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LODZER AGM on Sunday, June 3, 2018, 9:45 a.m.

Coffee and Cake will be served.


1953 - 2018

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


Reminder to self…

For the Lodzer’s next 70th anniversary Gala, five years from now,


Shabbat Bulletin - June 2, 2018

Tenets of a viable 21st century democracy

Everyone has morals. How closely are yours aligned with the party you’re voting for?

1. The fundamental assumptions of Western civilization are valid.

  • Western societies are shining lights of civilization in the world.  We’re doing something right -- we value the individual. The law has to respect you. Which is very different from collectivism -- getting treated as a group. If it’s not broke, don’t try to fix it.

2. Peaceful social being is preferable to isolation and to war. In consequence, it justly and rightly demands some sacrifice of individual impulse and idiosyncrasy.

  • Let’s try to get along for the common good. We have to cooperate to get along with other people and that’s a sacrifice. Socialization costs. Leave crazy at the front door -- you have to become normal and predictable. Rules aren’t there to oppress, they’re there to keep us away from each others throats, because human beings are very competitive, aggressive and warlike. Mess with those rules and you risk turmoil and war.

3. Hierarchies of competence are desirable and should be promoted.

  • Hire the best “they” for the job. Equality of opportunity VS Equity/equality of outcome. Ergo, smart people should occupy more positions of complexity.

  • We need the best lecturers. There has to be a hierarchy of quality not only so we know who the best are and can reward them properly but so that we can reward them so they keep being the best.

  • The best predictors of competence are intelligence and conscientiousness  -- smart people who work harder get ahead in the hierarchy of competence. Panderers of equality believe you move up the hierarchy of competence by the use of power.

4. Borders are reasonable. Likewise, limits on immigration are reasonable. Furthermore, it should not be assumed that citizens of societies that have not evolved functional individual-rights predicated polities will hold values in keeping with such polities.

  • Without boarders, (the law; walls, property lines,) everything mashes into the same untenable state of undifferentiated chaos -- property ownership and privacy become meaningless -- you can’t live in that.

  • Political dialog is necessary to determine where those borders and limits on immigration are. Why not open the borders and let everybody in? A complex system can not tolerate extensive transformation over too short a time. Moreover, it should not be assumed that citizens of societies that have not evolved functional individual rights predicated qualities will hold values in keeping with those qualities.

5. People should be paid so that they are able and willing to perform socially useful and desirable duties. 1:09

  • You can’t attribute privilege to a class of people. You can’t attribute power to people who happen to occupy a position of competence and authority. Maybe they just worked harder to get where they are. Positions are not there as a form of reward -- they’re there as a consequence of the person offering something valuable to those who want to pay for it. It has nothing to do with equity.

  • The fact that half of our corporate board members are not women is not indicative of the fact that we live in a unconsciously biased, misogynistic, patriarchal society -- it doesn’t mean that we need equity demands… to ensure that there is  proportional representation of every gender, every sex, every race, every ethnicity, at every level of every organization.

6. Citizens have the inalienable right to benefit from the result of their own honest labor. 1:12

  • Progress stifles when you take away the incentive to work hard. There’s lots of people out there who have the money they have because they would really like to do interesting and creative things with it.   Maybe we can leave the jealousy of the successful behind for a while and notice now and then that some of the people who got to where they are actually deserve to get to where they are and we should be thankful that they exist. That would be nice -- a little gratitude.

7. It is more noble to teach young people about responsibilities than about rights. 1:15

  • Rights don’t give you much direction in how to attain them.

  • Grow up. Stand on your own two feet and make something of yourself. Do something useful. Forget about your rights for awhile, and think about what you should be doing to benefit your family and society -- and you’ll find some purpose in your life because of that.

8. It is better to do what everyone has always done, unless you have some extraordinarily valid reason to do otherwise.

9. Radical change should be viewed with suspicion, particularly in a time of radical change. 1:16

10. The government, local and distal, should leave people to their own devices as much as possible.

  • Compelled speech will soon be law in Canada. Do we really need to be told to use gender neutral pronouns? People can chose to use them without having them legislated down our throats. Political correctness divides us and plays into a utopian agenda.

  • Heading down the rabbit hole: the human rights commission;  social justice tribunals; mandatory unconscious bias retraining/diversity training; gender is a matter of personal whim;

11. Intact heterosexual two-parent families constitute the necessary bedrock for a stable polity.

12. We should judge our political system in comparison to other actual political systems and not to hypothetical utopias.

  • Canada is no longer what it used to be. Humanities at the Universities have become a breeding ground for radical leftists activists -- Social Justice Warriors.

