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A box with paints from childhood's time:
The colours of town are earth and grime.
An old worker at a dark doorway squats,
The spuds in his bowl are powdery dry.
It's a face of yellowish and gray spots
in the midst of hunger, cold, dirt and slime.

Polish Flowers - Julian Tuwim  

Shabbat Bulletin - July 29, 2017

Isaac’s Dream


As I was standing, all set for my exile,
Doom staring at me from the road’s blinding end,
The door, like a book’s heavy cover, opened,
To bring forth a guest from the biblical land.

His body, half naked, a knife in his loincloth,
In sheep-leather sandals his tanned, bronze-like feet,
A bundle of firewood upon his shoulder—
He said, with a smile very boyish and sweet:

“Good morning, my girl; remember me, dearest?
You’ve waited for me so long—not in vain.
I’m Isaac, your bridegroom, ordained by the Heavens …
Through ages I’ve wandered to you, till I came.

Take off your dress. A sheet of plain linen
Is sufficient to drape round your navel and hips.
Undo your braids and let’s hurry, my sweetheart,
Your hand clasped in mine and a chant on our lips.

Thus will l lead you beyond the horizon,
Between north and south, through the west—to the east,
Until we will reach Mount Moriah, my dearest,
There to be married, to rejoice and to feast.

So come, let us hurry, the distance is calling.
Pray, why do you shiver with anguish and cry?
You’re asking why all that wood on my shoulder,
The glittering knife on my hip—you ask why.

Then turn your soul to my soul, my beloved.
Read your fate in my fate, while I explain:
Out of the wood I will construct an altar
And with love all redeeming set it aflame.

And the knife, my bride, I will file to its sharpest point
Up there, at the peak, on a rough mountain stone.
And who will be offered, you ask me?—then listen:
The offering, my dearest, shall be you, you alone.

A gift of life to the God of All Being,
As Abraham told me, his late-born son:
If you trust in love and love wholly trusting,
Then fear not, nor waver, dear girl, but come.

Though fire will blaze through the wood of the altar,
Flames licking your body, yet you shall see:
The knife will fall from my hand, and a miracle
Will happen to you, as it happened to me.

The rivers and seas shall sing Hallelujah!
The mountain pines, moved, will give praise to all life,
While the Voice Divine will, with thunder and lightning,
Proclaim me your husband, pronounce you my wife.

So hurry, my girl, the sky is already
Spreading its canopy, preparing the rite.
Come to the blue sacrificial fire—
Your last maiden stroll—to the altar, my bride.”

Thus he spoke. I smiled, then said in a whisper,
My eyes not on him, but fixed on the dark night,
Where another road was tracing its outlines
With the red of my blood, with signals of fright:

“Oh leave me, Isaac, you bronzed, sunny man.
This road is not yours, not mine is your day.
I head for those places you never have dreamed of,
Where altars do smolder with their unwilling prey.”

As I spoke a gale swept towards my threshold.
The tempest took hold of my hearth and my house,
Whistling through streets, through the yards of the ghetto,
Hissing with rage: “Juden raus! Juden raus!”

Thus I stepped forward with Abraham, my father,
Who wrapped his arm round me as if with a shawl,
While delicate Isaac, all tremble and flutter,
Pressed his tanned sun-kissed frame to the wall.

“You’re frightened, Isaac?” said I. “I’m your nightmare.
Awake and you’re back in your undying scroll,
Where Rebecca, your true betrothed awaits you,
To be taken with joy on her last maiden stroll.

Make haste, return to the Book that shall save thee.
Hide yourself in the Bible’s fairytale land.
For your God Himself walks with me and my father,
Right now, to the altar; with us—to His end.”

Chava Rosenfarb

Chava Rosenfarb was born in Lodz, Poland, in 1923. She was educated in Yiddish and in Polish. When she was 16, the war broke out. Along with her family and the rest of the Jews of Lodz, she was incarcerated in the Lodz ghetto from 1940 until the ghetto’s liquidation in August 1944, when she was deported to Auschwitz…

The poem “Isaac’s Dream” was first written in the Lodz ghetto. It was lost when the knapsack containing all of Rosenfarb’s poems was ripped out of her hands at Auschwitz. She survived the selection and, along with her mother and sister, was sent to a slave labor camp near Hamburg, where she helped to build houses for the bombed-out residents of that city. There she managed to beg a pencil stub from a kindly German overseer and wrote what she could remember of her poems on the ceiling above her bunk. She then memorized the poems. After the war, she published them in her first book of poetry, Di balade fun nekhtikn vald: geto un andere lider [The ballad of yesterday’s forest: ghetto and other poems] (London: Oved, 1947). inContext

