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We Remember Them

In the rising of the sun and in its goin’ down,
we remember them.
In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter,
we remember them.
In the opening of buds and in the rebirth of spring,
we remember them.
In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer,
we remember them.
In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of autumn,
we remember them.
In the beginning of the year and when it ends,
we remember them.
When we are weary and in need of strength,
we remember them.
When we are lost and sick at heart,
we remember them.
When we have joys we yearn to share,
we remember them.
So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us,
as we remember them.

Poem by Rabbi Sylvan Kamens & Rabbi Jack Riemer

Shabbat Bulletin - September 16, 2017

Bimah Matters

D’vars of Sept. 9

First up: Marilyn

Shared a recent article in CJN



As we come towards Rosh Hashanah, as much as the events of the world concern us, it is clear ... that, above all, people are most concerned with their family relationships.

...challenges and blessings - tzuris and loss

The High Holidays can have the unintended side-effect of reopening old relationship wounds -- those that are noticeably absent from your lives.

...the Days of Awe are meant for repentance and forgiveness from both god and man.

How can one who is truly seeking to forgive, but whose pain runs so deep that they don’t know how to even begin?

Years ago, Elie Wiesel wrote an article about forgiving God for the Holocaust. His theme was that he needed to forgive God not for God’s sake, but for his own sake. The pain that we carry in our hearts needs to be released not for the sake of our oppressor, who may not deserve forgiveness, but for our own sake, so that we can start healing.

You can’t control someone who has wronged you – they may not even see the need to ask for forgiveness, or what they did might be unforgivable – but you can, and must, improve your own actions and use these days to try to become your best self.

Family love is messy, clinging, and of an annoying and repetitive pattern…

like bad wallpaper.

Next up: Rafi

Shared a recent article in JTS

White Supremacism and Jewish Chosenness

Only a month has passed since the horrifying marches of white nationalists, white supremacists, and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the repugnant images and voices from that weekend refuse to fade away. More than anything else, this event reminds us all that hatred toward minorities in general and Jews in particular has never been completely eradicated, and might never be. Yet it also compels us to return to our own idea of the chosen people, and to examine whether our particularism is necessarily a chauvinistic one, as so many have argued over the course of time, from Haman to the present day.

Jewish particularism is anything but chauvinistic, and ought to rather be viewed as an uncompromisingly high moral standard.

''Chosen by God,' eh? - What's the catch?'

Beware! Being chosen does not and never will entail any kind of supremacy—racial, religious, social, or otherwise. It is a form of ongoing duty, a relentless aspiration to holiness, a lifelong commitment to following the footsteps of the divine—primarily in our interactions with those less fortunate, from within our people and outside of it.


The despicable groups who gathered under the banner of racism in Charlottesville are not only an abomination in the eyes of every decent American citizen; they are also, according to the Torah, an abomination in the eyes of God.

The Alt-Left is no better

At the end of the day - Follow your heartminyanOfMinions_w590.jpg

We are the Lodzer Morning Minyanaires


Always a good breakfast following!

Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.

Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

Steve Jobs

Your Life Moments


Sept. 9    Ida Abramowitz
Sept. 9    Lily Gerber
Sept. 12  Helen Gould

Sept. 17  Elyssa Bederman


Sept. 15  Leo & Cheryl Zaidman


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

Sept. 19  Pesa Katz, mother of  Reisa Grunberg

Sept. 19  Helen Yellin, mother of Susan Yellin


Remember - Don’t Forget - Take Action


Synagogue General Fund

Susan Yellin, yahrzeit of her mother

Brian Goldman, yahrzeit for his mother

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

take action as not to forget.


My thinking and my institutional leadership have been driven by the messages and friendship that the audience and co-workers have communicated to me, nonverbally as well as verbally. And when I have gone through periods when I felt that I could not go on (there have been such times), the people have renewed my strength…and propelled me onward. This is as it should be. A leader should not simply follow, but should be sustained by the people.

