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Let my people go,

that they may do my work.

Shabbat Bulletin - January 20, 2018


The Yezidi bazaar held at the Lodzer on Sunday was very successful.

Tons of stuff was donated by the Project Abraham community and friends of the Yezidis.

Much was taken by the families that attended, but much still remains until Thursday in the kiddush room.

Coats were picked up by volunteers from Out of the Cold at the end of the day.

A lot of household goods, men and women’s clothing (other than coats), and toys are available.

If you know of anyone in need of such items, please contact Sarah at the office to arrange a visit - but ONLY TILL THURSDAY MORNING. (January 18th)

Thanks to the Lodzer Congregation for making the space available, and to all the volunteers who helped set up, clean up... and in many other ways.

Special thanks to our members Debbie Rose, Nancy and Barry Corey, Rafi Remez,  Debbie Spiegelman, Sharon Berger, Ruth Margolin, Roz Greene, Dora Usher and Rae for their help. (If anyone has been left off this list, our sincere apologies.)

Your Life Moments


Jan. 18  Dennis Malet

Jan. 19  Arthur Zins (70 years young)


Jan. 20  Irving & Honey Spitzen


Jan. 13  Brenda Grossman, mother of Matthew

Jan. 14  Hinda Daniels, mother of Dina Wolfe

Jan. 14  Rose Kliger, mother of Debbie Spigelman and Frieda Walton

Jan. 16  Abraham Jackson, father of Simon

Jan. 16  Louise Yellin, sister of Susan

Jan. 17  Pearl Steiman, mother of Frank

Jan. 18  Manya Garfinkel, mother of Barbara Peters

Jan. 18  Henry Rotberg, father of Cheryl Klein

Jan. 20  Louis Hercberg, father of Helen Storm
Jan. 21  Jack Rosen, father of Norm
Jan. 22  Thelma Pechenick, great aunt of Pearl Rosen
Jan. 23  Elik Lew, father of Sidney
Jan. 25  Yochevet Band, mother of Brenda Ladowski
Jan. 26  Rose Edelman, grandmother of Nina Rubin and Gloria Riesel

The Four Seasons of Life - Childhood

Remember - Don’t Forget - Take Action

Synagogue General Fund

Helen Gould

Sam Herzog

Eda Kardonne

Jonathan & Dora Usher

Susan Yellin

Cathy Zeldin &

Errol Gordon

Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund

Alla Kabaznik

Torah Restoration Fund

Jack & Susan Waserman

Prayer Book Fund

Suzan Dorchik

Charlie & Roslyn Greene

Jonathan & Dora Usher

Jack & Susan Waserman

Arthur Zins

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

take action as not to forget.




January 18

8:00 PM

Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin

Shul Kiddush


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


January 20


4 Shevat

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 co-sponsored by:

Matthew & Daphne


for the Yahrzeit of

his mother.


Simon Jackson

for the yahrzeit of

his father.

Torah Times

Triennial Year 2

Parashat: Bo

Exodus 10:1 - 13:16

1: 11:4-10

2: 12:1-10

3: 12:11-13

4: 12:14-16

5: 12:17-20

6: 12:21-24

7: 12:25-28

maftir: 12:25-28

Haftarah: Jeremiah 46:13 - 46:28

Candle Lighting:

4:54 p.m. – Friday


6:03 p.m. – Saturday

Shabbat Bo

Exodus 10:1 - 13:16

Moses and Aaron continue to plead with Pharaoh to let the Israelites go free. Because he refuses, the Egyptians are punished with plagues of locusts, darkness, and finally, the death of their firstborn. Pharaoh tells Moses, “Be gone from me!” That midnight Moses leads the Israelites out of Egypt and proclaims that each year, on the evening of the fourteenth day of the first month, a festival lasting seven days will be celebrated in order to recall their liberation from Egypt.


