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Shabbat Bulletin - December 3, 2016

RE (inspired) - Misdirection and real Control

No sinner is ever saved after the first twenty minutes of a sermon.

(Mark Twain)

We acknowledge the passing of Fidel Castro.

A leader? Maybe.

In control? Maybe.

In the Torah, control is the prevailing quality of our leaders, (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.)

Abraham's dealings with Efron, not only being able to bury his dead on Efron's land, but also in securing ownership of said land.

Our leaders don't act out of hysterical bursts of passion, but act mostly timid and passive, exercising good control, following through and getting what they ultimately want in the end.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: The secret pilot. The one who is actually in control.

Misdirection is the key element. We can create a space where we give them something to look at to take their mind away from what they really should be seeing.
(Chris Conti)

It's not really misdirection – it's direction.

Turning back to the Torah and the story of Abraham and Efron, we find that there is a secret pilot everywhere we turn and in everything we read.


Shavua Tov

The Lodzer Music Festival - Sundays at 7

Hope to see you all this week on Sunday, December 4 at 7 PM.

Jewish Music of The Middle East (part two) presented by Cantor Aaron Bensoussan

My Heart is in the East – Sacred Hebrew Music and why it is important today for Israeli identity and peace with the Arab world.

Ancient Israeli Hebrew music connects the Jewish people to their roots as a Middle Eastern tribe.

Israeli, Arab, Armenian and American Jewish musicians join forces in a sincere effort to do in music what seemingly cannot be achieved in our world’s capitals and on their battlefields - to explore the very real affinities among the related cultures of the Middle East and to blend them in a manner that strengthens us all.

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

  1. Jewish Role in Jazz/Israeli Jazz Scene - Reuven Grajner

  1. The Golden Age of Cantorial Music - Cantor David Nemtzov

  1. Jewish Music of The Middle East (part one) - Cantor Aaron Bensoussan

  • (When it becomes available.)

  1. Jewish Music of Eastern Europe - Raisa Orshansky and Viktor Kotov

  • (When it becomes available.)

Free of charge. Donations are welcome.
Refreshments will be served following each presentation.
This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada

Fidel Castro Denounces 'Fascist' Israel's 'Genocide' of Palestinians


“Revolution is not a bed of roses. Revolution is a battle between the future and the past”

Castro stood up against the strong arm tactics of the United States, which had exploited the largest island in the Caribbean ever since it won independence from Spain in 1898. A fiery champion of the people, he ended years of corrupt rule and ushered in an era of access to education, health and housing.  (more)

“Repression, open markets, freedom of religion, political prisoners — these things need to change in order to have open and free relationships, and that’s what president-elect Trump believes, and that’s where he’s going to head.”

Reince Priebus

Viva la revolución


Happy Birthdays to:

Nov. 30  Marcel Mozes
Dec. 1     Mary Goldlust

Dec. 7  Joseph Rosenberg
Dec. 7  Jacqueline Tolkin
Dec. 7  Simon Weisman
Dec. 9  Sheilah Solomon


Dec. 4  Roman & Lily Perelshtein
Dec. 5  Eugene & Selma Opler


Dec. 1  Moishe Katz, father of Reisa Grunberg
Dec. 2  Sam Brand, husband of Anna
Dec. 2  Leibish Gula, grandfather of Morry Nosak
Dec. 2  Roz Spivak, sister of Frank Steiman

Dec. 6  Bracha Schwartz, mother of Meir
Dec. 9  Lily Feldman,

       mother of Sheila Winston, and Ronald Feldman
Dec. 9  Norman Spigelman, father of Michael



November 30

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


December 1

1 Kislev

Rosh Chodesh




December 3

3 Kislev



9:12 AM

Led by

Frank Steiman

Please help us out by coming early…

We need a minyan to start!


9:30 AM


Torah Times

Torah Reading: Triennial Year 1

Parashat: Toldat

Genesis 25:19 - 28:9

1: 25:19-22 (pg. 93)

2: 25:23-26

3: 25:27-34

4: 26:1-5

5: 26:6-12

6: 26:13-16

7: 26:17-22

matirf: 26:19-22


Malachi 1:1 - 2:7 (pg. 102)

Candle Lighting: 4:23 p.m. – Friday

Havdalah: 5:31 p.m. – Saturday



December 3

7:30 PM

Beth Radom




Hosted by Neil Naftolin

Featured Guests

Cantor Lauren Phillips

Cantor Deborah Staiman

Cantor Marcel Cohen

Cantor Mitch Smolkin

Cantor Alex Stein

Order online or 416-636-3451


Cantor Jeremy and Friends

2nd Annual


“Best of the Borscht Belt”


December 4

7 PM




12 Heaton St.




Jewish Music of The Middle East:

Part Two.

