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Shabbat Bulletin - September 17, 2016

Make shul and Judaism an important part of your lifestyle

In preparations for the upcoming High Holy Days we need your help.

Volunteer hours will be given for community service helping the Lodzer Synagogue:

Sunday morning Sept. 18, 10-12 noon

  • Clean up (gardening) at The Lodzer

Monday evening Sept. 26,  from 6:30 p.m.

  • Lodzer Chair and Prayer Book setup for High Holy Days

Members and Non Members can help of all ages even if not receiving hours.

Please contact Sarah or Arnold to let them know you will help.
Hope to see as many people as possible.

“Where in the world is Rabbi Eli?”  ⇐ full story, plus pictures.


Shabbat Shalom from Gori, (the birthplace of Joseph Stalin.)

Welcome back Judy!

The Lodzer Music Festival.

Last Sunday’s presentation, “Songs of the Yiddish Theatre,” presented by: Faye Kellerstein - who gave a stellar performance combining her knowledge of Yiddish theatre with moving Yiddish song.

“Her voice and music rekindled past memories of days gone by.”


Faye’s presentation will be uploaded to our YouTube Channel

when it becomes available.

Long live Yiddish!


The next in our series on Jewish Music, on Sunday, September 18 at 7 PM will be:


Jewish Music of North Africa
Presented by: Cantor Aaron Bensoussan

(Read his bio here)

Cantorial Sighting in Earl Bales Park - keeping fit as a lute (fiddle)


We are now on YouTube

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


Tom Jones at Casino Rama

Congratulations to Jonathan and Dora for placing the winning bid for the two tickets to see Tom Jones at Casino Rama

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.



Sept. 12  Avi Pasco
Sept. 12  Alla Kabacznik

Sept. 12 Helen Gould

Sept. 17  Elyssa Bederman
Sept. 22  Milla Dorchik


Sept. 15  Leo & Cheryl Zaidman


Sept. 10  Lea Epstein, mother of  Arnie and Henry
Sept. 10  Morris Kazman, husband of Rose

Sept. 17  David Rybowski, husband of Zenia
Sept. 18  Golda Nosak, mother of Morry
Sept. 21  Jacob Helman, husband of Bronia

                father of Honey Spitzen and Malka Arluk
Sept. 21  Jack Iseman

                father of Howard Iseman and Roslyn Greene




September 14
7:30-8:30 pm


Parsha of The Week



with Judy Hazan

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 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


This week’s kiddish is sponsored by:

Helen Winer

in honour of

Helen Gould’s Birthday

Torah Times

Torah Reading: Triennial Year 3

Parashat: Ki Thetz (Deuteronomy)

1: 24:14-16 (pg. 852)
2: 24:17-19
3: 24:20-22
4: 25:1-4
5: 25:5-10
6: 25:11-16
7: 25:17-19
maftir: 25:17-19
Haftarah: Isaiah 54:1 - 54:10 (pg. 857)

Candle Lighting: 7:06 p.m. – Friday

Havdalah: 8:12 p.m. – Saturday

Pirke Avoth Discussion Group

with Jonathan Usher

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


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 24

21 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 sponsored by:


To sponsor a Kiddush

please call the office




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 congregation 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.



Oct. 2

6:30 p.m.  Erev Rosh Ha Shannah



Oct. 3

8:30 a.m.  Rosh Ha Shannah

first day

no evening  services



Oct. 4

8:30 a.m.  Rosh Ha Shannah

second day

Rosh Ha Shannah

ends 7:35pm

no evening services

Rosh Hashanah

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.



Oct. 11

6:10 p.m.

Kol Nidre



Oct. 12

8:30 a.m.

Yom Kippur

11:15 a.m.


4:45 p.m.


Yom Kippur

ends 7:21 p.m.

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)



Oct. 16

Erev Succot

no services



Oct. 17

9 a.m.




Oct. 18

9 a.m.


Succot ends 7:11p.m.


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

Feast of Tabernacles



Oct. 22





Oct. 23

9 a.m.

