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.Celebrating our new found Freedom.

Shabbat Bulletin - April 22, 2017

Making Shul and Judaism an important part of our Lifestyle

Echad Mi Yodea

Echad-Shlosha-asar mi yode'a, Echad-Shlosha-asar ani yode'a.
Shlosha-asar midaya
shneim-asar shivtaya
achad asar kochvaya
asara dibraya
tish'ah chodshei leidah
shmonah yemei milah
shiv'ah yemei shabatah
Shisha, sidre mishna
Chamisha chumshei torah
arba imahot
Shlosha avot,
shnei luchot habrit
echad elokeinu shebashamaim uva'aretz.


Who knows one-thirteen? I know one-thirteen!

Thirteen are the attributes of God;

Twelve are the tribes of Israel;

Eleven are the stars in Joseph's dream;

Ten are the commandments;

Nine are the months to childbirth;

Eight are the days to circumcision;

Seven are the days of the week;

Six are the orders of the Mishnah;
Five are the books of the Torah;

Four are our matriarchs/the mothers of Israel;

Three are our forefathers/the fathers of Israel;

Two are the tablets of the covenant;

One is our God in heaven and on earth.

Version 1:Echad Mi Yodea by Ohad Naharin performed by

Batsheva - the Young Ensemble

Version 2:Echad Mi Yodea lyrics and translation אחד מי יודע

Working on Passover

Work is prohibited on the first two days and last two days;

during the middle four days of Chol Hamoed, work is somewhat limited.

Passover ended at 8:50 PM Tuesday.

That’s why the bulletin is a tad late!


Most adults realize that the news we receive from our print and visual media represents merely the "tips of icebergs."  Whether it be the genocide of the Yazidis, the demonization of Israel, or the criminality of régimes like Iran and North Korea, every issue reported on the news has its own history and context.

Canada is about to celebrate its 150th birthday. It is a good time to ask ourselves what it is about Canada that is most important to us?  In my opinion, it is those rights and freedoms which derive from English common law and are established in our governing institutions. The most important of these are freedom of expression and freedom of speech.  Today, any Canadian can criticize any religion or all religions, as atheists do.  However, with the recent passing of Motion 103 in our Parliament in Ottawa, with its inclusion of the undefined term, "Islamophobia," (invented by the Muslim Brotherhood and its political and ideological allies), we must concern ourselves as to where this subterfuge is leading us.  There is an agenda, by some, to limit our freedom of speech.  Our Members of Parliament are not sufficiently cognizant of what is going on and how they are being manipulated.

Sincerely, Goldi Steiner and Irving Weisdorf, Co-chairs | Canadians For Balfour 100

..., as atheists do? ⇒ Atheophobia!

Good News

Isi’s son Andrew Davis, has been promoted to Vice President of marketing for yogurt, having served as General Mills, marketing director of new ventures since 2014.

Cheerios to all!

Isaac Zimerman

On Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Beloved husband of the late Pesia Zimerman. Lovingly cared for by Evelyn Corbo. Loving father and father-in-law of Emma and Simcha Ravkovitch, Larry and Anona, and Henry and Sarianne. Dear brother of the late Shlomo David, Dov, Eliezer, Nechama. Devoted grandfather of Elieen and Jeff, Martin and Ronette, Tal and Miki, Erin and Vivian, Leor and Robyn, Aviv and Britt, Adam, Brittney, Alexandra, Andrew, Ariele, and Erin. Great- grandfather of Katherine, Andrew, Lauren, Braden, Kyle, Moira, Zev, Beatrice, and the late George Zimerman.

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Yahrzeit Date: 17 Nisan 5777

Shiva Address: 603 Clark Avenue West, # 45, Thornhill, Ontario, L4J 8R2

Shiva will commence Tuesday evening, with visits starting on Wednesday, April 19th, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Evening services starting Wednesday onward at 8:00 p.m. Shiva will conclude Monday morning, April 24th.


On Pesach eve, I stood with my partner in the middle of the Piazza di Santa Francesca in Rome.

While regarding Titus Arch of Triumph, the symbol of humiliation of your and mine ancestors who were brought through that arch after the destruction of Jerusalem nearly 2,000 years ago, we knew perfectly well of yet another symbol of humiliation standing right behind us. The Colosseum, as you know, was largely built by Jewish slaves with the proceeds of plunder from the temple in Judaea.

And - here we were. Right before the holy day of our freedom. Free Jews. Free citizens of a free Jewish state.

The Arch was closed to passage only a few decades ago.
For hundreds of years, the Jews who lived in the city refused to pass under it.