Presentation by:

Cantor Aaron Bensoussan


December 7

Early bird




the Baltic States

With Rabbi Eli

August 7-16, 2017

Full details at


Seize the opportunity!

Early bird discount

ends today.



December 8

7:30 PM


Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin

Black Widow-Daniel Silva_w200.jpg

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.


December 10

10 Kislev



9:12 AM

Led by

Frank Steiman

Please help us out by coming early…

We need a minyan to start!


9:30 AM


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

You’re not that proficient in Hebrew? Don’t worry, G-d understands whatever language you speak. And, like a loving parent, He can discern what’s in your heart even if you can’t quite express it the way you would like.

As you sit in synagogue (this Shabbat) you are joined by millions of Jews in synagogues all over the world. You are a Jew and you are making a powerful statement about your commitment to Judaism and the Jewish people.


December 10

7 - 10 PM

The Zoomerplex

70 Jefferson Ave

In Toronto’s

Liberty Village

In October, the House of Commons finally voted unanimously to rescue hundreds of Yazidi girls and women used as former ISIS sex slaves. This evening is to support One Free World International’s ongoing work in Iraq and Syria in response to ISIS’ brutality; and build on its legacy of advancing the rights of persecuted religious minorities around the world.


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December 16

Services start

6:15 PM

Dinner following



Chicken Noodle Soup

Garden Salad

Honey Garlic Chicken

Chinese Fried Rice

Stir Fry Vegetables


Reserve by

Monday, December 12


Members $35

Member’s Children $15

(Under 5 $5)

Non-Members $45

Non-Member’s Children $20

(under 5 $5)

Bring Your Own Kosher Wine (unopened bottles only)


December 18

7 PM




12 Heaton St.




Israeli Music.

Presentation by:

Cantor David Edwards


December 25

5 PM




“We’re Cool with Yule!”

Rafi’s Annual


Chinese Food and a Movie

I eat Chinese food on Christmas
Go to the movie theater, too
'Cause there just ain’t much else to do on Christmas...
When you’re a Jew'

Movie, to be determined.


January 1




January 2

(last day)

Dec 3 to Jan 2

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Gallery Hours

M-F 9a-9p

Sa-Su 9a-7p


In our Gallery:
I have placed my bow in the clouds: paintings by Marla Powers.
Colourful gouache paintings using the Hebrew letters of the Torah, Siddur, and Psalms.

Marla is Zeesy Powers' mother. Zeesy is the artist who painted the hangings in our elevator. We’ve been friends for a long time. Jonathan


Located in the Jacobs Lounge on the main floor of the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, the Gallery provides a platform for emerging and established artists to showcase their talent, share their stories and connect with the community through visual art.

Our exhibitions draw the viewer's attention to corners of everyday life, often challenging pre-existing opinions of culture, religious identity and social issues. Celebrate the powerful world of images and painting at The Gallery at the J.


January 19

7:30 PM


Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin

Telling the tale

of a gay,




This book was shortlisted for the recently awarded Giller Prize, so you may want to put it on hold at the library now as it is very popular.


April 11

Time TBA



Passover Seder
2nd Seder

Full Kosher Dinner
Full Seder Service
$75 per person

Limited Seats Available.

Reserve NOW. 416-636-6665

What shall I do with my life? (excerpts from Judaism)

The Way of Sanctification

“What shall I do with my life? - means not so much what kind of occupation I should go into, as what kind of person I am going to be no matter what my occupation may be. The question asks what manner of human being shall I become, and how will it influence the kind of doctor, businessman, teacher, etc. I may one day be.” “We cannot give an intelligent answer to the question ‘What kind of person shall I become?’ unless we know our world and ourselves - which means our heredity and environment - and the choices we have for our future.”