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Your Life Moments


July 26  Ida Ash
July 27  Eli Batsre

July 31  Eugene Opler


July 23  Sheldon & Marilyn Richmond


July 22  David Gould, husband of Helen
July 22  Jack Manley, father of Neil
July 23  Sadie Applebaum, mother of Sheila Solomon
July 26  Leo Kon, husband of Freda and father of Lily Silver
July 26  Harry Markowitz, father of Sydney
July 26  Bernard Steiman, brother of Frank
July 27  Hava Lea Sosner, mother of Sarah Moshe

July 30  Louis Slutchuk, father of Nancy
July 31  Gary Dorchik, husband of Milla, father of Suzan Dorchik and  Lisa Gold
July 31  Annie Hercberg, mother of Helen Storm
Aug. 3  Jacob Kabacznik, husband of Alla
Aug. 3  Reuben Yellin, father of Susan Yellin
Aug. 4  Harry Epstein, father of Arie and Henry

Birthdays, Anniversaries and Yahrzeits...

Two out of three ain’t bad.

Lives lived: Philip Zucker, 98


Torah scholar. Perfectionist. Survivor. Zaida. Born Nov. 11, 1918, in Serock, Poland; died Feb. 18, 2017, in Toronto, of natural causes; aged 98.

In September 1939, Philip Zucker was taken from his home at the age of 20, leaving behind an extended family and community that would soon perish in the Holocaust. With his passing almost eight decades later, he leaves behind a beloved wife, three daughters, nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. He also leaves a lasting imprint on the Toronto Jewish community, with many of his students still using his style of Torah-reading and teaching it to the next generation.

Born Feivel Cukier, he was the eldest of six children in a shtetl north of Warsaw. He received a traditional Jewish education and was a star pupil. Without access to technology for recording music, it was his job to learn and remember new Hasidic melodies brought to town by visitors.

The war years brought him to labour camps in northern Russia where many, including his father, died from starvation, disease and extreme cold. He once sold his only coat in exchange for bread, because he felt death from the cold was preferable to death from starvation. But each time he felt that he might succumb to the harsh conditions, there was a miraculous arrival of food or shelter. He later reflected on these experiences by saying, “I was meant to survive.”

He met Chaya (Helen) Tuchman in 1945, and they married in Russia shortly after the war. They returned to postwar Poland to find the devastation that had befallen its Jewish community. After the Kielce pogrom of 1946, the couple fled to Austria and Germany, and eventually to Canada, settling in Toronto, where they raised three daughters.

In Toronto, he found his calling as a professional Torah reader and bar mitzvah teacher. Reading the Torah requires careful preparation in order to pronounce the words correctly and apply the right trope (melodies assigned to the words of the text). He read the weekly Torah portion at Toronto’s Shaarei Shomayim synagogue for more than 40 years. Over 2,000 students learned to read Torah from him.

His Old World authenticity and seriousness had an effect on his students. Some might have been troublemakers in other settings, but in the one-on-one lessons with Mr. Zucker they would work tirelessly. He tolerated no deviation from the precise reading of the text. The trained observer can identify when the Torah is being read by one of his students based on the distinctive melody and the high degree of precision.

His strictness as a teacher contrasted with his warmth and lightheartedness as a zaida, a grandfather. He delighted in spending time with family. At Friday-night dinners, he would share original gems of Torah wisdom, tell stories about his survival during the war, and bounce grandchildren on his knee during the singing of grace after meals. Those who watched Maple Leaf games with zaida remember the sing-song tone of his pessimistic refrain: “They’re going to lose.”

Learning from Philip was like being transported back to a lost Eastern European Jewish world that was more closely connected than ours to the wisdom of ancient Torah scholars. With his passing, a significant link to our past has been lost.

By Eric Stutz, (Philip’s grandson)

Zucker, Philip (Feivel). Holocaust survivor. Passed away peacefully on Shabbat, 22 Shevat, February 18, 2017. Beloved husband of Helen (Chaya). Loving father and father-in-law of Faye and Martin Kellerstein, Shirley and Jeffrey Stutz, and Bella and Joel Shupac. Devoted grandfather of Rebecca (Daniel), Jeremy (Jennie), David (Tali), Eli (Tziona), Adam, Eric (Orli), Aliza (Louis), Jodie, and Joseph. Proud great-grandfather of sixteen.


In my mind, the faith-annihilating Shoah and the faith-renewing restoration of Israel are twinned forever. They ceaselessly wrestle for dominance; just when the message of one appears to be triumphant; it is challenged and even overthrown by the phenomenon of the other in an endless, recurring cycle.

“The study and practice of Torah (the commandments and behaviours it prescribes) constitute the basis of a society which enables people to live in harmony with each other.”

Zingers from Pirke Avoth - Perek 2, Mishnah 2




July 26


7:30-8:30 pm

Shul Kiddush


All are



to the public

at no cost


Parsha of The Week

with Judy Hazan

Join this lively group every Wednesday night at 7:30 PM at The Lodzer where we study the week’s sedra together.

