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The Strength of a People -- The Power of Community

Shabbat Bulletin - August 26, 2017  Updated

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

...that which is not pure

Typically, the Torah is concise and to-the point. It is consistent with the fact that in portion Re'eh, where we get the rules of kosher and non-kosher animals, rather than listing the kosher birds, our portion lists the non-kosher ones, as they are less numerous.
By the same token, when it comes to mammals, the kosher ones are listed, as it is easier to group and list them than the treif ones. The Torah is very specific in telling us: ‘This is what you eat, and this is what you do not; here is a pure animal, and here is that which is not pure’ (Deut, 14).

It is that last phrase that strikes an odd note. Wouldn’t it be shorter and easier to say "an impure" than "that which is not..."? Rashi is not letting it go unnoticed. He suggests that ‘that which is not pure’ is paying lip service to the gentle finesse of expression we should strive for. According to Rashi, “that which is not pure” is a politically correct euphemism for “impure”. It is as politically correct as the Torah ever gets. And yet with all that gentleness, the language is (thankfully) abundantly clear.

Here, I have a confession to make. When we moved to Canada 15 years ago, I had a period of cultural acclimatization during which it felt as though Canadian society as a whole was somehow lacking in sincerity and openness. It took a little while to realize that was a matter of cultural differences and not personalities. Being a product of Russian-Israeli background, I was never used to mincing words. As you may know, Israelis tend to be very blunt. It took a little while to realize that in Canada people say the same things, and just as straightforwardly, they only use a different language. “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” may turn here into “The good, the socially disapproved of, and the alternatively appealing”. Those who may see, for instance, "cat" as an offensive term or even a slur, can always gently describe their pet as "Feline Canadian". And, as Rashi points out, there is absolutely nothing wrong with softer language... as long as the meaning is clear.

Last week, Binyamin Netanyahu was characteristically un-Israeli. Normally so quick and eager to condemn anti-Semitism (even to the point of jumping the gun, some might say), he kept stoically schtum/silent for 3 long days while the neo-Nazis were violently protesting in Charlottesville.
If you think it had anything to do with the racism targeting other ethnic groups than Jews, you are wrong. Antisemitism was blatantly ample, from the Nazi salutes and swastikas to the chants "Jews will not replace us" (you can read the accounts of the Jewish community members, whom the local police refused to protect from the "alt-right":

'Sieg Heil' and assault rifles

The president of Charlottesville's synagogue described a harrowing scene outside the temple.


Riot police protect members of the Ku Klux Klan from counter-protesters as they arrive to rally in support of Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. July 8, 2017.

Everyone and their brother condemned the mob. Pope Francis condemned the mob. Arnold Schwarzenegger condemned them. Even president Putin condemned them (-ish). The Prime Minister of the Jewish State maintained silence for 3 long days.

Eventually, a brief tweet:

PM of Israel @IsraeliPM

“Outraged by expressions of anti-Semitism, neo-Nazism and racism. Everyone should oppose this hatred”.

Period. That’s all boys and girls. The minister of renown verbosity goes shy on us.

Netanyahu, as explained further by his office, stayed quiet till he could be sure what to expect from Mr Trump lest, God forbid, he might antagonize him. (It is not the first time he chose to ignore the aura of antisemitism around Trump, which we can discuss on some other occasion). President Trump, as you know, chose to cautiously ascribe blame to "both sides" of the conflict when a murderous racist smashed his car into the crowd. (Which, come to think about it, makes me almost glad he managed to avoid mentioning the Jews at all when speaking of the Holocaust; who knows what revelations we could have gleaned from the colourful leader of our southern neighbour?)

Now, our bubbes and zeides were not politicians. At least, I know mine were not. When something like Charlottesville happened in their day, they did not theorize. They called it es pas nischt, and you didn't need to speak a word of Yiddish to read the expression of utter disgust on their faces.

As I write this, we are entering the month of Elul; the time dedicated to soul-searching, a time to make order in our hearts and minds. This is the the time to not be a politician... The best time ever to not be a politician!

