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Criticism of Israel should never be used

as an excuse to hate Jews

Shabbat Bulletin - November 11, 2017

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow...

When you go home, tell them of us and say,

“For your tomorrow, we gave our today.”

Worry - It’s the Jewish thing to do.

from “Chelm stories my Saba sent me”

(Yoni Elkins)

In Eastern Europe, there was a town called Chelm, where all the people were wise, but the wisest of all was the town rabbi. Although the citizens of Chelm were wise, they were constantly worried. They worried about everything. They even worried about worrying. They met in groups, trying to find a solution to their worrying. Shleimel suggested that they decree that worrying was illegal -- was absolutely not allowed. But Moshe worried that they would not be able to enforce that rule. Although they tried very hard, no one could find a way to stop their worrying.

Yoni said, “Let's ask the rabbi to find a way.”

Shleimel said, “Let's not worry the rabbi.”

At last, when all other efforts failed, they went to see the rabbi. “Rabbi, we are always worried. We do not want to be worried. Worrying prevents us from being happy. What can we do to stop worrying?”

The rabbi thought and thought. First he pulled on his beard with his left hand, then with his right. Then with both hands. At last he spoke. He spoke slowly and softly and all the men listened carefully. (Only the men were present. The women were always too busy to worry). “Why should everyone worry? In ancient days, before the building of the first temple, when people had sins, they put them on a goat and sent the goat away. Perhaps, we can do the same thing with worry -- not with a goat, of course -- a goat doesn't worry. Pick someone who has nothing else to do and pay him to worry for you.”

The men sighed with shame. Why had they not thought of that? Truly, their rabbi was the wisest of all Rabbis. Yitzchak did not have a job. He had nothing to do, so they all went to Yitzchak and said to him, “Yitzchak, we will pay you 2 kopeks a week to worry for us.” Yitzchak thought this was a great idea and he quickly accepted.

However, in the crowd was a relative of the town butcher. The relative did not live in town and thus was not as wise as the citizens of Chelm, but nevertheless he said: “Yitzchak has not been working for a long time. If he is to get 2 kopeks a week, every week, what does he have to worry about?” There was a long silence. Alas, the people of Chelm realized he was right. The project was abandoned and even to this day, every citizen of Chelm continues to worry.

Worry is a misuse of your imagination.

The Palestinians have yet to take the basic step that Great Britain did 100 years ago when it issued the Balfour Declaration recognizing the right of the Jewish people to a state in their homeland. /BN


We are the Lodzer Morning Minyanaires


Always a good breakfast following!

The Blame Game

As a general rule, most Israelis have viewed their conflict with the Palestinians as one between two peoples with valid claims to the same piece of land. They have thus repeatedly offered to end the conflict by sharing this land with the Palestinians. Yes, many Israelis reject such compromise. And yes, these hard-liners have occasionally won some battles. But Israel’s moderates have won almost every war.

The Palestinians, on the other hand, have consistently insisted that there is only one valid claim to the land: their own. They have repeatedly refused Israeli offers to share the land. Yes, there are certainly Palestinian moderates. And yes, on occasion these moderates have proclaimed their willingness to pursue peace. But they have never risked the wrath of their extremists by actually signing on the dotted line. Thus far, Palestinian rejectionists have won every war.

This pattern of Jewish/Israeli peace offers met by Arab/Palestinian rejection began before there even was a State of Israel, and it has continued down to the present day. Palestinian rejectionism birthed this conflict. And Palestinian rejectionism has been the powerful engine driving this conflict forward ever since.

... the Palestinians are real people. They do act in the world. And their actions have sparked and perpetuated a conflict that need never have been. Once we return the Palestinians to history in all of their complexity, we realize that Israelis are not the villains their detractors would have us believe. Israel has behaved reasonably, even admirably, under the most difficult of circumstances.


Team Israel... out in front by a nose.


