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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


May you have a Peaceful and Blessed Yom Kippur

Shabbat Bulletin - September 30, 2017


The Courage to Grow

A message for Yom Kippur

Where did Western civilisation get the idea that people can change?

we are what we are, and we cannot change what we are

character is destiny, and the character itself is something we are born with,

although it may take great courage to realise our potential. Heroes are born, not made.

some human beings are gold, others silver, and others bronze.

some are born to rule, and others to be ruled.

This is precisely the opposite of the key sentence we say on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, that “Teshuvah, tefillah and tzedakah avert the evil decree.” That is what happened to the inhabitants of Nineveh in the story we read at Mincha on Yom Kippur. There was a decree: “In forty days Nineveh will be destroyed.” But the people of Nineveh repent, and the decree is cancelled. There is no fate that is final, no diagnosis without a second opinion – half of Jewish jokes are based on this idea.

A man goes to a psychiatrist.

The doctor says, ''You're crazy.''

The man says, ''I want a second opinion!''

''O.K., you're ugly, too!''

Judaism was the first system in the world to develop a clear sense of human free will.

“We have to be free; we have no choice.”

This is the idea at the heart of teshuvah. It is not just confession, not just saying Al chet shechatanu. It is not just remorse: Ashamnu. It is the determination to change, the decision that I am going to learn from my mistakes, that I am going to act differently in the future, that I determined to become a different kind of person.

Judaism, through the concept of teshuvah, brought into the world the idea that we can change. We are not predestined to continue to be what we are. Even today, this remains a radical idea. Many biologists and neuroscientists believe that our character and actions are wholly determined by our genes, our DNA. Choice, character change, and free will, are – they say – illusions.

They are wrong.

by an effort of will, we can change not just our behaviour, not just our emotions, nor even just our character, but the very structure and architecture of our brain.

That is the challenge of teshuvah.

teshuvah itself is premised on the proposition that we can change. All too often we tell ourselves we can’t. We are too old, too set in our ways. It’s too much trouble. When we do that, we deprive ourselves of God’s greatest gift to us: the ability to change. This was one of Judaism’s greatest gifts to Western civilisation.

It is also God’s call to us on Yom Kippur. This is the time when we ask ourselves where have we gone wrong? Where have we failed? When we tell ourselves the answer, that is when we need the courage to change. If we believe we can’t, we won’t. If we believe we can, we may.

The great question Yom Kippur poses to us is: Will we grow in our Judaism, our emotional maturity, our knowledge, our sensitivity, or will we stay what we were? Never believe we can’t be different, greater, more confident, more generous, more understanding and forgiving than we were. May this year be the start of a new life for each of us. Let us have the courage to grow. inContext

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks (distilled)

Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice.

And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.

They somehow already know what you truly want to become.

Everything else is secondary.

Steve Jobs 2005

<read the official High Holy Day Bulletin here>

“a captive cannot release himself from prison”


We are the Lodzer Morning Minyanaires


Always a good breakfast following!


Someone who is suffering, whether mentally or physically, needs help from those around them to release themselves from their prison.

All it takes sometimes is for a friend to literally reach out, to free them. It is up to us not only as a community, but as individuals to provide that love and friendship. We have the power to bring light into the darkness.

We can show kindness, chesed to all those who are suffering, no matter the nature of their affliction.

It is my hope and prayer that we find time this year for ourselves, for our souls. It is my hope that we are blessed to merit inscribing and sealing ourselves into the book of life. That we make time for prayer. I pray that we are able to nourish our souls as we do our bodies. I pray that we have the strength to reach out for help, and that we ensure that no one should ever feel alone again. inContext

Rabbi Goldstein

Shana Tova


Practice makes a Choir

For those of you who were unable to attend Rosh Hashanah services at the Lodzer this year, you missed some of the most beautiful choral music in the city.

Under the tutelage of our cantor, David Young, the 26-member choir – including Lodzer members – kept the congregants wanting more as choir members harmonized and blended together from Hineni to Adom Olam.

If you missed them, not to worry – after the High Holy Days, they will be at the Lodzer every Shabbat preceding Rosh Chodesh.


