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Shabbat Bulletin - September 3, 2016

Make shul and Judaism an important part of your lifestyle

Bimah Matters:

David Birkin reminded us that mitzvot flow both ways

You will eat and be sated, and you shall bless G‑d" - Deuteronomy

Enjoyed the meal? Don't forget to thank the host. You are the host? No, no… you are the guest—in G‑d's world. So when you're finished eating, don't forget your Birkat Hamazon.

Cantor Marcel Cohen told the story of “the Mensch of Malden Mills

…and how CEO Aaron Feuerstein put his employees first.

For years now, we've been hearing about corporate executives who made fortunes for themselves while driving their companies into bankruptcy, costing employees their jobs and sometimes their life savings.

Not so at Malden Mills, the textile company in Lawrence, Mass., that invented the fabric Polartec.

“Where in the world is Rabbi Eli?”

A short 3-day culinary tour of Belgium (part of a greater tour for them) takes my Israeli group on a thematic journey: a day for appetizers and sauces, a day for chocolate, and a day for beer.  (full story linked above)


Shabbat Shalom,

The Lodzer Music Festival. The second of ten presentations was a huge success with over 200 people attending and rave reviews from the audience.

(I missed the part about the Ox Driven Cart.)


Kudos to "Where Does that Tune Come From?"

The Musical Origin of Popular Jewish Melodies.

Presented by Charles Heller


We are now on YouTube

Check out the videos from our “Sundays at 7” series as they become available on our YouTube channel.

The next in our series on Jewish Music, on Sunday, September 11 at 7 PM will be:

The Yiddish Theatre
Presented by: Faye Kellerstein

(Read her bio here)

Past Accolades:

Dear Faye,
I was honoured to be invited to your concert at Beth Tzedec. Bravo on an illuminating and moving performance. You are a real pro: confident, talented and gracious. You built a strong rapport with the audience; I heard many humming along. You brought back to life an important part of our heritage. I hadn’t known the back story of some of our most famous songs. May you go from strength to strength.
Fondly, Merle Gould

Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2016
Hi Faye, Thank you so much for your interesting, well spoken and entertaining presentation today and last week on Yiddish Musical Theatre.  We all learned so much about its history!  And your voice is so beautiful!
Sharon Chodriker, (Bernard Betel Educational programs)


Silent Auction for tickets

to see

Tom Jones at Casino Rama

Sunday September 18, at 7:00 PM

Jeff Shabes is donating two tickets to see Tom Jones at Casino Rama

The seats are located in Section M7 Row 5 seats & 6. Each ticket is worth $77.97 and will be given to the highest bidder. ALL PROCEEDS will be given to the shul
Please send your bid by email to or contact the office and please ensure that your name is on the bid.  The bidding will close on September 8, 2016 at 5PM.

Please bid generously!!

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.

How Gene Wilder Became Such a Unique Jewish Comedian  (tnx Rafi)


Cherished by filmgoers for his roles in “The Producers,” “Young Frankenstein,” and “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” the actor and writer Gene Wilder, who died on August 29 at age 83, had an atypical approach to Jewish humor. Unlike many other comic actors and comedians, Wilder’s career was not a form of resistance against a violent or non-existent home atmosphere as a child. Instead, born Jerome Silberman in Milwaukee, he was smothered in affection by his Russian Jewish family. As he would recall in one 2005 book:

“I’m not at all religious, although I am certainly Jewish — which, to me, means that my parents hugged and kissed me a lot as I was growing up.”



Aug. 28  Karyn Drewnowsky
Sept. 1   Jenny Finkelshtain
Sept. 1   Fay Simmons
Sept. 1   Brian Taran

Sept. 6  Peter Biro
Sept. 9  Ida Abramowitz
Sept. 9  Lily Gerber


Sept. 2  Howard Iseman and
             Susan Yellin
Sept. 3  Joseph & Nisa Shedletzky
Sept. 6  Rafael & Arlene Moshe


Aug. 27  David Haber, father of Ellen Dagan
Aug. 27  Reva Macklis, mother of Sylvia White
Sept. 1   Ben Shedletzky, brother of Joseph

Sept. 4  Raizel Kurant Davidson,

              grandmother of Reisa Grunberg
Sept. 4  Mary Ginsburg, mother of Barbara Lew
Sept. 4  Tova Goldberg, wife of Esse

              and mother of Barbara Barkin
Sept. 5  Tobie Steinberg, mother of Hedy
Sept. 6  Michael Berlach, father of Deborah
Sept. 6  Emil Remez, father of Rafael
Sept. 7  Leia Lichter, daughter of Myrna
Sept. 8  Joseph Factor, husband of Esther
Sept. 8  Samuel Finkelshtain, son of Reuben & Jenny
Sept. 9  Nathan Super, brother of Dora Usher




August 24




Numerous Jewish synagogues were vandalised and desecrated.