Your Life Moments


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

Nov. 11  Josef Ber
Nov. 12  Eytan Broder
Nov. 12  Jim Rubin
Nov. 14  Esther Kaufman
Nov. 16  Reisa Grunberg
Nov. 16  Lorraine landis
Nov. 17  Herman Auslander
Nov. 17  Esther Steiman


Nov. 13  Mark & Anita Johnson
Nov. 17  Victor & Malka Arluk


Nov. 4  Rose Spitzen, mother of Irving

Nov. 7  Jack Shievitz, father of Alan

Nov. 10  Genia Giskina, mother of Mary Gelman

Nov. 12  Chaya Sara Gula, grandmother of Morry Nosak
Nov. 13  Chaim Senior, husband of Sarah
Nov. 14  Richard Ingber, husband of Fay and father of Joyce Ingber-Schlosser
Nov. 16  Avram Goldberg, father of Rita Eskenazi
Nov. 17  Emmanuel Gold, father of Carole Abrahams
Nov. 17  David Storm, father of Harvey

Work Hard - Have Fun - Make A Difference.

Remember - Don’t Forget - Take Action

Synagogue General Fund

Isaac Ricer

Carole & Jack Abrahams

Esther & Fred Bloch

Anita & Mark Johnson

Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund

Carole & Jack Abrahams

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

take action as not to forget.


The educational challenge is no longer how one [Jewish] world can reshape itself to be integrated into the other; rather the question is how do the two worlds [Jewish and non-Jewish]—standing side by side—correlate, integrate or confront each other? The time has come for a two-way conversation of equals, not a one-way conversation between a dominant and a minor culture.

Culture is like water for fish - It’s the only thing we know.

Cultural Experience Affects Perception.

“There is no such thing as a “pure” Islam or an a-historical Islam that is outside the process of historical development. The actual lived experience of Islam has always been culturally and historically specific, and bound by the immediate circumstances of its location in time and space. If we were to take a snapshot of Islam as it is lived today, it would reveal a diversity of lived experiences which are all different, yet existing simultaneously.”

(Farish Noor, New Voices of Islam)

Never the twain shall meet.

Communal leadership and service done for noble motives rather than for selfish interest is of the highest order and dignity in G-d’s eyes.

Zingers from Sage Advice - Perek 2, Mishnah 1




November 8


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 8

Meet the Authors

7:30 - 10:30 pm

Adas Israel

125 Cline Ave S


Moderated by two eminent advocates for Islamic reform:

Raheel Raza is President of The Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow.

Salim Mansur is Vice President of The Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow.

Books featured below...

Featured are two important, thematically-linked books by two well-known authors:

Howard Rotberg, “The Ideological Path to Submission … and what we can do about it”.

Christine Douglass-Williams, “The Challenge of Modernizing Islam: Reformers Speak Out and The Obstacles They Face”.


November 9

7 - 8 PM

Kiddush Room


Hebrew Classes

Remaining classes  this session:

November  16,  23,  30

December  7.

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


קח עוד כוס קפה


November 10




6 pm Service

6:45 pm Dinner

Deadline for ordering tickets has passed


Special Musical Service

Delightful Shabbat Dinner


Cantor David Young


and his family



November 11

22 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!


This week’s Kiddush

is sponsored by

The Ingber Family

for the yahrzeit of

Richard Ingber

Torah Times

Triennial Year 2

Parashat: Chayei Sarah

1: 24:10-14 (pg. 83)

2: 24:15-20

3: 24:21-26

4: 24:27-33

5: 24:34-41

6: 24:42-49

7: 24:50-52

maftir: 24:50-52


I Kings 1:1 - 1:31(pg. 90)

Candle Lighting:

4:38 p.m. – Friday


5:45 p.m. – Saturday

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.


November 12

Shul Kiddush


1 - 3 pm

Meeting in support of

the Yezidis

All Welcome

No Charge


Project Abraham

This is a wonderful opportunity for all volunteers to receive updates on the Yezidi situation both in Iraq and here in the GTA, on Project Abraham activities, and to network with other volunteers.  




While we sleep peacefully in our beds,

the Yazidi people of Iraq and Syria are being driven from their homes, the men and boys crucified and killed, while the women and children are raped and enslaved.