When people around you ruminate over that “common household device for performing gardening, specifically digging”, please call it a spade. Yep, that's right. A spade. On both sides.

And when you see a racist, bigoted, anti-Semitic, misogynistic, proud KKK member hoping for a better world "clear of chinks, kikes, negroes, faggots, etc", speak up and say what you already know: here is an animal, that which is impure”./RE

Shabbat Shalom

We better… Repair the world… and soon.


We are the Lodzer Morning Minyanaires


Always a good breakfast following!


Extreme poverty
Environment / pollution
Rising cost of food / energy
Spread of human diseases
Climate Change / Global Warming
Human rights abuse
State of global economy
War / armed conflict
Violation of workers' rights
Power of global companies
Religious fundamentalism
Transnational migration

2009: Problems rated "very serious" from a prompted list - average of 23 countries

The future is uncertain...
but this uncertainty is at the very heart of human creativity.

Your Life Moments


Aug. 19  Deborah Berlach
Aug. 21  Annette Sacks

Sept. 1  Jenny Finkelshtain
Sept. 1  Fay Simmons
Sept. 1  Brian Taran


Aug. 26  Syd Markowitz and Lily Silver
Aug. 29  Henry & Deborah Epstein
Aug. 30  Michael & Annette Sacks
Sept. 1   Simon & Rachel Weisman


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

Aug. 26  Samuel Adelkind, father of Sheryl
Aug. 26  Leia Licther, daughter of Myrna
Aug. 27  Joseph Factor, husband of Esther
Aug. 27  Samuel Finkelshtain, son of Reuben & Jenny
Aug. 28  Nathan Super, brother of Dora Usher
Aug. 29  Lea Epstein, mother of Arie and Henry


There is no cure for birth and death

save to enjoy the interval

Are you and your colleagues still fully “in” when it comes to supporting Israel? Where’s your “red line”?


To both Jews and non-Jews the idea of an anti-Zionist Jew can sound like a contradiction in terms—an abuse of Rabbi Hillel’s most famous ethical aphorism,

“If I am not for myself, who will be for me."

Many Jews in the Diaspora aren’t so happy with what’s going on in Israel.

  • the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement

  • the ongoing “occupation” of the West Bank

  • recent decisions pertaining to the Kotel

  • the Israeli government’s acquiescence to religious groups

  • maintaining Orthodox standards for conversions done in Israel

the “red line” for all Jews has traditionally been that while we vehemently disagree on how to move forward, we will never withhold our support.

What is the best way for Diaspora Jews to support Israel and to share honestly in its struggles?

Let’s raise our voices both when we agree and when we disagree. Let’s raise our voices when tragedy and violence strike Jews and non-Jews alike. But raising voices is quite different from what we’re witnessing today. ...overt calls from community leaders for Jews to discontinue their support of the most vital infrastructures in the Jewish state. (Diaspora Jews should withhold their financial support for Israeli hospitals and other institutions.) And yes, let’s have an open dialogue about what’s on the table to bring peace.

Israel doesn’t need Diaspora Jews to be advocates, nor does it need us to fund its infrastructure – rather, it needs us to be character witnesses who can speak about our love for Israel.  inContext

Rabbis Korobkin and Grushcow  have it wrong.
For Jews, when it comes to Israel, there is no red line.
Jews are not there for Israel. Israel is there for us.
It is the country, good or bad, where we will be welcomed
when anti-Semitism raises its ugly head again, as it is doing now.

So whether the Palestinians call Israelis “occupiers”, or the Orthodox
dominate Israeli Judaism, we must give Israel the benefit of the doubt,
and we must continue to support Israel. It is always in our interest to do so.

CJN published comment by Jonathan Usher

Wherever Israel Stands I Stand


The Holocaust is the most radical counter testimony to both Christianity and Judaism. After the Holocaust, no statement, theological or otherwise, should be made that would not be credible in the presence of the burning children.

By constant association with scholars, you will become a better and wiser person, being influenced by their teachings and by their personal example as well.