When you befriend a wicked person, the latter will likely draw you into evil ways. Moreover, people often unconsciously imitate the behaviour of those with whom they associate.

Note JU - Even if you haven’t been drawn into their evil ways, people often assume that you have, and you will lose your reputation.

Zingers from Pirke Avoth - Perek 1, Mishnah 7

Many Hands Make Light Work

Make shul and Judaism an important part of your lifestyle

Clean up (gardening) at The Lodzer

Lodzer Chair and Prayer Book setup for the High Holy Days

Thanks to all that came out to help in preparations for the upcoming High Holy Days. We need and appreciate your help.

why volunteer

People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. Regardless of the motivation, what unites them all is that they find it both challenging and rewarding.

Kosher Pizza - works for me!

Thanks Jeff.

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

The High Holy Day Tickets are ready for purchase and pick up

or if you would like them to be mailed

please call Sarah before Wednesday, September 13.




September 13


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 14

7 - 8 PM

Kiddush Room


Hebrew Classes

We re-convened after the summer break on September 7.  This was actually a make-up class from the 1st session, class #10.

The first 5 classes of the next 10 class session are:  September 14, 28. ,October 5, 19 & 26.  November and December dates TBA.

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


If you, or someone you know is interested in joining this fun, interactive learning group please contact

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


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: Deuteronomy, Nitzavim

1: 29:9 - 29:11  (pg. 878)

2: 29:12 - 29:14

3: 29:15 - 29:28

4: 30:1 - 30:3

5: 30:4 - 30:6

6: 30:7 - 30:10

7: 30:11 - 30:14

maftir: 30:11 - 30:14


Isaiah 61:10 - 63:9 (pg. 886)

Candle Lighting:

7:08 p.m. – Friday


8:14 p.m. – Saturday


Jewish Ethics in Torah

and Customs

Discussion Group

with Jonathan Usher

Starts up October 14th

After Kiddush Lunch

Haben ein Gut Yontiff


Sept. 17



9 AM


9:15 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.


September 18

Week 35

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, is 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.


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


Rosh Chodesh

1 Tishrei

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?


October 3

7 PM

Book Launch

Shul Kiddush


CAD $32,000

for the cycle

Sorry we cannot accept credit cards. Cheque or cash only.


Book Launch

Books can be purchased for $20.00, which will go to Magen David Adom, toward
the purchase of a medi-cycle emergency scooter.


The scooter, which is driven by a paramedic, can get through traffic faster than the Standard Ambulance or MICU and provide pre-hospital care. It contains life-saving equipment, including a defibrillator, an oxygen tank, and other essential medical equipment.

From Yellow Star to Yellow Rose

By Franka (Freda) Kon

Co Written by Bev Birkan


Freda tells of how she, her mother and sister managed to survive after German troops invaded Lodz in 1940 when it was closed off as a ghetto for Jews.


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.


When God created the first human beings, God led them around the garden of Eden and said: Look at my works! See how beautiful they are - how excellent! For your sake I created them all. See to it you do not spoil and destroy My world; for if you do, there will be no one else to repair it.


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


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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.



October 19

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.

Book Chat got off to a great start on September 7 with 10 people discussing "House of Wives" which most of us agreed is a good book and a fascinating story with much to discuss and learn.

The Inconvenient Indian

“While the hardware of civilization - iron pots, blankets, guns - was welcomed by Native people, the software of Protestantism and Catholicism - original sin, universal damnation, atonement, and subligation - was not, and Europeans were perplexed, offended, and incensed that Native peoples had the temerity to take their goods and return their gods.”

“Or, if you want the positive but somewhat callous view, you might wish to describe Christianity as the gateway drug to supply-side capitalism”

“We will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others.”

by Thomas King

Several Book Chat regulars worked over the summer researching books for us.  From this diverse and thorough list we chose books for meetings until June 2018.

October 19, The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King.


December 7, The Extra by Yehoshua.

Jan. 18, City of Women by Gillham

March 8, Stranger in the Woods by Finkel.

April 26, The Painter from Shanghai by Epstein.