Rampaging Arab mobs killed 67 Jewish residents and yeshiva students in the biblical holy city, where the patriarchs and matriarchs of the Jewish people are entombed and King David ruled. Three days later British soldiers evacuated the surviving remnant of the ancient Jewish community. Hebron was Judenrein. So it remained for 50 years, until 10 women and 35 children, led by Miriam Levinger and Sarah Nachshon, entered Beit Hadassah, the former medical clinic in the heart of the destroyed Jewish Quarter. Hebron, Mrs. Levinger proclaimed, “will no longer be Judenrein.


September 3

30 Av

Shabbat Rosh Chodesh



9:12 AM

Led by

Frank Steiman

Please help us out by coming early…

We need a minyan to start!


9:30 AM


Rosh Chodesh



For the


Kiddush Lunch


This week’s kiddish is sponsored by:

The Lodzer Congregation

Torah Times

Torah Reading: Triennial Year 3


Re’eh (Deuteronomy)

1: 15:1-6 (pg. 811)
2: 15:7-11
3: 15:12-18
4: 15:19-23
5: 16:1-8
6: 16:9-12
7: 16:13-17
maftir: Numbers 28:9-15 (pg. 695)

Haftorah: Isaiah 66:1 - 66:24,

23 (pg. 944)

Candle Lighting: 7:31 p.m. – Friday

Havdalah: 8:38 p.m. – Saturday

Pirke Avoth Discussion Group

with Jonathan Usher

Every shabbat, after the kiddush there is a vibrant discussion on ethics


September 4

1 Elul


Rosh Chodesh



Come welcome the month of Elul, the month of turning, self evaluations, of teshuvah (returning) and renewal, as we gather in the comfort of community with our Lodzer family and, in a safe space, delve into our deepest selves, beginning the journey of chesbon hanefesh that will prepare us for the High Holy Days to come.


September 7
7:30-8:30 pm


Parsha of The Week


with Judy Hazan

POW returns Sept. 7

Enjoy the Summer!


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


September 10

7 Elul



9:12 AM

Led by

Frank Steiman

Please help us out by coming early…

We need a minyan to start!


9:30 AM

Kiddush Lunch


This week’s kiddish is co-sponsored by:

Nancy & Barry Corey in memory of their daughter Leslie’s birthday

Howard Iseman and

Susan Yellin in honour of their wedding anniversary and in memory of parents.



September 11

7 PM




12 Heaton St.


Starts promptly at 7 pm.

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The Yiddish Theatre.

Presentation by:

Faye Kellerstein

Past Accolades:

“Bravo on your lecture-performance yesterday!
You certainly put in the hours of research!” Simon Spiro Senior Cantor, Beth Tzedec Congregation
Exquisite performance, Faye!

Dear Faye,
That afternoon at Beth Tzedec was delightful. Everyone around me towards the rear just loved it so you know that you projected the music AND the information---Looking forward to more!
Pearl Hermant


September 15

7:30 PM

Beth David


Jonah and the Whale

Jonah is read on Yom Kippur, teaching us about our spiritual voyage.

A study of Jonah: texts of Repentance and Forgiveness.

Lecturer:  Dr. Aaron Nussbaum

Call Beth David at 416-633-5500 to register.


September 15

7:30 PM


Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin


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!

September 17



Camp David Accords

When President Carter assumed office in 1977, the Middle East was in turmoil, and peace talks were going slowly. Israel and Egypt had been at war since the birth of the state of Israel, attack after attack. Western nations were worried that the Middle East was about to boil over into world war. President Carter vowed to bring the two nations into a peace agreement.


Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin join hands after the Camp David Accords Sept. 18, 1978, in the East Room of the White House. (David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images)


September 17

14 Elul



9:12 AM

Led by

Frank Steiman

Please help us out by coming early…

We need a minyan to start!


9:30 AM

Kiddush Lunch

To sponsor a Kiddush

please call the office



September 18

7 PM




12 Heaton St.




Jewish Music of North Africa.

Presentation by:

Cantor Aaron Bensoussan


September 20

10 - 11:30 AM


Betel Centre

$4 members

$7 otherwise

Lifelong Learning Lectures

Mission Impossible:

The Jewish philosophical view

of who humans are,

how we are to live


the human special mission.

