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Shabbat Bulletin - January 21, 2017

It’s Always Good News when we host an event at the Lodzer




Thanks to all who came out. (^^^ enjoy the video ^^^)

Note: This video is unlisted. It can only be accessed by the link above.

We’re Doing it Again this Sunday

Show your support, by attending. Come hear Joe Warner speak.

Details in the Event Calendar below.

90% of being Jewish is Just Showing Up

Judy’s Shabbat handout is now available, (Thursdays,) as a pdf download at the bottom of the homepage.

RE, distilled - The Animal Farm

As Jacob is soon to pass, he bestows his last words upon his progeny, (descendants.)

Here too, the 12 tribes of Israel get their signs - totems, (a natural object or animal believed by a particular society to have spiritual significance and adopted by it as an emblem.)


Judah, the lion is the leader; keepers of the law
Levi, the breastplate; the priests who serve the temple; prayer and praise
Issachar, the donkey; a hard working scholar; burden to serve
Zebulun, the ship; the businessman/merchant
Dan, scales of justice; the tribal judges
Naphtali, the deer; the free spirit; generous & tender
Benjamin, the wolf; the youngest one; gate keepers

Jacob: Come to me my sons and I will tell you what will happen to you with the passing of time.

Was it prophecy || set of orders || his own vision?

The story of Jacob is the story of your typical dysfunctional Jewish family. With each family member, extremely good at what they do, leaders, scholars, judges and respectable business men. Not unlike the dynamic in the region, country and whole world.

Confirmation Bias
Individually our minds tend to focus on what we already believe to be true.

Self Herding

We tend to mimic ourselves. We repeat what we comfortably know and what has worked for us in the past.

A recipe for irrationality
So many of our premonitions, predictions and prophecies are self fulfilling, because we influence outcomes as we see them.

You would think that we like people who are kind to us. Truth be told, we like mostly the people to whom we are kind. We are invested in them, we showed them kindness.

The greater good

We are not ants. We can not act as a single body, nor as a single mind.

"We are Jewish. We agree to disagree."

That irrationality works for us now as it did for Jacob. Jacob looked at the world with optimism and the world not only seemed brighter, it became brighter.

This is the way Jacob saw his children and when he described their futures as such, he makes them that way.

Dan thinks and says to himself, yes, I am that kind of person. I am a judge.

Judah in kind says, yes, I too am just the kind of a person whose responsibility it is to lead.

As soon as the seed of suggestion is planted in the fields of their minds, they become what was prophesied or ordained.

Go ahead, try it. As you go about your day, smile. You'll find that your day will be much brighter.

Shavua Tov.

On Marxism - more suited to ants than to humans

“Karl Marx was right, socialism works,

it is just that he had the wrong species”.

Edward O. Wilson

Myrmecology - is a branch of entomology focusing on the scientific study of ants.

Our maturity will be judged by how well we are able to agree to disagree

and yet continue to love one another, to care for one another, and cherish one another

and seek the greater good of the other.

Desmond Tutu


Happy Birthdays to:

Jan. 18  Dennis Malet


Jan. 20  Irving & Honey Spitzen

For happy occasions

as well...

Please call Sarah


Jan. 14  Joseph Anidjar, father of Morris
Jan. 14  Regina Fischer,

              mother of Nina Rubin and Gloria Riesel
Jan. 14  Zeev Nemirov, husband of Bluma
Jan. 15  Malka Mozes, mother of Eda Kardonne
Jan. 16  Gitla Lederman, mother of Rachel Brass
Jan. 19  Yochevet Goldberg, mother of Alla Kabacznik
Jan. 19  Harry Zaidman,

              father of Sally berger and Leo Zaidman
Jan. 20  Abraham Kliger,

              father of Debbie Spigelman & Frieda Walton

Jan. 23  Susan Pasternak, wife of Leon
Jan. 24  Brenda Grossman, mother of Matthew
Jan. 25  Hinda Daniels, mother of Dina Wolfe
Jan. 25  Rose Kliger,

             mother of Debbie Spigelman & Frieda Walton
Jan. 27  Louise Yellin, sister of Susan Yellin

Raising the bar...

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
― Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles"

JU’s note:

So volunteer at the shul or join the Board and let your light shine on a project that you would enjoy working on, or would like to accomplish.

Participate in the shul and you will get more from it.



January 18

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


January 21

23 Tevet



9:12 AM

Led mostly by

Frank Steiman

Please help us out by coming early…

We need a minyan to start!


