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Shabbat Bulletin - September 9, 2017

What It Means to be

A Liberal Person of Faith

By Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie


What exactly does it mean to be a liberal person of faith?

It means to believe in God, to have deep religious convictions and to be offended whenever media voices pour scorn on religious people.

It means to draw on religious teachings and beliefs when making judgments about matters of public policy. But at the same time, it means to know that when we, as people of faith, make a public argument, we must ground our statements in reason and a language of morality that is accessible to everyone — to people of different religions, for example, or of no religion. After all, we recognize that other believers have religious convictions different from our own, and in our diverse democracy, [we] need a common political discourse not dominated by exclusivist theology.

It means to understand that “person of faith” does not only mean the Religious Right; it is, in fact, an inclusive term, referring to both liberals and conservatives and to Christians and Jews of all persuasions, (reform, conservative, orthodox,) as well as to Muslims, Hindus and believers from other religious traditions.

It means to always bring a measure of humility to religious belief. In making our religious judgments, we liberal persons of faith draw on the sacred texts of our tradition, but we don’t claim to have a direct line to heaven, and we aren’t always sure that we know God’s will.

It means being concerned about the poor and the needy, and giving a fair shake to all. When people talk about God and yet ignore justice, it feels downright wrong to us. When they cloak themselves in religion and ignore mercy, it strikes us as blasphemous.

It means to believe that sanctity exists in the commitment that gay couples make to each other. We recognize that more [orthodox] religious people are likely to see this matter very differently, but we oppose, absolutely and unequivocally, unprincipled gay bashing and hateful rhetoric that fuels the hell-fires of anti-gay bigotry.

And it means that we share many of the concerns of [orthodox] people of faith. Like them, we are concerned about the coarsening of culture that makes it difficult to raise honorable, decent children. Like them, we worry about trashy TV and the erosion of the family. And like them, we believe that the public interest does depend, at least in part, on private virtue — even as we know that justice requires not only good individuals but also the actions of government.

And finally, it means that we welcome dialogue with our fellow citizens who have [differing] religious viewpoints. It seems healthy to us for people of faith to talk about how our differing religious perspectives help us understand the issues of the day.



So let the dialogue begin.

The saddest aspect of life right now

is that science gathers knowledge

faster than society gathers wisdom.


We are the Lodzer Morning Minyanaires


Always a good breakfast following!

The "Golden Rule"
Once there was a gentile who came before Shammai, and said to him: "Convert me on the condition that you teach me the whole Torah while I stand on one foot. Shammai pushed him aside with the measuring stick he was holding. The same fellow came before Hillel, and Hillel converted him, saying: That which is despicable to you, do not do to your fellow, this is the whole Torah, and the rest is commentary, go and learn it."  - Babylonian Talmud

Time for Study
“Do not say: ‘When I have leisure I shall study,’ perhaps you will never have leisure.”

Guiding Lights for Morally Responsible Sustainability…

Goodness and virtue as opportunities to make a difference in the world are widely represented by every faith [as well as] secular humanism. As long as there is corruption, unemployment, homelessness, and environmental degradation, there is work to do. [Leaders] bear responsibility for whatever they could have prevented but did not.

Religion is full of rules for right behavior to promote a civil society and live in harmony with nature, protecting it for future generations. The golden rule, which serves as a normative foundation for ethics, is consistent with a broadened definition of sustainability involving aspirations for a better life including equal opportunity, security, and community responsibility. Some version of it is advocated by all three religions. Love thy neighbor as thyself is the basic guideline for relationships. The New Testament's, Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, is echoed in Islam, No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself. The Judaic rule from the Talmud is: What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow man.

Often the Golden Rules in business are:

  • Them that has the gold makes the rules.

  • Do onto others before they can do onto you.

