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Shabbat Bulletin - October 28, 2017

Lech Lecha - take yourself and go

Take the next step:

The Jewish approach promotes living life as a journey,

not a destination.

Take action and move forward -- toward a place you don't yet know, but will discover.

Nowadays, an observant Jew’s life is measured, pre-counted, foretold, prescribed, geschrieben and carved in stone. Whether you are coming to discuss with the Rabbi the order of your kid’s B-Mitzvah, or asking COR mashgiach to certify the food for your event is indeed kosher, you will find yourself in a whirlwind of minutiae, including instructions as to where you should stand, how you should sit, in what shape the napkins must be folded, and who says what to whom and where.

Such is the way of humans; all the most conservative, unyielding approaches take their route, ironically, in the once most daring revolutionary ideas the world has seen.

I would argue that the greatest merit of our forefather Abraham, whom we meet for the first time in this week’s portion of Lech Lecha, is not his great dedication to God, nor his piety, nor his great loving kindness, though all those qualities are nothing to sneeze at. What really ensured Abraham’s imprint on the history of the world through the ages was his unbelievable non-conformity.

Midrash teaches us that Abraham’s family were devout idol worshippers. In fact, the Sages went as far as to state that his father, (Terah,) was in the idol sales business.

Terah was an idol manufacturer who once went away and left Abraham in charge of the store. A man walked in and wished to buy an idol. Abraham asked him how old he was and the man responded “fifty years old.” Abraham then said, “You are fifty years old and would worship a day old statue!” At this point the man left ashamed. <the story continues>

(read the Midrash here:

The greatness of Abraham lay in the fact that when surrounded by people accepting something as a norm, he had the wisdom, the perspicacity, and the power of will to both understand it was actually wrong – and act upon it.

Imagine investigating something you always believed to be true, something the whole world kept telling you since you were a toddler; imagine realizing that your family, friends, teachers, role models – they all got it wrong, what they hold dear is actually not the way. Imagine getting up and proclaiming what you believe in, and standing for it, and fighting for it.

Now, that is the true way of Judaism. It is not to be a believer but to be a disbeliever. It is not the ability to take a punch from above but the readiness to not take it lying down. Moreover, don’t take what I wrote here as the ultimate truth. Analyze it, criticize it, fight it or fight for it. The conservative way is the “safe way”, on an individual level; but it is the one that leads humankind towards the eternal freeze, the heat death of our universe. It is the path of a revolutionary, thorny and steep, that leads us to new heights. It will be achieved by scrutinizing and challenging our most fundamental habits and traditions, and not by cementing in

law how many stamps of what authorities have to be on a piece of meat before it should be allowed in the upstairs dining room.

Be like our forefather Abraham by behaving differently from Abraham. Be challenging. Be stiff-necked. Rebel and evolve. Be Jewish.

Shabbat Shalom, Rabbi Eli...

What is my mission, what is my shlichut, which God has in mind for me? Unfortunately, there are no neon lights flashing the answer or messages directly from God that tell us what do…each of us must figure the mission out for ourselves, and that task may take a lifetime.

Irving Yitz Greenberg

A little bit of light

pushes away a lot of darkness.


We are the Lodzer Morning Minyanaires


Always a good breakfast following!

No people has ever insisted more firmly than the Jews that history has a purpose and humanity a destiny. At a very early stage in their collective existence [Jews] believed they had detected a divine scheme for the human race, of which their own society was to be a pilot.

Professor Paul Johnson, in History of the Jew

Go forth - unite - follow the path of truth.

Your Life Moments


Oct. 21  Myrna Lichter

Oct. 24  Alisa Schwartz

Oct. 24  Debbie Spigelman

Oct. 25  Eda Kardonne

Oct. 31  Lily Perelshtein

Nov. 2  Susan Yellin

Nov. 3  Victor Arluk


<call Sarah>


Oct. 21  Hilda Gold, mother of Carole Abrahams  

Oct. 23  Luba Greene, mother of Charles

Oct. 25  Ryan Rotstein, husband of Fay

Oct. 27  Alfred Freedman, father of Hugh

Oct. 29  Sara Grunberg, mother of Rick

Nov. 1  Morris Super, father of Dora Usher

Only Simchas! This is Jewish Life.


