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“We are a nation of Ivriim”

Shabbat Bulletin - November 4, 2017

As the Bard taught us, the Schule must go on.


The Winter's Tale; Sunday Nights with Rabbi Eli

Nov 12 - Friedlander; the man who forged the Jerusalem Talmud.

A scandalous tale of intrigue and ingenuity, great talent and colossal waste.

Dec 10 - The mindset of a Jew of the late Second Temple era, and a venture into the origins of Rabbis.

Jan 14 - Has the Biblical text remained unchanged through the ages?

Talks begin 6:30 pmish

Please let us know you are coming:,

or call Sarah at 416 636-6665

Hashem will provide

from “Chelm stories my Saba sent me”

(Yoni Elkins)

A very wealthy man had a beautiful, but very shy, daughter who fell in love with a young man who spent his days and many of his nights studying Talmud. The young man was invited to the home of the wealthy man, where he proclaimed his love for the beautiful, but shy daughter and the following conversation occurred:

“Mr. Silver, I would like to marry your daughter.”

“Tell me, Yeheshua (the boy's name was really Yakov, but he did not want to contradict his future father-in-law), if you marry my daughter, what will be your occupation?”

“My occupation, Mr. Silver, will be studying Talmud.”

“How will you buy a house?”

“I have faith in Hashem. Hashem will provide.”

“How will you obtain food and clothing and all the things my beautiful, daughter is used to?”

“I have faith in Hashem. Hashem will provide.”

“If you have children (may you have many - and I expect you will), how will you provide for their housing and food and clothing and their education?”

“I have faith in Hashem. Hashem will provide.”

After the conversation, Mr. Silver’s wife, who had absented herself during this discussion, said to her husband: “What did you think of Yakov (she had a better memory for names, [particularly] anyone interested in her beautiful, but very shy daughter)?”

“A nice lad. Very respectful. He thinks I'm Hashem.”

Bimah Matters - Marilyn Richmond

If someone needs help, don't say, “turn to God,” act as if there is no God and no other person who can help except - you.  (and therefore you help)

Hashem has provided - the rest is up to you.

We stand alone

and when we connect to who we really are,

we have the power to transcend the immutable rules of nature.


We are the Lodzer Morning Minyanaires


Always a good breakfast following!

The word Hebrew comes from the word Ivri, a term used to describe our forefather Abraham. The word literally means "from the other side" or “to pass through to the other side.” Avram came from Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq) on the one side of the river Jordan and crossed over to Canaan (Israel) on the other side.

Avram was destined to remain childless. But Avraham, the same person with a new name, would give rise to nations.

David Birkin on Transcendence

Bimah Matters - D’var of Oct.28

The inner meaning of being an Ivri is transcendence, the ultimate "other side" one can achieve. That means that as descendents of Abraham we have the ability to leave the system of natural cause and effect that governs the world, including the mystical influence the planetary bodies have on the earth. This gift to Abraham and to us, his spiritual descendents, means that while the rules of science or astrology may suggest one conclusion, we have the power and license to turn to God and ask for another. Abraham himself could not have children and his wife also did not even have a womb. Yet he received the gift of transcendence, which meant that for Abraham and his descendents anything would be possible.

Gaze upon the heavens,

count the stars, if you can,

for such will be your children.

The Jewish people received this gift nationally – the ability to go beyond the rules of nature and exist in an entirely different plane. God called himself the God of the Ivrim in connection with the Exodus from Egypt. We earned that name when we passed through the Red Sea which split for us, to the other side.

Being Jewish is about standing up for what we believe is right, regardless of popular opinion and practice. We are promised that ultimately the nations of the world will look to us for moral guidance just like they revered our forefather Abraham's counsel. Until then, we need the strength to live up to our name – even if means being an Ivri/Hebrew when we find ourselves on the other side of public opinion. inContext

Transcendent - above all things

habet na hashomayma - gaze from above, the heavens

Your Life Moments


Oct. 31  Lily Perelshtein

Nov. 2  Susan Yellin

Nov. 3  Victor Arluk

Nov. 4    Cindy Ber

Nov. 9    Malka Arluk

Nov. 9    Cheryl Zaidman

Nov. 9    Barbara Zimmerman

Nov. 10  Miriam Epstein

Nov. 10  Neil Manley

Nov. 10  Joseph Shedletzky


<call Sarah>


Oct. 29  Sara Grunberg, mother of Rick

Nov. 1  Morris Super, father of Dora Usher

Nov. 4  Rose Spitzen, mother of Irving

Nov. 7  Jack Shievitz, father of Alan

Nov. 10  Genia Giskina, mother of Mary Gelman

Explain to me again why enjoying life when you retire

is more important than enjoying life now.

