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Six Days Shall You Work

and on the seventh day you shall have a Shabbat of complete rest

Shabbat Bulletin - March 10, 2018 - Correction (oops)

We need your help to ensure that the following two events are a success:

Our Oneg Shabbat Service and Dinner

on Friday, March 23 at 6pm.

The Lodzer 65th Anniversary GALA featuring “The Caverners - Beatles Tribute”

on Sunday, May 27.

Full details below. Check the dates and book early!

Your Life Moments


March 3   Dora Usher

March 5   Arnold Yudell

March 5  Leo Zaidman

March 13   Morris Anidjar
March 13   Fay Ingber
March 13   Ida Sidenberg
March 16   Bronia Helman
March 16   Helen Storm


March 11  Harely & Cheryl Klein


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

March 10  Brucha Kliger, mother of Irene Szweras  
March 10  Paula Maramude, mother of Richard Kardonne
March 10  Yadja Wajgensberg, mother of Dorothy Tessis
March 11  Luba Drewnowsky, mother of Annette Sacks
March 11  Avron Siegel, husband of Betty Siegel-Snyder, father of Debbie Rose
March 12  Wendy Yudell, wife of Arnold
March 14  Henry Wildbaum, father of Jenny Finkelshtain
Match 16  Raphael Yelin, nephew of Sheldon Richmond

Rosh Chodesh service

with Cantor David and his Choir.

Remember - Don’t Forget - Take Action

Synagogue General Fund

Alan Shievitz

Jonathan & Dora Usher

Prayer Book Fund

Arthur Zins

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

Class cancelled: March 29 and April 5 -- Pesach.

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




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

Rosh Chodesh service

with Choir

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 sponsored by

Arnold Yudell

for the yahrzeit of


Torah Times

Triennial Year 2

Parashat: Exodus
Exodus 35:1 - 40:38

1: 37:17-24 (p. 379)
2: 37:25-29
3: 38:1-8
4: 38:9-20
5: 38:21-39:1
6: 39:2-7
7: 39:8-21
maf: Numbers 19:1-22


Ezekiel 36:16 - 36:38 (p. 999)

Candle Lighting:

5:59 p.m. – Friday


7:08 p.m. – Saturday


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 17


Rosh Chodesh

1 Nisan

Nissan, the first month on Jewish calendar (according to the Torah), coincides with March-April on the civil calendar. The Torah calls it chodesh ha-aviv—the month of spring, as it marks the beginning of the spring months.

On the first day of Nissan in the year 2448 from creation, two weeks before the Exodus, G‑d showed Moses the crescent new moon, instructing him regarding the setting of the Jewish calendar and the mitzvah of sanctifying the new month. “This month shall be for you the head of months, the first of the months of the year”. This ushered in the first Jewish month, and commenced the lunar calendar that Jews have been following ever since. It was the first mitzvah (commandment) given to the newly born nation of Israel, even before the exodus from Egypt.

It is in this month that we celebrate the eight-day holiday of Passover, from the 15th through the 22nd of Nissan. It commemorates the Jewish people’s miraculous redemption from slavery in Egypt, and the birth of the Jewish nation.

We observe the anniversary of the Exodus each year by removing all leaven from our possession for this week, eating matzah, and telling the story of the redemption to our children. By following the rituals of Passover, we have the ability to relive and experience the true spiritual freedom that our ancestors achieved.

It took seven weeks—forty-nine days—from when the Jewish people left Egypt until they received the Torah from G‑d at the foot of Mount Sinai, celebrated today as the holiday of Shavuot. It is explained that the 49 days that connect Passover with Shavuot correspond to the 49 drives and traits of the human heart. Each day saw the refinement of one of these sefirot(traits), bringing the people of Israel one step closer to spiritual perfection. Each year, we retrace this inner journey with our “counting of the Omer.” Beginning on the second night of Passover, we count the days and weeks to the holiday of Shavuot, the “Festival of Weeks.”

A special mitzvah which can be fulfilled only once a year—anytime during the month of Nissan—is to recite the berachah (“blessing” or prayer) made upon seeing a fruit tree in bloom. Many people visit botanical gardens during this time, so as to avail themselves of an opportunity to observe this beautiful mitzvah.

It is mentioned in the Talmud that according to one tradition, the three patriarchs of the Jewish people—Abraham (1948–2123 from creation), Isaac (2048–2228 from creation) and Jacob(2108–2255 from creation)—all were born and passed away in the month of Nissan.  (edit: jewishutah)


March 23

6 PM

Reserve Now


Monday, March 19

Call Sarah

Oneg Shabbat Service

4-Course Dinner / Wine

Members $40/Children under 13 $15

NonMembers $50/Children <13yrs $20


March 30

14 Nisan



1st Night

RE - ignited.

The winter was long, cold, dark, and snowy, but spring is nigh. Whatever our personal habits of hibernation may be, we are biologically wired to awaken just about… now. The icicles are thinning, the snowbirds are flying back from Florida, and the bright warmth revives the curiosity of our mind.

