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Shabbat Bulletin - February 10, 2018

Your Life Moments


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

Feb. 10  Ben Geisler

Feb. 10  Doreen Herzog

Feb. 11  Rebecca Greenberg

Feb. 15  Robert Berger



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

Feb. 10  Jacob Macklis, father of Sylvia White

Feb. 11  Samuel Richmond, brother of Sheldon

Feb. 16  David Gula, brother of Esther Steiman

Feb. 16  Miriam Shievitz, mother of Alan

Rosh Chodesh service

with Cantor David and his Choir.

When Adar (the month of Purim) comes,

increase merriment!

Siddur dedication


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

On Hold

“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

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February 10


25 Shevat


Rosh Chodesh


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:

Faye Kellerstein for the yahrzeit of her father Philip Zucker


Jeff Shabes for the yahrzeit of his father Joseph

Torah Times

Triennial Year 2

Parashat: Mishpatim

Exodus 21:1 - 24:18

1: 22:4-8 (pg. 311)

2: 22:9-12

3: 22:13-18

4: 22:19-26

5: 22:27-23:5

6: 23:6-13

7: 23:14-19


Exodus 30:11-16  Shabbat Shekalim

Haftarah: Shabbat Shekalim

II Kings 12:1 - 12:17 (pg. 993)

Candle Lighting:

5:22 p.m. – Friday


6:31 p.m. – Saturday


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


Every month we have a meeting for Project Abraham volunteers.  Many of our greatest ideas are introduced and launched at these meetings.

Come and hear an update on the Yezidi situation in Iraq and  on our own Richmond Hill community.  This is an opportunity to  network with other volunteers and  get an overview of what's happening in the larger project.

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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 17


2 Adar

Shabbat Terumah

Exodus 25:1 - 27:19

Having received rules for communal living, the community begins to build the first sanctuary, the mishkan. Every member of the community is invited to bring a donation or gift. The remainder of this parsha outlines specific blueprints for the construction of the mishkan.


February 18

7 PM

Holy Blossom




Speakers Action Group and Holy Blossom Temple invite you to experience

Melanie Phillips

"No Liberty, No equality, No Fraternity":

Dealing With the Failure of The West”

The evil hypocrisy of the “progressive” Left: I can’t stand coercive statism. Slavery to the state these days is generally supported by left-wing hypocrites who champion their own self-aggrandizement while posing as “lovers of humanity.” inContext


February 20

11:30 AM

1 First Canadian Place STE 3400

$25 includes

Lunch & Lecture


Melanie Phillips

(born 4 June 1951) is a British journalist, author, and public commentator. She started on the left of the political spectrum, writing for The Guardian and New Statesman. During the 1990s she came to identify with more right-wing ideas and currently writes for The Times, The Jerusalem Post and The Jewish Chronicle, covering political and social issues from a social conservative perspective. Phillips defines herself as a liberal who has "been mugged by reality"

"The World Turned Upside Down:

The Role of The Media”

“The British media are worse than your American media. At least in America you have Fox News, you have talk radio, which can challenge the otherwise unchallenged worldview of the Left represented in organizations like CNN, ABC, and so on—and our BBC. But the fact is, most journalists are on the Left, and most journalists, I think, are acting as fifth columnists in the war against the West, a war waged both from within and from without.” 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.



February 28

13 Adar

Erev Purim



at the Lodzer

5:30 PM


David Young

and the Choir


food & drinks

will be served

5:35 PM

Mincha service with Torah service

6:15 PM

Maariv and Havdalah

6:36 PM

Fast ends

(light snack)

Followed by the

Gantseh Megillah


The choir will introduce each paragraph of the megillah with a song of about 1 minute in length - it's a lot of fun as we take contemporary music and adapt it to the theme of each paragraph.

Details Subject to Change


"SO! You want to find out


Come ACT with Achashverosh!

MUNCH with Mordecai!

HUM with Haman!


ENTERTAIN with Esther,

as we transform the Lodzer into



March 1

14 Adar


9 AM

Second Reading

The Jews of Shushan are saved

What bracha did the Jews say upon seeing Haman hanging on the gallows?


Borei pri haeitz.


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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THE CAVERNERS debuted in 1994 and have since been exciting audiences with their note for note perfect portrayal of The Beatles in concert.  With authentic instruments, costumes and stellar vocals this all Canadian cast recreates an incredible performance nigh

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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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Travelogue of an Armchair Traveller

Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated on 27 January 1945.

The photos in the Auschwitz Album, which is the only surviving visual evidence of the process leading to the mass murder at Auschwitz-Birkenau, were taken at the end of May or beginning of June 1944.

Yad VaShem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Centre

Yad Vashem invites you to visit the Holocaust History Museum, accompanied by one of our professional guides. Watch survivor testimonies, view personal diaries, artifacts and works of art, and be inspired by the many moving stories woven into the chronology of one of the darkest periods in the history of mankind.


