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We Remember Them

In the rising of the sun and in its goin’ down,
we remember them.
In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter,
we remember them.
In the opening of buds and in the rebirth of spring,
we remember them.
In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer,
we remember them.
In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of autumn,
we remember them.
In the beginning of the year and when it ends,
we remember them.
When we are weary and in need of strength,
we remember them.
When we are lost and sick at heart,
we remember them.
When we have joys we yearn to share,
we remember them.
So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us,
as we remember them.

Poem by Rabbi Sylvan Kamens & Rabbi Jack Riemer

Shabbat Bulletin - May 13, 2017

Making Shul and Judaism an important part of our Lifestyle

Our new Cantor David Young will be starting on August 1st.

In the meantime Cantor Young would like to start

a High Holy Day Choir

with rehearsals beginning in May.


If you are interested in singing please contact the Cantor:   416-473-0432

Cantor Young will be with us this Shabbat.

What do you get when you throw a piano down a mineshaft?

A-flat minor!




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Under Construction: The National Holocaust Monument will be a Holocaust memorial across from the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.


Roz & Isi.


Roz, Miriam & Eli.


Gail & Marcel

More Pics next week.

We’re showing a movie here tomorrow!

Wednesday, May 10th, at 7:30pm


We are the Lodzer Morning Minyanaires


Always a good breakfast following!

“Supporting oneself and one’s family through honest labour is morally right as well as a source of dignity and independence.

…  Support yourself rather than depend on charity to support your Torah study. The rabbinic ideal was to make a living from worldly work; their teaching Torah was pro bono.”

Zingers from Pirke Avoth | Perek 1, Mishnah 10 | From the Irving Greenberg commentary


Life  Moments


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

May 14  Sidney Lew
May 15  Jack Abrahams



Mazel Tov! - Call Sarah.


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

May 13  Shae Golden, father of Bluma Nemirov

May 16  Isaac Sosner, brother of Sarah Moshe
May 16  Elka Pillersdorf, mother of Rachel Weisman
May 19  Rafuel Nosak, father of Morry


Take Your Soul to Work - By Erica Brown

On Poverty

“Every chance to give charity is an opportunity to encounter the divine spirit within others and ourselves. Instead of making a judgment about someone’s poverty, make a commitment to ameliorate it. Goodness knows how hurt we have been by unfair judgment. As John Green wrote: ‘There is no Them. There are only facets of Us.’”


Poverty may be financial, or of happiness, of confidence or of spirit etc./JU

Ameliorate: make (something bad or unsatisfactory) better.

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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A group of women with sacks and pails, walking past synagogue ruins heading for deportation.




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 11

7 - 8 PM

3rd 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 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


David Young

Torah Times


Torah Reading:

Triennial Year 1

Parashat: Emor

Leviticus 21:1 - 24:23

1: 21:1-6 (pg. 513)
2: 21:7-12
3: 21:13-15
4: 21:16-24
5: 22:1-9
6: 22:10-12
7: 22:13-16
maftir: 22:13-16

Haftarah: Ezekiel

44:15 - 44:31(pg. 528)

Candle Lighting:

8:15 p.m. – Friday


9:24 p.m. – Saturday


Mazal Tov

to our newest members,

And sponsors of

Today’s Kiddush Lunch

Sam and Andrea Waserman

on the baby naming

of their daughter

Talia Ariella.

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Jack and Susan Waserman,

Gerry and Sonia Rowan,

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 14

18 Iyar

Lag B’Omer

“War Games”

It is an old custom amongst Jewish children, to become war-like on the 'L'ag Beomer.'

They arm themselves from head to foot with wooden swords, pop-guns and bows and arrows.

They take food with them, and go off to wage war.

Sholom Aleichem


Lag B’Omer is a holiday that

elevates consideration of one another,

and cautions against what happens

when we don’t.


May 15

Week 11

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

Karate Kata 2 - Heian Nidan

Focus, Respect, Self-Control

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

One thru ten: Ichi, Ni, San, Shi, Go,

Roku, Shichi, Hachi, Kyuu, Juu.


