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Shabbat Bulletin - December 10, 2016

RE (inspired) - Nation Building

Abraham finds a wife for his son Isaac - Rebekah
When your child is to give birth to a great nation, you sort of wonder which side he will grow up on. What if he doesn't grow up a scholar on the side of prayer and study? "What am I for?"

The Solution - Twins
Rebekah gives birth to twin sons, Esau and Jacob. "Two nations are in your womb." Each with their own nature and inclinations to carve their own path, to do whatever they deem right. "One shall be stronger than the other and the younger shall enslave the elder."

To thine self be true
In the same way, it is your duty to embrace your nature, follow your own path. Change it, mold it, make it yours.

An element of truth
"Live each day as if it’s your last." (Really? Who has the energy, resources and even the inclination to do that?)
When you decide what's important to you, do it to the extreme. Find your niche and exploit it. If Judaism is important to you, then get involved.

"If you really want to do something, you will find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse"

(Jim Rohn)

"It seems that life is not easy for anyone of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing at whatever cost, must be attained."

(1894 Marie Curie)

"I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'"

(Muhammad Ali)

(Myself: Jack of all trades, master of none.)

Shavua Tov

The Lodzer Music Festival - Sundays at 7

Dear Marcel,

Last Sunday night was the top!  Your duet with Cantor Aaron Bensoussan was fantastic.  I don't usually clap and sing along very much, but last night the music took over me and I did just that--clap, and sing (or make various noises), etc.

Yasher Koach.  Sincerely, Sheldon

Check it out:

Shalom Aleichem/Mitzva Gedola

A Capella duet at 1hr:15min


Hope to see you all in two weeks on Sunday, December 18 at 7 PM.

Israeli Music presented by Cantor David Edwards

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The Israeli band Terra Rossa who draw their inspiration from nature and from the "crazy land " of Jerusalem and Israel.  channel

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

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

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

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

  5. Jewish Music of The Middle East (part two) - Cantor Aaron Bensoussan

  6. The last in our series “Sundays at 7” - don’t miss it - December 18

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


Happy Birthdays to:

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

Dec. 13  Seymour Goldlust
Dec. 14  Selma Opler
Dec. 16  Minnie Peters


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

Dec. 10  Jack & Carole Abrahams
Dec. 14  Josef & Cindy Ber
Dec. 16  Morris & Nicole Anidjar


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

Dec. 12  Belle Klein, mother of Harley
Dec. 13  Eva Kushner, mother of Betty Siegel-Snyder
Dec. 15  Peter Friedenrich,

        husband of Ester, father of Ricki Black



December 7

7:30-8:30 pm

Shul Kiddush



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 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

Shul Kiddush


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.


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

Kiddush Lunch


This weeks kiddush

is sponsored by

the Grossman Family

in honour of

Daphna’s 50th birthday


Torah Times

Torah Reading: Triennial Year 1

Parashat: Vayetzei

1: 28:10-12
2: 28:13-17
3: 28:18-22
4: 29:1-8
5: 29:9-17
6: 29:18-33
7: 29:34-30:13
maftir: 30:9-13

Haftarah for Ashkenazim:
Hosea 12:13 - 14:10

Candle Lighting: 4:22 p.m. – Friday

Havdalah: 5:30 p.m. – Saturday



December 10

7 - 10 PM

The Zoomerplex

70 Jefferson Ave

In Toronto’s

Liberty Village

(King & Dufferin)

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 11

1 - 3 PM




Shul Kiddush


Come meet with Yazidis


‘If it’s going to take my life alone to save lives of millions of people and to expose the crimes they have committed, then that’s fine’

Nadia Murad: Escaped Yazidi Isis sex-slave on why she will continue to fight persecution after group vows to recapture her.


Project Abraham, the initiative of the Mozuud Freedom Foundation to help save Yazidis from genocide, is entering a new phase of its work.  Now that the government has made a commitment to bring Yazidi refugees to Canada, we are working closely with our political consultant to ensure immigration equality.
We will be addressing this in detail at our next Project Abraham meeting.  All are welcome to join us to hear about the latest updates in Yazidi news, Project Abraham developments, planned events, and how concerned people can help.
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Lodzer board and clergy for their continuing support of this important cause.


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 17

17 Kislev



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


Today’s kiddish

is sponsored by

Esther Kaufman

for the yahrzeit

of her husband


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

Five minutes of prayer said with understanding, feeling, and a personal connection to the words and their significance means far more than five hours of lip service.