Classes are informal and no prior knowledge or preparation is required.

The purpose of the class is to learn the story of the parsha, determine its most important elements and tie its morals and lessons into our daily lives.

Judy Hazan 416-704-1693


July 28


for Advance ticket sales


Open to the public

Next week!!!

2017 Pricing


High Holiday time is upon us once more. New this year,  Rabbi Eli Courante will be joined by our new Cantor, David Young and a full choir.






On Rosh Hashanah God judges individuals, but that judgment/fate is "sealed" on Yom Kippur and "sent out" on Hoshana Rabba (the seventh day of Sukkot).

Here’s hoping that your fate, that is sealed, is a good one.



July 29


6 Av


David Young



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

Triennial Year 1

Parashat: Devarim

1: 1:1-3  (pg. 736)
2: 1:4-7
3: 1:8-10
4: 1:11-21
5: 1:22-28
6: 1:29-38
7: 1:39-2:1
maftir: 1:39-2:1


Isaiah: 1: 1-27  (pg. 750)

Candle Lighting:

8:26 p.m. – Friday


9:33 p.m. – Saturday

Today’s Kiddush Lunch

is co-sponsored by

Lily and Syd Markowitz

and Freda Kon
In memory of

Leo Kon and Harry Markowitz

Helen Storm

for the yahrzeit of her mother

Annie Hercberg



July 31

Week 22

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

Karate Kata 3 - Heian Sandan

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.

Fast of

Tish'a B'Av


July 31



August 1

9 Av

We Lost our


Our Nation was


We Lost our



This day is the saddest day of the Jewish year…

On this day, we remember everything sad that has ever happened to our people.

5 National Tragedies befell the Jews on the 9th of Av

1312 BCE - The Spies

421 BCE - First Temple

70 BCE - Second Temple

132 CE - The City of Beitar

133 CE - Turnus Rufus

Many more tragedies happened on the 9th of Av including the Spanish Inquisition including the expulsion of the Jews (1492) and World War 1 (1914)


Judah has gone into exile because of affliction, and because of great servitude. She dwelt among the nations, she found no rest; all her pursuers overtook her within her borders.



August 5

13 Av



David Young

official start date



Tu B’Av

The 15th of Av


August 7

15 Av

Tu B’Av


May Tu B’Av truly usher in the achdus (to love a fellow Jew) for which we yearn to bring the geulah (redemption / deliverance) for us all.


Tu B’Av on the 15th of Av has become known, especially in modern Israel, as the holiday of love - when man and woman are together, in total harmony, with true complementary and mutual love and cooperation - somewhat replacing Valentine’s Day.
On Tu B’Av the Tribes of Israel were permitted to intermarry with each other. Second generation Jewish women would go dancing in the vineyards looking for their beshert and unmarried men would go to the fields to pick out a wife.


August 8, 15, 22

7:30 PM

Kiddush Room

No Charge

All welcome.


Prayer Workshop:

Arts & Crafts for the Soul

Review principles of prayer from the Siddur and Torah to craft your own prayer, (for health, livelihood, a loved one, etc.)

Led by: David Birken.

What we will see at Olam Haba is what we already saw at Maton Torah. May we not ruin it again.

Yowan Am


August 12

20 Av


David Young

Week #2



9:12 AM

Led by

Frank Steiman

Please help us out by coming early…

We need a minyan to start!


9:30 AM


August 24




Numerous Jewish synagogues were vandalised and desecrated.


Rampaging Arab mobs killed 67 Jewish residents and yeshiva students in the biblical holy city, where the patriarchs and matriarchs of the Jewish people are entombed and King David ruled. Three days later British soldiers evacuated the surviving remnant of the ancient Jewish community. Hebron was Judenrein. So it remained for 50 years, until 10 women and 35 children, led by Miriam Levinger and Sarah Nachshon, entered Beit Hadassah, the former medical clinic in the heart of the destroyed Jewish Quarter. Hebron, Mrs. Levinger proclaimed, “will no longer be Judenrein.

Judenfrei ("free of Jews") or Judenrein ("clean of Jews") was a Nazi term to designate an area "cleansed" of the Jewish presence. Today we just call those places slums.

(July 3rd to)


August 31

Dufferin Clark Library


A captivating exhibit from the Anne Frank House in the Netherlands.

Writing in a diary is a really strange experience for someone like me. Not only because I’ve never written anything before, but also because it seems to me that later on neither I nor anyone else will be interested in the musings of a thirteen-year old schoolgirl. Oh well, it doesn’t matter. I feel like writing.

