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Shabbat Bulletin - June 9, 2018

“If Day”

This is the sermon Rabbi Eli delivered at the Schule last Shabbat. By popular request, he committed it to paper as best as he could remember, to be reprinted today for those who missed it.

76 years, 3 months, and 14 days ago, on Feb 19, 1942, Wehrmacht troops entered Winnipeg, Manitoba. 

Main Street was officially renamed into Himmlerstrasse, members of city council were forced to broadcast to the citizens to stay calm and obey the commands of their conquerors.  German soldiers installed curfew, commandeered supplies, issued edicts. The school principal was detained, and new educators were introduced to the classes to start teaching the students the intricacies of the “Nazi Truth”. Swastika replaced the red Union flag on Lower Garry Hill. The radio went on barking Nazi slogans. The operation – all of it – was an elaborate gambit designed to empower the war effort and sell Victory Bonds. It went down in history as the “If Day”. By 5:30 pm the caricature simulation was over. The “prisoners” were released, the rule of the Mad Fuhrer overturned, but the exercise had already served its melodramatic purpose. The sight of coal-scuttle helmets, the jack boots, the swastika were a major shock. 

The penny dropped: buy Victory Bonds because “it must not happen here”.

A propos, some of the Canadian reservists playing German soldiers recalled later how a few upstanding citizens here and there would approach them on the streets and offer to show where Jews lived and gathered.

In our portion, Beha’alotcha, Moses falls to pieces. (It’s not the first time he does that of course, nor will it be the last – but here, at least he has a good reason to.) After all that happened – the miracles, the Exodus, parting of the sea, food from Heaven, water from the rock, the revelation at Sinai and covenant that went with it – the people, yet again, are complaining about the food. And this time, they do not complain because they are cold, or scared, or hungry - but merely because they are bored. 

“If only we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt for free… Oh, and those delicious melons, those juicy leeks, the ripe cucumbers… And now, our appetite is gone. Wherever we look, it’s only this distasteful, flavourless manna.”

Any leader might despair at that. And Moses, of course, is not just any leader. Moses is the most explicit Yiddische Mama that ever was. He says to the Almighty, “What have I done to You? Why do You punish me so? Why do I have to bear the burden of these people? Did I conceive them? Did I give birth to them, or otherwise somehow choose responsibility for their shenanigans? If this is how you are going to treat me, go ahead and kill me. Just be done with it and get me out of my misery.”

The Almighty is a remarkable leader. Instead of giving Moses a pep talk or trying to console him, God gives him something to do: “Gather for me seventy of the Elders of Israel. I will take some of the spirit that is on you and spill over into them. They shall bear the burden of the people along with you so you don’t have to bear it all by yourself.”

Last week, we at the Lodzer had our version of an If-Day. With two major and obvious differences:

(a) as we live in very peaceful and happy times our dread scenario also presented itself in a very mild form; and

(b) unlike the well-planned Winnipeg event, ours was totally inadvertent. Not only did we not publicize it in advance - we were every bit as unprepared for it as were our readers. Last Tuesday night, many recipients of our bulletin were unpleasantly surprised to receive a version featuring a centerpiece article spewing prejudice and bigotry, thinly veiled with vague conservative and patriotic rhetoric.

Yeah... Wednesday morning should have been the moment where we say: “Ha-ha! Gotcha!”

Except we can’t. Not in good conscience. The joke was on us this time. The truth is, our editors and webmasters, all of them wonderful and dedicated, all of them volunteers, are spread very thin. They use every crumb of their available time, every little bit of skill and experience, to make our communications meaningful and potent. That valuable time and prowess is precious, and it is scarce. It is practically inevitable that under existing conditions, materials and opinions sent to them will occasionally slip through the net (I’m glad nobody managed to send us even worse things unnoticed... yet. But – who can tell what could happen next time?)

Now, this is the point of our talk today. I don’t care if you slept through it up to this point but now please wake up.

