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.Yom HaAtzmaut

Two realizations: one sobering, one joyful..

Shabbat Bulletin - May 6, 2017

Making Shul and Judaism an important part of our Lifestyle

Israel: Destiny and Destination

After our 4,000 years of world history and many countries, we have come back to the place of our origin,

And for the third time we have established the sovereignty of Israel.

In the re-establishment of the Jewish State it was the Jewish spirit which triumphed:

The moral and spiritual supremacy of the nation and the vision and mission that began with the Patriarchs.

Two basic assumptions underlie all our work in Israel:

To be like all the nations and to be different from all the nations.

We want to be a free people, independent and equal in rights in the family of nations.

We also aspire to be different from all the nations in our spiritual elevation and in the character of our model society,

A society founded on freedom, cooperation and fraternity with all Jews and the whole of the human race.

The vision which is the secret of our survival is that of building in the Homeland a Jewish people which men everywhere will laud and emulate.

Its life, economy, society, culture, and internal and external policies must be based on the teachings of the prophets:

The lessons of justice, mercy and peace.

The State of Israel will be judged not by its wealth and military strength nor by its technology,

But by its moral worth and human values.

Israel’s only ally is the Diaspora, whence it sprang and continues to draw the strength through which it is being rebuilt.

There is an indestructible bond, a bond of life and death, between them.

A community of destiny and destination joins together indissolubly the State of Israel and the Jewish people.

This partnership is not laid down in any covenant signed and sealed. It is written in Jewish history, in the heart of every Jew loyal to our people.

From the writings of David Ben Gurion

Edited by Rabbi Howard V. Lifshitz


Ben Gurion declaring Israel's Independence in 1948

As long as the Jewish spirit is yearning deep in the heart,
With eyes turned toward the East, looking toward Zion,
Then our hope - the two-thousand-year-old hope - will not be lost:
To be a free people in our land,
The land of Zion and Jerusalem.

Yom Ha'atzmaut

Yom Ha'zikaron was decreed by law in 1963, but the practice of commemorating the fallen on this day started in 1951 to mark the connection between Independence Day and the people who died to achieve and maintain this independence, (Independence Day) by one day. The day is dedicated to commemorating the country's soldiers and members of security forces, the memory of the fallen from the pre-state undergrounds, and to victims of terrorism.

Next year in Jerusalem!

Where in the world is Rabbi Eli?

It is Yom HaAtzmaut today, with the whole country hanging loose with BBQs, celebrations, and parties.

Ma'ale Adumim is formally a "West Bank settlement", though a well developed town 7 km from Jerusalem, built from scratch on a spot of Nahal outpost overseeing Judaean desert.
We sit in our dad's home, combining cooking and feasting with spring cleaning. I just flew in from Europe the night before, and this is my one day off before a week packed with work, so I better make most of it.


The ancient olive tree at the entrance to Maale Adumim

Around 15 minutes ago the annual IDF Air Force parade flight passed over our heads. This year, it included three F-35 stealth fighters. Also for the first time this year, its flight path over 40-ish cities and towns included two Bedouin villages, at the request of their residents (who support unequivocally the state of Israel, and whose youth proudly serve in the IDF).

Here is a special GoPro project that enables you to join Israeli soldiers, via remote camera lodged on their helmets, on training exercises throughout the country. From Golani operation in Hebron and overtaking Hezbollah black ops cell to patrolling Egyptian border and the waters of Haifa port, just pick the unit you want to follow and click its logo:

The large computer screen in the living room has been showing the International Bible Quiz since mid-morning. It is our default independence day entertainment, with the teen finalists of regional contests in Mexico, Canada, US, UK, Australia, and Israel taking their final challenge in the presence of the Prime Minister, Minister of Education and other dignitaries, not to mention the whole country watching.

There is something very special this year though; my older sister Irina is right there, sitting on the jury panel (she'll be home in time for the cake though she doesn't know it yet). We hope to see her on the screen but they don't show the judges till the end. The quiz is fascinating enough though. Between us, we have 2 rabbis in this room, 3 full-time yeshivah students and over a dozen men and women with years of formal and thorough Jewish education. And all of us combined cannot answer more than half the questions any of those school kids crack without even breaking a sweat.

In a dramatic finale, the winner is a secular student from a non-religious Israeli school. It hasn't happened for 30 years. How cool is that?

