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“Ladies and gentlemen, The Caverners. Let's bring them on."

When I find myself in times of trouble,

the Lodzer Congregation comforts me,

speaking words of wisdom…

Let it be.

Shabbat Bulletin - February 3, 2018

Your Life Moments


Jan. 31  Esther Bloch

Feb. 3  Anna Brand

Feb. 3  Rafael Moshe

Feb. 5  Sam Nadler

Feb. 5  Fay Rotstein

Feb. 5  Ester Weisman

Feb. 6  Brenda Ladowski

Feb. 6  Ricki Black

Feb. 7 Valla Mezei



Jan. 27 Joseph Steiman, grandfather of Frank

Feb. 3 Joseph Shabes, father of Jeff

Feb. 5 Ruth Saffer, mother of Doreen Herzog

Feb. 5  Arie Schwartz, father of Meir

Feb. 5  Barry Walton, husband of Frieda

Feb. 6  Mary Goldwater, sister of Frank Steiman

Feb. 6  Rabbi Menachen Pasternak, father of Leon

Feb. 7  Ruth Martin, mother of Sonny

Feb. 7  Chaim Spitzen, father of Irving

Feb. 7  Philip Zucker, father of Faye Kellerstein

The Four Seasons of Life - Middle Age

Remember - Don’t Forget - Take Action

General Fund

Talia Baldor

Faye Kellerstein

Siddur Dedication

Arthur Zins

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

take action as not to forget.

Urgent need for household donations

Dear Project Abraham friends

I know we just had a bazaar a couple of weeks ago and I thought that the newest families had come to take as much as they could but I'm finding out now that we have several families who are moving into their homes this evening, tomorrow and early next week who weren't there.

We have a need for linens, blankets, pillows, kitchenware, and clothing etc (no furniture at this point).  I have volunteers who can pick up and deliver goods if you aren't able to deliver them to Richmond Hill yourselves. I can also use more volunteers who might be available for pick up and delivery during these coming days.

If you have goods or know someone who does, please send me a list so that I have some idea of where to send it.  If possible to give gender and sizes of clothing, that would also be helpful.

Thanks for your ongoing help and support for the Yezidi community and especially for these new arrivals who are restarting their lives with next to nothing!

In appreciation

Manager/Project Abraham
The Mozuud Freedom Foundation


Shul Ongoing Programs


7:30-8:30 pm

Parsha of The Week with Judy Hazan

Learn the story of the parsha, determine its most important elements and tie its morals and lessons into our daily lives.


7:30-8:30 pm

Conversational Hebrew Classes with Ayala.

Interactive conversational Hebrew learning group

Thursdays (monthly)

8 pm

Book Chat with Cathy Zeldin

Share thoughts and pick up ideas on books you'd like to read

Fridays after

Kiddush Breakfast

Karate for Seniors with black belt, David Birken

Learn a Dynamic new skill for Fun and Focus - at YOUR own pace!

Saturdays after

Kiddush Lunch

“A Code of Jewish Ethics” discussion group

with Jonathan Usher

Find out why it’s not a good idea to eat your neighbour.

Full  Details

can be found at the very end of the bulletin

before Shul Business




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


18 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

Torah Times

Triennial Year 2

Parashat: Yithro

Exodus 18:1 - 20:23

1: 18:1-12 (pg. 288)

2: 18:13-23

3: 18:24-27

4: 19:1-6

5: 19:7-19

6: 19:20-20:14

7: 20:15-23

maftir: 20:19-23


Isaiah 6:1 - 7:6; 9:5 - 9:6 (pg. 302)

Candle Lighting:

5:12 p.m. – Friday


6:22 p.m. – Saturday


Exodus 18:1-20:23

Moses and recommends the selection of a leadership team of trustworthy people of the community in order to share the burden. After three months in the wilderness, the Israelites camp at Mount Sinai where the Ten Commandments are revealed to Moses.


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 10


25 Shevat

This week’s Kiddush

is co-sponsored by:

Faye Kellerstein for the yahrzeit of her father Philip Zucker


Jeff Shabes for the yahrzeit of his father Joseph


Exodus 21:1-24:18

This Torah portion is filled with mishpatim, rules or laws, that will serve as the foundation for the emerging Israelite community.


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.

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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 14




St. Valentine was a priest who was arrested and sentenced to death by the Emperor Claudius for performing miracles and conversions.

St. Valentine falls in love with the daughter of his jailer and on the night before his execution, he writes her a parting note signed “from your Valentine.” inContext


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



March 1


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


IAW and BDS are designed to vilify and destroy Israel and must be objected to whenever and however possible.

