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THE LODZER SYNAGOGUE

Shabbat Bulletin - October 15, 2016




Have you treated your friends royally this past year?

If you haven’t given them a call this past year, why?  Calls to renew acquaintances or just to say hello do not take long.


Question: Should we be editing our ‘friends list’ in the same way we edit our homes of clutter?


Next up:

What have you done, (or not done,) to improve your own situation or that of the greater community around you?  How much more could you do?


Reminder:
Shabbat was and is a glorious gift from the almighty, or at least from the Jewish people if you prefer.  Just consider the concept, especially in the ancient world.  Shabbat is about expressing joy!!  Joy at being able to carry out mitzvot, joy at being able to enjoy life and the greatest joy of all, that of being Jewish!  Shavua Tov.




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FOR THE INAUGURAL

LODZER SUMMER TRIP

WITH RABBI ELI


August 7-16, 2017

An in-depth view of the Baltic States


Seize the opportunity!

Early bird discounts still in effect!


Click here to find out more.


Information Night

Wednesday, October 26

7 PM at the Shul

Full details at lodzer.ca

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The Lodzer Music Festival.

Hope to see you all after the high holidays on Sunday, October 30 at 7 PM.


Meanwhile, check out the videos from our “Sundays at 7” series on YouTube

  1. The History of Klezmer Music - Raisa Orshansky and Viktor Kotov

  1. Where Does that Tune Come From? - Charles Heller

  1. The Songs of the Yiddish Theatre - Faye Kellerstein

  1. Jewish Music of North Africa - Cantor Aaron Bensoussan



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Happy Birthdays to:


Oct. 9 Nina Rubin

Oct. 16  Michael Sacks
Oct. 19  Ben-Zion Moshe
Oct. 21  Myrna Lichter


Anniversaries

Oct. 12  Allan & Susan Hoffer

Oct. 16  Jack & Carole Abrahams
Oct. 16  Frank & Esther Steiman
Oct. 19  Jim & Nina Rubin
Oct. 20  Meir & Alisa Schwartz

Yahrzeits


Oct. 8    Al Grunberg, father of Rick
Oct. 9    Shirley Goldman, mother of Brian
Oct. 9    Rachel Waserman, aunt of Reisa Grunberg
Oct. 10  Dina Lew, mother of Sydney
Oct. 12  Al Golden, brother of Bluma Nemirov
Oct. 12  Simcha & Szeina Naiman,

              grandparents of Leon Pasternak

Oct. 20  Lillian Coretsky, mother of Barry Corey



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רוש חודש אלול ציטערט אפילו א פיש אין וואסער.


Rosh Chodesh Elul tzittert afilu a fish in vasser.


Even fish in water tremble at the arrival of the Days of Awe.


In The Sources:

"Fear of judgement grips all creatures when You will remember and consider the souls of all human beings; there are many deeds and an infinite number of creatures to be remembered "......

( Musaf for Rosh HaShanah ).

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א גרויסער חילוק פון ״ וכך היה אומר ״ ביז  ״ וכך היה מונה ״.


A groisser Chiluk fun "v'chach hoyoh omer" biz  "v'chach hoyoh moneh".


There is a great distance between "this is what he said" and "this is how he counted.”


Explanation:

The Musaf service for Yom Kippur describes the High Priest's service on that day.

As we recite the words we bow down from "This is what he said" until we reach "This is how he counted".


Metaphorical Meaning:

It's a long way from the promise to contribute money, "This is what he said",

to its fulfillment , "This is how he counted".



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8 Tishri, 2935

826 BCE



Zeitgeist

Temple Dedicated


The 14-day dedication festivities, celebrating the completion of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem built by King Solomon, commenced on the 8th of Tishrei of the year 2935 from creation (826 BCE). The First Temple served as the epicenter of Jewish national and spiritual life for 410 year, until its destruction by the Babylonians in 423 BCE.


(We’ve been around awhile!)

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The Holy Temple is the Divine "home" and "place," as the "gate of Heaven" for man's service of G-d, and as the ultimate embodiment of G-d's desire to create life and mankind's endeavor to sanctify it.

