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Shabbat Bulletin - March 3, 2018

Your Life Moments


Feb. 25  Esther Factor
Feb. 28  Hugh Freedman
Feb. 28  Morry Nosak
Mar.  1   Cantor Morris Goldlust
Mar.  2   Shari Majerovic
Mar.  2   Sheila Winston

March 3   Dora Usher

March 5   Arnold Yudell

March 5  Leo Zaidman


March 11  Harely & Cheryl Klein


Feb. 25  Sam Bederman, husband of Elyssa

Feb. 25  Gut’l Golub, father of Eda Kardonne

Feb. 26  Harry Ber, father of Josef

Feb. 27  Paula Malet, wife of Dennis

Feb. 27  Leah Yudell, mother of Arnold

Feb. 28  Israel Moshe, father of Ben-Zion

Mar.   1  Solomon Fichtenbaum, father of Pearl Rosen

Mar.   2  Marshall Drewnowsky, brother of Annette Sacks

Mar.   2  Bernard Ginsburg, father of Barbara Lew

Mar.   2  Isaac Peters, husband of Minnie and father of David

March 7  Milly Goldenhar, mother of Cindy Ber

March 7  David Greenberg, husband of Rebecca

March 9  Philip Goldberg, father of Judy Hazan

March 9  Lily Rosenberg, mother of Joseph

March 9  Fay Slutchuk, mother of Nancy Corey

Only what is hopeless on the earth is beautiful,

only what must pass... divine,

and only humility is rebellious.

Aaron Zeitlin 1899-1973

Remember - Don’t Forget - Take Action

Synagogue General Fund

David Peters

Isaac & Pnina Ricer

Prayer Book Fund

Dorothy Tessis

Irene Szweras

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

“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

1.4 2.1 2.8




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 3


16 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

Torah Times

Triennial Year 2

Parashat: Ki Thissa

Exodus 30:11 - 34:35

1: 31:18-32:6 (pg. 356)

2: 32:7-11

3: 32:12-14

4: 32:15-24

5: 32:25-29

6: 32:30-33:6

7: 33:7-11

maf: 33:9-11

Haftarah: I Kings 18:1 - 18:39 (p. 369)

Candle Lighting:

5:50 p.m. – Friday


6:59 p.m. – Saturday

Ki Tisa

Exodus 30:11-34:35

Moses remains atop Mount Sinai and the Israelite people below get tired of waiting and decide to construct the golden calf. As Moses is making his way down the mountain with the tablets of the Ten Commandments, he sees the idol and smashes the tablets.


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 10


23 Adar


Exodus 35:1-40:38

Vayakhel is almost a repeat of the previous instructions for building the desert sanctuary. One commentator suggested that God so loved the idea of having a home among the people that the instructions were repeated. May our sanctuary home be worthy of God’s love and attention.

Pekudei describes the furnishings of the sanctuary and the role of the leaders in preparing the precious objects. Midrash stresses that they had to be above suspicion for any monetary gain. For example, the person doing the shekel collection was to wear a coat without pockets.


March 11

Shul Kiddush


1 - 3 pm

Meeting in support of

the Yezidis

All Welcome

No Charge

Apr8 May6 June10 July8 August5 Sep9 Oct7 Nov4 Dec2

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.




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

6 PM

Reserve Now

Call Sarah

Oneg Shabbat Service

4-Course Dinner / Wine

Members $40/Children under 13 $15

NonMembers $50/Children <13yrs $20


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


Call Sarah to purchase tickets for our 65th Gala

Don’t Wait!

Place Your

Personal Greetings

in the

Lodzer Centre Congregation

65th Gala Book

Personal ads:

Full page    $500

Half page    $250

Quarter page $125

Eighth page  $ 75

Business ads (inside):

Full page 8x10 $800

Half page 8x5  $400

Quarter pg 4x5 $200

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?

Will there be 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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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.


This week’s discussion group can be summarized by a series of questions. It was mainly to remind us of the importance of gratitude in our daily lives.

1. Are people who show gratitude happier than people who do not?

2. If we thought about being grateful to G-d more often and showed our gratitude to our confreres more often, would this bring us closer to G-d?

3. Do we express gratitude to our family and friends often enough?

4. Is what happens with lineups and seats etc. on buses and subways good examples of kindness and gratitude?

Thank you!

The "Jewish Question" for the Twenty-first

Century: Can We Survive Our Success?

Giving, Learning, arguing

“When I read the Bible now as an independent adult, I appreciate its brilliance even more than when I read it as G-d’s word. As the writing of a single infallible G-d, it isn’t so great since it occasionally has mistakes, inconsistencies, bigotry, and mean spiritedness. As the writings of fallible Jewish humans the Bible is an awe-inspiring work of unsurpassed beauty, timelessness, and virtue - especially considering the attitudes of most other human beings who lived in the days of its composition. I learn new things every time I open the Bible, and I admire its writers more deeply with each reading. Now that I understand that different people with different worldview wrote different parts - and I no longer make artificial efforts at reconciliation - I feel closer to them as people. I identify strongly with Ecclesiastes’ description of injustice, but I am more comfortable with Isaiah’s prescription for justice: To deal thy bread to the hungry, to let the oppressed go free, and to welcome the poor that are cast out.”

Just as Ecclesiastes declares that there is no single essence to life, so too there is no one substantive essence to Judaism. Requiring Jews, especially young Jews to choose between their politics and their Judaism sends the wrong message.

The essence of Judaism is not substantive so much as it is procedural - a process for arriving at changing truths for changing times. Our essential procedural approach to life is our very unwillingness to accept any one static substantive essence, our need to continue the dialogue - among ourselves, with others, and even with G-d - until the end. (p. 284)

Question and suggestion from JU:

Do you agree with Dershowitz?

Discuss it with your family and friends this Shabbat evening.

The Bible seems to be getting smaller each year.

Like a good movie, you watch over and over again.

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.

“R. Tarfon {says} that G-d put us on earth with a mission. There is more to do than there are hours in the day. People often do not push themselves; they settle for mediocre performance. Yet G-d asks us urgently to step up, and offers great - eternal - reward.”

“Nor should one consider himself a failure if the job is not fully done; but neither should he feel at liberty to do nothing. You are commanded and expected to undertake the task of  repairing the world, or, if you will, doing good with your life.”

Perek 2 Mishna 15-16



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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