Yet there's no need to go that far to find an example of successful diversity.
We are as diverse a family as you will find within the Jewish world of Israel. Ashkenazi, Sephardic, and Yemenite, Sabras and immigrants, from ultra-Orthodox Litvak and Hassidic to Conservative and Reform zealously anti-religious, we function as a family and all love each other dearly.

What a great illustration to the way Israeli society works, what an awesome way to say:

Happy 69th b-day, Israel! Keep it up!
Mazal tov!  RE.


“A guter yid darf nit kain briv, a shlechten yidden helft nit kain briv.”

A good Jew doesn’t need a letter of recommendation; for a bad one, it would do no good.


We are the Lodzer Morning Minyanaires


Always a good breakfast following!

“A man wrapped up in himself makes a small package.”

Zingers from Pirke Avoth | Perek 1, Mishnah 14 | From the Bunim commentary


Life  Moments


May 3  Fred Bloch

May 7  Anita Johnson
May 8  Helen Rosenbloom
May 9  Barry Corey



Mazel Tov! - Call Sarah.


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

May 8    Bernie Bedder, father of Carrie Manley
May 9    Leslie Ann Levy, daughter of Barry and Nancy Corey
May 9    Max Szweras, husband of Irene
May 11  Harry Snyder, husband of Betty
May 12  Robert Sacks, father of Michael


Take Your Soul to Work - By Erica Brown

On Disadvantage

Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of battling Giants.“‘ Power can come … in breaking rules, in substituting speed and surprise for strength.’ Disadvantage can become a source of remarkable advantage with a bit of reframing.”

From Malcolm Gladwell’s book David and Goliath

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

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Henryk Ross photographing for identification cards, Jewish Administration, Department of Statistics. 1940




May 3

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


May 4

7 - 8 PM

2nd Session

Kiddush Room

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


Hebrew Classes

Our Hebrew class started April 27 with our excellent, energetic teacher, Ayala.  The 7 Lodzer members who attended all seemed pleased.  Although we're not yet fluent, we began learning in a fun, supportive environment.

We meet every Thursday from 7:00-8:00 pm at the shul in the kiddush room.   If you're interested and didn't register, please contact me.



May 4

8 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


Torah Times

Torah Reading: Triennial Year 1

Parashat: Ashrei Mot-Kedoshim

1: 16:1-6 (pg. 480)
2: 16:7-11
3: 16:12-17
4: 16:18-24
5: 16:25-30
6: 16:31-34
7: 17:1-7
maftir: 17:5-7


Amos 9:7 - 9:15 (pg. 509)

Candle Lighting: 8:07 p.m. – Friday

Havdalah: 9:16 p.m. – Saturday


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


Project Abraham is moving into a whole new level of activity. Come and hear all about it!

For those who have recently joined Project Abraham as part of the Resettlement program for newly-arrived government- sponsored Yazidis, our meetings are an opportunity for all volunteers to hear the latest news on the Yazidi situation overseas receive an update on all Project Abraham activities be brought up-to-date on government/lobbying efforts meet members of our Yazidi community find out where help is still needed.
We would love to have you join us!

In addition, please mark your calendars for Sunday, June 11th for our first Project Abraham PICNIC at Earl Bales Park.  Details to follow.

If anyone would like to join our Picnic committee to plan the logistics around food and picnic games, please let me know.


May 8

Week 10

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 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 13

17 Iyar



9:12 AM

Led by

Frank Steiman

Please help us out by coming early…

We need a minyan to start!


9:30 AM



Mazal Tov

to our newest members,

Sam and Andrea Waserman

on the baby naming

of their daughter

Talia Ariella.

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Jack and Susan Waserman,

great granddaughter of

Esther Friedenrich

May 13



Sholem Aleichem

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Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.

No matter how bad things get you got to go on living, even if it kills you.

The rich swell up with pride, the poor from hunger.

Born: Solomon Naumovich Rabinovich

He was the wisdom and inspiration why so many of us are here today. For that alone, he will be remembered.

“I should be laid to rest not among the aristocrats, or among the powerful, but among plain Jewish laborers, so that my grave should grace theirs and theirs mine, even as the plain, good people during my lifetime graced their folksschreiber.”

“When he passed away, everyone would have thought his legacy rested on his stories about Jewish children. But after the Holocaust, Sholem Aleichem became this avatar of a murdered world.”