January 25

7:30 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


11 Shevat



Shirah  Beshalach

Exodus 13:17-17:16

The name of this Torah portion comes from its second word translated as “when he set forth,” describing Pharaoh’s actions in regard to the Israelites. Unfortunately, Pharaoh changes his mind and pursues the Israelites up to the shore of the Sea of Reeds. A miracle occurs and the waters part, enabling the entire community to cross safely to freedom, and Miriam, the prophetess, leads the people in song.


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 11

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.

March11 Apr8 May6 June10 July8 August5 Sep9 Oct7 Nov4 Dec2




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.


February 20

7:30 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.



March 1


April 17

14th Annual




Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an international series of events that seek to raise awareness of Israel’s apartheid system over the Palestinian people and to build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

University campuses worldwide will commence with their annual IAW indoctrination.

Thanks to the Palestinian led BDS (Boycott, Divestments, Sanctions) movement, young minds everywhere will be exposed to questionable propaganda whose goal is to portray Israel in a negative light.

The BDS movement claims to be an inclusive, anti-racist, human rights movement. inContext


Misinformation repeated,

becomes truth.


March 8

8:00 PM

Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin

Shul Kiddush


Book Chat

Stranger in the Woods

by Michael Finkel

Stranger in the Woods

by Michael Finkel

Do you ever think about getting away from the world? Ever contemplate taking a break and relaxing out in the woods by yourself for while? Well, one guy decided to do just that…for 27 years.

Christopher Knight was confounded by the idea that passing the prime of your life in a cubicle, spending hours a day at a computer, in exchange for money, was considered acceptable, but relaxing in a tent in the woods was disturbed. Observing the trees was indolent; cutting them down was enterprising. What did Knight do for a living? He lived for a living.

“I just hate the general public.”


April 18


3:30 - 6 PM


War Museum


Please book the bus through Sarah

before Feb 16th.

It’s a full day trip.

We will be attending a+s a group.

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

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.

“It should be a very emotional and worthwhile experience.”


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:



June 24


July 28





June 24-July 8, 2018

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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Talmudic-era synagogue,

Katzrin archaeological park

(Katzrin, the Golan Heights of Israel)

Prior to 1967, the antiquities site on the outskirts of Katzrin was a closed military zone and off limits to archaeological research. Investigation by Israeli archaeologists commence in 1972. Katzrin ancient village and synagogue was reconstructed and opened to the public as a "Talmudic village" set in a national park. The Golan Antiquities Museum in Katzrin houses archeological findings from the region and screens an audiovisual presentation about Gamla, a Jewish town in the Golan Heights that fought the Romans in the 1st century.

War Tourism in the Golan Heights

The War Next Door

In August, 2014 al Nusra Front jihadists took control of Syria’s side of the border crossing with Israel and kidnapped over 40 United Nations peacekeepers — who have since been released.

But al Nusra Front, an al Qaeda-affiliate, isn’t Israel’s only threat from Syria. President Bashar al-Assad’s military, in a possible effort to bait Israel into its civil war to shore up Arab sympathies, has been lobbing mortars across the border. Just a few weeks ago, the Israeli military shot down a Syrian plane flying over the Golan Heights — the first time it has done so since the 1980s.

In part three of a five-part series, VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky visits the top tourist destination in Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. Up here, tourists and UN observers stand side by side as they enjoy the great vantage of volcanic hills, sprawling vineyards, and Syria's civil war.



Our travels to sites around the Sea of Galilee: Mount Arbel, Yardenit Baptismal Site, Hamat Tiberias, Maimonidies Tomb, ben Zachai Tomb, Meir Baal HaNes Tomb, Magdala, Nof Ginosar, Tabgha, Heptipegon, Peter's Primacy, Capernaum, Chorazin, Bethsaida, Kursi, Hippos, Susitta / Sussita, and sailing on the Sea of Galilee.


ISRAEL - a many faceted experience. Not only history which you will remember and cherish, but an experience that will be implanted in your hearts and minds, and will accompany you all the days of your life.



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.