Guided Tour Times:
Mondays 11:00 - 2:00pm
Tuesdays 6:00 - 9:00pm
Wednesdays 6:00 - 9:00pm
Thursdays 2:00 – 5:00pm
Saturdays 11:00 - 5:00pm
Sundays 2:00 - 5:00pm

I know what I want, I have a goal, an opinion, I have a religion and love. Let me be myself and then I am satisfied. I know that I’m a woman, a woman with inward strength and plenty of courage.


It’s difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.


September 7

7 - 8 PM

Kiddush Room


Hebrew Classes

Classes are starting up again after our summer break on September 7.

If you, or someone you know is interested please contact me...

If interested... contact



September 7

8:00 PM

Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin

Shul Kiddush


The House of Wives-w200.jpg

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.

September 15



International Day of Democracy

In 2007 the United Nations General Assembly resolved to observe 15 September as the International Day of Democracy - with the purpose of promoting and upholding the principles of democracy - and invited all member states and organizations to commemorate the day in an appropriate manner that contributes to raising public awareness.


"The Israeli People Live!"


September 17


9 AM

Pre-Holy Days




Remember the days of yore, learn the lessons of the generations that have come before you.

September 17




Camp David Accords

Will there ever be another Arab leader willing to make peace with Israel?

Anwar Sadat


“Peace is much more precious than a piece of land... let there be no more wars.”


The Camp David Accords, establishing peace between Israel and Egypt, were signed by Anwar El Sadat and Menachem Begin on this date in 1978 with U.S. President Jimmy Carter serving as witness and facilitator. The Accords resulted in Israel’s withdrawal from the Sinai, which was restored to Egypt; recognition of Israel by Egypt, which became the first Arab state involved in earlier wars with Israel to do so; agreement by Israel to permit the establishment of a “self-governing authority” in the Palestinian territories and to withdraw from the occupied territories; the firm entry of Egypt into the pro-American bloc of Middle Eastern states (which came to include, most significantly, Jordan and Saudi Arabia); and a Nobel Peace Prize shared by Begin and Sadat — who would be assassinated for his peace-making in 1981.

Rosh Hashanah

Begins sunset of


September 20

6:45 PM

CL 6:59 PM


8:30 AM

CL 8:05 PM



September 22

8:30 AM


Ends 8:03 PM


Family Services

Bryna Wechsler

1st day Rosh Hashanah

Thursday, Sept.21

10 AM

2nd day Rosh Hashanah

Friday, Sept.22

10 AM



The ten days starting with Rosh Hashanah and ending with Yom Kippur are commonly known as the Days of Awe (Yamim Noraim) or the Days of Repentance.

This is a time for serious introspection, a time to consider the sins of the previous year and repent before Yom Kippur.

September 22



Until his death at age 84, Marcel performed 300 times a year and taught 4 hours a day at his pantomime school in Paris . He died on Yom Kippur, 2007.


It’s good to

Shut up Sometimes

Born to a Jewish family in Strasbourg , France in 1923, young Marcel Mangel discovered Charlie Chaplin at age five and became an avid fan. He entertained his friends with Chaplin imitations, and dreamed of starring in silent movies.

Marcel (Mangel) Marceau

When Marcel was 16, the Nazis marched into France, and the Jews of Strasbourg - near the German border - had to flee for their lives. Marcel changed his last name to Marceau to avoid being identified as Jewish, and joined the French resistance movement.

Masquerading as a boy scout, Marcel evacuated a Jewish orphanage in eastern France . He told the children he was taking them on a vacation in the Alps, and led them to safety in Switzerland . Marcel made the perilous journey three times, saving hundreds of Jewish orphans. He was able to avoid detection by entertaining the children with silent pantomime.


September 23

9:30 AM

Ends 8:01 PM


Shabbat was and is a glorious gift from the almighty, or at least from the Jewish people if you prefer.  Just consider the concept, especially in the ancient world.  Shabbat is about expressing joy!!  Joy at being able to carry out mitzvot, joy at being able to enjoy life and the greatest joy of all, that of being Jewish!  Shavua Tov.

September 28




Shimon Peres was the last of Israel's founding fathers.
Ariel Sharon, David Ben-Gurion, Levi Eshkol, Moshe Dayan, Moshe Sharett, Golda Meir, Yigal Allon, Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Shamir, and Yitzhak Rabin are all gone.
And now so is Shimon Peres.



September 28

8 Tishri, 2935

826 BCE


Temple Dedicated

The 14-day dedication festivities, celebrating the completion of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem built by King Solomon, commenced on the 8th of Tishrei of the year 2935 from creation (826 BCE). The First Temple served as the epicenter of Jewish national and spiritual life for 410 years, until its destruction by the Babylonians in 423 BCE.

(We’ve been around awhile!)


The Holy Temple is the Divine "home" and "place," as the "gate of Heaven" for man's service of G-d, and as the ultimate embodiment of G-d's desire to create life and mankind's endeavor to sanctify it.