June 7, The Break by Vermette.


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



November 10




Join us

in formally welcoming

our Cantor David Young.

Details to follow.



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.


May 29, 2018





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 4 - The Redemptive Self

Remember the Sabbath Day to Sanctify it. Six days you shall labour, and complete all your work. But the seventh will be a Sabbath for the Lord your God. You shall do no work. Neither you, nor your son or your daughter, your man-servant or your maid-servant, your beasts or your stranger in your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, and the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. For this reason did the Lord bless the seventh day and sanctify it.


The aim of the Sabbath is to spend one day each week diverting the bulk of our energies away from creation and toward recognizing, exploring, and ultimately sanctifying the inner self.

The Bible has no patience for the hermit. When God first created Adam, he swiftly concludes that ‘ it is not good for man to be alone.”

When you caress a child or a lover, what do you feel? Whether it is to heal someone’s hurt, a spontaneous act of affection, or a prelude to deeper intimacy, the caress comprises two different feeling. One of them can be called “selfless”. We hope to make the other person feel good and are satisfied when our caress is well received, when the other is calmed and relieved or excited and energized by our hand. But there is another feeling as well. We also enjoy the caress itself, the physical act of touching someone we love. In some sense, this may be called “selfish” because it is our own simple pleasure, like that of a child at play. We receive even as we give.   

The pleasure I receive and the pleasure I give work together, creating something greater than both. It is possible to indulge our pleasure and give to to others, not just concurrently, but in a single , unified way, a way that spins out into another level of love, that is beyond the self and the other. “Love your neighbour as yourself” is a great principle of the Torah, because of its more profound, literal meaning. The self expands to include the other, and the pleasures of both are one.

If the Sabbath represents the affirmation, emancipation, elevation, and expansion of the self, the escape from Egypt was all about the affirmation, emancipation, elevation, and self-expansion of the Israelite slaves.

The Fourth Commandment provides room for the development of rich inner lives for each of us. Although the Sabbath is just one day a week, its importance stretches well beyond its hours. Throughout the week we find endless opportunities for personal growth - to read, to undertake hobbies, to spend time with our loved ones. Through the Sabbath we learn to take advantage of these opportunities and to create new ones, setting aside our goals and building our souls. In our recreation we find not only respite but also the keys to our love.

The people who are trying to make this world worse

are not taking the day off.

The Best of Pirke Avoth


It is important to invite sages as guests into your home, and also to have your home open to the poor.

Perek 1 Mishnah 5 (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 Introversion

Susan Cain

- “There’s zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas.”

- “Shyness is the fear of social disapproval or humiliation, while introversion is a preference for environments that are not overstimulating. Shyness is inherently painful; introversion is not.”



It's one of those weird words that often gives people the willies.
"You've gotta have faith."
But many of us are worried.
What does it mean to have faith?
Do I have to give up my belief that my actions can impact what happens to me?
Is it entirely in Someone Else's hand?
Can I be a "person of faith" without becoming what others might consider a fanatic?

To have faith is simply to believe.
I often remark that "people of faith" can share an understanding of what it means to live a life guided by religious belief. Even if our faith differs, we can understand how those religious traditions and ideals can be so beneficial and influencing.

So often we worry what that faith is. We want, we need, to name it.

But faith is, I think, broader than that. An inherent ideal that belief, in and of itself, has an incredible power. It's often misused. It's often taken too far.

How can we get to the very ideal of faith - in ourselves and each other, and in our religious traditions - without judgment or recrimination? An acceptance that it is the very act of belief itself that makes us so much more alike than we are different…  inContext


You've gotta have faith.


Jews were in Jerusalem when Muslims were drinking wine and bowing to idols. Jews don't need permission to build in the capital of Israel, Jerusalem.

Muslims drinking wine is forbidden in Islam

Jerusalem is not mentioned even once in the Koran. Jerusalem is a Jewish city.

Jerusalem has become a flourishing city after it was in ruins under Arab rule until 1967. Jews rebuilt the city and opened it to Christians, Moslems and Jews equally, unlike under Muslim rule that prohibited other religions.

