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The Lodzer 65th Anniversary GALA

featuring “The Caverners - Beatles Tribute”

on Sunday, May 27.

Shabbat Bulletin - April 21, 2018

One of the highlights of Yom Haatzmaut is the Israeli Air Force Flyover (מטס חיל האוויר)

this year they will be passing down Tel Aviv’s beachfront starting at 13:15



by Stanley Goldfoot

On November 24, 2006 at the age of 92, Stanley Goldfoot passed away, but his memory and his words are truly for a blessing. His dream was to establish a Zionist English newspaper in Israel, called “The Times of Israel”. In his first issue he wrote words that are as relevant today as when they were first written – perhaps even more so. I (Jack Berger) have added the portions in parenthesis:

I am a Jerusalemite - like yourselves, a man of flesh and blood. I am a citizen of my city, an integral part of the Jewish people.

I have a few things to get off my chest. Because I am not a diplomat, I do not have to mince words. I do not have to please you or even persuade you. I owe you nothing. You did not build this city: you do not live in it: you did not defend it when the Arabs came to destroy it. And we will be damned if we let you try to take it away.

There was a Jerusalem before there was a New York. When Berlin, Moscow, London and Paris were nothing more than forest and swamp, there was a thriving Jewish community here. It gave something to the world, which your nations have rejected ever since you established yourselves - a humane moral code.

Here the prophets walked, their words flashing like forked lightning. Here a people who wanted nothing more than to be left alone, fought off waves of heathen would-be conquerors, bled and died on the battlements, hurled themselves into the flames of their burning temples rather than surrender; and when finally overwhelmed by sheer numbers and led away into captivity, swore that before they forgot Jerusalem, they would see their tongues cleave to their palates, and their right arm wither. For two pain-filled millennia, while we were your unwelcome guests, we prayed to return to this city. Three times a day, we petitioned the Almighty: “Gather us from the four corners of the world, bring us upright to our land; return us in mercy to Jerusalem, Thy city, and dwell in it as Thou promised…Next year in Jerusalem.”

On every Yom Kippur and Passover, we fervently voiced the hope that next year would find us in Jerusalem. Your inquisitions, pogroms, expulsions, the ghettos into which you jammed us, our forced baptisms, your quota systems, your genteel anti-Semitism, and the final, unspeakable horror, the Holocaust and worse, your terrifying disinterest in it - all these have not broken us. They may have sapped what little moral strength you still possessed, but they forged us into steel. Do you really believe that after Dachau and Auschwitz we are frightened by your threats of blockades and other obscene U.N. sanctions? We have been to Hell and back - a Hell of your making. What more could you possibly have in your arsenal that could scare us?

I have watched this city bombarded twice by nations calling themselves civilized. In 1948, while you looked on apathetically, I saw women and children blown to smithereens, this after we had agreed to your request to internationalize the city. It was a deadly combination that did the job: British officers, Arab gunners and American-made cannons. (Today again I have seen Jews blown to bits and all you can say is the peace process must go on. How little has changed). For too long we have been your victims, your moral vision is still non-existent. And in 1948 the savage sacking of the Old city: the willful slaughter, the wanton destruction of every synagogue and religious school; the destruction of Jewish cemeteries; the sale by a ghoulish Jordanian government of tombstones for building materials, for poultry runs, army camps - even latrines. And you never said a word.

You never breathed the slightest protest when Jordanians shut off the holiest of holy places, the Western Wall, in violation of pledges they made after the war - a war they waged, incidentally, against a decision of the UN. Not a murmur came from you whenever the legionaries in the spiked helmets casually opened fire upon our citizens, from behind the walls. Your hearts bled when Berlin came under siege. You rushed your airlift “to save the gallant Berliners.” But you did not send one ounce of food when Jews starved in besieged Jerusalem. You thundered against the wall which East Germans ran through the middle of the German capital, but not one peep out of you about that other wall, the one that tore through the heart of Jerusalem. And when the same thing happened 19 years later (in 1967), and the Arabs again unleashed a savage, unprovoked bombardment of the Holy City, did any of you do anything? The only time you came to life was when the city was at last liberated by a Jewish army and reunited. Then you wrung your hands and spoke loftily of “justice”.

The truth is - and you know it deep inside your gut - you would prefer the city destroyed rather than have it governed by Jews. No matter how diplomatically you phrase it, the age-old prejudices seep out of every word. If our return to Jerusalem has tied your theology in knots; perhaps you had better re-examine you catechisms. After what we have been through, we are not passively going to accommodate ourselves to the twisted idea that we are to suffer eternal homelessness, until we accept your demands. For the first time since the year 70, there is now complete religious freedom for all in Jerusalem. For the first time since the Romans put the torch to Temple, everyone has equal rights. We loathe the sword - but we are not going back to the peace of 1948, as you would like us to.

