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Shabbat Bulletin - September 2, 2017

Naomi Nemirov

(interpretation by yours truly)



Justice, justice, shall you pursue.

Doing the right thing.


Rulers should be chosen. Courts should be held.

Kings have rules too... To write a Sefer Torah and to read and follow it all the days of their lives -- as a reminder that they are not the King of Kings - God.

Witchcraft -- An abomination unto the lord.

Despite this there are examples of magic in tradition and in practice today:

Fortune tellers, palm readers, magicians and psychics;

Astrology, horoscopes and Chinese fortune cookies;

Numerous symbols of magic and good luck charms: The Hamsa, the evil eye;

The Torah warns us not to be a part of today’s prevalent decadent and superstitious culture:

When you come into the land which the L-rd your G-d gives you, you shall not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or who uses divination, or a soothsayer, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a medium, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination to the L-rd; and because of these abominations the L-rd your G-d drives them out from before you. You shall be perfect with the L-rd your G-d.  Deuteronomy 18:9-13

Witchcraft amounts to “falsehood and lies,” --  “emptiness and vanity which attracted the feebleminded and caused them to abandon all the paths of truth.”

Alternatively, if you would like to believe that God created spiritual forces, that could manipulate the natural world -- then not necessarily all that is spiritual is divine. If man chooses to subvert God’s rules of nature by using the supernatural world, then man is simply disobeying the rule of God.

In Conclusion

We’re human. There will be transgressions. We will deviate from the path of righteousness.

During the month of Elul, we ask God, “Do not hide Your presence from me; do not turn Your servant away with anger.”

We are asking God for forgiveness.

If we want God to not turn aside from us during this season of repentance, then it’s important for us not to turn aside from him. We should follow the laws, we should be good leaders, and we should not look towards emptiness, but look to the Torah as our guide and source of strength.

Shabbat Shalom, Naomi.

It’s Lucky that I’m perfect -- Knock on wood...

Miss a day, miss a lot. Thanks Naomi.


We are the Lodzer Morning Minyanaires


Always a good breakfast following!

Monday Morning - You sure looked fine.

Baby namings are always special.

Isn't she adorable She's so beautiful. May she grow up lovely like her mom, and sturdy like her dad. Mazel Tov.

Thank you for sponsoring our Monday morning breakfast.


Photo Credit: Sheldon Richmond

Life Goes On… Don’t miss out.

Your Life Moments


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

Sept. 2  Sheryl Adelkind
Sept. 6  Peter Biro


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

Sept. 2  Ronald Csillag & Deborah Berlach
Sept. 2  Howard Iseman & Susan Yellin
Sept. 3  Joseph & Nisa Shedletzky


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

Sept. 5  David Rybowski, husband of Zenia
Sept. 6  Golda Nosak, mother of Morry

“The inescapable paradox of love is this: it is made precious by time, which threatens to destroy it.  Only through loss can we love, but it is loss that wracks our hearts.”

Remember - Don’t Forget - Take Action

Kiddush Fund
Mrs. Esther Factor in memory of her husband Joseph


Remember with your mouth, don’t forget with your heart,

take action as not to forget.


I believe that contemporary civilization is one of the great cultures of all time; that is why it is so appealing. The greatness of the culture embodies some of the finest Jewish values as well.

A home should be warm and inviting to all guests. The patriarch Abraham’s house was open on all four sides so guests would feel welcome and enter immediately from whatever direction they came.

Poor people should be made to feel at home  and not like objects of charity. Even if you are doing a good deed in feeding the needy, treating them as recipients of charity puts them on a lower plane.

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

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

If it is to be, it is up to me.

In preparation for the upcoming High Holy Days, during the month of Elul we embark on a process of self-reflection, evaluating the state of our lives and our souls. We recall those times we have missed the mark, and we seek forgiveness for the harm we’ve caused. And we ask what we need to shift in order to be our fullest, most alive selves in the coming year — to “choose life”.

Traditionally, we are called to focus most on our relationship to others and to God. We are expected to do teshuva, or repair, for harm caused in the two major categories of commandments: ben adam l’havero—between one person and another—and ben adam la-makom—between a person and the Divine. Perhaps because we don’t quite have the same traditional language for it, or perhaps it feels indulgent or less important, or can be the most difficult to see, we often pay less attention to the ways in which we’ve harmed ourselves.