“Unfulfilled expectations lead to self-imposed frustrations.” Therefore, don’t expect to be “moved” by every prayer or to follow along with the entire service.


December 18

7 PM




12 Heaton St.




Israeli Music.

Presentation by:

Cantor David Edwards


December 24

1st Night of




Celebrate every night of Chanukah

with song, hot latkes and

gifts for the children.


December 25

On the

2nd Night of


5 PM


Shul Kiddush


$25 earlybird


Thursday, Dec.8


“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.

Deadline for reservations is

Friday December 16


December 30

1 Tevet, 5777

Rosh Chodesh

7th Night of




On the 10th day of the Jewish month of Tevet, in the year 3336 from Creation (425 BCE), the armies of the Babylonian emperor Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to Jerusalem. Thirty months later—on 9 Tammuz 3338—the city walls were breached, and on 9 Av of that year the Holy Temple was destroyed. The Jewish people were exiled to Babylonia for 70 years.  chabad


December 31

8th Night of





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 8

11am - 12 noon






Shul Kiddush


Georgann Burke


Georganne Burke is a seasoned veteran of political activities in the United States and Canada. She has spent the past ten years in a variety of roles with the Conservative Party of Canada, and in the offices of ministers and MPs. Her special area of expertise was in outreach to cultural communities.


Advocacy Training Workshop

We are very fortunate to have political consultant, Georgann Burke, as the facilitator of this training.

Georgann is an experienced political organizer with a special expertise in outreach to ethnic, cultural and religious communities.

For those who would like to learn how to be most effective when approaching their MPs or MPPs on behalf of the Yazidi cause, this training has been set up for you.


January 19

7:30 PM


Shul Kiddush


Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin


Set in the years around 1492, Yiddish for Pirates tells the story of Moishe, a young man who, enchanted by maps and seeking adventure, leaves the shtetl to join a ship’s crew. There he meets Aaron, our ribald yet philosophical parrot narrator who becomes his near-constant companion. With a beakful of Yiddish jokes, this wisecracking bird guides us through a swashbuckling world of pirate ships and exploits on the high seas.

Telling the tale of a gay,

Yiddish-speaking parrot.

But the Inquisition is a dangerous time to be Jewish, and once he makes landfall Moishe falls in with a band of hidden Jews trying to preserve forbidden books. When all Jews are expelled from Spain, he travels to the Caribbean with the ambitious Christopher Columbus, a self-made man who loves his creator. Driven by circumstance but also by a thirst for gold, Moishe becomes a pirate and seeks revenge on the Spanish while searching for the ultimate booty: the Fountain of Youth.


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

The Miracle Of The Middle East - Talk about before and after

All the before pictures show the great progress the Arabs made with the land.
The after pictures show how the Jews destroyed the same land in the last 60 years.
Just imagine how well off the surrounding countries would have become if they didn't spend their time concentrating on destroying Israel. (source:forwarded e-mail - Thanks!)

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Be’er Sheba, spelt Beersheba in most English translations of the Bible, is a major crossroads whose potential was felt by Abraham, father of the Jewish people, who arrived here 3,700 years ago. He dug a well to water his flock, made a covenant of peace with Abimelech, the king of Gerar in those days, and the two swore allegiance to one another. “Therefore he called that place Beersheba, because there the two of them took an oath" (Genesis 21, Verse 21). To symbolize his ownership of the well, he planted a tamarisk tree. Thus the city of Be’er Sheba struck roots at that place and at that time. Abraham’s descendants continued to live here, in a place that was the cradle of monotheism.

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Pirke Avoth Perek 3 Mishnah 11

Note 1: The ‘Commentary” sections in italics are taken from Ethics from Sinai by Irving M. Bunim and Visions of the Fathers by Abraham Twerski.  Some sentences of the texts have been taken verbatim (in quotes) and others have been summarized. All relate to Mishnah 11.  The questions are my own.

Note 2: As with the previous Mishnah, this Mishnah is important for the issues it raises. Most of the conclusions in this Mishnah and in Bunim’s commentaries are at best questionable.

Rabbi Hanina ben Dosa said: Any person in whom the fear of sin comes before wisdom, his wisdom shall endure; but anyone in whom wisdom comes before the fear of sin, his wisdom shall not endure.

Ethics from Sinai

“Here we have a clear, superb statement of one of Judaism’s basic insights: Wisdom … is subservient to the will, which is … inextricably bound up with the emotions; therefore, unless a person be first imbued with ‘fear of sin’, a strong moral sense, his wisdom cannot itself be influential in any fundamental way, no matter how marvellously developed it may be. For sooner or later the mind and its wisdom become a rationalizing handmaiden, subservient to the wishes and demands of the self that wills.

