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Shabbat Bulletin - January 6, 2018





June 24-July 8, 2018

Wrocław Jewish Community

Town Hall-Ratusz in Market Square-Rynek, Old Town,Wroclaw-German:Breslau Poland

Although the history of the Jewish Community in Wrocław dates back to the thirteenth century, its most fascinating period started in the nineteenth century, parallel to the Jewish emancipation in Prussia which fueled the community’s unprecedented development. It was at that time that one of the most important Haskalah centers arose there and where the answers to the challenges of modern life were sought.

In 1840, rabbi Abraham Geiger arrived in the city. His teachings gave rise to the religious reforms that made Breslau a vital hub for the emerging liberal Judaism. At the same time, from 1854, the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) was educating future rabbis, advocating the school of positive-historical Judaism and distancing itself from both reformists and traditionalists. JTS soon became the most significant institution of its kind in Europe, laying the groundwork for modern conservative Judaism.  Although the JTS building and the progressive center of the Jewish Community surrounding the Neue Synagogue did not survive the disaster of World War II, splendid department stores originally owned by Jews are still to be found in the city center today, standing as prominent examples of modernist architecture. The enlightened Jewish Community also influenced the shape of rapidly developing Breslau: its members built the first tram lines and founded hospitals which were considered the most modern in all of Prussia. ...

The German Jewish Community, counting over 20,000 members, ceased to exist with the beginning of World War II. The end of the war also meant a shift of borders, delineated by the three allied powers. The few German Jews who survived the Holocaust left the city in 1945. German Breslau became Polish Wrocław. The entire region, empty of its former German inhabitants, became a settlement area for Jews, primarily from Eastern Europe. Soon the city became a major center of Jewish life in Poland with numerous Jewish cooperatives, kosher slaughterhouses and shops, mikvehs, orphanages, schools and soup kitchens. For a few years after the war, Wrocław also hosted a Jewish theatre directed by Ida Kamińska (the first Polish actress to earn an Oscar nomination).

Over the next two decades Jews left Poland due to postwar pogroms, the establishment of Israel and systematic anti-Semitism by the Polish communist authorities. In 1968, the communist government’s anti-Zionist campaign brought a virtual end to many Jewish institutions and Jewish life in Poland. The abandoned White Stork Synagogue in Wrocław began to fall into ruin.

Seven years after the fall of communism, in 1996, the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage purchased the synagogue from a private owner and returned it to the re-established Jewish Community in Wrocław. ... The historic building was officially reopened in May 2010.

The White Stork Synagogue. Wroclaw, Lower Silesia, Poland.

The synagogue now also serves as the Center for Jewish Culture and Education, ... which organizes numerous events throughout the year. ...

First ordination of rabbis since the Second World War -

The ceremony was held at the historic White Stork Synagogue.

Reborn in the 1990’s, the Wrocław Jewish Community today has 350 members, who have access on a daily basis to a kosher kitchen and cafeteria, and can participate in meetings of the Seniors Club, Youth Club and Sunday school for kids. The Community provides orthodox services on Shabbat and other holidays in the small art nouveau-style prayer room (shul), ...

CIŻ Café

In 2014, the Jewish Community opened the first kosher café in Poland just across from the White Stork Synagogue. CIŻ is the abbreviation of the Polish for the Jewish Information Center (Centrum Informacji Żydowskiej), because it serves not only as a café but also as an information center, where visitors can get information on events in the synagogue, on the history of Jews in the city, and Jewish life in Poland today. CIŻ Café is also a Jewish Community Center, with meetings, lectures and workshops organized for Community members and friends.

CIŻ Café is all about coffee. Our baristas prepare coffee from a selection of freshly roasted beans from all over the world. Besides traditional coffee from an espresso machine, our guests can also enjoy our special drip-filter coffee prepared at their table. A larger group can order coffee from our specially constructed menorah-drip with seven funnels. Delicious fresh cakes are baked daily in the Community’s kosher kitchen.

Tours of Jewish Wrocław

The Jewish Community of Wroclaw organizes journeys spanning 800 years of Jewish history inscribed on the walls of the most representative buildings, squares, cemeteries and monuments in Wrocław.

The excursions are stories woven into the topography of Wrocław, a chronicle of its inhabitants who contributed to the city’s social status and respected position in the region and throughout the world. They explore the personal history of Nobel Prize winners, philosophers, architects, and the founders of the most prominent movements in modern Judaism, alongside the daily lives of the members of the Jewish community.