(JU’s note: This question should be asked continually during our lifetimes - it is not only for teenagers)

“The question is not theoretical or abstract. It cannot be answered identically by any two people. The answer you give to it is unique as you are unique. It deals with your own life which is not identical to the life of anyone else who has ever lived or who will ever live. It is a personal question and your answer to it is a personal answer. How you will answer it will determine who you are and who you will become. … only you can decide upon a reply which is meaningful and pertinent to you.

“To become the kind of person who will fulfill the secret possibilities in each of us is what we are talking about. What shall I do with my life? - means: Will I become the kind person that I could become without selling myself short and without underestimating my possibilities? Therefore, the way you answer this most basic of questions determines whether you will find fulfillment in life or not.”


We all make choices.

At some point, you have to decide, “How do you want to live your life?”



The Legal Forum

JU: I went to a meeting last night about The International Legal Forum

I have known the group as The Legal Forum for some time and they are an excellent small group of Israeli Zionists who work for the benefit of Israel. They have now developed a sub-group called The International Legal Forum whose main objective is to fight BDS. Brochures are on our shul table.

They describe themselves as follows ⇒


The International Legal Forum is a nonprofit proactive legal hub, centralizing efforts of lawyers, organizations and activists worldwide, in their fight to promote justice, peace and equality in Israel and the Middle East. The ILF provides them with the much needed knowledge and strategic planning, research and international network in order to successfully tackle human rights violations, radical ideologies, terror and the BDS movement.

The ILF was founded by a group of lawyers and activists on the basis of a successful domestic forum, active for over ten yeas and its head offices are located in Jerusalem. We cooperate with over 1,300 lawyers, organization and activists worldwide, alongside many key stakeholders and world government officials in over 20 different countries, including U.S. congressmen, European Parliament officials and members of the Israeli knesset and government ministries."

(Religious freedom carried to the extreme)

Where do you draw the line?


Pirke Avoth Perek 3 Mishnah 10

Note: The ‘Commentary” sections in italics are taken from Ethics from Sinai by Irving M. Bunim and Visions of the Fathers by Rabbi Abraham Twersky.  Some sentences of the text have been taken verbatim (in quotes) and others have been summarized. All relate to Mishnah 10.  The questions are my own.

Rabbi Dostai ben Yannai said in the name of Rabbi Meir: Whoever forgets even one thing out of his Torah learning, Scripture regards him as though guilty to pay with his life; for it is said: Only take care, and guard your spirit most diligently, lest you forget the things which your eyes have seen. Now we might suppose that this is true even if [a person forgets something because] his study proved too hard for him; Scripture therefore explicitly adds: and lest   they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Thus, one does not incur mortal guilt until he deliberately sets about to remove them [his studies] from his heart.

Ethics from Sinai

“This Mishnah sets out to show that to forget even one item of your learning is sinful; … Torah is a systematic, interrelated ‘totality.’ Should even one word, one item, one consideration be missing, then the entire system, the totality is thrown out of focus and into imbalance.”

Question 1: Is Torah a totality?

Question 2: If so, is it a totality of a history story, of G-d’s advice, of a moral

                    code, or of a directive for living a proper life?  What is Torah?

Question 3: Are some words simply more important than others?

Question 4: Is concentrating on each word excessive, or excessive -  compulsive?

“If you forget ‘one thing’ of your learning, you are, in reality, losing sight of “many things”. This truth is reflected in the ruling that if even one letter of a Torah scroll is missing, that scroll becomes unfit for use in reading during synagogue prayer.”

Question 1:  Does the emphasis on each word lead to a failure to see the whole       picture, to waste precious time on irrelevant details, or to compose midrashim to explain things that should just be overlooked as not important?

“Our Mishnah implies that a person does not forget something he truly wishes to remember. If you are truly interested and concerned about the things you have learned, they will recur again and again in your mind. .. But if you put your learning in the back of your mind and relegate it to the limbo of irrelevant material, then indeed, you are making it subject to forgetfulness. Something which is being lived is not forgotten.”

Question 1: Is everything in the Torah equally important?

Question 2: Should we memorize Torah so that it is always available to us?

Question 3: Are the majority of congregants sufficiently interested or involved in the Torah  to remember and apply the details of its contents?

“Yet the Mishnah recognizes the fact that sometimes, in spite of the best of intentions, we do forget. Therefore, adds the Mishnah, a person cannot be held responsible until he actually ‘puts it out of his heart’. When does he do this? When he lets Torah be crowded out of the mind by the influx of worthless trash and trivia.”