Yom Kippur

Begins sunset of


September 29

Kol Nidre

6:30 PM

CL 6:42 PM


September 30

9 AM


11:15 AM

In Conversation

with Rabbi Eli

4 PM - 5:15 PM

Mincha & Neila

5:15 PM

Ends 7:49 PM


May the memories of those who have preceded us make us new and better people.
May we use the time and opportunity given us to live lives that are replete with acts of goodness and kindness.
And when we have fulfilled the measure of our days, when we have become but a memory, may we have lived the kind of lives that make us worthy not just of being remembered, but also of being inscribed in the book of those who live on after us, the book of the living.

Family Services

Bryna Wechsler

Kol Nidre

Friday, Sept.29

6:30 PM

Yom Kippur

Saturday, Sept.30

10 AM


Fasting for Yom Kippur

is pretty much the only time

I wish I was eating

Matzah on Passover

Have you treated your friends royally this past year?

If you haven’t given them a call this past year, why?  Calls to renew acquaintances or just to say hello do not take long.

Question: Should we be editing our ‘friends list’ in the same way we edit our homes of clutter?

Next up: What have you done, (or not done,) to improve your own situation or that of the greater community around you?  How much more could you do?


Begins sunset of


October 4

CL 6:33 PM



October 5

9 AM

CL 7:40 PM



October 6

9 AM

Ends 7:11 PM

CL 6:06 PM



Sukkot is a time to commemorate dwelling in temporary structures as guests of the Lord.



October 7

9:30 AM

Ends 7:36 PM


“… but Rabbi, even if I can read some of the prayers I still don’t understand what I’m saying… To tell you the truth I’d rather take a quiet reflective walk in the park this year than spend all that time in synagogue saying a bunch of words that don‘t really mean so much to me anyway…”

Prayer is meant to be a powerful, relevant and meaningful experience.

Here are a few ideas to keep in mind this year that should help to make the services as personally uplifting as possible.


October 11

9 AM




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Havatat Aravot:

On the last day of Sukkot, Hoshana Rabba, we beat a bundle of willow branches (actually one is enough) on the floor. To prepare the ground for the rain to penetrate.


Tashlich (תשליך) is a ritual that many Jews observe between Rosh HaShanah and HaShanah Rabah. "Tashlich" means "casting off" in Hebrew and involves symbolically casting off the sins of the previous year by tossing pieces of bread or another food into a body of flowing water.

Don’t feed the birds

in Toronto Parks!
Here are suggestions for breads which may be most appropriate for specific sins or misbehaviours.

For ordinary sins: White Bread
For complex sins: Multigrain
For twisted sins: Pretzels
For sins of indecision: Waffles
For sins committed in haste: Matzoh

(The list goes on, and on…)

Shemini Atzeret

Begins sunset of


October 11

CL 6:21 PM



October 12

9 AM

Eighth Day of Assembly


10:10 AM


Falling just after Sukkot, (the 8th day,) Shemini Atzeret is the holiday on which Jews start praying for rain.

“On the eighth day you should hold a solemn gathering; you shall not work at your occupation.”

Living the Holidays - The Jewish Way

When the seven days of Sukkot end, the Bible decrees yet another holiday, the Eighth Day of Assembly.  The Rabbis interpreted this as an encore.  After the High Holy Days, after the intense seven days of Sukkot and pilgrimage, the Jewish people [or, we should say, more accurately, "God's people"] are about to leave, to scatter and return to their homes.  God grows nostalgic, as it were, and pensive.  The people of Israel will not come together again in such numbers until Passover six months hence. God will soon miss the sounds of music and pleasure and the unity of the people.  The Torah decreed, therefore, an eighth day of assembly, a final feast/holy day.  On this day Jews leave the sukkah to resume enjoying the comfort of solid, well built, well insulated homes.  The lulav and etrog are put aside; this day, Shemini Atzeret, is a reprise of the celebration of Sukkot but without any of the rituals.  The message is that all the rituals and symbolic language are important but ultimately they remain just symbols"

Rabbi Irving Greenberg

Simchat Torah

Begins sunset of


October 12

6:30 PM

CL 7:28 PM


October 13

9 AM

Ends 7:24 PM

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Simchat Torah is the holiday that celebrates the conclusion of the yearly cycle of reading the Torah, after which we begin anew reading the Five Books of Moses, starting from the first chapter of Genesis.



November 2-9




I believe in the sun even when it is not shining.

I believe in love even when I cannot feel it.

I believe in God even when he is silent.

Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky.

Elie Wiesel


We Remember... all year long.

We Will Never Forget

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



Begins sunset of


December 12

Ends nightfall of


December 20



Chanukah commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after a group of Jewish warriors defeated the occupying mighty Greek armies.


