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.The voices of six million cry out before God for justice.

We have no answer but the sound of silence..

Shabbat Bulletin - April 29, 2017

Making Shul and Judaism an


important part of our Lifestyle


In Loving Memory of
my Dear Family* and Friends

Lilly Bregman
Andrew Brodie
Gary Bruner
Mort Ciglen
Jack Cornblat
Harry Frisch*
Gary Groman
Max and Gussie Kleiner*
Larry Kutnowski
Helen Langmaid
Norman Ler
Hersh Levy
Mania and Joe Richman*
Jim Norris
Albert Silver
Lucille Snider
Mark Temins
David Weiss
Yuzek and Irka Wimmer*

by Arthur Zins

In Loving Memory of Our Relatives Who Perished in the Holocaust

Grandparents Fela and Abraham Wimmer, and Dovid Meyer and Mindel Frisch

Oscar Frisch, Husband of Bella Zins

Helen, Bronya and Zoschia Wimmer

all sisters of Bella Zins

Daughter of Bella Zins & Oscar Frisch

Former wife and first son of Jacob Zins

Son of Uncle Max Kleiner

Rifcha Frisch and her two children

Remembered by
Arthur Zins and Dr. David Zins,
and many thanks to cousin, David Richman, for his indepth research

“Hey guys, it’s Arthur”


We are the Lodzer Morning Minyanaires


Always a good breakfast following!

“When you befriend a wicked person, the latter will likely draw you into evil ways. Moreover, people often unconsciously imitate the behaviour of those with whom they associate.”

Zingers from Pirke Avoth | Perek 1, Mishnah 7 | From the Irving Greenberg commentary

Undzer Shtetl Brent

S’brent, briderlech s’brent!

Oi unzer orem shtetl nebech brent

Beize vintn mit yirgozun

Reisn brechn un tzeblozn

Shtarker noch di vilde flamen

Altz arum shoin brent

Un ir shteit un kukt azoi zich

Mit farleigte hent

Un ir shteit un kukt azoi zich

Unzer shtetl brent!

It is burning, dear brothers, it is burning!

Our poor little town is burning!

Angry winds whip the flames.

Everything is on fire!

And you stand helplessly

With folded hands and stare

While the flames grow higher

And our little town burns.

Es Brent by a Holocaust Survivor

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The ark of Torah, of faith, of learning,
stands empty and bereft.

We have come here to remember
those who cannot be forgotten.

We have come to speak of that which cannot be spoken
but must not be left unsaid.

We have come to remind not others but ourselves
of what was done and what was not done.

We have come to ask questions that cannot be answered
but cannot be left unasked.

We know how to remember the dead we have known.
We know how to commemorate the death of one person.

But all of us are mourners;
all of us recall not one but six million ones.

Not only those we have known,
but those no one can know,
the names that are forever lost.

Commemorative Ritual for Yom Hashoah - Rabbi Reuven Hammer

EXALTED, COMPASSIONATE GOD, grant infinite rest in Your sheltering presence, among the holy and pure, to the souls of our brethren who perished in the Shoah – men, women, and children of the House of Israel who were slaughtered, suffocated and burned to ashes.

May their memory endure and inspire deeds of charity and goodness in our lives.

May their souls thus be bound up in the bond of life.

May they rest in peace.

And let us say:


Megillat Hashoah - The Shoah Scroll - A Holocaust Liturgy - Jerusalem 2004   


Life  Moments


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

May 3  Fred Bloch



Mazel Tov! - Call Sarah.


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

April 29  Frances Bitterman,

              mother of Harvey and Perry
April 29  Lea Moshe, mother of Ben-Zion
April 30  Izak kozlowski, father of

              Mary Bien, Phyllis Rich and Paula Litman
April 30  Rose Usher, mother of Jonathan

Happy birthday Jonathan!


Take Your Soul to Work - By Erica Brown

On Expectations

If you expect nothing from anybody, you’re never disappointed.”

Sylvia Plath

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

Memory Unearthed features the photographs of Polish Jewish photographer Henryk Ross (1910-1991), one of the official Lodz ghetto photographers. From 1940 to 1944, Ross took work-permit identification card photos for the ghetto's ever increasing Jewish population consolidated into Lodz ghetto by the Nazi regime. He also took “official” images, promoting the ghetto's work efficiency , and at the same time he documented the grim daily life in the ghetto: suffering and despair, starvation and diseases, the exploitation of the workers, the deportation of thousands to death camps at Chelmno and Auschwitz.