Your Life Moments


Sept. 27  Laura Catz-Biro
Sept 28   Reuben Finkelshtain

Oct. 1   Arlene Moshe
Oct. 3   Arie Epstein
Oct. 6   Etia Malinowski




Sept. 23  Solomon Kliger, father of Irene Swerzas
Sept. 24  Maxwell Harris, father of Helen Gould
Sept. 24  Charles Richmond, father of Sheldon
Sept. 24  Helen Rutowski, mother of Ida Sidenberg
Sept. 25  Rose Sidenberg, mother of Allen
Sept. 26  Al Grunberg, father of Rick
Sept. 27  Shirley Goldman, mother of Brian
Sept. 27  Dina Lew, mother of Sidney
Sept. 27  Izzy Simmons, husband of Fay
Sept. 27  Rachel Waserman, aunt of Reisa Grunberg

Dust if you must, but wouldn't it be better
To paint a picture, or write a letter,
Bake a cake, or plant a seed;
Ponder the difference between want and need?

Dust if you must, but there's not much time,
With rivers to swim, and mountains to climb;
Music to hear, and books to read;
Friends to cherish, and life to lead.

Dust if you must, but the world's out there
With the sun in your eyes, and the wind in your hair;
A flutter of snow, a shower of rain,
This day will not come around again.

Dust if you must, but bear in mind,
Old age will come and it's not kind.
And when you go (and go you must)
You, yourself, will make more dust.

by Rose Milligan

If you wait until you find the meaning of life,

will there be enough life left to live meaningfully?

Remember - Don’t Forget - Take Action

If not now, when?

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

take action as not to forget.


In the history of b’rit, with the passage of time, God intervenes less and less openly, and gives humans more and more freedom.

I believe that we are living through the climax of that process.

In this era, God does not strike you dead for sin; God does not stop the rain if a people do not obey. Genuine freedom is scary.

B'rit covenant, pact, or treaty.

“Supporting oneself and one’s family through honest labour is morally right as well as a source of dignity and independence.”

Zingers from Pirke Avoth - Perek 1, Mishnah 10


German troops parade in Copenhagen, Denmark on April 20, 1940, to celebrate Hitler’s birthday.

The Rosh Hashanah Warning

That Saved Denmark's Jews

After Nazi Germany invaded Denmark in 1940, the idea was put forward by its occupiers that the Scandinavian nation was not in fact occupied. Rather, it was a "model protectorate," a country under the Nazi wing, supposedly happy for German help and guidance. By the summer and early autumn of 1943, fighting broke out in the streets, ending several years of a relatively passive German stance on Denmark's Jewish population.

On the eve of Rosh Hashanah — which began on Sept. 29 in 1943 — the Danish resistance led to one of Word War II's most notable moments of heroism. When Copenhagen's Jews gathered to mark the holiday, the chief rabbi, Marcus Melchior, instead of welcoming the new year in the usual way, canceled the religious services.

He had been tipped off by a diplomat that a Nazi round-up was planned to take place during the holiday, when the Jewish population would be at home or at their synagogues. He urged people to hide or flee.

What happened next was no secret—at least not after it was over—but the incident received only a short notice in the Oct. 11, 1943, issue of TIME:

Across the narrow waters of the Öre Sund, word came to Sweden last week that 1,800 Gestapomen, sent to Copenhagen specially for the job, had broken into Jewish homes and synagogues during Rosh Hashanah , arresting most of Denmark's 10,000 Jews. The reports said the Germans planned to ship their prisoners to the charnel houses of Poland.

Next day the Swedish Government told the German Government that there was immediate, unconditional sanctuary for all Danish Jews in Sweden. The Germans ignored the offer. But at week's end upwards of 1,000 wretched Jews from Denmark had found their way across the cold Öre Sund to merciful Sweden.

That "upwards" is key: by the count of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, more than 7,000 Danish Jews—out of a population that was actually well shy of 10,000—were ferried by fishermen to Sweden.

