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Mazel Tov to Lindsay Rosen

on her recent graduation

from the Master of Education Program

at York University.

Shabbat Bulletin - June 30, 2018

Where in the world is Rabbi Eli

Ghetto hopping in

Veneto, Italy

What’s old is new again!

The first Jewish Ghetto ever was born here, in Venice. Not "first" as a phenomenon of a Jewish neighbourhood, of course; you could find "Giudecca" in most any reasonably sized town of Medieval Italy, just as in most of Southern and Western Europe. But the Venetian Ghetto was the first one to be called that.

In the middle ages, the legality of the Jews' settling in Venice was an on-and-off kind of affair. Gradually, the numbers and influence of the Jewish community grew considerably. In spite of that, in 1516 the republic formally enacted a decree to isolate the Jews of Venice (alongside a bunch of other friendly decrees and regulations, including special taxes, always wearing a sign of identification, and having to manage the city's pawnshops at obscenely low rates).

The Jews were moved to a small, dirty island formerly used by metalworkers as a site of foundries (geti, or "ghetto"). The first Jews to comply with the new order were of Italian and German origins. The area of their settlement was the one most recently used as a foundry, thus known as the "New Foundry" (Ghetto Nuovo).

The Jews of Sephardic origin, who had recently relocated here escaping The Inquisition, settled in the older foundry area (Ghetto Vecchio, respectively). More than a hundred years later, yet another area was added to the growing Jewish Quarter. It became known as the Newest Ghetto (Novissimo). Thus, of the three Jewish neighbourhoods of the old Venice, the new Ghetto is older than the old Ghetto. It actually does sound very Jewish, doesn't it?

In total, there were 5 synagogues in Venice, and they are still around for all to see; two Ashkenazi, one Italian, and two Sephardi.

The Jews remained tethered to the Ghetto through the end of the 18th c. when they received full emancipation from Napoleon.

The Holocaust saw at least 25% of the 2,000 Venetian Jews murdered by the Nazis, while most of the rest managed to escape either to Switzerland or the southern territories held by the Allies.

Today, the Jewish community in Venice is small but thriving. Of the hundreds of Jews here no more than a dozen live in the former ghetto area (which of course has become a rather lucrative place to live in). The community is mostly Orthodox, boasting a Jewish museum, kosher restaurant and grocery shop, a mikveh, a senior home, and a Jewish bookstore. The two active synagogues are used for half a year each (both built by the Sephardic Jews; one for the Iberian refugees, the other - for the Levantine émigrés), switching at the High Holy Days and Pesach.

The other three synagogues come under the auspices of the Jewish museum. Should you come to Venice, the Jewish sites alone should keep you busy for at least a few days,

Of course, you should not forget to do all the usual stuff - the Rialto Bridge, San Marco Square, the Doge's Palace, the Grand Canal Tour, and the Gondola cruises for the romantics among us.

Shabbat Shalom,


Your Life Moments


June 24  Roman Perelshtein

June 26  Lily Silver Markowitz

June 27 Henry Epstein

June 29  Meir Schwartz

July 1  Barbara Peters
July 3  Sharon Chodirker


June 28  Richard & Reisa Grunberg

June 30 Joseph Rosenberg & Hedy Steinberg

July 3    Chaim Bell & Sharon Chodirker


June 23 Morris Bitterman, father of Perry and Harvey

June 23  Irving Gula, brother of Esther Steiman

June 29  Goldine Landis, mother of Lorraine Landis

July 1  Israel Koplowitz, father of Shirley Smoskowitz

July 2  Sara Koplowitz, mother of Shirley Smoskowitz

July 4  Elka Richmond, mother of Sheldon

July 4  Esther Storm, mother of Harvey

July 6  Vittel Fichtenbaum, grandmother of Pearl Rosen

Remember - Don’t Forget - Take Action

Synagogue General Fund

Simon Jackson

Prayer Book Fund

Nancy & Barry Corey

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

take action as not to forget.



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

Classes resume

October 3rd


Our last class before summer break will be Wednesday June 27th.

Parsha of The Week

with Judy Hazan

Join this lively group every Wednesday night at 7:30 PM.

Parsha of the Week PLUS Haftorah.

Tanach without the tedium!

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

Summer Break


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

Summer Break

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:

Stay tuned… for upcoming books and dates.


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.

1.4 2.1 2.8




June 26

7:30 PM



at the


Free Admission

Checkout all

4 talks

on YouTube.


Ann Samson

YouTube part: 1, 2, 3, 4

The Jews of India

Immigration, Transition &

Indo-Israel Relations

Part 4 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 30

17 Tamuz


Candle Lighting:

8:45 PM Friday



9:12 AM

Frank Steiman


9:30 AM

Cantor David Young

Rabbi Eli

Ba'al Koreh:

Harvey Bitterman

Shabbat ends:

9:58 PM Saturday

This week’s Kiddush

is sponsored by

Harvey Storm

for the yahrzeit

of his mother

Esther Storm

Torah Portion

Parashat: Balak

Numbers 22:2 - 25:9

In this week's Torah portion, a king named Balak wanted to curse the Jewish people. He sought out a prophet named Balaam to carry out this wish and sent his officers to summon him. Balaam asked God if he could go, but God immediately told him, not to go and curse the Jewish people, because they were a people who were "blessed." But when Balaam relayed this answer to the king's officers, Balaam left that part out and only said:

"...God refuses to let me go with you." (Numbers, 22:13)


Admit your weaknesses.

