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It ain't over till it’s over!

Shabbat Bulletin - October 14, 2017

David and Zenia Rybowski


David and Zenia were both born in Lodz, Poland in 1923. In his late teens, David saw his city forced into a ghetto, and by June 1940, he was sent to a slave labour camp. He and hundreds of others were forced to build a highway, and later, ammunition. By September 1943, the Nazis loaded the factory's Jews into wagons and shipped them to Auschwitz. There, he was forced to work with cement to build and maintain buildings that stored Zyklon B.

Zenia worked as a garment maker while in the Lodz ghetto, and was shipped to Auschwitz. Later, she was forced to dig military trenches for soldiers. David and Zenia met at Bergen-Belsen, post war, where Zenia nursed the sick. Upon their arrival in Toronto, Zenia cared for their two daughters and worked for a button maker.

David would co-found his own business, Victory Handbags. David is a past president and founding member of The Lodzer Centre Congregation, having worked tirelessly to raise money for the organization which supports Israeli and Ontarian charities. Their stories of survival have been documented in the film Undying Love, which has been shown throughout the country.  See it here, at the Lodzer, Sunday, November 5 @ 2:30pm.

David and Zenia have 2 daughters, 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.


David Rybowski, August 29, 2015

Zenia Rybowski, October 5, 2017

Yizkor 10:10 a.m.

Thursday Oct. 12

Erev Simchat Torah services 6:30 p.m.


At no other time do we celebrate our relationship with the Torah like we do on Simchat Torah. Dancing with the Scroll as though it were our beloved bride, singing love songs and clutching the Torah in a tight embrace, we emphasize the message of the Torah’s relevance today, as it was hundreds and thousands of years ago.

Yet the scrolls themselves that we sing for and dance with do not seem to really fit with our actual “real-time” daily life; we live in a world of sophisticated scientific, technological, and economic achievements. We take advantage of nanotechnologies and organ transplant surgeries, walk on the moon (some of us more frequently so than others), and use internet without batting an eyelid.

Enter the Torah scroll. A text that hasn’t changed for centuries, written with a goose feather quill by human hand (yep, it cannot be delegated to a word processor) on a parchment still made entirely of calfskins, held together by animal ligament strings… All that, even before we look at the actual text in the scroll, reminding us of the blessed days of the old glory when slavery was the norm, when gays and adulterers were stoned, and the aromas of burning animals permeated the skies above Temple Mount.

Actually, it may be easier, paradoxically, to grasp the unchanging nature of the content than of the scroll itself; instead of sweeping any controversial or shockingly outdated issue under the carpet, we point it out to remember and learn from our past; to fix anything broken, the Sages gave us the great power of Midrash, reinterpreting, reinventing the meaning that fit our day and age. But what about the appearance of the scroll? Does Judaism not teach us to look towards improvement, to focus on the future, and to fulfill the divine mandate to improve the world in ways unimaginable to our forefathers? Could we not use the technologies available to us to create the most gorgeous, precise, neat, and aesthetically appealing Torah one could possibly imagine?

Here is an explanation I heard from my teacher, Rabbi N. Lopes-Cardoso:

The Torah remains unaltered and old-fashioned to send us a message. It does not aim to accommodate everything, nor does it even want to accommodate itself. Having changed the world in ways no other text has, it encourages us to move, to discover, develop, and create. But it is written on parchment, with an ancient-recipe ink, by a human hand holding a feather quill, telling us: ‘Be yourself. Do not be run over by the need of progress for its own sake’.

The point of progress is to serve us. We do not exist to serve progress.

And when you and I come to rejoice in dancing and singing with the Torah this Thursday night, we don’t need 3-D printers to produce that state-of-the-art high-dexterity-polyethylene mega-pixel scroll. Give me the good old-fashioned parchment one, with all the patches where it wore thin and frayed edges at the bottom, and I will love it and cherish it and dance with it. Just like my Zeide did.

Gut Yontef,

Rabbi Eli

Join Us In Celebrating

The Completion Of The Torah Cycle


We are the Lodzer Morning Minyanaires


Always a good breakfast following!

Genesis: B'reisheet; Noach; Lech Lecha; Vayera; Chayei Sarah; Toldot; Vayetze; Vayishlach; Vayeshev; Miketz; Vayigash; Vayechi

Exodus: Shemot; Va'era; Bo; Beshalach; Yitro; Mishpatim; Terumah; Tetzaveh; Ki Tisa; Vayak'hel/Pekudei

Leviticus: Vayikra; Tzav

Exodus: Pesach; Chol HaMo'ed Pesach

Leviticus: Sh'mini; Tazria/Metzora; Acharei Mot/Kedoshim; Emor; Behar/Bechukotai

Numbers: Bamidbar; Nasso; Beha'alotcha; Shelach; Korach; Chukat; Balak; Pinchas; Mattot/Massei

Deuteronomy: Devarim; Va'etchanan; Ekev; Re'eh; Shoftim; Ki Tetze; Ki Tavo; Nitzavim; Vayelech; Ha'azinu

Exodus: Chol HaMo'ed Sukkot

Some stories just have to be retold...