Those who manage to escape have become refugees within Iraq, Syria, Jordan and abroad.

Ignore the plight of others

at your own peril.


November 12

Shul Kiddush


6:30 pmish

All Welcome

No Charge


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.


November 13

Week 42

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 18

29 Heshvan


Shabbat Toledot

Genesis 25:19-28:9

Rebecca and Isaac are parents to twins, Esau and Jacob. Esau is beloved to his father for he is a hunter. Jacob, a shepherd, is the apple of his mother’s eye for his gentleness. Esau and Jacob have a difficult relationship and do not speak for many years after Jacob “steals” Esau’s birthright and his father’s blessing through deceit.


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

No Charge


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

6 - 10pm

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

No Charge


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:




Author: Christine Douglass-Williams

The following article is excerpted from the book "The Challenge of Modernizing Islam: Reformers Speak Out and the Obstacles They Face" by Christine Douglass-Williams.

It is an often-repeated view that Muslims must be violent to be true to their faith, and that Islam cannot be reformed, but in the vast world of today, such a view does not offer solutions. It does not address the fact that 1.6 billion Muslims are not going to disappear, and ignores the facts that human change and ideological evolution are historic phenomena. Bernard Lewis wrote eleven years prior to 9/11: "Islam has brought comfort and peace of mind to countless millions of men and women," and notes that "the Muslim world is far from unanimous in its rejection of the West."

Not all Muslims are Islamists or supremacists whose objective is conquest. Every immigrant group faces trials of cultural integration, but Islamists exploit such challenges to fuel hatred among their followers. Many Muslims are being taught in mosques to hate infidels and ultimately conquer their lands. Such messages are rooted in indoctrination by Muslim leaders who strive to keep their followers in the dark ages so as to control them and to discourage them from questioning and independently seeking answers about their faith.


Understanding the difference between Muslims who practice their faith personally from Islamists who thrive toward a political Islam and to impose their ideologies globally is crucial. It is imperative for citizens and authorities to understand this differentiation, given the vast Muslim immigration to the West and the threats posed by political Islam, which include infiltration. We cannot realistically implement a policy of closing the doors to Muslim immigration permanently, deport Muslims already living in the West, or stop every penny coming inside our borders from Salifist-funding states, but we can limit the influence of Islamism by first asking questions to better immunize ourselves through knowledge and open dialogue. The book "The Challenge of Modernizing Islam" aims to provide a foundation to ask valid questions; the word "moderate" means a form of Islam that accepts pluralism and is compatible with modernity and Western democracy.

The media often reports about Muslims who condemn the brutality of ISIS and al Qaeda as un-Islamic and display sympathies upon Islamist attacks, but upon further research, many of these so-called ‘moderates’ have ties to Islamist organizations and are on record as advocating Sharia law globally.

Westerners applaud "peaceful" Islamists for their gestures of conviviality and national solidarity and embrace them in the name of tolerance and diversity, without realizing that these crypto-moderates are well-versed in playing Westerners for fools. To advocate a "peaceful" and stealth replacement of Western democratic constitutions with Sharia law in any form is not moderate. It is a brand of ideological warfare, the end goal of which is no different from that of violent jihadists, but much more difficult to recognize.


What is currently badly wrong in the West is our lack of resolve in defending our freedoms against the scourge of Islamism, which seeks conquest. We are too afraid to be branded racists and Islamophobes; this fear detracts from a clear focus on policy solutions.

"The Challenge of Modernizing Islam" features face-to-face interviews with influential moderate Muslims in the United States and Canada. In their preparation, I found myself confronted by intense questions from fellow non-Muslims, of which the most frequent was: how is it that moderate Muslims — particularly practicing, devout ones — can call themselves Muslims and be modern at the same time, when the Koran itself calls for violent jihad, the subjugation of women, and much more that is deeply at variance with modernity? I was also often reminded that those moderates are not accepted as Muslims by their more fervent coreligionists, followed by the claim that so-called moderate Muslims are not Muslims at all. The moderates I have interviewed here have formulated responses to this in numerous ingenious and important ways. I refer to them as "moderates," to be differentiated from those crypto-moderates who appear as genuine, but who under further scrutiny support and advance political Islam and global sharia law.

