Shabbat Bulletin‎ > ‎


The Beatles have had a diverse, ever-evolving spiritual journey since they first graced America with their music 50 years ago on the Ed Sullivan Show. From their controversial comment about being “more popular than Jesus“ to later forays into eastern religion, the Fab Four have always been interested in getting higher. (Aliyah?)  inContext

“Imagine there’s no heaven - It’s easy if you try

No hell below us - Above us only sky

Imagine all the people - Living for today”

“The concept of positive prayer ... If you can imagine a world at peace, with no denominations of religion—not without religion but without this my-God-is-bigger-than-your-God thing—then it can be true ... the World Church called me once and asked, “Can we use the lyrics to ‘Imagine’ and just change it to ‘Imagine one religion’?” That showed [me] they didn’t understand it at all. It would defeat the whole purpose of the song, the whole idea.”  John Lennon

“Imagine” was Lennon’s best-selling single of his solo career. It rejects religious and national divides, envisioning a world for all to “live as one.”


12 Heaton Street, M3H 4Y6  (416) 636-6665


The Lodzer 65th Anniversary GALA

featuring “The Caverners - Beatles Tribute”

on Sunday, May 27.

Shabbat Bulletin - April 14, 2018

Where in the World is Rabbi Eli

Do you know this Sanctuary?


1. Founded in 1953, this society first existed as a social club, and only later became a full-fledged congregation

2. The group, all of the members of which were survivors from Poland, used gathering halls and Schules all around town, until the land for its own Synagogue was purchased in 1978

3. Today, it boasts the coolest membership and hottest clergy in Toronto

(Oops! That last one must have been a dead giveaway...)

If you happen to know this Synagogue, please join Rabbi Eli on his current journey - see you Shabbos at 9:29 AM!

Your Life Moments


April 10  Tamara Broder

April 13  Carole Abrahams

April 17  Desiree Farkas

April 19  Hedy Steinberg

April 20  Dina Wolfe


April 8  Jonathan & Dora Usher


April 7    Abraham Goldberg, father of Alla Kabacznik      

April 7    Brana Hascal, mother of Marcel

April 7    Ellias & Chana Hyman

April 7    Chaya Fryda & Moisha Nosak, grandparents of Morry

April 10  Max Applebaum, father of Sheilah Solomon

April 11  Pola Arluk, mother of Victor

April 12  David Cohen, father of Dianne Herzog

April 12  Rae Himmelhoch, mother of Desiree Farkas

April 14   Mary Richmond-Yelin, sister of Sheldon Richmond       

April 15   Leon Arluk, father of Victor

April 18   Frances Bitterman, mother of Harvey

April 18   Lea Moshe, mother of Ben-Zion

April 19   Isak Kozlowski, father of Mary Bien, Phyllis Rich and Paula Litman

April 19   Rose Usher, mother of Jonathan

The Resident - 1993

by Rose Usher

Into the dining room she walks

as though upon a stage.

All eyes are upon her

their thoughts - “her looks, her age”

She doesn’t look so good today

though perfect is her hair

and never has she much to say,

her comments very rare.

Though ladies we are by the score

the men are few indeed.

For them it no doubt is a bore

for ladies sometimes read!

Life is too easy we complain

there is little we can do.

For us the doers of the past

it is a bitter brew.

The past is gone we must live on

and accept the days ahead.

Forget the things we used to do

and enjoy each day instead.

Rose Usher

1909 - 1997

In our “Golden Age” the picture we choose to have in our minds is still the picture of our earlier, younger selves - pictures of our younger days, in our 40’s, 50’s, or 60’s when we can still bustle around and lead the busy life we had before. If only this were true.

But the past is gone and we have for always the special memories to hold. Some of us have our siblings, children and families whom we hold tight. We enjoy each other every day.

Helen Gould

In their own ways, each is commenting on the loss of control and power that might come with being a senior.

Jonathan Usher

Growing old is mandatory

Growing up is optional

Remember - Don’t Forget - Take Action

Synagogue General Fund

Helene Gooding

Marcel Hascal

Alla Kabacznik

Ron Rotman

Prayer Book Fund

Arthur Zins

Siddur Dedication

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

take action as not to forget.

Deadline: Monday, April 16  Call Sarah

Friday, April 20

Oneg Shabbat Service

4-Course Dinner / Wine

Members $40/Children under 13 $15

NonMembers $50/Children <13yrs $20


Shul Ongoing Programs


10 am

Karate for Seniors with black belt, David Birken

Learn a Dynamic new skill for Fun and Focus - at YOUR own pace!