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






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Travelogue of an Armchair Traveller

Ein Gedi Nature Reserve - Ancient Synagogue

One of the many treasures in the Ein Gedi Nature reserve is a mosaic floor excavated from an ancient synagogue. According to archaeologists, the floor dates back to 500 CE or earlier. The dry climate of the Negev can be thanked for preserving the floor almost completely intact.

Clearly depicted on the floor is biblical information like the generations from Adam and Eve to Noah. There are also astrological symbols for months of the year and - some things never change - names of synagogue donors!  exploreisrael

For most visitors, a tour of Ein Gedi means the short circular nature trail among lush vegetation and fresh water pools of Nahal David or the longer trail of Nahal Arugot.

Many people overlook the nearby antiquities which can be visited on the same entrance ticket and are well worth a short stop.

Evidence of the ancient Jewish settlement from the Second Temple Period were discovered by chance in 1965 when a mosaic floor was revealed among the date plantations of the modern kibbutz Ein Gedi.

Further excavations in the 1990s revealed remains of a settlement and synagogue from the late Roman and Byzantine periods - 3rd-6th centuries CE.

The synagogue was completely excavated and nearby streets and buildings partially uncovered.  Recently, excavations have restarted in the surrounding area.

Eusebius, an early 4th century father of the Christian Church, wrote about a very large village of Jews at Ein Gedi. Early manuscripts tell of Ein Gedi's inhabitants who grew date palms and persimmons. The source of the community's wealth was the persimmon bush or afarsimon which yielded a substance from which a valuable perfume could be extracted.

In addition to a bird medallion, a seven-branched menorah graces the synagogue mosaic floor. A Hebrew and Aramaic inscription in the left aisle lists the 13 forefathers of mankind, the 12 signs of the zodiac, thanks the benefactors and curses community members who do not keep the rules of the village.

Archeologists believe that the settlement came to the end by the late 6th century.

There are picnic tables, bathrooms and a quiet place to enjoy the view of the Dead Sea away from the crowds. touringwithmadeleine


Mention that you are going to Israel and one of the first things you will be asked is if you are planning to go to Masada. It’s the most famous spot for tourists in Israel after the Western Wall and for good reason. The story of Masada is dramatic, heroic and tragic, and when you visit the site you literally see history in front of your eyes.

Masada rises 400 meters above sea level. King Herod built a magnificent palace on Masada sometime between 37 and 31 BCE. Despite the fact that Masada is in the desert, Herod was such fantastic builder that he managed to construct not just a magnificent palace, but also bathhouses, storehouses for food and 12 huge wells to collect water. King Herod was able to remain on Masada for months and even years well stocked with food and water.

About 75 year after the death of King Herod in the year 66 CE, Jewish zealots overcame the Roman garrison stationed at Masada. After the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans in the year 70 CE, many Jewish fighters fled to the stronghold of Masada. The palace was so well built by Herod, that the Jews were able to hold out for 3 years against the Roman army. In the year 73 CE the 10th Legion of the Roman Army began to build a rampart to reach the fortress at Masada. In the spring of 74 CE the Romans moved a battering ram onto the rampart and it became clear that they were going to breach the fortress. The Jews of Masada, about 1,000 people all together, chose to die rather than be captured by the Romans.

Because of the desert climate, much of Masada was preserved. Today you can see not only remains of Herod’s palace, but also the stronghold of the zealots and evidence of the Roman siege. There are two options when going up the mountain. You can hop on a cable car which will take a few minutes. Alternatively, you can hike up the snake path which will take you anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and a half. If you are coming in the heat of the summer, make sure you have plenty of water if you plan to hike up. A very popular thing to do is to take the hike very early in the morning and time the trip so that you get to the top at sunrise.

Today, IDF soldiers complete their basic training at Masada where they declare that “Masada will not fall again”  exploreisrael

One change of clothes and another falafel later we were fuelled and ready to summit Masada. We rode up to the top in a cable car and spent a lot of time walking through the ancient civilization learning about what life was like for the 1,000 Jews that lived there 2000 years ago. We are very fortunate to have an incredible tour guide that can paint a picture for us of our ancestors struggle on Masada, allowing us to really appreciate how fortunate we are to be here viewing these beautiful sites today. On top of Masada we had a panoramic view of the Dead Sea on one side and the Roman siege camp on the other. We sat in the old synagogue and learned about how the Jews struggled morally struggled when they saw that the Romans had forced their slaves, fellow Jews, to build a ramp up to the top of Masada so that they could be conquered once and for all. Instead of fighting back, 900 Jews living on Masada bravely ended their lives to save their fellow brothers and sisters. We were asked to look introspectively at what our ancestors did and see how that commitment to their people and religion could apply to our lives today. Rebecca Gollub`14


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.