Get out and vote for the morals you value.

Credit: 12 principles for a 21st century conservatism

Your Life Moments


May 26  Allen Sidenberg
May 30  Sylvia White
May 31  Harvey Storm
June 1  Isaak Dagan

June 5  David Bottner

June 5  Matthew Grossman

June 5  Syd Markowitz

June 5  Alan Shievitz

June 6  Sarah Moshe

June 7  Roslyn Greene

June 7  Mark Johnson

June 8  Edward Farkas


May 27  Lodzer Centre Congregation

May 29  Rafael & Tammy Remez

June 1  David & Barbara Peters

June 7  Michael & Debbie Spigelman


May 27  Avram Drewnowsky, father of Elliott
May 28  Henry Gardner, father of Gerri goldberg

June 2  Bernard Steinberg father of Hedy Steinberg

June 2  Abraham Usher, father of Jonathan

June 3  Anna White, mother of Frank

June 5  Miriam Herzog, mother of Sam

June 6  George Pelle, father of Katalin Hascal

June 7  Henry White, father of Frank

June 8  Gabriel Broder, husband of Phyllis, father of Tamara, Eytan, Davida & Kinneret

June 8  Joseph Klein, father of Harley

It is with deep sadness the Lodzer Morning Minyanaires announce

the sudden passing of Isaac Ricer on Friday, May 25, 2018.

Isaac was a well liked and respected regular attendee

at the Lodzer morning minyan.

There's a grief that can't be spoken

There's a pain goes on and on

Empty chairs at empty tables

Now one more friend is dead and gone


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

Remember - Don’t Forget - Take Action

Synagogue General Fund

Debbie Spigelman

Torah Restoration Fund

Rachel Weisman

65th Gala

Dr. Chaim Bell & Sharon Chodirker

Siddur Dedication

In memory of our beloved

morning Minyanaire


his smile and friendly

warmth will be sadly missed

but his legacy will endure

by Isi Davis, Arthur Zins

& Jonathan Usher

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

take action as not to forget.

What’s a Jew to do in Peru?


Has anyone been to Peru?  Any tips to pass along? Sheldon is planning a trip.

While you are at it -  Marilyn is planning for Newfoundland, any tips?

Thanks. All responses appreciated:


If Iquitos is a city hidden in the jungle, it's Jews are a community hidden deeper therein.

The Cementerio de Iquitos is big and beautiful, with 15-foot-tall rows of graves cast in cement, variously painted bright pink and baby blue and divided by smooth marble graves built with personal benches and decorated with flowers.

We decided to start with the synagogue. I’d looked up the address online – Próspero 241, near the central Plaza de Armas in the city’s dirty colonial downtown, where every building features old Maltese balconies, arched doors and wooden shutters – but we missed it walking up and down main street. Instead, having gone too far south, we found a subtle artifact of the city’s Jewish past: above the main doorway of a large one-story supermarket at the corner of Próspero and Morona, beautifully tiled with ornate iron grills over the windows, we noticed the twisty art nouveau words, “Cohen & Co.” The building, we’d later learn, was built by a wealthy Jewish man in 1905 and sold once his family moved in the mid-1910s.  inContext


The History of the Jewish Community of St. John’s

Like the rock on which the Jews of Newfoundland lived, the history is as solid and reluctant to reveal its secrets. Much of the early history of Jewish settlement is open to speculation. It is believed that the first Jewish settler was an English Jew engaged in the fur trade who came to Newfoundland around 1800. inContext

After World War Two, religion in Newfoundland and Labrador became more diverse with greater immigration from areas other than Europe. While Newfoundland and Labrador is still the only province in Canada where the majority of the population is Protestant and the people who profess "no religion" is the smallest in all of Canada, church buildings of minority religious communities such as a Jewish synagogue, a Hindu temple, and an Islamic mosque can now also be seen in St. John's. inContext

1.4 2.1 2.8




June 2

19 Sivan




9:12 AM

Frank Steiman


9:30 AM

Cantor David Young

Rabbi Eli

B’aal Koreh:

Harvey Bitterman

This week’s Kiddush is sponsored by

The Broder Family

for the yahrzeit of

Gabriel Broder

Torah Times

Triennial Year 2

Parashat: Behaalosecha

Numbers 8:1 - 12:16

1: 9:15-18 (pg. 611)

2: 9:19-23

3: 10:1-7

4: 10:8-10

5: 10:11-20

6: 10:21-28

7: 10:29-34

maftir: 10:32-34


Zechariah 2:14 - 4:7 (pg. 620 )

Candle Lighting:

8:34 p.m. – Friday


9:43 p.m. – Saturday


June 3


Lodzer AGM

9:45 AM

Coffee and Cake will be served.