An interactive discussion contrasting the mainstream approach to philosophical anthropology asking, “What is Man (Humanity)?” to the Jewish approach asking, “What is our Mission as Humans in this Universe?”.

Speaker: Sheldon Richmond, Ph.D, Independent Scholar, Philosophy Performer & Systems Analyst


September 22

7:30 PM

Beth David



Institute for




See flyer for registration


Jewish Enemies of Israel:

Panel Discussion in Toronto


They are not self-hating Jews.

They don’t hate themselves.

They hate us./db

Who amongst us are enemies of Israel?

September 22



(full Story)


For risking his life to save orphans, and entertaining generations of fans without uttering a word, we honor Marcel 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 25



10:30 AM

Michael Levitt


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.


September 25

1:30 PM

Beth David


RSVP to Rose


By Sept. 19

Cantor Deborah Staiman has a show, (MOLLY PICON: The Life and Music of the Darling of American Yiddish Musical Theatre,) that might be interesting to the Lodzer congregantion or she can also do a program on MUSICAL MEMORIES OF THE VILNA GHETTO.

If someone can go to her show and report back to Marcel or Sarah, that would be helpful.

If we get funding in the future we might want to consider it.


Service times needed for all listed high holidays. Thanks.

Please specify which are ticket holder only services.

Rosh Hashanah

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

Rosh Hashanah is a sort of Sabbath for the soul: “On the first day of the seventh month,” says the Almighty, “you are to have a day of rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts.”

  • One long.

  • Nine staccato.

  • Three broken.

It is considered a great mitzvah to hear the shofar on Rosh Hashanah.

The Jewish New Year


October 6



The Yom Kippur War

On Saturday October 6th, 1973, as all of Israel came to a standstill to observe the High Holiday of Yom Kippur, Egyptian and Syrian forces launched a surprise attack against Israel knowing she would be caught off-guard.


Service times needed for all listed high holidays. Thanks.

Please specify which are ticket holder only services.

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)


Service times needed for all listed high holidays. Thanks.

Please specify which are ticket holder only services.


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

Sukkot is a time to commemorate dwelling in temporary structures as guests of the Lord.

Feast of Tabernacles


Service times needed for all listed high holidays. Thanks.

Please specify which are ticket holder only services.

Hoshanah Rabah and
Shmini Atzeret

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

Eighth Day of Assembly

On the last day of Sukkot, Hoshana Rabba, we beat a bundle of willow branches (actually one is enough) on the floor. To prepare the ground for the rain to penetrate.

Falling just after Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret is the holiday on which Jews start praying for rain.

“On the eighth day you should hold a solemn gathering; you shall not work at your occupation.”

Service times needed for all listed high holidays. Thanks.

Please specify which are ticket holder only services.

Simchat Torah

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

Simchat Torah is the holiday that celebrates the conclusion of the yearly cycle of reading the Torah, after which we begin anew reading the Five Books of Moses, starting from the first chapter of Genesis.

Day of Celebrating the Torah



October 27

7:30 PM


Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin


"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.


October 30

7 PM




12 Heaton St.




The Jewish Role in Jazz

and the

Israeli Jazz Scene.

Presentation by:

Reuven Grajner

November 2



The Balfour Declaration, written as a letter on November 2, 1917, from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to British Jewish leader Baron Lionel Walter Rothschild, pledged British support for a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine. The declaration is one of the iconic documents in, and represents one of the great moments of, Zionist history.

“His Majesty's Government view with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.”

Arthur Balfour


November 6

7 PM




12 Heaton St.




The Golden Age of Cantorial Music.

Presentation by:

Cantor David Nemtzov


November 20

7 PM




12 Heaton St.




Jewish Music of The Middle East:

Part One.

Presentation by:

Cantor Aaron Bensoussan


November 27

7 PM




12 Heaton St.


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


Jewish Music of Eastern Europe.

Presentation by:

Raisa and Viktor Orshansky



December 4

7 PM




12 Heaton St.




Jewish Music of The Middle East:

Part Two.

Presentation by:

Cantor Aaron Bensoussan


December 18

7 PM




12 Heaton St.




Israeli Music.

Presentation by:

Cantor David Edwards


וואס מ׳קען נישט דערלאנגען זאל  מען נישט פארלאנגען.

Vos m'ken nisht derlangen, zol men nisht farlangen.

Do not desire what you cannot have.

Do not reach too high, for it weakens rather than strengthens.

Words of our Sages:
Do not seek what you cannot have.
( R'Avraham Chasdat. )

Much wasted effort goes into wanting what one cannot get.
( R'Shlomo ibn Gevirol. )

אז מ׳עסט דאס פלייש זאל מען דאס נישט באזידלען.