We discussed:

  1. how we  judge ourselves and other people and whether our judgement should be influenced by the person’s background and opportunities

  2. the need to lead in order to provide many valuable and  enjoyable activities for oneself and others

  3. the following six common weaknesses to avoid

  1. Insatiability

  2. Rationalization - More than any other character flaw,  rationalization makes repentance and self-improvement impossible

  3. Having a great concern about prevailing in an argument

  4. Letting pride or stubbornness stop us from acknowledging a mistake

  5. Wasting time

  6. Being indifferent to someone else’s suffering. It is a common theme in Jewish folklore that a beggar who appears undistinguished and seemingly unworthy of special concern, is the prophet Elijah in disguise.

Ethics & Morality - Universal Morality

Do We Have the Right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness?

Are human rights a divine endowment?

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among men...

The Declaration of Independence

The Founding Fathers were unabashed in their assertion that it was G‑d who endowed all men with “certain inalienable rights.” But are human rights a divine endowment? Is there a biblical verse that promises mankind the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

No, the Torah doesn’t talk about human rights. But it certainly talks about the sanctity of human life, describing the first man and woman as being “created in the image of G‑d.” In Torah, all people are held accountable for their failures, king and common man alike. In fact, the leaders are often held to even higher standards than the laypeople—Moses is criticized for the smallest infraction, and kings are reproved harshly by the prophets when they act out of line. In Jewish law, the rich man and the pauper are to be treated equally before the judge. Standing by passively when someone else is being hurt is a crime. If orphans or widows cry out to G‑d because they are being mistreated, G‑d considers it a personal offense.

The principles of the Enlightenment—liberty, equality and individualism—were based upon Judaic principles. In the writings of European Enlightened thinkers such as John Locke, the Hebrew Bible is cited more than all other writings combined. The American colonists felt that their entrepreneurial and political rights were being violated—a smack in the face of modern, enlightened principles—and they weren’t going to stand for it. They fought for their freedom, and once independence was won, the fledgling and idealistic American government was committed to protecting that freedom.

And so America became a country of rights, not only our rights to freedom and democracy, but the right of every individual or group to defend its entitlements. But even if the American Revolution was based on the Hebrew Bible, there is still no verse in Torah that says, “And the L‑rd said to Moses, ‘Every human being is endowed with the right to life and liberty.’” On the other hand, G‑d does say, “Thou shalt not murder” —your neighbour has the right to live.

Likewise, the Torah doesn’t say, “Ladies, these are your rights! Don’t let anyone take advantage of you.” Instead, the Torah obligates the husband to take care of his wife in ten ways, including (a) to provide her with sustenance; (b) to supply her clothing and lodging; (c) to fulfill her need for intimacy; (d) to provide the ketubah (i.e., the sum fixed for the wife by law); and (e) to procure medical attention and care if she is ill.

In addition to the ten specific obligations, Maimonides states that “a man shall honor his wife more than his own self, and shall love her as he loves himself, and shall constantly seek to benefit her according to his means; that he shall not unduly impose his authority on her, and shall speak gently with her; that he shall be neither sad nor irritable.”

Instead of reading us our rights, the Torah tells us to be respectful to others. The Jewish Constitution (the Torah) says, “You shall love your fellow as yourself.” Rabbi Akiva says that this is the major principle of the Torah. That would be comparable to the Declaration of Independence opening with “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men were created to treat others with love and dignity.”

But it doesn’t. Because the history of rights in Europe and America arose out of a society where most people were treated as chattel, and then demanded some freedoms and rights.

In Torah, on the other hand, the human being is considered innately free. The story of our nationhood begins with our liberation from slavery. With our inherent freedom once again intact, G‑d wants us to form a society, to be a nation. As a nation, a brotherhood of people, we are responsible for one another. The Jewish emphasis is on service, not rights. In summing up the purpose of our lives, the Talmud says candidly, “I was created for nothing but to serve my Master (G‑d).”

Even the most unaffiliated Jews typically put service ahead of rights, without even realizing that they’re acting out the most essential Torah value. Jews are notorious for voting against their own class interest in order to bring about social equality. Jews are known to be extremely philanthropic; in 2010, five of the top six philanthropists in America were Jewish!13 Social welfare organizations are prolific in Jewish communities. Whether we admit it or not, Jewish people are famous for putting service before entitlement.