Remember - Don’t Forget - Take Action

Synagogue General Fund

Syd Markowitz

Judy Hazan

Josef Ber

Harvey Storm

Siddur Dedication

Isi Davis

Siddur Dedication

To the men and women of the round table

by Isi Davis

In loving memory of:

My dear father:  Yitzchak Davis

My dear friends:

George Fox, Berl Rubin, Zalman Ronski, Israel Koplowitz,

Gittel Cohen

May you all be blessed, you will never be forgotten.

What, if I could say

To hear your voices, see you smile

To once again sit with you and chat awhile

Phantom faces, shadows fill the floor

I'm sure there is a place, beyond our thoughts

Marked reserved

For you'll never know how much you're missed

Until you see the vacant chairs

Of men and women who passed my way


by Barbara Sonek

We played, we laughed we were loved.

We were ripped from the arms of our parents and thrown into the fire.

We were nothing more than children.

We had a future.

We were going to be lawyers, rabbis, wives, teachers, mothers.

We had dreams, then we had no hope.

We were taken away in the dead of night like cattle in cars, no air to breathe smothering, crying, starving, dying.

Separated from the world to be no more.

From the ashes, hear our plea.

This atrocity to mankind can not happen again.

Remember us, for we were the children whose dreams and lives

were stolen away.

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

take action as not to forget.


The secular world needs our help to develop healthy limits.

‘minor’ good deeds may have enormous impact. One example: helping people before they fall into poverty or serious difficulty by lending them money or finding them a job.

Instant gratification is not the right guide to a good life.

Belief in a personal God who monitors all behaviour will keep you from wrong actions.

Zingers from Sage Advice - Perek 2, Mishnah 1


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

The shock of the Shoah undermines the credibility of modern culture’s promises and reveals that all these glittering redemptive visions disarmed the victims even as modern technology armed the victimizers.

Irving Yitz Greenberg




November 1


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


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

7 - 8 PM

Kiddush Room


Hebrew Classes

Remaining classes  this session:

November 9,  16,  23,  30

December  7.

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



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

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

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


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


Judy & Charly Hazan

Honouring the birth of grandson

Yoav Shalom

to daughter and


Jenny & Moshe Sarfaty

And by:

Auntie Elaina Newman

in honour of

the aufruf of

Sam and Sheryl Goldberg’s

son Zachary

to Rebecca Alter


“calling up”

The custom of honouring special privileges to a groom before his wedding is said to date back to King Solomon. He had a gate to the Temple specially constructed to honour bridegrooms. Well-wishers would stand by the gate and bless the men as they walked through it. Once the Temple was destroyed, rabbis maintained this tradition of honouring grooms by inviting them to partake of special honours.

Siman Tov - Mazal Tov

Torah Times

Triennial Year 2

Parashat: Vayera

1: 19:1-11

2: 19:12-20

3: 19:21-29

4: 19:30-38

5: 20:1-8

6: 20:9-14

7: 20:15-18

maf: 20:15-18

Haftarah for Ashkenazim:

II Kings 4:1 - 4:37

Candle Lighting:

5:56 p.m. – Friday


7:02 p.m. – Saturday

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

We Remember

Founding Members

of the Lodzer Synagogue

featured in the documentary

Anszel and Bluma Klodawski

David and Jenny Rybowski

David was a president

Leon and Luba Drewnowsky

Luba was president of the sisterhood


November 6

Week 41

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 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


Monday, Nov. 6


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



November 11

22 Heshvan


Shabbat Chayei Sarah

Genesis 23:1-25:18

Chaye Sarah marks the first evidence in the Torah that Abraham owned land. Abraham purchased

land in order to bury Sarah. The cave of Machpelah in Hebron is purchased from Ephron, the son

of Zohar for this purpose. After Sarah’s death, Abraham took another wife, Keturah. Abraham

and Keturah had six sons.

