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Shabbat Bulletin - June 10, 2017




We say goodbye to board members Arnold and Jonathan

and we thank them for their dedicated service to the Lodzer Synagogue.




Making Shul and Judaism an important part of our Lifestyle


“True joy is the hardest thing of all,” Rebbe Nachman insists. “You must force yourself to be happy all the time” (Advice, Joy 35).


Rebbe Nachman teaches: It is a great mitzvah to be happy always.

Strengthen yourself to push aside all depression and sadness. Everyone has lots of problems and the nature of man is to be attracted to sadness. To escape these difficulties, constantly bring joy into your life—even if you have to resort to silliness (Likutey Moharan II, 24).



Attach yourselves to the pnimiyut or essence

rather than a relationship based on physical features


Joy puts you on the fast track to achieving any goal you desire. Therefore Rebbe Nachman emphasizes the importance of being joyous at all times. While it’s easy to be happy when you feel good and things are going smoothly, what should you do when you don’t feel happy and there’s nothing to be joyous about? Rebbe Nachman offers these suggestions for getting back on track:

Force yourself. The importance of joy is so great that you should make every effort to be happy. This can be compared to a group of people who are dancing in a circle while a sad person looks on. They reach out and pull him in to join them, whereupon he leaves his depression off to the side. However, when the newcomer stops dancing, his depression returns. Though the few minutes of joy are valuable, still, it would be better to bring the depression itself into the circle of happiness and keep it there (Likutey Moharan II, 23). Forcing yourself to be happy will eventually turn the cause of your unhappiness into a real source of joy.

Someone once asked Reb Noson how he could be happy when he had so many problems and difficulties. Reb Noson answered, “Borrow the happiness!” (Siach Sarfei Kodesh 1-736). When it comes to money, we rarely hesitate to borrow against future earnings. Well, sadness makes a person feel he’s missing something. The thing to do, as Reb Noson advises, is to borrow from whatever you can think of that makes you happy. Besides, there’s a big difference between owing money and owing happiness. When money is paid back, it hurts a little. But with happiness, when we pay it back, we have happiness again. Forcing joy and happiness actually pays fantastic dividends!

Fake it. Even if you don’t feel happy, you can fake it. Pretend to be happy. Who says that if you’re feeling down, you can’t smile? We fake a smile often enough when trying to be polite, why not now? Try it. A smile, even a put-on grin, is contagious. Not only will it make others happy when they return your smile, but, as studies show, smiling relieves tension and really does make your outlook on life a lot brighter (cf. Rabbi Nachman’s Wisdom #43).

Remember your good points. Another way you can become joyous when depressed is by acknowledging that you have at least some good within you. Even if you can’t find anything good in yourself, you still have what to be happy about: “I am a Jew!” (Likutey Moharan II, 10). Simply be happy that you can feel proud and joyous about your heritage, which is not even your own doing, but a gift from God (more about this in Chapter 11, “What are the Good Points?”).

Sing, play music and dance. Music clears the mind and makes us happy. Music has the power to help us pour out our heart before God. It also has the power to sharpen our memories and enable us to concentrate on our goals (Advice, Joy 14-15). Therefore Rebbe Nachman says it’s a very good habit to inspire ourselves with a melody. The spiritual roots of music and song are quite exalted and can arouse our hearts and raise our spirits (Rabbi Nachman’s Wisdom #273).

The Rebbe also talks about the special power that dancing and clapping have to make us happy and mitigate the negative things affecting us (Likutey Moharan I, 169). It is customary in every Breslov synagogue to dance each day after the morning and evening prayers. Many Breslover Chassidim dance after learning together, and some even dance daily by themselves. It’s a sure-fire way to arouse feelings of joy and happiness.

Do something silly. In talking about making every effort to be joyous, Rebbe Nachman said this even includes resorting to acting a bit silly. The price one pays for a little silliness is far less than the price of depression and lethargy.

Echoing the message found in Chapter 6 about free will: There is joy, there is depression. Which path do I choose? Rebbe Nachman says it depends on how you view yourself. If you find good, then you think good, things are positive and you can be joyous. The opposite is also true. So choose happiness.

Reb Avraham Chazan commented, “If Rebbe Nachman taught that it’s a great mitzvah to be happy always, then we must believe that there is what to be happy about!” (Rabbi Eliyahu Chaim Rosen).  inContext


7 Habits of Chronically Unhappy People


Your default belief is that life is hard.