Ha Shannah Raba


October 24

9 a.m.

Shemini Atzeret

10:30 a.m.


Hoshanah Rabah and
Shmini Atzeret


Eighth Day of Assembly

Havatat Aravot:

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.”


Oct. 24

6 p.m.

Erev Simchat Torah



Oct. 25

9 a.m.

Simchat Torah

Simchat Torah

ends 7:01 p.m. no evening services

Simchat Torah

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

April 19,



The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising refers to the armed resistance of the Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto in the early months of 1943. It should not be confused with the Warsaw Uprising of 1944, in which the non-Jewish Poles rose up against Nazi oppression (although some survivors of the Ghetto Uprising did join this fight). The latter was a bid for freedom, with a realistic chance of success; the former was the decision to die fighting, rather than accept death at the German execution camps.

Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

In 1939 the Germans had invaded Warsaw and taken control of the city; by November of 1940 they had ordered all the Jews in the capital into a three mile square area, dubbed the Warsaw Ghetto.


Approximately 13,000 Jews were killed during the Uprising, with another 50,000 rounded up and deported to death camps. A few escapees continued to fight in the forests, whilst some who were arrested were later freed by the Polish underground forces and joined the Warsaw Uprising. An estimated 300 German troops died in the struggle.


שלאף זיך אוס ביז דיי קליינע קומען,טהו זיך אן ביז גרויסע קומען.

Slof zich ois biz die kleine kumen, tu zich on, biz die groisse kumen.

Sleep well until you have children; dress well until they grow up.

Explanation :

Parents spend most of their time on their little children; on their big ones they spend most of their money.


אז םיהאט קינדער אין וויגן , דארפ מען לאזן לייטן צופרידן.

Az m'hot kinder in die viegen, darf men lozen leiten tzufrieden.

While your children are in the cradle, don't criticize other people.

Metaphorical Meaning:

While you haven't yet proven your ability and wisdom in raising and educating your children, don't criticize other people's ways of rearing and educating theirs.

In The Sources:

He who girds his sword should not boast like one who ungirds it.

(Melachim 1. 20:11)


Pirke Avoth Perek 2 Mishnah 21

“Do not be dismayed, says Rabbi Tarpon. ‘The work is not for you to complete’. Your obligation is to study as much as you can and to learn as much as you can. In no sense do you have to finish the work. On the other hand, you are not at liberty to desist altogether. … It is not for you to achieve but to act. Achievement is the province of the Almighty.”

“When a man leaves on his vacation, he is ‘free’ from his business worries. A Jew, however, is never ‘free’ of the Almighty or of the Torah. He is never free to cast off the duty of Torah observance with which he has been entrusted. … Torah is our life: we must abide by its teachings.”


During the Fourteenth Century the Andalucian Muslim and Jewish population were thrown out of Spain and returned to North Africa. This music then became the classical music of Maghreb, and is the style of music in which one is most likely to find odd timings -- presenting itself in the juxtaposition of odd and even length bars.

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

on Sunday, September 18, 7 PM

Jewish Music of North Africa”
Presented by: Cantor Aaron Bensoussan

Quotes of the Day

"A righteous man falls down seven times and gets up." – King Solomon, Proverbs, 24:16.

Life is all about the ability to get up from challenge. Greatness is defined as getting up one more time than what you've fallen down. The Torah defines someone who's righteous not as someone who had succeeded, but someone who has persevered. It creates a paradigm of what righteousness is – trying to do what's right, getting up from failure, and keep moving forward. (Charlie Harary)

Haimishe Humour with Frank White

He took a wrong turn onto a remote country road and finally realized he was lost.

With night falling, the motorist came upon a large stone building which a sign identified as a Monastery.

Knocking on the door, he was invited in, for the evening meal, in a large dining Hall.  

Three robed kitchen staff came by carrying large platters of hamburgers, fried chicken and french fries.