In the Shadow of The Reich: Reflections on a Familial Legacy

In a thought provoking discussion, Niklas Frank, son of the notorious Governor General of Nazi-occupied Poland, Hans Frank (1900–1946), reveals his thoughts on his father’s guilt and responsibility in the Holocaust. He speaks openly and candidly about his father’s involvement in the crimes as well as his mother Brigitte Frank’s embrace of the power and privilege. Hans Frank was the personal lawyer to Adolf Hitler and subsequently appointed to accomplish the Nazi regime’s goals in occupied Poland. He was responsible for the mass relocation of the Polish Jewish population to ghettos as well as their deportation to concentration camps. Found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity at the Nuremberg Trials, on October 1, 1946; Hans Frank was executed by hanging fifteen days later.  pg.8

Confronting Holocaust Denial: A Canadian Experience
Just over thirty years ago, the infamous Holocaust denier and rabble rouser Ernst Zündel (1939–2017) published and disseminated pamphlets promoting Holocaust denial from his home in Cabbagetown, Toronto. Zündel was eventually charged under the Canadian Criminal Code, section 181, of spreading false news through his notorious publications. The lengthy and complex legal proceedings of the 1980s galvanized the Canadian Jewish community and defined an era characterized by social justice, an increased awareness of Holocaust education and the fight for the truth.  pg.18

Justice: Nuremberg and Beyond
On December 17, 1942, the leaders of the United States, Great Britain and the Soviet Union issued their first joint declaration officially noting the mass murder of European Jews and resolving to prosecute the perpetrators responsible. The immediate postwar Nuremberg Trials transformed the concept of international criminal justice for future war crimes and crimes against humanity. The trials serve as a pivotal moment that have shaped our global understanding of the Holocaust and justice. To date, the Federal Republic of Germany has held a total of 925 proceedings trying defendants of National Socialist era crimes. The German proceedings have been criticized, particularly those held in the 1960s and 1970s, for passing light sentences to ageing defendants as many perpetrators returned to their normal lives and professions in German society.  pg.19

Reclamation and Restitution of Nazi Looted Art
Following the Washington Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets in 1998, 44 governments endorsed a series of principles for addressing Nazi-looted art. These included identifying confiscated works of art, the opening of archives and a commitment from museums to research provenance gaps in their collections. Additionally, pre-war owners and their heirs were encouraged to make claims to art stolen by the Nazis. The conference proved to be a pivotal moment in the post-Holocaust era as the activities precipitated by it, illuminated not only how the Nazis carried out their systematic looting but also how many European countries neglected to respond to restitution claims.
In the two decades since the conference, paintings have been recovered and museums have adopted policies and made commitments to ongoing provenance research. However, thousands of paintings remain lost or caught in the tangled web of complex international policies.  pg.20

Built to Remember:

The Holocaust Museums of Today and Tomorrow
Over the past 40 years, there has been a phenomenal rise in the number of Holocaust museums, from comprehensive large-scale institutions to community-based commemorative and educational spaces. This proliferation can be seen as a pivotal moment in the post-Holocaust era as multiple generations’ understanding of the Shoah has been shaped by the narratives presented by these institutions.  pg.15

It is likely that [the Holocaust] will turn out to be a fundamental turning point in human history, not just in Jewish history. The Holocaust represents a crisis of credibility for the dominant culture in which we live.

Irving Yitz Greenberg

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.


So what is the meaning of life?…The Jews faced that question and they concluded that life is a partnership between God and humanity. Life is making sense of this world and improving it and doing tikkun olam (repairing the world) in one’s own time.

Note that Gamliel is the first scholar … who is called Rabban (a title applied to a kind of ‘super’ rabbi). The initial scholars did not call themselves by the title Rabbi. The title emerged and was modified over the centuries. The sages of the Mishna, which is part of the Talmud and predates the Gemara, are called Rabbi. The sages of the Gemara, the section of the Talmud which exposes and explores the implications of the Mishna are called Rav. Both titles mean “master”. There is no scholarly consensus as to whether the title refers to one’s being a master of knowledge, or interpretation, or of exercising leadership in a fellowship or community.