On May 14, 1948 the Roman Jews started to gather here. There was no formal call, no communication, no invitation. Just the word about the independence of Israel that was heard through the grapevine. More and more Roman Jews arrived, and when their presence reached a certain critical mass, they turned around and did walk, all together, through the Arch... entering from the opposite direction to that of their ancestors, then passing through, all of them in turn, towards Jerusalem.

This year's Holiday of Freedom, my inspiration came from a carved piece of stone. We should all give it a try; reverse the flow of time around us to become truly free.

Happy freedom,
Rabbi Eli

“Next Year in Jerusalem”


We are the Lodzer Morning Minyanaires

Always a good breakfast following!

“God and religion should not be viewed as a

vending machine in which you insert worship and obedience

in order to get the good things in life.”

Zingers from Pirke Avoth | Perek 1, Mishnah 3 | From the Irving Greenberg commentary


Life  Moments


April 19  Hedy Steinberg
April 20  Dina Wolfe

April 23  Ron Csillag
April 24  Leon Pasternak
April 26  Deborah Epstein
April 26  Jonathan Usher
April 27  Elliot Drewnowsky


April 22, 2000 Emmitt Smith and

                      Patricia Southall
April 23, 1938 Tyrone Power and

April 24, 1992 David Bowie and Iman
April 25, 2009 Heidi Montag and

                      Spencer Pratt
April 26, 1986 Arnold Schwarzenegger

                      and Maria Shriver
April 27, 1996 Sean Penn and

                      Robin Wright Penn

Mazel Tov! - Call Sarah.


April 18  Abraham Goldberg, father of Alla Kabacznik
April 18  Ellias & Chana Hyman,

              grandparents of Annette Sacks
April 18  Louis Issacson, father of Jacqueline Tolkin
April 18  Chaya Fryda & Moisha Nosak,

              grandparents of Morry
April 21  Max Applebaum, father of Sheila Solomon

April 22  Pola Arluk, mother of Victor
April 24  Morris Weitzman, husband of Helen Rosenbloom
April 25  Mary Richmond-Yelin, sister of Sheldon Richmond
April 26  Leon Arluk, father of Victor



Take Your Soul to Work - By Erica Brown

On Self-Deception

“When we make narcissistic choices, we justify them by making everyone else look selfish and self-serving. If I can make my problem your fault, I can salvage myself but at your expense. ‘Self -deception obscures the truth about ourselves, corrupts our view of others and our circumstances, and inhibits our ability to make wise and helpful decisions.’ We can act on our primary impulses of goodness, generosity and selflessness or descend into our secondary impulse of selfishness, defensiveness and self-protection. Just know that when you go there, you are taking everyone else down with you.”

Inside the Lodz Ghetto
A record of atrocity and resistance, buried in a wooden box

When Nazi Germany invaded Poland in 1939, they created walled-off ghettos in the larger cities to concentrate and imprison the Jewish residents.
Henryk Ross worked as a news and sports photographer in the city of Lodz. Once in the city’s ghetto, he was employed by the Department of Statistics to shoot identification photos and propaganda images of the factories which used Jewish slave labor to produce supplies for the German Army.
When not on the job, he documented the horrific realities of the ghetto, at tremendous personal risk. Peeking his lens through holes in walls, cracked doorways, and the folds of his overcoat, he captured scenes of starvation, disease, and executions.
As tens of thousands of Jews were deported from the ghetto to the death camps at Chelmno nad Nerem and Auschwitz, he kept shooting.
He also captured tiny sparks of joy — plays, concerts, celebrations, weddings — each one an act of resistance against a dehumanizing regime. Alex Q. Arbuckle

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Sign for Jewish residential area (“Jews. Entry Forbidden”).




April 19

7:30-8:30 pm

Shul Kiddush


All are



to the public

at no cost


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.

Judy Hazan 416-704-1693

April 19,



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

Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

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


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


April 22

26 Nisan



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: Leviticus Shemini

1. 9:1 - 6   (pg. 443)
2. 9:7 -10
3  9:11 -16
4  9:17 -23
5  9:24 - 10: -3
6. 10:4 - 7
7  10:8 - 11
Maftir 10:8:11


Shemini Samuel 6, 7 (pg. 454)

Candle Lighting: 7:51 p.m. – Friday

Havdalah: 9:00 p.m. – Saturday


April 23

27 Nisan






Yom Hashoah was inaugurated in 1953 as a day for the citizens of Israel to remember those murdered during the Holocaust.



April 23

2 PM

Adath Israel
37 Southbourne

Simultaneous and related program:

Miles Nadal JCC
750 Spadina

$Free of charge$

416.635.2883 x5301


Community Holocaust Commemoration




Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre,
UJA Federation of Greater Toronto

FAST - Fighting Antisemitism Together


April 24

Week 8

Karate lessons

For Seniors

Join us

with open hands

and Kick back!

