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Congratulations to the Lodzer

on their 65th Anniversary.

See you at the GALA Celebration

on Sunday, May 27

featuring “The Caverners - Beatles Tribute”

Shabbat Bulletin - May 12, 2018

Rosh Chodesh Service - Cantor Young & the Choir

Where in the world is Rabbi Eli

Planet Pandora, Floating (Halelujah) Mountains

(Zhangjiajie, Henan Province, China)

When James Cameron's "Avatar" hit the big screens nearly a decade ago, innumerable peoples around the planet claimed it was made about them specifically; especially, minorities and small nations.

In case you did not see this highest-grossing film of all times, here's a 3-line synopsis.

A powerful human corporation is colonizing a lush habitable planet in order to mine precious minerals. The mining threatens the existence of a local tribe of blue-skinned humanoids called Na'vi. A remotely located human controls a genetically engineered body of a Na'vi to interact with the natives has to "do the right thing".

One measure of the film's success can be seen in the fact that adepts of nearly two dozen religions claimed the movie to have been about them specifically; from Calvinism and Hinduism, to Korean shamanistic Cheondoism and Wicca.

If you don't believe me - Google it. "Jews in Avatar movie" alone brings back nearly 3.5 million results.

Bloggers, thinkers, rabbis and political observers alike claim "Avatar" is about the Jews because 'navi' means prophet in Hebrew, the mountains are called "Praise God" in Hebrew, destruction of the tribe's holy tree alludes to the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, the name of the deity Na'vi is a scramble of the Tetragrammaton, a floating mountain is a reference to the Midrash of God lifting Mt Sinai over the Israelites' heads, evil foreign rulers have been trying to evict Jews from their land for thousands of years, etc.

(If you are utterly convinced by now, look up "Muslims in Avatar" and "Hindus in Avatar", to realize this argument is one-size-fits-all.)

The floating mountains that inspired the movie are in what used to be, not so long ago, one of the rather more remote and poorest corners of China. Nowadays, there is even an airport here, and tourists keep coming. Still, our groups can enjoy the occasional day of tranquility and nearly pristine tête-à-tête with nature, if you know where to look for it. Having reached an agreement with the best 5-star establishment in the area, we have an entire kitchen to ourselves to kosher and use as we deem fit.

Strictly kosher floating mountains they are, thus.

Note: I made sure to be appropriately blue for the occasion.

Our Sages established blessings for all sorts of unusual occasions.

When you see unique mountains, you should be saying the B'rachah Oseh Ma'aseh Beresheet - Blessed are You, o God, Who makes the wonders of creation.

We bring our guests here, and they say it in unison, by way of expression of their feelings rather than out of duty and obedience. Because tourists or not, Avatar or Smavatar, those mountains are an absolutely magnificent, one of a kind marvel, like nothing we've seen before or elsewhere.

PS For ye of little faith, here's a photo to dispel all doubts in the Jewish nature of the Avatar mountains.

This glass bridge, longest and tallest in the world, opened in Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon nearly 2 years ago. It is the creation of... Israeli architect Haim Dotan.

Nuu, what other nationality do you think those mountains could possibly be?

Looking forward to seeing you next week for Shabbat and Shavuot.

Shabbat Shalom,


Your Life Moments


May 7    Anita Johnson

May 10  Pearl Rosen

May 14  Sidney Lew
May 15  Jack Abrahams



May 5    Elka Pillersdorf, mother of Rachel Weisman    

May 5    Isaac Sosner, brother of Sarah Moshe    

May 8    Rafuel Nosak, father of Morry

May 9    Simon Abrahams, father of Jack

May 9    Shalom Herzog, husband of Dianne, father of

Tammy Brown & Shari Majerovic & brother of Sam

May 10  Judy Benguaich, friend of Pearl Rosen

May 10   Ithac Hascal, father of Marcel

May 10   Abraham Zeldin, father of Cathy Zeldin

May 12  Rose Gould Lefko Cohen, mother-in-law of Helen Gould

May 15  Milton Yudell, father of Arnold

May 16  Zenek Wajgensberg, father of Dorothy Tessis

Remember - Don’t Forget - Take Action

Synagogue General Fund

Rochelle Michaels

Bluma Nemirov

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

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

June 14 will be the last time we meet before summer break.