On a personal level, the small shift from rights to service can make a dramatic difference in our relationships. When the focus is largely about our rights and our expectations of our partner, it’s easy to be disappointed. I’m a wife and I deserve to be supported. I’m a husband and I deserve to be fed. But when the focus is on service, it’s easier to see our part in making the relationship work. Of course, there needs to be a balance, but when the emphasis is on personal contribution, there is greater humility. inContext

Questions for consideration:


     1. The following two concepts - the U.S. idea of everyone has the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and the Jewish idea of the value of each person and their obligations as humans. Two similar ideas with results that are slightly different. How are they different?

     2. Has our society recently put more emphasis on Human Rights than on the value of human life and people’s obligations and duties? If so, how does that affect the expectations of our youth and new immigrants?

     3. Is it possible that these ideas lead to a failure of a country to recognize evil, i.e. Germans failed to recognize the evil in the National Socialist party in the 1930's and they again fail to recognize the bad results of letting in immigrants who believe in the political ideology and rigid laws of Islam?

Further notes on the discussion as to whether morality develops without religion:

Although I agree that morality develops without religion, it is the result of the practical application of what is good for that society;

     for example, it might be considered moral for a tribe of cannibals that does not  produce enough food, to eat its enemies or neighbours.

      With no idea of religious morals, a nearby tribe with enough food might well adopt that practice. It  seems to me that societies with Judeo-Christian universal principles are less likely to follow that practice and are therefore more likely to be moral than societies whose principles are based on only physical factors and culture. “natural morality” often depends more on the physical requirements than a belief system of what might be universally better for humanity. “natural right” often leads in the long term wrong direction. That is why religion must remind and influence us.

The other problem is that in the short run, immorality obviously often is better. Stealing a large amount, or killing an enemy and not getting caught is often a better solution than loving your enemy. So in practice doing what is “wrong” is the best short term solution. Religion tries to teach us what is right and wrong over the long term, both for our physical well-being and for our soul, or long term emotional health.

For the above reasons I believe that the Judeo-Christian religions help support and enforce universal values and moral systems.

Jonathan Usher

“Natural Morality” becomes culture.

Then someone writes “The Book”.

There are some pretty nasty “books” out there.

How superstitious, gullible and ignorant do you have to be?

Most of our problems stem from the fact that we live for the moment and demand instant gratification. It takes courage to do the right thing and live for the long term. To build, rather than destroy.

The days of telling someone, “Jump” and they ask, “How high?” are over. Now, they ask, “Why?”  Following a belief system blindly is not the answer. Our youth want to know, “Why?”

          “Let my people go, that they may do my work.”

Rabbi Eli

Rebranding Judaism, Version 4.0?

Religion may not survive the Internet

Traditional religion, one built on “right belief,” requires a closed information system. The free flow of information is really, really bad for the product Religion is selling. inContext

Sadly, society, (special interests and squeaky wheels,) dictate our rights.

The "Jewish Question" for the Twenty-first

Century: Can We Survive Our Success?

Chapter One - An America without Jews.

The primary reason why so many Jews, especially young Jews, are marrying non-Jews and assimilating today is that they do not see any positive reasons for remaining Jewish.

Assimilation occurs today largely by inaction rather than by volition.

…the fate of the Jewish people should not be left in G-d’s hands. We must take control of our own future, and we must not regard it as unthinkable that we, the Jewish people, may have no future unless we challenge what appears to be a historical inevitability.

The great paradox of Jewish life is that virtually all of the positive values we identify with Jews - compassion, creativity, contributions to the world at large, charity, a quest for education - seem more characteristic of Jews who are closer to the secular end of the Jewish continuum than to the ultra-Orthodox end. Put another way, the closer one lives to the religious core of Judaism, the further one is likely to be from Jewish values so many us cherish most.

