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When Adar (the month of Purim) comes,

increase merriment!

Shabbat Bulletin - February 17, 2018

Your Life Moments


Feb. 10  Ben Geisler

Feb. 10  Doreen Herzog

Feb. 11  Rebecca Greenberg

Feb. 15  Robert Berger

Feb. 18  David Birkan
Feb. 18  Bluma Nemirov
Feb. 19  Harley Klein
Feb. 21  Mary Gelman
Feb. 23  Cheryl Klein



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

Feb. 18  Samuel Goldstein, husband of Ruth
Feb. 19  Abraham Isaac Bernick, father of Selma Opler
Feb. 19  Saul Lichtblau, husband of Fela
Feb. 20  Josef & Golda Ber, grandparents of Josef
Feb. 20  Paul Yellin, brother of Susan Yellin
Feb. 21  Sarah Dworkin, grandmother of Jeff Shabes
Feb. 23  Bella Rochwerg, mother of Alisa Schwartz
Feb. 23  Hilda Rosen, mother of Norm

The four seasons of life:

Old Age

Remember - Don’t Forget - Take Action

Kiddush Fund

Rick & Eda Kardonne

General Fund

Sam & Doreen Herzog

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

take action as not to forget.


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

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

Yad Yashem has changed their registration to online for the Ottawa trip.

Everyone wishing to go must register on line and the site will cut off when the buses are full.

Eventbrite Toronto Yad Yashem

Click on National Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony Tickets and then click on the REGISTER icon.

You are allowed to register up to 5 people at a time.  If you have friends that want to go with you please register altogether.

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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

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 weeks

Kiddush Lunch

Is sponsored by:

Howard Iseman


Susan Yellin

in memory of

Paul Yellin

Torah Times

Triennial Year 2

Parashat: Terumah
1: 26:1-3 (pg. 330)
2: 26:4-6
3: 26:7-11
4: 26:12-14
5: 26:15-21
6: 26:22-25
7: 26:26-30
maf: 26:26-30

Haftarah: I Kings 5:26 - 6:13 (pg. 336)

Candle Lighting:

5:31 p.m. – Friday


6:41 p.m. – Saturday

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 24


9 Adar


Exodus 27:20-30:10

Picking up where Parshat Terumah left off, this Torah portion continues the description of the mishkan. Commandments regarding the ner tamid, eternal light, and the appointment of Aaron and his sons to the priesthood are described here including the special garments that the high priest will wear.


February 28

13 Adar

Erev Purim



at the Lodzer

6:30 PM

Free Admission


Wear a Costume


David Young

and the Choir

Light Refreshments

Purim liquid diet


Come and join in

on the reading of the

Gantseh Megillah

Special program with Cantor David Young and the Choir with songs from the 60's and 70's.

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.

Enjoy the


Matzot are just around the corner.


"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.

Queen Esther

saves her people.

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

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.”


March 11

Shul Kiddush


1 - 3 pm

Meeting in support of

the Yezidis

All Welcome

No Charge

New families moving in

There were several of you who were holding on to your donations waiting for the next round.  We now have three families that have moved into homes and need these donations.

Again, we will need considerable help in picking up and delivering so if you are able to assist in this way, let me know.

This time we have a 3 - month old baby girl.


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.


March 23

Save the date ⇒

Oneg Shabbat Dinner


April 18


3:30 - 6 PM


War Museum


Registration online only.

Space limited.

It’s a full day trip.

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






Tickets $150


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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 night after night leaving audiences screaming, stamping their feet and shouting for more.

Hey Jude!

What’s up for grabs in the Silent Auction?

Is there a Vegan option?

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

Israel’s famous Sea of Galilee is actually a lake? It’s had a variety of names since biblical times, but in Israel it’s called Lake Kinneret, and it holds several distinctions: the largest freshwater reservoir in Israel, the only natural freshwater lake in Israel and the lowest freshwater lake in the world. (The only lower lake is the Dead Sea, also in Israel.)

No matter what you call it, the Kinneret is the focal point of the Galilee. Its cool waters are surrounded by both sandy and rocky beaches, kibbutzim – including the very first one, Degania (“Cornflower”) — and a huge assortment of historic, natural, archeological, recreational and religious attractions that bring in visitors from all over the world.