(You now know that Oslo and the perfidious Roadmap was just another charade to try to once again drive us out of our Land and our city. Land for peace was land for the elimination of Israel. Children learning in Palestinian schools to be suicide bombers is not preparing for peace. Abbas eulogizing terrorists is not preparing for peace. These last 15 years have been land for terror. Rabin called it the peace of the brave; I call it the peace of the depraved. There was no peace of the brave – there was only a peace of the fools) but…

We are at home. It has a lovely sound for a nation you have willed to wander for 2,000 years over the face of the globe, and we are not leaving … for it was just 35 years ago on Yom Kippur that again you anticipated our demise. Sorry to disappoint you again. We have redeemed the pledge made by our forefathers: Jerusalem, the Jerusalem of the Jewish people, is being rebuilt. All of Jerusalem, east and west, north and south, our Jerusalem. “Next year” - and the year after, and the year after, until the end of time.

A few weeks ago in the Torah we repeated the admonitions of the Tochacha. It would be instructive if our rabbis would put down their New York Times and pause in their cheerleading for Obama, and thoughtfully explain the Tochacha and its relevance in America today. As it is reflected in Parasha Ki Tavo that if you choose to be casual with your love of your G-d and turn your back on His land “…He will send into your midst (financial) confusion and worry… you will be stricken with madness… and a confounding heart… your sons and your daughters will be given to another people (assimilation)… and you will be a source of astonishment a conversation piece among all the peoples… you will serve your enemies… a nation whose language (suicide bombers) you don’t understand, a brazen nation that will not (future tense) be respectful to the old nor gracious to the young… and among all the nations (that you have chosen in the galus), there will be no rest for the sole of your foot… you will have a trembling heart, longing eyes, and a suffering soul… you will be frightened night and day and you will not be sure for your livelihood… you will offer yourselves for sale to your enemies as slaves (in worthless peace agreements)… but there will be no buyers.” (Deut. 28:15-68)

In a few days we will recite the words of the Unsana Tokef - who will live and who shall die – who by fire and who by water – as we pray to have our sins of the past year forgiven, it was Rabbi Leo Jung from a Kol Nidre long ago who said, “Jews have been taught the obligation of ‘hesbon hanefesh’ – to give an accounting of ones self…When under the tender care of our parents, it was impossible for us to consider that their blessed hearts could ever stop. But one day they left us and what ultimately mattered was not the agony of our pain, or the self-indulgence in our stunned mourning, but the fact that we had to take their place. One day… you and I will be called away and what will matter beyond tears and shock is that we have somebody willing to take our place…such care for the future (of our people) is a matter of wisdom and a cause of honor… we must learn to educate our youth (Zionisticly)… for without such task, they will have little chance to fill the gap between what they are and what they could be… The people of Israel lives.” Our past has often been prologue. Our people have too often believed in the myth filled with “hopium” rather than reality. Yet we are a generation that has been blessed and have much to be thankful for in this the 60th year of our people’s miraculous return to our homeland Israel. At a time of our greatest despair – when the whole world including Diaspora Jews believed that it was finally over for our people on the wings of eagles with love and compassion He brought us back and the people of the world exclaimed, “Look what their G-d did for them!” During these days of reflection, try to forget about the Chicago Cubs or the White Sox and enter Jewish history promising yourself that the gift of the dreams of your bubbies and zaydees is a gift worth giving to your children and grandchildren. No longer “Next year in Jerusalem.” Today our oath must be “This year in Jerusalem” undivided and strong, eternally the capital of our Jewish people.

Shana Tova, Jack Berger...

Your Life Moments


April 17  Desiree Farkas

April 19  Hedy Steinberg

April 20  Dina Wolfe

April 23  Ronald Csillag

April 24  Leon Pasternak

April 26  Deborah Epstein

April 26  Jonathan Usher

April 27  Elliott Drewnowsky


April 19   State of Israel


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

April 28   Leslie Ann Levy, daughter of Barry and Nancy Corey

April 28   Max Szweras, husband of Irene

While Wearing Tallitot

When we die

in tallitot

Bury us

in tallitot

They have slipped

off our shoulders,



Our tefillin take off from between our eyes

and place them between the eyes of our sons

For a remembrance and as signs.