“This, then , is the paradox of Jewish survival. The world at large - and indeed, most Jews - could not care less if Hasidic and ultra-Orthodox Jewry were to disappear from the face f the earth (so long as it isn’t brought about by some external, involuntary cause like Nazism). We don’t really care about the insular and parochial values of these core groups. In fact, we affirmatively reject them. We do not want our children to be like them. They do not produce - at least not directly - the great scientists, artists, philanthropists of whom we are so proud. Yet we believe that their survival is essential to our Judaism since they do not marry non-Jews or assimilate. We need them to perpetuate us. But why should that be the case? Why can’t we perpetuate ourselves, without the need for them as intermediaries? Why do we need a religious core from which the secular values can trickle down?”

“We more-secular Jews must create a new Jewish state of mind - and way of life - that directly reflects the Jewish values we care about most and that is capable of perpetuating itself directly, without depending on these values trickling down form an ultra-religious core.”

Jonathan Usher

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.

The wrong path,

from which a person should distance themselves

A bad eye - someone with this character trait begrudges and envies what others have.

A bad friend - friendship with a bad person will lead to following their  wrong path.

A bad neighbour -

a) A lack of concern for others and detachment from  others who are

        nearby turns one into an uncaring, selfish person

b) One who does not join the community and looks out only for

          himself is irresponsible.

c) A neighbourhood full of such people breeds crime and civic

         disorder, as well as unhealthy living conditions.

He who borrows and does not repay - This reflects irresponsibility. A person with this trait has either an immature need for instant gratification or an inability to see the future or the consequences of his actions.

A bad heart - this quality, this lack of warmth and love, determines all the other bad traits.

Perek 2 Mishna 9



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Karate lessons

For Seniors

Join us

with open hands

and Kick back!

Mondays after

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



7:30-8:30 pm

Kiddush Room

Dates to be


Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin

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.

March 8, Stranger in the Woods

by Finkel.

April 26, The Painter from Shanghai by Epstein.

June 7, The Break by Vermette.


8 PM


in the foyer


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

A Code of Jewish Ethics

Jewish thinkers don’t talk all that much about love. All too often they leave that to Christian theologians. But in this excellent volume, Rabbi Joseph Telushkin puts the commandment to love at the center of Jewish theology and experience. This is a book that will change the way you think about–and practice–Judaism.”

Ari L. Goldman

Saturdays after Kiddush Lunch discussion group with Jonathan Usher.

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

Telushkin covers topics such as love and kindness, hospitality, visiting the sick, comforting mourners, charity, relations between Jews and non-Jews, compassion for animals, tolerance, self-defense, and end-of-life issues.

The Summer of 2017

Isi Davis - Making the Synagogue Rounds

Central Synagogue, Budapest

The Great Synagogue of Budapest, with its Moorish-style twin towers, on Dohány Street is a good starting point to learn about Jewish Budapest.

Jews were banned from the city in the 18th century, so they established a Jewish quarter just outside the old city boundary.

Remains of the old Pest city walls run on the opposite side of the road.

The Jews built their main synagogue in a residential area. Theodore Herzl, founder of modern Zionism was born in one of the buildings.

This stunning temple was constructed between 1844-59 according to Ludwig Förster’s plans.

The second largest synagogue (the largest stands in New York) in the world can take in 3,000 people.

Its Byzantine-Moorish style will fascinate you and remind you of monuments in the Middle-East.

Two onion-shaped domes sit on the twin towers at 43 m height.

The towers symbolize the two columns of Solomon’s Temple.

The spacious interior has equally rich decorations. A single-span cast iron supports the 12-m wide nave. ornate gilded column

The seats on the ground-floor are for men, while the upper gallery has seats for women.

Surprisingly, the synagogue has an organ, though this instrument is used in Christian churches. The temple’s acoustic make it a popular venue for concerts.

The Dohány Street synagogue witnessed the tragic events of WW II.

The Germans established a ghetto for the Jews in 1944 that served as a gathering place for deportation.

Many people found refuge in the Dohány utca synagogue but thousands died during the bleak winter of 1944/45. Their bodies are buried in the courtyard.