Even with Ross's official status as an employee of the Jewish Council (Judenrat) in the Department of Statistics, the subject matter of his photographic work was restricted and scrutinized, and he took many risks while capturing images of what he called the "total destruction of Polish Jewry."

Hoping to preserve the historical record contained in his negatives, Ross buried them at the time of the ghetto's liquidation in the fall of 1944. Upon liberation by the Red Army in January 1945, he excavated his box of negatives to discover that only half of the 6,000 negatives survived. He would spend the remainder of his life working with the images to tell his story of the Lodz ghetto. Some 200 of these indelible scenes are included in Memory Unearthed, comprising a visual and emotional meditation on a harrowing moment in history.
Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario


A boy walking in front of the bridge crossing Zigerska (the "Aryan") street.




April 26

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 27

1 Iyar

Rosh Chodesh


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.

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A Time to Advance

One in Focus

Budding Brilliance

Ground Yourself and Rise up


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

Torah Times

Torah Reading: Triennial Year 1

Parashat: Leviticus 6:1 - 8:36


1: 12:1-4 (p. 460)
2: 12:5-8
3: 13:1-5
4: 13:6-17
5: 13:18-23
6: 13:24-28
7: 13:29-39
maftir: 13:37-39


II Kings 7:3 - 7:20 (pg. 477)

Candle Lighting: 7:59 p.m. – Friday

Havdalah: 9:08 p.m. – Saturday


May 1

Week 9

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”

May 1 - 2




We Remember… Israeli Fallen Soldiers  and Victims of Terrorism



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 6

10 Iyar



9:12 AM

Led by

Frank Steiman

Please help us out by coming early…

We need a minyan to start!


9:30 AM



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 10

CIJR Sponsored

“Movie Night”

7:30 PM

Hosted at

the Lodzer!

Tell your friends!


A passionate, personal and fearless documentary film
about the emergence in our time of a new and virulent form of anti-Semitism.

It includes interviews with Hillel Neuer of UNWatch.

Judy’s Parsha class will resume next week.


7 tines a Jew


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.

All for one and one for all

Pirkei Avos

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

Pirke Avoth Perek 4 Mishnah 4

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 4. The Questions  are my own.

R. Levitas of Yavneh said: Be very, very humble in spirit, for the anticipation of man is the worm.

“Humble” is defined by an Oxford dictionary as “not proud or arrogant; modest; having a feeling of insignificance, inferiority, subservience; low in rank, importance, position, quality…”

Ethics from Sinai

Rabbi Levitas was a member of the Sanhedrin. He lived at the time of the destruction of the second temple, around 70 C.E.”Knowing that the Holy Temple was doomed, Rabban yayanan b. Zaikai had his disciples take him out in a coffin as a pretended corpse, from the beleaguered city of Jerusalem, and straight to Vespasian, the commanding Roman general. Prophetically he told Vespasian that he would be the next Roman emperor; and soon a courier arrived from Rome with a message from the senate, confirming the Sage’s prediction. Magnanimous at this glorious moment in his career, Vespasian offered to grant Rabban Yahanan any one request he wished. “Grant me Yavneh and its scholars!” was the immortal reply. …  Possibly Rabban Bohanan b. Zaikai could have asked instead that the Sanctuary itself by spared, and that request would equally have been granted. But apparently the Sage knew that the Sanctuary was already dead of dying, in the spiritual life of Israel.”

“If he is described as ish Yavneh, ‘the man of Yavneh’, R. Levitas was beyond doubt a prominent , outstanding scholar, who embodied in this personal outlook and behaviour the values of Yavneh. … In Yavneh, humility and sincerity of purpose were the distinguishing qualities of the scholar of Torah. There was a basic equality recognized by all. If the true goal of Torah study is to grow in the worship of Heaven, and not to gain any material advantage, arrogance and conceit have no place; for the end of man, to which he can look forward to, is physical decomposition in the ground after death: in a word, worms.”

“In creation, man was created last. “Let him therefore have respect for every thing in the universe, that has been here longer than he has.”

The text says that being arrogant is like worshipping idols; that Idol worshippers like modern day irreligious people don’t deny the existence of a supreme Deity, they just think that the existence of G-d is immaterial in that the Deity is not interested in immediate life and problems.