Your Life Moments


Oct. 7   Irving Spitzen

Oct. 9   Nina Rubin

Oct. 16  Michael Sacks

Oct. 19  Ben-Zion Moshe


Oct. 16  Frank & Esther Steiman

Oct. 19  Jim & Nina Rubin

Oct. 20  Meir & Alisa Schwartz


Oct. 8    Lillian Coretsky, mother of Barry Corey

Oct. 9    Bela Goldberg, mother of Rita Eskenazi

Oct. 11  Molly Heller, mother of Esther Bloch

Oct. 11  Bessie Tobias, grandmother of Sonny Martin

Oct. 12  Sam Heller, father of Esther Bloch

Oct. 12  Martin Salve, brother of Minnie Peters

Oct. 13  Gertrude Markowitz, mother of Sydney

Oct. 13  Mitchell Sapers, father of Tammy Remez

Oct. 14  Sala Ber, mother of Josef   

Oct. 14  Hanna Jackson, mother of simon

Oct. 17  Frank Feldman, father of Sheila Winston  

Oct. 18  Tzvi Geisler, father of Ben

Oct. 19  Ede Manley, sister of Honey Hellreich

Oct. 20  Harry Liberman, father of Rebecca Greenberg

You can't go back and change the beginning,

but you can start where you are

and change the ending.


Mark these dates on your calendar

Choir will be singing on:
Shabbat October 14, 2017
Shabbat November 18, 2017
Shabbat December 16, 2017


Remember - Don’t Forget - Take Action

Prayer Book Fund

Esther & Fred Bloch

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

take action as not to forget.


Great leadership is not always crowned with success.

In order to be a great leader, you have to be willing to fail.

“One of the best ways to attract people to the tradition is for the person teaching and representing Torah to exude love for people, and through personal warmth draw people in.”

Zingers from Pirke Avoth - Perek 1, Mishnah 12




October 11


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




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 14

24 Tishri


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

This week’s Kiddush

is sponsored by

Esther and Fred Bloch

for the baby naming

of their grand-daughter


Torah Times

Triennial Year 2

Parashat: Bereshith

1. 2:4 - 2:9 (pg. 6)
2. 2:10 - 2:19
3. 2:20 - 2:25
4. 3:1 - 3:21
5. 3:22 - 3:24
6. 4:1 - 4:18
7. 4:19 - 4:26
maf. 4:23 - 4:26


Isaiah 42:15 - 43:10 (pg.21)

Candle Lighting:

6:18 p.m. – Friday


7:24 p.m. – Saturday

Shabbat Bereshit

24 Tishri

After reading the final words of the book of Deuteronomy, we turn back to the very beginning, to creation. This week we will read about the creation of the earth.


October 16

Week 39

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

Karate Kata 4 - Heian Yondan

Focus, Respect, Self-Control

“If you can’t do it slow, you can’t do it fast”

Seniors - Tough as glass


October 19

7 - 8 PM

Kiddush Room


Hebrew Classes

The next 2 classes are October 26 and November 2.

Next 5 TBA.

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



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

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

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.



October 21

1 Heshvan


Rosh Chodesh

9:30 AM


Fancy Hats


Bow Ties


Finding balance

between being and doing

Cheshvan comes after summer vacation, after the busyness and excitement of the High Holidays. It’s a time to settle down and get things done. Or is it?

What would a life look like if it were only about doing, with no emphasis on being?

Shabbat is a time to be. When we stop doing, we are able to appreciate who we are and what we have. When we are being, we are able to notice the people in our lives, and not push them out of the way as we run to another meeting, or to pick up the phone, or to the carpool. When we are being, we are able to feel that we are intrinsically more than just the sum of our accomplishments. In being, the soul shines.  inContext

Shabbat Noach

1 Heshvan

This week we read of a man named Noach who is blameless in his age. Our tradition is unsure what to make of this statement. Does it mean that Noach was an outstanding person in his time, or does it imply that the rest of society was so bad that Noach was merely the best of the bunch?