Kibbutz Degania Aleph and Bet (A and B)

A few hundreds meters from the southern shores of the Kinneret (the Sea of Galilee) lies Degania Aleph, the first kibbutz. Founded in 1910 by ten men and two women, Degania was the original model for the communal agricultural settlements which established the first facts on the ground of the Zionist project. Today, Degania is home to 300 members, 150 children and 100 residents, living and working in one of Israel’s oldest and most prestigious communities.

The Jewish return to Palestine has consisted of a myriad of different groups coming at different times, for different reasons and with very different ideas. As is the case with most colonial projects, the principle of first-come, first-serve applied, deeply shaping the history of Israeli society. This process is divided into a series of immigration waves know as aliyah (the act of moving to the land of Israel, known by the hebrew verb for “going up”). The first five aliyah, which took place before the establishment of the state, brought most of the Ashkenazi Jews who built the country and more or less run it until the late seventies.

It all began with a few tens of thousands of young Jews who emigrated almost spontaneously before the official establishment of the Zionist movement. Without the support of the Turkish authorities or of foreign powers, or any resemblance of an organized settlement project, most of the settlers of the first aliyah eventually left, doing what is known as yeridah (the act of leaving the land of Israel, referred to as “going down”). Those who managed to stay ended up working in plantations financed by Jewish philanthropists, which mostly employed the cheap, local Arab workers.

Then came the more organized Jews of the second aliyah, shaped by the new big thing of the time, worldwide Socialism. As they were leftists and gave great importance to issues of class-struggle, equality and a better future for all, these young migrants abhorred the exploitation of local workers, and set upon not repeating the mistakes of the First Aliyah by striving to create a new, more equal society, with its own socialist economy. And as they were Jews, this separate economy would most likely be Jewish, a choice that deeply shaped the history of Israeli society and that of its relationships with its neighbours.

This was cultural Zionism, prioritizing the creation of a new, self-reliant and more Hebrew “spiritual centre” in Palestine through practical settlement according to socialist principles, as opposed to the political Zionism of Herzl which dreamed of establishing a normalized, bourgeois Jewish state with the support of foreign powers. The kibbutzim, of which Degania was the first, were the laboratory in which to revive the Hebrew language and culture and bring the Jewish people back to practical work, allowing them to take part in the worldwide workers’ revolution from which they remained excluded in Europe.

A portrait of a worker rests on a tractor on display in Degania’s “Harishonim” (the founders’) museum, dedicated to first settlers. Degania was home to mythological figures such as A.D. Gordon, Zionism’s main “philosopher of labour”, Joseph Trumpeldor, the country’s first military hero and martyr, and Arthur Ruppin, an accountant whom, as the official representative of the Zionist executive in Palestine, was in charge of a dealing with a strike organized by the settlers of Degania against the bourgeois lifestyle of the Kinneret farm’s manager, Baumann. Ruppin was smart enough to fire the manager, and allow the workers to run the farm collectively, setting the stage for cooperation between a group of radical socialist idealists and the mainstream Zionist movement. inContext

Go over to neighboring Degania Bet, founded in 1920, for a three-hour chocolate-making workshop at Galita Chocolate Farm, a factory and retail outlet housed in a former cowshed. Proprietress Galit Alpert also runs a coffee bar where you can sample her homemade ice cream.

"chocolate keeps people together”

Galit Alpert’s Galita Chocolate Farm at Kibbutz Degania Bet, near the Sea of Galilee, is based on three years of intensive chocolate- and ice cream-making internships she completed in Belgium.

“Twelve years ago, I found myself by accident leaving Israel for Belgium for several years,” says Alpert. “I got there and discovered a whole new world of chocolate and I fell in love.”

When she came back to Israel, she perfected her pralines before moving the operation to Degania. “I love nature, so for me it’s like being in heaven. What I created here is not only a chocolate shop, café and factory but also a tourist center about chocolate. We show how chocolate is made, and a workshop area is open all year, every day, for adults and children two and up.”

