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Let it be - Vegan

John Lennon was the only Beatle who didn't become a full-time vegetarian. George Harrison was the first Beatle to go vegetarian; according to most sources, he officially became a vegetarian in 1965. Paul McCartney joined the "veggie" ranks a few years later. Ringo became a vegetarian not so much for spiritual reasons, like Paul and George, but because of health problems. Lennon had toyed with vegetarianism in the 1960s, but he always ended up eating meat, one way or another. inContext


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


“If anyone wants to save the planet, all they have to do is just stop eating meat. That's the single most important thing you could do. It's staggering when you think about it. Vegetarianism takes care of so many things in one shot: ecology, famine, cruelty.”

Paul McCartney

The Lodzer 65th Anniversary GALA

featuring “The Caverners - Beatles Tribute”

on Sunday, May 27.

Shabbat Bulletin - April 28, 2018

In celebration of it's 65th Anniversary, the LODZER CONGREGATION is proud to invite you to it's 65th ANNIVERSARY GALA DINNER featuring a four course kosher dinner, and entertainment by Canada's best tribute to the Beatles, The Caverners Beatles Tribute. Join in the celebration, have a great time and support a great cause!

May 27, 2018 at 5:30pm at The Lodzer Centre, 12 Heaton St, North York. Tickets on sale now! Call (416) 636-6665 to purchase tickets.

Attendees will receive a 65th Anniversary Gala Book. To include your personal or business greetings, please call the above number.

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Your Life Moments


April 23  Ronald Csillag

April 24  Leon Pasternak

April 26  Deborah Epstein

April 26  Jonathan Usher

April 27  Elliott Drewnowsky

May 3  Fred Bloch



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

April 28   Max Szweras, husband of Irene

April 30  Harry Snyder, husband of Betty Siegel-Snyder

May 1    Robert Sacks, father of Michael

May 2    Shae Golden, father of Bluma Nemirov

May 3    Edward Zimmerman, father of Barbara Zimmerman

Minny Peters

On April 21, 2018, (6 Iyar,) Minny Peters, Holocaust Survivor and Lodzer Synagogue Founder. With a heavy heart, the family announces her peaceful passing at Humber River Hospital in her 94th year. Beloved wife of the late Isaac, devoted mother of Marsha (Moshe Goldstein) and David (Barbara). shivaDetails

“On this day, please join us in paying tribute to the strength and resilience of the Jewish people and all those who persevered against the horrors of the Holocaust. We cannot, and will not, forget.”

National Defence Minister, The Honorable Harit Singh Saijan

Freda Kon discusses her new book, “From Yellow Star to Yellow Rose” with Fran Sonshine, National Chair of the Canadian Society for Yad Vashem at last week’s National Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony in Ottawa.

Dear Ms. Kon:

I wish to thank you for sending me a copy of your autobiography, “From Yellow Star to Yellow Rose”. It is a very kind and much appreciated gesture, and is received with my sincere gratitude.

I recognise the importance of keeping our past experiences alive, so that they may help direct our future. The fact that you were willing to share your story and experiences is one more example of your unfaltering resilience and strength.

Once again, thank you for sending me such a thoughtful gift. I wish you all the best.

Please accept my warmest regards.


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Freda Kon - Redefining Koyekh

Making the best use of her 94 plus years

Remember - Don’t Forget - Take Action

Prayer Book Fund/Siddur dedications

To our dear, sweet, Jonathan Usher

A lot has happened in 80 years. You have written many stories over your life, but you are not finished yet. Enjoy your 80th birthday and prepare yourself for the next chapter.

Mazel Tov,

Roslyn & Charles Greene

65th Gala

Rebecca Greenberg

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

take action as not to forget.

Thou Shalt Not Kill

Except if it shall be tasty when it is seasoned and cooked.

Food for Thought

Our congregation is slowly being infiltrated by a strange new inhabitant called a vegetarian.

There were only two of them until this year when they  suddenly increased by three more with their hungry, confused spouses.

Being vegan or vegetarian  is permitted by Torah. It is said that we were all vegetarian until G-d relented and permitted His/Her hungry children to eat meat.