Do not study passively or routinely. Studying the Torah of the sages should be done with enthusiasm and passion.

Zingers from Pirke Avoth - Perek 2, Mishnah 4

Many Hands Make Light Work

Make shul and Judaism an important part of your lifestyle

In preparations for the upcoming High Holy Days we need your help.

Volunteer hours will be given for community service helping the Lodzer Synagogue:

Sunday morning Sept. 3, 10-12 noon

  • Clean up (gardening) at The Lodzer

Tuesday evening Sept. 12,  from 6:30 p.m.

  • Lodzer Chair and Prayer Book setup for High Holy Days

  • Kosher Pizza for all that come out to help - Jeff’s buying.

Members and Non Members can help of all ages even if not receiving hours.

Please contact Sarah, Rafi or Arnold to let them know you will help.
Hope to see as many people as possible.


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


Psalm 27

Of David. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; from whom shall I be frightened?

When evildoers draw near to me to devour my flesh, my adversaries and my enemies against me-they stumbled and fell.

If a camp encamps against me, my heart shall not fear; if a war should rise up against me, in this I trust.

One [thing] I ask of the Lord, that I seek-that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to see the pleasantness of the Lord and to visit His Temple every morning.

That He will hide me in His tabernacle on the day of calamity; He will conceal me in the secrecy of His tent; He will lift me up on a rock.

And now, my head will be raised over my enemies around me, and I will sacrifice in His tent sacrifices with joyous song; I will sing and chant praise to the Lord.

Hearken, O Lord, to my voice [which] I call out, and be gracious to me and answer me.

On Your behalf, my heart says, "Seek My presence." Your presence, O Lord, I will seek.

Do not hide Your presence from me; do not turn Your servant away with anger. You were my help; do not forsake me and do not abandon me, O God of my salvation.

For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord gathers me in.

Instruct me, O Lord, in Your way, and lead me in the straight path because of those who lie in wait for me.

Do not deliver me to the desires of my adversaries, for false witnesses and speakers of evil have risen against me.

Had I not believed in seeing the good of the Lord in the land of the living!

Hope for the Lord, be strong and He will give your heart courage, and hope for the Lord.




August 23


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 24


$10 cover charge

Free Times


320 CollegeSt.TO

A Folk Music

Benefit Concert

For The Yazidi

Geoffrey Clarfield is the Executive Director of Mozuud. For more than twenty years he worked as a development anthropologist and project manager in Africa, the Near East and Asia for a number of donors and organizations including the UN,  the Norwegian, Swiss and Canadian Governments, European and British companies, the Rockefeller Foundation and a variety of local and international NGOs. For the last ten years he has worked for Canadian and American organizations and companies. He is a former Director at the Canadian Coalition for Democracies.

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Geoffrey and Mark Clarfield

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


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: Shofetim
Deuteronomy 16 -18 - 18:5

1: 16:18-20 (pg. 820)
2: 16:21-17:7
3: 17:8-10
4: 17:11-13
5: 17:14-17
6: 17:18-20
7: 18:1-5
maf: 18:3-5


Isaiah 51:12 - 52:12 pg.835

Candle Lighting:

7:56 p.m. – Friday


8:52 p.m. – Saturday


Pirke Avoth Discussion Group

with Jonathan Usher

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

Enjoy the summer!


August 28

Week 32

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.

(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 2

11 Elul

Kiddush Lunch

Sponsored by

Barry and Nancy Corey

in memory of

their beloved daughter


Leslie Ann Levy

When tomorrow starts without me,

and I’m not here to see,

if the sun should rise and find your eyes

filled with tears for me.

I wish so much you wouldn’t cry,

the way you did today,

while thinking of the many things,

we didn’t get to say.

I know how much you love me,

as much as I love you,

and each time you think of me,

I know you’ll miss me too.

When tomorrow starts without me,

don’t think we’re far apart,

for every time you think of me,

I’m right there in your heart.