10 am

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 the why...

Full  Details

can be found at the very end of the bulletin

before Shul Business

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May 12


27 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

Rosh Chodesh Service

Cantor Young & the Choir

Triennial Year 2

Parashat: Behar-Bechukoai
Leviticus 25:1 - 27:34
1: 25:39-43  (pg. 536
2: 25:44-46
3: 25:47-54
4: 25:55-26:2
5: 26:3-5 (pg. 542)
6: 26:6-9
7: 26:10-46
maf: 26:44-46 (pg. 546)


Jeremiah 16:19 - 17:14 (pg. 551)

Candle Lighting:

8:14 p.m. – Friday


9:23 p.m. – Saturday


May 19


5 Sivan

Dawn Awakens

Thou endowest man with knowledge and teachest mortal man understanding.

O grant us knowledge, understanding and discernment.

Blessed art Thou, O Lord, who bestowest knowledge upon man.


May 27, 2018






Tickets $150


Call Sarah to purchase tickets for our 65th Gala,

and to place your

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Remember a loved one.

Celebrate a simcha.

Honour family or friends.

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65th Gala Book

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Half page    $250

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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.

Attendees will receive the 65th Anniversary Gala Book.

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.



June 10

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.


June 14

8:00 PM

Book Chat

Shul Kiddush


Book Chat

The Break

by Katherena Vermette

The Break

by Katherena Vermette

“The Break” is hydro land that cuts a swath through Winnipeg’s North End neighbourhood; in the novel it serves as both the setting for a terrible crime and a symbol of the fractured lives of the characters, four generations of a Métis family…

...The Break offers clear insight into people struggling to secure a place in the world.

Who’s for dinner?

Watch "What You Eat Matters - 2018 Documentary H.O.P.E."

on YouTube

HOPE What You Eat Matters is an award-winning plant-based documentary uncovering and revealing the effects of our typical Western diet on our health, the environment, and animals. Featuring Dr. Jane Goodall, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Dr. Melanie Joy and many other experts, the film is now free to watch all over the world.

Interview with Director & Producer, Nina Messinger, of “HOPE What You Eat Matters”

What inspired you to make this film?

I found it fascinating to see how much we humans can achieve by changing our diet – for our health, as well as for all beings and the environment. There have already been many important films made about the destruction of the environment by the agricultural industry and about the harmful health effects of an animal-based diet. However, a key component, that I felt was missing, was the perspective of the animal abuse by the agricultural industry due to greed. So I decided to make a comprehensive film to show both the power of the individual as a consumer and the far-reaching consequences of consuming such products. I wanted to make it obvious that an animal-based diet harms everyone – that it endangers our health, creates incomprehensible suffering for animals, destroys our environment, promotes global hunger and forced migration. I believe that recognizing these relationships is crucial for the psychological as well as the physical survival of humanity. These challenges have motivated and inspired me to make my film. Too many people are unaware of these important connections. My goal is to help people realise that each one of us can have a tremendous impact through our daily actions of shopping as a conscious consumer, choosing organic products, and eating a whole food, plant-based diet. These daily actions have the ability to create positive change on a global scale and make this world a better place for all.  inContext


A whole food, plant-based diet promotes good health. Numerous studies show: eating consciously helps to prevent and reverse many diseases.


The organic production of plant-based food saves natural resources, helps the climate, encourages biodiversity and preserves a healthy soil.


Animals want to live - they are sensitive creatures that deserve integrity and respect.

H.O.P.E. stands for Healing Of Planet Earth. “What You Eat Matters“ emphasizes even more that each and every person is making an important and far-reaching contribution through their conscious and diligent nutritional choices.

