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Shabbat Bulletin - July 7, 2018

Where in the world is Rabbi Eli

Scottish Highlands,

near Inverness

Kosher travel may sound like a very narrow field, yet our ventures do tend to be quite eclectic, from gastronomic tours in Europe to kosher diving in Honduras, from exploring the old ghettos to interfaith study trips. This particular project is one of the most wonderfully refreshing.

A family from southern England but with Scottish roots wanted their first-born to have a Bar-Mitzvah in the Highlands. From the more or less traditional tour operator we happily turned, on this occasion, into jacks-of-all-trades; caterers, event planners, entertainment experts, we even provided the Rabbi for the service (how fortunate we had one handy!).

With guests from all over the globe, the festivities went on for almost 4 days. The actual Bar-Mitzvah service and the dinner that followed was a kilt dress event; great fun to watch and participate, a whole lot of effort to prepare.

Today, I will tell you about the Jewish tartan.
Yep. It's a thing. A very recent development, but still.

Normally, if you don't have a clan and therefore a tartan to claim your own, the strict rules leave two pattern options open to you: Hunting Stewart or Black Watch. Indeed, Bonnie Prince Charlie, the schlimazel pretender to the Scottish throne, disclosed intention to allow the Jews to wear his red royal colours (probably seeing as the Jews were the crown property in Scotland anyway) but as he never got beyond the battle of Culloden and had to run away to the Isle of Skye disguised in a woman's dress, the grand plan went no further than that.

And now, after over 300 years of leading this tartan-less life in Scotland, the Jews here finally got their own colours thanks to an entrepreneurial Rabbi. Rabbi Mendel Jacobs (Glaswegian Chabad, born and raised in Scotland) managed to register 10 years ago the new pattern with the official Scottish Register of Tartans.

Besides blue and white for the obvious reasons (even more obvious once you consider the the Scottish flag bears the same colours as that of Israel), it features a central gold line to represent the gold of the Ark, silver to symbolize the Torah, and deep burgundy red for the Kiddush wine.

Wait no longer; get ye here, so we can dance our jigs in our newly official proper attire!

Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi McEli

Rosh Chodesh service

with Cantor David Young and the Choir.

Your Life Moments


July 1  Barbara Peters
July 3  Sharon Chodirker

July 7  Esther Friedenrich

July 8  Simon Jackson


June 30 Joseph Rosenberg & Hedy Steinberg

July 3    Chaim Bell & Sharon Chodirker

July 7  Barry & Nancy Corey

July 7  Ben-zion & Sarah Moshe


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

July 7    Frida Nadler, mother of Sam

July 10  Pepi Mozes, wife of Marcel

July 10  Lola Zaidman, mother of Sally Berger and Leo Zaidman

July 11  David Gould, husband of Helen

July 12  Sadie Applebaum, mother of Sheilah Solomon

Remember - Don’t Forget - Take Action

Torah Restoration Fund

Esther Friedenrich

Susan Waserman

Phyllis & Irwin Douglas

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


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



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


Candle Lighting:

8:43 PM Friday



9:12 AM

Frank Steiman


9:30 AM

Cantor David Young

Rabbi Eli

Ba'al Koreh:

Harvey Bitterman

Shabbat ends:

9:55 PM Saturday

This week’s Kiddush

is sponsored by

Barry & Nancy Corey

for their

50th Anniversary

Torah Portion

Parashat: Pinchas

Numbers 25:10 - 30:1

God showed Moses the Land of Israel and told him that he wouldn't be allowed to bring the Jewish people into the Land. Moses immediately said:

"May ... God ... appoint a man over the assembly, who shall go out before them ... and let the assembly ... not be like sheep that have no shepherd." (Numbers 27:16-17)


The ability to focus on other people's needs when the "going gets tough" and not on your own wants and desires is the true definition of leadership.

The powerful message Moses taught us all is to fight the urge to initially take a demotion or firing personally. It takes a lot of class to have your focus be on others when your ego, self-esteem, and your self-worth are seemingly all on the line.

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


We have lots of good news to share with you.

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.


July 14

2 Av

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

Better times are ahead.

On this day in 1942, the first trainload of Jews in Holland were sent to concentration camps. A few years earlier, tens of thousands of Jews had fled from Germany to Holland, which maintained an open-door immigration policy. But soon after, the Nazis occupied Holland and proceeded to make it Judenrein (clean of Jews). Perhaps the most famous Dutch Jew was Anne Frank, a teenage girl whose diary has become the most widely-read account of life during the Holocaust. In 2005, Holland's prime minister apologized for his country's collaboration with the Nazis. aish

The Three


Fast of Shiva



July 21

9 Av


Tisha B'Av

8:30 PM

Mincha Torah


9:15 PM


9:30 PM

Reading the Five Megillah


July 22

9 AM

2 PM

Mincha only,

Tallis and Tefillin


Five Megillot

The Five Scrolls are the Song of Songs, the Book of Ruth, the Book of Lamentations, Ecclesiastes and the Book of Esther. These five relatively short biblical books are grouped together in Jewish tradition.



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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