There are also moderates that prefer to be deemed "reformers" because they believe that there are problematic texts in the Koran that need to be reinterpreted in a fashion that is consistent with modernity. To reformers, it is not enough to ignore such texts in today’s world. In this book, both moderates and reformers explain their frequently contrasting and often mutually complementary approaches to the problematic texts of Islam.

The tenets of public Sharia law are resisted by every moderate (and reformist) voice featured in these pages; ironically, they defend our freedoms against Islamists more actively than many Westerners who are phobic about being branded racists. A different kind of Islamophobia has gripped the West: an irrational terror even justifiably to criticize Islam. Islamists who subscribe to literal interpretations of Koranic texts are proficient at using charges of racism to silence their critics. As the fox guarding the henhouse, they use Western fears and ignorance about their religion in order to become the authorities to instruct us on how to deal with the Muslim populace; thus intentionally moving our democracies, and our very civilization, closer to the edge of a cliff.

Abdur-Rahman Mohammad, a former member of the International Institute for Islamic Thought (IIIT), emphasized the importance of the U.S. government moving to "stop legitimizing groups" like CAIR, MPAC, and ISNA, which he described as a "fifth column" in the United States. His warning is applicable to every Western country.

It is in the interests of Westerners to question any ideology that is backward, barbaric, and inconsistent with modernity, human rights and Western constitutions — particularly one that has seeped virtually unnoticed across its borders through immigration. It is the duty of Western authorities to protect their citizens from this threat.

As an observer, journalist, interviewer, I am witness to the existence and determination of many devout, practicing Muslims who publicly and ardently defend peace and Western Constitutional freedoms. They serve as fellow partners in protecting our freedoms in the West in opposing and exposing Islamists. I wish them every success.  inContext

When you get rid of the apostasy punishment,

Islam will cease to exist.


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 continued discussing the idea that morality is the essence of Judaism.

We discussed:

  1. the importance of The Ten Commandments, and noted that it was accepted by other religions. We also noted that it deals only with morals, not rituals.

  1. the importance of both specific and general laws and their inter-relationship.

  1. the concept that justice, mercy, and righteousness were equal in man’s and  G-d’s eyes.  

  1. that we judge people by their intelligence, wealth and power, but G-d judges people by how these gifts are used.

  1. that Isaiah reduced the Torah’s 613 commandments to two: do justice and perform acts of righteousness.

  1. that Dennis Prager has offered a common-sense proof as to why it makes sense that G-d values ethical behaviour toward others more than ritual behaviour directed toward Him. As Prager asked parents:  ‘What gives you greater joy, when your children tell you that they love you, or when you hear them say to their brothers and sisters, ‘I love you’? Overwhelmingly, parents answer that they derive greater satisfaction from seeing their children act lovingly toward each other. Prager concludes, ‘I think G-d is the same way. He regards humankind as His children … and so is most happy when He sees His children treating each other well.’

Next week we will look at the Jewish view of good character characteristics and building character.

The Ideological Path to Submission…

and what we can do about it.

Author: Howard Rotberg

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My new book is called The Ideological Path to Submission…and what we can do about it.   In it, I trace how the various western ideologies, such as cultural relativism, pacifism, denialism, postmodernism and inclusive diversity, all conduce to a submission to the Islamism of Jihad, establishment of a world-wide Caliphate and implementation of Sharia Law.

I am influenced by the great American scholar of Islam, Daniel Pipes, that there is a difference between Islamism and Islam and that we have a duty to assist the growing number of Muslims interested in reform of their religion to make it compatible with life in Western democracies.

We have to ask our Muslim friends to cleanse their organizations, mosques and schools from Islamist influences.   We cannot do it for them;  they have a duty to themselves and their children not to let the Muslims in the West be dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood and other radicals.