October 22

12:30 pm

Temple Sinai


210 Wilson



416 633 5100

By Oct. 1

Please join us…

National Council of

Jewish Women of Canada

120th Anniversary Celebration

Reach for the Stars



Dr. Roberta Bondar

keynote speaker

Dr. Roberta Bondar was born in Sault Ste. Marie Ontario on December 4, 1945.

In 1983 Dr. Bondar was chosen as a member of the first Canadian Astronaut Program. In January, 1992 she became the second Canadian and the first Canadian woman astronaut in space with her flight aboard the shuttle Discovery. Following her space flight Dr. Bondar left the space agency to pursue her research and her interest in photography.


October 29

2 pm

Beth Tikvah


3080 Bayview


RSVP Lillian

416 783 3603

By Oct. 25



… cordially invites community members to a fascinating and enjoyable Yiddish Concert featuring Cantor Deborah Staiman, vocalist and narrator; accompanied by Reuven Grajner, piano and Lenny Solomon, violin.


Avek fun dem Tzar!

Gut Morgn Amerike!

Goodbye to the Czar - Hello America!

 tells the emotional journey of our Immigration Experience during the early 20th Century with Yiddish songs and well researched explanations in English.


November 1

8 PM

Toronto Centre

for the Arts,

Lyric Theatre

5040 Yonge St.




... a melding of live on-stage action, accompanying documentary film, songs, dance, and an insight into little known history.  All in one unique entertaining production.


The Balfour Declaration

... issued by the Government of Great Britain on November 2, 1917, acknowledged the 4,000 year old connection of the Jewish People to the land of Israel and the right to the reconstitution of a Jewish homeland there. That Declaration was incorporated into the Mandate for Palestine which ultimately led to the creation of the Jewish State, the State of Israel, in accordance with accepted International Law.


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 5

2:30 pm

Shul Sanctuary

Director Helene Klodawsky is the daughter of Holocaust survivors. In this personal point-of-view film, she explores the healing power of love.


Undying Love is a bittersweet romance set in war and peace, death and rebirth, in the ordinary struggles of daily life and, perhaps, in the unknowable workings in Heaven. The documentary is a testament to survivors' collective desire for a normal life and their pains to create beauty out of despair through future generations.

Undying Love:

True Stories of Courage and Faith

by Helene Klodawsky

… intimately recounts the loves lost and loves found immediately after World War II among Jewish Holocaust survivors, either living in Displaced Persons camps or searching the globe for family and home.

… survivors, most of whom were in their teens, twenties and thirties, struggled to reconstruct personal identities and forge intimate relationships.

… love blooming out of the ashes of the Holocaust

“We were young when we were liberated. With no place to go we turned to each other… Some might say, Hitler was our matchmaker.”

… captures both the irony of Holocaust survivors’ plight and the picture of a culture so devastated - wiped out.

deja vu


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

The Still Small Voice - The Story of Jewish Ethics

William B. Silverman

(1913–2001), of Nashville’s The Temple Congregation Ohabai Sholom

“outspoken support for civil rights

will NOT bring harm to the Jewish community”

The Woodsman

A woodsman went into the forest to ask the trees to give him wood for an axe. It seemed so modest a request that the principal trees at once agreed to it, and it was settled among them that the plain, homely ash should furnish what was wanted.

No sooner had the woodsman fitted the staff to his purpose than he began laying about him on all sides, felling the noblest trees in the forest. The oak whispered to the cedar, "Our first concession has lost us all. If we had not sacrificed our humblest neighbor, we ourselves might yet have stood for ages."

Can you think of an example of where a nation sacrificed a smaller nation, and then was destroyed or conquered itself?

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The Eighth Commandment - Making room for others

You shall not steal.

All the laws could easily lead us to think that respecting property is simply a matter of social order. We know that good fences make good neighbours, and there is nothing like solid enforced cases clarifying where my stuff ends and yours begins to give everyone the stability, security, and clarity needed to live productive lives.

There is something about our property, our dominion over the world of things, that makes us human - and something about stealing that undermines the core our humanity.

Ownership is the most basic form of self-expansion. {It} is the embrace of an object not only as an extension ourselves, but also as the embodiment of our freedom. Our things define our options. As soon as we know something is ours, we begin to rethink what we may do.

Whereas our bodies are forever limited in their extent, the idea of property means that our borders can always change, We may expand to a limitless degree. If redemption means expanding our souls, property is the first lesson that teaches us such expansion is even possible. But for this very reason, when we violate the property of another we are not just committing an act of violence against his extended self; we are denying his fundamental right to expand, and thus assaulting his very humanity.

By subordinating the other’s property to our own material expansion, we rob him of his soul, in a way that is not different from kidnapping as we may  at first think.