Let yourself be blown away by the biggest annual Jewish music festival in the world in old Krakow, spend a Shabbat in the ancient Kabbalistic town of Tzfat, relax with a glass of wine in upper Galilee, admire the grottoes of Rosh ha-Nikra, float in the Dead Sea, feel alive in Jerusalem like never before - all that, in the company of our Rabbi and Cantor, enjoying their warm personalities; enhanced stories; inspiring presentations; entertaining programs; and much more.

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Your Life Moments


Jan. 2  Barbara Barkin

Jan. 6  Brian Goldman

Jan. 7  Rafael Remez


Jan. 6  Allen & Ida Sidenberg


Jan. 2  Leon Drewnowsky, father of Annette Sacks

Jan. 2   Beckie Sacks, mother of Michael

Jan. 3  Joseph Anidjar, father of Morris

Jan. 3  Regina Fischer, mother of Nina Rubin & Gloria Riesel

Jan. 3  Zeev Nemirov, husband of Bluma

Jan. 4  Malka Mozes, mother of Eda Kardonne

Jan. 5  Bernard Herzog, father of Sam

Jan. 8   Yochevat Goldberg, mother of Alla Kabacznik

Jan. 8   Harry Zaidman, father of Sally Berger and Leo Zaidman

Jan. 9   Abraham Kliger, father of Debbie Spigelman and Frieda Walton

Jan. 11 Zvi Waserman, father of Jack and uncle of Reisa Grunberg

Jan. 12  Susan Pasternak, wife of Leon

The Boarding of Flight 2018 has begun.

Your luggage should only contain the best souvenirs from 2017.


The bad and sad moments should be left in the past...

The duration of the flight will be 12 months. So, tighten your seatbelts.


The next stop-overs will be: Health, Love, Joy, Harmony, well-being and Peace.

We may encounter a little turbulence during our flight. Be prepared for an interesting flight, but hopefully not too interesting.

The captain offers you the following menu which will be served during the flight: A Cocktail of Friendship, A Supreme of Health, A Gratin of Prosperity, A Bowl of Excellent News, A salad of Success, A Cake of Happiness, and all accompanied by bursts of laughter......


Wishing you an enjoyable trip on board flight 2018....

Thanks to all who have contributed in so many ways to the Lodzer Congregation community in the last year.

Have a great 2018 !!

Remember - Don’t Forget - Take Action

Synagogue General Fund

Phil Drash

Howard Iseman

Marcel Hascal

Prayer Book Fund - Siddur Dedication

Arthur Zins

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

take action as not to forget.



Participants will be notified by e-mail of scheduling changes.




Karate lessons

For Seniors

Join us

with open hands

and Kick back!

Mondays & Fridays


Kiddush Breakfast

(10 - 11 AM)ish

Dojo Lodzer

Upstairs Hall

Shul donations


Kiai - Sen!


Our very own Black belt, David Birken, is leading the class

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



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


7 - 8 PM

Kiddush Room

There will be

no Hebrew

class on

January 11.


Hebrew Classes

Conversational Hebrew classes are on-going at the shul on Thursdays from

7:00 - 8:00 pm.

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


קח עוד כוס קפה



Kiddush lunch

Saturdays after Kiddush Lunch discussion group with Jonathan Usher.




January 4



January 7

Shiva services

7 PM

202 Waterloo Ave.


in memory of

Dan Usher

Visiting also  from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on Friday and Sunday.

Donations to the Lodzer Synagogue.

USHER, Dan - Dan, loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and brother, and retired Professor of Economics at Queens University, died peacefully at Kingston General Hospital on December 27 at the age of 83.