Who knew?

The challah on Shabbat is covered during the blessing over the wine, so as not to "slight its feelings" by having the wine take precedence over it. Of course, we don’t believe that challah actually has feelings, but this ritual teaches us to have sensitivity to even the "feelings" of inanimate objects.

If we can show concern for a loaf

of challah, let us also show

concern for our fellow man?


November 12

Shul Kiddush


6:30 pmish

All Welcome


As the Bard taught us,

the Schule must go on.

The Winter's Tale;

Sunday Nights with Rabbi Eli

Friedlander; the man who forged the Jerusalem Talmud.

A scandalous tale of intrigue and ingenuity, great talent and colossal waste.


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.


December 10

Shul Kiddush


6:30 pmish

All Welcome


As the Bard taught us,

the Schule must go on.

The Winter's Tale;

Sunday Nights with Rabbi Eli

The mindset of a Jew of the late Second Temple era, and a venture into the origins of Rabbis.


December 11


Shul Kiddush Room


Call Sarah to purchase tickets



Lager Congregation


Join beer aficionados Rabbi Eli Courante and Lodzer Centre President Jeff Shabes as the synagogue presents its first-ever beer-tasting on Monday, December 11th from 6pm-10pm.

Cost will be $40.

At a Jewish wedding reception someone yelled:

“Would all the married men please stand next to the one person who has made your life worth living.”

The bartender was almost crushed to death.



Be prepared for some delicious food pairings cooked by the rabbi and Chef Rafi Remez.  The rabbi will walk everyone through the tastings from some of our best microbreweries.

Know your limit and stick to it.



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.


January 14

Shul Kiddush


6:30 pmish

All Welcome


As the Bard taught us,

the Schule must go on.

The Winter's Tale;

Sunday Nights with Rabbi Eli

Has the Biblical text remained unchanged through the ages?


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:



Ayn Rand 1905-1982

Born: Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum, St. Petersburg, Russian Empire


“No one’s happiness but my own is in my power to achieve or to destroy”

We can evade reality,

but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality.

The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum.

Whenever evil wins, it is only by default:

by the moral failure of those who evade the fact

that there can be no compromise on basic principles.

The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it.

The right to agree with others is not a problem in any society;

it is the right to disagree that is crucial.

Definitions are the guardians of rationality, the first line of defense against the chaos of mental disintegration.

The more things change the more they stay the same.

The question isn't who is going to let me;

it's who is going to stop me.

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve,

not by the desire to beat others.


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.

Joseph Telushkin on self control:

In giving an example of how we should avoid or ignore meaningless personal attacks, Telushkin cites the following quote:

As Abraham Lincoln put it, “I do the very best I know how, the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all  right, what is said against me won’t amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.”

Telushkin gives the following example of the sin of coveting

King David is highly attracted to Bathsheba. Even after he learns that she is married to an officer in his army, he orders her brought to his palace and sleeps with her. Bathsheba becomes pregnant, and David summons her husband Uriah, back from the front in the hope that he will sleep with his wife and presume that she became pregnant through him. But when Uriah twice avoids going home to be with Bathsheba (perhaps he had heard rumours of her dalliance with the king), David realized that the woman’s pregnancy will result in a major scandal,  and arranges to have Uriah killed in a battle. Thus what began with the seemingly not-so-serious violation of the ban against coveting let to violations of the prohibitions against adultery and murder.

Questions by JU -

1. David is revered as one of the greatest of Israel’s kings, and yet he was an adulterer and a murderer. Is there a different standard of behaviour for kings and Hollywood moguls?

2. With great books from the 1940’s like What makes Sammy run detailing Hollywood's immorality, why is everyone surprised or upset now that it has again being publicized?


What the President of the Philippines

did for the Jews

It is well-known that there is a strong connection between the State of Israel and the Philippines - many foreign carers in Israels are from the Philippines. But what you may not know is about the Philippines role in the 1940s.