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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 forgot to judge people especially nicely this past Monday. We’ll try again for next week.

It was more, “Try to see the good in people for one day.”

We discussed the practice and morality of kosher and non-kosher killing in  abattoirs, and whether being a vegetarian or vegan was practical and better for one’s health and the environment.

Carnivores: 1   Vegans: 0

Lastly we noted how Judaism seemed to be kind and to always give people the benefit of the doubt, and wondered if this led to some naivety in dealing with people.

Amen - Let It Be

Healthy, Virile Jewish Hate

The Germans, Elie Wiesel claims, could not understand why, in the years after the war, average Jews did not seek to murder every single German they came across. “Finally,” Wiesel concludes, “the Germans understood that they had nothing to fear (from the Jews), and so their fear turned into contempt. ‘Look at those Jews: they’re not even capable of revenge!’” A tad disingenuously, Wiesel continues, “Two thousand years of persecution had failed to prepare the Jewish mentality for hate, had only immunized it against hate.” Jews, he explains, “had to show the executioners our moral superiority, prove to the other peoples that the Jews are incapable of deeds of hate.”

Which is why Wiesel exhorts his fellow Jews to keep hate alive.

“I cry out with all my heart against forgiveness, against forgetting, against silence. Every Jew, somewhere in his being, should set apart a zone of hate—healthy, virile hate—for what the German personifies and for what persists in the German. To do otherwise would be a betrayal of the dead.”

Wiesel is essentially saying, if you don’t hate the Germans and what they personify, the Germans and those like them will hate you even more.


Ethics & Morality - Tikkun Olam

What Is Tikkun Olam?

Tikkun Olam: In Jewish teachings, any activity that improves the world, bringing it closer to the harmonious state for which it was created.

Tikkun olam implies that while the world is innately good, its Creator purposely left room for us to improve upon His work.

All human activities are opportunities to fulfill this mission, and every human being can be involved in tikkun olam—child or adult, student or entrepreneur, industrialist or artist, caregiver or salesperson, political activist or environmentalist, or just another one of us struggling to keep afloat.

Tikkun is often translated as repair. But in the Hebrew Bible and in the early code of Jewish law called the Mishnah, it has a range of meanings: improve, fix, prepare, set up, or just “do something with…” Tikkun could be used to describe straightening a crooked rod, maintaining a roadway, cutting fingernails, setting a table, or devising a parable to explain a difficult idea.

Olam in Biblical Hebrew connotes all of time. In later Hebrew, it came to mean the world.

So tikkun olam literally means to do something with the world that will not only fix any damage, but also improve upon it, preparing it to enter the ultimate state for which it was created.

What improvement does our world need?

For one thing, all great art is an expression of its creator. But unlike a Rembrandt or a Chagall, our world lacks its artist’s signature. It appears to be a place that “just is”—without an author, without a story, without meaning.

Each act of tikkun olam is a fine-tuning of our world’s voices. With each tikkun, we are creating meaning out of confusion, harmony from noise, revealing the unique part each creation plays in a universal symphony that sings of its Creator.

This is a deeper meaning of the term tikkun olam: The word olam also means hidden. We need to repair the world so that its Creator is no longer hidden within, but shines through each thing in magnificent, harmonious beauty.

Tikkun olam is a signature theme of Jewish tradition.

Most ancient creation stories, and modern philosophies as well, grant little if any inherent value to the material world in which we live. In stark contrast, the creation account of Genesis repeats seven times that the Creator beheld His creation as “good,” and even “very good.”

Nevertheless, the conclusion of the creation narrative is that all of this was created “to do”—meaning, for those inhabiting it to improve upon it.

G-d completed on the seventh day all that He had done…And G‑d blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, for on it He ceased from all the work that G‑d created to do.

Indeed, the narrative describing the creation of the original human beings tells us that we were placed in the Garden of Eden “to work it and to protect it.”

That the Creator values our world and our work to improve it is a motif that resounds throughout the prophets and rabbinical writings.

“Not for desolation did He create it,” says the prophet Isaiah, “He formed it to be settled.”

Living in an age when war and conquest was glorified, Isaiah describes an era of the future when all nations that “beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”

An ancient Midrash teaches “All that G‑d created, He made to be improved.”

And so the rabbis of the Talmud encouraged all the people, no matter how spiritually or intellectually inclined, to contribute to the common good. That meant building homes and families, and creating a civil society filled with deeds of caring and compassion, sustained by justice, integrity and peace. The term “tikkun olam” is used in the Mishnah as the motive behind social legislation meant to improve upon such a society.