It must not happen here. Not on our watch

Your Shul is not consoling you. We are not offering you a pep talk. We are calling you to arms. Support your Bulletin! It is our fault as leaders for failing to properly call for your help before. We are asking now. Pass the word.

Donate of your time and skill to help our editorial team. Invest your funds in the special bulletin budget we just created to make our bulletin both livelier and better maintained. Be generous. Don’t procrastinate – call the office and leave a message tomorrow. Someone will return your call the day after.

And if you are still hesitant, come to me. I will show you where Jews gather.

Rabbi Eli

Your Life Moments


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

June 14 Sally Berger

June 14  Sara Birensztok

June 14  Milton Stahl


June 1  David & Barbara Peters

June 7  Michael & Debbie Spigelman

June 11 Matthew & Daphna Grossman

June 11 Rick & Eda Kardonne


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

June 12  Charles Goldlust, brother of Cantor Morris Goldlust  

June 14  Nechemiah Golub, brother of Eda Kardonne

June 14  Gil Kardonne, son of Rick & Eda

June 15  Moshe Birenszok, husband of Sara

Rosh Chodesh service

with Cantor David Young and the Choir.

Remember - Don’t Forget - Take Action

Synagogue General Fund

Jack & Carole Abrahams

Bluma Nemirov

Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund

Sam Herzog

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

take action as not to forget.


EDITORIAL by Judy Hazan with thanks to Dora Usher

“Over 3,000 Yazidi women and girls remain enslaved throughout the Middle East.”

President Benjamin Netanyahu

According to Rachel Avraham, senior media research analyst at the Center for Near East Policy Research and a correspondent at the Israel Resource News Agency in an article in the Jerusalem Post (May 30, 2018), the Yazidis have experienced 74 genocides throughout their history, including the recent one implemented by Islamic State (ISIS), and despite the great gains made by the international coalition against ISIS, the Yazidis are still in a horrible situation.

Rudaw Media Network explains that two thirds of the Yazidi population remain in refugee camps, unable to return home. In addition, according to local sources, 90% of the Yazidis remain unemployed due to the after-effects of the ISIS genocide. Local sources claim that 17,000 Yazidis were murdered and 7,450 kidnapped and enslaved, with the women and girls being repetitively raped and the young boys indoctrinated into turning against their own people so they can be used as cannon fodder.

Read the full Jerusalem Post article here: Netanyahu-please-help-the-Yazi di-people-558794

Some background. In August 2014, ISIS launched a mission to “purify” Iraq and bordering areas. The attack focused on Yazidis, who Islamic State militants label as enemies because of their non-Islamic religious views.

Their religious beliefs borrow from one of the oldest religions, Zoroastrianism, as well as Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Yazidis understand one god created the world, placing it in the care of seven holy beings or angels. The reverence for fallen angel Malek Tawwus and belief in reincarnation, rather than heaven or hell, has led to many outsiders labeling Yazidis “devil worshipers.”

As Jews we have an obligation to act against terror at every opportunity. In Ellie Weisel’s words, our silence only helps the oppressor, never the oppressed.

What can YOU do?

Donations are very welcome to Mozuud (umbrella organization for Project Abraham)

Go to:

Write personal letters to Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Jerusalem Post.


Volunteers are very much needed to help the local Yazidi community.

Contact: or Debbie Rose



Participants will be notified by

e-mail of scheduling changes.



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

Stay awhile and chat.

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June 5,




(June) War

The War in June (2017)
Al-Jazeera Documentary


Israeli military commanders

geniuses without precedent

The unification of Jerusalem

Israeli control over the Old City

The June 1967 Arab-Israeli war lasted only six days but its consequences are still felt across the Middle East today. On June 5th, 1967, just three weeks after it marked the 19th anniversary of its founding, the state of Israel went to war with the armies of neighbouring Egypt, Syria and Jordan. What would come to be known to Israelis as the Six-Day War and to Arabs as the June War, saw the defeat of three of the mightiest armies in the region, in a total victory for Israel.