I conclude that with the explicit declaration of war by the Islamists against the West, we are reaching the time when we have to acknowledge that war and fight back.   If the Muslims of America do not explicitly state and act upon their opposition to the Islamist enemy, then they will disentitle themselves from the normal protections of law and may be swept up into restrictions of civil rights applicable to our enemies during wartime.  inContext

Cyrus the Great, a leader of the ancient Persian Empire, famously said that “freedom, dignity, and wealth together constitute the greatest happiness of humanity. If you bequeath all three to your people, their love for you will never die.”

US President Donald Trump

Contrary to popular misconception, Islam does not mean peace

but rather means submission to the commands of Allah alone.

Therefore, muslims do not believe in the concept of freedom of expression, as their speech and actions are determined by divine revelation

and not based on people's desires.

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”

Judgment Day

The Talmud tells us about Rabbi Eleazar, the son of Rabbi Simon, who was on his way to begin work in his new congregation.

Riding on his donkey, his heart was filled with pride and haughtiness because of his learning. An ugly man of dwarfed appearance greeted him: 'Peace be unto you, rabbi…’

Haughtiness ⇒ the appearance or quality of being arrogantly superior and disdainful.

Instead of returning his greeting with courtesy, the rabbi said: 'How ugly the man is! Tell me, are all the other men of your city as ugly as you?'

The dwarf replied: ‘I do not know. Go and tell the Divine Craftsman who made me: How ugly is this, the vessel Thou hast made…’

Rabbi Eleazar was sorry for the way he had spoken. All the way to the village, he pleaded with the dwarf to forgive him. But the dwarf refused to listen to him. When they reached the village, the rabbi told the townspeople that he was unworthy to be their rabbi because of his pride and haughtiness. Moved by his tears, and impressed with his sincere repentance, the townspeople persuaded the dwarf to forgive him. Rabbi Eleazar was never filled with arrogance again. He had learned his lesson; never again would he judge from outer appearances.

A small child will usually choose the largest and most elaborate package during Hanukkah. It may contain a very inexpensive toy. The smallest package of all may contain a costly watch or ring. The child judges by outer appearances. The more mature person does not. It is a sign of childishness to judge from the outer covering. It is a sign of growing up to judge from the contents of the package itself.

Judge every man by the scale of merit.

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


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Follow in the footsteps of legends

The oldest and most iconic golf course in the world. The Swilcan Bridge and Hell Bunker are recognised across the globe, yet the greatest feature of the Old Course is that despite its grand status it remains a public golf course, open to all.

I fell in love with it the first day I played it. There's just no other golf course that is even remotely close.

Jack Nicklaus, Open Champion 1970, 1978

My son Andrew flew over to Scotland this last weekend for a few days.

Picture of St. Andrews golf course.  Andrew is an avid golfer./Isi Davis


"a hill for magnitude, a mountain in virtue of its bold design"

Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur's Seat is the main peak of the group of hills in Edinburgh, Scotland which form most of Holyrood Park.

Holyrood Park is a short walk from Edinburgh’s Royal Mile in the heart of the city. It is a 640 acre Royal Park adjacent to Holyrood Palace.

The parks highest point is Arthur’s Seat, an ancient volcano, and sits 251 m above sea level giving excellent view of the city; it is also the site of a large and well preserved fort.  This is one of four hill forts dating from around 2000 years ago.  With its diverse range of flora and geology it is also site of Special Scientific Interest.

Within the park you can also visit St Anthony’s Chapel - a 15th century medieval chapel, Salisbury Crags – a series of 150 foot cliff faces dominating Edinburgh’s skyline as well as Duddingston Loch – a freshwater loch rich in birdlife.

Andrew with his friend on top of Arthur's seat

which is next to Holyrood castle Edinburgh Scotland./Isi Davis


Scotland’s national drink - Scotch whisky - 'The Water of Life'

The Scots used it to heal common ailments and keep warm throughout the winter. The British taxed it to help fund their government. And now, Scottish whisky exports make up one quarter of the UK’s international food and drink trade.

While in Edinburgh Andrew went to a scotch tasting evening with his sister Laura.