Passover, the Festival of Spring, as the Torah calls it, always brings forth abundant opportunities for teaching, learning, growing, expanding our knowledge, and continuing to wonder. Seder night, the epitome of the holiday, cannot start properly without questions being asked first, starting with the youngest person present at the table. It signifies the importance of seeking knowledge in our tradition; a well-put question may be worth a hundred answers.

It’s never too late to learn./RE


March 31


15 Nisan


2nd Night

“To be a Jew is to join the journey of our people, the story of Pesach and the long walk across centuries and continents from exile to homecoming.”

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks


April 7


22 Nisan


8th Day

The Day After

It is our job (Israel) to show that we are here in order to unite, and spread that unity throughout the world, to all the nations. Being “a light unto nations” means setting an example of brotherhood and mutual responsibility, of care, consideration, and empathy, precisely what the world needs most. The mutual responsibility we established at the foot of Mt. Sinai was a “proof of concept,” if you will. But now it’s time to spread it and help the world find peace.

Just as we emerged from the oppression of the ego when we came out of Egypt, our postmodern, hyper techie world is looking for an escape route from egoism that has become malignant. We, like Moses, have to show the way. Without our example of overcoming hatred, humanity will break itself to pieces.  inContext


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.”


April 26

8:00 PM

Book Chat

Shul Kiddush


Book Chat

The Painter from Shanghai

by Jennifer Epstein

The Painter from Shanghai

by Jennifer Epstein

In 1913 an orphan girl boards a steamship bound for Wuhu in South East China. Left in the hands of her soft-hearted but opium-addicted uncle she is delivered to The Hall of Eternal Splendour which, with its painted faces and troubling cries in the night, seems destined to break her spirit.

And yet the girl survives and one day hope appears in the unlikely form of a customs inspector, a modest man resistant to the charms of the corrupt world that surrounds him but not to the innocent girl who stands before him. From the crowded rooms of a small-town brothel, heavy with the smoke of opium pipes and the breath of drunken merchants, to the Bohemian hedonism of Paris and the 1930s studios of Shanghai, Jennifer Epstein’s first novel, based on a true story, is an exquisite evocation of a fascinating time and place, with a breathtaking heroine at its heart.


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?


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.

Why Good Manners Matter

Note: This is another example of Rabbis taking a good common idea, dissecting it for its religious and social value, and trying to better our lives by making the evolved concept part of our daily functioning./Ju

“Good manners consist of far more than saying ‘please’ … and ‘thank you’…. It is rooted in a willingness to make sacrifices so that we can live together with others without unnecessary conflict. …{it includes} treating those with whom we interact ‘as if they matter’ - treating even those with whom we disagree with respect and fairness.”  

We discussed how good manners differed in Israel and Canada and what would be considered to be good manners in each country. as well as how to react to bad or hurtful manners.

Lastly we discussed the importance of returning a greeting.

The "Jewish Question" for the Twenty-first

Century: Can We Survive Our Success?

The Competitive Solution to the Jewish Future

American Jews , who are the most highly educated group in this county when it comes to general knowledge , are the least educated group when it comes to knowledge of their own heritage.

  • We don’t understand all the yiddish writings.

  • we need schools of excellence both for children and adults.

  • Our libraries are closed.

  • Too much Judaism emphasizes the “oy” over the “joy”

  • Too much learning is geared toward the Bar -Mitzvah.

  • When Jewish students drop out of Hebrew School at the age of 14, that is the end of their Jewish education.

  • Question: How many people want their children to become Soccer stars and how many want them to remain Jewish? Since the former seems to be more important we should put more time and money into that.

  • Schools should be taught according to the case method to make it more interesting.

  • I consult the Jewish sources … because I value their wisdom. They provide me with a different worldview. (p. 304)

Now we have made it. We have everything material, we ever wanted . For many Jews, however it isn’t enough. Something is missing - from their lives, form their souls, and from their Judaism. They aren’t spiritual enough.

A Jew is anyone who wishes to share in the Jewish future. Such an open-ended approach to Judaism will not create conflict; it will recognize - in a positive , constructive , and inclusive way - our current reality and our future situation.

We need a leadership of Jewish educators who can address the pressing issue of Jewish literally and ignorance.

Let my people know.

If 3500 years of Jewish learning have contributed something unique to offer to the world, why keep it to ourselves? A light unto the nations can only shine in an open arena.)”

Dershowitz  suggests a 24 hour-a-day Jewish television educational network that is eclectic, inclusive, and tolerant.

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.

“ G-d will reward the good. This is a just world, in which good is rewarded and evil is punished.
However, it would appear that the true and exact reward for righteousness is given in the World to Come. In this world we see too many successful evildoers and unrewarded righteous people.
Do not despair or grow cynical. Justice will be done, if not in this world then in the World to Come.”

Perek 2 Mishna 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

with Ayala

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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