June 9

26 Sivan


Candle Lighting:

8:39 PM Friday



9:12 AM

Frank Steiman


9:30 AM

Cantor David Young

Rabbi Eli

Ba'al Koreh:

Harvey Bitterman

Shabbat ends:

9:53 PM Saturday

Torah Portion

Parashat: Shelach Lecha

Numbers 13 - 15

While in the desert, the Jewish people wanted to send spies into the Land of Israel to make sure that the land was safe to enter. The spies came back with a very negative report on the land's condition and the spies boldly said:

"...we were like grasshoppers in our eyes, and so we were like in their eyes!" (Numbers 13:33)


People will always perceive you exactly how you perceive yourself. aish

Rosh Chodesh Service

Cantor Young & the Choir


June 10

Shul Kiddush


1 - 3 pm

Meeting in support of

the Yezidi

All Welcome

No Charge

June10 July8 August5 Sep9 Oct7 Nov4 Dec2


Our picnic committee is working hard to create an amazing event for June 24th!  A call for a few adults (Kids Activity Ambassadors) to help out with facilitating children's activities at the picnic is being made. These volunteers would lead/supervise activities such as rope skipping, soccer, hula hoops and also assist our clown and fact painter if the need arises.   If you would like to help out in this way, please contact Nick Pandit

For those who are new, our monthly meetings are wonderful opportunities to network with other volunteers and get the latest news on our Yezidi community in Richmond Hill and what's happening in Iraq, an understanding of the larger project and new developments that are taking place.  Some of our best ideas and activities have come out of our Project Abraham meetings.

Hope to see you there!


Executive Director

Project Abraham/Mozuud




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 12

7:30 PM



at the


Free Admission

Ann Samson

The Jews of India

A Historical and Sociological Overview

Part 2 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 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.


June 16

3 Tamuz

Learning to

read the Chumash

is a Jewish life-skill.

The Three


Fast of Shiva


June 30

17 Tamuz



July 21

9 Av

Erev Tisha B'Av

Summer Sadness

Pain doesn’t wait for the “right” time of year.

“The purpose of a fast is both to pray for salvation, but also to get rid of distraction and privilege and think about what we can do better in the world,”

Fasting in the Bible is like a hunger strike. “It’s a way of a human being saying to God, ‘Please change this, or I refuse to eat. It’s a way of getting at injustice in the world.”

Fasting as a petition instead of penitence.

In the Roman siege of Jerusalem, which this fast remembers, the Jews were barricaded in the city, cut off from food and water, dying slowly, inevitably, in full view of their captors. They knew they couldn’t possibly survive, but they tried anyway. Each day alive was a victory.

Despite that our tradition dwells on suffering, Judaism is an uplifting, celebratory religion.

“The goal of Jewish life is celebrating and emphasizing life. But mourning and death are part of life, and three weeks out of the year — between this fast and the fast of Tisha B’av — are geared toward experiencing collective national loss and entering that emotional religious space.”  inContext

Fast of Shiva Asar BTammuz_w250.jpg

The 17th day of Tammuz is a day of mourning for Jewish people. It marks the anniversary of five calamities.


On this day in the year 1313 BCE, Moses broke the tablets of stone that were inscribed with the Ten Commandments and the idol of “the Golden Calf” was erected.

On this date in the year 423 BCE, the daily sacrificial offerings were discontinued in the run up to the destruction of the first temple.

In the year 69 BCE Jerusalem’s walls were breached, which resulted in the destruction of the second temple.

Finally, the Roman military leader Apostomus burned a Torah scroll, possibly around 50 CE. This may have contributed to the Bar Kokhba revolt, the last war between the Romans and the Jews between 132 and 135 CE.


The 17th of Tammuz marks the start of the “Three Weeks” (Bein HaMetzarim), which is a period of mourning marking the destruction of both the First Temple and the Second Temple in Jerusalem.

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

Ba'al Koreh:

Harvey Bitterman


Arnie Yudell

Rafi Remez

Shabbat Handout:

Judy Hazan


Charles Greene

Office Manager:

Sarah Senior


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Lodzer Shabbat-Bulletin,
5 Jun 2018, 20:05