Question 1: There are irreligious people, agnostics, and atheists. Is Bunim correct in saying that they don’t deny the existence of G-d? Do they do so from time to time?

Question 2: Is the existence of G-d immaterial (a) from the point of view direct  help,  (b) from the point of view of indirect help, and (c) in order to better focus on the moral, spiritual and/or afterlife?


“For the Jew in his faith it does not matter if he can or cannot understand the ways in which the Holy One works. He has an absolute trust that the Creator who has given him life will continue to grant him care and protection. The devout Jew lives in a world of Divine will. ‘The Lord is high above all nations,’ sings the Psalmist; ‘His Glory is above the heavens. Who is like the Lord our God , who dwells so high, [yet] looks far down upon the heavens and the earth’” This, our ancestral religion recognizes, is the infinite majesty of the Creator, beyond our understanding. Exalted in His transcendence, He is cognizant of each and every individual, no matter how humble is his station in life.”

Question 1: For the modern Jew, is the following sentence true?  “For the Jew in his faith it does not matter if he can or cannot understand the ways in which the Holy One works.”

“The vision of the arrogant is … limited. He maintains about his head the horse’s blinders of self-importance. So filled is he to the brim with a knowledge of his own might and greatness that he cannot see others, their needs, or their significance. And there is certainly little room in world for a true conception of the Almighty. Whichever man has an arrogant spirit within him”, the Sages teach us, “the Holy One says: Both I and he cannot dwell in the world.”

“… the pompous, conceited person is like the  idol-worshipper.

Both {the idol worshipper and the arrogant} live in a world of bounded thought, centred about the self or the idol. Neither can open a window to a vision of a transcendent Creator and Ruler, before whom all are potentially valuable.”

Question 1: Do arrogant people not value individuals other than themselves?

Question 2: Is only a humble person able to open a window to G-d?

“ First of all, R. Levitas would seem to want each individual to consider this thought about himself. Who am I? What is my strength, and what is my righteousness., that I should be so proud and so haughty? Every human existence is precarious, fraught with vulnerability And the body in which the spirit dwells, the body that a person will present so vainly, in the expectancy of such great attention and reward - is destined to molder in the earth, as food for maggots and worms. What inherent, implicit right can a human being have to arrogance or vanity?”

“ But these powerful words belong in our thinking also as we relate to others.So much in our human relations can be offensive and irritation . We can often, easily be led to anger at another person. Before you give vent to rage, stop and think: Should you really get angry at someone destined to rot in the grave? Is rage ever justified, or worthwhile? Bear in mind these words of R. Levitas, and it will be easier to remain humble, tolerant, and charitable in living with others.”

Question: Does this suggest that a person who becomes humble learn and act according to a new set of actions and understandings?

“Ambitions burn strong, and we seek our goals with demonic intensity. And when a goal is achieved, disillusion is sure to follow Somehow, what we have gained and achieved does not mean so much, now that we have it. The dreams of childhood, the yearning of youth, the ambitions of yesteryear - the hopes of all our  yesterdays - do to lead to inner fulfillment . Inevitably, the anticipation is greater than the realization. Then, if all our hopes eventually  bring disillusion and disappointment why be so proud, so vaunting with ambition and importance.?”

Question: Is life as a process of ups and downs, or failures and successes, most of which are meaningless in the long run?

“The story is told of a man who decided that everyone should know of his sterling character. And so he put a large sign in front of his home reading, ‘Here lives the most humble man in town.”

Question: Does everyone get the joke that this is an arrogant statement and so is impossible to be true?

“Throughout Scripture and the teaching of the Sages, humility is praised as one of the basic virtues, while arrogance is detested and condemned.” However, “A  person cannot efface himself until he has no place in the sun. A certain amount of self regard is essential for psychological health.

Question: What is the difference between this and “If I am not for myself, who   will be for me?

Yet after all, one question may remain: Why the emphasis on humility throughout the sacred literature of our tradition? There can be only one answer: pride and conceit are the root of other, worse vices, such as envy, pursuit of honour, the hatred of one’s fellow man …. Be humble and develop a calmness of spirit , an inner quietude, and you will not be ruled by pettiness, meanness and hatred.  …  So can a human being be normally as docile as earth, , as tranquil as still water, keeping whatever emotions and passions lie within him as dormant as a banked fire. Yet let a wind blow through him - a wind of envy, resentment, hatred, or thirst for revenge - and he may turn into a howling dust storm , a boundless flood, a ravaging fire. … As a calm gentle wind ensures tranquility in nature, so does a very humble spirit maintain serenity in human nature. …And how do you learn to be humble?- by remembering that the end of man- including you and the target of your possible hatred and passionate outburst - is worms, when death lays all to rest.”