Apparently, German authorities actually knew what was going on. The Axis power had an interest in maintaining the image that Denmark was peacefully controlled by its occupiers, and that peace would have been destroyed had the Nazis resorted to their usual means of getting rid of the nation's Jewish population. Letting them slip away to a neutral neighbor was a way to leave Germany with a peaceful but Aryan Denmark.

That bit of machination does not decrease the courage shown by those who escaped and those who aided them, all of whom believed they were risking their lives to do so. Nor does it suggest that a less-than-stark future would have faced them had they stayed behind: nearly 500 Danish Jews who did not make it out in the fall of 1943 were eventually deported to Theresienstadt. inContext

As we gather together on this Yom Kippur, we know that our world is breaking apart. Yes, we could say it is no worse than it has been before. The wars, the environmental disasters, the politics, oh the politics. Every year when we sit together to do this difficult inner work of Teshuva, we know that what exists beyond this holy space is so much more complicated and more broken than anything we can fix as individuals. Yet, we each year, we end up asking the same questions, the simple core questions which have been asked for generations--why do people suffer, and why no matter how good we are, there is still so much pain in the world? This is a question that moves us far beyond theology and belief, since it is in many ways as much a part of life as are those moments of joy and blessing which we also hope to receive.

We are not alone, we’ll join others, be part of a community, support each other, protest together, and fight for what is right. Giving up on life and on each other is not an option. We will take the pain and the joys, and look at the parts of our lives and those of our world that we cannot accept as right, and find new ways of being. We have a responsibility to move ahead, to grow.

I know that next year when we sit together for Yom Kippur, our world will still be broken, and we will all have experienced suffering. We can do what we can, but we cannot save all of humanity; end all war. Let’s enter our new year strengthened as we renew the call to care deeply for each other and ourselves and work towards fixing what is broken in our world. We will always suffer, but we can also always grow and continue to support each other.

Gmar Chatimah Tova - Thanks Rafi...


Theresienstadt - A military fortress in the late 18th Century.

A concentration camp in WWII, Czech Republic.

Despite the terrible living conditions and the constant threat of deportation, Theresienstadt had a highly developed cultural life. The distinctiveness of the camp-ghetto's cultural life lies first in the activities of thousands of professional and amateur artists, their concerts, theatrical performances, artworks, poetry readings, and above all the composition of musical works: an outpouring of culture under unimaginably difficult conditions, unparalleled in the Nazi camp system.

Theresienstadt was the only concentration camp in which religious life was practiced, more or less undisturbed, beginning with the celebration of the first night of Hanukkah in late December 1941. The ghetto library had more than 10,000 volumes in Hebrew. Both within and outside the framework of the "open university," more than 2,300 lectures (more than one for each day of the camp-ghetto's existence) were given on topics ranging from art to medicine, from economics to Jewish history.

Perhaps the most precious legacy of Theresienstadt is the collection of children's paintings—artwork which, beyond its own intrinsic value—is testimony to the courage of the children and their teachers, who continued to live, to teach, to paint, to learn, and to hope, despite the constant fear of violent death, a fear based on a realistic assessment of the situation in which they found themselves.  inContext

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1943 still life of a violin and sheet of music behind prison bars by Bedrich Fritta (1909-1945), Czech Jewish artist who created drawings and paintings depicting conditions in the Theresienstadt camp-ghetto. Fritta was deported to Auschwitz in October 1944; he died there a week after his arrival.




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 27


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 28

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 remaining classes of the first 5 classes of the next 10 class session are:  September 28, October 19 & 26 and November 2.

Next 5 TBA.


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

September 28


Shimon Peres

1923 - 2016

The last of






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.

“My father struggled all of his life with his tremendous love for the State of Israel… His biggest dream – peace – my father did not get to see realized.
I ask, in the spirit of my father, that you don’t stop dreaming and daring, because it’s the best thing that could happen to our beloved country”

Chemi Peres

He grasped completely the extraordinary potential there would be if Israel and the region were working together, not simply on security, but on economic advancement, technological breakthroughs and cultural reconciliation. The country Peres wanted to create was to be a gift to the world.

Tony Blair


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 2

Week 37

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

$5.00 donation to the shul, per class waived for those that attend the morning minyan.