September 5

7:30 PM

Lodzer Sanctuary

All Welcome

No Charge


The fact that an oft-persecuted community like the Jews could find peaceful asylum in India symbolises the secular character of our State where all communities can flourish regardless of colour, creed or race. The P & T Department is happy to associate itself with the four hundredth anniversary celebrations of the Cochin Synagogue by issuing a commemorative postage stamp on the occasion. inContext

CIJR Event

The Jews of India

When Marco Polo traveled through India in the year 1293, he recorded a surprising encounter in his diaries about meeting Jews there who’d developed a thriving community on India’s southwestern coast. These early Jewish settlers were likely descended from Jewish traders who came from Yemen in the 700s and were welcomed by the local prince. inContext

More details as they

become available


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 in joining this fun, interactive learning group please contact

We'll adjust our schedule accordingly based on the High Holidays, so stay tuned for updates.



September 7

8:00 PM

Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin

Shul Kiddush


If you haven't attended before, please feel free to join us.  Having read the book is not a prerequisite to come out and enjoy this group, share thoughts and pick up ideas on books you'd like to read.

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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.


Sept. 9

18 Elul


Kiddush Lunch

For the Yahrzeit of

Roslyn Greene’s father

Jack Iseman


In honour of the

Wedding Anniversary


Susan Yellin


Howard Iseman

יותר משישראל שמרו את השבת שמרה השבת אותם

More than Israel kept the Sabbath, the Sabbath kept them.

If it were not for them that returned their "soul" and renewed their spiritual life every week, the tribulations of the "days of action" would attract them further and further downward until they finally descended to the last dinata of "materiality" and moral and intellectual humiliation. inContext




September 10

10am - 12pm




Shul Kiddush


All Welcome


Welcome to


first Yazidi wedding

A Drink of Water





ISIS trained more than 1,600 children on how to decapitate Yazidis, Says Kurdish official inContext

Yazidi Update

Hear the latest news about what's happening to the Yazidis overseas, our successes, our aspirations, our challenges, and the many ways in which volunteers can help.  There are always members of the Yazidi community there to give us first-hand accounts of what's happening with their families overseas and with the new arrivals here.  As we took a break from our meetings over the summer, we have a lot to report!

Please share our joys and accomplishments with your family, friends and colleagues.  Our need for more and more resources, both financial and human, is growing exponentially as we welcome both privately- and government-sponsored Yazidi refugees to Canada and work towards bringing more Yazidis to the  safe shores of Canada.

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. 16

25 Elul


Many feel like fragments of their whole self that are searching for a home; an emptiness that has been looking for fulfillment. The truth is, it can all be found and realized within.

The Soul Lives On

The essence of every human life is the soul. After death, the soul lives on. Yizkor is about life, death and eternity; about the core mission we all share to bring light, life, kindness and goodness into this often dark and cruel world; about the transcendent bond and timeless connection between you and someone you loved, and still do. Yizkor is far more than a ritual or prayer. Yizkor is a gift from your soul in this world, to the soul of your loved one, in the next world.


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


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 26

7:30 PM

David Birkan

Lecture Series

Shul Kiddush


All Welcome

No Charge


4th-5th Century, Istanbul

Was Jonah really

swallowed by a whale?



Why did Jonah run away?

One answer is a breathtaking scenario that links the Jews and the Assyrians -- and their descendants -- in a struggle that spans the ages. This struggle begins long before Jonah and continues to this day.  And there's no end in sight!

Presented by David Birkan

Yom Kippur is the day in which each one of us can relive Jonah's journey. Let us finally move towards whatever the next step is for us in fulfilling the mission for which we were created. Let us use this time to return to God with joy and love. inContext

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.

Fasting on 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 6



Yom Kippur War


The Yom Kippur War

On Saturday October 6th, 1973, as all of Israel came to a standstill to observe the High Holiday of Yom Kippur, Egyptian and Syrian forces launched a surprise attack against Israel knowing she would be caught off-guard.




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.

Two things become clear about God here. First he creates: as though effortlessly, he introduces the basic elements of our life-giving world and acts to change things according to his design. Second, he judges. He draws conclusions about the value of what has been done, and observes that it is “good”.