Susan S. Case

Your Life Moments


Sept. 2  Sheryl Adelkind
Sept. 6  Peter Biro
Sept. 9    Ida Abramowitz
Sept. 9    Lily Gerber
Sept. 12  Helen Gould


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

Sept. 15  Leo & Cheryl Zaidman


Sept. 5  David Rybowski, husband of Zenia
Sept. 6  Golda Nosak, mother of Morry
Sept. 9   Jacob Helman, husband of Bronia, father of Honey Spitzen and Malka Arluk  
Sept. 9   Jack Iseman, father of Roslyn Greene and Howard Iseman
Sept. 14  Oscar Pillersdorf, father of Rachel Weisman
Sept. 14  Jaqi Rubin, sister of Judy Hazan
Sept. 15  Elizabeth Shabes, wife of Jeff

Our lives are not our own.

From womb to tomb we are bound to others, past and present.

And by each crime and every kindness we birth our futures.

David Mitchell

Remember - Don’t Forget - Take Action

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

Co-Sponsored Kiddush Lunch (Sept.9)
For the Yahrzeit of Roslyn Greene’s father Jack Iseman

In Honour of the Wedding Anniversary of

Susan Yellin and Howard Iseman

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

take action as not to forget.


People remember Hillel’s famous statement of the basis of Torah, what you do not want the other one to do you, do not do to the other. People forget that Hillel continued with the instruction: ‘go study [and apply] the rest.’ All these issues require a lifetime of application and wrestling.

To win somebody’s friendship takes ongoing effort, openness, sharing, loyalty, and dependability, but the effort is worth it because a friend will validate and sustain you.

Zingers from Pirke Avoth - Perek 1, Mishnah 6

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. 10, 10-12 noon (Rescheduled due to long weekend.)

  • 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

the art of return...

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




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 6


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


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.


September 9

18 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

For the Yahrzeit of

Roslyn Greene’s father

Jack Iseman


In honour of the

Wedding Anniversary


Susan Yellin


Howard Iseman

Torah Times

Triennial Year 1

Parashat: Ki Thavo

1: 26:1-3  (pg. 859)
2: 26:4-8
3: 26:9-11
4: 26:12-15
5: 26:16-19
6: 27:1-4
7: 27:5-10
maftir: 27:7-10


Isaiah 60:1 - 60:22 (pg. 874)

Candle Lighting:

7:21 p.m. – Friday


8:27 p.m. – Saturday


Jewish Ethics in Torah

and Customs

Discussion Group

with Jonathan Usher

Starts up October 14th

Enjoy the summer!


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 11

Week 34

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 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


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.

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.


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.


Power, Mystery and Hope.




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



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

10c-w590.JPG interpreted by Jonathan Usher

You shall not invoke the name of the Lord your God in vain. For the Lord shall not hold blameless one who invokes his name in vain.

The Third Commandment is telling us that honesty is not a farce, that here is a powerful conception of integrity that all of us long for, a vision of human honesty that the Bible insists is crucial for us to live good lives.

Two specific kinds of truth telling that go beyond the simple idea of saying true things and representing yourself honesty... Taken together, the biblical stories tell us a great deal about what integrity really man,, why it is crucial - and why it is possible, despite the churning binge of manipulation that constantly threatens to take us under.

The first is the keeping of promises. How many of us generally pride ourselves on our honesty but consistently fail to meet our express commitments -

No less important than keeping our promises, however, is our honesty regarding things that happened in the past. The willingness to admit fault is possibly the highest measure of integrity in the biblical vision, for it is here that we have the most to lose by telling the truth.

Nothing can defuse God’s anger like the prospect of failing to keep his promises.

A functioning society requires, first of all , the constant reliance of people on one another... we place ourselves at the mercy of our neighbours, honour laws we hope will be enforced, and depend on leaders to protect us from external enemies. Yet every act of reliance depends to dome degree on trust, which in turn depends on the trustworthiness of others, and the greater the trust places, the greater the integrity required to sustain it.

Over time in other words, our lies become who we are. Stories, one embellished, become fact in our minds, if for no reason other than that we discover that the more we believe our lies, the better we are at telling them.

If one desires to turn himself to the path of good and be righteous, the choice is his.

Should he desire to turn to the path of evil and be wicked, the choice is his.
Maimonides, Laws of Repentance

The Best of Pirke Avoth


On attending lectures or discussion groups of the wise: “… the atmosphere itself is valuable… If a man walks into a perfume shop, he need not buy anything. If he merely stays there long enough, some of the fragrance will settle on him.”