But leave us in our tallitot.

Carry us between the pall polls

and with our tallitot prepare our resting-place

when we die and after we die.

And make us eternal signs with your cameras

and the earth shall tremble for a distance of 600 parsot.

In our tallitot you'll commemorate us

For in them we lived, and we fell on our high places

and the the length of our days were our deaths.

You'll photograph us,

but not our faces;

rather they'll be within the state of the hidden face.

Our wounds are not uncovered,

only the boxes on our foreheads.

In our tallitot commemorate us

and then place us down.

Our lips then will be murmuring prayers as we lie

at the Yeshiva of On High

that which we murmur while standing

at the Yeshiva Below

and will continue at the place that was interrupted.

When we die in tallitot,

bury us in tallitot,

For there are tallitot filled of red red wine.

And while we say all this

while being laid to rest,

You'll all say after us, Amen.

Tzur Ehrlich

Remember - Don’t Forget - Take Action

Synagogue General Fund

Arnold Yudell

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

take action as not to forget.


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!


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 18




April 19



70 years



We Remember… Israeli Fallen Soldiers  and Victims of Terrorism



Happy 70th Birthday Israel


April 18


3:30 - 6 PM


War Museum


Registration Sold Out

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 19,



The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising refers to the armed resistance of the Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto in the early months of 1943. It should not be confused with the Warsaw Uprising of 1944, in which the non-Jewish Poles rose up against Nazi oppression (although some survivors of the Ghetto Uprising did join this fight). The latter was a bid for freedom, with a realistic chance of success; the former was the decision to die fighting, rather than accept death at the German execution camps.

Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

In 1939 the Germans had invaded Warsaw and taken control of the city; by November of 1940 they had ordered all the Jews in the capital into a three mile square area, dubbed the Warsaw Ghetto.


Approximately 13,000 Jews were killed during the Uprising, with another 50,000 rounded up and deported to death camps. A few escapees continued to fight in the forests, whilst some who were arrested were later freed by the Polish underground forces and joined the Warsaw Uprising. An estimated 300 German troops died in the struggle.


April 20

6 PM

Upstairs at the


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

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: tazria-metzora:

Leviticus 12:1 - 15:33

1: 13:40-46 (pg. 464)

2: 13:47-54

3: 13:55-59

4: 14:1-5 (pg. 470)

5: 14:6-12

6: 14:13-20

7: 14:21-32

maf: 14:30-32


II Kings 7:3 - 7:20 (pg. 477)

Candle Lighting:

7:49 p.m. – Friday


8:58 p.m. – Saturday


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.


April 28


13 Iyar


A thought has blown the marketplace away; there is a song in the wind and joy in the trees.

The Sabbath arrives in the world, scattering a song in the silence of the night: eternity utters a day.

Where are the words that could compete with such might?

Six days a week we live under the tyranny of things of space;

On Shabbat we try to become attuned to the holiness in time.

Six days a week we wrestle with the world, wringing profit from the earth;

On Shabbat we especially care for the seed of eternity planted in the soul.

Six days a week we seek to dominate the world;

On the seventh day we try to dominate the self.

The world has our hands, but the soul belongs to Someone Else.

To set apart a day a week, a day on which we would not use the instruments so easily turned into weapons of destruction.

A day for being with ourselves,

A day on which we stop worshipping the idols of technical civilization,

A day on which we use no money,

A day of armistice in the economic struggle with our neighbors and with the forces of nature.

Is there any institution that holds out a greater hope for human progress than the Sabbath?

Abraham Joshua Heschel


April 29

Pesach Sheni

14 Iyar

Pesach Sheni teaches us that "nothing is ever lost", that G-d always gives us another chance.

On the first Pesach, we have a seder. What do we have on Pesach Sheni?

We just have fun!

It’s a custom to eat matzah on Pesach Sheni.

Yes, but we can also eat bread, cake and cookies.

A year after the Exodus, G‑d instructed the people of Israel to bring the Passover offering on the afternoon of the fourteenth of Nissan, and to eat it that evening, roasted over the fire, together with matzah and bitter herbs, as they had done the previous year just before they left Egypt.

“There were, however, certain persons who had become ritually impure through contact with a dead body, and could not, therefore, prepare the Passover offering on that day. They approached Moses and Aaron . . . and they said: ‘. . . Why should we be deprived, and not be able to present G‑d’s offering in its time, amongst the children of Israel?’” (Numbers 9:6–7).