There are four questions for Jews to ask themselves about veganism.

  1. Is it permitted or suggested in the Torah?

  2. Are animals killed in slaughterhouses being treated inhumanely?

  3. Is Veganism healthier than eating meat?

  4. Does becoming a vegetarian help decrease world-wide pollution?

The answer to all four questions is yes.

Chabad gives the following answer to the first question.

“Although Jews are permitted to eat meat, it seems like after the flood vegetarianism is the preferred Jewish diet.  Chabad states the following: After the flood, G‑d laid down a new world order. People needed to recognize the moral obligations and divine purpose entrusted to humankind. To make this clear, G‑d told Noah that humankind can—indeed, must—eat the flesh of animals. Our dominion over animals highlights our superiority, and reminds us that we are charged with divine responsibility to perfect the world. To minimize its negative effects on the human being, when the Torah was given, G‑d forbade the flesh of those animals that have a coarsening influence on the soul.”

The second question is well answered by watching the documentary.

The third question has been answered positively by a number of scientists/doctors and nutritionists.

The 4th question also should be answered yes, as land would be more productive in producing vegetables than cattle, the cattle themselves are not good for the environment, and often carbon dioxide forests are cut down and replaced by cattle farms.

We all know that meat is tasty and we are reluctant to give up “ the good life”. Also tradition says that Jews should eat meat - especially on Friday night. However things have changed. We now know more about nutrition, pollution, and methods of mass production in meat production.

We (JU and CG) feel that with the increased health and ethics knowledge now available, it is time to examine our normal eating habits./JU

Tradition is the illusion of permanence... Times Change!

Judaism teaches the importance of always asking questions, so it may come as no surprise that Jewish vegans are popping up left and right, questioning a system that tells us to eat animals and cause unnecessary suffering. inContext

If we don’t look after one another, who will?


By 1939, nearly half of the 1933 Jewish population of Germany had left the country. Now, after Kristallnacht, the remaining Jews were desperate to get out.

The German government had sought to accelerate the pace of forced Jewish emigration. The German Foreign Office and the Propaganda Ministry also hoped to exploit the unwillingness of other nations to admit large numbers of Jewish refugees to justify the Nazi regime's anti-Jewish goals and policies both domestically in Germany and in the world at large.

Gustav Schroeder, captain of the "St. Louis," on the day of the ship's departure from Hamburg. Neither Cuba nor the US granted refuge to the ship's passengers. Germany, May 13, 1939.

As the St. Louis neared Cuba, the Cuban government, in response to pressure from Cubans opposed to increased Jewish immigration, suddenly canceled the landing permits of all Jewish passengers.

Many Americans demanded that their government accept the passengers immediately. Others sent the Cuban government telegrams of protest, but neither nation was willing to reconsider its refusal to admit the St. Louis’s passengers.

As the ship slowly headed north, a number of prominent Canadian citizens asked Prime Minister Mackenzie King to help the St. Louis passengers. He quickly made it clear that he was “emphatically opposed” to allowing them to enter Canada. Immigration Minister Frederick Blair agreed. He pointed out that “if these Jews were to find a home [in Canada] they would likely be followed by other shiploads.” The line, he insisted, “must be drawn somewhere.”

On June 7, the captain had no choice but to return to Germany with most of his passengers still on board. The Nazis turned the incident into propaganda. They claimed that it demonstrated that Jews were universally disliked and distrusted.


Though their bodies have perished,

their souls and their spirit will forever remain immortal.

My letter to the National Post (below) about Bernie Farber’s suggestion that the Canadian government should apologize to the Jews for the MS. St. Louis incident was published last Saturday.


