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“If to live is to love life, then to be a Jew

is to love Jewish life”

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Shabbat Bulletin - March 17, 2018

Your Life Moments


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

March 19  Charles Greene

March 19  Sonny Martin



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

March 17  Avraham Gerber, husband of Lily

March 17  Muriel Iseman, mother of Howard Iseman and Roslyn Greene

March 17  Zaiman Leib Sosner, father of Sarah Moshe

March 19  Ralph Saffer, father of Doreen Herzog

March 20  Leon Sniatowski, father of Sarah Senior

March 21  Bella Sniatowski, mother of Sarah Senior

March 21  Harry Goldenhar, father of Cindy Ber

March 21  Mark Hellreich, husband of Honey

March 21  Regina Kozlowski, mother of Mary Bein, Phyllis Rich & Paula Litman

March 22  Joseph Ladowski, husband of Brenda

March 23  Aba Gelman, husband of Mary

March 23  Jessie Leah Levine Loshin, mother of Marilyn Richmond

Staying in the game is everything.

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. Deadline to book: Monday, March 19

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

on Sunday, May 27.

Full details below. Check the dates and book early!

Remember - Don’t Forget - Take Action

Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund

Doreen & Sam Herzog

Prayer Book Fund

Dorothy Tessis

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

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March 17


Rosh Chodesh

1 Nisan

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

Roslyn Greene


Howard Iseman

for the Yahrzeit

of their mother

Muriel Iseman

Torah Times

Triennial Year 2

Parashat: Vayyikra
Special Readings
On Shabbat HaChodesh

1: Leviticus 1:1-13 (pg.410)
2: Leviticus 1:14-2:6
3: Leviticus 2:7-16
4: Leviticus 3:1-17
5: Leviticus 4:1-26
6: Leviticus 4:27-5:26
7: Numbers 28:9-15
maf: Exodus 12:1-20

Haftarah: Shabbat HaChodesh

Ezekiel 45:16 - 46:18 (pg. 1001)

Candle Lighting:

7:07 p.m. – Friday


8:16 p.m. – Saturday


Leviticus 1:1-5:26

Vayikra is often difficult for the modern reader to relate to because of its tedious details of animal sacrifices and ritual purity. Beyond its historical value, one can try to understand how each generation attempts to meet their spiritual needs through ritual.


To sacrifice now is to gain later: perhaps the greatest of human discoveries. What, then, should best be sacrificed? And what might be the greatest gain? There are few eternal questions more profound and difficult.

Jordan Peterson


March 22


Beth David




$$ No Charge


Modernity & Assimilation:

How can the Jews Survive?

Presented by:

Dr. Nicholas Maes

The dissolution of the political structure of the premodern kehila (community) was a trauma from which the Jewish world has never recovered. “There is no absolute solution any more. People will increasingly have multiple options and make different choices-the more so as they do not share a common Jewish culture and are not likely to internalize the same type of norms.

“Hence ... the modern world is a place where the best we can hope to do is to create a common Jewish landscape. People are going to walk along different paths. There will always be many choices and not necessarily a common cultural ethos...

“When modernity began, the issue for many Jews was ‘how do I become modern.’ Nowadays there is no problem with being ‘modern.’ When Jews judge Jewish culture, they judge it in light of values taken from the larger world. And for many a new issue arises-‘how do I become Jewish.’ First Jews moved from the center to the periphery. Now one sees many moving from the periphery to the center. Yet options for Jews will only multiply and that will be a major part of the struggle that Jewish leadership will increasingly confront as our community and people move toward the future.”

Rabbi David Ellenson


March 24

8 Nisan


Leviticus 6:1-8:36

Tzav describes the role of the kohenim in bringing the sacrificial offerings before God. They were told to keep the altar fire burning. It can also be read as the “burning” desire of the priests tocontinue their service to God and the people.


March 26

7:30 PM

Odeon Cineplex

Empress Walk


Tickets $15

At Door $20

Purchase Online

Irving Weisdorf

Balfour100  Co-Chair



Toronto Premiere

Freedom, Democracy

and Western Civilization

are at stake!

Alan Dershowitz, describes academia today as the "light fog of fascism" threatening to "miseducate" our future leaders.