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 9

26 Sivan


Social Justice Warriors, just want a world in which chickens can cross roads without having their intentions questioned.

Political Correctness is tyranny with a happy face.

Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.

Only in death do we all enjoy equality of outcome.

In my utopia:

  • Men and Women are equal in all areas of life.

  • All cultures are equal and not above another.

  • All people have equal access to free healthcare.

  • All people live in unity.

  • All people have the right to choose their own sexuality.

Scary stuff


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 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.

This coming week’s discussion was included last week -- (See below.) so, here are bits we discussed -

(a )We couldn’t quite figure out the significance of a blessing that comes from an ordinary person that you have helped or know.

(b) We couldn’t decide whether we should help  someone find their true potential or just keep politely quiet.

(c) we didn’t know who the Jerusalem saint was, so here are some details of his life.

From wikipedia -

Rabbi Aryeh Levin, (March 22, 1885 - March 28, 1969), known as Reb Aryeh, was an Orthodox rabbi dubbed the "Father of Prisoners" for his visits to members of the Jewish underground imprisoned in the Central Prison of Jerusalem in the Russian Compound during the British Mandate. He was also known as the "Tzadik ("saint") of Jerusalem" for his work on behalf of the poor and the sick.


Reb Aryeh was born near the village of Orla, near Białystok, Russian Empire (now Poland) to Binyamin Beinish and Ethel Levin. He had two older sisters, Miriam and Faige. From his father, Aryeh acquired a love of Torah learning. He was tutored by local teachers until the age of 12, and then left home to attend the great yeshivas of Slonim, Slutsk, Volozhin and Brisk. In 1905, he immigrated to what was then Ottoman Palestine. Soon after he moved to Jerusalem, he married Tzipora Hanna, the daughter of Rabbi David Shapira.

Father of the Prisoners

In 1931, at the request of the British Mandate, Chief Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook appointed Reb Aryeh Levin the official Jewish Prison Chaplain, a position he informally had filled since 1927. He accepted on the condition that he receive no pay. He would walk from his home in Nachlaot to visit the Jewish prisoners held in the Russian Compound on charges of arms possession or smuggling. Most of the prisoners were members of the Palmach, Haganah, Irgun or Lehi. Levin prayed with the prisoners and conveyed messages to their families. Room 29 in the Central Prison in Jerusalem (now the Museum of the Underground Prisoners), was used as a synagogue on Shabbat and holidays. The inmates were captivated by the rabbi's warmth and sincerity, and the honour and respect with which he treated them. Mattityahu Shmuelevitz, whose death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment, wrote in a letter to a friend: “Yet there is one person in particular to whom I remain grateful first and foremost; a dear, precious Jew about whom you told me nothing; but it was he who stormed heaven and earth for me; and more important — it was he who brought me closer to my Maker in those fateful days... He left and we remained in the prison. He couldn’t take us with him out into the free world, but he always brought the outside world in to us.”

"Reb Aryeh's eyes radiated love and comradeship, and he spoke soft and soothing words of encouragement to those imprisoned. Even the most stubborn prisoners succumbed to his simple, untainted love for his fellow man. The most heartbreaking situation he encountered was the predicament of the prisoners that were condemned to death. Rav Aryeh made every effort to appeal the sentences and reduce the punishment. Once he even threw himself in front of the High Commissioner’s moving limousine in order to present his petition to him. Concerning those he could not save, like Dov Groner, Moshe Barzani, and Meir Feinstein, Rav Aryeh said: “None of us has any idea how high is the spiritual rank of these martyrs.” In 1965 (5725), Rabbi Levin was honoured at a ceremony assembled by the veteran underground resistance fighters from the Mandate period. Timed to take place on his eightieth birthday, it was held in the courtyard of the old central prison in the Russian Compound. Reb Aryeh stood up to speak. He stated “the importance of this assembly is that it has brought friends together. Moreover, this good meeting is taking place on the other side of the prison bars...It particularly makes my heart glad to see the families of the prisoners, especially the little children, since I have always loved small children.”Then he added, “I do not know if I shall be privileged to be with you again like this. "All I ask of you is this: Tell your children: There was an old Jew in Jerusalem who loved us so very much!” With that he burst into tears, and among the thousands of people there, not a dry eye was to be found.”[3

Model educator

"In 1925 Rabbi Isser Zalman Meltzer was appointed to lead the Etz Chaim yeshiva and Rabbi Aryeh Levin was made the Mashgiach (Spiritual Advisor.)The yeshiva students loved Reb Aryeh. He never yelled at a child, but rather approached him and spoke to his heart in order for the student to become diligent in his studies. Thus these children, who did not want to cause their beloved Rabbi any heartache, studied with diligence in order for Reb Aryeh to be happy with them.