As we approach the High Holidays and evaluate where we are and where we’d like to be, we should not forget the importance of also making amends in a third category: ben adam l’atzmo, within ourselves. We are, each of us, on a journey through our own spiritual wilderness. The poet Sylvia Plath once wrote, “the worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” Finding our path requires creative risk-taking as we chart an unknown course. As we make our way during the sacred days ahead, may we find those who help us remember the Divine spark within us, and may this give us the strength and the confidence to stay the course towards the Promised Land.  inContext


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.

possibility and responsibility




August 30


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 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:

Tuesdays 6:00 - 9:00pm
Wednesdays 6:00 - 9:00pm
Thursdays 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


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!

Kiddush Lunch

Sponsored by

Barry and Nancy Corey

in memory of

their beloved daughter


Leslie Ann Levy

Torah Times

Triennial Year 1

Parashat: Ki Thetze
Deuteronomy 21:10 - 25:19

1: 21:10-14 (pg.  840)
2: 21:15-17
3: 21:18-21
4: 21:22-22:7
5: 22:8-12
6: 22:13-29
7: 23:1-7
maf: 23:4-7


Isaiah 54:1 - 54:10 (pg. 857)

Candle Lighting:

7:34 p.m. – Friday


840 p.m. – Saturday


Jewish Ethics in Torah

and Customs

Discussion Group

with Jonathan Usher

Starts up October 14th

Enjoy the summer!


September 4

Week 33

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.


September 5

7:30 PM

Lodzer Sanctuary

All Welcome

No Charge

Presented by


Dr. Kranti Kiran Farias


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


Dr. Ms. Kranti Kiran Farias is presently engaged in the publication of her new extensive research on the Jewish communities of India, namely the earlier known Indian Jews as the Bene Israel of Maharashtra , the Cochini (Kerala) Jews and the Baghdadi Jews of Kolkatta , Mumbai and Pune and in more recent years of the little known B‟nei Menashe (Mizo Jews) and the Bene Ephraim Jews of Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh) which latter communities are just gaining recognition in World Jewry and in India and the Khans (supposedly the Cohens) . CurriculumVitae


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.

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.


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

Helping the Helper

Hayder Essw





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.


Sept. 19

2 PM

Bernard Betel


Karate at Betel

David Birken

Join Sensei David up at Bernard Betel Centre for his inaugural weekly class:

Karate for Seniors

Safe, friendly, keep fit exercise classes

Build strength and vitality




Seniors - Tough as glass

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


4-Havatat Aravot.jpg

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



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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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You shall have no other gods besides me.

The Second Commandment

The message of the Second Commandment is that everything we create can become an idol, and a honest look at our lives will reveal that many of us fall into the trap of worshiping the works of our hands every day

Beyond power and beauty, there is a third idolatrous factor, more insidious than the other two precisely because it comes from inside us and makes us feel almost like God himself. It is the force of creation - the inevitable appeal of the work of our own hand.

Whatever we make becomes our moral guide, a symbol of our inner truth. But if our moral guide is itself our own creation, then we are caught in a loop of self-affirmation, worshipping whatever we already think or feel, rather than search
ing for truth outside ourselves. We worship ourselves. Modern culture pushes us to judge ourselves solely according to the works of our hands. The wealth and status we accumulate , the families we build, or the artistic works we produce all become idols when our basic self-assessment is bound up in them, when we subordinate all out principles and judgments to their success.

The Best of Pirke Avoth

Make your home {a} headquarters for learning

“Make your home {a} headquarters for learning. Invite like-minded friends to join you. Invite those who can contribute to the discussion, who can teach. Make your home a meeting place for the wise, a home for Torah.  There are too many of us who consider having people visit our home an invasion of our privacy.”

Perek 1 Mishnah 4 (Bunim)

Jewish Ethics in Torah and Customs

the after Shabbat discussion group led by Jonathan Usher

After a much needed short summer break, and discussing a phenomenal 81 sections of Pirke Avoth over a period of about 1 1/2 years, the after Shabbat discussion group led by Jonathan Usher will continue the week after Sukkot on October 14th. We will be studying Jewish ethics as indicated by the Torah and in relation to various customs.