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.

Promoting  TRAVELODZER 2018

Ethics & Morality - Business & Finance

Radically Jewish Business Ethics

By David Weitzner

In the wake of the latest business scandals in the news, let's go ahead and ask the real question that sits in the back of the head of every businessman with a conscience: Is business inherently at odds with ethics?

Let's probe deeper than that: What is the precise relationship between the world of business and the seemingly disparate world of morality and ethics? Does this relationship begin and end with a set of rules specifying the behaviours that are to be avoided while engaging in an inherently unholy, albeit necessary, task? Or, as a radical alternative, can business activity be celebrated as something with significant spiritual potential?

An authentically Jewish approach to business ethics begins by shattering our popular conceptions of morality. Unlike other spiritual traditions, Judaism does not view business activity as nothing more than a necessary evil. Like everything else that is meaningful in one's life, the call to engage in business comes from Above. The classic Jewish discussions of morality in business veer considerably far away from the topics that dominate what we generally regard as the sphere of the moral. Morality is often conceived in the popular mindset as the realm of altruism and self-sacrifice. Yet Jewish business ethics push for the development of qualities and character traits that do not, at first glance, have specifically moral significance.

Perhaps you have heard of the classic Talmudic insight into our moment of judgment. The first question we will be asked after death, according to our sages, is,

"Did you do business b'emunah (in good faith)?"

Now, what is the point behind this question? Is the heavenly court only interested in how honest I was, and business happens to be a good laboratory in which to test that honesty? It doesn't sound that way to me. It sounds like they are really interested in whether I was occupied in a unique and particular activity called "business in good faith"—because that activity contains an inherent sanctity that is of such prime importance, it must be placed prior to inquiries on any other activity.

I can evidence this from the context of the question. After this first question, come several others, such as, "Did you set aside fixed time for Torah study?" The virtue under inquiry isn't simply living by a schedule, or fixing time for good deeds, but rather there is something uniquely special about regular Torah study. Or, "Did you occupy yourself with being fruitful and multiplying?"—a very specific question demonstrating the holiness of a very particular action with particular results. Similarly here, the question does not seek to confirm that while doing business you did not cheat, lie or break any of the 613 commandments. It seems to suggest that there is a type of business activity that in itself is holy.

The Talmud wants us to know that when we face the Highest of Judges, His first inquiry is not for an account of the sins we avoided while doing business; not to list the negative behavior from which we duly abstained, or even to account the non-business related altruistic endeavors in which we engaged through our business activities ("I gave 10% to charity. I had a lunch and learn session in my office. I ran an appeal from Israel among my business associates."). The sages are informing us that there is an ultimate need to tell in detail the seemingly mundane story of our actual daily good-faith business interactions. Why would the Heavenly Courts care for such an accounting, unless there is a deep moral good to be discovered in the particulars of how we performed the seemingly amoral activities of business? This question only makes sense if business activity and moral behavior have the potential to be one and the same: business "b'emunah."

Or put it this way: They are saying that the essence of an authentically Jewish approach to business ethics is not to be found by criticizing business activities or simply delineating a set of rules and prohibitions. Authentically Jewish business ethics is about engaging in business in a way that changes the person, changes the environment in which that person works, and changes all those who come in contact with the business person through their daily business activities. Jewish business ethics is concerned with preparing that narrative that we all know we will need to eventually relay to the Heavenly Judge. We need to work on thinking about how we can tell the best possible story of what we do everyday in business—why it is a good faith activity. We need to think about how we are creating real and meaningful value. We need to think about how businesses are changing the world we live in via their work. The expectation is not to create a narrative telling of how we engaged in high-minded acts of self-sacrifice. That story is for a different time and place. The question of Jewish business ethics is to create a story of transformation through the seemingly simple acts of our good faith business activities.

The Talmud talks glowingly about our ancestor Jacob finding favor in the eyes of the local indigenous population. One might wonder about the details of the miraculous or altruistic endeavor of greatness which Jacob was required to engage in to attain this elevated state. And as often is the case in our tradition, there is no consensus. But let us look at the different opinions expressed in the Talmud and the similar theme on which they are all based. The debate focuses around three distinct activities: either Jacob established a stable currency for the people, or he set up local markets or perhaps he built a working public bathhouse. In other words, our forefather Jacob turned the establishment of markets, currency valuation and infrastructure developments into the highest of moral acts. These seemingly mundane activities, actions that we normally do not think of having any moral significance, are the basis for his transformational narrative. He changed the world through his righteousness. But he also changed the world with business. The two are forever linked.