Director/Producer, Gloria Greenfield, addresses these issues calmly and bravely. She interviews a series of experts, including Raheel Raza, Alan Dershowitz, Melanie Phillips and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who take a thoughtful and thorough look at the ideologies among us that are undermining Western society.

Stay behind after the screening and meet Gloria Greenfield who will be doing a Q & A session.

The Fight of Our Lives

We now live in a society where, in our universities, most faculty members in the social sciences and humanities espouse "safe spaces" to protect themselves and their students from views they don't like.  Our elementary schools and high schools have stopped teaching our kids to think openly, to investigate and to speak their mind. Allowing no criticism of their worldview, professors now tell students what to believe.  Our politicians reject reformers and consort with Islamist radicals whose plans for a world-wide caliphate frighten many Muslims as much as they do non-Muslims. Our media giddily accepts ideology over truth, and offers a universal platform for rabble-rousing myths to proliferate.

We may not have realized it yet, but we are already in the fight of our lives!  Freedom, democracy, and Western civilization are at stake.

Irving Weisdorf

Is it fake news and safe spaces?

Or, fake spaces, and safe news?


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 8

Shul Kiddush


1 - 3 pm

Meeting in support of

the Yezidis

All Welcome

No Charge

May6 June10 July8 August5 Sep9 Oct7 Nov4 Dec2


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.


April 18


3:30 - 6 PM


War Museum


Registration online only.


April 12

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 20

6 PM

Reserve Now


Monday, April 16

Call Sarah

Oneg Shabbat Service

4-Course Dinner / Wine

Members $40/Children under 13 $15

NonMembers $50/Children <13yrs $20

Six Days Shall You Work

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


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,

or place your

Tribute ad.

Remember a loved one.

Celebrate a simcha.

Honour family or friends.

Tribute gifts offer a traditional way to acknowledge important milestones while supporting the Lodzer.

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?

Are they Jewish? Single?

Jordan Peterson is a psychologist whose primary goal is to strengthen the individual. People balance order and chaos to live authentically. Avoid the dangers of nihilism and ideological possession. Take yourself seriously. Know the monster within you. Become a responsible person with an integrated character. reddit

JU - I have been reading this book and suggest that everyone read it. It is full of ideas, a few of which I will summarize in the next few weeks.  However the ideas are sufficiently difficult, interesting and novel that I strongly suggest that the book should be read for a full understanding of its concepts.

1. There are two states of existence, chaos and order. Groups work together well if they have a shared value or belief system. People then know what to expect from each other and can more easily work together.  The result is order, not chaos. Chaos, which is the unknown, is the more difficult space to be in. Our happiness comes from progressing, being or wanting to be better than yesterday. Without shared values and goals, no group progress will be made. No new goals will be achieved. Without a value system there is no meaning to life.

2. In the West we have been withdrawing from our value systems, losing pride and confidence in our political, social, moral, and religious values. In order to survive we must re-invigorate and value our social systems.

“Chaos is where things are so complex you can't handle it, and order is where things are so rigid that it's too restrictive. In between that there's a place, a place that's meaningful. Where you're partly stabilized and partly curious and you’re operating in a manner that increases your scope of knowledge, yet at the same time your stabilizing and renewing you, your family, society, nature, now, next week, next month, and next year.”

Truth introduces yourself to chaos.

Religious institutions believe that they have a monopoly on truth.

The concept of God helped humanity come to terms with ideas like consciousness and individualism and the divine self. Whether or not you believe in those ideas, they are culturally significant and helped shape society to be the way it is today, secular or not.

There's something fundamentally valuable and significant about religion that needs to be understood so we can understand ourselves better.

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.

“Akavia feels that all acts of sin involve a loss of perspective. Something appears so desirable, so urgent, that all other considerations - violation of trust, disobeying G-d, hurting another  - appear trivial by comparison. The person then pushes all the right considerations aside and sins. Someone who understands the ephemerality of earthly life and the awesomeness of G-d before whom one will be held accountable will never sin, because no goal or pleasure will stack up against the majesty of G-d and the eternity of judgment,”

Perek 3 Mishna 1



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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:

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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