Each of us has a different reason for our switch to being a vegan or vegetarian and we have different degrees of observance. I am a vegetarian, eat fish and eggs, and am unconcerned if by error some meat enters into food that I thought was vegetarian. This winter I was advised to lose 10 pounds before my hernia operation both  for my own comfort and for the surgeon. I had wanted to lose 10 lbs. and this was a perfect opportunity. The diet the hospital gave me was the diet from hell which I could never follow, so I became vegetarian. I easily lost those ten pounds and have kept them off for the last 3 1/2 months. The benefits are numerous. Being slender is healthier, vegetables and vegetable dishes taste better, I feel better, and I am no longer as hungry as I used to be. My doctor says my kidney numbers are better and I have maintained my health. In addition there are the following side benefits - food is cheaper, I don’t participate, however indirectly, in killing animals,  the world’s food supply is greater, and the environment has improved with fewer cows raised for my benefit.

Jonathan Usher

Forks Over Knives

As a recent convert to veganism (Pesach 2018) I haven’t experienced it long enough to give a credible argument from my own personal perspective. However, I can say what motivated me to choose a plant-based diet. Seven things influenced me.

  • Mounting empirical medical evidence that a plant-based diet is far more healthy than anything containing animal products (see point 6)

  • A vegan diet is more sustainable and less demanding on the environment than a meat-and/or-dairy based diet, with a vegan diet taking about a 10th of the resources

  • Moral concerns -  animals are not biological automatons; they feel complex emotions such as pleasure, anger, fear, sadness, anxiety; they show complex social behaviours such as altruism, cooperation, self-sacrifice, leadership and following, friendship, pairing, and loyalty. They exhibit responses to pleasure and pain. I am an animal lover – how could I continue to reconcile my love for animals with a diet that eats them? (Note: The recent Dog Meat Festival in China had a huge influence on my decision. How could I be outraged at the consumption of dogs, but not cattle? Or chickens?)

  • Kosher- I became disgusted at the quality and cost of kosher meat and chicken available in Toronto. Veganism makes it easy to keep kosher.

  • Food sensitivities – particularly to dairy.

  • My diabetes. I researched a study called the China Study and learned that the results of a 20-year study in parts of China where people’s diets were primarily plant-based showed very low instances of diabetes. The researchers posited that the traditional thinking about diabetes being caused by sugar and carbs was false.(The Chinese people studied had very high carb intakes - rice). An animal fat diet impairs our bodies from processing sugar and carbs, therefore leaving sugar in the bloodstream resulting in diabetes. The root cause was not the sugar and carbs, but the animal fats rendering our cells unable to absorb sugars.

  • My husband’s uncontrollable high blood pressure. Charly’s blood pressure, despite medication, was too high. Vegetarianism is a positive diet that when combined with low/no salt has been shown to reduce blood pressure.

Charly and I watched several documentaries that educated us on the health, moral and environmental advantages of a plant-based diet. We read several articles and books and decided to try it for two weeks. The two weeks passed and we’re still going – Charly’s blood pressure has improved drastically and my diabetes is well controlled.

I feel wonderful! More energy. Happier. Clearer. The only disadvantage I’ve noticed is the need to plan ahead. It’s a price I’m willing to pay. We also are committed to buying only organic produce and have drastically reduced our consumption of processed foods.

Quite frankly, I can’t imagine anyone watching a documentary like Forks Over Knives and NOT being motivated to change. I was telling a group of friends about this new journey and how the documentaries showed the horrible treatment of animals in the meat industry and one guy actually said “Oh I won’t watch that. I love the taste of meat too much.”

I get that people’s diet choices are personal. I get that ignorance kept me a meat-eater for 66 years. But I cannot understand anyone refusing to be educated. Once you know what’s going on, you cannot sit idly by.

Judy Hazan


Rabbi Kook followed a vegetarian diet and even predicted that when the Messiah appears we will all follow a vegetarian diet.  So those of us who are following this diet are already almost* there!

I guess vegan is even better,  and we do eat a lot vegan, but not all vegan.  

I actually say I follow a vegetarian diet rather than say I am a vegetarian.  

Some people go meatless once a week which is a start to more healthy eating.

However, *parve dark chocolate is vegetarian and vegan and so are French Fries, so any diet needs thought.  A vegetarian or vegan diet can be healthy or not depending on food choices.

(vegan: no eggs,  no dairy, no honey, yes: legumes, nuts seeds, grains, fruits, vegetables)

(vegetarian: do eat eggs, dairy, honey, as well as what vegans eat)

(From Google: The strongest support for vegetarianism as a positive ideal anywhere in Torah literature is in the writings of Rabbi Abraham Isaac Hakohen Kook(1865-1935). Rav Kook was the first Chief Rabbi of pre-state Israel and a highly respected and beloved Jewish spiritual leader in the early 20th century. He was a mystical thinker, a forceful writer, and a great Torah scholar.)