9:30 AM

Kiddush Lunch

This week’s

Kiddush Lunch

is sponsored by

Susan Yellin

in memory of

her sister

Louise Yellin


Torah Times

Torah Reading: Triennial Year 1

Parashat: Exodus-Shemot

Torah Portion:  
1: 1:1-7 (pg. 206)
2: 1:8-12
3: 1:13-17
4: 1:18-22
5: 2:1-10
6: 2:11-15
7: 2:16-25
matir: 2:23-25

Haftarah for Ashkenazim: Isaiah

27:6 - 28:13; 29:22 - 29:23 (pg. 225)

Candle Lighting: 4:55 p.m. – Friday

Havdalah: 6:05 p.m. – Saturday



January 22

7:00 PM



Public welcome

Free Admission

Donations welcome



Sponsored by

Arthur Zins

Joe Warner




Come and hear how Jewish Canadian War Vet and antitank gunner, Joe Warner, volunteered to fight against the Arabs with 700 other Canadian Vets to secure the 1948 borders of Israel.

“The first time you see a dead body, you are shaken up terribly and it scares the hell out of you… but then it gets to the point when it is an everyday occurrence.  When we were taking Hill 113, we had a supply truck come up to us and some of the guys were leaning up against dead bodies for support – you become hardened… but you are always scared.  Anyone who is not scared needs to be in an insane asylum.  And when someone near you gets hit, you wonder, why him and not me?”


January 28

1 Shevat






9:12 AM

Led mostly by

Frank Steiman

Please help us out by coming early…

We need a minyan to start!


9:30 AM


It’s been awhile since our last

Shabbat Rosh Chodesh




...wearing a hat became an integral part of my Jewish identity, instrumental to my sense of self and feeling of belonging.
...A certain sense of stability accompanies external identification.
...which kind of hat? Hair up or down? Wig or no wig? Wig with hat? The permutations became dizzying...


February 9

7:30 PM

Adath Israel

37 Southbourne Ave

Free Admission

Dessert Reception



The Sabbath of Song

The Song at the Sea that Moses and the Children of Israel sang after the miracle of the Splitting of the Sea.


At the blast of Your nostrils, the waters piled up,
The floods stood straight like a wall,
The depths froze in the heart of the sea.



February 11

15 Shevat



9:12 AM

Led mostly by

Frank Steiman

Please help us out by coming early…

We need a minyan to start!


9:30 AM


“Where’s that Sheldon?”



February 12

1 - 3 PM




Shul Kiddush


Come meet with Yazidis



In a solely Canadian-funded project, Samaritan’s Purse will spend more than $2 million in 2017 on a program designed to heal physical and psychological wounds suffered by Iraq’s Yazidi minority, many of whose men have been murdered and women have been enslaved, raped and torn apart emotionally by ISIL.


Project Abraham, the initiative of the Mozuud Freedom Foundation to help save Yazidis from genocide, is…

(Details when they become available)

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.


February 23

7:30 PM

Shul Kiddush


Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin


a saga inspired by true events of a Holocaust survivor's quest to return to Poland and fulfill a promise

I apologize for all the changes recently, but Book Chat tries to be flexible to accommodate regular attenders as much as possible.

We will next meet on Thursday February 23, 2017 to discuss Karolina's Twins by Ronald Balson.  This is a slightly fictionalized  true story of two childhood friends one of whom, as young women during the Holocaust, makes a promise to the other.  We meet her as an elderly woman determined to fulfill this promise.  An excellent book, in my humble opinion.

At the following meeting on March 23 we'll discuss Yiddish for Pirates.  We are all on library waiting lists and unlikely to receive this book any earlier.  It has become wildly popular since being shortlisted for the Giller Prize.

Let's keep these dates so that we can meet before Pesach which begins April 10.  There's lots of time to read both books before then.

Happy New Year to everyone,


March 23

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


April 6


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the Baltic States

With Rabbi Eli

August 7-16, 2017

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April 11

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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!)

Jerusalem 1912.jpg

What has not already been said about the holiest city in the world, the city that has been united, the eternal city first built thousands of years ago, whose history can be heard in the whispering of the wind along the walls, where every stone tells a wondrous story of a city that has drawn millions of faithful pilgrims for thousands of years. Such is Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, the only city in the world that has 70 names of love and yearning, the city that in old maps appears at the center of the world and is still adored like a young bride.

Jerusalem now.jpg

This is Israel in 60 Seconds

Most humane soldiers! All religions are respected!! All people are respected!


Pirke Avoth Perek 3 Mishnah 16

Note: The ‘Commentary” sections in italics are taken from Ethics from Sinai by Irving M. Bunim and Visions of the fathers by Rabbi Abraham Twerski..  Some sentences of the text have been taken verbatim (in quotes) and others have been summarized. All relate to Mishnah 16.  