Question 1: What is worthless trash and trivia?

Question 2: Is one person’s trash another person’s treasure?


“Our attention-range and mental capacity are ultimately limited… He who deliberately substitutes a thousand and one items of worthless nonsense for the principles of Jewish law and lore, surely incurs a guilt that will cost him his very soul.”

Question 1:  When is trivia or trash, simply a required relaxation mind break?

Question 2:  Do some people simply have more ability to concentrate or

                      remember than others?

Question 3:  Are some things more important to some people than others?

Question 4:  How do we balance the religious and the secular?   

Visions of the Fathers  

“Several of the chassidic masters interpret the words of this mishnah, not a ‘forgetting one item’ but rather as forgetting ‘the one, i.e., G-d, ….”

Rabbi Dostai ben Yanni

Rabbi Dostai ben Yanni was a tanna of the fifth generation, in the 2nd-3rd centuries CE. He is chiefly known for the rulings of Rabbi Meir (whose disciple he was), Rabbi Yose and Rabbi Eliezer that he transmitted,. He was an older contemporary of Rabbi Judah haNasi. Possessed of a fine sense of humour, he would often meet the questions of his pupils with answers that were permeated with wit. (This indicates ipso facto, that he maintained an academy.)

Once he explained how he had acted with sagacity to save his life from hostile people of great strength and authority. ‘Had they killed Dostai,’ he concluded with a twinkle, ‘who would have given my father Yannai another son like me?’”

From Wikipedia

Rabbi Meir or Rabbi Meir Baal HaNes (Rabbi Meir the miracle maker) was a Jewish sage who lived in the time of the Mishna. He was considered one of the greatest of the Tannaim of the fourth generation (139-163). According to the Talmud, his father was a descendant of the Roman Emperor Nero who had converted to Judaism. His wife Bruriah is one of the few women cited in the Gemara. He is the third most frequently mentioned sage in the Mishnah.

In the Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Gittin p. 4a, it says that all anonymous Mishnas are attributed to Rabbi Meir. This rule was required because, following an unsuccessful attempt to force the resignation of the head of the Sanhedrin, Rabbi Meir's opinions were noted, but not in his name, rather as "Others say...".[2]

"Meir" may have been a sobriquet. Rabbi Meir's real name is thought to have been Nahori or Misha. The name Meir, meaning "Illuminator," was given to him because he enlightened the eyes of scholars and students in Torah study.[3]


The sobriquet "Master of the Miracle" is based on the following story. Rabbi Meir was married to Bruriah, the daughter of Rabbi Chananiah ben Teradyon, one of the ten martyrs. The government ordered the execution of the couple for teaching Torah publicly. Bruriah's sister was sent to a brothel. Rabbi Meir took a bag of gold coins and went to the brothel disguised as a Roman horseman. He offered the money as a bribe to the guard. The guard replied, “When my supervisor comes, he will notice one missing and kill me.” Rabbi Meir answered, “Take half the money for yourself, and use the other half to bribe the officials.” The guard continued, “And when there is no more money, and the supervisors come - then what will I do?” Rabbi Meir answered:

“Say, ‘The G-d of Meir - answer me!’ and you will be saved.”

The guard asked, “And how can I be guaranteed that this will save me?” Rabbi Meir replied, “Look - there are man-eating dogs over there. I will go to them and you will see for yourself.” Rabbi Meir walked over the dogs and they ran over to him to tear him apart. He cried, “G-d of Meir - answer me!” and the dogs retreated. The guard was convinced and gave him the girl. When the group of supervisors came, the guard bribed them with the money. When the money was used up, they arrested the guard and sentenced him to death by hanging. When they tied the rope around his neck, he said, “G-d of Meir - answer me!” and the rope tore.[4]

From then on, a tradition developed that a Jew in crisis gives charity in memory of Rabbi Meir. He then says, “G-d of Meir - answer me!" Various charitable foundations have been named for Rabbi Meir and include the Rabbi Meir Baal HaNeis Salant charity founded in 1860 by Rabbi Shmuel Salant and the 'Colel Chabad Rabbi Meir Ba'al HaNes' charity founded by Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi in 1788. Some say the above and give a small amount of charity, as a way to recover a lost item.[5]

Take Action: Ontario MPPs to vote on BDS

On Thursday, something historic will happen at Queen’s Park.