“The salty and hilarious folk of whom it tells, the Jews of Europe, are dead. All the Tevyes… whose bizarre and tender antics Sholem Aleichem immortalized in the richest Yiddish prose ever written — were massacred,” their villages “no longer on the map.”

In Sholem Aleichem’s will, he said, “I beg of [my children] to guard their Jewish descent. Those of my children who want to cut themselves off [and] join another faith have by that very desire already cut themselves off from … their family, and have thus erased themselves from my will.”


(Tough Love)


May 27

2 Sivan


Rosh Chodesh

(Hat Day!)



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

The Kon Family in

celebration of

Freda’s 95th birthday and the aufruf for her

This is what 95 looks like!


Freda (Franka) Kon is from Lodz, Poland. Freda and her family lead a nice, normal life when the tragedy of the Holocaust descended upon them. They were put into the Lodz Ghetto, where they would stay for the next four years, condemned to slave labour and starvation.  But as a young woman, in a community with so many other young Jews, Freda was resilient, and she recalled how they managed to find ways to bring at least some joy into their lives.  Freda's insights there are compelling, and they speak to the resistance that went on, even in the darkest moments.  In 1944, the tragedy of the Shoah persisted, and Freda and her family were deported to Auschwitz- Birkenau; Freda subsequently was sent to Stutthof, and was forced on a death march at the war's end. Freda attributes her survival to her mother's spirit, as the two were together through the duration of the Shoah. At war's end Freda married and had a child before emigrating to Canada.

In 2014 Freda and her daughter travelled to Lodz, where Freda participated in ceremonies commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liquidation of the ghetto.

Crestwood students Sy Greenberg, Alix Postan, Lindsey Swartzman, and Katherine Charness interviewed Freda in May 2011.  

Savannah Yutman and Scott Masters visited Freda in July 2015, where she updated her interview and shared the story of her recent travels to Poland.

CRESTWOOD - videos


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

8:00 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 5

Note: This commentary is taken from Ethics from Sinai by Irving M. Bunim and from Visions of the fathers by Twerski. Some sentences have been taken verbatim (in quotes) and others have been summarized. All relate to Mishnah 5. The Questions are my own.   


R. Yohannan b. B’roka said: Whoever profanes the Name of Heaven [God] in secret, will pay for it in public. It is all one and the same whether someone acts unintentionally or wilfully in profaning the [Holy] Name.

Visions of the Fathers

“the term used in this mishnah requires some explanation. … desecrating the Divine Name, generally refers to an improper or independent act that will cause others to lose respect for G-d and the Torah.”

“As the nation that was chosen to bring Godliness to the world , we must be most watchful that our behaviour bring only admiration of God and the Torah and never the converse.”

“If the consequences of an act are certain to occur, one cannot use a defence of “I didn’t think that would happen.” In such cases, unintentional acts are considered as though they were intentional.”

Ethics from Sinai

“The destiny of the Jew, the historic mission,… is to sanctify the name of the Almighty, so that through Jewry the nations will learn of Him and accept Him ever more.”  “The Divine Will grants us existence for a purpose. Everyone has a specific task to perform; and the general overall duty of the Jew is to glorify the Holy, Blessed one. By our thoughts, our speech, our deeds, and ultimately by our collective way of life, we are enjoined to illustrate and tacitly proclaim the greatness of the Creator.” When we say ‘to glorify His name’, we mean to glorify his reputation or esteem. The “ esteem in which His ideals  are held depends on the life and actions of His emissaries, who are associated with Him.” “We are the ‘chosen people’, chosen to carry this privilege and responsibility; that our words and deeds,our ethics and morals are a mirror in which others see the ‘Name of Heaven’ reflected.”

“At Sinai the Holy One bound HIs name inexorably and inextricably with us, the Jewish people. Engraved in the consciousness of the world for over two millennia is that we are the ‘People of the Book’, who received the Torah. About us and to us does the Divine writ speak. Whether we will it or not, we are His emissaries in the eyes of mankind.