Zingers from Pirke Avoth - Perek 1, Mishnah 16

The best way to benefit from the company of scholars is to talk less or be silent completely.

Perek 1, Mishnah 17




October 25


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 26

7 - 8 PM

Kiddush Room


Hebrew Classes

The next is November 2.

Next 5 TBA.

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



October 26

7:30 PM

Beth David

CIJR Event

No charge




Presented by


Dr. Lawrence Hart

Professor and pro-Israel Advocate at McMaster.

Founded the Jewish Faculty Assoc.

CJN columnist.

The McMaster Experience

CIJR Event

Lessons learned from 15 years of pro-Israel Advocacy on a University Campus.


Stand with Israel

Stop the Delegitimization

of Israel

on University Campuses

Peace, not hate.

Shared Values & Freedom

Stop the hate

Every two minutes a new lie about Israel is shared online.

You can put an end to this.

Influence the conversation!



October 28

8 Heshvan


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 2

Parashat: Lech Lecha

1: 14:1-9  (pg. 50)
2: 14:10-16
3: 14:17-20
4: 14:21-24
5: 15:1-6
6: 15:7-16
7: 15:17-21
maf: 15:17-21  (pg. 55)


Isaiah 40:27 - 41:16  (pg.60)

Candle Lighting:

5:56 p.m. – Friday


7:02 p.m. – Saturday

Shabbat Lech Lecha

Genesis 12:1-17:27

Lech Lecha begins with the narrative of Abram who departs from his native Haran to an unknown land. Abram and Sarai are unable to conceive. Sarai invites her maidservant, Hagar, to have a child with Abram. He is named Ishmael.


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.


October 30

Week 40

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


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 4

15 Heshvan


Shabbat Vayera

Genesis 18:1-22:24

Vayera reminds us of the importance of the mitzvah of hospitality to strangers. Abraham

encounters three men and invites them to his home. These men promise Sarah that she will bear a child. In an effort to protect her son Isaac, Sarah instructs Abraham to banish Ishmael and Hagar. This portion concludes with the story of binding of Isaac, the Akedah.


November 5

2:30 pm

Shul Sanctuary

Movie (87min.)




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?


December 7

8:00 PM

Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin

Shul Kiddush


If you haven't attended before, please feel free to join us.  Having read the book is not a prerequisite to come out and enjoy this group, share thoughts and pick up ideas on books you'd like to read.

Book Chat

The Extra


by Yehoshua

December 7, The Extra by Yehoshua.

an Israeli woman – an orchestra harpist – returns from self-imposed exile in the Netherlands to house-sit her mother's flat in Jerusalem, while the recently-widowed woman tries out "assisted living" in a Tel Aviv apartment. Everything that happens to this woman, Noga, really does happen, but still it feels like a dream, or like sleepwalking through life.

The Extra...the fear of drifting through life in the background of other people's stories, and the unreality of life itself.

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.


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

Help us Sell Ad Space in the

Lodzer Synagogue

Sixty-fifth Anniversary

Tribute Book

To Volunteer, contact:

Jeff Shabes


Lodzer Congregation Youtube Channel


CIJR and Lodzer Centre Congregation

Present in Toronto, September 5, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Dr. Ms. Kranti Kiran Farias

The Jews of India

Galit Baram

Consul General of Israel

Navinder Pal Singh

Acting Consul General of India

Ariella Daniels

Hasbara Fellowship


Thursday, October 19, a group of 20 of us met outside Federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen's office to present him with a petition on behalf of the Yazidis. Although we were assured that the office would be open till 4:00 p.m. and someone would be there to receive our petition, the Minister closed his office at 1:30 PM.


To The Honourable Ahmed Hussen MP,

Invitation to Immigration Minister Hussen:

Please join Ezidi Slave March on Sunday, Nov. 19, 3 PM at Dundas & Yonge.

from Canadian Jews & Friends for Yazidi.