This message is repeated again and again throughout the Jewish canon. Our Talmudic sages tell us that the guide to sainthood is to be found in the study of the tractates on damages. The path to sainthood is not locked in the lofty esoteric discussions of deep mysticism… it is available to all in the practical explorations of business interactions and compensation! Business ethics in classic Judaism is not about charity and altruism (which are absolutely moral goods in themselves)—they are about real business activities and the holiness and moral goodness found in those particular acts. The Chassidic masters taught that holiness can be found anywhere, so why should we be surprised to find that engaging in the seemingly mundane activities of business is an authentic path to righteousness?

There is a famous Midrash in Genesis Rabbah that talks about our forefather Abraham wandering through foreign lands and seeing people eating, drinking and engaging in frivolity. Clearly these people had lives of leisure and not suffering, yet Abraham intoned a hope that this land would not be his inheritance. Instead, when he passed a land of toil, where the people were engaging in the necessary tasks of life at their appropriate times, he expressed a hope that he could even have a piece of this hard-working community. G‑d looked down and said, "This is the land I will give your offspring." What did Abraham see in this land that was so wonderful? The Lubavitcher Rebbe suggests that Abraham saw the dignity of the people… dignity that is found in self-sufficiency. Business activity allows the people to be partners with G‑d in re-creating the world they live in. Loving the Eternal is one thing—working with Him to provide for the world is another.

Practically speaking, what is the essential message found in the classic Jewish discussions of business? In short, go about your business. But always be mindful that good faith business is no small task. Create a level economic playing-field. The weak need to be protected from exploitation… but the powerful sometimes need protection as well. Our sages were very careful to ensure that creditors had the same protection as debtors. They wanted to strike a balance so that those with capital would not be discouraged from lending. They wanted to make sure that business transactions were just that, business transactions and not inadvertent charitable giving. Charity is good, but business is good as well. Both institutions needed to be solidified.

Jewish business ethics finds great moral worth in clarity. Clarity about the nature of the transaction, and clarity regarding what the results would be if the transaction goes horribly wrong. So much time is spent in Talmudic discussions outlining the most improbable of scenarios because the more clarity there is in the economic arena, the better markets can function. This is as true today as it was then. Study Judaism to understand good faith business. And study the details of business to understand Judaism.

An authentically Jewish approach to business ethics believes that businesses can do well while being good. Be mindful of your strategy, and be mindful of the greater narrative that you will one day have to relay. Are you creating more opportunities for business, opening doors for more people to join the transactions? Are you playing your role as authentically as possible, whether you are a buyer or a seller, a lender or a borrower? The moral good that comes from business activities done well is as real and meaningful as the moral good that may come from anywhere else. That is business b'emunah.


Combating Secularism - Finding relevance in Torah.

The Banter of past and present Bulletin Editors

J/U’s  note: Looking at ordinary business work as a constant way to perform tikkun olam is a radically new way of thinking of and performing day to day duties.

At this time of our greatest prosperity,

the god of money has taken over to the extreme.

Capitalism is religion. Banks are churches.

Bankers are priests. Wealth is heaven. Poverty is hell.

Rich people are saints. Poor people are sinners.

Commodities are blessings.

Money is God.

Miguel D Lewis

The Power of Nice - Do what is fair and good.

The "Jewish Question" for the Twenty-first

Century: Can We Survive Our Success?

Chapter One - An America without Jews.

Why America has been so good to the Jews

  1. It has no dominant native people (ie Poles never considered Jews as Poles but America was made up of immigrants.

  2. There is no official religion

  3. politics has been centrist. Extremist left-wing politics tends toward anti-Semitism, religious intolerance, and denial of basic liberties. Extremist right-wing politics tends toward nationalism, anti-Semitism and denial of basic liberties. The extreme left tends to demonize Jews as capitalists, rootless cosmopolitans and tribal. The extreme right tends to demonize Jews as alien, radical, and un-American (p. 145)

“I believe that Judaism deserves to survive, but only if it can persuade its people to remain Jews not because of its enemies but rather because of its virtues. (p. 165)

Proposed solutions -and why they will not be enough to preserve Jewish life

  1. All Jews should return to religious observance

  2. All Jews should ‘return’ to Israel

  3. Judaism is not “just” a religion

  4. God is good. But, the Holocaust and results that are good are attributed to G-d and results that are bad are explained by non-intervention.

  5. Why should anyone assume that a good, intervening G-d would want to be prayed to or worshipped? Good people cease to be good when they demand unquestioned obedience or worship.

  6. 6. Why should we assume that G-d has chosen to speak to us through self-selected intermediators who claim to have heard His voice or seen His miracles.

  7. Few people pick a religion. They go with the one with which they were born. Why preserve Judaism as opposed to another religion?

  8. Has Judaism become a religious community composed of atheists?

  9. Do civilizations have their own internal and immutable dynamics and so will slow down when it decides to - no matter what we do.