No more Friday classes. Only Mondays


7:30-8:30 pm

Parsha of The Week with Judy Hazan

Parsha of the Week is now studying the rest of Tanach.


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

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




April 12

27 Nisan






Yom Hashoah was inaugurated in 1953 as a day for the citizens of Israel to remember those murdered during the Holocaust.



April 14


29 Nisan


8th Day

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: Shimini

Leviticus: 9:1 - 11:47

1: 10:12-15 (pg. 447)

2: 10:16-20

3: 11:1-8

4: 11:9-12

5: 11:13-19

6: 11:20-28

7: 11:29-32

maf: 11:29-32 (pg. 452)

Haftorah - Shabbat Machar Chodesh

I Samuel 20:18 - 20:42 (pg. 948)

Candle Lighting:

7:41 p.m. – Friday


8:50 p.m. – Saturday

Shemini begins with the tragic death of the sons of Aaron when they offered “alien” fire before God, and then continues with the details of ritual impurity and how it separates the Israelites from God’s sanctuary.


April 18




April 19




We Remember… Israeli Fallen Soldiers  and Victims of Terrorism




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 21


6 Iyar

All I ever really needed to know

I learned in kindergarten.

Share everything.  Play fair. Don’t hit people.  Put things back where you found them.  Clean up your own mess. Don’t take things that aren’t yours.  Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody. Wash your hands before you eat.  Flush. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you. Live a balanced life.  Learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.  Take a nap every afternoon. When you go out into the world, watch for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.  Be aware of wonder.

Robert Fulghum


April 22

2-5 PM

3 PM Concert

Lodzer Centre

$15 eventbrite


Calling all kids (and kids at heart!)

Get ready to participate in a musical adventure that will stretch your imagination and tickle your funny bone! Join one of Canada's favourite family performers, songwriters and recording artists,

Dan the Music Man!



Face Painting

Mascots 4 Kids

The event is a fundraiser in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation's Grandmothers campaign.


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 6

Shul Kiddush


1 - 3 pm

Meeting in support of

the Yezidi

All Welcome

No Charge

June10 July8 August5 Sep9 Oct7 Nov4 Dec2


There are many new developments taking place with the private sponsorship program, fundraising and our support of the Yezidi community.  This is a great opportunity to hear about what's happening in the larger project, to meet and mingle with other volunteers and Yezidi, and to be part of the exciting growth we are currently experiencing.




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.


May 27, 2018






Tickets $150


Call Sarah to purchase tickets for our 65th Gala,

and to 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

If you’re worried…

Bring earplugs. I do.

And, enjoy the concert.

They’re a mekhaya!

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.


Hors D'oeuvres
Mini Egg Rolls w Plum Sauce, Moroccan Cigars with Tachina, Mushroom Risotto Croquettes with Tomato Basil Sauce, Chicken Satay Teriyaki, Thai Spring Rolls, Asian Noodles

On Tables
Roasted red pepper hummus, black olive tapenade, spinach dip, relish plate, assorted rolls, flatbreads, focaccia

(Vegan option will be available)
Lemon Spinach Salmon
Arugula Salad
Chicken Roulade (boneless stuffed with vegetables in red wine jus)
Potato Anna
Green Bean Medley

Chocolate lava cake mini fruit tart, mini lemon tart

“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.”


Before you can articulate your own standards of value, you must see yourself as a stranger - and then you must get to know yourself.

What do you find valuable or pleasurable? How much leisure, enjoyment, and reward do you require, so that you feel like more than a beast of burden? How must you treat yourself, so you won’t kick over the traces and smash up your corral? … You could watch the precious days tick by. Or you could learn how to entice yourself into sustainable, productive activity. Do you ask yourself what you want? Do you negotiate fairly with yourself? Or are you a tyrant, with yourself as slave?

Dare instead to be dangerous. Dare to be truthful. Dare to articulate yourself, and express (or at least come aware of) what would really justify your life. If you allowed your dark and unspoken desires … to manifest themselves - if you were even willing to consider them - you might discover that they were not so dark, given the light of day.You might discover, instead , that you were just afraid, and, so, pretending to be moral.

You must decide what to let go, and what to pursue.

The sole purpose of human existence is

to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being.

I don’t know the purpose of existence.

I was taught that it is to do G-d’s will. But I don’t know G-d’s will in the Jewish religion let alone in Christianity or Islam.

Perhaps part of it is to do mitzvot and tikkun olam, but I am sure there is much more to it./JU

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.

“Acts of charity and financial outlay for religious purposes should not be seen as taking money out of our pockets to give to another. Rather, God has given us all that we possess. We are only giving back a fraction of the goodness bestowed on us.”