Unhappy people see themselves as victims of life and stay stuck in the “look what happened to me” attitude versus finding a way through and out the other side.


You believe most people can’t be trusted.

Unhappy people are distrustful of most people they meet and assume that strangers can’t be trusted -- everyone is out to get them.


You concentrate on what’s wrong in this world versus what’s right.

Unhappy people turn a blind eye to what’s actually right in this world and instead focus on what’s wrong.


You compare yourself to others and harbor jealousy.

Unhappy people are jealous and resentful, believing someone else’s good fortune steals from their own. They believe there’s not enough goodness to go around and constantly compare yours against theirs.


You strive to control your life.

Unhappy people tend to micromanage in an effort to control all outcomes and fall apart in dramatic display when life throws a wrench in their plan.


You consider your future with worry and fear.

Unhappy people fill their thoughts with constant worry and fear -- what could go wrong versus what might go right.


You fill your conversations with gossip and complaints.
Unhappy people like to live in the past. What’s happened to them and life’s hardships are their conversation of choice. When they run out of things to say, they’ll turn to other people’s lives and gossip.

Go with the flow.









Joy to the World?


We are the Lodzer Morning Minyanaires


Always a good breakfast following!

”A Torah scholar is not one who studies everything, but one who studies everyday. Torah study should be a way of life, not an occasional or erratic activity.”


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




Your Life Moments






June 5  David Bottner
June 5  Matthew Grossman
June 5  Sydney Markowitz
June 5  Alan Shievitz
June 6  Sarah Moshe
June 7  Roslyn Greene
June 7  Mark Johnson

June 14  Sally Berger
June 14  Sara Birensztok
June 14  Milton Stahl




June 7  Michael & Debbie Spigelman

June 11  Matthew & Daphna Grossman
June 11  Rick & Eda Kardonne
June 16  David & Beverly Birkan
June 16  Neil & Carrie Manley



June 3  Sally Meyers, mother of Helen Gould
June 4  Stanley Tessis, husband of Dorothy
June 4  Joseph Tschaschnik, husband of Esther
June 7  Avram Drewnowsky, father of Elliott
June 8  Henry Gardner, father of Gerri Goldberg

June 12  Gerald Tolkin, husband of Jacqueline
June 13  Bernard Steinberg, father of Hedy Steinberg
June 13  Abraham Usher, father of Jonathan
June 14  Anna White, mother of Frank





Take your Soul to Work, by Erica Brown

On Philanthropy


“The rich aren’t the most generous. Low-income earners give a far bigger share of their discretionary income to charity. People who make $50,000 to $75,000 give an average of 7.6 percent of tier discretionary income totality compared with an average of 4.2 percent for people who make $100,000 or more .
Religion has a big influence on giving pattern. Regions of the county that are deeply religious are more generous than those that are not.… religious people even give more to nonreligious charities , like the arts, medically based nonprofits and environmental causes.”




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 festive occasion.



A performance of 'Shoemaker of Marysin' in the factory.







June 5,







(June) War

The War in June (2017)
Al-Jazeera Documentary


Israeli military commanders

geniuses without precedent

The unification of Jerusalem

Israeli control over the Old City


The June 1967 Arab-Israeli war lasted only six days but its consequences are still felt across the Middle East today. On June 5th, 1967, just three weeks after it marked the 19th anniversary of its founding, the state of Israel went to war with the armies of neighbouring Egypt, Syria and Jordan. What would come to be known to Israelis as the Six-Day War and to Arabs as the June War, saw the defeat of three of the mightiest armies in the region, in a total victory for Israel.



June 7



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


June 8


7 - 8 PM



Kiddush Room



Hebrew Classes


Conversational Hebrew is being offered at the Lodzer on Thursdays at 7:00 -  8:00 pm.


If you're interested please contact Cathy at

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June 10


16 Sivan




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: Behaalosecha

Numbers 8:1 - 12:16
1: 8:1-4 (Pg. 605)
2: 8:5-9
3: 8:10-14
4: 8:15-22
5: 8:23-26
6: 9:1-8
7: 9:9-14
maftir: 9:12-14

Haftarah: Zechariah

2:14 - 4:7 (pg. 620)

Candle Lighting:

8:40 p.m. – Friday



9:49 p.m. – Saturday


This week’s Kiddush

is sponsored by

Rick & Eda Kardonne

for their 50th Wedding




June 11

10AM - 2:30PM




in the park


Earl Bales Park



Project Abraham

“Family-friendly” Picnic



If you can help out with planning  and/or activities, transportation on the day of the picnic, please let us know.