  10. Yiddish, which held Jews together,  is no longer a living language

Only if the Jewish religion becomes sufficiently eclectic, so that it can adapt to the full lives that most American Jews insist on living, will religion have any chance of remaining a unifying phenomenon in the twenty-first century.

Jonathan Usher

American Jewish population rapidly becoming more Orthodox

Why The Modern Orthodox Family Model Works,

And What We Can Learn From It

To Modern Orthodox parents frantically juggling children’s baths, last minute work crises, and Shabbat preparations before lighting candles at 3:58 p.m — life may seem pretty stressful, even chaotic.

For some, the responsibilities and restrictions of Shabbat and the Jewish holidays, as well as expectations of high participation in synagogue and Jewish communal life create a “trapped feeling,” ...

But while Orthodoxy has often been faulted for gender inequity, and observers might assume that differing synagogue roles for men and women indicate inequality on the home front — our survey numbers tell a different story about what happens at home.

...Modern Orthodox families today have more spousal equity than ever before, in terms of both education and income.

...Modern Orthodox Jews have somewhat higher rates than other Jewish denominations of college graduates.

And Modern Orthodox men and women — perhaps surprisingly — are overwhelmingly likely to be matched marital sets regarding levels of secular and professional education and the status of their jobs. In sociological language, couples who identify as Modern Orthodox show rates of spousal homogamy —husbands and wives with similar educational and occupational achievement — not lower than couples who identify as Conservative, Reform, or unaffiliated in the same age group...

Few will be surprised to learn that Modern Orthodox Jews are significantly more likely to marry and have children than non-Orthodox Jews -— 63% of Modern Orthodox Jews ages 25-54 are married, compared to just over half of Conservative (52%) and or Reform (54%) Jews in that age group... While completed Orthodox families average over four children, Conservative and Reform couples average fewer than two — and are not replacing themselves.

Paradoxically, that traditional lifestyle is also connected with high secular achievements – a rare combination, unique to this denomination.

Reversing trends in earlier decades, today younger Modern Orthodox families have the highest household incomes — likely motivated by the bills for yeshiva day school tuition. Nine out of ten Modern Orthodox Jews reported, ... that the high “cost of Jewish Schooling” was the most serious problem facing the American Jewish community today.

And on top of all of this – Modern Orthodox Jews manage what Rachel S. Bernstein calls the “third shift” of creating Jewish life... Bernstein explains that in addition to a parent’s “first shift” of paid—and often demanding—employment, and the “second shift” of child-rearing and housework, there is the just as necessary “third shift”, which is focused mostly on Shabbat and holiday observance, as well as creating a spiritual environment at home.

For the majority of Modern Orthodox women and men, the Jewish calendar creates opportunities for “family life” and “time together,” ... it is precisely the Jewish “community” and “Shabbat” that are the primary sources of satisfaction and pleasure in most Modern Orthodox Jews’ Judaic lives.

It may very well be that third shift which keeps lives – and marriages – balanced. Shabbat traditions encourage intimate time for couples after a candle-lit dinner with wine—Friday night is the rabbinic version of “date night.” The long hours of Shabbat afternoons lend themselves to cellphone-free long walks and talks with children. ... weekly Shabbat observance guarantees time for children, family, and friends – humanizing opportunities often missing in contemporary lives.

This depiction of this three-shift juggling act is fascinating, and critically important today, when younger American Jews are undergoing a marriage crisis, in which only half of Jews ages 25 to 54 are married or coupled... Some marry later than they intended, and some who had hoped to marry do not. Many women report that they had less children than they had hoped to, because of delayed marriage and childbearing.

The Modern Orthodox family model of high education, high occupational status, high income—and high fertility—may have implications for all of us diverse American Jews across the denominational spectrum. The statistics of recent studies offer us an important lesson: Graduate and professional degrees and impressive jobs need not make marriage during more fertile years and larger families impossible.

Perhaps it is possible to have it “all” —- education, career, family, and tradition? It’s stressful, but attainable for many of those who want it, as our findings show — and certainly worth a shot.  inContext

We’re not trying to convert our members, but maybe we can use some of whatever they are doing to improve the significance of Judaism for ourselves - and to improve our lives.

Judaism is more than a religion.

Judaism is a way of life.

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 people make the effort and train properly, they can become scholars and teachers. Thus the sages expanded and democratized the spiritual leadership of Jewry.”

“Purify your behaviour; look at your motives. Try to make sure that your ritual and liturgical behaviours are for the sake of G-d and not to show off, impress people, or gain an advantage.”

Perek 2 Mishna 12



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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


Upstairs foyer


Hebrew Classes

Conversational Hebrew classes are ongoing. 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


Lodzer Shabbat-Bulletin,
5 Feb 2018, 16:24