With our simple. everyday actions we can glorify His ‘name’ and bring it honour. But when a Jew preferences the Name of the Ruler of the world, when the way he behaves brings disgrace on the sacred name, he commits nothing less than treason. His crime is not merely against himself, or even against his people alone; far more is it high treason against the Divine Presence itself. He has damages the most precious essence of all: the Almighty’s  ‘name’ in the world, His ‘standing’ in people’s eyes. It is treason for it makes people withdraw from the Almighty and His values, and Heaven’s very purpose behind the Creation is hindered.”

“In our time the devout, observant Jew is like the Sage and scholar of Talmud days. Others look to him to set and maintain high standards; and they look at him, with eagle eyes, ready to find supposed defections and shortcomings, and thus derive supposed justifications for every kind of forbidden activity that they permit themselves. If a professed observant Jew walks into a non-kosher restaurant, even if on to make a telephone call, he may be seen and misjudged; and may cause a profanation of the Name. Every action must be carefully considered.”

Everything we therefore do, not only reflects on ourselves, but on our community and our G-d. By doing wrong we are damaging G-d in people’s eyes as well as damaging ourselves.

Question 1: Is glorifying G-d, by our ideas, speech  and actions, our

                   purpose in life?

Question 2: Do we glorify G-d and His name by  our thoughts, words, and    actions?

Question 3: Does everything we do reflect on ourselves, our

                    community and our G-d? If so, should we keep this in

                    mind constantly?

When a Jew commits a sin in secret he doubles his sin as he shows that he is more afraid of man or society than he is of G-d.

Question 1: Do you agree with this concept?

Question 2: When we sin, does G-d understand and forgive our sins more or less than ordinary people would?

Question 3: Do we hide sins because we fear immediate punishment or community censure, rather than it having anything to do with fearing G-d i.e. is G-d in our thoughts when we are sinning?

Usually in Jewish law the sin done intentionally is punished more severely than the sin done unintentionally. But that is not so with profaning the Holy Name as one must always be aware and know when one is profaning the Holy Name.

Defaming the Holy Name is more serious with scholars and public figures as they set the standard for others who will follow their example. “If a professed observant Jew walks into a non-kosher restaurant, even if only to make a telephone call, he may be seen and misjudged; and he may cause a profanation of the Name. Every action must be carefully considered.” … If high standards are demanded of us in public, let us accept them  graciously. There is a good reason for them: the Name of Heaven, the ‘standing’ of the  Almighty in the eyes of our fellow man is a stake. Many rulings in the Talmud are based on one reason … because people will see, and will draw wrong conclusions if the rulings are not obeyed. And remember: in the matter of hallowing or desecrating the Name of Heaven, all depends on the person and the situation.”

Question 1: Should our actions be based on what other people may think?

Question 2: If a rabbi does something that appears to be wrong, like if he enters a non-kosher restaurant to make a phone call, does it encourage others to actually do wrong by eating non-kosher food?

“Sin and evil, however, are odious to the Divine Presence, and force it to withdraw. Sin and evil affect not only the person and fate of the sinner; they have cosmic repercussions: they impinge on the state and fate of the world…. Everything we do, good or bad, affects the spiritual climate of this earth on which we live. Evil and corruption create … a void, a vacuum in which a sense of Divinity no  longer exists. Spiritually, the world about the evil has grown colder.”

Question 1: Is this asking for perfection?

Question 2: Is each individual and each action very important to the

                    nature of the world? Does a butterfly fluttering its wings

                    affect us?

Question 3: Should the Western world be admiring the Mensh rather

                    than the hockey player or the movie star?

Question 4: Does G-d no longer speak to us because the sins of the

                    world have driven away the Divine Presence? Does this

                    make any sense?

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Israel Is Changing The World


ReWalk Robotics’ groundbreaking robotic exoskeleton gives paraplegics the chance to walk again. Not only has the device enabled wheelchair users to run marathons, but also it has been approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for all qualifying veterans who have suffered spinal-cord injury during military service. TIME magazine named ReWalk one of the greatest inventions of 2013.



ReWalk is the most researched exoskeleton. The battery-powered system features a light, wearable exoskeleton with motors at the hip and knee joints. The ReWalker controls movement using subtle changes in his/her center of gravity. A forward tilt of the upper body is sensed by the system, which initiates the first step. Repeated body shifting generates a sequence of steps which mimics a functional natural gait of the legs.

The new ReWalk Personal 6.0 System is designed for all day use at home and in the community. It is the most customizable exoskeleton and is configured specifically for you. This precise fit optimizes safety, function and joint alignment.