Question 1:  Is ‘fear of sin’ the same as  ‘a strong moral sense’?

Question 2: Is fear of sin, for religious purposes, fear of doing anything contrary to what is written in the Torah.?

Question 3: Would someone to emulate be a more positive and effective prime motivator than  ’fear of sin’?   

Question 4: Do we fail to distinguish between pure intellectual and rational thought, and thought influenced by emotions and desires - especially in things like politics?

Question 5: Does BBB or ‘bullshit baffles brains’ apply to the emotions overwhelming the rational?

Question 6: Do professors, and those who are highly intellectual, simply use their intellectual prowess to rationalize their emotional responses to questions or problems?

“ Where ‘fear of sin’ does not come before wisdom, to form a basis and background for it, wisdom cannot endure…. Wisdom and reason will serve any master with equal loyalty. It is the person’s character and will that must provide the core of values within which reason will operate… no abstract knowledge of the law is enough to overcome the evil inclination.”        

Question 1: What is the nature of wisdom? How is it affected by intelligence and  character?   

Question 2: How does the absence of sin affect wisdom or reason?

“The eye reports what it sees, and the heart responds with desire. Unless ‘fear of God’ acts as a brake , the entire intellect … will be used to ‘prove’ that the desired object is good for you… It is at this point that we need tzitzith. For the Sages tell us: The thread of blue in the tzitzith reminds us of the ocean, the ocean reminds us of the heavens, and the heavens remind us of G-d.’ If we can develop within us a reverence of the Lord, a sense of awe before His presence we will be able to control our hearts and our minds, rather than have them control us.”

Question 1:  Is Torah a ‘brake’ on rationalizations?

Question 2: Do we need symbols to remind us to act properly?

“Wisdom, in the sense in which it is used in this mishnah, encompasses all organized knowledge, the entire realm of science. It has become almost a truism that whether the tremendous advances of modern science and technology will turn out to be a curse or a blessing will depend on the uses to which they will be put.  If ‘fear of the Lord’ and ‘fear of sin’ will prevail in the hards of men, then we are on the threshold of a truly golden age for mankind.” “The unprecedented advances of science and technology have not been matched by a corresponding development in the religious and moral awareness of man. … scientific knowledge, has merely supplied man with new weapons infinitely more devastating than anything previously known, to be used in his struggle to satisfy his basic needs untempered by moral restraints.”

Question 1: Has science and technology given man the extra time and desire to study and satisfy his physical, social and spiritual needs?

Question 2: Have the good applications of science and technology been offset by  the bad applications in things such as war etc.

Question 3: Has the increased knowledge taught us that we know less about the world than we previously thought?

“Questions relating to ‘beginnings and origins’ and to ‘ultimates’ are, in principle, beyond the competence and range of science. … to determine these first principles, and by finding ultimates to resolve questions of value, we must turn to the realm of religion, the world of faith”

Question: Does religion answer these ultimate questions, and, if not, why turn to religion?    

“A basic consciousness of God must come before the knowledge of Judaism. The child must be impressed with the knowledge that this is God’s world before he begins his classroom- learning…. ‘Fear of sin’ however is fundamental: it must form the foundation of religious faith.”

Question: Must children be taught fear before the social and religious ideas of Judaism are able to take hold?

“ In its present form, the arrangement suggests a thought relevant to our discussion. It is permissible to go about asking questions like, ‘who is like our God?’ and indulge in philosophical inquiry - but only if before you do so, you can declare in faith, ‘There is none like our god,’ only if your ‘fear of sin’ comes sound and secure as an antecedent foundation to your wisdom.”

Visions of the Fathers

“Wisdom is a divine gift. Although a person must seek to acquire wisdom by learning and experience, it is much like acquiring a skill to play a musical instrument. If a person is tone deaf or is otherwise not musically inclined, all the lessons in the world cannot make him into musician. One must have a natural proclivity for music, which one can then cultivate to various degrees of perfection. So it is with wisdom. A person cannot become wise if he lacks the substrate of wisdom and the latter is a gift from God… the initial wisdom is yiras Shamayim, reverence for God, and this is within everyone’s grasp. Indeed, yiras Shamayim is the only thing which God does not give anyone, and which one must achieve on his own. … {it} is the only thing which God must ask of man, because it is the basis of free will, with which God does not intervene. Thus, if one begins with yiras Shamayim {reverence for God}, then one has the prerequisite, the rudiments of wisdom, the soil in which wisdom can take root and grow. One can then merit the Divine gift, of ‘wisdom to the wise’. ‘(The prophet Daniel said ‘God gives wisdom to the wise.)’ Twerski says that before He does this one must have a self-developed reverence for God.) If one does not have reverence for God, then whatever wisdom he thinks he may have is not truly wisdom, but some imitation thereof, which cannot have any permanence.”