Tuesday,  

Oct. 11

6:10 p.m.

Kol Nidre

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Wedesday,

Oct. 12

10 Tishri

8:30 a.m.

Yom Kippur


11:15 a.m.

Yizkor

3:30-4:45 pm

Discussion

With

Rabbi Eli


4:45 p.m.

Mincha & Neila



Yom Kippur

ends 7:21 p.m.

Yom Kippur


The ten days starting with Rosh Hashanah and ending with Yom Kippur are commonly known as the Days of Awe (Yamim Noraim) or the Days of Repentance.

This is a time for serious introspection, a time to consider the sins of the previous year and repent before Yom Kippur.

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Day of Atonement

(fast and break the fast)

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Saturday,

October 15

13 Tishri


Birkot

ha-Shachar

9:12 AM

Led by

Frank Steiman


Please help us out by coming early…

We need a minyan to start!


Yishtabach

9:30 AM


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Torah Times

Torah Reading: Triennial Year 3

Parashat: Hazinu

32:1 - 32:6 (pg.  896)
32:7   - 32:12                        
32:13 - 32:18
32:19 - 32:28
32:29 - 32:39
32:40 - 32:43
32:44 - 32:52
Maftir: 32:48 - 32:52

Haftarah: Samuel 22 (pg.904)


Candle Lighting: 6:16 p.m. – Friday

Havdalah: 7:22 p.m. – Saturday


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Sunday,  

Oct. 16

Erev Sukkot

no services

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Monday,

Oct. 17

15 Tishri

9 a.m.

Sukkot

1st day

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Tuesday,

Oct. 18

9 a.m.

Sukkot

2nd day


Sukkot ends 7:11p.m.

Sukkot





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


Feast of Tabernacles

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Saturday,

Oct. 22

9:30am

Shabbat

services

Kiddush Lunch


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This week’s kiddish is sponsored by:

Meir and Alisa Schwartz
for their anniversary

and for Alisa's birthday

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Tashlich (תשליך) is a ritual that many Jews observe between Rosh HaShanah and HaShanah Rabah. "Tashlich" means "casting off" in Hebrew and involves symbolically casting off the sins of the previous year by tossing pieces of bread or another food into a body of flowing water.


Don’t feed the birds

in Toronto Parks!


Here are suggestions for breads which may be most appropriate for specific sins or misbehaviours.


For ordinary sins: White Bread
For complex sins: Multigrain
For twisted sins: Pretzels
For sins of indecision: Waffles
For sins committed in haste: Matzoh

(The list goes on, and on…)

Sunday,

Oct. 23

21 Tishri

9 a.m.

Ha Shannah Raba

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Monday,

October 24

9 a.m.

Shemini Atzeret


10:30 a.m.

Yizkor


Hoshanah Rabah and
Shmini Atzeret


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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.”




Monday,

Oct. 24

6 p.m.

Erev Simchat Torah

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Tuesday,

Oct. 25

23 Tishri

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


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Wednesday,

October 26

7:00 PM

Shul


INFORMATION

NIGHT



Bring a friend!

(or two)

Travel

the Baltic States

With Rabbi Eli


August 7-16, 2017


Full details at lodzer.ca




Seize the opportunity!


Early bird discounts still in effect!

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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.

Saturday,

October 29

27 Tishri


Birkot

ha-Shachar

9:12 AM

Led by

Frank Steiman


Please help us out by coming early…

We need a minyan to start!


Yishtabach

9:30 AM

Prayer is meant to be a powerful, relevant and meaningful experience.

Read through the prayers and slowly think about what you’re saying and don’t be overly concerned about being behind. Look, the worst that could happen is that you will fall behind, but don’t worry, they’ll probably announce the pages so you can always catch up.

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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


Wednesday,

November 2

Rosh Chodesh

1 Heshvan


7:30-8:30 pm


Shul

Parsha of The Week

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Hi All - Due to the Holidays throughout October, our Parsha of the Week class will be cancelled all month - resuming on Wednesday November 2 at 7:30. I wish you all a Hags Sameach and an easy fast. See you in shul!