As a Canadian Jew I have a different view of the Canadian government than Bernie Farber. My grandfather, like many other Jews, immigrated to Canada in the late 1800’s. Many more Jews immigrated before WW2. Then, there was discrimination in jobs,education, and social associations; and yet those Jews did well financially and made good lives for themselves and their families. So did the next generation. Both generations became good Canadian citizens, helped built our country and fought in our wars. Yes, there was anti-Semitism, and turning away the MS St. Louis was a horrible thing to do. However despite what Canada may have done wrong in relation to Jews, we must not forget that Canada has been a good place for Jews and if Ottawa apologizes for its misdeeds, it should also take credit for being a refuge for Jews and a wonderful, if not perfect, place for them to live./ju

Apologies are irrelevant… action is what counts.

Truth & Responsibility... give your life meaning.

Get your act together and do something worthwhile

with your life./jp inspired


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 5

“One who overcomes his natural tendencies (ie to hold on to a grudge) and instead forgives, all his sins are forgiven.”

When obligatory, When Optional, When Forbidden

“Because we are often driven by irrational and destructive emotions, such as anger, envy, greed, self-absorption, and indifference, and by less negative emotions, such as a lack of insight into another’s needs, we often hurt each other. We are not perfect and must all learn to apologize when we have acted wrongly, and to forgive others who have hurt us. Without apologies and forgiveness, no long-term relationship can endure.

In other words, if we are merciful to those who offend us, then G-d will be merciful when our behaviour offends Him. This promise might, and should, overcome any reluctance to forgive on the part of someone who has been wronged.

But when litigants started insisting on strictly enforcing the law, G-d acted toward them in the same way.”

Question: Again, are these tit for tat games with G-d ok?

“If the person who has hurt you makes a sincere plea to be forgiven, ‘it is prohibited for one to be hard-hearted and to refuse his forgiveness, … but one should forgive with a complete heart and a willing spirit.’

But what if you are so angry that you cannot bring yourself to forgive and certainly felt hat you cannot do so with a complete heart and a willing spirit? in that case, explain to the person that you are still too upset to grant forgiveness and that she should come back and ask again in a specific period of time … During this period, work on relinquishing your anger so that when she returns you can forgive her .”

“After being rebuffed three times, the offender is not expected to ask again, and is regarded as forgiven by G-d.”

When forgiveness is optional

“… the Zakakh prayer … is still widely recited right before the beginning of the Kol  Nidrei Yom Kippur evening service. It reads in part, “ I extend complete forgiveness to everyone who has sinned against me, whether physically or monetarily, or who has gossiped about me or even slandered me. Many Jews say a similar prayer before going to sleep.

But are we obligated to forgive those who have done us great harm, particularly in cases, where they haven’t even asked for forgiveness? To cite two examples: Is a victim of rape obligated to forgive her rapist? And is a man falsely accused of rape supposed to forgive this accuser? i cannot think of a reason why.”

Question: What do you think?

TheZakkah prayer does withhold forgiveness from one ‘ who sins against me and says, “I will sin against him and he will forgive me.”  “There is something morally wrong, as well as masochistic, in granting forgiveness to those who intend to go on hurting us.”

Question: Is this what happens in marital abusive relationships, or in the Israeli-Palestinian situation?

“…we are not required to forgive someone who has inflicted irrevocable damage. Thus the Talmud teaches that ‘ One who gives his neighbour a bad name can never gain pardon.  … Yet if the person appears truly contrite, it is good to forgive him or her.”

“In cases in which another has caused you considerable financial damage, however, forgiveness does not mean that you should feel pressured to forego your legal claims.”

“From Judaism’s perspective, no one can forgive a crime committed against another. Only the victim the crime can grant forgiveness. Since he or she is no longer able to do so, that means that murder is by definition, an unforgivable act.”

Question 1: How do you  feel about people who publicly forgive those that have serious hurt them or their family members? Would you forgive someone who hurt a family member?

Question 2: Who benefits from forgiving … the forgiver  or the forgiven and what benefit do they get for forgiving or being forgiven?