This can be compared to a young person who is taking drugs, who does not want to harm himself, but does not realize that the drugs are harmful and that even if they are harmful, he himself will be immune to their harmful effects. Similarly “the person who is ignorant cannot have yiras Shamayim {reverence for God}. Although he may wish to avoid harm, he is unaware that transgressing Torah is harmful to him.” Without having a reverence for God one will never become wise, and that is harmful.

Question: Do you agree with Twerski and specifically with the last sentence?

“Rabbi Hanina ben Dosa, a pupil of Rabban yohanan ben Zakkai, was a tanna of he first century, in the first and second generations. Yet before the destruction of the Temple (70 ce) , when he must have been quite young, he already had a reputation as a miracle worker. Throughout his life, many wondrous miracles came about through his prayer and piety. Especially efficacious were his prayer for the sick; in one instance they brought about the recovery of his teacher’s son; in another instance, the son of Rabban Gamaliel 2. Rabbi Hanina was exceedingly poor all his life; it was said that every day a Divine voice proclaimed from Mount Horeb: ‘The whole world is fe by the merit of Hanina My son, but as for Hanina My son, he finds a measure of carobs enough from one Sabbath eve to the next.

This early world, says the Talmud, was created for Ahab the son of

Omri [evil incarnate]; the world-to-come was made for Rabbi Hanina ben Dosa. When he was gone to his eternal reward, the sages declared that with him piety vanished, and effective men of supernatural deed were no more.”

Quotes of the Week

“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.”
Kurt Vonnegut

“… not even Shabbat trumps the importance of human dignity, pride, honour, and self-reliance. As important as ritual, Shabbat, and the festivals are, they never transcend the human values they seek to promote.”

The Wisdom of Judaism p.81

Haimishe Humour - Overcoming Religious Persecution

The Maccabees' battle with the Syrian Greeks was by no means the last of the Jews' woes over religious persecution. This story is told about a disputation in medieval Italy between the Pope and an old rabbi.

Several centuries ago, the Pope decreed that all the Jews had to convert to Catholicism or leave Italy. There was a huge outcry from the Jewish community, so the Pope offered a deal. He’d have a religious debate, a disputation, with a leader of the Jewish community. If the Jews won, they could stay in Italy; if the Pope won, they’d have to convert or leave. The Jewish community met and picked a wise, aged rabbi to represent them in the debate. However, as the rabbi spoke no Italian or Latin, and the Pope spoke no Yiddish, both sides agreed that it would be a "silent" debate.

On the chosen day, the Pope and the rabbi sat opposite each other for a full minute before the Pope raised his hand and showed three fingers.

The rabbi looked straight at him and raised one finger.

Then the Pope waved his finger around his head, and the rabbi pointed to the ground where he sat.

Next, the Pope then brought out a communion wafer and signaled to a bishop, who brought him a chalice of wine. The rabbi reached into his pocket and pulled out an apple.

With that, the Pope turned white, stood up, and declared that he was beaten, that the rabbi was too clever, and that the Jews could stay.

Later, the Cardinals met with the Pope and asked what had happened, why the Church had lost.

The Pope told them, "First I held up three fingers to show that I represent the Holy Trinity. He responded by holding up one finger to remind me there is still only one God common to both our beliefs. Then I waved my finger around my head to tell him that God was universal, that He was all around us. The Jew responded by pointing to the ground to show that God was also right here with us. So, I showed him the wine and wafer to prove that God absolves us of all our sins. But the rabbi produced an apple to remind me of our original sin. He had beaten me at every move and I could not continue."

Meanwhile, the Jewish community were celebrating and gathered around the rabbi.

"What happened?" they wanted to know.

"Well," said the rabbi, "First he said to me that we had three days to get out of Italy, so I said to him, 'Up yours.' Then he tells me that the whole country would be cleared of Jews and I said to him, 'Mr. Pope, we're staying right here.'"

"And then what?" asked a woman.

"Who knows?" said the rabbi. "He took out his lunch, so I took out mine."