Our condolences to


and the Usher Family


January 6


19 Tevet

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

Rafael Remez

in celebration of his

60th Birthday

Torah Times

Triennial Year 2

Parashat: Shemoth

Exodus 1:1 - 6:1

1: 3:1-6 (p. 213)

2: 3:7-10

3: 3:11-15

4: 3:16-22

5: 4:1-5

6: 4:6-9

7: 4:10-17

maf: 4:14-17


Isaiah 27:6 - 28:13; 29:22 - 29:23  (p. 225)

Candle Lighting:

4:37 p.m. – Friday


5:46 p.m. – Saturday


Exodus 1:1-6:1

In this Torah portion, the new Pharaoh does not remember Joseph. Fearing their population growth, Pharaoh makes the Israelites his slaves. Pharaoh then demands that all Israelites baby boys be killed upon birth. Moses’ mother puts her son in a basket in the river, and he is saved by Pharaoh’s daughter. When he is an adult, Moses kills an Egyptian taskmaster who was beating an Israelite slave. Moses flees to Midian and marries Tzipporah. God appears before Moses in a burning bush and tells him to free the Israelites from slavery. An apprehensive Moses returns to Egypt, where he and his brother Aaron demand that Pharaoh free the Israelite slaves. Pharaoh refuses, and God promises to punish him.  myjewishlearning


January 13


26 Tevet


Shabbat Va’era

Exodus 6:2-9:35

We are told of the relationship between God and the Jewish people and of the promise to give the Land of Israel to the people.

Moses is told that he should go before Pharaoh to ask him to allow the Israelites to depart. Twice Moses responds by saying that Pharaoh will not listen and explains that, because of a speech impediment, he is not the right person to represent the Jewish people.

God answers by declaring that Moses’ brother, Aaron, will accompany him as the spokesman.


January 14

Shul Kiddush


6:30 pm

(starts on time)

All Welcome

No Charge

Please inform Sarah that you’ll be coming.



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?


January 18

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

City of Women

By David R. Gillham

It is 1943 - the height of the Second World War - and Berlin has essentially become a city of women. In this page-turning novel, David Gillham explores what happens to ordinary people thrust into extraordinary times, and how the choices they make can be the difference between life and death.

City of Women by Gillham

It is 1943 - the height of the Second World War - and Berlin has essentially become a city of women.

Sigrid Schröder is, for all intents and purposes, the model German soldier's wife: She goes to work every day, does as much with her rations as she can, and dutifully cares for her meddling mother-in-law, all the while ignoring the horrific immoralities of the regime. But behind this façade is an entirely different Sigrid, a woman who dreams of her former lover, now lost in the chaos of the war. Her lover is a Jew.

But Sigrid is not the only one with secrets.

A high ranking SS officer and his family move down the hall and Sigrid finds herself pulled into their orbit. A young woman doing her duty-year is out of excuses before Sigrid can even ask her any questions. And then there's the blind man selling pencils on the corner, whose eyes Sigrid can feel following her from behind the darkness of his goggles.

Soon Sigrid is embroiled in a world she knew nothing about, and as her eyes open to the reality around her, the carefully constructed fortress of solitude she has built over the years begins to collapse. She must choose to act on what is right and what is wrong, and what falls somewhere in the shadows between the two. inContext

March 8, Stranger in the Woods

by Finkel.

April 26, The Painter from Shanghai by Epstein.

June 7, The Break by Vermette.


January 25

7 PM

CIJR Presents,

at the Lodzer

The Jews of Bulgaria

All welcome.

No charge.

Dr. Miroslav Marinov

Born and raised in Bulgaria. He is a graduate of the University of Sofia and the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences where he received a doctorate in philosophy. He is a writer, editor and translator, mostly from Russian and Bulgarian. He has authored two books; “Saved: Japan and the Jews in World War 11” and “Holocaust Averted: Bulgarian Jews in World War 11.”

Dr. Marinov immigrated to Canada in l990. Since coming here, he has been deeply involved in anti Israel and anti Semitic issues. He is a Director of the Canada Israel Friendship Association, and counters anti-Semitic actions in his writing and videos.

The Jews of Bulgaria

In the dark days of WW2, when the Nazi killing machine was rolling over Poland, France, the Netherlands, Czechoslovakia – one country refused to abandon its Jewish citizens. Not only did Bulgaria save all of its 50,000 Bulgarian Jews, but by the end of the war their numbers rose to 52,000. Bulgaria was the only European country to save its entire Jewish population from deportation and annihilation. Yet the saving of the Bulgarian Jews is little known to the world.

“a historical blackout”

After the war, the Communists took over. “Growing up in communist Bulgaria, the Jews were hardly ever discussed,” The government was anti Israel, spewing propaganda that labelled Zionism “the new form of racist discrimination”. But Zionism was a very strong element in the lives of Bulgarian Jews and, “they were on a collision course with the Communist regime. Most – 90% – emigrated to Israel. ”Today there are less than 2,000 Jews left in Bulgaria. “We are probably approaching the time when Jewish life in Bulgaria will be only a nice memory,”



January 27





In memory of 6,000,000 who were murdered only because they were born Jewish.