Mondays & Fridays


Kiddush Breakfast

(10 - 11 AM)ish

Dojo Lodzer

Upstairs Hall

Kiai - Sen!


Our very own Black belt, David Birken, will be leading the class

Karate for Seniors

$5.00 donation to the shul, per class waived for those that attend the morning minyan.

Wear sneakers and non-restrictive clothing.

Learn a Dynamic new skill for Fun and Focus - at YOUR own pace!

Morning Minyanaires - developing body, mind and spirit - we daven, fress, sometimes walk, and now… we kick butt.

Karate Kata 1 - Heian Shodan

Focus, Respect, Self-Control

“If you can’t do it slow, you can’t do it fast”


April 27

1 Iyar

Rosh Chodesh


We Remember… Israeli Fallen Soldiers  and Victims of Terrorism




April 27

8 - 9 PM

1st Session

Kiddush Room

The cost is $150.00 for 10 classes.  We request a minimum commitment of $75.00 for 5 classes.


Hebrew Classes

We're starting with one class and hope to grow.

It's best to bring a 3 ring looseleaf binder, paper and pen or pencil as our teacher Ayalla Winkler will give handouts to put in your binder.

Looking forward to learning Hebrew together. If you're interested and haven't let me know, please contact me at



April 29

3 Iyar




9:12 AM

Led by

Frank Steiman

Please help us out by coming early…

We need a minyan to start!


9:30 AM

Kiddush Lunch


This week’s Kiddush

is sponsored by

Perry and Harvey

for the yahrzeit

of their mother

Frances Bitterman

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A Time to Advance

One in Focus

Budding Brilliance

Shortly after the Exodus, the thirsty Israelites reached a well of bitter water. Moses cast a tree into the water, and it miraculously became sweet. G‑d then promised that if Israel followed His ways, “the diseases I have placed on Egypt I will not place upon you, for I am G‑d your Healer (אני י‑י רפאך).” The acronym for this last phrase spells out the name of the month of Iyar (אייר), thus indicating that Iyar is a propitious time for healing - introspection and self-refinement.

Ground Yourself and Rise up


May 4

7:30 PM

Shul Kiddush



Dr. Sima Goel


Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin

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Fleeing the Hijab

Sima Goel's true account of her escape from 1980's Iran as a Jewish teenager.

I desired a different life where I could speak my mind and read whatever I pleased.

Sima believed that if you have nothing to die for, you have nothing to live for.



May 7

1 - 3 PM





Lower Sanctuary


Kiddush Rm.

Come meet with Yazidis


Project Abraham:

The initiative of the Mozuud Freedom Foundation to help save Yazidis from genocide.

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.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Coordinator/Project Abraham



The Yazidis are beginning to arrive and, while there is much to celebrate,  there is also so much to do.  There is something for everyone.  Please get back to me if you are interested in getting involved in any of the following:

1. Become part of a resettlement group (RG) to help the new arrivals to settle and integrate into their new life.

2. Help with the application process.

3. We are beginning an ESL conversation class for our Yazidi community.  We need English-speaking helpers…

4. We are ready to approach corporations to ask for sponsorship of Project Abraham.  If you have a connection to…

5. Bring more people to Project Abraham to help out.

Have a great week!  Debbie


May 31

6 Sivan




...the lesson of Shavuot: the Torah cannot be a limiting document. Rather, it must be for all Jews. If we fail to heed this lesson, we will alienate more and more Jews from observance and respect for their Jewish identities. This, in turn, will lead to a situation where, increasingly, many will choose to marry outside of their religion entirely or outside of Halachah. These developments could end up denying us a sizable Jewish future in the State of Israel. The result will be that the Jewish state as we know it will no longer exist.



June 2

Oneg Shabbat

Reserve Now!

Children Under 13yrs $20

Non Members $50

Members $40

Call Sarah!


A special Oneg Shabbat

in honour of Marcel Cohen.

Please join us for prayers, dinner, and fun for this sad but happy event. He has been our beloved cantor for 3 years.

Our Chazzan and Punmeister, Marcel Cohen is heading for the "Big Apple".

D-G’s best friend


June 4

Lodzer AGM

9:45 AM


This is an excellent opportunity for you to bring your ideas, suggestions and opinions to an open forum to guide the Lodzer Centre Congregation in its future direction.

Volunteers and Executives Needed

We need volunteers for next year’s Board. The qualifications are common sense, a willingness to work at an interesting project, a few interesting ideas, and a love of the Lodzer.

Benefits: You will be working with interesting, nice, stimulating people who have the same qualifications, and you will earn mitzvah points for you and your family.