VAYETZEI - Transforming Jealousy

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And when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister (Gen. 30:1). Rabbi Isaac observed: It is written, Let not your heart envy sinners (Prov. 23:17), yet you say, Rachel envied her sister! This, however, teaches that she envied her good deeds, reasoning: Were she not righteous, would she have borne children?

When I struggled with infertility, the jealousy of our barren matriarchs was a great comfort. Not only because their stories turned out well and they were blessed with their hearts' desire, but because their envy was exactly what I was feeling. Every time a girlfriend announced her pregnancy during those awful years, I was overcome with a jealousy I knew was wrong but could not help but feel.

Be it parenthood or a good job or the latest [fill-in-the-blank-of-your-heart's desire], it is difficult, in our material culture, not to want what others have. We know we shouldn't covet—that's one of the Ten Commandments, after all—but we can't control the way we feel.
Rabbi Isaac invites us to realign our values by sifting through our emotions for signals of priority. He wishes that we envied one another's deeds and good qualities, rather than possessions, children, or position in life. We cannot help the way we feel, but we can use our feelings as jumping-off points for inner work. Jealousy reveals a lack, not only of possessions (children, whatever), but of inner harmony. Rabbi Isaac is teaching us to use our jealousy as a focal point around which to work, so that we can end up in the place where that other famously jealous sibling, Esau, ended up when he says to his brother (Gen. 33:9): "I have enough."

If we learn to focus on what we each possess—an inner core of soul-heart-mind that is unique and holy—then we will be able to live with those feelings we cannot help, and turn them from stumbling blocks into stepping stones for emotional health and spiritual growth. We cannot help feeling jealous of our sisters sometimes, but we can help what we do with those feelings of jealousy. Using them as springboards from which to work toward inner harmony is one good bit of Jewish wisdom.

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.


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

The only military unit to serve in World War II in the British Army — and, in fact — in all the Allied forces — as an independent, national Jewish military formation, the Jewish Brigade Group comprised mainly of Jews from Eretz Yisrael and had its own emblem. The establishment of the Brigade was the final outcome of prolonged efforts by the yishuv and the Zionist Movement to achieve recognized participation and representation of the Jewish people in the war against Nazi Germany.  (full story)

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.


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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.

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Please call Sarah to purchase a book dedication.

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Lodzer committee

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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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Judy Hazen

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Honourary Member

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Rabbi Eli Courante

Cantor Marcel Cohen

B’aal Koreh:

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Judy Hazen


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Torah - amendment to the third edition

...given the current state of the Jewish state (with apologies to God for rewriting the Torah):

G-d: If you behave well, like the true inheritors of the Torah,

This land shall be a gathering place to which Jews spread all over the world shall return.

You shall eat the finest falafel the New Israeli Shekel can buy. Plus, you shall have the most fantastic selection of eating establishments in your major cities, restaurants that rival the haute cuisine found in Europe or America. Some of these restaurants will even be kosher!

You shall build fantastic infrastructure: highways that are sometimes not clogged with traffic, utilities that provide all the comforts of the most modern nations. You shall provide free wireless internet access for the benefit of Conservative rabbis who are visiting from overseas.

You shall be tremendously successful in high-tech enterprises, medical devices, international trade, and so forth. You shall assemble world-class universities, wherein students from all over the world will come to learn.

You shall build wonderful tourist infrastructure, whereby Jews, Christians, Muslims, and Baha'i will come from all over the world to see the holy sites of the ancient world, and pay handsomely to stay in the finest hotels and visit the most exciting tourist traps.

You shall thrive as a nation economically, such that Israel shall be a major force in international trade.

Most importantly, you shall have peace.

But if you are outwardly pious and yet continue to do nefarious things on the sly or even on video:

You shall be surrounded by hostile nations with whom you shall be eternally at war.

You shall elect representatives who are always caught up in one kind of of scandal or another: tax evasion, bribery, corruption, making unwanted advances on female staff, and so forth.

You shall be divided on all kinds of political issues: social, economic, foreign relations, etc. Your political system will, as a result, will be so unstable that virtually every government will fall before the end of its official term.

You shall argue with each other over religious issues; who has control over "who is a Jew," for example, and who controls issues of marriage and divorce and death. Your miraculous infrastructure will serve as flashpoints for interior disputes.

You shall absorb immigrants from all over the world, Jewish and non-Jewish (and questionably so), who will be attracted to the thriving economy, but will also contribute to a variety of social ills.

Your negotiations over issues of boundaries and security will always be problematic, and any such disputes will be a drain on your economy and damage your image abroad.

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