Rabbi Ishmael said: Be easily submissive to a superior and affable to a younger person; and receive everyone cheerfully.

Ethics from Sinai

The simplest explanation of this is that you should be alert when in the presence of a great leader or thinker, and let him take the lead. On the other hand be kind and patient with the inexperienced person.

It could also advise to be “quick to attach yourself to a leader (rosh) who is a proven success in business or practical affairs. … If a person “is in the ascendancy, it would appear to be the wise thing to join him. Be more hesitant, however in the case of a younger man… before you throw in your lot with someone who has yet to prove his abilities and mettle.”

On the other hand, “When a great man speaks to you, accept his opinion’ kal, lightly, gingerly, with reservations. Examine his ideas for what they are worth. The fact that a man is an authority in one field does not make him infallible, oracular on every other subject. … do not be overly impressed with the bright , fresh ideas of young men either. For in their very freshness lies their limitation. Wisdom comes with maturity and experience. Give an ear to all, but analyze and examine their thoughts before you decide to accept them.”

“If a man is … superior in character and wisdom, receive him cordially and serve him respectfully. Do not hold yourself in high regard before him, But with younger people and youth, act quite differently. Be calm and settled. … Receive everyone, great and small, with good cheer.”

Lastly this mishnah could mean, With the tax collector or government officials … “Be honest and straightforward, and do not get yourself involved in a network of lies… One lie leads to another, and before you know it you are so involved that your inventions and prevarications catch up with you and entangle you. Live your life so that you can be relaxed with officials. Meet your obligations, and you will have nothing to fear.”   

Visions of the Fathers

“This mishnah is most unique. The words of R’Yishmael are so cryptic that not only has the mishnah been given various and sundry interpretations but even the very words of the mishnah have been translated in more ways than any other mishnah in Ethics of the Fathers. The translation used by Twerski is “Be yielding to a superior, pleasant to the young.” Other interpretations are: “Be yielding in your service to God, and be pleasant to Torah scholars.”; “Humble yourself before the ruler, and be submissive to other authorities; and “although we should bow to the wishes of superiors, we should use calmness and diplomacy to reject the unwise opinions of the immature.

“It is of interest that very few commentaries associate the latter part of the mishnah, ‘to receive every person cheerfully.’ to the first part.”

“there is an axiom in Torah that when scholars differ, all opinions are valid, even if they may be polar opposites. Let us therefore assume that all of the interpretations are true, and approach the mishnah by trying to understand the latter half. Some interpret this to mean to receive every person cheerfully. But courtesy is a behaviour while cheerfully is a feeling. There are some people whose presence is not particularly desirable, and yet others whom we would totally wish to avoid. How can one be asked to be cheerful in their presence?” Perhaps it means that we should receive everyone with equanimity. That is possible when cheerfulness is not.

“If we understand the intent of the mishnah as requiring us to receive everyone with equanimity, i.e. not to be overwhelmed by people in positions of superiority, nor be arrogant to those who are of lower status, then all of the various interpretations of the commentaries listed above are appropriate. They all dictate that we relate to various people in a manner appropriate to the circumstances. it is important that we always maintain our composure regardless of who confronts us. … {Then}, this many faceted mishnah becomes a valuable lesson in interpersonal relations.”

Vignette of Rabbi Ishmael

Rabbi Ishmael ben Elisah was a tanna of the younger group of the second generation, in the 1st -2nd centuries CE. He came from a wealthy family of cohanim, and his father may have yet served in the temple; his grandfather was probably the cohen gadol of the same name. Taken into captivity by the Romans as a boy, he was ransomed by Rabbi Joshua ben Hannah for a high price, for Rabbi Joshua, noting his great knowledge of the Bible, saw in him a future teacher of his people. Along with other teachers, Rabbi Joshua helped the boy develop into a prominent scholar.

Of a gentle and friendly nature, Rabbi Ishmael urged good will and peace. On Deuteronomy 22:13-14 he commented that hate leads on to slander. With his charity and his rulings he sought to help impoverished Jewish girls to marry, and to aid women whose husbands were drawn into war. In time he became one of the outstanding members of the Sanhedrin at Yavneh, and when it had to move to Usha, he went with it.

His thirteen principles or rules for interpreting the Written Torah have become part of Shaharith,  our morning prayers, recited at the end of the introductory section. It was also he who laid the foundation for M’chilta, the Halachic Midrash on the Book of Exodus, and Sifre, the Midrash on the Book of Numbers: a great part of these works derives from his School, and they illustrate his interpretive approach. According to some sources, he met the tragic death of a martyr during the Hadrianic persecutions.