For ever let this place be a cry of despair and a warning to humanity, where the Nazis murdered about one and a half million men, women, and children, mainly Jews from various countries of Europe.


1940 - 1945

The scratches of the living

are now the message of the lost.

These scrałches were made by Jews as they died in the gas chambers of Auschwitz.

We can only imagine their suffering.

In the panic and dread of those rooms of death...

Dying men, women, children left these marks

A message to a future they would not see

A silent scream from those who perished.

"We were here. We lived. Remember"

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day

We honor these victims.

And all the Six Million.


January 31

Tu Bishvat

Bal Tashchit

you must not destroy

Tu Bishvat is our chance to be green and increase our devotion to being responsible caretakers of the earth.

Commemorating our connection to the land of Israel

In the midst of our North American winter, we are reminded that in the Land of Israel it is the beginning of spring. The first tree to blossom in Israel is the almond tree, signifying the start of the new agricultural year.

To cultivate and guard the land

Tu Bishvat, a holiday that has really no requirements for observance has evolved into a wonderful celebration that includes experiencing the fruits of the land of Israel, exercises in how we can become better guardians of our earth and prime opportunities to increase our environmental consciousness. Each Tu Bishvat, we are afforded the opportunity to deepen our commitment to what it means to take care of the earth.

Let’s use this holiday as an opportunity to play our part in fulfilling the mitzvah of Bal Tashchit and keep taking steps in preserving our earth and conserving our resources.

It’s the Jewish “Earth Hour”


February 3


Shabbat Service

9 AM



470 Glencairn



I have heard contemporaries of mine who lain Torah today who learned from your father, z'l, and they still know how to do it 40 years later!

When he read Torah, it was mesmerizing! Every word was clear and meaningful and deliberate. Just amazing!

Cantor Marcel Cohen

Join us as we mark the first yahrzeit of our Shamash, Baal Koreh, and renowned Bar Mitzvah teacher. Mr. Zucker was a Torah scholar, teacher, survivor, zaida, and a beloved part of the Shaarei Shomayim community. To commemorate his yahrzeit, Mr. Zucker’s students will read from the Torah on Shabbat, February 3, Parshat Yitro. Join us for a special Kiddush and a lecture on Torah Cantillation in Mr. Zucker’s honour.

Remembering Zayde

By Eric Stutz


February 20

7 PM

CIJR Presents,

at the Lodzer

All welcome.

No charge.

Prof. Emeritus Sally Zerker,

York University

Debunking the Occupation Myth

Jewish Legal & Indigenous right

to Israel

“Occupation,” “occupiers,” “occupied land.” These words have become a common refrain, repeated incessantly by Palestinian propagandists as justification for their killing of Israeli  women, children, old folks, army recruits and even visitors to Israel. I think it’s time to get it straight, once and for all — about the whole notion of occupation, about who are the occupiers of the land of Israel and the West Bank and who are the occupied.



April 18


3:30 - 6 PM


War Museum


Please book the bus through Sarah.

It’s a full day trip.

We will be attending as a group.

You’ll typically have only 1 hour to explore the site.

Details TBA.

Word has it that Jeff Shabes will be lighting a candle this year. (Jeff also has nice hair.)

Canadian Society for Yad Vashem


The National Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony commemorates the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and pays tribute to the survivors who rebuilt their lives in Canada. Many survivors participate in the event. The program includes a personal account by a Holocaust survivor, as well as addresses by the leaders of major Canadian political parties.

The theme of the 2018 National Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony is “Remembering the Past, Shaping the Future: The Importance of Remembering the Holocaust”.

An informal reception will follow the Ceremony.


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:




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.

The next discussion group will be on January 13th.

Every becoming event is an opportunity.

Everything that ever was is somehow part of everything that is becoming and then that event that becomes will be part of the next things that are becoming. The activity that leaves out one or another of the past is actually a process: the process of becoming. Depending on the context (form or body, etc.) of that becoming event and its many relations to its context, it will filter out what it wishes. This is how, in Process, we can say that the many become the one and the many again.