We can see where this is going. From the simple words you shall not steal, the Eighth Commandment has transformed in the rabbinic imagination into the complete subordination of another human being to your own expanded self. You have come to believe that he is not human at all, but a thing to own.

Yet there are very good reasons why the Israelite approach to property has stood its ground over time. Overwhelmingly, the Western world has remained faithful to it, not because it is dominated by greedy, immoral people. Rather there is something intuitively true about a worldview that sees material prosperity as central to the affirmation of life, and sees respect for property as the foundation stone for respecting  the humanity of others.

And when we succeed we know that our financial success comes against the backdrop of so many others who fail.

The pain of poverty is a unique inner experience… In poverty comes the reduction of ourselves, the erasure of self-expansion for which we worked so hard, the depletion of the self. It dehumanizes us, evoking the fear of  wild animals that think of little other than survival.

The affirmation of wealth in the Bible serves two purposes: to promote our basic financial health akin to physical health, and to express the human need for expansion in the inanimate world. Yet all too often, the pursuit of money serves neither of these purposes. Instead of being driven by an inner spiritual strength, it is driven by greed and fear -

Just as respecting property means respecting another’s humanity, so too is the highest form of charity that which maximizes the recipient’s humanity, his ability to earn and give and take part and join the flow of economic life just like us.

Quotes in need of a home.

A rabbi they don’t want to drive out of town is no rabbi.
And a rabbi who lets himself be driven out is no man.

Rabbi Israel Salanter

There is enough for everybody’s need, but not for everybody’s greed.

Mahatma Gandhi

The Best of Pirke Avoth

“Rabban Yohanan … ‘Now that you have absorbed so much book learning, now that you are men of knowledge and understanding - go out and see.’”

Perek 1 Mishnah 13 - 14 (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.

This week. Join us!


Take your Soul to Work, by Erica Brown

On Attraction

We are attracted to leaders because they model attitudes, decisions, and behaviours that we need to help us sort out our own identities. … Be the kind of leader that attracts because people can see a better version of themselves in you.


If life were fair Elvis would still be alive today and all the impersonators would be dead.

We [Jews] are here on earth to do good unto others. What the others are here for, I have no idea.

Lawyers believe a man is innocent until proven broke.

A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kickboxing.

The only reason they say ‘women and children first’ is to test the strength of the lifeboats.

After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box.

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Drawing the Line on Stupidity

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.

Want to contact the Rabbi?
Rabbi Eli is eager and very happy to speak to our congregants on a one-on-one basis about personal or shul issues. Please e-mail him at with your phone number and he will call you 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

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Edmonton attack

Refugee arrested over 'terror' incident

A Somali-born refugee has been arrested in connection with attacks in Edmonton, Alberta in which five people were injured, officials say.

The unnamed 30-year-old man is suspected of stabbing a policeman and injuring four pedestrians on Saturday.

The officer was controlling traffic at a Canadian Football League game when he was struck by a car at high speed and then attacked with a knife.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called it a "terrorist attack".

Edmonton officials say the suspect could face terror and murder-related charges. They add that he had been known to police for believing in extremist ideology.

According to broadcasters CBC and CTV, a flag belonging to so-called Islamic State was found inside the vehicle that hit the police officer.

The officer and his vehicle were rammed by a car outside Alberta's Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday evening.

The driver then stabbed the uniformed officer several times, before fleeing on foot.

Shortly before midnight, a man driving a rented van was pulled over at a checkpoint. His name on documents was said to be "very similar" to that of the man police were searching for.

The truck then fled the scene, and was pursued by officers. Four pedestrians were struck during the chase in what police say appeared to be a deliberate action.

Two injured pedestrians have since been released from hospital and the police officer is recovering from his wounds.

Mr Trudeau said he was both "deeply concerned and outraged" by "this senseless act of violence".

"Terrorism is about creating panic and sowing divide about disrupting people's lives," he said. "We can succumb to that or rise above it."

Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson urged calm.

The strike in a country [Canada] known for going extra miles to take in immigrants from the war-torn Middle East exposes the fact that these terrorists are enemies not only of human rights but often [of] the very people trying to help them.

No soft gesture, however, will deter extremist Muslims unless the whole world submits to their version of Islam.

Khadija Khan, Pakistani journalist/commentator, currently based in Germany

Canada is doing the right thing by providing refuge for those,

(who were forced to flee their homeland because of war and conflict,)

so desperately seeking safety.


The Real Roots of Islamic Terrorism

Last month, an Islamic preacher was caught red-handed in Britain preaching for ISIS and jihad, and inciting youths to commit violence against non-Muslims. To everyone's purported astonishment, he was not delivering his lectures on websites. He was delivering sermons live in a public-charity mosque -- funded by taxpayers -- in Stoke-on-Trent.