She employs 30-40 female kibbutzniks and area college students, who churn out 27 different kinds of pralines, as well as fun gift items such as chocolate spoons and shot glasses, sold online and to a growing number of Israeli mall stores, hotels and corporations. She’s working on getting Galita into some foreign markets, too.

The raw materials are sourced from Belgium and the staff is trained by Alpert in Belgian methods. As with all fine chocolates, Galita products are made with fresh ingredients and contain no colorings, preservatives or artificial flavorings. inContext


On May 20th at 04:30 hours, Syrian forces attacked Degania with tanks, armored vehicles and infantry. The attack commenced with a heavy artillery bombardment during which tanks and armored cars moved out from Zemach to the fields, advancing along the road and in the fields towards Degania. Infantry followed the armor, stopping some 200 meters from the Degania fence and digging in there. The tanks kept moving forward until they reached the kibbutz fence, where they were halted by the defenders who used a Fiat anti-tank grenade launcher and Molotov cocktails, prepared in advance by the Degania members.

One tank got past the fence and stopped at the edge of a trench while shooting its machine gun in all directions. The defenders threw a Molotov cocktails at it, killing the crew and neutralizing the tank. Mortars positioned at Kibbutz Kinneret and west of Degania behind Beit Gordon made accurate hits on the Syrian infantry encamped in the open fields and also hit armored cars laden with munitions.

Two anti-aircraft guns transferred from the Sha'ar HaGola and Masada area across the Jordan River hit the Syrian armored vehicles and infantry, preventing them from advancing along the road toward the bridge over the Jordan. The four cannon promised by the General Staff arrived and were positioned on the Alumot plateau, although they arrived only after the battle was actually over. The attack on Degania ended at 07:30 with the Syrian army withdrawing to the village of Samah, leaving behind two damaged tanks, two decimated armored cars and dozens of soldiers killed by the defenders' fire. inContext

Degania’s tank has become a symbol in the history of the State of Israel. It has entered history as a symbol of an act of heroism in the defensive battle of the few against the many, of human ability in the face of steel and of the determination of the settlers in defending their home.

The Syrian tank is in the place where it was stopped in the War of Independence and serves as a monument. It is a French-made Renault tank made in 1934. It was hit by a “Molotov cocktail” improvised by the defenders. inContext


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

Are Jews Allowed to Steal?

By Menachem Posner

So a Jewish guy allegedly steals $50 billion from his friends and associates—most of them Jewish. Without fail, the predictable stereotypes involving Jews and money begin to pop up on blogs and chat rooms all over.

They recycle the old calumny that Jewish tradition allows people to deal dishonestly with others as long as they live otherwise pious lives.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

In fact, Jewish tradition teaches that how you deal with your fellows is perhaps the most important aspect of your relation with your Creator. This idea has been expressed both in Jewish teachings as well as in personal example since almost the beginning of time.

Let us take a look at a small sampling of these teachings and anecdotes.

2,900 years ago:

King David writes (Psalms 24:3-4), "Who will ascend upon G‑d's mountain and who will stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not taken My name in vain and has not sworn deceitfully."

2,000 years ago:

The sage Hillel is approached by a non-Jew. "I am willing to convert to Judaism on the condition that you teach me the entire Torah while I stand on one foot."

"That which you detest," Hillel answers, "do not to others. All the rest is commentary" (Talmud, Shabbat 31a).

1,700 years ago:

Rabbah, the leading Talmudic sage of his day, teaches (Talmud, Shabbat 31a) that when a soul ascends to heaven, the very first question she is asked is: "Did you conduct your business honestly?"

1,000 years ago:

Rabbeinu Gershom "the Light of the Diaspora" forbids opening letters addressed to others. A millennium before the advent of the civil rights movement, the rabbis of old understood the importance of individual rights and how important it is to be utterly honest in all one's dealings.

700 years ago:

Rabbi Yaakov ben Asher, the "Baal Haturim," reworks the entire body of Jewish law into four sections. This structure will eventually become the framework for the Code of Jewish Law. One of the sections, Choshen Mishpat, is entirely devoted to the laws of interpersonal relationships and the minutiae of honest business practice.