Az m'est dos fleish zol men dos nisht bazidlen.

Do not denigrate the meat you are eating.

Metaphorical Meaning:
Do not speak disparagingly of someone or something that benefits you.

In The Sources:
Cast not a stone into the well from which you drink.
( Bemidbar Rabbah 22:4 )

Torah Nuggets - When wrapping the 2nd Scroll  (Jacqueline)

At The Lodzer Congregation, when we have read from a second scroll, it is our custom to chant the following while the wrapping of it is in progress.

Torah,Torah,Torah. Torah,Torah, Torah.

Torah Tziva Lanu Moshe, Morasha K'hilat Yaakov.

Torah Tziva Lanu Moshe, Morasha K'hilat Yaakov.

תּוֹרָ֥ה צִוָּה־לָ֖נוּ מֹשֶׁ֑ה מוֹרָשָׁ֖ה קְהִלַּ֥ת יעקב.

Moses commanded the Torah to us, as an inheritance unto the congregation of Jacob.

(Deuteronomy 33:4.)


Pirke Avoth Perek 2 Mishnah 20

Rabbi Tarfon said:

The day is short, the workload is large, the workmen are lazy,  the reward is great, and the Master is insistent.

Questions: What is he talking about?  Is it of universal application?

The theatre was created

to tell people the truth about life and the social situation.

(Stella Adler)

Singing in Yiddish was a great thrill for me

and came about through Joe Papp, the founder of the public theater.

(Mandy Patinkin)

Do your homework!

Check out the stories at the two links above and we’ll...

See you at our next in the series on Jewish Music,

on Sunday, September 11, 7 PM

"The Yiddish Theatre"

Presented by: Faye Kellerstein

Quotes of the Day

Rabbi Joshua Spiro, always said "Every day is a birthday" as the Almighty blesses us with the ability to renew ourselves each day. May we do so with compassion, understanding, kindness and generosity in all of our relationships. (From David Spiro on Facebook)

Justice Albie Sachs, retired judge of the South African Constitutional Court -
“Freedom of religion goes beyond protecting the inviolability of the individual conscience. For many believers, their relationship with God or creation is central to all their activities. It concerns their capacity to relate in an intensely meaningful fashion to their sense of themselves, their community and their universe. For millions in all walks of life religion provides support and nurture and a framework for individual and social stability and growth. Religious belief has the capacity to awake concepts of self-worth and human dignity which form the cornerstone of human rights. It affects the believer’s view of society and founds the distinction between right and wrong. It expresses itself in the affirmation and continuity of powerful traditions that frequently have an ancient character transcending historic epochs and national boundaries.”

Haimishe Humour - Pumping Torah


Lifting the Torah scroll during Sabbath services—a ritual known as "Hagbah," which means to lift in Hebrew—is considered a tremendous honor. It can also be a perilous undertaking.

The average Torah scroll, which contains the Five Books of Moses, handwritten by a quill on parchment, can weigh about 25 or 30 pounds. Scrolls are mounted on long wooden poles; they are often hard to handle, and even harder to hoist. Some scrolls, encased in wood and silver, weigh 40 or 50 pounds or more.

Accidents happen, and when they do, custom calls for significant acts of contrition, including fasting. Lots of fasting.

"If you drop the Torah, the implications are dire—the shame is enormous—and traditionally one needed to fast for 40 days," says Jonathan Sarna, a professor of American Jewish history at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass. The offender has plenty of company in hunger, as anyone who witnesses the Torah tumble must also refrain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset.  (source)  ⇐ great information video


Parsha Re’ev

It Sure Feels Like a Blessing

Posted on August 25, 2016 (5776) By Rabbi Label Lam (

And it will be, if you hearken to My commandments that I command you this day to love HASHEM, your G-d, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul… (Devarim 11:13) and to serve Him with all your heart: i.e. with a service of the heart, and that is prayer… Rashi

This verse is the source of the requirement for prayer which is titled, “service of the heart”. It’s certainly not a cardiovascular activity! In which way then is it a service of the heart? If it’s an exercise of the heart then why do we move our lips when praying?

At the risk of sounding irreverent more fundamental questions can be asked. Why should we pray-asking G-d for anything? HASHEM already knows what’s good for us! Also, how can I hope to change HASHEM’s mind or convince HASHEM through the process of prayer? To an earthly judge I can bring new evidence but not here!

When you want to do something well, it’s worthwhile to find the best example of that endeavor and to use as a model of excellence to learn from. When the sages were constructing a template for optimal prayer they searched for and found the most successful prayer of all time.
Chana was desperate for a child. Her prayer was answered and Shmuel was born. He became a prophet and a leader who appointed King Shaul and Dovid HaMelech. That prayer shaped the contour of our history forever. What did she do differently?