June 15

7:30 PM

Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin

Shul Kiddush


Elif Shafak


“Turkey has begun to find its literary voice”


The Bastard of Istanbul is a cross-continental family saga. It examines, in loving detail and with much humour, two families: one living in contemporary Istanbul and Turkish, the other in San Francisco and Armenian.

It appears initially the two have nothing in common. But don't be fooled. Turkey is the classic metaphoric haunted house, sitting astride the continental divide; consequently, from inside its many rooms the past and present are still largely at war…

The two families do not know it, but long fingers are reaching from the blighted past to inextricably bind them. The conduits that will bridge the gap, that privilege, belongs to the young. And they are a spunky crew.
19-year-old Asya, (the bastard,) is a modern Turk, rebellious, outspoken, and belligerently without a past, in more ways than one. She is also the youngest of a household of several generations of women, the men having died mysteriously at a young age.

Armanoush is sensitive and searching for her Armenian roots in, of all places, the American desert. Her curiosity about the "genocide" of the Armenians compels her to finally meet the enemy on their own turf. Thus she deceives her family and flies to Istanbul to learn more about her beloved grandmother's past. She cannot know what a Pandora's box she is opening, and what a hidden blessing she will find.

It's an intriguing premise that allows the horrors of what took place in 1915 to slowly surface.

November 2





The Balfour Declaration, written as a letter on November 2, 1917, from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to British Jewish leader Baron Lionel Walter Rothschild, pledged British support for a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine. The declaration is one of the iconic documents in, and represents one of the great moments of, Zionist history.

“His Majesty's Government view with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.”

Arthur Balfour






We need volunteers

to work on the

Lodzer’s 65th anniversary

call Sarah

The Lodzer Congregation had first formed in 1953 as a mutual benefit society for survivors from Lodz Poland who made it to Canada, in 1981 it formed itself into a Conservative synagogue. When Rabbi Kaufman joined the Lodzer in 2002, women had been permitted aliyot but were not counted in a minyan. A three-month trial was put in place permitting women to be counted: this period came and went without any undue comment. The by-laws of the synagogue were amended to reflect the new reality.

Pirkei Avos

The world endures on three things - justice, truth and peace...

Pirke Avoth Perek 4 Mishnah 3

Note: This commentary is taken from Ethics from Sinai by Irving M. Bunim.  Some sentences of Bunim’s commentary have been taken verbatim (in quotes) and others have been summarized. All relate to Mishnah 3.  The Questions are my own.

He [Ben Azzai] used to say: Do not despise any man, and do not reject anything; for there is no man who has not his hour, and there is no thing that has not its place.

“‘Who is honourable?’ asked Ben Zoma; and he replied, ‘He who honours his fellow men.’ How careful we must then be to offend or despise no one. Similarly , if to be truly rich we must find happiness with our lot, we must realize that there is nothing in this world without some value and significance.”

“How can we obey this rule, ‘Do not despise any person,’ when we sometimes do meet people who appear completely worthless? The answer can come from our Sages: they have an unshakable faith, an incurable optimism about the potential future of the human being, knowing that as long as a person lives, he has flexibility and freedom.”

Question 1:  We kill the Amalikites. Is that contradicting what it says here?

Question 2:  The text talks about worthless people. What about people who are

                     worthless and dangerous like members of Isis or dangerous but perhaps not worthless like some members of the Jewish community who support BDS?

“‘ If you see your enemy’s donkey lying under its burden, you shall forbear to pass him by; you shall surely unload it with him.’”  This… “must mean here only someone who , to your own first-hand knowledge has violated the Torah. This is the odious, hated ‘enemy’ whom the Torah commands us to help; we are to be kind to him. To insult him embarrass him will accomplish nothing; he will only be driven further from Judaism and decency. If he is in trouble and urgently needs help, show him the values by which the man of faith lives. Show him that where religion lives, humane help may be expected, readily gotten. Help him, and you may bring him back. For there is not person who does not have his hour; and your kindness may bring on that hour for him now,”

Question 1: Does this apply if he is carrying weapons to your enemy?

Question 2: Is this Canada’s refugee policy?

“All that exists, the Almighty has seen fit to endow with being, with space and time,with its particular hour and its particular place; let nothing be despised or rejected in disparagement.”  “Heaven in the view of our Sages, needs both the righteous and the wicked, the good and the bad.”

Question 3: By not stopping evil, are you allowing, encouraging, or participating

                    in it?

The text gives two examples of the bad producing the good:

 (1) King David was saved by a spider that constructed his web over the mouth of a cave, thus concealing him; and (2) a wasp bit an enemy soldier so that King David could escape from him.

Question: Are these examples simply made up to prove a point. Surely there are stories of wasp stings killing people, etc etc.