On February 15, 1939, Philippine Commonwealth Pres. Quezon said that his country “could not turn a deaf ear to the sufferings of these unfortunate people.”

“I am willing to facilitate entrance of such Jewish people as we could absorb and who would not be a burden.”

From 1937 to 1941, about 1,200 European Jews found refuge from the Holocaust in the Philippines.

“It is my hope, and indeed my expectation, that the people of the Philippines will have in the future every reason to be glad that when the time of need came, their country was willing to extend a hand of welcome.”

“It’s the right thing to do.”


So many didn’t.

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”

Albert Einstein's Credo

The striving after knowledge for its own sake, the love of justice verging on fanaticism, and the quest for personal independence... these are the motivating traditions of the Jewish people which cause me to regard my adherence thereto as a gift of destiny ... as long as we remain devoted servants of truth, justice and freedom, we shall not only continue to exist as the oldest of all living peoples, but we shall also, as hitherto, create through productive effort, values which shall contribute to the ennobling of mankind.

In what way is Albert Einstein's credo a good summary of the ethics of Judaism?

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

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The 42nd Ontario general election, June 7, 2018

In the red corner...

With provincial elections coming up this quote from Talushkin's "A Code of Jewish Ethics" seems worthwhile considering.

Telushkin on Political Campaigns

It seems to me that when a candidate we support reveals information intended to humiliate his opponent, we are morally obligated either to vote for the opposition or, at the least, “sit out” the election. Only by doing so and making it clear to the candidate we formerly supported why we are doing so can we make it clear that we oppose “dirty” campaigning.


“The hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning.”

Adlai Stevenson

Let the ad wars begin...

Chaim Meisels, Satmar Rebbe's great grandson


becomes IDF officer

Why I left a woman, a girl, a family, friends, and a successful job.

"I grew up as a haredi child in Brooklyn, United States."

"I had the feeling that something was missing, but I didn't know what. My first visit to Israel was at the age of 11. I discovered the State of Israel, a Jewish state. I did not yet know how it would affect me, but I felt that I had come home.

"When we returned to Brooklyn a few days later, I felt like another person,"

"Suddenly there was something I [could] connect to, the State of Israel. Because I am the grandson of the Satmar Rebbe, and the community in which I grew up does not support Israel, I had no one to talk about it with.

"I came to Israel again at the age of 15, this time to study in a yeshiva in Bnei Brak. The only language I spoke at the time was Yiddish, and I could not communicate with the outside world like I wanted to. When I returned to the United States a year later, I bought a phone with Internet (we were not allowed to own one in a yeshiva), decided to learn English, learn about Israel and a little about the world."

"at the age of 17, I realized that I wanted to leave the haredi world, but most of the people I knew who had left didn't succeed. The social gap and the language made it difficult for them to cope with a different kind of lifestyle. I decided to turn to the Rebbe, to tell him that for years I was no longer Shabbat-observant.

"His answer was that I got where I was because I wasn't yet married...

Satmar is a Hasidic group originating from Hungary (now Romania), where it was founded in 1905. Following World War II, it was re-established in New York, becoming one of the largest Hasidic movements in the world.

Satmar is one of the largest Hasidic dynasties in the world: The estimated number of affiliated men, women, and children ranges between 65,000 and 75,000. It is characterized by extreme religious rigidity, rejection of modern culture, and fierce anti-Zionism. Satmar sponsors a comprehensive education and media system in Yiddish, and its members use Yiddish as a primary language. The sect also serves as the leading power within those ultra-Orthodox circles which oppose the State of Israel.

"I love my family, who simply don't understand or accept how I view the world. I chose a way in Judaism that is different from them - a Judaism in which establishing and defending the Jewish State is just as important as learning Torah."

"Today I finish IDF Officer School. Next week, I'll be the platoon commander, and I'll invest everything I have in my soldiers.

"The reason I tell you this is for you to learn that if there is a will there is a way. No matter what you say or who tells you - if you really want to be successful and willing to invest, you will eventually succeed."

"We have the best army in the world, and it doesn't matter where you come from and what you've done until now; if you give your 100 percent, you'll find the way."


Yasher Koach