The Ontario Legislature will consider a motion – by Thornhill MPP Gila Martow – rejecting the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS). Please take a minute to show your support for this resolution.

Our elected leaders would be right to stand against BDS.

BDS singles out the Jewish State by targeting Israeli businesses, academics, artists and athletes for blacklists and boycotts. Shamefully, these tactics have been used against vulnerable Jewish communities in the darkest periods of our history.

BDS activists hold the Jewish State to standards expected of no other democracy in the world.

And rather than seeking peace, radical BDS activists openly boast that their goal is the elimination of Israel.

If BDS isn’t antisemitism, I don’t know what is. Our community knows all too well that we cannot be complacent in the fight against bigotry – which is why we need you to take action.

Thankfully, we have many allies. Ontario’s elected leaders have already supported expanding business and academic ties with Israel. As seen in the Premier’s recent trade mission to Israel, which generated $180 Million in agreements, the Ontario-Israel relationship is strong.

And now the Ontario Legislature is set to reject – formally and unequivocally – the toxic BDS movement. We expect this historic motion to be supported across party lines. But we need you to take action.

In less than sixty seconds, you can send an email to your Member of Provincial Parliament and provincial party leaders urging them to support this vital motion.


Sara Lefton
Vice President, Greater Toronto Area

Quotes of the Week

"Insulting one’s senior is not the same as insulting one’s junior."

Talmud, Ketubot

"Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value. "

Albert Einstein

"The nice thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from."

Andrew S. Tanenbaum

Haimishe Humour - He Had it All !!

I talked to a  homeless man this morning and asked him how he ended up this way.

He said, "Up until last week, I still had it all. I had plenty to eat, my clothes were washed and pressed, I had a roof over my head, I had TV and Internet, and I went to the gym, the pool, and the library.  I was working on my MBA on-line.  I had no bills and no debt. I even had full medical and dental coverage."

I felt sorry for him, so I asked, "What happened?  Drugs? Alcohol? Divorce?"

"Oh no, nothing like that," he said.  "No, no. I just got out of prison."

(Only in a Trudeau Canada)

Reducing the number of prisoners: The number of federal prisoners rose to an all-time high under the Conservatives, even as the crime rate fell. And the costs rose sharply, too, even as many federal departments had their budgets cut. What will the Liberals do about it? Will they restore the conditional sentences – usually known as house arrest – created in 1996 by Liberal justice minister Allan Rock?


A Thousand Life Lessons
Parshas Toldos
Posted on November 8, 2007 (5768) By Rabbi Label Lam | Series: Dvar Torah

And he (Essau) said, “Is he not rightly called Yaakov? Since he has gone behind me these two times, he took my birthright and see now he took away my blessing…” (Breishis 27:36)
This is a lightning bolt from the deep past. Essau for the first time betrays his woefully mistaken impression of the sale of the birthright that had had occurred fifty years earlier. Sure Yaakov under executive orders from his mother had just usurped his blessing. Rivka had observed his lack of readiness for those blessings. She held the long kept secret of the potentially negative prenatal prophecy that Essau may not turn out right. Why had his character stagnated and even worsened over the next five decades? Who was to blame for that? Let us appreciate the relevance of that false accusation he launched at his brother in his hour of crisis.

The verse openly testifies that after the sale of the birthright Yaakov had given him not only the beans he so desperately requested but bread and apparently some drink too because it is written, “And he ate and he drank and he got up and he left and he despised the birthright!” (Breishis 25:34) If it is true that Yakkov had taken advantage of him in a vulnerable state and not that he was tricked into forfeiting the birthright then he should have protested then and there when his stomach was full. Why should he leave the scene of the crime silently? That proved how little he valued the birthright. Now we find out that for fifty years Essau is telling himself the story that he was a victim of deception. For fifty years he tricked himself. Playing the victim keeps one from getting past their tragic flaws. If one blames others then he is not responsible. Others are! This may be fine for spinning perceptions in a political universe but for personal growth it’s a crippling mentality.

Someone asked me if there was some diplomatic or delicate way that he could ask the young woman he had been dating, who was a divorcee, about her first marriage. It occurred to me that rather than ask, “What went wrong?” which is an invitation for a flood of negativity, he should rather ask, “What did you learn from your first marriage?” If all she can say is that her husband was a no good such and such, then history may likely be readying to repeat itself. It’s hard to imagine that anyone going through such a trauma didn’t glean some personal life lessons.