The proper response, as Hanukkah teaches, is not to curse the darkness but to light a candle.

R. Irving Greenberg



December 27



Julian Tuwim

We Polish Jews:

The Troubled Holocaust Legacy

of Julian Tuwim, 1894–1953

Poet Julian Tuwim was among the first and most powerful literary voices of the Holocaust experience.

Born in Lodz, Tuwim was a leading Polish-Jewish poet during the 1920–30s. In 1944, Tuwim wrote an anguished lament and manifesto of murdered Jewry, ‘We Polish Jews,’ as a refugee in New York.

Tough luck!

“For antisemites, I am a Jew and my poetry is Jewish.
For Jewish nationalists, I am a traitor and renegade.”  /JT


Julian Tuwim in conversation with

Sheldon Richmond on why they

returned to Lodz after the Shoah.

Fast of Tevet 10

Asara B'Tevet

Begins sunrise of


December 28

10 Tevet

Ends nightfall of


December 28


The Tenth of Tevet marks Nebuchadnezzar's siege of Jerusalem 2,500 years ago.


The siege of Yerushalayim began on the 10th of Tevet, so began the whole chain of calamities which finally ended with the destruction of the Beit HaMikdash.

In the State of Israel, Kaddish is recited on this day for people whose date or place of death is unknown. Consequently, many rabbis have designated it as a day of remembrance for the Holocaust.





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to work on the

Lodzer’s 65th anniversary

Coming Spring 2018

To Volunteer, contact:

Jeff Shabes

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 bylaws of the synagogue were amended to reflect the new reality.

All for one and one for all


Page 2: “I do believe that the Ten Commandments are a blueprint for a good society, and that a proper understanding of what they were originally meant to communicate can lead all of us, regardless of our faith, to a much better place.”

Page 3: “What is forbidden {in America} … is not promoting religion but ‘establishing’ it - that is, creating an official religion that excludes people of other faiths from taking part in American civic life. But to promote a nonspecific,  Judeo-Christian faith - this … is essential to the American experience.”

Pirkei Avos

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

PIrke Avoth Perek 4 Mishnah 17

Note: This commentary is taken from Ethics from Sinai by Irving M. Bunim and Visions of the Fathers by Rabbi Twerski.. Some sentences of the commentaries have been taken verbatim (in quotes)  and others have been summarized. All relate to Mishnah 17. The Questions are my own.

R. Simon said: There are three crowns: the crown of Torah, the crown of the cohen [priesthood], and the crown of royalty; but the crown of a good name rises above them.

Ethics from Sinai

“R.Simeon states that there are three crowns and goes on to name a fourth! Rashi explains that a good name is not a fourth crown akin to the other three, but a higher one that is achieved through any of the three. … With all these crowns the diadem of a good name is needed.”

“Torah scholarship and learning will not bestow much of a diadem unless it is accompanied by a good name. … Similarly the diadem of a cohen, a symbol of spiritual leadership , is no great distinction unless its bearer evokes the respect and appreciation of those about him. And by the same token, even one who wears the royal crown is not impervious to the acclaim or condemnation of his people, and eventually of history. With each of the three, there is room and need for the supercrown, a good name.”  On the other hand, “By itself,a good name may be a very hollow honour, of little substance. A man may be the epitome of courtesy and grace, and pay all his bills on time, until all who know him are ready to place him on a pedestal. Yet he may do with his life nothing of true worth. It calls to mind a statement ascribed to Chaim Weizmann: ‘Show me a man who has made no mistakes, and I will show you a man who has done nothing’.You can maintain a splendid  name and do nothing meaningful.”

Question: What is meant by “meaningful”? What do you have to do or achieve to

                do something that is “meaningful?

“But now, let a person develop a love of learning and become a fine Torah scholar, and in time he will have a sound substantial base of the super-crown of a good name.”

Question: Aren’t there many fine Torah scholars that are so lacking in other

               qualities that they fail to earn the type of good name that we are

               speaking about here?

Now that there is no Temple and no altar, the mantle of the cohen rests on us.

“… let us treat all we do as a hallowed part of a sacred service before  a  gracious Heaven, and we will construct a crown of solid support for the meaningful upper diadem of a good name.”

Question: Does this mean that the functions of the cohen are now replaced by    

                 whatever religious functions we perform?

“Some commentaries take a more literal approach: The crown of the cohen is the one that could be attained only by Aaron and his descendants; the crown of royalty was assigned to none but David and his descendants.” But the crown of Torah  “is accessible, open and available to all. Complete democracy reigns in the realm of Torah. Anyone and everyone can achieve its diadem.”

“We would also do well to achieve, [the crown of royalty] by living with the sense of responsibility that a good king has toward those who depend on him. Like a good monarch, let us use prudently and wisely the power and resources that we possess, to benefit those around us.”