As the hungry guest took generous portions, the men introduced themselves.
No. 1:  "I'm the burger priest."
No. 2:  "I'm the chicken friar."
No. 3:  "and I'm the chip monk"


Ki Tetzei

A Taste of Torah



As the fragile ceasefire between Israel and Hamas continues to hold and war is waged against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), we turn our soul’s attention to Parashat Ki Tetzei. Quite fittingly, this week’s Torah reading opens by teaching one of the biblical ordinances related to ethical conduct in war. Specifically,

[W]hen you take the field against your enemies and the Lord your God delivers them into your power and you take some of them captive, and you see among the captives a beautiful woman and you desire her and would take her to wife, you will bring her into your house . . . She will spend a month’s time in your home lamenting her father and mother; after that you may possess her and she will be your wife. Then should you no longer want her, you must release her outright. (Deut. 21:10–14)

While acknowledging this specific case as disturbing to our modern ethics and sensibilities, one must also read these verses closely and sensitively within their historical context. Far from advocating the immediate “possession” of the woman by an Israelite victor, Torah legislates the woman’s need and right to mourn for her father and mother over a given period of time. Only after this month of reflection, may the Israelite then take her as a wife. What does Torah teach us by acknowledging the very real and painful emotions of the captive?

Professor Ze’ev Falk explains,

It is your obligation to honor the emotions of the daughter vis-à-vis her parents. A parallel passage to this may be found in the biblical narrative addressing the nest of a bird: “You will not take the mother bird from her children. You will surely send the mother bird away and only then will you take the baby birds” (Deuteronomy 22:6–7). Here the obligation is to respect the emotions of the mother for her children. Injuring the mother along with the children is considered exceeding cruelty because it precisely undermines the elementary obligation to be fruitful and to multiply. Compare: with regard to Jacob fearing Esau, “Deliver me . . . else I fear, he may come and strike me down, mothers and children alike” (Genesis 32:12); “on a day of battle when mothers and children were dashed to death together” (Hosea 10:14); and the prohibition cited numerous times that “one should not cook a kid in its mother’s milk” (Exodus 23:19, etc.). Perhaps it is for this reason that destroying a whole city represents unique cruelty because it is done together with killing all of the children of the city: “I am one of those who seek the welfare of Israel! But you seek to bring death upon a city and mother of Israel! (II Samuel 20:19).” (Divrei Torah Ad Tumam, 441)

Even though war against a brutal enemy is justified, the chaos of war cannot lead to moral and ethical decay. Torah and Professor Falk’s commentary underscore the extent to which Scripture honors emotional and familial bonds. Such connections and emotional relationships increase our humanity. Those who plotted and executed the murder of three Israeli teenagers; those who murdered the Palestinian youth in Jerusalem; those who launched the subsequent rocket attacks against Israeli communities; and those perpetrating genocide for ISIS are all acting without regard for family, religion, humanity, and God. Fundamentalist furor is annihilating the sacred and precious lives of innocent civilians the world over.

May Torah continually serve as our guidepost—making us keenly aware of the emotions and pain of our fellow human beings—and may our Scripture lead us to a place of healing and peace among all the nations of the world.

The publication and distribution of A Taste of Torah are made possible by a generous grant from Sam and Marilee Susi.

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.

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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


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The Lodzer Congregation - YIZKOR BOOK 2016 - 2017


(So what’s a deadline, when you’re Jewish?)

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.

20160910 - Isi Davis with his iPad mini

Great pics Isi. Thanks.  How about a selfie?

20160910-1213  My daughters friends cottage. Notice the log cabin with grass roof.


If I had my druthers, I’d rather put up solar panels. They’d reflect the sunlight/heat and also keep the cabin cool.

20160910-1246  Salmon spawning up river behind our cabin


Could be Earl Bales Park. Sadly, no salmon.

20160910-1554  People walk around here in skirts


Those are fighting words. To be politically correct, their dress is the kilt.

20160912-1427  View of Edinburgh castle


20160912-1529  Another view of the castle


It is now 7:30 am, (20160913-0234 our time,) and I’m off to Glasgow by train.



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