What to bring to the picnic: Food, water and soft drinks for yourself and for as many people as your household invites.

Gas/propane BBQs are allowed - no charcoal BBQs - to cook food.

Also bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on, toys to play with, soccer balls, Frisbees and anything else you need to have fun!

Suggestions: Take pictures of your family and friends in the park. You may want to share some of the food that you bring - and in turn taste what others bring to the picnic.

Note: More details to follow – but right now we need your help to organize this FUN event!

Let us know...Debbie.





June 12


Week 15


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.


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.


June 17


23 Sivan




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 Broder Family

for the yahrzeit of

Gabe Broder



June 24


30 Sivan


Rosh Chodesh





9:12 AM

Led by

Frank Steiman



Please help us out by coming early…

We need a minyan to start!



9:30 AM




Rosh Chodesh Tamuz


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Fast of Shiva - 17th of Tammuz




July 4,






Raid on



On June 27, 1976, four terrorists belonging to a splinter group of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine boarded and hijacked an Air France Airbus A300 at Athens. With President Idi Amin's blessing, the terrorists divert the airliner and its hostages to Entebbe Airport in Uganda. After identifying Israeli passengers, the non-Jewish passengers are freed while a series of demands are made, including the release of 40 Palestinian militants held in Israel, in exchange for the hostages.

The Cabinet of Israel, led by Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, unwilling to give in to terrorist demands, is faced with difficult decisions as their deliberations lead to a top-secret military raid. The difficult and daring commando operation, "Operation Thunderbolt", will be carried out over 2,500 miles (4 000 km) from home and will take place on the Jewish Sabbath.

While still negotiating with the terrorists, who now numbered seven individuals including Palestinians and two Germans, the Israeli military prepared two Lockheed C-130 Hercules transports for the raid. The transports refuelled in Kenya before landing at Entebbe Airport under the cover of darkness. The commandos had to contend with a large armed Ugandan military detachment and used a ruse to overcome the defenses. A black Mercedes limousine had been carried on board and was used to fool sentries that it was the official car that President Amin used on an impromptu visit to the airport.

Nearly complete surprise was achieved but a firefight resulted, ending with all seven terrorists and 45 Ugandan soldiers killed. The hostages were gathered together and most were quickly put on the idling C-130 aircraft. During the raid, one commando (the breach unit commander Yonatan Netanyahu, brother of future Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu), and three of the hostages, died. A fourth hostage, Dora Bloch, who had been taken to Mulago Hospital in Kampala, was murdered by the Ugandans on Idi Amin's orders.

With 102 hostages aboard and on their way to freedom, a group of Israeli commandos remained behind to destroy the Ugandan Air Force fighters to prevent a retaliation. All the survivors of the attack force then joined in flying back to Israel. <<40 years later>>


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




I’m in a..





Cantor Marcel Cohen

Bon Voyage Kiddush

Saturday,  June 24, 2017





Pirkei Avos

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

Pirke Avoth Perek 4 Mishnah 10


Note 1: This commentary is taken from Ethics from Sinai by Irving M. Bunim and Visions of the Fathers by Abraham Twerski. Some sentences of Bunim’s commentary have been taken verbatim (in quotes) and others have been summarized. All relate to Mishnah 10. The Questions and Notes are my own.


He used to say: Do not go judging alone [by yourself], for none may judge alone except One [G-d]; and do not say [ to the judges on the bench with you], “accept my opinion, “ for they are permitted but not you.   


Ethics from Sinai


“If you must sit in judgment, at least do not judge alone. No matter how qualified you may be, you are still human. Inevitably you may fail to see a whole picture, in all its aspects; your view may be tinged with some kind of bias…. Only the Supreme Ruler of the world has the ability to judge by Himself; and so He alone has the right to do so. As for you , if you cannot always see all sides and phases of a judicial picture, pool you vision with the thoughts of others.”


Question 1: Are three judges better than one?

Question 2: Can we afford the cost of three judges?