JU’s Note:

As the discussion of last week’s Mishnah was long, intense, and wonderful, this coming week we will complete Mishnah 15 - Part 2 by discussing the meaning of the Covenant and our feelings about circumcision as part of the Covenant. Then, as time permits, we will continue with Mishnah 16.

The Wisdom of Judaism (Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins)

Three Important Jewish Values

“This {Jewish} people is recognized by three qualities: They are compassionate, they are modest, and they perform acts of lovingkindness.” Y’vamot 79a

“One legend has it that when Aaron knew of two people who were angry at each other, he would approach each and say ‘ Your opponent is interested in making peace.’ The two adversaries would quickly make peace, not knowing that this was a ploy concocted by Aaron to get the two to see beyond their (perhaps) irrational emotions.”

Embarrassing Others
“Whoever shames another in public is like one who sheds blood”  - Bava Metzia 58b

“Shaming a person leaves an indelible scar. A physical wound may heal in time, but a wound on the soul is less likely to fade and heal. Perhaps it all goes back to the biblical notion of the worth of a human being. We humans are made in the image of God, and any diminution of someone created in the image of God is no different than demeaning God. Preserving the dignity of a fellow human, whatever the effort and cost, is always considered worth the endeavour. ”

Writer, lecturer - speaks all over the world on Judaism, psychology, environmental stories, etc. Co-author, CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE JEWISH SOUL (was on NYT Best-seller list), JEWISH STORIES FROM HEAVEN AND EARTH, JEWISH GUIDED IMAGERY, THE WISDOM OF JUDAISM - and many others. Winner, Jewish Book Council Award.


Posted to FB in Jan/2014

Haimishe Humour - myjewishlearning

A group of leading medical researchers have published data indicating that seder participants should not partake of both chopped liver and charoses.

It seems that this combination can lead to Charoses of the Liver.
At our seder, we had whole wheat and bran matzoh, fortified with Metamucil.

The brand name, of course, is "Let My People Go."
Old Jewish men in Miami get hernias from wearing chai’s which are too heavy.

This condition is called chaiatal hernia!
If a doctor carries a black bag and a plumber carries a tool box, what does a mohel carry?

A bris-kit!

Jewish Jeopardy

We give the answer, you give the question.

A: Midrash
Q: What is a Middle East skin disease?

A: The Gaza Strip
Q: What is an Egyptian Belly Dance?

A: A classroom, a Passover ceremony, and a latke
Q: What are a cheder, a seder, and a tater?

A: Sofer
Q: On what do Jews recline on Passover?

A: Babylon
Q: What does the rabbi do during some sermons?

A: Filet Minyan
Q: What do you call steaks ordered by 10 Jews?

A: Kishka, sukkah, and circumcision
Q: What are a gut, a hut, and a cut?
And speaking of circumcisions:

An enterprising Rabbi is offering circumcisions via the Internet.

The service is to be called…"E-MOIL"


Parsha Shemos - To Be Caring…To Be Daring
Posted on January 15, 2009 (5769) By Rabbi Label Lam

And it happened in those days that Moshe grew up and he went out to his brothers and saw their burdens, and he saw an Egyptian man striking a Hebrew man, of his brothers. He turned this way and that way and saw that there was no man, so he struck down the Egyptian man and hid him in the sand. (Shemos 2:11-12)

And he saw their burdens: He placed his eyes and his heart to be pained about them. (Rashi)
These are the first recorded steps of the mature man Moshe onto the stage of history. What did he do that was so great? He left the comfortable confines of the palace of Pharaoh. What’s so special about that? Why was it such a defining moment in the life of Moshe? Certainly he already knew of the suffering work of the Jews in Egypt? What was gained by going out to visit the painful scenes first hand? What did he see that he had not already heard about? That’s exactly the point!

Our Baale’ Musar understood well what Madison Avenue, the motor vehicle bureau, and propagandists of all stripes and allegiances have understood, “We do not act on what we hear but rather on what we see.” For that reason chronic traffic violators are forced to witness scenes of terrible crashes till it is etched into their psyches what the mind already knows, “55 saves lives”. Maybe it was twenty years ago there was a tidal wave in Bangladesh and 100,000 people lost their lives within a few moments. I went home that night and at dinner discussed the extent of the human tragedy. I was able to eat with gusto. That same year I hit a little dog coming home one night. I had no desire for dinner that night. What happened? Isn’t large scale human suffering more sacred to me than a single doggy? The answer is, “This one I only heard about and this one I saw!”