By presenting God as a deeply opinionated personality, the Bible is teaching us the importance of the restless moral mind, a mind that constantly seeks to understand appraise.

These two aspects of the God of Creation - his creative intervention in the universe and his judgment of right from wrong - combine into an exceptional potent synthesis that is the heart of what the First Commandment is about: the principle of redemption.

redemption: The action of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil.

God always is moved to act, and he is always “right”, not by definition but by intention, meaning that in every case there exists a standard of right and wrong against which he is held accountable.”

He was originally wrong about Sodom and Gomorrah, about destroying all the Israelites about the inheritance rights of the 5 sisters etc.
In the exodus story, two redemptions are described: God’s intervention to save Israel from slavery to lead them to freedom, and the Israelites’ own efforts to save themselves.“

The Best of Pirke Avoth

Jews should attend discussions of the wise and knowledgeable.

Perek 1 Mishnah 4

Jews should attend discussions of the wise and knowledgeable.
“… even if we miss the essential point of the teaching and discussion of the wise, we may still retain some small fraction, some derivative of it.”  At the very least, the atmosphere itself should be stimulating and valuable. Like a person walking into a perfume store, the enhancing fragrance will remain with them a long time.

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Vintage shopping is at its best in Tel Aviv with nearly 50 secondhand shops peppered around the city. Local designers are also reconstituting old fabrics into new, vintage-inspired styles. Fashionistas know that Tel Aviv is the place to stock up on pre-loved Maskit and Gottex originals.

Here you’ll find cutting-edge fashion and disruptive fashion trends. The city by the sea is also Israel’s mecca for vintage and secondhand clothing.

Vintage stores in Tel Aviv sell pre-loved glamour dresses, high-fashion jackets, handmade knits, Maskit haute couture, embroidered shirts, retro shoes and other affordable secondhand treasures.

Back in 1982 customers had to be reassured that, “secondhand clothing won’t kill you. You won’t die from it.”

“Today everyone buys secondhand and vintage.”

“Everything Sells”

“Competition for this kind of business is excellent. Why? Because every shop has different things. You never know what you’re going to find. So people go from one shop to another.”

“I like to go inside and see what surprises I’ll find. It’s not like going to H&M or Zara and you know exactly what you’re going to see because it is the same clothes in every store, from a catalogue. When you go to a secondhand shop, you never know what you’re going to get.”  inContext

Value Village on Steroids


Take your Soul to Work, by Erica Brown

On refraining

Refraining means that we don’t use up all the available space and time - we step back and away from it. We allow ourselves to stay in the moment between thought and action that could have been about impulse but instead became as act of patience.


Political Correctness and Noah’s Ark

The Talmud points out a fascinating detail in the Bible’s description of Noah gathering all the animals into the ark.  The verse states, “Of the pure animals, and of the animals that are not pure . . . two by two they came to Noah into the ark, male and female, as G d had commanded Noah.”

This is an unusual expression. In general, the Torah is written in short and concise language. Every letter has meaning, and no letters are extraneous. So why call an animal “not pure” instead of “impure,” which uses an extra eight letters in Hebrew? Because the Torah is avoiding referring to these animals in a derogatory way, teaching us the importance of refined speech.

But then the Talmud goes on to say that many times the Torah does use the term “impure”—because when it comes to [disseminating information,] one should always use clear, concise language, even at the expense of more refined speech.

So [people] need to be mindful of what they say, and certainly never intentionally use harmful speech, when choosing between PC and non-PC language, it is important that clear, concise and unambiguous language be used, lest the [meaning] become garbled and misunderstood.

Just keep in mind that from a Jewish perspective, talking negatively is almost always prohibited.  inContext

Truth - The new hate speech

Political correctness is destroying the very fabric of society. Never before in history have people been so afraid to stand up against absurdity for fear of being labeled a racist, a homophobe, or a bigot. Get rid of political correctness. Let’s get people talking again.

healthy and even heated discussion

between opposing viewpoints is the Jewish way




The cultural civil war that has now exploded in America is an immensely dangerous moment for the west. It is also perilous for the State of Israel and the Jewish people. Yet in both Israel and the diaspora, too many Jews just don’t get it. They are parroting instead the double-dealing and hypocritical pieties of their mortal enemies.