If G-d has given every person and thing a special time and place, then we should despise or reject nothing as to do so is to reject G-d’s will and plan.”

Question 1: Should evil lives have any value?  Are we wise in valuing evil

                    people for the one good deed that they might perform?

The following  text warns us  about the world of politics and work, where one’s fortunes change and leaders become followers or juniors and vice-versa.

“Every man has his ‘hour’ of significance. Every thing, every object has its ‘place ‘ of value and usefulness. How unwise and imprudent to treat with churlish disdain someone who may be your superior tomorrow, with complete power over you.”

Question: Is the modern version of this  geeks who are not valued

                when they are young, but who often become leaders of their      communities as adults.

“Do not utter words in haste from which you will later wish to dissociate yourself. No statement is unimportant. Spoken words have a way of coming home to roost. ‘ There is no word (davar) that does not have its place.’  “Speech is silver, silence is golden.” … “Ben Azzai’s teaching suggests, do not disagree simply to be different … When the other person is right, admit it. When the issue is trivial , forget it.. . When another suggestion is not better but only just as good, save it for another occasion, where it will be truly worthwhile. … In judicious silence lies the way of maturity.”

“But let us note that {a person’s hour} it may be no more than an hour or a brief moment. At other times, a person may also have a foolish moment. Be generous in your judgment and considerate in your conclusions.

Do not reject anything in scorn…Everything that exists is within a Divine system and part of a Divine system . ‘There is no place that is devoid of Him.’  All things that are, are hallowed by His immanence. Despise, reject,scorn nothing.”

“For the text, “Do not despise any man” one commentary rather suggests a reflexive interpretation: Do not despise yourself because of any man. Do not lower yourself for just anyone. An absolute minimum of personal pride and self-respect is essential… A human being must retain some sense of discrimination in his relations to others, based on a sense of proportion, an awareness of his fare place and rating in the community. Your position or your learning may endow you with a certain essential dignity and a standard of deportment which you should maintain. Lower yourself indeed, and act with deference, before the aged, the infirm, the learned, and the holy; not however, before the undeserving.”

Question 1: Do you agree with the last interpretation?

Humour with a Hechsher

A yeshiva student is about to go out on a date. He’s a bit nervous and asks for advice.

Hs friend says, “Listen, there’s no problem. Just follow these three rules and ask about these things and  you’ll be okay. The three things are food, family and philosophy.

The Yeshiva student  goes out on a date and remembers the three things and then after a moment of silence turns to his date and then says “Do you like Kugel?”

At which ooint she says “NO”

Then he says, “Do you have any brothers or sisters?” to take care of the issue of family.

The girl says “No”.

Then he thought of the last piece of advice which was philosophy and says, “If you had any brothers or sisters, would they like kugel?"

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Israel Is Changing The World



ElMindA is revolutionizing the treatment of everything from Alzheimer's to depression, ADHD, concussions and other brain disorders. The FDA-cleared non-invasive technology known as Brain Networks Activation allows healthcare providers to accurately evaluate brain functions by mapping and monitoring changes in brain networks and measuring how different parts of the brain communicate. This Israeli technology improves clinical decision-making and transforms drug development by reducing the risk of failed trials.


The Technology

BNA combines long-proven EEG (electroencephalography), ERP (event-related potentials) testing procedures with machine-learning and advanced algorithms, and large-population databases to provide a revolutionary new way to see how the brain’s neural networks are activated and extract unique data about brain function and health.

BNA testing captures electrophysiological patterns of time, location, amplitude and frequency data points in the brain related to specific functions evoked by repeatable tasks to create high-resolution, three-dimensional representations of the functional neural pathways that are activated in response to those tasks and represent specific brain functions such as sensory processing, attention and memory.

These data-driven, evidence-based insights expand our knowledge of the body’s most important organ, helping medical professionals make more informed decisions about patient care and speeding the development of more effective drugs and treatment protocols.

Daily Minyan

Sunday – Friday: 9:00 am

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

Contact the Office at



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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The world is a magical place full of people

waiting to be offended by anything.

Proceed with Caution...


Keeping an open mind is a virtue—but, as the space engineer James Oberg once said, not so open that your brains fall out.

Of course we must be willing to change our minds when warranted by new evidence. But the evidence must be strong. Not all claims to knowledge have equal merit.
Carl Sagan, The Demon Haunted World (1996)

What Is Ego?
. . . and is it kosher to keep just a little bit?

My guru says I must first surrender my ego in order to proceed with his five-day, ten-step path to total enlightenment. Personally, I find my ego quite useful, even necessary. What do you think? Are egos really as bad as they are made out to be? Tzvi Freeman

”Ego.” Sounds so innocent and manageable, like a little pet you are trying to toilet train.