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 will continue the week after Sukkot beginning on October 14th. We will be studying Jewish ethics based on A Code of Jewish Ethics by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin.


Take your Soul to Work, by Erica Brown

On Serenity

“Nobel Prize- winning South American novelist Gabriel Barcia Marquez, in Love in the Time of Cholera, extended this invitation to a character in the novel offering us this observation: ‘If I knew that today would be the last time I’d see you, I would hug you tight and pray the Lord be the keeper of your soul. If I knew that this would be the last time you would pass through this door, I’d embrace you, kiss you, and call you back for one more. If I knew that this would be the last time I would hear your voice, I’d take hold of each word to be able to hear it over and over again. If I knew this is the last time I {would} see you, I’d tell you I love you, and would not just assume foolishly you know it already.’”



The high holy days are all about change.
Not only are we changing the calendar, we are asked to change ourselves.
To consider the parts of ourselves that we hope to repair, renew, redirect....and change them.

And it's hard.
So very hard.

It's much easier to float along.
Keep going the way things are going.

Change is tough.
It is so difficult to turn around, to take a different direction, to move in a new way.
But imagine the alternative:

And so the holidays come.
And we try.
As hard as we can...sometimes we do not make it.
But we try.
Change is tough.
But if we don't make the changes ourselves, then change will come.
And we might not like it.
We might not be able to control it.
But if we make the changes ourselves, if we do the work and do the change and make it happen...
Maybe we can control it.
Maybe we can mold it and shape it and make it work.
Isn't that worth trying?  inContext

If you change nothing,

nothing will change.


Apparently not only Jewish Humour

A Jewish man walked into a bank in New York City one day and asked  for the loan officer. He told the loan  officer that he was going to Israel  on a business trip for two weeks and needed to borrow $5,000.  The  bank officer told him that the bank would need some form of  security for the loan.

The Jewish man handed over the keys to a new Ferrari parked on the  street in front of the bank. He  produced the titles and everything checked  out.

The  loan officer agreed to accept the car as collateral for the loan. The  bank's president and its officers all enjoyed a good laugh at the Jewish man for using a $250,000 Ferrari as collateral  against a  $5,000 loan. An  employee of the bank then drove the Ferrari into the bank's underground garage and parked it there.Two weeks later, the man  returned and repaid the $5,000 as well  as the interest, which came  to  $15.41.

The loan officer said, "Sir, we are very happy to have handled your  business, and this transaction has  worked out very nicely, but we are a  little puzzled.  While you were away, we checked you out and found that  you  are a multimillionaire. We wonder why a man like you would bother to borrow  $5,000?"

The Jewish man replied:  "Where else in New York City can I park my car for two weeks for only $15.41 and expect it to be there when I return?"

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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Dance me to the end of love


Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
Dance me through the panic till I'm gathered safely in
Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love

Oh, let me see your beauty when the witnesses are gone
Let me feel you moving like they do in Babylon
Show me slowly what I only know the limits of
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love

Dance me to the wedding now, dance me on and on
Dance me very tenderly and dance me very long
We're both of us beneath our love, we're both of us above
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love

Dance me to the children who are asking to be born
Dance me through the curtains that our kisses have outworn
Raise a tent of shelter now, though every thread is torn
Dance me to the end of love

Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
Dance me through the panic till I'm gathered safely in
Touch me with your naked hand or touch me with your glove
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love

it's curious how songs begin because the origin of the song, every song, has a kind of grain or seed that somebody hands you or the world hands you and that's why the process is so mysterious about writing a song. But Dance me to the end of love came from just hearing or reading or knowing that in the death camps, beside the crematoria, in certain of the death camps, a string quartet was pressed into performance while this horror was going on, those were the people whose fate was this horror also. And they would be playing classical music while their fellow prisoners were being killed and burnt. So, that music, "Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin," meaning the beauty there of being the consummation of life, the end of this existence and of the passionate element in that consummation. But, it is the same language that we use for surrender to the beloved, so that the song — it’s not important that anybody knows the genesis of it, because if the language comes from that passionate resource, it will be able to embrace all passionate activity./LC

let no one judge the Holocaust survivor