Jewish students in America run a permanent gauntlet of left-wing hate over Israel.

There is a simplistic view that because fascism and white supremacism are evil, anyone who opposes them must be virtuous. This utterly false deduction is assiduously promoted by the left to mask its own vicious prejudices and behaviour.

The repeated mass demonstrations, uniting on the streets Islamo-fascists and the left marching behind slogans calling for Israel’s destruction and death to Jews, is the thing that’s really beyond belief.

Black Lives Matter, a core antifa group which was at Charlottesville, is said by Alan Dershowitz to have “declared war against the nation state of the Jewish people”. Isn’t the support for BLM by so many American Jewish liberals the thing that’s really beyond belief?

Left-wing antisemitism is being given a free pass by those in positions of cultural power and who vilify and smear any who call them out.

A frenzy has taken hold as confederate statuses and monuments are being defaced or torn down across America.

In this madness, President Trump is even being blamed for unleashing the left as well as the far right.

What has erupted in America is a madness. It’s not just against Trump. It’s against American history and identity, and it’s a repudiation of reason itself. For sure, white supremacists and their ilk are evil; but they don’t threaten the very fabric of America and the west. The violent, power-crazed, nihilistic, totalitarian left do just that.

This madness explains the related derangement of anti-Zionism and Jew-baiting on the left. Too many Jews can’t put this in its necessary context to see what’s happening for the danger that it is. Instead, they are transfixed by a few thousand aggressive far-right misfits. If even Jews cannot recognise the true threat to society, what hope is there for anyone else?  inContext

Trump and the Jews

Trump’s electoral victory was a revolutionary event in US history. Tens of millions of American voters supported Trump because he promised to “drain the swamp” in Washington and serve the needs of the people who the swamp cast asunder.

A big part of that swamp is the Left that insists it is above criticism while its opponents on the Right are deplorable racists unworthy of consideration. When Trump called out the far Left along with the neo-Nazis for their violence at Charlottesville, he was keeping his pledge to his voters and upending one of the most cherished myths of the hated “establishment.”

Given that the white supremacists and radical leftists converge in their hatred of Jews, it is important for the American Jewish community and for America as a whole to embrace Trump’s actions. He is not engaging in moral equivalence between good and evil. He is exercising moral clarity. Without such clarity, the forces of Jew-hatred in the US will never be defeated. Without such clarity, the political position, security and freedom of American Jews will grow increasingly imperiled.

Israel’s job, to the extent it has one in the current fight plaguing the US, is to point out this truth, not join the bandwagon in obfuscating it. Trump is far from a perfect mouthpiece for this essential battle against Jew-haters on the Right and the Left.

But at least he is using his mouth to sound the battle cry. For this he should be applauded by Israelis and American Jews alike.  inContext

Identity Politics -- Get a life!

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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Ivanka Trump has praises for the ‘beautiful’ anti-fascist counter-protesters in the wake of the Charlottesville atrocity. The First Daughter said she was pleased so many people had shown up at a counter-demonstration in Boston to dwarf the conservative rally in Charlottesville.

‘It was beautiful to see thousands of people across the USA come together today to peacefully denounce bigotry, racism and anti-Semitism.’
‘We must all come together as Americans – and be one country UNITED. #Charlottesville’


In the early 1800s, doctors who worked with mental patients began to notice that some of their patients who appeared outwardly normal had what they termed a “moral depravity” or “moral insanity,” in that they seemed to possess no sense of ethics or the rights of freedom of speech of other people and they all predominantly held left-wing views.

The term “psychopath” was first applied to these people around 1900, and the term “left-wing sicko” came into existence with the emergence of the anti-fascist movements and organisations. (Not fact-checked -- Isn’t confirmation bias wonderful?)

We all know where this ends -- never again.