Reb Aryeh behaved with love and affection to all his students, treating them as adults. One day he was seen going to a certain neighborhood and asking where a particular boy lived. This took people by surprise, but it was later learned that this boy had gone to see Reb Aryeh at noon on the same day to ask him something. Reb Aryeh was busy at the time, and he had asked the boy to wait for him. The boy waited a long time, but Reb Aryeh still did not come to see him, for he had forgotten about him. That night when Reb Aryeh arrived home, he remembered the boy and the fact that he had told him to wait. The boy was certainly disappointed to have not seen him, and Reb Aryeh could find no peace of mind for himself. “Who knows what sorrow the boy may have felt by my failure to see him?” he said. He gave himself no rest until he decided to go see the boy and hear what he had to say."

"An upper echelon administrator in one of the Israeli school systems streams, recounted his experience as a dormitory child in one of Jerusalem’s institutions many decades ago. The food served in the institution was fairly meagre and the young boy was always hungry. One day the institution served chocolate pudding and the boy took his portion and wolfed it down and then got back in line and asked for another portion. The server refused his request with a nasty remark. Frustrated and angered the boy then turned over the entire chocolate pudding pot and spilled its contents on the ground.

The boy was beaten for the act and publicly reprimanded and humiliated by school officials. He was told that his eventual fate as to whether he would be expelled from the institution would be decided on the morrow by Reb Aryeh, the spiritual mentor of the institution.

The child spent a sleepless night weeping over his fate. Next morning he met Rabbi Aryeh who asked him to sit next to him. He asked him “Did you spill over the pot as they said that you did?” The child admitted his guilt. “Will you do such a thing again in the future?” Reb Aryeh asked. “No, never again,” said the child. Reb Aryeh asked him then, "Do you really like chocolate pudding?” “Yes,” he answered. Reb Aryeh said, “I too love chocolate pudding so I have here two containers of chocolate pudding so let us sit down here together and eat chocolate pudding.” At that moment, the educator said, I realized what it means to be a Torah Jew."

He died six days after his 84th birthday.

Humility Part 2

If one pursues honour, honour flees from him.

But if you are a good person, is it healthy or right to regard yourself as bad even temporarily? Yes, but only at those times when you begin to think too highly of yourself, such as when you are being praised. During such times, view yourself, if  not as bad, then as capable of serious wrongdoing.

Before giving a speech, a prominent Chasidic rebbe would seclude himself in a room and heap praises upon himself such as, “You are the greatest scholar of our age … our most inspiring leader … our wisest thinker”, so that he wouldn’t take such words seriously when they were said by others. When he was once overheard, the rabbi explained, “The words sound ridiculous when I say them to myself, and I want to accustom myself to their sounding ridiculous when said by others.

We should correct flattery that is untrue; the Talmud forbids a person from accepting praise that is untrue, for reasons of both truthfulness and humility. In other words we should accustom ourselves to refusing honour that is exaggerated or undeserved.

men in positions of influence in general, regardless of their level, stumble and are corrupted by the flattery heir subordinates.

Try to ignore personal slights.

Abraham Lincoln, America’s greatest, and most bitterly attacked, president, said: If I were to try and read much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. As Lincoln put it, “I do the very best I know how, the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me won’t amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong,  ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.”

When offering personal prayers to G-d , we should make our appeal dependent on the merit of others, not our own. - we should make our request, at least sometimes, in the name of a parent, grandparent, or someone else who loves us, and who was a very good person.

Even if your children are highly accomplished, do not allow them to be overly praised.

The danger of excessive and inappropriate humility

We should avoid exaggerated humility, among other things, it can damage our good name. Rabbi Chaim Soloveitchik generally disliked issuing rulings on questions of Jewish law, particularly ritual issues, His grandson Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, explained that because Reb Chaim was familiar with so many different Jewish texts and had an immensely penetrating mind, he could always find ways to justify different approaches to the same problem.

Never allow “humility” to serve as an excuse to avoid or evade making important decisions.  We should also never let humility either blind us to matters of right and wrong or, worse, become a cover for cowardice, and stop us, for example from reprimanding or criticizing an evil person or ideology.

Avoiding Arrogance  

  1. If you tend to compare yourself with those of lesser abilities or achievements , remind yourself of your weaknesses.

  2. Similarly if you feel entitled to praise and honour for your accomplishments, think of the things you have done of which you would be ashamed were they to become publicly known. Such an exercise, if done honestly, can be quite painful, but also can serve as an important corrective.