Dynamism and relation is inherent in all existence. One thing that is being filtered out as we tumble to the bottom of this [time of decline] is ethics. Our technology continues to advance at a rate that makes one discovery outdated within 12 months. Perhaps it is this overwhelming speed of technological progress that results in ethics being apprehended as not useful or a way to impinge on progress? Einstein was for progress but he vehemently objected to blind progress. By that, he meant that it should not be devoid of ethics. Without novelty there is death. Novelty, however, does not mean that ethics must be left behind.

In some important although not always recognized way, everything is connected to everything. If we become aware of that fact, then we become aware of how natural it is to care about any and all other existence(s), be it (they) the planet, the environment, the people in the other house or those in our house. Ethics and ethical care [are of paramount importance] – whether it involves a deity or not.

We need our ethics to keep up with our technology. We are letting ethics fall behind as more people become [keen] on social media, and more people forget that words are actually powerful and can harm in so many ways. We need to slow down, realize how valuable our life is as another connection for other lives. We need to simply ask ourselves, every day… and every moment … what is my opportunity for greater care and connection for self and others in this moment? Did I see it? Did I act on it?

Things do not happen for a reason; they happen for an opportunity.


No - I haven’t lost it. Spirituality - Oy Vey!

The "Jewish Question" for the Twenty-first

Century: Can We Survive Our Success?

Jews today assimilate not because Christianity or Islam is “better” or “easier”, but because Jewish life does not have a strong enough positive appeal to offset the inertial drift toward the common denominator. Jews do not convert to Christianity; they convert to mainstreamed Americanism. Most Jews who assimilate do not feel that they are giving anything by abandoning a Jewishness they know little about.

I love my Judaism and I feel passionately about its survival, but I do not believe in survival merely for survival’s sake.

We must adopt a new, more positive, Jewish identity based on a 3500 year old tradition of education, scholarship, learning, creatively, justice and compassion. But first we must figure out a way to make this diverse library of Jewish knowledge accessible and useful to generations of Jews who are abysmally ignorant of their remarkable tradition.

Nobody has a monopoly on the truth about the Jewish future. Everything that may work must be tried.

Jonathan Usher

$29.41 at the York University Bookstore

Prof. Sally Zerker Letter to

President Shoukri of York University

May 12, 2017

Dear President Shoukri;

I am sorry to say that I believe York University is no longer a place of learning. If there is a professor there who is allowed to greet young students by accusing them of “white privilege”, as well as other shameful exhibitions from other greeters, then that institution has been corrupted by irrational and prejudicial thought that negates the meaning of education. The presumption of “white privilege” is not only insulting and degrading, it is utter rot.

I don’t know when and how we experienced “white privilege” here in Canada. Was it when we struggled for our daily bread in the depression of the ‘30s when 25% of our people were unemployed? Was it when our men were drafted starting in 1939 to fight the barbarians in Europe and tens of thousands never came back? Or when so-called “white” war-widowed mothers had to fend for themselves and their children without a respectable network to come to their assistance? Or was it when the Italian immigrants flooded into Canada after the war and worked ten or more hour-days at very hard labor building to accommodate our growing numbers? Maybe it was when whole sectors of Canadian low income kids couldn’t afford to attend university? Or was it when I was refused a job while having outstanding qualifications (MA in economics plus experience in business) because I was frankly told there was no place in that insurance company for a Jew? Please let the so-called experts at York explain to me the source of our white privilege, because I cannot find it.

I hope I’m wrong to think that the arrogance of this impertinence suggests that York University is a lost cause. After all I spent 30 good years teaching and (I hope) stimulating students to learn important “white males” contributions to Western thought. I wonder if it would be possible today to teach my course on the classical economists, from Adam Smith to Karl Marx. After all they are all, to a one, “white males.” At one point the feminists at York approached me to change the name of the course from “Men, Morals and Markets,” to exclude the word men. I told them that when these distinguished thinkers were transformed to women, I would do so. Tell me, would that answer suffice today at York University?

I deeply regret and am ashamed to observe that what had such educational promise when I started at York University in 1968, has all turned into blatant indoctrination of ignorant ideologies.

A very troubled professor emerita,

Sally F. Zerker



“York considers the privilege afforded by academic freedom as vitally important to robust and respectful dialogue. We deeply value and encourage a diversity of opinion and thought in our university community, however, that does not extend to words and deeds that incite hatred or violence.”) NOT DIRECTLY RELATED - inContext

Identity politics and political correctness

make a dangerous cocktail.