Note: I have not yet read the books I intend to use so I cannot yet put them in - nor have I a name to replace the name Pirke Avoth study group although it will  probably be called Jewish Ethics in Torah and Customs - although that might be too long - is it?/JU

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Inaugural event: May 2014 -- the annual Midburn festival in Israel’s Negev desert is expected to be one of the largest regional Burning Man events in the world. The six-day festival is a giant, artsy playground for adults, with a distinctively Israeli edge.

“Midburn” is the official regional Burning Man event organized annually by the Israeli Burning Man or Midburn community. Like the popular Burning Man festival in Nevada, Midburn is guided by an ideology centered on self-expression, creative freedom, teamwork and community.

Participants voluntarily work roughly six months or more to create a temporary city that hosts the six-day event in the Negev.

Midburn is a nonprofit -- offering art, music and other forms of creative expression throughout its entire half-mile sprawl known as the “playa.”

The bulk of the city consists of “theme camps,” self-organizing groups of approximately 20 to 150 people who offer some form of content, or “gift,” to the playa.

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No money is exchanged and no vendors are present. Instead, people are expected to bring everything they need for the weeklong experience, and camps are expected to provide gifts. This can range from the practical, like food and cocktails, to the wildly imaginative…

“Israel is the Startup Nation and you can see that in Midburn as well. We are very good at dreaming big, being courageous and bringing big things to life fast.”

“The sense of community in Israel is also unprecedented. Israelis are very used to the idea of community and working together as a team, which we do in the army.”

Israel’s Middle Eastern-influenced food, art and culture also give Midburn its distinct flavor.

“We want to build a community for the whole year, not just for Midburn; Midburn is an excuse.”

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“The event itself is amazing, but beyond that, a lot of people want to see the social change happen.”  inContext


Take your Soul to Work, by Erica Brown

On Friendship

“There are four qualities which characterize a friend: loyalty, right intention, discretion and patience….

How happy, how carefree, how joyful you are if you have a friend with whom you may talk as freely as with yourself, to whom you neither fear to confess any fault nor blush at revealing any spiritual progress, to whom you may entrust all the secrets of your heart and confide all your plans. And what is more delightful than to unite spirit to spirit and so to make one out of two?”

I’m great at excuses.

Rabbi Allison Vann, Suburban Temple-Kol Ami, Beachwood, Ohio

I blamed not getting my sermons done for the High Holy Days on the fact that my laptop was old. I ordered a new one. Now my excuse is that my son started kindergarten.

Our ancient rabbis had a deep understanding of our psyche. We often give credit to breakthrough thinkers such as Freud, or Jung- but credit is due, in large part, I believe, to them.   

The Rabbis knew we needed Elul. Elul is about preparing  for the High Holy Days. Elul helps make sure we don’t have so many excuses that we miss our chance. The rabbis knew we are prone to making excuses. That when the work is hard, or intimidating, or just plain old “have to”, it’s way easier to make excuses. So we do.

And so we have Elul. To “come clean”--and know that when we have work to do, and we’re not getting it done-then we’ve got even more work to do.

So, today-- if we’ve got so many excuses, let’s say ‘thank you’ to the rabbis--for the opportunity to figure them out. And stop making them.  inContext

As the sun rotates around the moon…


There are several ways that people try to understand time. Some think of it as a linear line with an infinite beginning and end. Each end of this line is constantly moving away from the other. Others view time as a circle with the beginning also being the end.

Thinking about a linear timeline that moves from the indefinite left and progresses to the indefinite right is not Biblical or logical.

God’s calendar, His appointed times, are also cyclical.

New months begin with sighting the first sliver of a new moon and mark out the appropriate timing of our festivals, fasts, and harvests. In other words, the moon keeps or guards our weeks, months, and years.

Our calendars govern our day to day lives. They dictate when we celebrate, when we rest, when we work, and when we gather together.

There is a cycle at work here that is meant to be a guide to God’s people.