Re: The building of settlements to include all of the West Bank [Judea and Samaria]:

The West bank does not belong to any nation because it was not under a nation's jurisdiction, unlike the Sinai Peninsula. No one can say it is occupied. From what country did the Jews take it? Until 1967, Jordan occupied it. Therefore, the Jews can do what they want. Jerusalem belongs only to Jews.  inContext

Cemetery plots for sale to members in good standing (three years minimum).

If you are a member (3 years or more) and want to buy a plot, the cost per plot is $2500.

If you know anyone wanting a plot - the person can pay three years' membership dues and then be entitled to buy a plot.

This is an opportunity to purchase before prices increase.


Please consider sponsoring a kiddush, or contributing to the building, programming, or any specific interest fund.


If anyone has tickets for any event that they would like to donate to the shul please let the office know. It is a simple way to raise money for our synagogue so please donate spare tickets and bid generously.

Tree of Life or

Seat Plaques
Remember family and friends by purchasing a leaf on our tree of life or a sanctuary seat plaque.

Lodzer Sisterhood Cookbooks
Great Gifts – just $20 each

Siddur Dedications

As you know, we now use the new-new siddur. For the low-low price of $18 per book these may be dedicated to your loved ones, yourself, family members and as gifts, or simply to support the shul.

Daily Minyan

Sunday – Friday: 9:00 am

Run by Arthur Zins - includes Breakfast following.

Come Daven, Fress & Schmooze,

then join in on a walk.

Saturdays: Shabbat Service

Birkot ha-Shachar 9:12 AM

 - (Led by Frank Steiman)
Yishtabach 9:30 AM

includes Kiddush Luncheon

Chesed Committee

Please call the shul office if you need support or if you know of one of our members who may need support. It remains confidential.


Making a difference

to our shul
As everyone knows, with our shul’s new rabbi and new direction, we are making changes to our services and
programming, and becoming more of a community. The Board discusses procedures and suggested innovations on a monthly basis.
If you have any suggestions please give them, in writing to Sarah, and,if you wish to speak at our monthly Monday night
Board meeting about your ideas, concerns, or interests, again, please let Sarah know.
It is your shul.

We want and need your input.

Making a Difference

for Yourself
Rabbi Eli is eager and very happy to speak to our congregants on a one-on-one basis about personal or shul issues. As he has no official office hours, please call Sarah to make an appointment.
Rabbi Eli will return your call as soon as possible.


Jeff Shabes, President

Harvey Storm, 1st VP

Judy Hazen, 2nd VP

Morry Nosak, Treasurer

Marilyn Richmond, Secretary

Board Members

Frank Steiman

Henry Epstein

Joe Ber

Leon Pasternak (Honourary)

Rafi Remez

Roz Greene

Syd 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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One man’s dying wish

A man doesn't feel good so he goes to see his doctor. The doctor gives him a thorough examination and tells him, "Moshe, I'm sorry to tell u this, you have 24 hours left to live!

Moshe goes home, sad and tells his wife...Rucheleh, I have 24 hours left to live, come make me the best meal of my life.

Rucheleh starts him off with Matzoh Ball Soup and a beautifully braided Challah; as an appetizer flaky Borekas; the main course - a juicy Brisket, savory Kugel and a zesty Israeli Salad; for desert, freshly baked Jelly-filled Sufganiyot and chocolatey Rugelach.
Moshe thought he had died and gone to heaven - it was that good.

They both fall asleep - dead tired. When Moshe wakes up, he says to his wife, honey, I have 12 hours to live, I'm really in the mood for your famous Matzoh Brei. "It was out of this world, as usual."

After breakfast, they go ahead with their daily lives! Four hours later, Moshe says to Rucheleh, "Sweetheart, I have 8 hours to live we must plan my last meal: a hearty Cholent with spicy Bazargan and for dessert..." His wife looks at him and says, "I'm so tired, leave me alone, I have a funeral to go to tomorrow!!!"