Just as Rabbi Eli, my son knows his scotch./Isi Davis


Remembrance Day, also known as Armistice Day or Poppy Day, commemorates the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and of civilians in times of war. Two minutes of silence is marked on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, which is the anniversary of the ending of the First World War in 1918 between the Allies and Germany.

Remembrance Sunday, the main day of observance, takes place on the Sunday nearest to the 11th November, with services across the country.

Scotland’s national remembrance ceremony takes place on Remembrance Sunday, with the laying of wreaths by national, local, and military leaders at the Stone of Remembrance, beside St Giles Cathedral.

A services parade, led by veterans, with pipes and drums of the Royal Regiment of Scotland and 2 Scots, will leave Edinburgh Castle Esplanade shortly after 10:30am and march to the Service and Ceremony at the Stone of Remembrance.

Spirit of 1914

"if it be life that waits, I shall live forever unconquered.

If death, I shall die at last, strong in my pride and free"

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Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)

On August 4, 1914, Britain declared war on Germany. Canada, as a member of the British Empire, was automatically at war, and its citizens from all across the land responded quickly. Within three weeks, 45,000 Canadians had rushed to join up. John McCrae was among them. He was appointed brigade-surgeon to the First Brigade of the Canadian Field Artillery with the rank of Major and second-in-command.

Just before his departure, he wrote to a friend:

It is a terrible state of affairs, and I am going because I think every bachelor, especially if he has experience of war, ought to go. I am really rather afraid, but more afraid to stay at home with my conscience. (Prescott. In Flanders Fields: The Story of John McCrae, p. 77)

He took with him a horse named Bonfire, a gift from a friend. Later, John McCrae sent his young nieces and nephews letters supposedly written by Bonfire and signed with a hoof print.

In April 1915, John McCrae was in the trenches near Ypres, Belgium, in the area traditionally called Flanders. Some of the heaviest fighting of the First World War took place there during that was known as the Second Battle of Ypres.

On April 22, the Germans used deadly chlorine gas against Allied troops in a desperate attempt to break the stalemate. Despite the debilitating effects of the gas, Canadian soldiers fought relentlessly and held the line for another 16 days.

In the trenches, John McCrae tended hundreds of wounded soldiers every day. He was surrounded by the dead and the dying. In a letter to his mother, he wrote of the Battle of Ypres.

The general impression in my mind is of a nightmare. We have been in the most bitter of fights. For seventeen days and seventeen nights none of us have had our clothes off, nor our boots even, except occasionally. In all that time while I was awake, gunfire and rifle fire never ceased for sixty seconds ..... And behind it all was the constant background of the sights of the dead, the wounded, the maimed, and a terrible anxiety lest the line should give way. (Prescott. In Flanders Fields: The Story of John McCrae, p. 98)

The day before he wrote his famous poem, one of McCrae's closest friends was killed in the fighting and buried in a makeshift grave with a simple wooden cross. Wild poppies were already beginning to bloom between the crosses marking the many graves. Unable to help his friend or any of the others who had died, John McCrae gave them a voice through his poem. It was the second last poem he was to write.

Soon after it was written, he was transferred to No. 3 (McGill) Canadian General Hospital in France where he was Chief of Medical Services. The hospital was housed in huge tents at Dannes-Cammiers until cold wet weather forced a move to the site of the ruins of the Jesuit College at Boulogne.

When the hospital opened its doors in February 1916, it was a 1,560-bed facility covering 26 acres. Here the wounded were brought from the Battle of the Somme, the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the third Battle of Ypres and from Arras and Passchendaele.

The Cost of War

John McCrae was deeply affected by the fighting and losses in France. He became bitter and disillusioned.

He felt he should have made greater sacrifices, and insisted on living in a tent through the year, like his comrades at the front, rather than in the officers' huts. When this affected his health in mid-winter he had to be ordered into warmer surroundings. To many he gave the impression that he felt he should still be with his old artillery brigade. After the battle of Ypres he was never again the optimistic man with the infectious smile. (Prescott. In Flanders Fields: The Story of John McCrae, p. 110)


The True North Strong and Free


Freedom is never free.