The moon has a special role to play in the guardianship role of the moedim (feasts). It is a master timekeeper of sorts. While the sun and stars also share in this responsibility, the moon beckons us to watch it a little more closely. As the nearest heavenly body to earth, the moon has mesmerized mankind since time immemorial. Sadly, many have fallen victim to the idolization of these heavenly bodies. They have failed to realize that these luminaries serve us, we are not meant to serve them.

The moon’s closeness and the fact that it governs our moedim make it quite mysterious. This becomes even more mystical when we consider that the brightest light in the night sky has no light of its own – it can only reflect the light of the sun.

The regular arrival of the new moon and its growth to fullness, followed by its soon disappearance has long been a visible symbol of life, death, and rebirth. With every new moon, we see the necessity of being renewed (born again). This rhythmic clock sets our calendars with each cycle marked as a new month (moonth).

When the moon gives us a warning of judgment (death), it appears red. It’s not a coincidence that we call this a blood moon. inContext

The moon:

Sets boundaries for our months.

Keeps or guards the moedim.

Warns of things to come.

Reflects the light of the sun.

the moon eclipsed the sun

in a stunning show of light and darkness

Special glasses enable us to watch the sun mimic the moon’s monthly phases in a matter of hours– waxing and waning, or in this case, waning and then waxing.

In the hour leading up to the eclipse as the light decreased upon the land, we all felt strange — like we were in a dream. The air felt different and the temperature began to noticeably drop. There was an otherworldly stillness even in the wind.[1] Since we never experience the sun’s light in this fashion, I can understand why ancient people considered a total solar eclipse to be a bad omen. Creation itself was confused as birds went to roost and crickets began to chirp. Even the fast paced to and fro of traffic stilled as drivers parked to look up.

When the eclipse reached totality, the spectacular imagery felt at once awesome and eerie. There is something at the core of earth beings that senses the “wrongness” of darkness when it should be light. The ethereal beauty that the natural eye absorbs seems contrary to the subliminal implications that this heavenly sign might suggest. The change in the atmosphere occurred on both a physical and spiritual level.  inContext

The Hebrew word for eclipse is likui, or defect. The Talmud states that a likui of the sun is a bad sign for the world. More specifically, the Gemara states that the location in which the sun is seen in total eclipse is where folks especially need to worry — consider yourselves warned.

An eclipse doesn’t bring about total darkness. Even at totality, there is a penumbra around the moon, and before and after rays of light explode outward. These “rays of hope” remind us that God is always with us, even in the darkness.  inContext


The heavens recite the glory of God,

and the sky tells of the work of His hands.

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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Regardless of make or year, all units known as "human beings" are being recalled by the Manufacturer. This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype units code named "Adam" and "Eve" resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all subsequent units. This defect is technically termed, "Serious Internal Non-morality," but more commonly known as "SIN."

Some of the symptoms of the SIN defect:

[a] Loss of direction

[b] Lack of peace and joy

[c] Depression

[d] Foul vocal emissions

[e] Selfishness

[f] Ingratitude

[g] Fearfulness

[h] Rebellion

[i] Jealousy

The Manufacturer is providing factory authorized repair service free of charge to correct the SIN defect.

The Repair Technician, Hashem, has most generously offered to bear the entire burden of the staggering cost of these repairs. To repeat, there is no fee required.

The number to call in for repair in all areas is: PRAYER.

Once connected, please upload the burden of SIN through the REPENTANCE procedure. Next, download ATONEMENT from the Repair Technician, Hashem, into the heart component of the human unit. No matter how big or small the SIN defect is, Hashem will replace it with:

[a] Love

[b] Joy

[c] Peace

[d] Kindness

[e] Goodness

[f] Faithfulness

[g] Gentleness

[h] Patience

[I] Self-control

Please see the operating manual, TORAH, for further details on the use of these fixes. As an added upgrade, the Manufacturer has made available to all repaired units a facility enabling direct monitoring and assistance from the resident Maintenance Technician, Hashem. Repaired units need only make Him welcome and He will take up residence on the premises.

WARNING: Continuing to operate a human being unit without corrections voids the Manufacturer's warranty, exposes the unit to dangers and problems too numerous to list, and will ultimately result in the human unit being incinerated.

Thank you for your immediate attention.

Please assist by notifying others of this important recall notice.

Have an uplifting Chodesh Elul!


the art of return