like coals of fire. You think that they are out but all you have to do is blow the ashes away and they come to life again. “If one would be truly a scholar of Torah, receiving and transmitting its sacred traditions with precision and integrity, there is no room in his life or his character for namby-pamby tolerance and smiling indifference. … He must not flinch before conflict and enmity for the sake of Torah. … In arguing for his view in a Torah debate or defending his position in Jewish law, he may appear vindictive and merciless … But within he bears no personal spite and seeks no personal glory. The Sage enters the lists of honest battle for faith only with a sense of mission and dedication to the ultimate truth in Torah. He battles for the sake of heaven.”

Question 1: How does this intertwine with loving- kindness.

Question 2: Is it conservative thinking?

Question 3: Like being burnt as a result of touching coal, do our words or actions bring a reaction from God or do they bring a natural reaction because that is the way the world works?

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“In the heat of anger, we are easily provoked to strike out indiscriminately and blindly in all directions. not to blame and hurt others in heedless cruelty. Notably anger, but any kind of intense preoccupation with a single objective, be its selfish or altruistic, can often make a person blind, oblivious to the drastic effects that his actions might have on those about him.”

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“People who kill time are actually committing suicide on the instalment  plan.”  

Question: What does this say about our use of the telephone and cell phones?

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“… God put us on earth with a mission. There is more to do than there are hours in the day. People do not push themselves; they settle for mediocre performance. Yet God asks us urgently to step up and offers great - eternal - reward.”

Question: You have found your career and your family. Have you found your mission in life?




“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life”

(Berthold Auerbach)




Spotlight on “Sundays at 7 PM” - A Series on Jewish Music

"Where Does that Tune Come From?"
The Musical Origin of Popular Jewish Melodies.
Presentation by: Charles Heller, on: Sunday, August 28


CHARLES HELLER is a graduate of Cambridge University. He furthered his studies at Wilfrid Laurier University and York University, received a B.Ed. in Music Education from the University of Toronto, and studied composition with Marjan Mozetich.


He taught high school and middle school music for over thirty years, and has been involved for over fifty years in synagogue music, beginning as a boy soprano aged eight. His work with Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue, Toronto, was recognized by the United Synagogue of America with the Solomon Schechter Award for Music in 1982. He has performed with such major figures as Marvin Hamlisch, Cantor David Kusevitsky and Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. His arrangements and original compositions are used in synagogues and in concerts throughout the world.


He was Vice-President of Jewish Music Toronto, where he worked alongside the late Srul Glick, and since 1986 he has been on the editorial board of the Cantors Assembly, New York. His interest in the transmission and evolution of Jewish music is the basis of his award-winning book What To Listen For in Jewish Music (www.ecanthuspress.com). In 2015 he was appointed Composer in Residence for Strings Attached Orchestra (www.stringsattachedorchestra.com).


Recent works include the song cycles Tramvay Lider/ Streetcar Songs (supported with a grant from Canadian Heritage) and Letters from Bozena (commissioned by Rivka Golani, English version commissioned by The Kiever Shul, Toronto). His 2014 work The Two Ravens for viola, flute and strings, commissioned by Rivka Golani and premiered at Head-Smashed-In, Alberta, was described by Marjan Mozetich as “very beautiful…very expressive”.



Biography - Jews who changed how we look at everything   (Thanks Zalman)

Emma Noether (1882 - 1935)

Einstein called her, “the greatest woman mathematician of all time.”

Noether’s work included abstract algebra and theoretical physics. She overcame numerous obstacles including persecution by the Nazis. She is the namesake of the Perimeter Institute for mathematics.




Humour - How is Ariella?

A sweet grandmother telephoned Mount Sinai Hospital.
She timidly asked,  "Is it possible to speak to someone who can tell me how a patient is doing?"

The operator said, "I'll be glad to help, dear.
What's the name and room number of the patient?"

The grandmother in her weak, tremulous voice said,  "Ariella in Room 302."

The operator replied,  "Let me put you on hold while I check with the nurse's station for that room."