May 17

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 20

24 Iyar



9:12 AM

Led by

Frank Steiman

Please help us out by coming early…

We need a minyan to start!


9:30 AM

This week’s

Kiddush Lunch

Is sponsored by

The Lodzer Synagogue

In honour of


Leon Pasternak

Kiddush for Leon Pasternak

The Lodzer Synagogue will sponsor a Kiddush in Leon Pasternak's honour.

This Kiddush is in appreciation for  Leon's dedication and hard work and for his help in having the vision of a building for the Lodzer Mutual Benefit Society come to fruition.

Leon Pasternak is a dedicated member and Board Member and still holds his position as Honourary Board Member.

We hope the many members who know Leon and even those who just know about him will attend to pay tribute.

Even those who do not know him at all are in for a treat just by hearing about this special Lodzer person.


May 27

2 Sivan


Rosh Chodesh


It’s 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


David Young


This week’s Kiddush

Is sponsored by

Lily Silver


Syd Markowitz

In celebration of

Freda Kon’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 11

Time TBA




Earl Bales Park

Come meet with Yazidis

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.


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

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!


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.


July 27

8:00 PM

Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin

Shul Kiddush


If we decide to take a break over the summer, I'll advise of the new date.

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Two women compete for the affections of their opium merchant husband in a tale of friendship, fortune and rivalry in colonial Hong Kong.

In 1862, a young Jew from Calcutta named Emanuel Belilios leaves his dutiful wife Semah and sets sail for Hong Kong to make his fortune in the opium trade.

There, he grows into a prosperous and respectable merchant, eventually falling in love with his Chinese business partner's daughter Pearl, a delicate beauty twenty years his junior.

As a wedding present, he builds for her the most magnificent mansion in Hong Kong.

Then Semah arrives unannounced from Calcutta to take her place as mistress of the house...and life will change irrevocably for all of them.

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 6

Note: This commentary is taken from Ethics from Sinai by Irving M. Bunim and Ethics of the Fathers by Twerski. Some sentences have been taken verbatim (in quotes) and others have been summarized. All relate to Mishnah 6. The Questions are mine.

R. Ishmael (his son) said: The one who learns in order to teach, will be enabled to learn and to teach; but the one who learns in order to practice, will be enabled to learn and to teach, to observe and to practice.

“For R. Ishmael, it would appear, study and learning are not meant to be an end in themselves, but rather the means that enable you to teach or carry out the Torah’s precepts.”  R.Simeon b. Yohai says “… when the people Israel obey the will of the Omnipresent God, their work is done [for them] by others… When however, the people Israel do not fulfil the Omnipresent One’s will, their work must be done by themselves….”  Rabbi Yohai believed this despite the fact that when he left the cave after 13 years and criticized the people for earning a living, God sent him back to the cave for another year. He emerged from the cave without his criticisms of the working man.“On the other hand, R. Ishmael advocates by no means a life devoid of Torah, to be concentrated night and day on earning a livelihood, But in his view Torah was not meant to isolate a person from life in an ivory tower of pure study. Rather was it meant to inform our everyday life, to teach and guide us in permeating our ordinary, mundane activities with holiness and Divine morality.”

Question 1: If Torah is meant to teach and guide us in our ordinary   lives, does this mean that it is an instruction book? Does it guide us to “holiness and Divine morality”? Is it inspired by G-d?

Question 2: Can this instruction book be separated from the idea of  G-d?

Question 3: If it can be separated from G-d, can it be (1) interpreted and (2)   amended to suit modern day norms?

Question 4: If G-d can be  separated from the Torah, does it mean that G-d need no longer exist? Has He given us our moral code and gone home?

Question 5: We earlier discussed the impossibility of always  keeping Torah in our minds. However is learning Torah like learning Tai Chi or a language in that the more you do it and think about it, the more it will become part of your being?

