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Congratulations to the Lodzer

on their 65th Anniversary.

See you at the GALA Celebration

this Sunday, May 27

featuring “The Caverners - Beatles Tribute”

“They say it's your birthday

We're gonna have a good time

I'm glad it's your birthday

Happy birthday to you”

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Shabbat Bulletin - May 19, 2018

The Two Great Traditions

The Sephardim and the Ashkenazim

One of the greatest conflicts that has affected the Jewish nation dwelling in Zion in the past 50 years is the socioeconomic gap between the Sephardic and Ashkenazic communities. The bitterness of the Sephardim towards the dominating Ashkenazic establishment who consigned them to the status of second-class citizens during the early decades of the State has given rise to the rebellion of Sephardim against the left and its support for nationalistic politics, as well as its present religious revival under the aegis of the Shas party and others. The Sephardim in Israel are engaged in a process of regaining their lost dignity and social status. Will they succeed in shedding their second-class label and closing the gaps? inContext

SATURDAY MAY 19th, 7:00 PM



Followed by

Rabbi Eli


Becoming of the Two Jewries educational session at the end of the service,

in the spirit of the night study tradition on Shavuot.

Only at the

Lodzer Centre Congregation

12 Heaton Street


Your Life Moments


May 14  Sidney Lew
May 15  Jack Abrahams


May 15  Roslyn & Charles Greene (30 years)

May 19  Sam & Andrea Waserman


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

May 21  Sima Anidjar, mother of Morris

May 21  Jack Coretsky, father of Barry Corey

May 22  Louis Nadler, father of Sam

May 23  Sally Myers, mother of Helen Gould

May 24  Stanley Tessis, husband of Dorothy

Living with dignity. Growing with pride.

Remember - Don’t Forget - Take Action

Siddur Dedication

Mazel Tov to

Harvey Bitterman

on his milestone Birthday

from Arthur Zins & Doris Greening

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 19

5 Sivan




9:12 AM

Led by

Frank Steiman


9:30 AM

Cantor David Young

Rabbi Eli




7 PM

Followed by

Rabbi Eli...

an educational session at the end of the service, in the spirit of the night study tradition on Shavuot

This week’s Kiddush

is sponsored by

Sam and Yona Nadler

for the yahrzeits of

Louis Nadler


Dvora Gefkin-Shapiro

Torah Times

Triennial Year 2

Parashat: Bemidbar
Numbers 1:1 - 4:20
1: 2:1-9  (pg. 572)
2: 2:10-16
3: 2:17-24
4: 2:25-31
5: 2:32-34
6: 3:1-4
7: 3:5-13
maf: 3:11-13
Haftarah: Hosea 2:1 - 2:22 (pg. 582)

Candle Lighting:

8:21 p.m. – Friday


9:30 p.m. – Saturday


May 20


6 Sivan



...the lesson of Shavuot: the Torah cannot be a limiting document. Rather, it must be for all Jews. If we fail to heed this lesson, we will alienate more and more Jews from observance and respect for their Jewish identities. This, in turn, will lead to a situation where, increasingly, many will choose to marry outside of their religion entirely or outside of Halachah. These developments could end up denying us a sizable Jewish future in the State of Israel. The result will be that the Jewish state as we know it will no longer exist.

For that moment when you realize that a life manual is a good thing to have.

More Cheese, Please!


May 26


12 Sivan

Vegan Shavuot

Shavuot is basically an agricultural holiday, which includes the tradition of decorating synagogues with green plants as a symbol of the First Fruits (Bikkurim) and harmony with nature. European Jews used to place trees in their homes during that holiday, but that tradition had vanished due to its similarity to the Christian Christmas tree tradition.

It's sad that corporations took over this holiday, which originally didn't have anything to do with milk, Shavuot is an agricultural holiday, related to the Seven Species, none of which comes from animals. Yet this holiday was taken over and abused in a disgusting way just in order to sell as many milk products as possible.

I don’t understand this sudden change in tradition. In Shavuot you keep seeing this onslaught on milk products – how did people agree to such a thing, which is totally commercial, Shavuot is a fruit and vegetable holiday. Where was all that written in the holy scriptures, anyway? inContext


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.