65 years ago:

The Lubavitcher Rebbe publishes a calendar, the "Hayom Yom," that contained a chassidic aphorism for every day of the year. For the 8th of Av, the Rebbe writes:

"What good is Chassidic teaching and piety if the main quality, love of a fellow Jew, is lacking—even to the extent of, G‑d forbid, causing anguish to another!"

Anyone who thinks otherwise

simply slept through Hebrew school.


Combating Secularism

Finding relevance in Jewish teachings.

The Banter of past and present Bulletin Editors

There is certainly a gap between Torah ethics and society’s view of the honesty of Jews. As far as I know, this gap is not questioned - it just exists. Jews consider themselves honest although as far as I can see they don’t seriously study and discuss Jewish ethics - Pirke Avoth and other parts of the commentary. In fact many distinguish between ethics - which they obey - and business - where ethics are almost non-existent - especially when dealing with non-Jews. This of course gives us a bad reputation as the unethical Jews seem to stand out. The other factor is Torah study. In my experience Torah study is like studying the law and it gives Jews the advantage of being too legal - to the point of winning legally or on technicalities, but the other party feeling as if they have been cheated. This training in legal thinking gives Jews an advantage, but would not get them liked.

It would be nice, if when Jews do a good deed or are simply honest, they realized and verbalized the ideal that doing Mitzvot is simply the Jewish thing to do, and tell those that they interact with that this is the basis of Judaism.

Jonathan U.

There seems to be a disconnect between Jewish teachings

and Jewish entitlement.

Jews no longer fear God.

Saying that we slept through Hebrew school is kinda lame.

Having the Jewish community come down hard on this kind of behaviour may serve our reputation and future better.

The "Jewish Question" for the Twenty-first

Century: Can We Survive Our Success?

Changing Tradition

“The myth that Jewish law was always the same, and that all of Halakah was handed down at Sinai, was designed to prevent Jews from recognizing the mutable nature of the very human institution that is Judaism. This myth, like that of Halakah, was designed to keep lay people from understanding that secular judges, like rabbis, often make new law - and then simply find old authority to support their innovations.”

“I don’t recall a rabbi ever emphasizing that the Yom Kippur fast is a hollow gesture if it is accompanied by a commitment to stop oppressing workers, …”

Who is a Jew? - a Jewish mother or a Jewish father?

                      - those who believe in the thirteen principles that Maimonides says makes one a Jew?

“When all else fails, there is always the well-known Talmudic dictum.   “A restriction should not be imposed on a community unless the majority is able to stand it.” “If that is not a prescription for change, I don’t know what is.”

Is Judaism Messianic?

In a small Russian shtetl, the community council decides to pay a poor Jew a ruble a week to sit at the town’s entrance and be the first to greet the Messiah when he arrives. The man’s brother comes to see him, and is puzzled why he took such a low-paying job. “It’s true, the poor man responds, “the pay is low. But it’s a steady job.” (p. 213)

Jonathan Usher

I believe by complete faith...

God alone made, makes, and will make all that is created.

God is one.

God is not a body, is not affected by physical matter.

The Creator, is the first and is the last.

To God alone is it fitting to make prayer.

All the words of the prophets are true.

The prophecy of Moses, (the father of all prophets,) our teacher was true.

The whole Torah now found in our hands was the exact same one given to Moses.

The Torah, shall not be changed nor be replaced with another from the Creator.

God knows every action done by each human being as well as all their thoughts.

God rewards all who keep His commandments and punishes all those who don’t.

In the coming of the Messiah - each day, shall I wait expectantly.

With resurrection of the dead, God will be remembered and exalted forever and for all eternity.


Let God be exalted.

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.

Because prayer had become a daily practice after the Destruction of the Second temple, R. Shimon warns that it can easily turn into rote recitation. Prayer should not become a fixed rite, an empty form.
Prayer should be an occasion for pouring out your heart before a loving, divine parent.

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Participants will be notified by

e-mail of scheduling changes.



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

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.

If interested contact:

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


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High Holy Days 2017

Rabbi’s Corner

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Lodzer Office

Sarah: 416-636-6665

Office Hours

Monday through Thursday

9am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm


9am to 1pm