You can sell your slave, or give her as a gift.

10c-w590.JPG interpreted by Jonathan Usher

The Tenth  Commandment - Chapter 10 - Peace

You shall not covet your neighbour’s house. You shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, nor his man-servant or his maid-servant, his ox or his ass, or anything that is your neighbours’s

It is the sin of insecurity.

We do not usually speak of insecurity in moral terms. The Tenth Commandment, on the other hand, imbues the problem of insecurity with all the weight of God’s moral approbation. It directs our attention to the source of our greed and unbridled want that leads us to take what is not ours, to distorting fears that lead us to strike out against others, to our failure  to affirm ourselves and act with courage. To covet is to have lost our inner peace, our baseline satisfaction about who we are and what we have. Who is rich? the rabbis ask. One who is happy with his lot.

Yet there seems to me something else is going on here, a more subtle message about the relationship between insecurity and evil. The Israelites’ problem is not so much that they lack faith in God - indeed, they often affirm it even as they grumble against Moses - but they lack faith in themselves.    

God and Moses, not they, are doing the heavy lifting, and as a result the Israelites still cannot believe in themselves. On a deep level, God has taken Israel out of slavery, but not slavery out of Israel.

The Bible is telling us that the Israelites’  fear was not merely unfortunate. It was profoundly  wrong. There is  no greater depravity, we learn, than the self-dehumanization that comes with succumbing to our demons. When courage is called for, fear is a sin.

In this world {God tells Cain by implication} you will succeed on the basis of your actions, and you will be judged in a way that does not always seem fair. Your failures, however  carry the risk of undermining your sense of self, leading you to evil. Do not let this happen, for you can always overcome sin through the power of your redemptive spirit.  

Cain tilled the land like his father, working to produce his own food; but he has failed to understand that the central commandment of the redemptive spirit is to be a keeper,  a caretaker of humanity, to expand beyond our own selves and see to the flourishing of our world, beginning with our brothers. Cain’s insecurity and the collapse of his spirit have led him to abandon his central moral change.

The archetypal sin in the Bible is, we see, the sin of dispiritedness, of self-deflation that inevitably leads to more horrible sins. Like the spies in the desert, Cain had become a grasshopper in his own eyes. Like the Israelites, he let insecurity destroy him.

Sin - one view is that the idea comes from being told that our natural drives are inherently wrong.  Another view is that evil comes from ignorance. He has not learned to step outside himself and look at things objectively. He has not sufficiently internalized the teachings of reason, that we should always act according to whatever would be best for all people to do.

Against these partial answers, the Old Testament offers a third view, as symbolized in the Tenth Commandment. Sin, according to the Bible, flows not so much from temptation or ignorance, as from the weakness of spirit that precedes them both. To covet is to focus all our desire on something we do not have, perhaps cannot have. You don’t have to be a psychologist to recognize that coveting is the product of insecurity. We lack a self-sufficient soul, a psychic peace that would spare us such distortions, and instead of looking inward, facing the real sources of our angst, we look to easy answers, convincing ourselves that release can be found in the external world, in radical and often wrongful forms of self-assertion.


Jewish Ethics in Torah and Customs

the after Shabbat discussion group led by Jonathan Usher

Based on A Code of Jewish Ethics Vol.1 by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin.

This week we discussed Hillel’s famous principle of the essence of Torah - “What is hateful unto you do not do to your neighbour. This is the whole Torah. All the rest is commentary. Now go and study.”

  1. Does this apply to Harvey Weinstein and more importantly to the cover-up of his and similar actions?

  2. Is there a different standard for businesses?

  3. If “all the rest is commentary” should we be able to find an ethical message or principle in every section and sentence in the Torah?

  4. If a murderer asks you to point out the location of a person he wished to murder, do you lie to him and tell him a wrong location? Kant said no, tell the truth. Hillel said to lie. We discussed the options.

  5. In bringing up children, do we emphasize kindness to others or economic and intellectual success?

  6. Does allowing a woman to blow the shofar on High Holidays fall under the heading of “ do unto others …”, and therefore should it be permitted by the orthodox?