The “Aleinu” prayer, said at the conclusion of all three daily prayers, speaks of our hope for a better future soon-to-come. So, too, does the kaddish, a responsive prayer repeated many times throughout every public prayer service. Both describe not an apocalyptic future, but one in which the world will experience its final tikkun and ultimate glory.


Combating Secularism - Finding relevance in Torah.

The Banter of past and present Bulletin Editors

Youth Involvement

Tikkun olam and youth involvement seem to be an obvious fit. They’re already doing it in our universities. Albeit, their direction for the most part seems to be misguided. Could Torah provide this direction?

Youth involvement can benefit the Shul and our programs as well as the youth themselves.

Promoting causes: Environment; Veganism; Financial empowerment; Education; Mental health;

Tikkun olam knows no limit:

Youth advisory group - To advise on youth matters.

Helping children with special needs get connected

Reconnecting youth and community.

Youth Can Engage in Activism: Educate others; Advocate for legislation; Run for office; Demonstrate; Public awareness through social media; Surveys; Raise money; Letter writing campaigns; Community service; Press involvement; JDL

Taking the moral high ground in our direction and actions:

Special interests groups have agendas they work toward at all costs. Groupthink. Squeaky wheels get the grease. It’s my way or the highway. Moral Judgement Testing is an interesting avenue to investigate. How does Torah line up with Moral Judgement Testing? Aside: How to Build a Moral Robot

Experiencing vs. Spectating:

Many youth group leaders believe they have to entertain their group to have a successful program. Wrong! Young people must experience the work of tikkun olam if they are to grow in their faith.

Putting beliefs into action for the good of others.

A hands-on approach.

Life can either be accepted or changed.

If it is not accepted, it must be changed.

If it cannot be changed, then it must be accepted.

Winston Churchill

The "Jewish Question" for the Twenty-first

Century: Can We Survive Our Success?

Chapter One - An America without Jews.

Comment by Ju - Dershowitz continues with some good Jewish jokes about discrimination which I thought would give us a bit of diversion from the seriousness of the thesis of his book.

Jews created humour for the discrimination they suffered.

What is the difference between an anti-Semite and a Jew? An anti-Semite will tell you that “the Jewish people are dishonest, untrustworthy, and money grubbing”, but when you ask him about his neighbour Cohen, he will say, “Cohen’s an exception, as honest as they come.” The Jew will praise the Jewish people as “the best, the most charitable, and the most honest people in the world”, but when you ask him about his neighbour Levine, he will say  “that no-good crook, you can’t trust him as far as you can throw him.”


Two Hasidim who see a sign outside a church. “$5000 for any Jew who converts to Christianity.” They agree that one will go inside and pretend to convert so that they can share the $5000. An hour later the first emerges from the church with a glow on his face. The second asks, “So, did you get the $5000?” The first looks at the second contemptuously and sneers, “all you people think about is money.”


Groucho Marx asked if his half-Jewish son could go into a restricted swimming pool “up to his waist” and insisted that he would never join a club that would accept him as a member.


There was also the story of a guy named Bernstein who was so determined to get into a restricted club that he changed his name, faked his educational background, and converted. When the membership committee asked his name, he replied “Belmont” When they asked his college, he said “Princeton” and when they inquired about his religion, he responded “Goy, of course.”


Then there was Cohen, who when he became wealthy, not only changed his name and religion, but insisted on exchanging his painting by Rubens for a Goya.


We must teach our children what it is that we fought so long and hard to preserve. But first, we must learn it ourselves.

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.

To life, to life, l'chaim...

“… the human being is poised between {good and evil} two contradictory internal forces. Society, family, and educational institutions should strive to create conditions that bring out the best in a person, and should act to check bad tendencies in order to encourage a free-will choice to do good.”

“Loving others, having loving, permanent relationships, and being married all have been shown to elicit better, healthier behaviours, and are directly correlated with a longer life. Anti-social attitudes and isolation lead to deterioration of mental and physical capacities, and to low quality of life, as well as a shorter life.”   

Perek 2 Mishna 11



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7:30-8:30 pm

Shul Kiddush


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to the public

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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

Upstairs 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



8 PM

Kiddush Room

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.


Karate lessons

For Seniors

Join us

with open hands

and Kick back!

Fridays after

Kiddush Breakfast

9:30-10:30 AM

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



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.

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


Who we are - Contact Info


Bar and Bat Mitzvahs

High Holy Days 2017

Rabbi’s Corner

Shabbat Bulletin

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Lodzer Office

Sarah: 416-636-6665

Office Hours

Monday through Thursday

9am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm


9am to 1pm