“Undoubtedly R. Ishmael would agree that were we pious enough, we would have Heaven's aid and readily meet our needs, without time-consuming labor. ‘if one merits, he toils in the Torah; if not, he toils in the land.’ In every generation there are some who acquire wealth with ease and devote their energies primarily to Torah study. Others, outstanding examples of piety and scholarship, find it impossible to do anything else but study Torah, and they find themselves provided for. But by and large, we are a working society, and a working society we will remain in the foreseeable future.”

“Thus it is necessary to practice the precepts of the Torah in the course of ordinary living; and to do so properly, we must have teachers…. If we become only teachers and practitioners of Torah , and not full-time scholars, it does not matter…. in a career of teaching you can continue to learn and grow in scholarship.

As for the man who studies the Torah ‘in order to practice’ its precepts, delving through its highways and byways to arrive at a clear guide for action, a clear knowledge of what to do and what not to do - he has R. Ishmael’s assurance that he will achieve yet more. By making his Torah study a functional, organized guide to practice, he gains a mastery of both. Translating Torah into action reinforces it in the understanding: he will not only know it but be able to teach it to others. His approach to Torah insures that the scared precepts will indeed be cherished and carried out. And thus Torah study can continue in a working society, as an integral part of that society.”

Question 1:  He is not only saying that you should study and obey        the Torah but  that if you apply Torah when working you will understand it better. Do you agree?

Question 2:  Is he rejecting the ultra-Orthodox who neither work nor teach?  Is it impossible for them to truly  understand Torah? Should we

                     therefore reject the ultra Orthodox lifestyle and ideology?

Question 3:  Do you apply Torah consciously? Should everyone apply it consciously? And would the world be a better place if we did?

Question 4:  Does the average Jew have enough knowledge to apply Torah consciously?

There are three different levels, attitudes and approaches to Torah study

  1. He who has a love of sacred learning for its own sake is primarily in search of understanding. “He can take his time and penetrate to the depths.”

2.   “He who learns in order to teach.  He seeks intelligibility and lucidity so he can transmit it. Furthermore , the teacher of Torah will not only

      explain lessons; he must also inculcate lasting attitudes.”

3.    He “who studies the Torah only to know how the mitzvoth should be performed.” “His goal is halacha: normative law and accepted practice.” His quest is to know Jewish religious law in all its details and ramifications, as an authoritative guide to the mitzvoth that he observes.”

“All three approaches to Torah study are worthwhile and commendable.” “Judaism values Torah Study as a preparation for teaching and fulfilling the precepts, and not as a sterile end in itself…. Proper study is a pathway of life that leads to blessed observance.”

“But whether a person can devote all or little of this time to Torah study, our text connotes that Judaism values it as a preparation for teach and fulfilling the precepts, and not as a sterile end in itself. … Proper study is a pathway of life that leads to blessed observance.”

Question 1: Is  - “He who studies in order to improve his life and     the lives of those  around him” - a fourth approach?

Question 2: What do you think of each of these approaches?

Visions of the Fathers

“We need both types of scholars, just as we need research scientists who will spend their days in the laboratory, and physicians who will implement the medical discoveries. Both are essential forsaking physical lives, and both types of Torah scholars are essential for saving spiritual lives.”

Rabbi Ishmael, son of Rabbi Bohanan ben B’roka

was a tanna of the second century, a contemporary of rabban Simeon ben Gamaliel 2, with whom we find him having frequent discussions in the Talmud. His name is associated with about two-score halachoth (religious rulings) but only seldom with the interpretations narrative accounts of aggadah {a legend, parable, or anecdote used to illustrate a point of the Law in the Talmud}.  In Avoth d’R. Nathan he is quoted as counselling that a pious man should not dwell in the neighbourhood of the wicked, as he might also suffer when punishment is directed at his neighbour.