Honesty demonstrates strength and self-confidence. aish

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

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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.

July 4,



Raid on



On June 27, 1976, four terrorists belonging to a splinter group of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine boarded and hijacked an Air France Airbus A300 at Athens. With President Idi Amin's blessing, the terrorists divert the airliner and its hostages to Entebbe Airport in Uganda. After identifying Israeli passengers, the non-Jewish passengers are freed while a series of demands are made, including the release of 40 Palestinian militants held in Israel, in exchange for the hostages.

The Cabinet of Israel, led by Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, unwilling to give into terrorist demands, is faced with difficult decisions as their deliberations lead to a top-secret military raid. The difficult and daring commando operation, "Operation Thunderbolt", will be carried out over 2,500 miles (4 000 km) from home and will take place on the Jewish Sabbath.

While still negotiating with the terrorists, who now numbered seven individuals including Palestinians and two Germans, the Israeli military prepared two Lockheed C-130 Hercules transports for the raid. The transports refuelled in Kenya before landing at Entebbe Airport under the cover of darkness. The commandos had to contend with a large armed Ugandan military detachment and used a ruse to overcome the defenses. A black Mercedes limousine had been carried on board and was used to fool sentries that it was the official car that President Amin used on an impromptu visit to the airport.

Nearly complete surprise was achieved but a firefight resulted, ending with all seven terrorists and 45 Ugandan soldiers killed. The hostages were gathered together and most were quickly put on the idling C-130 aircraft. During the raid, one commando (the breach unit commander Yonatan Netanyahu, brother of future Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu), and three of the hostages, died. A fourth hostage, Dora Bloch, who had been taken to Mulago Hospital in Kampala, was murdered by the Ugandans on Idi Amin's orders.

With 102 hostages aboard and on their way to freedom, a group of Israeli commandos remained behind to destroy the Ugandan Air Force fighters to prevent a retaliation. All the survivors of the attack force then joined in flying back to Israel. <<40 years later>>


July 7

24 Tamuz

When the month of Av enters, one should decrease joy.

Better times are ahead.

Thought, emotion &  action

Abraham was a seeker. His search took him far beyond his one land, and even further from the assumptions that virtually everyone else in the entire world had about life. To Abraham, God was not only in the heavens, but very much here in the earth, with us. Abraham integrated the world of thought with the world of action. While other religious thinkers at the time would be deep in meditation, Abraham was chopping vegetables and serving platters of food to his innumerable guests.

Abraham believed that the world of thought, emotion and action were never meant to be fragmented into three autonomous worlds, out of touch with each other. Life should be seamless. God promised him that his path would not disappear when he dies. He would father a nation, and they would preserve his heritage. aish

Rosh Chodesh Service

Cantor Young & the Choir


July 8

Shul Kiddush


1 - 3 pm

Meeting in support of

the Yezidi

All Welcome

No Charge

July8 August5 Sep9 Oct7 Nov4 Dec2


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.

The Three


Fast of Shiva



July 21

9 Av

Erev Tisha B'Av




Relief of The Spoils

of Jerusalem



August 12

5:30 PM


per person


Come and get your

grill on.


Sizzlin’ Summer



Sept. 2



9 AM


9:15 AM

Pre-Holy Days




Remember the days of yore, learn the lessons of the generations that have come before you.

Sunday Sept. 9

6:55 pm

Erev Rosh Hashana

Monday Sept. 10

8:30 am

1st Day Rosh Hashana

no evening service

Tuesday Sept. 11

8:30 am

2nd Day Rosh Hashana

no evening service


High Holy Days

Are Fast Approaching!

Reserve Your Tickets Now!

Tuesday Sept. 18

6:45 pm

Kol Nidre

Wed. Sept. 19

9:00 am

Yom Kippur

10:40 am


4:45 - 5:30 pm

Conversation with Rabbi Eli

8:09 pm

Yom Kippur Ends


Ticket Pricing for 2018

Members pay

$136 Adults / $80 students

Children 5 to 13 $36 (under 5 free)


$160 Adults / $80 students

Children 5 to 13 $36 (under 5 free)

*2.5% charge for credit cards

We will not have a children’s program this year but babysitting will be available.

Sunday Sept. 23

Erev Sukkot

no evening service

Monday Sept. 24


Tuesday Sept. 25

9:00 am



Sunday Sept. 30

9:00 am

Hoshana Rabbah

no evening service

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Monday Oct. 1

9:00 am

Shemini Atzaret

10:10 am


6:45 pm

Erev Simchat Torah


Monday Oct. 1

6:45 pm

Erev Simchat Torah

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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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