The mystics of many cultures teach how to surrender the I, to be washed away in the oneness of the Infinite Light where all sense of ego is meaningless. The moralists demand we at least diminish our sense of “I-ness” and start thinking about otherness. The primal failure of the Tree of Knowledge, Nachmanides writes, was this obsession with the “I”.

But the “I” is not something I have. It is me. Now this is scary: What will be with me if I lose my I? Do I really want less me? After all, who will take care of me if I’m not around? And how on earth am I expected to rewire that which is me myself, anyway?

”Why was Adam created as a lone individual?” the sages ask. “To teach you that whoever sustains the life of a single human being is as though he sustained an entire world. And anyone who destroys the life of a single human being is as though he destroyed an entire world.”

”What sense does this make?” the Maharal asked. “Some will explain that just as the entire humankind extended from this one Adam, so each human being is potentially an entire world. But there is no real parallel here: Adam is the single root of all humankind. Another human being—if not for him, another will take his place.”

”Rather,” the Maharal continues, “every human being is an entire world. This is the experience of every human being since Adam and this is the truth according to Torah: Adam was created to be unique and singular in this world, just as G‑d is unique and singular above all. That’s why every human being sees himself as an entire world. And if he is, G‑d forbid, destroyed, that entire world goes down with him.”

This is also how the Maharal explains the Mishnah, “Every person is obligated to say, ‘For my sake the world was created.’” It’s true: In your world, you are the center and all else depends on you. The same in the other guy’s world. And In your world, you are the center. And your world is true. the other’s. And in all six billion plus of them. Each one is 100% right.

Personally, I wouldn’t be able to design such a world. Maybe you can figure out a way. Every model I can think of can only have one center. But then, I’m not G‑d. G‑d can make a reality where each individual is the exclusive center. And He did. Why? I suppose it’s all part of G‑d’s desire to be found within His world. Since a world is a place of multiple experiences, G‑d must be found within each one. G‑d is unique, so each individual must be unique. And G‑d is “the only one,” so each individual must experience this sensation of being “the only one.”

Go and ask us. We all have the same experience: there are six billion “us,” “them” and “you” out there; but only one “I”.

I wonder, if animals could create their own language, would they say, “I” and mean I alone?


Happiness is inversely proportional to Ego.

Ego is inversely proportional to Knowledge.

Therefore, Happiness equals Knowledge.

How’s your ego working out for you?

The Grand Model Of Psychological Evolution

Clare Graves & Spiral Dynamics



I wouldn’t include “The Global Great Divide - An Integral Initiative”. It is one sided and even more opinionated than me. It is too strong and scary for our bulletin. In addition I don’t think Beck has taken into account the cultural effects of Islam on all Muslims - whether they be “moderns” or not. His distinctions and threats of catastrophe are too definitive. I would omit the piece./JU

The article is somewhat dated: Osama bin Laden?

One sided: Civilization is no longer relevant.

Scary/Catastrophic: Syrian Chemical weapons; North Korean Nukes

An Appeal to Moderns: healthy versions of Islam are welcome

The Alternative: Islamic Enlightenment will come.

M 103: Sha Shtil

The Global Great Divide - An Integral Initiative

Don Edward Beck, Ph. D.


"What if a malignant version of some fear-laced "-ism" -- this Truth is the only Truth and will prevail at any cost" -- suddenly rears its head for conquest and domination?

Can the glass fiber infrastructure of the global village withstand terrorists fighting holy wars or self-righteous crusades?"

"Ancient ethnic sores are belching fire while transnational companies linked by satellites conduct their business oblivious to the feudal past below."

Spiral Dynamics: Mastering Values, Leadership, and Change by Don Edward Beck and Christopher C. Cowan. Blackwell Publishers, Ltd. Oxford, UK, 1996

If, indeed, we are about to launch the first war of the 21st Century, where are the battle lines? The half century spent in fighting the Cold War pitted two quite similar social/ economic systems in mortal combat. Yet, they were simply alternative versions of modernity, with similar military strategies and mutual destruction capabilities. When the Berlin Wall fell only to be replaced by the Berlin Mall, that issue was resolved.

But the end of the Cold War and the meltdown of the bipolar ice sheet that covered the planet, revealed the hot ethnic cores, seething rage, and deep tributaries of violence and revenge that had been suppressed. The unspeakable horror from barbarism in the Balkans reminded us at the time we may have won the war but not the lasting peace.