The verse informs us, “Chana, she was speaking on her heart, only her lips were moving, and her voice was not heard and Eli thought her to be a drunken woman.” (Shmuel A- 1:13) Part of that sounds familiar. We too move our lips and speak in an undertone that cannot be heard by our neighbor. It was so novel that Eli the Cohen thought she was exhibiting signs of drunkenness.

Another question jumps off the page about Chana’s action. She is described as speaking on her heart! Isn’t she speaking to HASHEM? Isn’t that what true Tefilla is all about!? Of course! So why is that the description of what she was doing? The Chovos HaLevavos writes in reference to prayer, “The thoughts are drawn after the speech!” King David said similarly, “I believed because I spoke…” Speaking in a certain way impacts how we think and feel- how we believe and experience.

In much the same way that actions groove our attitudes. Someone said, “It is easier to act your way into a better way of feeling that to feel your way into a better way of acting!” The Mesilas Yeshrim said the same thing, “External action awakens the internality!” The Sefer HaChinuch also included this notion most often as the reason or flavor of a Mitzva, “A person is affected by what he does!”

Like the great Matriarchs, Chana was without a child for many years. All that time she continued to pray! Chana is suddenly answered affirmatively? How did she change HASHEM’s mind? For those many years Chana was speaking on her heart. While she was talking to HASHEM, someone was eaves dropping on her private conversations.

It wasn’t Eli! He couldn’t hear her and as a result thought she was drunk. It was Chana! She was continuously being affected by her own words, “Boruch ata HASHEM…” You are the only source of blessing HASHEM and the only address for what I need! She became more deeply convinced.

At some moment the idea that she grasped intellectually penetrated her heart and from there she made a successful appeal. So what changed? She changed! Chana changed the quality of her mind with the work of the heart! Asking HASHEM for our personal needs aligns us with the Source of Blessing. Then when whatever we seek is granted, it sure feels like a blessing!

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


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


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



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


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.


Office Hours

Monday through Thursday

9 am - 1 pm and 2 pm - 4 pm


9 am to 1 pm


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


Charles Greene

Office Manager:

Sarah Senior


Who we are - Contact Info


Bar and Bat Mitzvahs

High Holy Days 2016

Rabbi’s Corner

Shabbat Bulletin

For submissions/feedback:

Lodzer Office

For all business related e-mail:

Reminder #2 - Don’t just say “Never again”, Make it happen!


The Yazidi are an ancient,

indigenous, monotheistic

people who live in

Iraq and Syria.

Canada has declared that what is happening now to the Yazidis is a genocide.

As a synagogue founded by Holocaust survivors, we would like to form a working group of interested members to work with Project Abraham to help bring Yazidis to Canada.

If you are able to help in any way, or want more information, contact
Dora Usher

Reminder #2 - take a senior moment to read this!


Dr. Rosalie Shadlyn

Cantor Marcel Cohen spoke at the last “Sundays at Seven” about a new initiative being launched:

“Seniors Mentoring Program for Kadima Participants”

We are calling on a select group of seniors to volunteer in a unique music mentorship program, run by Cantor Aaron Bensoussan, for a series of 6 music jam and mentoring sessions with Kadima Centre participants. The program will be held from September until November 2016 on Sunday afternoons from 2PM to 3:30PM.

For almost 40 years, Dr. Rosalie Shadlyn, Chair Emeritus of the Kadima Committee, has ensured the continuity and vibrancy of The Kadima Centre at Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue. It is due to Dr. Shadlyn’s inspired leadership and decades of dedication that The Kadima Centre remains strong, successful and highly relevant today.

The Lodzer Congregation - YIZKOR BOOK 2016 - 2017

This year’s Yizkor Book will be published for use during the High Holy Days 2016 and Yizkor Services throughout 2017.  Take this opportunity to remember your loved ones by having their names inscribed in our Annual Yizkor Book.  
Please call 416-636-6665, or drop by the Synagogue office.  
The deadline for receipt of dedications is September 12, 2016.

High Holy Days 2016

Dear Members:
High Holiday time is upon us once more.

You may reserve by coming directly to the shul office, by telephone or by mailing or emailing back the form you received to

We wish to stress the importance of your immediate response, if you want to reserve your High Holiday seats.  There’s no guarantee of the same seats as in prior years due to seating plan changes.

All unreserved seats are on sale now to the public!


(Main service tickets sold separately.)

For pricing and additional information.


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