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 3

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 5

7:30 PM



at the


Free Admission

Ann Samson

The Jews of India

A Historical and Sociological Overview

Part 1 of 4

India has an unbroken record of over 2,000 years of hospitality to Jews. Mrs. Ann Samson, a leading spokesperson for the Indian Jewish Community of Toronto, will provide an overview of the history, sociological structure, unique customs and traditions of this fascinating and often overlooked Jewish community. Her presentation will be followed by a question and answer period. An educator and active community member, Ann Samson is one of the founders of Congregation Bina of Indian Jews.


June 10

Shul Kiddush


1 - 3 pm

Meeting in support of

the Yezidi

All Welcome

No Charge

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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 10

7 pm

The Lodzer


Rabbi Eli

a personal journey

with Q&A

Free Admission

All Welcome


Memories of a

Refusenik Child

Rabbi Eli… The 44+ year-old multilingual native of Odessa, who speaks five languages and gets by in eight others, grew up in a religious Refusenik family, mostly in Moscow, before making aliyah with them as a teenager. inContext

Refusenik was an unofficial term for individuals, typically but not exclusively Soviet Jews, who were denied permission to emigrate by the authorities of the Soviet Union.

A large number of Soviet Jews applied for exit visas to leave the Soviet Union, especially in the period following the 1967 Six-Day War. While some were allowed to leave, many were refused permission to emigrate.

“KGB give me my visa to Israel.”

The ban on Jewish immigration to Israel was lifted in 1971 leading to the 1970s Soviet Union aliyah. The coming to power of Mikhail Gorbachev in the Soviet Union in the mid-1980s, and his policies of glasnost and perestroika, as well as a desire for better relations with the West, led to major changes, and most refuseniks were allowed to emigrate.

"We Are Jews Again"


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.


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.

Humility Part 1

What humility is and why it is important.

“Now Moses was a very humble man, more so than any other man on earth. That it is the only virtue the Torah attributes to its greatest hero is itself the most significant indication of the importance of humility in the Jewish tradition.”

“Why does Micah speak of walking ‘humbly with G-d and not just of walking humbly? Perhaps because if we are certain that  G-d is on our side, we can easily become arrogant and even cruel. Thus, contemporary Islamist terrorists , certain that they are ‘walking with G-d’ have no compunction about killing innocent people, and even shouting ‘G-d is great’ as they do so. .This is what can happen when one walks arrogantly (and not humbly) with G-d.”

Question: Do we become arrogant with other religions and other sects of our own religion - ie Sephardic, ultra- orthodox, reform etc, or do we say, ‘This is my way and that is your way, but we can work together’.  Or should we criticize to get a better world?

“Because self-centredness - and even a measure of arrogance  - is natural to many people, Judaism encourages us to make every effort to cultivate humility.”

“ If humility is so important, why is it not one of the 613 commandments? …Because if a person were to think, Now I am fulfilling the commandment of becoming humble, and would then believe that he was becoming humble, that would be the worst vanity of all In other words, even humble people need to work on humility. The moment they feel they have fully achieved it they need to start working on it again.”

“My grandfather , Rabbi Nissen Telushkin, told me of a man he knew who was a prominent member of a synagogue , and to all rights should have occupied a seat near the front of the synagogue. Yet he chose to sit in an undistinguished seat at the back. However his eyes would constantly dart around to see if people were taking note of what he was doing. So my grandfather said to him, “ It would be better for you to sit in the front of the synagogue and think you should be sitting in the back, than to sit in the back of the synagogue and think you should be sitting in the front.”

Question 1: Distinguish between humility and lack of self-esteem, shyness, reality that you are not good enough, comfort level.

Question 2: Has our emphasis on self-esteem become excessive? - Will Storr - Selfie.

“… the very capabilities that can make a person most proud (I know I have the mental capacity of a thousand men) are also those that should be most humbling. If we have greater wisdom, then we also have a greater responsibility to bring people to understanding and wisdom. If we have great wealth, then we have a greater responsibility to help those in need.”

Question: Do politicians use their greater intellect and knowledge to trick the public rather than inform or educate them?

“Thinking about how much we can do in comparison to what we have done also serves as a corrective against pride and arrogance.”

“All the good things I do are but a drop in the ocean in comparison to what I ought to do.”

