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Last week’s surprise Kiddush Lunch was

sponsored by Miriam Perez on her 22nd Anniversary to Eli Batsre.

Shabbat Bulletin - August 19, 2017

Child care on the High Holy Days


The Lodzer is pleased to offer free child care, with pre-registration, for children ages 3 and up while parents enjoy High Holiday services.

Babysitting is available 3 years old and up
Pre-registration is needed
Please call the office 416-636-6665

We need student volunteers for community service hours for child care and ushering
Please call the office

Also donation of toys are welcome


Allow us to watch over what matters most to you



David Birkan

Do you want to compose your own prayer for someone's health, recovery, success, happiness? For a shidduch maybe, or a job? Jewish tradition will provide you  with the tools.

These include belief, sincerity, focus and spontaneity, according to a recent workshop at The Lodzer. Not to mention the 3-part template exemplified in the Psalms: Praise, request, and pre-emptive thanksgiving.

Belief -- in God and in your own good will -- sincerity and focus have been emphasized by our authorities since biblical times, said presenter David Birkan. Spontaneity is best depicted by Moses when he begs God to remove the leprosy inflicted on Miriam by crying out: "Ana, Adonai. Refah nah.  ("Please, Lord, please heal her.) Moses demonstrated spontaneity and an awareness of God's anger when he persuaded Him not to destroy the Jewish people after the incident of the golden calf.

Other tools mentioned included the Shema as a preface, Torah study, and pledges for self-improvement. Chutzpah, of the kind shown by Honi Hamaagal in demanding adequate rainfall, was also described as a vital tool. New Age techniques like meditation and prayer circles were also listed.

In the spirit of summer camp, David called his presentation "arts and crafts for the soul."

Enthusiastic participants included Roz, Dora and Jonathan, Elie and Miriam, and Bev. While unable to attend in person, Charlie sent a copy of his own bedtime prayer for participants' consideration.


(An amalgamation of 3+ prayers, I found)

Praying the Will of God from the Word of God

Upcoming: David is preparing to answer the question; 'Why Did Jonah Run Away?'


A recent discovery provides the final link in an association that continues to endure after thousands of years. "The big picture unfolding is really provocative," David says.

How we respond to God’s calling

has a big impact on the course of our lives


We are the Lodzer Morning Minyanaires


Always a good breakfast following!

Modern Day Judaism

Judaism doesn’t  focus on abstract cosmological concepts,

(the nature of God, man, the universe, life, afterlife)

Judaism focuses on this life, here and now.

Judaism has substantial room for personal opinion on all these matters.

Judaism is much more concerned about actions than beliefs.

Your Life Moments


Aug. 12  Honey Hellreich
Aug. 12  Sheila Stahl
Aug. 15  Esther Tschaschnik

Aug. 19  Deborah Berlach
Aug. 21  Annette Sacks


Aug. 13 Eli Batsre & Miriam Perez


Aug. 12  Chaim Rochwerg. Father of Alisa Schwartz
Aug. 14  Boruch Ben Krupski, husband of Zelda
Aug. 15  David Haber, father of Ellen Dagan
Aug. 15  Reva Macklis, mother of Sylvia White
Aug. 18  Pearl Adelkind, father of Sheryl Adelkind

Aug. 20  Ben Shedletzky, brother of Joseph
Aug. 20  Paul Winston, husband of Sheila
Aug. 21  Hartley Lictblau, son of Fela
Aug. 23  Raizel Kurant Davidson, grandmother of Reisa Grunberg
Aug. 23  Mary Ginsburg, mother of Barbara Lew
Aug. 23  Tova Goldberg, wife of Esse, mother of Barbara Barkin
Aug. 24  Tobie Steinberg, mother of Hedy Steinberg
Aug. 25  Michael Berlach, father of Deborah
Aug. 25  Emil Remez, father of Rafael



The covenant becomes a treaty with all the generations.

Each generation will have to do its share of redemption

and pass it on to the next generation

until the redemption is complete.

Being part of a community is essential for a proper and healthy life. If one becomes so self-centred as to cut loose from community in order to live only for himself, quality of life will be lost.

Zingers from Pirke Avoth - Perek 2, Mishnah 5


Hi holiday

ticket sales

are now

open to the public


Sold Out!!!

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.


Babysitting is available

3 years old and up
Pre-registration required


Like the names of the other months of the Hebrew Calendar, "Elul came up," or "returned with," those Jews who returned to Israel from the 70-year Exile in Babylonia. The expression "returned with" is particularly significant in this case in that this is the month of "Return to Hashem," or "Repentance." Elul is the name of the month which we are given each year to prepare for the "Days of Awe."




August 16


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


August 19

27 Av


Rabbi Eli



David Young

B’aal Koreh:
Harvey Bitterman



9:12 AM

Led by

Frank Steiman


9:30 AM

Please help us out by coming early…

We need a minyan to start!