There will be no discussion group on October 28th. We will resume November 4th.

The discussion group leader is spending the Oct 28th weekend in meditation.

Bill 103 “Wish List”

Canadians value our ability to debate complex,

emotional issues while maintaining civility

and avoiding the pitfalls of political extremism.

Though we must remain vigilant, we must also recognize that Canada is one of the most welcoming and inclusive places in the world.

Every year, tens of thousands of individuals who identify as religious minorities – including Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, and all other groups – choose to make Canada their home. Why? Because Canada remains a place where minorities enjoy security, prosperity, equality and freedom. Of course, one hate crime is one too many. However, we must acknowledge that the sky is not falling.   

As welcoming as Canada is, bigotry against minorities, including against religious minorities, is a real phenomenon that must be addressed.

No one should ever face hatred or discrimination because of their race or religion. According to Statistics Canada, Police reported hate crimes motivated by race or religion increased in 2015. This is unacceptable and it must be addressed.  

The Jewish community’s experience in combating antisemitism is a model for countering hate.

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism was achieved through a multilateral consensus and endorsed by governments around the world. It clearly defines what constitutes anti-Jewish sentiment and what does not. Similar definitions should be established for other forms of hate, based on careful consideration, common sense and consensus.

The term “Islamophobia” has not been clearly defined in M-103, and has therefore become a distracting lightning rod.

One can’t effectively fight bigotry and hatred without first precisely defining it. While some use the term “Islamophobia” to concisely describe prejudice against Muslims, others have expanded it to include opposition to Islamic political ideologies. A recent Islamic Heritage Month Guide issued by the Toronto District School Board, and designed in partnership with the National Council of Canadian Muslims, defined Islamophobia to include “dislike toward Islamic politics or culture”. Though the guide was quickly withdrawn, this incident exposed some of the problems associated with relying on ad hoc, inadequate definitions of Islamophobia. Muslims can be protected from hate without restricting critique of Islamist political ideologies, especially those that are explicitly antisemitic or undemocratic.

There are interpretations of Islam being promoted today that are antisemitic and directly contradict human rights and democracy.

As Canadians counter hatred, we must also maintain the freedom to debate and criticize ideas. Recent examples of antisemitism on display at mosques and Muslim organizations in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver have shown that Islamist extremism is a problem within parts of the Canadian Muslim community. It must be addressed.

Let’s take practical steps to better protect all minority groups in Canada.

When it comes to countering hate crimes what’s needed is greater and more consistent enforcement of existing laws. We will urge the committee to recommend uniform guidelines for the collection and publication of hate crime data, which is currently inconsistent. We will propose new training programs for police and prosecutors to allow for better enforcement of existing hate speech laws. And we will point out the need for every major police agency to have a dedicated hate crime unit, so that all such cases are directed to those best qualified to investigate.

Diversity is our Strength

Sharia will be our Death Knell

Saying no to Bill 103 is pivotal to a Canadian Future


Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. inContext

You made it this far...

A Jewish man was sitting at a Starbucks reading an Arab newspaper.

A friend of his, who happened to be in the same store, noticed this strange phenomenon.

Very upset, he approached him and said: 'Moishe, have you lost your mind?

Why are you reading an Arab newspaper?'

Moishe replied, 'I used to read the Jewish newspapers, but what did I find?

Jews being persecuted, Israel being attacked, Jews disappearing through assimilation and intermarriage, Jews living in poverty.

So I switched to the Arab newspaper. Now what do I find? Jews own all the banks, Jews control the media, Jews are all rich and powerful, Jews rule the world. The news is so much better!'

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

Cantor David Young

B’aal Koreh:

Harvey Bitterman


Arnie Yudell

Rafi Remez

Shabbat Handout:

Judy Hazen


Charles Greene

Office Manager:

Sarah Senior


Who we are - Contact Info


Bar and Bat Mitzvahs

High Holy Days 2017

Rabbi’s Corner

Shabbat Bulletin

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Lodzer Office

Sarah: 416-636-6665

Office Hours

Monday through Thursday

9am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm


9am to 1pm