Wear sneakers and non-restrictive clothing.

Karate for Seniors

Learn a Dynamic new skill for Fun and Focus - at YOUR own pace!

Safe, friendly,
keep fit exercise classes
Build strength and vitality
Learn Self-defense

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”

Seniors - Tough as glass


October 3

7 PM

Book Launch

Shul Kiddush


Books can be

purchased for


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


Book Launch

Proceeds 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.

CAD $32,000

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.

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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.



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


“If there is a God,

he will have to beg my forgiveness.”

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



6 pm Service

6:45 pm Dinner

Members $40

their children $15

Non-Members $50

their children $20

Under 5 yrs $5

Call Sarah

to reserve


Did you know?

‘Oneg Shabbat’ became the codename for the secret archive in the Warsaw Ghetto. Oneg Shabbat (Joy of the Shabbat in Hebrew), is a celebratory gathering held after Sabbath services, often with food, singing, study, discussion and socialising. The name was selected by a group of Jewish community leaders who usually met secretly on Saturdays to discuss the progress of their collection and documentation efforts.

The Oneg Shabbat Archive is the most significant collection in the world, of sources documenting the Holocaust. The documents were created, gathered, and written by the victims themselves, at the time when they were experiencing the horrors.

The collection of documents gathered by the archive staff is of inestimable value to historians in documenting the life, the creativity, the struggle and the murder of Polish Jewry. The documents are also a testament to the indomitable spirit of the archive staff who made tremendous efforts to ensure that future generations would have an accurate picture of Jewish life and death during the Holocaust.  inContext

Join your Lodzer friends

for a Delicious

Oneg Shabbat


Cantor David Young


and his family

Special Musical Service

Delightful Shabbat Dinner

What will you talk about?


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 27, 2018






We need volunteers

to work on the

Lodzer’s 65th anniversary

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

Chapter 6 The Meaning of Life

The Sixth  Commandment - You shall not murder

Unless we are directly involved in fighting crime or defending our country, we are usually the beneficiaries of a vast societal apparatus geared at shielding us from murder  - from intelligence to the military to law enforcement to the courts to the prisons. Without all these, our world would swiftly deteriorate.

We debate the use of force in other countries  and the propriety of the death penalty in our own, often mimicking the rehearsed pleas of politicians and pundits who share our well-honed ideological commitments. We reflexively disavow vengeance and retribution, usually without ever having even tasted the searing violation of the murder of someone close to us, without having ever held a gun in our hands pointed at someone who may die according to our decision, someone who may have just killed our friend in battle. We have the luxury of using our reason rather than hot passion. Indeed, the neutralization of murder as an immediate concern in our lives is probably the greatest success of our civilization.

Our numbness to the most hideous of evils allows us to live without fear. But it also lets us develop a whole range of political and cultural expressions where human life is belittled, demeaned, or forgotten. Our movies and literature condones life to a radical degree.  

Hate the sin and not the sinner we are told. maybe that’s ok for thieves and swindlers, for liars and Sabbath breakers. If we cannot hate a murderer, we have a problem. We have lost something deep in ourselves, a spark of life, a natural and affirmative urge that is connected in its vey foundations to the mother’s primordial passion in protecting her baby, to the father’s reflexive defence of his kin. Anger and hatred, as problematic as they can be in so many situations, nonetheless have their origin in a native desire to cling to life with all our might, and if we try to uproot these emotions completely, if we say that even murder should be framed in clinical and clerical equanimity, then we risk destroying the deepest sources of our humanity as well.

This may sound overwrought. We are proud of our selves as free, modern Westerners, committed to the sanctity of human life. And indeed, the West has two great things to be proud of. One is science ... the other is political freedom. ... But when it comes to the value of life of itself, sometimes it feels like we’re still waiting for the revolution. From violence in our streets,... from honour killings domestic violence ...

The problem is that life is a different value from reason and freedom.

The Sixth Commandment teaches us that where murder is reviled, civilization begins. And where it is condoned, humanity is destroyed. Phrased positively, the Sixth Commandment affirms human life as the cornerstone value of civilization.