Perek 3 Mishna 7

This is a unique way of looking at our earnings, spending, and donations to charities.

Charity must be looked at, not only when giving to beggars, but charity to large organizations, to governments through taxes, and through small single focussed charitable organizations. If it is not only our money, but G-d’s money that is being donated, then we have a fiduciary obligation to do it in the best possible way, which may include ensuring that when giving to organizations, the money is spent wisely and not mostly on organizational or material costs, and to benefit organizations that are truly charitable and that are in accordance with our moral principles. It is a good family topic for Shabbat evenings./JU

Charity, if you have the means, is a personal choice,

but charity which is expected or compelled

is simply a polite word for slavery.



Participants will be notified by

e-mail of scheduling changes.


Karate lessons

For Seniors

Join us

with open hands

and Kick back!

10 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



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.

Parsha of the Week is now studying the rest of Tanach.

Classes are informal and no prior knowledge or preparation is required.

No knowledge or Hebrew required.

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.



Kiddush lunch

A Code of Jewish Ethics

Jewish thinkers don’t talk all that much about love. All too often they leave that to Christian theologians. But in this excellent volume, Rabbi Joseph Telushkin puts the commandment to love at the center of Jewish theology and experience. This is a book that will change the way you think about–and practice–Judaism.”

Ari L. Goldman

Saturdays after Kiddush Lunch discussion group with Jonathan Usher.

Based on A Code of Jewish Ethics Vol.1 by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin.

Telushkin covers topics such as love and kindness, hospitality, visiting the sick, comforting mourners, charity, relations between Jews and non-Jews, compassion for animals, tolerance, self-defense, and end-of-life issues.

Cemetery plots for sale to members in good standing (three years minimum).

If you are a member (3 years or more) and want to buy a plot, the cost per plot is $2500.

If you know anyone wanting a plot - the person can pay three years' membership dues and then be entitled to buy a plot.

This is an opportunity to purchase before prices increase.


Please consider sponsoring a kiddush, or contributing to the building, programming, or any specific interest fund.


If anyone has tickets for any event that they would like to donate to the shul please let the office know. It is a simple way to raise money for our synagogue so please donate spare tickets and bid generously.

Tree of Life or

Seat Plaques
Remember family and friends by purchasing a leaf on our tree of life or a sanctuary seat plaque.

Lodzer Sisterhood Cookbooks
Great Gifts – just $20 each

Siddur Dedications

As you know, we now use the new-new siddur. For the low-low price of $18 per book these may be dedicated to your loved ones, yourself, family members and as gifts, or simply to support the shul.

Daily Minyan

Sunday – Friday: 9:00 am

Run by Arthur Zins - includes Breakfast following.

Come Daven, Fress & Schmooze,

then join in on a walk.

Saturdays: Shabbat Service

Birkot ha-Shachar 9:12 AM

 - (Led by Frank Steiman)
Yishtabach 9:30 AM

includes Kiddush Luncheon

Chesed Committee

Please call the shul office if you need support or if you know of one of our members who may need support. It remains confidential.


Making a difference

to our shul
As everyone knows, with our shul’s new rabbi and new direction, we are making changes to our services and
programming, and becoming more of a community. The Board discusses procedures and suggested innovations on a monthly basis.
If you have any suggestions please give them, in writing to Sarah, and, if you wish to speak at our monthly Monday night
Board meeting about your ideas, concerns, or interests, again, please let Sarah know.
It is your shul.

We want and need your input.

Want to contact the Rabbi?
Rabbi Eli is eager and very happy to speak to our congregants on a one-on-one basis about personal or shul issues. Please e-mail him at with your phone number and he will call you as soon as possible.


Jeff Shabes, President

Harvey Storm, 1st VP

Judy Hazen, 2nd VP

Morry Nosak, Treasurer

Marilyn Richmond, Secretary

Board Members

Frank Steiman

Henry Epstein

Joe Ber

Leon Pasternak (Honourary)

Rafi Remez

Roz Greene

Syd Markovitz

Rabbi Eli Courante

Cantor David Young

B’aal Koreh:

Harvey Bitterman


Arnie Yudell

Rafi Remez

Shabbat Handout:

Judy Hazan


Charles Greene

Office Manager:

Sarah Senior


Who we are - Contact Info


Bar and Bat Mitzvahs

High Holy Days 2017

Rabbi’s Corner

Shabbat Bulletin

For submissions/feedback:

Help us get the word out:

Share the bulletin!

Lodzer Office

Sarah: 416-636-6665

Office Hours

Monday through Thursday

9am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm


9am to 1pm