There are three proofs that the Torah is the most important of the three crowns.

1. In the Temple the table representing the kings, and the altar representing the cohens  came first, and then the ark representing the Torah was in the inner holier part of the Temple.

2. It is said that the world depends on Torah (study and observance), Avodah (worship) and loving kindness (related to kingship). As Torah comes first, it is the most important.

3. According to the Sefer Mussar, “When traditional honours are accorded, a Torah scholar of illegitimate birth, born of a forbidden union, takes precedence over a cohen gadol who is an ignoramus. The same law would hold, writes the Sefer Mussar, if the ignoramus is a king.”

Question: Are these proofs are convincing?

“The Torah was given to us to study  and know, to achieve spiritual growth and self-improvement; thus its primary relevance is to man’s relationship to himself. The role of the cohen in the sanctuary was largely concerned with man’s relationship to his Maker. And sovereign rule would deal with man’s relationship to his fellow-man. Then the order of the crowns in our mishnah becomes important. For should we seek to worship and relate to the Almighty without the guiding light of the Written and Oral Torah, we can stumble and fall into disaster, as others have done. And should we place societal problems concerning man’s physical well-being above Torah and religious observance and worship, it would not augur well for our future identity and existence.”

Question: Do you agree?

“Thus we return to the thought that all the crowns are for us to acquire. It is for us to behave with the dignity of our royal status; to live with the sanctity of a cohen in the mikdash; but above all, to devote ourselves continually, ever more, to the study of our God-given Torah. Only then will we be endowed with the three-fold crown of an age-old  faith.”

Visions of the Fathers

“What is a crown? It is a symbol of authority and/or superiority. The crown of royalty indicates the sovereignty of the king, the crown of priesthood indicates the authority of the Kohen, and the crown of Torah indicates the position of superiority of the Torah scholar. Each of these three crowns not only indicates the special privileges of the bearer, but also places upon him the awesome responsibility of serving as a model for the general population. Unfortunately, our history shows that the bearers of these three crowns have not always been models of virtue. Hence, while these three crowns should have represented virtue as well as superiority, this was  not always the case. We have come to realize that we cannot blindly emulate those who occupy these positions.”

“However , if a person establishes a reputation as a highly ethical and moral person, his responsibility is extremely great, because he is the one to whom people will look as a beacon of light to show them the proper way of life.”

“Because a person of noble middos {manner} is also likely to be most humble, it is possible that he may be unaware that he bears the crown of exemplary behaviour. Thus , a person with a shem tov, good name, a reputation of being a decent and honest person, should be aware that he, too, bears a crown. Furthermore, precisely because he is considered to be the ideal person, his impact upon others may be even greater than those who bear any of the other crowns. In this sense, the crown of a shem tov is unique in that it is superior to others, yet it may not even be recognized as being a crown.”

“God’s concept of man was that he was to be creature that is created in a state of imperfection, and by his own efforts, man must bring about his state of completion, which is to become a spiritual being. God certainly could have created man in a state of spiritual perfection, but then man would have essentially been angelic in nature, and not the being that God intended man to be. Man was created with a physical body similar to that of other living things. Whereas other living things are completely driven by their physical drives, man is supposed to become master over his behaviour, and was given the capacity of free will and freedom of choice, so that he may determine his  actions. Using this capacity, man was to elevate himself far about his physical nature, and by doing so, he would become the spiritual being that God intended…. When man exercises is capacity to become the spiritual person he was intended to become, he is indeed a true partner to God in the work of creation; i..e.., his own creation.

“{The four crowns} “could therefore not be grouped together, since the three are the components given to man and constitute the Divine contributions to man, where the shem tov is not given to man by God, but is man’s share in his own creation.”

“… the Torah is not yet the final goal of man, until he implements it to transform himself into image of God which he was meant to be…. We can also understand why the crown of shem tov is considered superior to the others , since all three are essentially instruments whereby the human being is to arrive at the shem tov…”  

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The family of Jerusalem tattoo artist Wassim Razzouk has been inking people for over 700 years. Even the wooden stamps he uses as stencils are at least 500 years old. As the global tattoo culture moves from subculture to mainstream, Razzouk's Coptic tattoo style has etched its own space in the industry.

Tattoos are no longer taboo and are a growing

part of Israel's mainstream culture.

Family lore tells of the Razzouk family first tattooing Coptic Christians in Egypt in the 14th century with a small cross on the inside of the wrist to grant them access to churches, and in the 18th century bringing the trade to the Holy Land.

Jerusalem Cross — a large cross in the middle with four smaller crosses at each corner and three crowns atop.


Razzouk uses 500-year-old wooden hand-carved stamps of religious designs as stencils. After stamping the outline on a client, Razzouk uses a contemporary tattoo gun to ink the tattoo.  inContext

“I like the symbolic meaning of the tattoo:

Jerusalem being the center of the universe and the four crosses

being the four corners of the world.”