In response to their plea, G‑d established the 14th of Iyar as a “Second Passover” (Pesach Sheni) for anyone who was unable to bring the offering on its appointed time in the previous month. inContext


May 3

18 Iyar

Lag B’Omer

“War Games”

It is an old custom amongst Jewish children, to become war-like on the 'L'ag Beomer.'

They arm themselves from head to foot with wooden swords, pop-guns and bows and arrows.

They take food with them, and go off to wage war.

Sholom Aleichem


Lag B’Omer is a holiday that

elevates consideration of one another,

and cautions against what happens

when we don’t.


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


June 4

Lodzer AGM

10 AM

This is an excellent opportunity for you to bring your ideas, suggestions and opinions to an open forum to guide the Lodzer Centre Congregation in its future direction.

There’s no election this year.



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.

Repentance - part 2

How to avoid sinning in the Future

“When you are contemplating doing something wrong, remember that G-d sees everything.”

Question: Are we sufficiently confident about G-d’s existence to think this way?

“Do not put yourself in a situation where you are likely to sin.”

Question: Is this more for teenagers or younger people than for us?

“Think through the consequences of an action.”

Question: Is this the old expression - act in haste, repent at leisure?

“Resolve that you will never lie about what you have done.” … If somebody asks if I did this, and I tell the truth, I’ll get into trouble and be very embarrassed.”

Question: Is it ok to white lie occasionally?

“Once you have repented for an act, move on with your life and don’t dwell on what you did….”

“One who has sinned should not waste his time aggravating over what cannot be changed, but instead do so many acts of kindness that eventually they will overwhelm the earlier, wrongful acts, and make them seem much less significant.”

Question: We have considered this before. Do we add up our good acts and match them against our bad acts to see if the whole is positive or negative or does each act - good or bad, remain separate?

Repentance at the end of life

“Encourage those who are near death to repent.”

Question: Do you want to say this to someone who is dying?

“Never embarrass anyone by taunting him with his earlier misdeeds.”

Question: Is this the opposite of encouraging them to repent?

“Don’t feel superior to … penitents ..…?

Question: Why not, if you have subdued the same negative influence?

Practically perfect in every way.

“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.”


We live within a framework that defines the present as eternally lacking and the future as eternally better. If we did not see things this way, we would not act at all. We wouldn’t even be able to see, because to see we must focus, and to focus we must pick one thing above all else on which to focus.

The advantages of this are obvious: we can change the world so that the intolerable state of the present can be rectified in the future. The disadvantage to all this foresight and creativity is chronic unease and discomfort. Because we always contrast what is with what could be, we have to aim at what could be. But we can aim too high. Or too low. Or too chaotically. So we fail and live in disappointment, even when we appear to others to be living well.

The present is eternally flawed. But where you start might not be as important as the direction you are heading. Perhaps happiness is always to be found in the journey uphill, and not in the fleeting sense of satisfaction awaiting at the next peak.

Much of happiness is hope, no matter how deep the underworld in which that hope is conceived.

Called upon properly, your internal critic will suggest something to set in order, which you could set in order, which you would set in order - voluntarily, without resentment, even with pleasure.

Ask yourself: is there one thing that exists in disarray in your life or your situation that you could, and would, set straight?

Could you and would you, fix that one thing that announces itself humbly in need of repair?

Could you do it now?

Note 1 by JU - Has he omitted things such as gratitude and enjoyments of the present?

Note 2 by JU - Taking the above seriously, the Lodzer Annual General Meeting is to be held on Sunday, June 3, at 10:00 a.m.

What future improvements would you like for Your Shul?

Are you happy with the services, the cantor, the rabbi, the Board, the programming, the two study groups, the bulletin, the morning minyan and everything else?

What do you like, and what changes can you suggest, and how can you help make those changes?

Write to the Board with your suggestions and/or write/reply to this Bulletin. We'll be happy to pass on your suggestions or ideas, (anonymously if you prefer.)

Hope is a negative quality of the human thought process.

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.

“It is a mitzvah to admire nature and even to say a blessing over beautiful, natural phenomena such as a rainbow, or when the trees first blossom in the spring, or when tasting a fruit. However, …{a sin} is to break off from Torah study in order to appreciate beauty, thus pitting God’s beautiful revelation against God’s beautiful nature. (‘The heavens tell the glory of God and the firmament proclaims God’s handiwork’). The two do not contradict each other since they have one Creator. Each should be accorded its own respect and studied in its own time. ”

Perek 3 Mishna 7

Take time to smell the roses.



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


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Lodzer Office

Sarah: 416-636-6665

Office Hours

Monday through Thursday

9am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm


9am to 1pm