Torah Times

Triennial Year 1

Parashat: RE’EH
Deuteronomy 11:26 - 16:17

1: 11:26-31 (pg. 799)
2: 11:32-12:5
3: 12:6-10
4: 12:11-16
5: 12:17-19
6: 12:20-25
7: 12:26-28
maftir: 12:26-28


Isaiah 54:11 - 55:5 (pg. 818)

Candle Lighting:

7:57 p.m. – Friday


9:04 p.m. – Saturday


Pirke Avoth Discussion Group

with Jonathan Usher

We’re taking a break until after the hi holidays...

Enjoy the summer!


August 20

Drop-off and set-up begins around 12 noon.

Volunteers needed to help with setup and sorting

Yazidi come from 1 - 3 pm

Shul Kiddush


Clothing Bazaar

Many people have kindly collected clothing and household items for our Yazidi families.  We have decided to have another bazaar where all Yazidis can come to see what is there and select what they want.



are desperately needed

to form

Resettlement Groups


August 21

Week 31

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.

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.


August 26

4 Elul


Five Jews

Changed the way

we see the world


“the Law is everything”


“Love is everything”

“Money is everything”

“Sex is everything”
“Everything is relative”


(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


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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.

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!"


Sept. 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


Unplug from the internet once a week

and fully experience

real "analog" life

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.

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October 7

9:30 AM

Ends 7:36 PM

Shabbat Manifesto

Avoid technology

Connect with loved ones

Nurture your health

Get outside

Avoid commerce

Light candles

Drink wine

Eat Challah

Find silence

Give back

“… 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

They expected the worst

Not the unthinkable


Anger, sadness and confusion

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.





We need volunteers

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

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Chapter 1

I am the Lord your  God who took you out of Egypt, from the house of slaves.

JU - The introduction expresses Hazony’s view of God, the value of the Ten Commandments, and their place in history.  The quotes below are from The Ten Commandments

“I will argue, however, that all ten of the commandments similarly represent broader, foundational principles of enduring relevance. Every commandment represents a whole world of value, an awakening of the redemptive spirit in its own area of life.”

“The Ten Commandments should be looked at as an engine that continues to drive the West at its deepest level, a key to understanding who all of us are, and why we have  acquired many of our most basic beliefs about society, nationhood, and our place in this world.”  

“A description of God is first al all a description of an ideal to guide our lives. If he seems too human, too imperfect, it is because this is the God we humans are meant to emulate.”

“Unlike the gods of ancient Greece, and unlike the ephemeral god ideas of the East, God in the Bible is neither arbitrary nor abstract, but righteous - which is another way of saying that we are meant to see his behaviour as a model for our own.”

“The word “commandment” should be translated as utterance or pronouncement.”

The Best of Pirke Avoth

The world stands on three things:

Torah, Divine worship, and acts of loving-kindness.

Perek 1 Mishnah 2

The purpose of Torah in our daily life is to elevate us to a higher plane.

Divine worship governs our relationship with God.
Loving- kindness regulates our relationship with our fellow man.
Loving-kindness benefits both the giver and the receiver.

Note by JU:  it is not kindness, nor is it loving, but it is the act of giving kindness with a sense of love.

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Rooftop Yoga in Jerusalem overlooking the Israeli Parliament and Judean Hills.

In a land where the pace of life is fast and often stressful, Israelis have embraced yoga as a way to relax and find peace. Whether it’s yoga for preschoolers, mothers-to-be, employees, or even soldiers, you’ll find every imaginable type of yoga popping up in all areas of Israel today.

Israeli kindergartners know the downward dog and the sun salutation poses just as well as they know their nursery rhymes.

Israel may be one of the few countries with a yoga training program for soldiers... teaching the tools and life skills of meditation, mindfulness and postures.

“Elite soldiers train to be strong, but protecting yourself from stress is just as important… and, to the soldier’s surprise, they found yoga to be quite challenging.” could even provide a key to peace. “Have patience, don’t take your yoga too fast and it may just bring you to a place of happiness where you no longer have any enemies at all.” inContext


Take your Soul to Work, by Erica Brown

On Public Speaking

Cicero: “A good orator is pointed and impassioned.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel.”

Dionysius of Halicarnassus: “Let thy speech be better than silence, or be silent.”

Yogi Berra - When you see a fork in the road, take it.

Laura Davis is in Chania Crete, Greece


As we wandered through the Old Town of Chania, Crete, Greece, we came across signs for Etz Hayyim Synagogue as we headed down Kondilaki Street (where the houses of the most important Jews were located in the 17th through 19th centuries)  inContext


The street entrance to the courtyard of Etz Hayyim Synagogue, Chania, Crete, Greece

Jewish Tourism -- Isn’t it a pity. Thanks Isi.

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

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