France and Britain remain in the constant grip of Islamist terror, yet their governments, despite having laws prohibiting "hate speech", have so far failed to address the influence that preachers of violence and hatred have with local Muslims.

Blaming terror recruitment only on the internet is just an invented story, like the one that every suicide bomber or those who committed acts of terror in the name of Islam were lone wolves who merely took "inspiration" from terror outfits such as al-Qaeda or ISIS.

Governments in Britain and other countries in the grip of terror posed by Islamists have probably also been using the "online" excuse to shake off any charges of reckless endangerment or criminal neglect that they have might have committed by allowing these extremists to flourish in [the] West.

The terrorists involved in the Parsons Green Underground attack and other incidents, as in Barcelona, were found to have ties with local mosques or seminaries, yet the administrations of these places have refused to take any responsibility, and stated that they are not accountable for the acts of their members.

There is a dire need to hold government officials -- and the preachers and administrators of these mosques -- accountable, and to demand that they take action against extremists who target these breeding grounds, or face criminal prosecution. The policy of avoiding the problem by keeping one's eyes shut only enlarges it and sacrifices freedom on the altar of terror.

Bill 103 - Friend or Foe?


Islamic Sunset on Germany

In 1945, Germany was in ruins. It rebuilt itself and gradually became Europe's leading economic power. While regaining strength, it did not assert itself politically and remained discreet, humble, repentant, silently shameful. Because of its role in the war, it was reluctant to recreate an army when NATO powers asked it to rebuild one; instead, it adopted a general position of appeasement that led to "Ostpolitik", a policy of rapprochement with the communist East and the Soviet Union.

Because nationalism had led to National Socialism, Germany rejected any form of nationalism. Because Germany had committed genocide, it was impregnated with self-hatred and a rejection of its own identity.

Germany turned to European construction and tried to define itself as European in order not to call itself German.

This process lasted until the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of the country. Reunification was widely perceived in Germany as the fruit of humility and discretion.


A gradual replacement of the non-Muslim population with a Muslim population is taking place. Forty percent of children under five and born in Germany today have foreign roots.

The demographer Michael Paulwitz wrote a year ago that unless the current trends are reversed, Germans will become a minority in their own country, possibly in fifteen to twenty years.

In 2016, almost half the crimes in Berlin were committed by recent migrants to the country Jihadist networks took shape. Terrorist acts started to take place. Muslim anti-Semitism led to attacks on synagogues. The costs of welfare rose sharply.


Polls show that the German population now think that the main danger to world peace does not come from Iran or North Korea, but from the United States. Germany is today the most anti-American country in the Western world.


Most of the German press is permeated with political correctness. Newspapers and magazines support multiculturalism, and do not talk about the most urgent problems facing the country: anemic economic growth, population ageing, and Islamization. Many journalists, professors and writers say that German culture does not exist. [While] books criticizing Islam may become best sellers, their authors are immediately demonized.


The Alternative for Germany (AfD) political party promises to "shake off the Bundestag". [Bundestag: Federal Council representing the sixteen federated states of Germany at the national level.] The AfD party is not Nazi, however. Its members rather seem to fear that Germany and Germans will disappear under the weight of Islam. The Nazis were anti-Semitic, militarist, socialist, and desired to conquer. The AfD is not anti-Semitic, not militarist, not socialist, and does not want to conquer other countries. Jewish leaders in Germany are frightened because they think that if the AfD is hostile to one minority, the Muslims, it could grow hostile to other minorities. They are probably wrong. There is no comparison between Muslims and Jews. The AfD has strongly supported Israel's right to exist and Israel's right to ... fight the Islamic threat against it.

A society that can no longer make the difference

between itself and the forces that dissolve it

lives morally beyond its means

Unaware of Islam

The complete ignorance of Islam is often accompanied by the total failure to assess the Middle East conflict. Those who do not recognize Islamic fascism and imperialism also do not understand that Israel is leading the same struggle that is already beginning in Europe.

It is therefore important that the right-wing conservative patriotic movements and parties in Europe stand in solidarity with Israel. Even if the Jewish associations did not stain themselves with fame, and the anti-Afd song of the rulers were singing along with cowardly opportunism, many Jews at the base were at the side of Islamic criticism. In this context, the video of Orit Arfa can not be shown in the electorate of AfD Munich on September 24th often enough:

Orit Arfa is an American-Israeli writer and journalist who dared to go to the Munich beer hall, where the Bavarian AfD celebrated to look for the notorious "AfD Nazis". What she experienced there was summarized in a short video.

Life is so much easier

with a sense of humour.