After a few minutes,  the operator returned to the phone and said, "I have good news. Her nurse just told me that Ariella is doing well.
Her blood pressure is fine; her blood work just came back normal, and her physician, Dr. Cohen, has scheduled her to be discharged tomorrow."

The grandmother said, "Thank you. That's wonderful. I was so worried.
God bless you for the good news."

The operator replied, "You're more than welcome. Is Ariella your daughter?"

The grandmother said, "No, I'm Ariella in Room 302. The nurses and doctors tell me gornisht."




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D’va Torah - Parshas Pinchas


See, Hear, Observe, and Emulate
Parshas Pinchas

From torah.org  Posted on June 7, 2002 (5757) by Rabbi Dovid Green

In Parshas Pinchas the Jewish People are counted. There are various reasons given for this. One is that since there was a plague, and judgments done with many from the Tribe of Shimon, G-d wanted Moshe to count the Jews again. It’s compared to a shepherd whose flock was attacked by wolves. After the attack the shepherd wants to take account of the flocks which remain. The numbers of each tribe are given, and the tribe of Dan is the most numerous. It’s interesting to note that the entire tribe came from only one son of Dan. His name was Chushim, and he was deaf. Being deaf in those days basically meant a person remained very immature and uneducated. Yet, his tribe merited to be the largest.


On the other hand the tribe of Binyomin started from ten sons, and even Binyomin did not have a larger tribe than Dan. We see from here, the Chafetz Chaim (Rabbi Yisrael Meir Cagan d. 1933) points out, that what G-d wants will always succeed.


This is important for us to know, because we are the foundation upon which every subsequent generation is being built. Who knows what could come from us? Our thoughts, our speech, and our actions should be exemplary, because they are the basis for the younger generation who will see, hear, observe and emulate us. A small kindness we show can multiply exponentially in the hands of the children and grandchildren who witnessed it, or heard the stories. The potential is limitless. We are potentially the mothers and fathers of hundreds of thousands of people!


The Chofetz Chaim was once asked how it is possible that the Messiah will come to us when there were generations which preceded us which achieved greater levels of piety and closeness to G-d. His answer was that we may be smaller than they were, but we are like midgets standing on the shoulders of giants.


The student of Torah knows that he is part of a historical process. He is participating in the fulfillment of a great destiny. The Torah is the map which leads him to his destination. May we all merit to contribute positively to the fulfillment of this great destiny.
Good Shabbos!




Deborah Lyons Appointed Canadian Ambassador to Israel

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Stephan Dion, has appointed Canadian diplomat Deborah Lyons as the Canadian ambassador to the State of Israel. Lyons was formerly the Canadian ambassador to Afghanistan under the Harper government, and was notably the only female ambassador to the Central-Asian nation. The Trudeau Liberals have thus far continued Canada's principled stance in support of the Jewish state, including voting in favour of a Conservative-backed condemnation of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel in February. Prime Minister Trudeau has spoken frequently of his admiration of Israel, and recently visited the infamous Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in a show of support for the victims of the Holocaust.  (from this week’s Wiesenthal Centre newsletter)




Daily Minyan

Sunday – Friday: 9:00 am

We alternate with Beth Radom

on Sunday - check the schedule

posted on the side door.

Run by Arthur Zins

includes Breakfast following.


Come Daven, Fress & Schmooze,

then join in on a walk.


Saturdays: Shabbat Service

Birkot ha-Shachar 9:12 AM

 - (Led by Frank Steiman)
Yishtabach 9:30 AM

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


Contributions

Please consider sponsoring a kiddush, or contributing to the building, programming, or any specific interest fund, by phoning the shul office at

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.

Help us get the word out

Share the bulletin!

Lodzer Sisterhood Cookbooks

Great Gifts – just $20 each

Contact the Office at

416-636-6665

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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.


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.

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Office Hours

Monday through Thursday

9 am - 1 pm and 2 pm - 4 pm

Friday

9 am to 1 pm

Executive

Jeff Shabes, President

Harvey Storm

Jonathan Usher

Morry Nosak

Marilyn Richmond                                

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

e-Bulletin:

Charles Greene

Office Manager:

Sarah Senior


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