Marilyn Richmond

Ahimsa Parmo Dharma

(Non-Violence is supreme religion)

For hundreds  of years, the Brahmin caste of Indians (for instance, more recently, Gandhi) and Jains--totaling in the millions of people--adopted vegetarianism, according to the philosophical principle of Ahimsa--at the least minimal, and ideally, no suffering to all living things.  Basically, as we have learned from DNA studies, only a few chromosomes differentiate humans from amoebas.

Sheldon Richmond

Ahimsa is an attribute of the brave. Cowardice and ahimsa don't go together any more than water and fire.

Mahatma Gandhi

The Great Lie

Once in a while you're lucky enough to have an "Ah ha!" moment that has the potential of turning your life around. My name is Charles Greene and I am a professional dieter.

I've made eggs my go-to breakfast for years.

“There is…no scientific evidence whatsoever that eating eggs in any way increases the risk of heart attack,”  says the egg industry’s National Commission on Egg Nutrition.

I'd scramble up two eggs with butter, cubed 12 grain bread, (or oatmeal,) and feta cheese.

Recently, on my latest attempt to once again lose weight, and with my usual creativity and ingenuity, I changed the delivery system in how I consume my eggs. I began to liquify my go-to breakfast in boiling water rather than scrambling. i.e. Instead of chewing and digesting the meal slowly, I drank my breakfast. Convenient, for certain.

In less than a week, my blood pressure went through the roof - 197/110. Two days later I was in ‘Emerg’ wracking my brain trying to figure out why the dramatic change in blood pressure.

My answer, in short, was that it took time for my body to digest the scrambled eggs. Drinking the liquified eggs however, was tantamount to hanging an intravenous drip connected directly into my bloodstream. Hit your body that hard, every day, and your body doesn't stand a chance of reducing the buildup of cholesterol in your bloodstream - ergo clogged arteries and high blood pressure.  My "Ah ha!" moment - eggs are in fact not healthy. Period. It's not a question of moderation. Dr. Michael Greger has his "big hammer, little hammer" analogy. Why hit yourself with a hammer at all? After doing a ton of research, I made the decision to go Vegan the following week. Why not vegetarianism? Well, that’s just a smaller hammer.

Re: Eggs. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent convincing people eggs are not going to kill them. Cardiology experts warn that eating even a single egg a day may exceed the safe upper limit for cholesterol intake.

Charles Greene

Warning: Do your homework. Consult a doctor. Vegans must supplement vitamin B12. Also, regardless of diet, you”re probably not getting enough vitamin D.


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!

Postponed until further notice


7:30-8:30 pm

Parsha of The Week with Judy Hazan

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


7-8 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

(returns May long wknd)

“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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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

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 morning’s Kiddush is sponsored by Elisa Usher and Dora Usher for the very special occasion of Jonathan’s 80th Birthday,

Also, we are very grateful for recently celebrating our 39th Anniversary.

80? We’re shocked!

You look no older than a day over 70.

Torah Times

Triennial Year 2

Parashat: Acharey Mos-Kedoshim:

Leviticus 16:1 - 20:27

1: 17:8-12 (pg. 486)

2: 17:13-16

3: 18:1-5

4: 18:6-21

5: 18:22-30

6: 19:1-3

7: 19:4-14

maf: 19:11-14

Haftarah: Amos 9:7 - 9:15 (pg. 509)

Candle Lighting:

7:58 p.m. – Friday


9:07 p.m. – Saturday


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 5


20 Iyar

A great pianist was once asked by an ardent admirer: “How do you handle the notes as well as you do?”  The artist answered: “The notes I handle no better than many pianists, but the pauses between the notes—ah! That is where the art resides.”

In great living, as in great music, the art may be in the pauses.  Surely one of the enduring contributions which Judaism made to the art of living was the Shabbat, “the pause between the notes.”  And it is to the Shabbat that we must look if we are to restore to our lives the sense of serenity and sanctity which Shabbat offers in such joyous abundance.

Likrat Shabbat


May 6

Shul Kiddush


1 - 3 pm

Meeting in support of

the Yezidi

All Welcome

No Charge

June10 July8 August5 Sep9 Oct7 Nov4 Dec2


We are grateful for all donations that have been sent for new families.  Thank you so much for your generosity!!

We have a special need for mens clothings S - M size and children's clothing especially for boys.  Sizes from 2 - 9 for all children would be very much appreciated. If you have something to donate, please contact our donations coordination committee  Azam Salehi and Susan Glickman




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

A tax receipt will be

issued for the charitable portion.