And now the fuse that has been simmering for centuries in the Middle East flared in full view on the morning of September 11, revealing yet another Global Great Divide. Today we all sit on this huge fault line, one that 20th Century Dogs of War or Doves of Peace are unable to handle on their own. Heretofore acts of violence were like bacteria. We could locate the source of the infection and inject antibodies in the form of the Marines, or even smart bombs launched from on high. Terrorism is more like a virus that metastasizes, mutates, lies dormant until triggered, and flourishes when our immune systems are weak or preoccupied.

If neither Dogs nor Doves can close the great Global Divide, who can? It will require men and women with deep insights, 21st Century views, and brave hearts. Call them Visionaries. They appear in times of great crisis and seem to possess wisdom far beyond their official positions or list of professional credentials. They should be heard.

To understand this new Global Divide we will need to engage Visionary thinking that sees beyond the stereotypes of religion, culture and nationality and focus on the deeper codes and belief structures that cut across them all. These codes, like cultural “DNA” scripts, drive human emergence through layers and levels. Conflicts occur between layers (tribes vs. tribes, empires vs. empires, holy-ism vs. holy-ism, etc.) or between levels and layers, such as the ancients vs. the moderns or Thomas Friedman’s Lexus vs. the Olive Tree. These themes exist in all social systems but in different ratios, and can be either healthy or unhealthy in their expressions.

On one side of the Great Divide are the ancients feudal empires, zealotry, fanaticism, “My Truth is the only Truth” self-flagellation, chosen-people exclusiveness, jihad-like militant movements, often turbo-charged by the conviction that death in the name of the cause guarantees a ticket to Paradise. Wars are fought to protect holy sites, sacred places, the purity of genetic lineage, or the spoils from predatory empires. Not all ancients generate terrorism but here is the breeding ground for this malignancy.

The archenemy of the ancients are the moderns - the Great Satan - secular, materialistic, pragmatic, technology-rich, economically- sophisticated, win:win oriented, industrial and consumer-based with a stress on personal freedom. Moderns foster nation-states, multinational corporations, fast food restaurants, and participate in global financial arrangements. Postmoderns add explorations into personal feelings, high levels of permissiveness, and strong rejections of authoritarian religions, all of which are offensive to fanatical ancients. These sensitive and caring souls are often the first in line to get their throats cut in revolutionary times. If you don’t believe what I’m saying, you are a tad naïve.

In the 21st Century the ancients and moderns are intermingled like never before. Globalization, new immigration patterns, open borders, demands for human rights and equality, and access to the Internet and CNN have illuminated all gaps and asymmetrics. While we live at the same time, we exist in different historic, cultural epochs. The clash of cultures is, actually, the conflict in these deeply held codes and worldviews. Lines are being drawn for a cultural Battle of Armageddon. Everybody is doing what is right in their own eyes.

In spite of all our information gathering and intelligence capacities we have been missing the most important dynamic that is shaping these dangerous times. A militant, pervasive, wrathful, virulent strain of Arab/Islamic nationalism is rising and is blowing through archaic tribal/kingdom structures and even traditional nation-states. Israel and the United States are its archenemies; it is fueled by ancient myths of superiority and oppression and empowered by the images of a holy calling that must kill Western infidels in the name of Allah. Just as the ugly, black clouds of poison cascaded through the caverns in New York City, this blast from the Medieval past endangers civilization as we know it.

We had clear evidence this toxic tide was on the rise. The continual attack on Israel by Palestine kids throwing stones, the anti-Israel efforts at the recent UN race conference in Durban, and the creation of a series of propaganda campuses that are instilling hatred in the minds of Muslim youth, indicate such a pattern. These actions are fueled by anger and irrational xenophobia. We’ve seen this before in human history and such legitimate movements can be either malignant or benign.

The complex Israeli culture was formed and is sustained by a similar nationalistic movement, with radical Zionist elements on the cutting edge. What we are witnessing on the Arab side is but a historical re-enactment of what they now perceived to be the primary obstacle to their own emergence. These are sensitive issues for many, but the safest place in any crisis is always the hard truth.

What options are open to us now? For a start, consider the following:

First, block the polarizing stereotypes by redefining the issues in terms of these underlying value systems. Respect the differences among extremists and fanatics and healthy versions of Islam. Regard “Arab” as being a rich spectrum of experiences. Brand the Bin Laden/Taliban version of both as a virulent distortion. Assist the Arab countries in the tilt toward moderns and away from ancients. Search for ways to direct this emerging spirit of nationalism into constructive and positive channels.

The moderns in these Arab cultures will need resources and encouragement to fend off attacks from ancients within their own midst. Bin Laden exploits the tools of the moderns to promote the agenda of the ancients. He and his cadres are very skillful in moving into modern contexts to sow seeds of turmoil and fear.