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Israel Is Changing The World


Israel's favorite food is also the official dip of the NFL. Hummus, a nutritious chickpea dip, is the region’s most popular dish with slight differences in how it's made depending on whether you're from Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, Iran or Israel. In 2013, the NFL league chose Sabra hummus – made by Sabra Dipping Company and jointly owned by PepsiCo and Tel Aviv-based Strauss Group – as its official dips sponsor. Hummus, of course, should be eaten every day – and especially on International Hummus Day, May 13.


Simple Smooth Hummus
(makes 1 1/2 cups)

1 (15 oz) can chickpeas/garbanzo beans
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, about 1 large lemon
1/4 cup tahini (we used Krinos)
1 large clove garlic, minced
2-3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for serving
kosher salt, to taste
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Dash of ground paprika, garnish, optional

1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine tahini and lemon juice. Pulse for 30 seconds. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl then turn on and pulse for another 30 seconds.

2. Add olive oil, minced garlic, cumin and the salt to whipped tahini and lemon juice. Pulse for 30 seconds, scrape sides and bottom of bowl then blend for another 30 seconds.

3. Open chickpeas, drain liquid then rinse well with water. Add half of the chickpeas to the food processor then process for 1 minute. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl, add remaining chickpeas and process for 1 to 2 minutes or until thick and quite smooth.

4. If hummus is too thick, pulse and slowly add 2-3 tablespoons of water until the consistency is perfect.

5. To serve: Scrape the hummus into a bowl then drizzle about 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the top and sprinkle with paprika.

The Usher Travelogue


The Getty Museum in L.A.. is terrific. 750 acres on the top of a mountain - everything divided into 30 " squares and all in relatives squares with the outside made of two shades of white aluminum. The bright shades could not be used on the sides facing the highway as it might affect the drivers on the thruway below. It is all extremely impressive. We went on the architecture, general and garden tours. The museum pictures themselves we barely saw as just the tours took us all day.



We also went to Venice just outside of L.A. on the ocean - a sort of replica of Venice in Italy - basically a scooped out swamp. It's great to walk around the canals and boardwalks.


Wednesday we got on the train to Albuquerque. The train was 2 hours late but there was a waiting area where we could keep our bags and have free snacks. Eventually the train came and we were off. Our "stateroom was very small - just enough room for a bunk bed which turned into a sitting area during the day. The beds were like slabs of cement. Dora slept on the top bunk and I took the bottom (which was the warmer one). At about 2:30 a.m. I looked out the window and the stars were amazing. There were no cities to lesson the brightness so each star was very clear and bright and the constellations were clear. It did give a feeling of awe and how mysterious this would have been for our ancestors. This itself was worth the trip.
Then at 5:00 a.m. I went up to the scenic car and watched the sunrise.
Also magnificent. I will try to keep Dora up most of the night to see it all on the next leg of the journey. The food was good and we were always seated with different couples. Everyone was pleasant and interesting.  We met two couples (two brothers and their wives who I talked to quite a bit (great supporters of Trump needless to say).

Our room in Albuquerque is perfect. Very large, overlooking the pool and comfortable.

Last night we went on "route 66" which remains a series of small restaurants and stores out of the 50's. We had Mexican food which was so-so but we were glad to be part of the local scene. Between Uber and the hotel shuttle we are finally getting around comfortably.


Yesterday (Friday) we went for a tour of Old Town in Albuquerque. It was a one hour tour but as we were the only ones on the tour, the tour lasted 3 1/2 hours including the lunch that we bought for the tour guide. There are a lot of American firsts that happened around this area. It was also an area that was disputed between the Spanish and the English and the Mexicans, so there was a lot of back and forth in governance. Now the Mexicans, local Natives and Whites of all sorts live together in harmony and mostly speak English and Spanish but also the Native Indians speak their native languages..  In addition  Los Alamos was here and more recently a lot of the computer research is happening in this area. The New Mexican specialty food is green chillies which are red chillies that are picked early. They are not as hot as red chillies and are very good with tacos. We spoke with one of the Code Talkers. They were a group of Navajo marines who developed a code that was never broken  for use against the Japanese in WW2. It was extremely important in winning the Pacific battlefield.