“Judaism’s perspective on not forgiving murderers has long distinguished it from many of the societies among whom the Jews have lived. In the ancient world, for example, it was common for a murderer to pay a ransom to the victim’s family, in return for which the family granted absolution.Thus, from Judaism’s perspective, parents who forgive their child’s murderer are behaving as if the child were their property. … Forgiveness is pitiless. It forgets the victim. It cultivates sensitiveness toward the murderer at the price of insensitiveness toward the victim.”

“The Jewish view can be summed up as follows: Forgiveness is almost always a virtue, but the taking of an innocent life is an unforgivable offence.” “Persian Proverb - To spare the ravening leopard is an act of injustice to the sheep”.

“The teaching suggests that even after human forgiveness has been granted, justice requires that the murderer’s act be punished.”

Even though it is forbidden to forgive someone for a wrongful act committed against someone else, if the perpetrator seems sincerely regretful, we should encourage him to make amends to his victim, further, if we are in a position to do so, we should  offer to act as the conduit between the perpetrator and the victim.

How to Forgive

  1. A person should not be cruel when forgiving another

  2. If a relatively minor offence is committed against you, forgive the offender in a way that conveys the feeling that you do not regard the offence as significant.

  3. Let the person feel your forgiveness by resuming your friendship with her.

  4. Go out of your way to offer those who have hurt you the opportunity to repent.

  5. Strive to let your forgiveness be wholehearted.

  6. Take into account any psychological problems the one who offended you might suffer from or any abuse he experienced, and ask yourself whether those factors might have made him more liable to do the evil he did to you.

  7. Pray for  the person who has sought your forgiveness.

“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.”


The Old Testament Israelites and their forebears knew that God was not to be trifled with, and that whatever Hell the angry Deity might allow to be engendered if he was crossed was real. Having recently passed through a century defined by the bottomless horrors of Hitler, Stalin, and Mao, we might realize the same thing.

In other words, you decide to act as if existence might be justified by its goodness - if only you behaved properly. And it is that decision, that declaration of existential faith, that allows you to overcome nihilism, and resentment, and arrogance. It is that declaration of faith that keeps hatred of Being, with all its attendant evils, at bay. And, as for such faith: it is not at all the will to believe things that you know perfectly well to be false. Faith is not the childish belief in magic. That is ignorance or even willful blindness. It is instead the realization that the tragic irrationalities of life must be counterbalanced by an equally irrational commitment to the essential goodness of Being. It is simultaneously the will to dare set your sights at the unachievable, and to sacrifice everything, including (and most importantly) your life. You realize that you have, literally, nothing better to do. But how can you do all this? - assuming you are foolish enough try.

You might start by not thinking - or, more accurately, but less trenchantly, by refusing to subjugate your faith to your current rationality, and its narrowness of view. This doesn’t mean “make yourself stupid”. It means the opposite. It means instead that you must quit manoeuvring and conniving and scheming and enforcing and demanding and avoiding and ignoring and punishing. It means you must place your old strategies aside. It means instead, that you must pay attention, as you may never have paid attention before.

Focus on your surroundings, physical and psychological,. Notice something that bothers you, that concerns you, that will not let you be, which you could fix, that you would fix…. And then fix it.

Align yourself, in your soul, with Truth and the Highest Good. There is habitable order to establish and beauty to bring into existence. There is evil to overcome, suffering to ameliorate, and yourself to better.

This is the attempt of the Spirit of Mankind to transform the understanding of ethics from the initial, necessary Thou Shalt Not of the child and the Ten Commandments into the fully articulated positive vision of the true individual.

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.

“One can be harsh, judgmental, etc. in the name of piety and loyalty to God. R. Hanina believes that G-d wants pious people to be kind, loving, and accepting of others, so their religiosity will make them liked by fellow human beings.

If you love G-d you should love human beings, who are created in the image of G-d. Thereby, you will win people’s affection.

It is an oxymoron to love G-d and be hateful towards others. Such behaviour also brings G-d into disrepute with human beings.”

Perek 3 Mishna 10



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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



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:

June 14, The Break by Vermette.

This is the last meeting before summer break.


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



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

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