The very best people to detect and snuff out this virus are the moderns who embrace Islam, live within the Arab societies, and are constantly threatened by some ancients who are driven for a multitude of reasons to attack Western society. Arab societies and Islamic believers now face an existential moment of truth. They will not be able to straddle the fence on this matter. While it seems like the real conflict is between Osama bin Laden and his bands of terrorists and the United States, a critical skirmish in this global battle will be fought between the radicals and moderates, the ancients and moderns, within Arab communities.

This suggests we should “wage war” in the religious, cultural, humanitarian, and psychological domains while using our military power and threats as a foreboding checkmate. We should consider sending in food and medical supplies into many of the deprived areas instead of first launching cruise missiles. Consider also a series of emergency summit meetings at The Hague to “smoke out” these issues in more depth and detail. The late 20th Century models of “peace,” “democracy,” and “cultural pluralism” are no longer relevant to a world endangered by more primitive elements born of the feudal age.

We should declare Osama bin Laden an international criminal, a mortal enemy of Islam, and brand the 9/11 attack on innocent citizens as a “crime against humanity.” People from at least 40 different countries lost their lives in the towers, indicating the assault was not just on Americans, it was on the whole planet. While one can always blame the United States for the sins of its past, it makes little sense to carry the “system vs. struggle” polarity into such a complex world.

In short, we must drive a wedge between the ancients and the moderns to enable Arab/Islam and their countries to fend off the counter-attack from their ultra-conservative elements. This is a time for creativity, imagination, unexpected moves, defusing strokes, and a host of strategies all designed to deal with the deeper dynamics that produce terrorists acts as symbols of tectonic-like cultural shifts.

Second, mobilize local and global resources to close the developmental gaps, thus releasing millions of people who are trapped in abject poverty, restrictive governmental structures, and puritanical, repressive religions. These are the menacing breeding grounds for the dangerous viruses that are spilling out into First World environments. Enlist the cooperative efforts from foundations, think tanks, NGOs, business, religion and other sectors to focus their resources like laser-beams to clean out these cesspools, and find new ways to mesh divergent cultures who must learn to live together.

The Israeli and Palestine feud has gone on long enough and there is guilt enough to go around for the dangerous impasse. Again, it is time for fresh approaches, since what we have been doing is not working. If this means constructing a 10-year wall of separation between the combatants, combined with massive development efforts to raise levels of complexity and affluence in the “Third World” sectors in Palestine, than so be it. There might be other options to consider as well. This global sore has got to heal, one way or another. Both the Oslo Accord and Camp David initiatives were compromised by the rapidly expanding Pan- Arabian-“ism.”

Third, identify the hot cells of violence, take them out if necessary, isolate them when possible, and carefully monitor the growing threats from biological warfare and other forms of mass murder. Use whatever means necessary to both interdict and disrupt these forms of hideous terrorism. The entire global community must rise in unison to purge this element out of our mainstream. Life on this planet is at peril. Everybody must be vigilant; everybody must be proactive; everybody must take responsibility.

I have no doubt but that military interventions will be required to clean out some of the dangerous seed-beds and supportive infrastructures. These actions must be part of the broader ‘hearts and minds” initiatives that can shrink the size of “the evil,” drain the swamps, reduce "blowbacks," and redirect emerging Arab/Islam cohesiveness onto a different track. The move out of ancients toward modernity is going to happen, one way or another. Millions of youths are desperate to escape the control by the mullahs, which means they are vulnerable to voices that offer them a quick trip to a meaningful existence, the good life, and access to the global mainstream. They need new options.

These new and turbulent times will require new thinking, innovative and integral strategies, and a host of new projects all designed to address the deeper cultural dynamics that are now erupting in surface-level violence and terrorism. No single ethnic group, nation, government, religion, or any other social grouping can prevent terrorism and close this huge global gap on their own. We can get it done with integral wisdom and renewed resolve, but it will take time, patience, and perseverance.

Make no mistake about it. What looms on the horizon are threats from biological and chemical warfare, if not nuclear attacks. No one in the 21st Century wants to hear this, but it is a reality. We have no time to lose. Finger pointing and blame-fixing aren’t useful. This is a global problem, requiring a global solution.

While the Dogs and Doves will be necessary, let’s also summon the Visionaries. This time of maximum danger is also resplendent with rare opportunities. The whole world system must be set right before we can conquer this horrible virus. This is our real challenge.

Who wants us silent?

M 103 - The Tip of the Iceberg

“It is unfortunate that this motion does not encourage conversation, because in the content of the motion the focus is on one (undefined) term, Islamophobia.” Conservative MP David Anderson

Rome_TitusArch: Relief of The Spoils of Jerusalem


By way of Deception Thou Shalt do war


Lodzer Shabbat-Bulletin,
20 Apr 2017, 07:28