  3. When we feel superior to another because of a bad trait he has and can’t seem to overcome, we should think of some bad trait of our own that we have difficulty overcoming.

  4. Reflect on how much of our wisdom depends on others.

  5. If somebody else had our abilities (for example, a high IQ). she might be as wise as we are, or perhaps wiser. Thus feeling superior to others because of an innate ability such as intelligence makes no sense.

  6. Remember that good looks and beauty are ephemeral. Just as snow begins pure white but soon turns into slush, so we too, despite our great beauty, will become a small heap of worm-eaten matter.

  7. Remember the Persian proverb, “After the game, the pawn and the king go into the same box.”

  8. Don’t become arrogant because of wealth, even if people cater to you or flatter you, and show you great honour.

  9. No matter how accomplished you are, realize the extent to which you depend on others of lower status and earning capabilities for your survival. After an accident, a highly educated and powerful person’s life may be saved by paramedics who are less skilled and paid less than the people they are saving and to whom the injured person would not normally even talk to.

  10. We should recall the warning of the Mesillat Yesharim: How many different kinds of sickness, G-d forbid, is a person prone to, which could make it necessary for him to beg others for help and, for a little relief.

A final thought

Our propensity to be arrogant, even though we have many areas of weakness is reflected in a remarkable teaching but eh 19th century Chasidic tzaddik Rabbi Rafael of Barshad. When I go to the heavenly court, they’ll ask me. Why didn’t you learn more Torah? And I‘ll tell them that I’m slow witted. Then they’ll ask me , Why didn’t you do more for others? And I’ll tell them that I’m physically weak. Then they’ll ask me , Why didn’t you give more to charity? And I’ll tell them that I didn’t have enough money . but then they’ll ask me. If you were so stupid, weak, and poor, why were you so arrogant? And for that, I won’t have an answer.

“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 - Peterson is beginning to detail his theory that

religious morals come from thousands of years of practical experience.

We learned that behaving properly now, in the present - regulating our impulses, considering the plight of others - could bring rewards in the future, in a time and place that did not yet exist. The art of making a ritual sacrifice to God was an early and sophisticated enactment of the idea of the usefulness of delay.

Our ancestors acted out a drama, a fiction: they personified the force that governs fate as a spirit that can be bargained with, traded with, as if it were another human being. And the amazing thing is that it worked. This was in part because the future is largely composed of other human beings - often precisely those who have watched and evaluated and appraised the tiniest detail of our past behaviour. Here’s a productive symbolic idea: the future is a judgemental father.

The realization that pleasure could be usefully forestalled dawned on us with great difficulty. It runs absolutely contrary to our ancient, fundamental animal instincts, which demand immediate satisfaction (particularly under conditions of deprivation, which are both inevitable and commonplace). And, to complicate the matter, such delay only becomes useful when civilization has stabilized itself enough to guarantee the existence of the delayed reward in the future. If everything you have will be destroyed or, worse, stolen, there is no point in saving. it is for this reason that a wolf will down twenty pounds of raw meat in a single meal.

To share does not mean toggle away something you value, and get nothing back. That is instead only what every child who refuse to share fear it means. To share means, properly, to initiate the process of trade.  

It is better to have something than nothing.It’s better yet to share generously the something you have. It’s even better than that, however, to become widely known for generous sharing. That’s something that lasts, thats something that’s reliable . And at this point of abstraction, we can observe how the groundwork for the conceptions reliable, honest and generous have been laid. The basis for an articulated morality has been put in place. The productive, truthful sharer is the prototype for the  good citizen and the good man. We can see in this manner how from the simple notion that ‘leftovers are a good idea” the highest moral principles might emerge.

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. Yishmael says: … welcome everybody cheerfully

This is a form of respecting and honouring each other.

The spirit of cheer also reflects an attitude of optimism and hope towards life.

Encountering another person brings anticipation that something good will happen.

My optimism and cheerfulness raise the spirits of another person or a group. Thus, I am giving a gift to others with my good mood.

Perek 3 Mishna 12



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7:30-8:30 pm

Shul Kiddush


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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

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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.

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June 14, The Break by Vermette.

This is the last meeting before summer break.


Karate lessons

For Seniors

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with open hands

and Kick back!

10 AM

Dojo Lodzer

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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


Who we are - Contact Info


Bar and Bat Mitzvahs

High Holy Days 2017

Rabbi’s Corner

Shabbat Bulletin

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Lodzer Office

Sarah: 416-636-6665

Office Hours

Monday through Thursday

9am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm


9am to 1pm