(POW)

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

November 2

1917



Zeitgeist


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

Sunday,

November 6

2 PM

Lodzer

Centre

Congregation


12 Heaton St.




Holocaust

Education

Week

We Polish Jews:

The Troubled Holocaust Legacy

of Julian Tuwim, 1894–1953


Poet Julian Tuwim was among the first and most powerful literary voices of the Holocaust experience.


Born in Lodz, Tuwim was a leading Polish-Jewish poet during the 1920–30s. In 1944, Tuwim wrote an anguished lament and manifesto of murdered Jewry, ‘We Polish Jews,’ as a refugee in New York.


In Tuwim’s writing, identity, belonging, betrayal and memory coalesce in unexpected ways. This presentation will be given by Dr. Myer Siemiatycki, a professor in the Department of Politics & Public Administration at Ryerson University. Books will be available for purchase and author signing following the program.


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Julian Tuwim in conversation with

Sheldon Richmond on why they

returned to Lodz after the Shoah.


Presented by Lodzer Centre Congregation

As part of:

Holocaust Education Week
November 2-9, 2016

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

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 Orshansky & Viktor Kotov

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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

Thursday,

December 8

7:30 PM


Shul

Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin

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A network of terror.
A web of deceit.
A deadly game of vengeance.


Legendary spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon is poised to become the chief of Israel’s secret intelligence service. But on the eve of his promotion, events conspire to lure him into the field for one final operation. ISIS has detonated a massive bomb in the Marais district of Paris, and a desperate French government wants Gabriel to eliminate the man responsible before he can strike again.

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






Good News

Sports Night

This past Sunday night a group of us Lodzer sports fans - headed by Arthur - watched the Blue Jays win game 3, (7-6 against the Texas Rangers,) on the shul TV. Everyone had a good time despite that we were NOT in our undershirts, drinking beer.


Don’t miss Fright Night (LIVE): Tues. Nov. 8 - The Amazing Race

Under Construction: Shul Side Entrance

We will be modifying the side entrance to include steps, a ramp and handrails.



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Pirke Avoth Perek 3 Mishnah 5 


Rabbi Hanina ben Hachinai said: If someone is awake at night, or goes on his way alone, and he turns his heart to idle thoughts, he incurs guilt to pay with his life.

 

Rabbi Hanina lived during the Roman Occupation of Judea when it was dangerous to study Torah. It put Jews at risk. It was therefore understandable that there were times when Torah could not be studied because of the danger or perhaps because the home was too distracting and noisy. “But if you are awake at night when the entire household is asleep and all is calm, and you then watch an empty television program rather than study Torah, what excuse remains?”


Question 1: Is this too high an obligation?

Question 2: Is it an obligation, or  something that we can look forward to doing?


“On a simpler level, Rabbi Hanina undoubtedly means to emphasize the protective nature of Torah. The Talmud states, ‘Those with a mission to perform a mitzvah are not liable to be harmed.  This adage is the basis for the practice that when a friend is going on a journey you make him your agent to transmit charity for you when he reaches his destination. He then becomes ‘the messenger for a mitzvah’ and as a courier of the Almighty he will be entitled to the Heavenly care of Providence. It follows, then, that when a person is in a situation of danger, being alone at night or travelling a solitary road, if he refuses to armour himself with the protection of Torah, he invites mortal harm; he is himself responsible for any injury which might befall him.”


Question 1: Is blaming the injured for not following Torah, going too far?

Question 2: Isn’t it common sense that a person with a mission will try harder to reach the goal, and be more successful at it, than one who does not have a mission? Is this basic psychology wrapped in religion or religious scare tactics?

 

Sages say that the purpose of night-time is either to sleep or to study Torah. “The Sages describe slumber as ‘a sixtieth part of death,’ a small foretaste of total eternal blissful rest. And someone once made an analogy, ‘Sleep is the interest we pay on the capital loan known as life. The more regularly we pay the interest, the longer are we allowed to keep the loan.’”

If however a person wastes the night on frivolous matters, “As the folk expression would put it, he is ‘burning the candle at both ends.’. He is surely guilty for any harm that might ensue.”