Question 3: In Israel, the Supreme Court, both as an appellate court and the High Court of Justice, is normally constituted of a panel of three Justices. District court cases are heard by a single judge,  though the court president can choose to appoint a three-judge panel. Cases where the accused is charged with an offence punishable by at least ten years in prison and appeals from magistrate courts are heard by three-judge panels. According to this Mishnah, shouldn’t all Israeli courts be made up as three man panels?


“Though you may be expert enough, and legally permitted, do not preside over cases alone. There is only One who can rely absolutely on HIs omniscience; only he can pass judgment unerringly without help.”


“There is a deeper thought behind this dictum that ‘none may judge alone except One.’ Ultimate, perfect justice requires restitution, redress reparation. To balance accounts finely and precisely, every error must be corrected, every  wrong must be righted, every debt must be paid exactly. Which human being can read properly the account book of another? And who is wise enough to pass a sentence that is absolutely right for all circumstances of a case, the known and the unknown…. Only Divinity can see to it that wrongs are truly righted and restitution is properly made.”


If the Torah decrees that human beings are to sit in judgment and pass sentence, it intends them to act as agents of the Almighty, to help, insofar as they can, in the Heavenly task of setting accounts to right.”


Question 3: Do you think judges often make wrong judgements?

Question 4: If G-d is the true expert, how do we get G-d’s participation or promote the idea that the Courts of Justice are doing G-d’s work and are based on Torah or G-d’s laws?


“This is the purpose , the continuing task behind creation; to correct imbalance and injustice in human beings and human lives. The good, honest judge helps with his fair participation. But if a judge presumes to arrive at decisions by himself, he will likely render undeserved sentences, and so will simply increase the tasks of Providence.”


Note 2: Definition: providence: the protective care of God or of nature as spiritual power:


Question 5: Does Providence really work to correct imbalance, or is there simply      an unjust judgment?


Do not judge one of the parties in a lawsuit alone, when only he is before you. You must hear both sides of the argument from the principals themselves, before you can make any attempt to judge correctly.”


“Even among a panel of judges, it is possible that one will try to dominate the others, through an imposing personality, a dazzling display of scholarship, or the intensity of his conviction. Hence he cautions, ‘Do not say,  ‘Accept my opinion.’ For should you so assert yourself, you negate any good that can come from having several minds sit in judgment together. When you have a point, an opinion, or and argument, let it go forward only by its own cogency and soundness of reason. Do not ‘push’ it. To impose an opinion on someone who does not arrive at it by himself - this is the privilege of the majority, not of an individual in a group, no matter how gifted or brilliant he is.”


“From the texts that we have been studying in this  perek,, little doubt can remain about the awe, the utter reverence and profound respect with which Judaism approaches all matters of law and the judicial process. To determine justice, fairness, right and to administer it - that is a matter that lies close to the very heart of heaven.”


Question 6: Is the continuing task of creation and Torah to correct imbalance and injustice in human beings and in human lives?


Visions of the Fathers


“As we have noted earlier, the instructions and advice that ‘Ethics of the Fathers’ gives to judges are not restricted to jurists. Every person acts as a judge in his own life, deliberating over and making may judgments. Many of these involve a difference of opinion with others. If a person thinks he is right, should he hold to his opinion even if outnumbered by those who oppose it? While  there may not be a hard and fast rule to go be,it is fairly safe to say that if you are the only one to hold that opinion, and everyone else is of another mind, they are probably right. It is very unusual for a person who is right to not have a t least several people who concur with him. … If only one person hears a voice and all the others hear nothing, it is undoubtedly a hallucination. This has led to the dictum that ‘insanity is a minority of one.’”


“There is a single incident in history where this was not the case. The Patriarch Abraham had come to the true realization that there was but one Supreme Being, at a time when everyone, including his father and brothers, worshipped pagan idols. Abraham stood his ground and did not yield, even though he was a minority of one. In this case Abraham was right and all the others were wrong.”


Question 7: Aren’t most novel ideas initially rejected by the general populace as

                    impossible:  ie human flight, the world is round, gravity, doctors should wash their hands before treating patients etc.?