Question 1 : Do you agree with the last paragraph?

Question 2:  Does an angry or jealous person cease to be humble, or does he

                     just lose his temper, or is it a sign that he never was humble?

Biting Humour with a Hechsher


Now do you understand?


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Israel Is Changing The World


Widely praised by critics, Israeli actress Gal Gadot is giving girls all over the world a positive new role model, with her portrayal of Wonder Woman in the Warner Brothers movie Batman v Superman. This model-actress-mom who served in the Israeli army, and started on a law career before turning to Hollywood, creates a superhero that is all about compassion, love, truth, justice and equality. And she’s pretty tough, too.


The Girl next door?

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...


Mommy told me something
a little kid should know.
It's all about the devil
and I've learned to hate him so.

She said he causes trouble
when you let him in the room.
He will never ever leave you
if your heart is filled with gloom.

So let the sun shine in
face it with a grin.
Smilers never lose
and frowners never win.
So let the sun shine in
face it with a grin
Open up your mind and let the sun shine in.

When you are unhappy,
the devil wears a grin
But oh, he starts to running
when the light comes pouring in
I know he'll be unhappy
'Cause I'll never wear a frown
Maybe if we keep on smiling
He'll get tired of hanging 'round.

If I forget to say my prayers
the devil wears a grin.
But he feels so awful awful
when he sees me on my knees
So if you're full of trouble
and you never seem to win,
Just open up your mind and let the sun shine in.

So let the sun shine in
face it with a grin.
Smilers never lose
and frowners never win.
So let the sun shine in
face it with a grin
Open up your mind and let the sun shine in.


It’s Movie Night at the Lodzer!

(I agree - that’s sick.)


Using richly layered interviews with Jewish writers, academics, journalists and communal figures, veteran Australian filmmaker Monique Schwartz explores the history of centuries of anti-Semitism around the world, exposing sinister new variations of this oldest hatred that are taking root in Western society today.

Propaganda, half-truths and media bias have primed “politically correct” intellectuals to demonize Israel. In the name of anti-imperialism, antiracism and pacifism politicians, media pundits, filmmakers, feminists, students and academics condemn Israel’s attempts to defend itself even as it struggles with the relentless hostilities of Hamas, Hizballah, Iran, and the Palestinian terrorists whose bombings, shootings and stabbings are  weekly occurrences on Israel’s streets.  The radical Islamic threat on Israel’s borders and within them is ignored and belittled, and Israel’s response to that threat criticized as imperialist and racist.

Meanwhile, in the shape of ISIS and other organizations, a pernicious and radical new form of Islam not connected to mainstream and peaceful Islam, is spreading its violence across the world. Innocent civilians are being slaughtered at airports,  metro stations, cafes and places of entertainment, most recently in France, Turkey, and Belgium. While Western governments are slowly and belatedly beginning to wake  to the scale of the war that is being waged against them, their intelligence communities are not sufficiently coordinated to thwart these attacks and there is the added challenge that many terrorists were born and radicalized in the very European cities they are attempting to destroy.


And yet…

Israel’s struggles are for the most part not validated. Not in democratic parliaments, not on university campuses, not in the UN, not in the Western media, not among the NGO’s and not in all the other so-called bastions of Western democratic liberty. Even as Western governments use Israel’s expertise to train and arm their troops, protect their civilians, erect their security structures and develop sophisticated surveillance systems, they demonize and isolate the Jewish state—its government, its economy and its public institutions.

European and American media are some of the worst offenders, regularly `”inverting” their headlines to  suggest that murderers who kidnap Israeli soldiers, and terrorists who shoot families in their homes, are the victims of the conflict and not its perpetrators.
What is the cause of this double standard?

Beyond Paranoia is a visually exciting and multi-layered film, combining archival and home movie footage, paintings, photographs, animation, contemporary visuals, text and interviews.

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At the end of the film asks us about the future. What will be the result of this sustained political, social, military, academic, journalistic and religious assault on the Jews and numerous non-Jews who live in Israel today?

Wednesday, May 10th, at 7:30pm

At the Lodzer


Charles Greene,
25 Apr 2017, 19:59