 

“In the figurative language of metaphor, night has always symbolized ignorance, the darkness bereft of the light of knowledge. In the vein of this symbolism the Mishnah means to say: If you are awake, aware in a world of darkness; if when everyone else is lost in a sleep of unawareness, you alone perceive evil and realize what is wrong, then it is your duty to study Torah with redoubled efforts to spread its knowledge abroad. If you ignore the opportunity and neglect your obligation, you carry the guilt of all, for you are one of the few who realize the perils and needs of your time.”

 

Question 1: Is it not only our duty to study Torah but to do something about the darkness or troubles of the world?

                  

                   Example 1 : Jabotinsky warned the European Jews of the coming  Holocaust. Are we also in danger from Islamism or anti-Semitism both here and in Israel, and if we believe that is true, and others don’t see it, do we have a duty to act or notify others of our concerns?

                   

                   Example 2: We are living in a very secular society. Should we be spreading the value of religion? Is this what Chabad is doing? Is this what Conservative Jews should be doing in their own way?

 

“While everyone else traveled the easy, flowing highway  of the dominant culture , the Jew walked along the path of Torah, Sabbath, kashruth and family purity. Our continuing destiny, as the people with the Biblical heritage and as an alien minority, has always imposed on us the task of ‘walking the solitary road’ and therefore the need of ‘being awake while all slumber’. Every generation of Jewry bears the obligation to fill this historic role anew with meaning and content, by keeping alive and replenishing ourselves with Torah and reverence of the Lord.”


“We are thankful to the Almighty that He has given the people Israel discernment to sense the difference between the conditions of “day” and “night” which come upon the world, and to act as a beacon of light of mankind when darkness falls.”


Question: Is this true - and if so, are we performing that function?

                 Is it Tikkun Olam or charity or something more?




Quote

Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we diet.


From Torah?




Torah Nugget

Hesed appears in the Torah to communicate God’s kindness and love toward humanity as well as human kindness and love toward each other. The Talmud further establishes hesed as one of the core pillars of human behaviour.

(My Jewish Learning)




Take Your Soul to Work - Kindness (Erica Brown)

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Haimishe Humour

If you want to tell someone but maintain the secret, tell your husband, he never listens anyway.


Husbands are the best people to share secrets with. They’ll never tell anyone, because they aren’t even listening.


When I wonder why my kids don't listen to me when I say “Dinner is Ready” I look at my husband STILL watching TV!!!


(I’ll be done in a minute.)




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Parsha of the Week

On Hearing and Listening


HAAZINU, DEUTERONOMY 32:1–52


D'VAR TORAH BY:

SHANA GOLDSTEIN

Give ear, O heavens, let me speak; / Let the earth hear the words I utter!


(Deuteronomy 32:1)

D'VAR TORAH |

"Yeah, mom, I hear you," the teen answers her mother. "Sure you hear me," the mother replies, "but are you listening?"


How often have we heard without listening, paid partial attention, or heard only what we wanted to hear? Perhaps for this reason, knowing human habits, Moses calls forward heaven and earth both to hear and to listen to his final song to the people.


Throughout this song, this last great monologue Moses delivers, parallel language abounds, beginning with the first verse. In biblical poetry, parallel language is often used to reach a stylistic goal or to emphasize a point. And imagery is doubled, driving home the message by means of repetition or reinforcement.


In the beginning of the poem, Moses calls the heavens to "give ear" or "hear" (haazinu) and then calls upon the earth to "listen" (tishma ). These separate verbs in Hebrew, haazinu and tishma, are synonyms on the surface, but reflect nuances in their different definitions. Haazinu refers to the physical act of hearing, perhaps due to closer proximity. It is true that haazinu shares a root-alef, zayin, nun-with the verb "to balance" (l'hitazein), indicating a deep sense of hearing, of weighing the information received. But tishma calls us forward to listen, obey, and understand at once. So, in recounting the collective memory of our people-the tried relationship with God, and the warning that the people change their ways-Moses starts the poem by urging us both to hear and to listen to the lessons of our past, present, and future.