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Israel Is Changing The World


INSIGHTEC's non-invasive, focused ultrasound technologies are transforming the treatment of oncology and gynecology procedures by destroying tumors and cysts without surgery. The Exablate platform combines high-intensity focused ultrasound guided by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and was described by TIME magazine as one of the 50 best inventions of 2011. INSIGHTEC's solutions will make the operating room of the future non-invasive, without ionizing radiation or hospitalization. Patients will be able to return to normal life immediately.

A multi-element phased array transducer adjusts to a focal point electronically. The treating physician defines the region of treatment and the system creates a treatment plan accordingly. During treatment, up to 1000 rays of ultrasound are emitted to a focal point. While transforming energy to heat, the ultrasound rays ablate targeted tissue. Guided by MRI, a clear vision of the treated tissue is acquired. Furthermore, thermal data is analyzed to determine the cumulative thermal impact on the tissue. If necessary, parameters are adjusted to ensure a safe and effective response.

HAIFA, ISRAEL May 9, 2017 – INSIGHTEC, the leader in MR-guided Focused Ultrasound (MRgFUS), announced today that the FDA has approved its Exablate Neuro (Model 4000) system for use with 1.5T MRI in the non-invasive treatment of essential tremor (ET) in patients who have not responded to medication.

Exablate Neuro uses focused ultrasound waves to target and ablate the Vim nucleus of the thalamus with no surgical incisions or implants. The treatment is done under MRI guidance for real-time treatment monitoring. In July 2016, INSIGHTEC received FDA approval for the Exablate Neurofor use with 3.0T MRI systems. This approval for a new MR head coil significantly opens new potential markets for INSIGHTEC’S Exablate Neuro as 1.5T systems are the most common MRI systems in use today.

Essential tremor is the most common movement disorder, affecting more than 42 million people worldwide. For patients suffering from essential tremor, performing everyday tasks presents a challenge and impacts their quality of life.

“Being able to bring MR-guided focused ultrasound to hospitals that have 1.5T MRIs will enable more essential tremor patients to have access to this non-invasive treatment option using INSIGHTEC’s ground-breaking technology.” stated Maurice R. Ferré MD, INSIGHTEC Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board.


Essential Tremor and Parkinson's




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 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.


Lodzer Sisterhood Cookbooks
Great Gifts – just $20 each

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.

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


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

Morry Nosak

Marilyn Richmond                                

Board Members

Frank Steiman

Henry Epstein

Leon Pasternak (Honourary)

Joe Ber

Judy Hazen

Rafi Remez

Roz Greene


Rabbi Eli Courante

Cantor Marcel Cohen

Cantor David Young

B’aal Koreh:

Harvey Bitterman


Arnie Yudell

Rafi Remez

Shabbat Handout:

Judy Hazen


Charles Greene

Office Manager:

Sarah Senior



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Krakow as it looked in the 15th century

This medieval representation of Krakow and the city of Kazimierz appeared in Hartmann Schedl's Liber cronicarum, published in Nuremberg in 1493. It was just a year after Christopher Columbus had left for India and found himself in the New World to everybody's surprise. And two years later Nicolaus Copernicus completed his studies at the famous Krakow university.
The last decade of the 15th century marked the beginning of Poland's Golden Age when the democratic kingdom commanded a vast territory from the Baltic to the Black Sea and became a major European power as well as a powerhouse for the continent's economy while its culture flourished like never before. At the same time Krakow, the country's capital since 1038, entered upon one of its best periods in history.


Memorial of chairs in Krakow Ghetto as Jews awaited being moved to what they thought was a new Ghetto but instead was concentration camps. They brought with them chairs to wait and luggage.


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Holocaust memorial in Krakow in the Jewish area


Old Synagogue, Kraków


The Old Synagogue on Szeroka Street, is the oldest Jewish house of prayer in Poland, built in 1407. Nowadays, the synagogue serves as the Jewish History Museum. The exhibits are divided into four sections: synagogue furnishings and paraphernalia, Jewish rituals and festivals, the history of Kazimierz District, and the Holocaust. The museum features numerous items related to religious ceremonies, for example, candle holders, Chanukah and menorot lamps, covers for the Torah, parochot Holy Ark covers, tallit prayer shawls, and kippahs or yarmulkes. The museum holds also a considerable collection of books including 2,500 volumes of Hebrew manuscripts and prints. On the walls, there are original oil paintings on display.










With thanks to: Laura Davis

(Isi’s daughter)

This past month in Poland, Krakow and Auschwitz.