While in Israel I had occasion to spend some time with an old friend who at an earlier time in his life had been a Protestant minister. Since then he has made some great changes. When he tells his story he begins in Hamburg Germany where he and his wife had been studying for their doctorate in Protestant theology. One Sunday morning he stumbled upon an entire picturesque segment of the Hamburg newspaper that was dedicated to 50th anniversary of Kristalnacht. My friend describes his horror as he studied the vivid image of gruesome beatings of Jews on the cobblestone streets on a familiar café corner adjacent to the university where he and his colleagues had had many a discussion about love and other lofty subjects. He was curious why he had never heard any mention about these local events before. Certainly if these atrocities happened within the shadows of the university campus there must have been some official protest. His inquiries were blithely dismissed. There were no official or unofficial responses. These were only Jews being abused. What then, he wondered, the value of all this talk of love?

He began a feverish campaign to discover why the Jewish People were the ones continuously treated to the persecution. Finding no meaningful answers within his circle of professors and priests he found his way to the Jewish community and what he discovered was not in the least bit hateful, if anything it was loving and truthful and maybe that was the real rub. As a result of this search he his wife began a new path as dedicated Torah Jews.

Certainly, Asher, as he is now known, had heard of Kristalnacht. He had to visually experience the devastation to act on the message. So too Moshe went out to witness the pain of his people to be caring…to be daring.

DvarTorah, Copyright © 2007 by Rabbi Label Lam and

JU_inspired - There’s always an agenda

Is the watching of tragedies and atrocities unfold on television the same as witnessing them in person? (Does TV make your blood boil enough to act? What does it take, to make you act?)

Is living insular lives the answer? (As dedicated Torah Jews?)

Rant - off topic

Why the disproportionate response when one young boy washes ashore? (Putting oneself in someone else's shoes? Is that a good thing?)

Why the focus on finding cures and solutions, rather than prevention? (An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.)

Was Moshe wrong to kill the Egyptian? (Or was he daring when he acted on his pain?)

Why is it that the Jewish People are the ones continuously treated to persecution?

It’s not what we do wrong. It’s what we do right!

Asher had the right answer -- he made the right decision. He was the one that was daring - to not act on his pain.

Moshe was wrong! (When is violence and retribution warranted?)

(Needless to say, this is mostly an Orthodox viewpoint.)

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.

A Survivor Hits A Skinhead, 1985


A group of skinheads demonstrated in the streets of Växjö, Sweden in 1985. This woman, a Holocaust survivor, was one of the first to rush in and attack these men.
Moments later, thousands of angry citizens swarmed the men and chased them until they finally locked themselves in a bathroom in a train station and had to be rescued by police.

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

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.


Please consider sponsoring a kiddush, or contributing to the building, programming, or any specific interest fund.

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.

Tree of Life or

Seat Plaques
Remember family and friends by purchasing a leaf on our tree of life or a sanctuary seat plaque.

Siddur Dedications

As you know, we now use the new-new siddur. For the low-low price of $18 per book these may be dedicated to your loved ones, yourself, family members and as gifts, or simply to support the shul.

Please call Sarah to purchase a book dedication.

Lodzer Sisterhood Cookbooks

Great Gifts – just $20 each

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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.


Making a difference

to our shul
As everyone knows, with our shul’s new rabbi and new direction, we are making changes to our services and
programming, and becoming more of a community. The Board discusses procedures and suggested innovations on a monthly basis.
If you have any suggestions please give them, in writing to Sarah, and,if you wish to speak at our monthly Monday night
Board meeting about your ideas, concerns, or interests, again, please let Sarah know.
It is your shul.

We want and need your input.

Making a Difference

for Yourself
Rabbi Eli is eager and very happy to speak to our congregants on a one-on-one basis about personal or shul issues. As he has no official office hours, please call Sarah to make an appointment.
Rabbi Eli will return your call as soon as possible.


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


Arnie Yudell

Rafi Remez

Shabbat Handout:

Judy Hazen


Charles Greene

Office Manager:

Sarah Senior


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A room with a view…

One goal: to help people
live with dignity and respect in
the face of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

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Conveniently located across from Beth Tzedec Memorial Park,

just north of the hydro corridor.

Check out their Photo Gallery for some of the interesting things you may be able to get involved with.


Putting on tefillin during our weekly Friday visits with Rabbi Dov Marshall from Jewish Seniors Circle.
Putting On Tefillin During Our Weekly Friday Visits With Rabbi Dov Marshall From Jewish Seniors Circle.

Our Residents Engaging In Conversation With Rabbi Marshall, Who Visits Every Friday For Our Shabbat Program.


No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.

Taking that first step - a leap of faith

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This week more than any other week is a time for self reflection

and to wish our friends down south a Shavua Tov.