Early on in my career, I concluded that we were living in possibly the most remarkable period of Jewish history ever—with Jews situated right in the middle of one of the greatest human civilizational transformations of all time. The vast majority of Jews were living in post-modern civilization—an extraordinarily dynamic and magnetic culture that was sending its messages through an unprecedented number of channels and communications media. American Jews were living in the most open and welcoming society ever—the United States of America. After living for two thousand years behind the shelter of ghetto walls, we were fully integrated now and playing in the major leagues of culture. Unless Judaism could speak persuasively in the presence of the other value systems, unless it could offer a richer life, Jews would assimilate. I wanted to work on making sense of Judaism and demonstrating and advocating for its capacity to enrich life in our society.

“If you have learned a lot of Torah, do not give yourself so much credit for good, for this is the purpose for which you were created…. One’s ego should not swell for accomplishing what G-d wants.”

Perek 2 Mishna 8

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”

Is God a Magician?

Do you remember the story of Aaron in the Book of Exodus? He waved a magic rod over all the rivers, streams, pools and ponds of Egypt, and they turned to blood. But the magicians of Egypt had secret arts, the story says, and used them, and Pharaoh's heart was hardened. Both Aaron and the magicians of Egypt stretched forth their hands, and there was a plague of frogs. They brought forth the plagues of gnats and flies, diseases of cattle, boils, pestilence, hail, darkness, and the slaying of the first-born of the Egyptians.

"This story was written very early in the history of the Jewish religion. It describes a God of magic, secret arts, and miracles. Even to this day, some people still think of God as a super-magician. They believe that priests, ministers, and rabbis help God perform magic through prayers and ritual to them, God has very little to do with the ideals of truth, justice, and mercy.

"That is why it is so important for us to understand the mystery of the Still, Small Voice. That is why it is so important for us to learn how the teachers, prophets and rabbis took the deception of magic out of religion, and taught about the wondrous God who performs miracles every day, in nature and in the heart of man. They taught about a God who does not rely upon a heavenly bag of tricks, but who calls upon us all to help turn evil into goodness, hate into love, wrongdoing into justice, and suffering into happiness.

"If we must have magic, then let obedience to the Still, Small Voice offer us the modern magic of religion. It can transform our world into a world of justice, where mercy rules, and where all men strive for brotherhood and peace."


"Yes, our ancestors believed in magic. Most religions began with ideas of gods who worked unbelievable wonders. It was the genius of Judaism that changed this notion of God, and offered the world a new and holy God a God who loves mercy, righteousness and truth.


Religion Grows Up

Telushkin on Technology

Many of the truths that matter most are brief but powerful.

Peace within ourselves

One purpose of the Shabbat laws is to produce a state of inner peace by having us desist from all work not geared to making the Shabbat holy and by having us rely on our own minds and bodies. To achieve this state, the Shabbat laws’ intent is to inhibit non-Shabbat work and use of external sources of energy; in addition to its general prohibition of work, its prohibitions include the use of radio, television, and other machinery.

By not watching television, using machinery, or otherwise relying on external sources of creativity, people are compelled to return to themselves for creativity. All creativity on the Shabbat should come from within the human being, not from external sources and not from technology. Thus, for example, one should read but not write. Writing is forbidden because of its reliance upon an external vehicle for creativity, a pen or pencil. When writing, one relies upon the writing implement to create new words, but when reading, all creativity is within a person (his or her mind), since the words have already been created.

All week we rely upon, and often become enslaved to, external vehicles of creativity, amusement, and so forth, especially in the form of technology. On the Shabbat, however, we must return to ourselves and be liberated from dependence upon technology. While most modern men and women cannot conceive of life without cars, television, or telephones, one who observes the Shabbat revels in such a life. He or she spends one-seventh of his or her life (ten full years if he or she lives to be seventy) without relying on any of these things.

The Shabbat also compels the individual to reflect on the most significant question concerning himself and technology. After spending six days at work, creating, utilizing and expanding technology, the individual is freed on the seventh day to reflect on the question: Work and technology toward what purpose? For what did I work all week?

Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism

By Dennis Prager, Joseph Telushkin

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 Hazan


Charles Greene

Office Manager:

Sarah Senior


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High Holy Days 2017

Rabbi’s Corner

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Lodzer Office

Sarah: 416-636-6665

Office Hours

Monday through Thursday

9am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm


9am to 1pm