Three Sources of Humility

  1. “An ongoing awareness of G-d. When one measures himself against the infinite and eternal Creator, he understands his own relative insignificance. In contrast, arrogant people are that way precisely because they judge themselves not in relationship to G-d , but rather in contrast to those who are less accomplished.”

Question: Who or what do we measure ourselves against?  a. Our own possibilities b. our parents’ expectations c. community standards, etc.?

  1. The awareness that every human being with whom we interact is created in G-d’s image … and therefore is as valuable as we ourselves.

  2. Don’t exploit others, as historically was done through slavery, and as is done today by those who overwork, underpay, or otherwise wrong their employees. How can one assume that one’s blood is more precious than the blood of those whom  one mistreats? This teaching has implications in far less serious areas than matters of life and death and exploitation. For example, a humble person will not push ahead of someone else in line. Rather, he will think, “what gives me the right to assume that my time is more valuable than his?  

Question: Is the time of a CEO worth multiple times that of an ordinary worker? ie should we have $6 million dollar men?

The benefits of humility

It is an important prerequisite for finding the truth. Because humble people don’t assume that they possess the full truth, they consider opposing viewpoints.

Humility also leads us to become more tolerant and accepting. … tolerance along with modesty, are the defining characteristics of humility. Thus, precisely because Hillel and his disciples were not certain that they were entirely in the right, they tolerated opposing views, realizing that, though these views might be wrong in their conclusions, they might still learn something from them. Therefore, a humble person bears no ill will toward those who disagree with him. Such an individual is aware that people have the right to understand the world differently, and that their perceptions might have something to teach him.

Humility brings about a greater sense of inner peace. Because humble people do not see themselves as superior to others, or more deserving , they are less apt to suffer from a sense of entitlement. Instead they feel grateful for all that they do have, and this diminishes envy (a major cause of anxiety and dissatisfaction) ; after all, envy arises only when we lack what others have and to which we feel entitled as well.

Question: Do you agree?

Cultivating Humility

Learn from every person. The Talmud teaches, Who is wise? One who learns from every person. In this statement, wisdom and humility are united. This passage orients us to think in terms of what we can learn from everyone (itself a humbling thought), not just what others can learn from us.

Note: Example - While walking in the park this past week, Charles Greene and I stopped to talk to a man who was walking his dog. We had and still have a lot to learn from this ordinary dog-walker. He told us stories about health from when he was a Russian doctor in the Gulag.

It all starts with a simple, “Good morning.”

A person with a healthy ego will have no difficulty accepting counsel from anyone.

For each person we know, we should identify an area in which he is our superior. Once we had identified the other person’s superior trait, let this become our immediate association when that individual’s name is mentioned. When speaking about someone we both know, we often discuss the person’s faults at length, while either ignoring their strengths or mentioning them only briefly and in passing.

Always cite your sources. Not only is this the fair thing to do - taking credit for someone else’s insights is a form of stealing - but it also serves as a reminder to each of us that our wisdom is built upon that of others.

Question: Does this especially apply to researchers and others who come up with “unique” ideas?

“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.”

Note by JU - I have included the first two paragraphs from last week in order for this week’s section to make sense and be in context.


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.

Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today. Realization  is dawning. Instead of playing the tyrant, therefore, you are paying attention. You are telling the truth, instead of manipulating the world. You are negotiating, instead of playing the martyr or the tyrant. You no longer have to be envious, because you no longer know that someone else truly has it better. You no longer have to be frustrated, because you have learned to aim low, and to be patient. You are discovering who you are, and what you want, and what you are willing to do. You are finding that the solutions to your particular problems have to be tailored to you, personally and precisely. You are less concerned with the actions of other people, because you have plenty to do yourself. Attend to the day, but aim at the highest good. Even a man on a sinking ship can be happy when he climbs aboard a lifeboat.

Peterson is big on “the true individual.”

Identity politics and group think don’t work - they only divide us.

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.

“And sitting in the meeting places of the unlearned shorten a man’s life’

“To constantly rub shoulders with a group is to be influenced by it.”

“In the United States, lower levels of education are correlated with unhealthy lifestyles, such as higher rates of smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, and poor nutrition - all of which lead to a shorter life.”

Perek 3 Mishna 10



Participants will be notified by

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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

Rafi Remez

Shabbat Handout:

Judy Hazan


Charles Greene

Office Manager:

Sarah Senior


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