In the cobbled Raoul Wallenberg (Swedish diplomat who saved many Jews during WW II) park stands the Holocaust Memorial by Imre Varga.

It was erected in 1989 above the mass graves in the honour and memory of Hungarian Jewish martyrs.

On each leave of the metal weeping willow tree you can read a name of a martyr. inContext

Near the Tree of Life is the symbolic grave of Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat sent to Hungary with the instruction to do whatever he could to save Jews from the Nazis. He gave Swedish passports to Jews and sent them to safe houses, saving tens of thousands from death. When the Soviets arrived, Wallenberg was arrested, accused of being a U.S. spy, sent to the gulag and executed. The small stones are symbolic of Jewish cemeteries where pebbles are placed on desert graves to keep animals from disturbing the remains.

A stained glass window that stands near the symbolic grave has fire that symbolizes the Holocaust, the Hebrew word “Shoah” literally means catastrophe, and the curling snake represents fascism. inContext

Kazinczy Street Synagogue, Budapest

The city’s Orthodox Jewish congregation decided to build its own independent synagogue in 1909. Based on the designs of Sándor and Béla Löffler, the Secessionist style synagogue was completed in 1913. The façade of the synagogue which fronts onto Kazinczy Street is considered to be one of the outstanding works of Hungarian Late-Secessionist architecture.

The principal feature of this red-brick building, located on the bend of Kazinczy Street, is its main entrance; this is also the focal point for the religious symbols. Access, to the recently completed Sasz-Chevra Chapel, can be gained via the gateway leading into the courtyard located next to the synagogue.

The synagogue has continued to function as such to this day. The Orthodox kosher Hanna restaurant is located in the building complex next to the synagogue. inContext

"Shoes on the Danube promenade" - Budapest

To the memory of the victims shot into the Danube by Arrow Cross militiamen in 1944–45.

Few places in Europe were left untouched by the events of World War Two. Sitting along the shores of the River Danube in Budapest is one of the most haunting memorials to the events of those dark times. In 1944 and 1945, the Hungarian government was run by the fascist Arrow Cross Party. The party was briefly suppressed by the Hungarian prime minister at the outset of the war, but ultimately rose to power with the support of Nazi Germany.

In the winter of 1944 and 1945, thousands of Jewish civilians – and those people who were simply suspected of collaboration – were executed on the banks of the Danube. The Arrow Cross Party forced their victims to kneel at the edge of the river, letting the water wash the bodies away after countless victims were gunned down.

In 2005, sculptors and artists Gyula Pauer and Can Togay crafted sixty pairs of 1940s-era shoes of all styles, (cast out of iron, not bronze, to prevent the theft of an expensive commodity,) facing the river where so many died at the hands of the Arrow Cross Party.

Haunting and powerful, the Shoes on the Danube are a poignant and chilling reminder of those dark times. inContext

Red River

the train was too late

by foot it was too far

the river too nearby

the hatred too strong

bullets through your head

river of blood

red Danube

dead Budapest

© by Jan Theuninck

Portuguese Synagogue, Amsterdam

The Portuguese Synagogue is a magnificent 17th century building found in the old Jewish district of east Amsterdam near Waterlooplein.

It is open to the public as part of the Jewish Cultural Quarter and is still used as a functioning Synagogue and also as a venue for candlelight concerts.

Amsterdam had a sizeable Sephardic Jewish community in the 17th century made up of those who had fled Spain and Portugal during the Inquisition plus Ashkenazi Jews from Central and Eastern Europe. Having prospered during the Dutch Golden Age it was decided to build a fitting place of worship.

The Portuguese Synagogue complex was opened in 1675 and is set in a courtyard surrounded by small buildings. The main Synagogue building (Esnoga) has a rectangular form and is built on wooden piles and includes a timber roof structure and 72 cast-iron arched windows.

The original Synagogue interior features wooden benches and impressive chandeliers which can be illuminated by hundreds of candles.  inContext

Thanks Isi. There are great stories behind your pictures.

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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