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 3

Obstacles to Repentance

  1. Do not blame others for your bad behaviour.

  2. Do not rationalize what you have done.

  3. Use the active voice to take responsibility ie I lost it, not it got lost.

  4. Do not believe that a wrong action is for good - ie a terrorist

  5. Minimizing the wrong

  6. Repent something as soon as you are aware of it.

  7. Do not intend to repeat the offence

      Question: How much time should we spend considering the consequences etc of the  offence?

8.“Pointing to worse things done by others”

      Question: Does this argument work for you?

9. Hypersensitivity to criticism. ie if you react negatively to criticism you are unlikely to change or try to repent “The Gaon of Vilna taught  that the reason we are put on earth is to learn how to correct our bad traits. Our critics, if they are fair, help us to fulfill this goal.”

10. Excessive pride … can keep us from owning up to our flaws or admitting we have

     done wrong. If we do not acknowledge what we have done, we will continue on  

     the same path or do something even worse.”

11. Peer pressure and bad companions “If you want to go in a different direction from the

     boat, you have to get off. And if you want to change a negative pattern of behaviour,  make sure to stay away from the people who continue to engage in that behaviour and who will influence you to do so as well.”

Acts which people think don’t require repentance

  1. “Bad character traits, such a anger, hate and jealousy

  2. “Suspecting the innocent.” (blaming the cleaning woman for stealing something)

  3. “Eating a full meal at a poor person’s house…. A modern application of this suggests that when a fundraiser approaches someone he knows to be of modest or declining means, he should ask for a sum that will not be a hardship for the person to donate, or not solicit a donation at all.”       

Question 1: Why don’t these require repentance?

Question 2: Should not paying sales taxes, that you believe are excessive and wasted by governments, be included in this section?

Sins for which you cannot fully repent, even when our intentions are pure

  1. Defrauding the public

  2. Buying from a thief or from child labour

  3. Not returning an object you have found

  4. Damaging someone’s reputation

  1. Influencing others to do something wrong

Question: Why can’t one fully repent for these sins?

“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.”


Imagine that you’re unhappy. You’re not getting what you need. Perversely, this may be because of what you want. You are blinded by what you desire. Perhaps what you really need is right in front of your eyes, but you cannot see it because of what you are currently aiming for.  

 If things are not going well for you - well, that might be because , as the most cynical of aphorisms has it, life sucks., and then you die. Before your crisis impels you to that hideous conclusion, however, you might consider the following: life doesn’t have a problem. You do. At least the realization leaves you with some options. If your life is not going well, perhaps it is your current knowledge that is insufficient, not life itself. Perhaps your value structure needs some serious retooling. Perhaps what you want is blinding you to what else could be. Perhaps you are holding on to your desires, in the present, so tightly that you cannot see anything else - even what you truly need.

 This will only work, however, if you genuinely want your life to improve. You can’t fool your implicit perceptual structures. Not even a bit. They aim at where you point them. To retool, to take stock, to aim somewhere better, you have to think it through, bottom to top. You have to scour your psyche. You have to clean the damned thing up. And you must be cautious, because making your life better means adopting a lot of responsibility, and that takes more effort and care than living stupidly in pain and remaining arrogant, deceitful and resentful.

Early on in my career, I concluded that we were living in possibly the most remarkable period of Jewish history ever—with Jews situated right in the middle of one of the greatest human civilizational transformations of all time. The vast majority of Jews were living in post-modern civilization—an extraordinarily dynamic and magnetic culture that was sending its messages through an unprecedented number of channels and communications media. American Jews were living in the most open and welcoming society ever—the United States of America. After living for two thousand years behind the shelter of ghetto walls, we were fully integrated now and playing in the major leagues of culture. Unless Judaism could speak persuasively in the presence of the other value systems, unless it could offer a richer life, Jews would assimilate. I wanted to work on making sense of Judaism and demonstrating and advocating for its capacity to enrich life in our society.

“R. b. Yannai  stated that when one gives a small coin to a poor person, he has achieved the merit of greeting the Shekhina. Once he was asked why Jerusalem was not blessed by God with hot water springs as Tiberius was. He answered: So that the pilgrims could never say: ‘It was worth going to Jerusalem just for the hot water springs’”

“Throughout the Talmud, upholding learning is the highest value and rejecting Torah study is seen as a terrible sin that will lead to many other wrongful behaviours. … We are only human. Forgetting is not a sin. Only deliberate rejection of Torah study and knowledge is sinful behaviour.”  

Perek 3 Mishna 8



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


7-8 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

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