Is there really a difference between the two verbs? Inasmuch as there is a difference between vision and sight, there are distinctions between hearing and listening. In fact, hearing is simply the act of perceiving sound by the ear. If you are not hearing-impaired, hearing simply happens. It is passive behavior, just a by-product of having ears and all their working parts. Listening, however, is active; it requires conscious choice. Listening is how we attach meaning to sounds, leading us to learning. Listening is also how we show others that we care. It shows kindness and respect to listen to others and not just hear them. "Listening isn't a need we have; it's a gift we give" (Michael P. Nichols, The Lost Art of Listening, [New York: Guilford Publications, 1995], p. 251).


Many of us have been blessed with the ability to hear, but few of us have taken time to refine the art of listening. We are "hard of listening" rather than "hard of hearing." Often, as soon as someone else begins to speak, we begin preparing a response. We are not listening to understand, just to reply. Hardly ten words escape their mouths and our rebuttal is on our minds, if not already on our lips. Sometimes we are preoccupied with other ideas or worries and are unable to set them aside to pay full attention with our ears and our minds. Other times we hold preconceived notions about the speaker or the subject and tune out, hearing the words without listening to the message. And sometimes, we are simply self-centered, focused only on what we want to say, rather than what there is to be heard. We hear what we want to hear, instead of what is intended.


There is an old saying that God created us with one mouth and two ears so that we might spend twice as much time listening as talking. Perhaps the two ears are there to hear and to listen, to gather sounds and glean meaning. It takes practice to learn to listen and not just to hear; it takes effort to pay attention, understand, and take what we hear to heart.


As we experience the High Holy Day season, let us take the time to understand how we listen: to ourselves, our families, and our colleagues. As we hear the prayers and the music, may we listen to the meaning in those sounds. May we hear words of forgiveness and apology, listen to those we have hurt, and learn from our mistakes. May we heed our call for justice, listening to the challenge of our prophets, and may we take these lessons to heart. Our people have heard the message of our tradition time and again. Perhaps this year we will listen.




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


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.


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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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.


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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Shared Values  (CIJA - Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs)

One of CIJA’s foundational evidence-based principles, Shared Values, is a strategy that has been adopted by the pro-Israel community globally, including the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Global Coalition for Israel, and the Israeli PMO’s Hasbara Unit. It is an approach to advocacy premised on the view that, to make our case successfully, we must demonstrate why our cause matters to our target audience rather than attempt to convince our audience why it matters to us. Rooted in extensive public opinion research and experiential confirmation, this approach requires a fundamental understanding of those who comprise our target audience, their level of knowledge, and their underlying worldview and values.

In a column in The Times of Israel, CIJA CEO Shimon Fogel explained how the Shared Values approach has enabled Canadians to appreciate the challenges facing Israelis:

This approach is grounded in the basic premise that most people know very little about Israel and Israelis, and therefore care little about the difficult challenges that Israel faces in the turbulent Middle East.

“Since 2003, Israel’s supporters in Canada have worked to show Israel and Israelis as fundamentally like Canadians – caring about health care, education, services to the elderly, the arts, and infrastructure – and only reluctantly spending money on defensive strategies like the security barrier out of an urgent need to protect their families from violence.

“In this framework, we do not simply fight boycotts where they appear, but rather work to strengthen and expand practical bilateral ties across government, business, and civil society. Organizations and individuals who aren’t interested in the conflict are very much interested in Israel’s contributions to the world. If we increase these ties and demonstrate their benefits to all, efforts to isolate Israel through boycott remain symbolic and ineffectual.

“In this framework, support for Israel and her long search for peace can also mean supporting the Palestinians’ national aspirations, as long as those aspirations are not expressed as a zero sum game premised on Israel’s policies or even existence as being the primary obstacle to peace.

“Thanks in part to this approach, all Canadian political parties today express solid support for the core premise that Israel, like all other countries, has the right to exist in safety and security within internationally recognized and defensible boundaries. There is a national consensus in Canada that like all other peoples, the Jewish people has a right to a national homeland.”




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