Inking as an ironic way of connecting

with your religious and cultural identity


‘If you get a tattoo, you can’t be buried in a Jewish cemetery’

...the edict isn’t true... it’s an urban legend, most likely started because a specific cemetery had a policy against tattoos. Jewish parents and grandparents picked up on it and over time, their distaste for tattoos was presented as scriptural doctrine. inContext

An unnecessary distraction -- Take care of your body

Under the ruins of Poland
a golden head lies
both the head and the destruction
are very true.

The snow continues falling
over the ruins of Poland
the golden head of my beloved
in front of my aching eyes.

Pain is sitting at the desk
and writes the longest letter.
The deep tears in her eyes
are very true.

A large bird of mourning
flies above the ruins
carries in her wings
the song of grief
over the ruins of Poland

Ruins of Warsaw after WW2

Poland was devastated by World War II, both the population and physical plant. The Germans almost totally obliterated Warsaw. And Poland's Communist Government was able to rebuild only slowly.


Funeral on Czackiego street as seen from Traugutta street, 1946, Warsaw


Old Town, St. John Cathedral, Warsaw, 1947


Napoleon Square, Warsaw, 1947

Credits: poem pics

Poland gradually rebuilt its industrial base after WW II. Heavy industry (iron, steel, shipping, and mining industries) were significantly expanded. The industrial plants and factories while brand new, but operating under Communist economics were inefficient and uncompetitive with European industry. This meant that Polish industry could not support wages offering workers a decent standard of living. Consumer goods were generally shoddy and available in only limited supply. Production was not geared to consumer demand. Economic planners had no real incentive to respond to consumer demand. And Communist price fixing meant that farmers had no incentive to increase production. As a result food shortages were common. This same dynamic occurred throughout Eastern Europe and in the Soviet Union, although it was less visible there. inContext

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, 1st VP

Judy Hazen, 2nd VP

Morry Nosak, Treasurer

Marilyn Richmond, Secretary

Board Members

Frank Steiman

Henry Epstein

Joe Ber

Leon Pasternak (Honourary)

Rafi Remez

Roz Greene

Sid Markovitz

Rabbi Eli Courante

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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We Remember...

Auschwitz II - Birkenau


Saint Maximilian Kolbe
"No great love has a man than to lay down his life for a friend"

Maximilian Maria Kolbe, (8 January 1894 – 14 August 1941) was a Polish Conventual Franciscan friar, who volunteered to die in place of a stranger in the German death camp of Auschwitz. Kolbe was canonized on 10 October 1982 by Pope John Paul II, and declared a martyr of charity.

Father Kolbe was taken out of his cell after three weeks and given a more merciful death by an injection to the heart.

Father Kolbe was arrested by the Gestapo on February 17, 1941 because he had hidden 2,000 Jews in his friary and because he broadcast reports over the radio condemning Nazi activities during World War II. On May 25, 1941, he was sent to the main Auschwitz camp as a political prisoner.


A Saints Cell...
“No one in the world can change truth. What we can do and should do

is to seek truth and to serve it when we have found it.

The real conflict is the inner conflict.

Beyond armies of occupation and the hecatombs of extermination camps, there are two irreconcilable enemies in the depth of every soul:

Good and evil, sin and love.

And what use are the victories on the battlefield if we ourselves are defeated in our innermost personal selves?”

A shrine to a special man.... Cell # 18 in the basement of Block 11, where Father Kolbe was imprisoned.

Photo and story Credits: Dennis Jarvis

They expected the worst - Not the unthinkable


“What an impression to see how the saints suffer; we will never forget this”.  How could one forget this type of sacrificial love?  Divine Victimhood – this is how St. Maximillian Kolbe viewed his life and his priesthood. This was the perfect setting for the climax of his life.

The martyrdom he had earnestly prayed for was upon his doorstep. On February 17th, 1941, Kolbe was arrested by the German Gestapo and brought to Pawiak Prison, and thereafter was transferred to the Nazi Concentration Camp, Auschwitz, and branded as prisoner #16670. At the end of July of 1941, three prisoners escaped, and to punish the camp, the deputy camp commander decided to choose ten people to be starved to death in order to teach the camp a lesson. Franciszek Gajowniczek, one of the prisoners chosen cried, “My wife! My children!”. Fr. Maximillian, driven by his love for the poor soul stood up among the group and stated that he would take the other prisoner’s place.  He was placed into a starvation chamber.  After two weeks of starvation, while leading the other prisoners in prayers, hymns, and even celebrating Mass for them, he was found to be still alive, while all around him had died.  The frustrated Nazi guards gave him a lethal injection of carbolic acid, which he willingly accepted, and he gave up his spirit. inContext