Taking steps and walking on your own again is an individual experience. The independence with walking comes from the combination of the person and the technology.

Your mileage may vary.

The Usher Travelogue

We are about half-way through our trip. We started in Phoenix where I met cousins who I see only 7 years or so when we come to Phoenix. It is a different, but very pleasant world here. Phoenix has grown by some ten times in the last few years so most people are new to the area or city and are very friendly. Everyone is seeking to make it home. We spent the first day at the  Heard Museum, a museum dedicated to the Southwest Indians. Their culture was completely different from ours and they were treated the same way as our First Nations people, ie residential schools based on the same philosophy of acculturation and with the same terrible conditions and results. The Museum had a  few artifacts but was mostly cultural with modern Indian paintings and sculptures - all of which were terrific. It is much heavier sculpture then what we see locally and has a spiritual quality to it that I have rarely seen before.

My cousins were a surprise. Their children are all interested in the arts - acting and film, It is not something that my side of the family does and yet when I think of it there is a lot of music in my mother's side of the family that I had just previously ignored. It is amazing that despite a complete lack of contact till about 10 years ago, certain abilities have sustained themselves. An explanation: My uncle married a Panamanian, his children were brought up Christian and there was no contact between the families until by accident I reconnected with them about 10 years ago.

We went to second cousin's Christi's home for supper. It is a very nice family. As we talked more I realized that she is the original earth mother. She is a loving mother of 4 children and 2 grandchildren. Her children are all doing good things - some struggling, some not. In addition she  has become a mother of a relative who lost her own mother and they take in a foreign student to live with them and who obviously becomes part of the family. It is a close, loving, supportive  family, held together by a loving father, and this earth mother figure.

We had lunch with Christi's mother Pat, her brother Don and her husband. John. Pat is a businesswoman. Don has worked with her for the past 20 years and is now heading in a new direction of counselling. Don has 4 kids, with the two eldest off to a great film or arts school.
Pat's husband John is another person whose history is amazing. He spent his whole career in the army with 3 tours of Vietnam. He is now beginning to feel the effects. I can't imagine what his life must have been like. It is so very different from mine and yet we are the same age. he is a very nice man.

The bar mitzvah was impressive with the Bar-Mitzvah boy doing not only the Haftorah but the Torah portions as well. It was in a small Chabad shul. The rabbi was originally from Montreal. Lots of singing and clapping. Everyone enjoyed the Bar-mitzvah. It was a chance to see Dora's brother and sister in law, their four children and their children's families. All the families are  very close but live in different cities. Everyone likes and supports each other - as far as I could see there were none of the conflicts  that bother other families. Most enjoyable.

For me it has been a learning experience about different lives and how one should lead one's life.


In the Heard museum there was the following reading on the wall .

Redefining "Home"

As children we grew up knowing our neighbours not as people living next door to us but as relatives. Our aunt and her family lived on one side and our cousin and his family lived on the other. That is the way it had always been. A house is both the space inside and outside the building. A home is more than just the structure, the house, the ki:, the Hogan, the wikieup. ki: in O'odham means both home and house. It is the aroma, the textures of the building that helps us remember. The smell of wet dirt walls. The smell of dry dust. It is the smell of the green brush on the roof, in the walls. It is the texture. The smooth mud walls, the rough ribs from cactus and ocotillo. The branches of cottonwood and posts of cedar and pine. Home is a place that has the right feel, the right smell, the right sense of coolness when you touch the walls.

Ofelia Zepedo
Tohono O'odham

Now we are off to L.A. and New Mexico for a travel adventure.

p.s. Here is a rabbi's joke

Abe meets a homeless man on the street who asks him for money. He says he will give him $5 but he must promise him not to use it for drink. The man says of course not, he can't afford to drink. Then Abe says that he must promise that he won't use it to smoke and the homeless man says that he can't afford it and wouldn't hurt  his health with that bad habit. Then Abe asked the homeless man not to use it to gamble. The homeless man says that he does not gamble, that he has better things to do. Abe then puts the $5 back in his pocket and says "I'll take you home for supper. I want to show my wife what becomes of a man who does not drink, smoke or gamble."

Have a good week.

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.

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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


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Rafi Remez

Shabbat Handout:

Judy Hazen


Charles Greene

Office Manager:

Sarah Senior


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