When someone allows his rage, his ideology , his jealousy, or his poverty to bring him to killing another, he destroys humanity, dehumanizes all of us, and reduces redemption to rubble.

Canada is giving up on free speech


All we want to do is move to your

country, rape your women, bomb

your buses, riot in your streets and

demand that you accept our religion.

Why can’t you be more tolerant?

Beware of your Enemies’ Intentions

It is our responsibility as leaders to open our arms to peace, but not to delude ourselves about our enemies’ intentions

from near and far, organizations, countries and entities are trying to harm us in different ways – with rockets and missiles, terrorism and delegitimization and attempts to develop nuclear weapons. We must know how to fight back in every place and every arena, military and diplomatic, if, God forbid, we have to.

it is our responsibility to make sure arrogance, complacency and intellectual tyranny do not take over, to allow a fertile and open discussion, to express doubts and ask ourselves what has changed every morning

If there is a chance, as small as possible, to accelerate the peace process and work toward an arrangement, the government must do everything to make it happen

peace and security are not contradictory, the opposite is true

Ya’alon/Rivlin/Herzog inContext

Too often we judge other groups by their worst examples,

while judging ourselves by our best intentions.

Muslims who oppose Islamists feel we are targeted by M-103, that it’s primary purpose is to drown out our voices when we denounce the polygamy, female genital mutilation, child marriage, honour killings, armed jihad and racial discrimination pervasive wherever “Islamophobia” is banned in the Islamic world.

We who fled the Islamic world to escape the tyranny of falsely being called “Islamophobes”, and make Canada our home, now find our enemies have hunted us down.

While Islamists complain of Islamophobia, Muslims mock Christians and Jews when we read the opening verse of the Qur’an (Sura Fatiha) during our daily prayers.

Fatiha is the equivalent to the Lord’s Prayer in Christianity, where we ask Allah to put us on the “right path”, not on the path of “those who have incurred your wrath” (Jews) and “those who have gone astray” (Christians).

As for other faiths, and atheists, at every Friday congregation, the mullah prays to Allah, asking him to help Muslims defeat the “Kafirs” (non-Muslims).

Will the heritage committee declare any religious prayer asking for a Muslim victory over other religions hateful? inContext

Stop wanton hatred - Stop Bill 103

The Best of Pirke Avoth


“There is a prima facie impropriety about being involved in a lawsuit to begin with. If both are genuinely pious they would long ago have reached a compromise. Neither would insist on the letter of the law; they would rather each forego some of his own rights.”

Perek 1 Mishnah 8 (Bunim)

“Indeed, it is doubtful if a person can do anything well or for any length of time unless he approaches it with love and satisfaction borne out of a sense of creative achievement. Furthermore, it would appear that for any kind of sanity and mental balance it is essential that a person do something satisfying at least in some area of his life.”

Perek 1 Mishnah 10 (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 Money

“ …there are two kinds of anxieties: money troubles and money worries. Money troubles … have to do with actual financial difficulties. Money worries have less to do with the reality of money in our lives and more to do with emotions and fantasies around money that we may never be able to satisfy. This inability causes immense anxiety: envy of others, perceived status that comes with money, the inability to make distinctions between what we need and what we desire.”

On Postponing Repentance until Old Age

The choicest repentance is that of one’s youth, when you subdue your evil inclination while you are yet in possession of your energies.

To abstain from sin when a man cannot sin is to be forsaken by sin, not to forsake it.

It is best to repent in your younger years while you still have the strength,

and are able -- and are probably most drawn -- to sin.

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.


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Come Daven, Fress & Schmooze,

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Birkot ha-Shachar 9:12 AM

 - (Led by Frank Steiman)
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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.

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Morry Nosak, Treasurer

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Henry Epstein

Joe Ber

Leon Pasternak (Honourary)

Rafi Remez

Roz Greene

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Rafi Remez

Shabbat Handout:

Judy Hazen


Charles Greene

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses

world leaders at the 72nd UN General Assembly

UN headquarters | New York | September 19, 2017

Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen,

We’re in the midst of a great revolution, a revolution in Israel’s standing among the nations. This is happening because so many countries around the world have finally woken up to what Israel can do for them.