In super contradistinction to Essau’s blame game let us bathe in the light of someone who took a completely different approach. One of my good friends was shocked and terribly dismayed when he heard of his older brother Avrumi’s horrific car accident in Israel three years ago. Avrumi was driving someone to the airport in his minivan when a driver in the oncoming direction decided to pass a truck. He glanced off of a police car, spun out of control and struck Avrumi’s van. Boruch HASHEM Avrumi survived but tragically he lost both of his legs. Months after the accident Avrumi, was allowed to leave the hospital temporarily and arrangements were made for him and his family to go to a hotel for Pesach. Once there, he phoned the fellow whose driving indiscretion had caused the whole episode. He told him that he would like to meet him and that he shouldn’t be nervous about it because he had no malice against him.

Remarkably he showed up. There standing before him was a man with a yarmulke and sporting a beard. Avrumi had expected to see a secular Israeli. The young fellow told him that because of all the problems the accident has caused he started to think a great deal and that eventually caused him to become a Baal Teshuva! He told that young man, “It’s worth it that I lost my legs so that you should become an observant Jew.”

I was with Avrumi this past Motzei Shabbos and I was amazed to meet a person who would have reason to play the blame game, as Essau did, and stay stuck in the past but rather chose to embrace reality and to learn a thousand life lessons.

DvarTorah, Copyright © 2007 by Rabbi Label Lam and

Historic Photos of the Jews (to be presented over the next number of weeks)

A few minutes of history so we never forget the hardships and ENJOY every moment of life.


Baking Matzos In Hiding, 1943

This amazing photo has made the rounds recently as well. It depicts Jews in hiding during Passover in Poland, baking matzos, their faces alight and happy. May we be strengthened by their resolve. Image originally found in the Yad Vashem Archives.


This incredible image depicts Jews, not in hiding, but within a transit camp in Holland lighting a Menorah on Hanukkah. You can see just how packed this room is.

(Author unknown - currently making the e-mail rounds as a ppt.)

JU’s, Question for this Week

Should our tagline (or signature line) be:

Make Judaism your lifestyle

Make shul and Judaism a part of your lifestyle

Which do you prefer and why?

The e-Bulletin is guided by its own mission statement (or tagline):

Making Shul and Judaism an important part of our Lifestyle

Two Audiences - One Bulletin

The diversity of our congregation always amazes me. Spanning the extremes of halachic observance, Jewish study and practice, passion, commitment and hypocrisy.

From my standpoint, it’s all good.

Daily Minyan

Sunday – Friday: 9:00 am

We alternate with Beth Radom

on Sunday - check the schedule

posted on the side door.

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Come Daven, Fress & Schmooze,

then join in on a walk.

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Yishtabach 9:30 AM

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Jewish Organizations of Interest


Mercaz-Canada is the Zionist voice of Conservative Judaism in Canada, promoting and supporting Zionist education and programs. It represents the interests of Masorti/Conservative Judaism in the World Zionist Organization (WZO), the Jewish Agency for Israeli (JAFI) and the Canadian Zionist Federation (CZF). According to the Israel Democracy Institute in 2012, half a million Israelis identify as Conservative, and the numbers are growing.

Jonathan Usher of our Board has recently attended one of their introductory meetings on behalf of our synagogue. If you think we should or shouldn’t play a role in, or support, their organization, please let us know.


(Mercaz-Canada, of “One Wall for One People” fame)

Corny Puns

I  recently got crushed by a pile of books, but I suppose I've only got my shelf to blame.

I went to a really emotional wedding the other day. Even the cake was in tiers.

I've decided to sell my vacuum. It was just gathering dust.

Why didn't the lifeguard save the hippie? Because he was too far out, man.

I saw a riveting documentary on how ships are put together.  How did you like it?

I was overcharged for Velcro last week. What a rip off.

Never date tennis players. Love means nothing to them.

I think I'm emotionally constipated. I just can't seem to give a...

I've been reading a book about anti-gravity. It's impossible to put it down.

How do prisoners call each other? On their cell phones.

To the guy who invented zero: Thanks for nothing!

Two antennas met on a roof, fell in love and got married. The ceremony wasn't much, but the reception was excellent.