On a Jewish note, we hear that there are a lot of the descendants of Conversos here who do the Friday night candle lighting, but have no idea why they are doing it. We didn't meet any of them, and although there are about 5 synagogues here, we didn't go to any of them.


Saturday was spent mostly travelling to Santa Fe, with a brief and expensive trip to a doctor for some asthma spray. In the evening we ate tacos and green chillies in our very Mexican pueblo type motel while listening to a local cowboy quartet and drinking margaritas. We have been assimilated!


Santa Fe is a small city of some 700,000 people . It is the capital of the state and a great history of firsts. The first church was here, the oldest house (excluding of course the adobes) important battles relating to the Mexican, Spanish and Civil wars, etc. However now it is simply a tourist town which has kept and enforced  the pueblo- Mexican  style of buildings in order to make it a tourist and artists' town. Lots of shops and Native Americans selling jewelry, pottery and other native arts. Lots of Museums and restaurants where tourists "must" eat. We did a two hour walking tour and then looked at the shops and ate New Mexican food (mostly green chilly) but had neither time nor energy for the museums so came back to our hotel and ate great vegetarian sandwiches with more local beer.


I am reading a book called Code Talker about the 29 Navajos who, as Marines, developed an unbreakable code used by the U.S. army in WW2 on the Pacific Front. There are amazing similarities between Judaism and the history of Judaism and that of the Navajos.

Liberty and Loss - a sign of the times


This morning as a very good treat we walked outside our motel to an excellent art gallery -the Blue Rain Gallery - with modern great pictures. Pricey but nice. Also bought a cowboy shirt for when I'm in that mood. That makes it one more interesting day.

Although we have one more brief stop in Chicago, that is the end of our trip, and though we have enjoyed it and seen and learned lots of things. we will both be glad to be home.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon./JU

TORONTO - There’s no place like home.

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Birkot ha-Shachar 9:12 AM

 - (Led by Frank Steiman)
Yishtabach 9:30 AM

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The world is a magical place full of people

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Proceed with Caution...

Macron wins the French elections.

You get what you vote for…


Globalism refers to a group of ideologies that advocate the concept of globalization. It tends to advocate for such policies as increases in immigration, free trade, lowering tariffs, interventionism and global governance.

How the Elite control your mind and your life.

France chooses national suicide, elects Macron in landslide


Lights out for France. The French have chosen not to be so “racist” and “Islamophobic” as to resist the jihad that is being waged against them with ever greater ferocity. Europe as a whole, too, appears to be poised to make the same choice, and vote itself out of existence. And then it will be America’s turn.

“Victory for the young, pro-EU centrist will be greeted with relief in key European capitals,” yes, and with grief among those who have dared to cherish the hope that the West would make a last stand for freedom. Instead, the French have voted overwhelmingly for the proposition that to defend one’s nation and culture is “bigoted.” And so decent French people will not defend these things, and all will be well, and all manner of thing will be well, until the final jihadist blade severs the last French non-bigot’s head from his neck. inContext

In Canada we choose to wear blinders.


I want to free France from the EU straitjacket

Published time: 27 Apr, 2011

“Immigration is an organized replacement of our population. This threatens our very survival. We don’t have the means to integrate those who are already here. The result is endless cultural conflict.”

Having worked as a lawyer who defended immigrants, Marine Le Pen claims she does not hate immigrants themselves, she is only against ceaseless immigration.

“You can be against immigration, fight immigration, suspend all immigration, but not hate immigrants as individuals. I understand immigrants want a better future here. But I honestly say to them – ‘you can’t find a better future here.’ We’re finding it hard to give a better future to our own people as it is.” inContext

Doing the right thing at the wrong time.

You can bury your head in the sand or come out and watch the movie and judge for yourself if we are justified.


It’s Movie Night at the Lodzer!

Wednesday, May 10th, at 7:30pm

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Lodzer Shabbat-Bulletin,
11 May 2017, 08:16