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In the past year, Israel hosted so many world leaders, and I had the honor of representing my country on six different continents. One year. Six continents.

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After 70 years, the world is embracing Israel, and Israel is embracing the world. One year. Six continents. Now, it’s true. I haven’t yet visited Antarctica, but one day I want to go there too because I’ve heard that penguins are also enthusiastic supporters of Israel. You laugh, but penguins have no difficulty recognizing that some things are black and white, are right and wrong.

Unfortunately, when it comes to UN decisions about Israel, that simple recognition is too often absent. It was absent last December when the Security Council passed an anti-Israel resolution that set back the cause of peace.

It was absent last May, when the World Health Organization adopted — you have to listen to this: the World Health Organization adopted a Syrian-sponsored resolution that criticized Israel for health conditions on the Golan Heights.

As the great John McEnroe would say, “You can-not be serious!” I mean, this is preposterous.

Syria has barrel-bombed, starved, gassed and murdered hundreds of thousands of its own citizens and wounded millions more, while Israel has provided lifesaving medical care to thousands of Syrian victims of that very same carnage. Yet who does the World Health Organization criticize? Israel.

So is there no limit to the UN’s absurdities when it comes to Israel?

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Two years ago, I stood here and explained why the Iranian nuclear deal not only doesn’t block Iran’s path to the bomb, Iran’s nuclear program has what’s called a sunset clause. Let me explain what that term means: It means that in a few years, those restrictions will be automatically removed — not by a change in Iran’s behavior, not by a lessening of its terror or its aggression. They’ll just be removed by a mere change in the calendar. And I warned that when that sunset comes, a dark shadow will be cast over the entire Middle East and the world, because Iran will then be free to enrich uranium on an industrial scale, placing it on the threshold of a massive arsenal of nuclear weapons.

That’s why I said two years ago that the greater danger is not that Iran will rush to a single bomb by breaking the deal, but that Iran will be able to build many bombs by keeping the deal.

Now, in the last few months, we’ve all seen how dangerous even a few nuclear weapons can be in the hands of a small rogue regime.

Now imagine the danger of hundreds of nuclear weapons in the hands of a vast Iranian Islamist empire, with the missiles to deliver them anywhere on earth.

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But I also have a message today for the people of Iran: You are not our enemy; you are our friends. Shomaah doosteh mah hasteed [You are our friends]. One day, my Iranian friends, you will be free from the evil regime that terrorizes you, hangs gays, jails journalists, tortures political prisoners, and shoots innocent women like Neda Sultan, leaving her choking on her own blood on the streets of Tehran. I have not forgotten Neda. I am sure you haven’t too.

And when that day of liberation finally comes, the friendship between our two ancient peoples will surely flourish once again.

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Ladies and gentlemen, in this year of historic visits and historic anniversaries, Israel has so much to be grateful for. A hundred and twenty years ago, Theodor Herzl convened the First Zionist Congress to transform our tragic past into a brilliant future by establishing the Jewish state. One hundred years ago, the Balfour Declaration advanced Herzl’s vision by recognizing the right of the Jewish people to a national home in our ancestral homeland. Seventy years ago, the United Nations further advanced that vision by adopting a resolution supporting the establishment of a Jewish state. And 50 years ago, we reunited our eternal capital Jerusalem, achieving a miraculous victory against those who sought to destroy our state. Theodor Herzl was our modern Moses — and his dream has come true. We’ve returned to the Promised Land, revived our language, in-gathered our exiles and built a modern, thriving democracy.

Tomorrow evening, Jews around the world will celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of our new year. It’s a time of reflection, and we look back with wonder at the miraculous rebirth of our nation, and we look ahead with pride to the remarkable contributions Israel will continue to make to all nations.

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As the prophet Isaiah said, “I have made you a light unto the nations, bringing salvation to the ends of the earth.”

Today, 2,700 years after Isaiah spoke those prophetic words, Israel is becoming a rising power among the nations. And at long last, its light is shining across the continents, bringing hope and salvation to the ends of the earth.

Happy New Year, Shanah Tovah from Israel. Thank you