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Shabbat Bulletin - July 14, 2018

Where in the world is Rabbi Eli

Can you say 'Jökulsárlón'...


The weather seems to have cooled down in Toronto over the weekend. Down here though, it's outrageously hot, at nearly 11°C (make that -2 with the windchill).

The Ice Lagoon is located at the southern end of the Vatnajökull glacier, right behind the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano; that's the one that erupted 10 years ago, at once blocking the flights over Europe and twisting the tongues of TV anchors worldwide for the better part of a week.

Kosher tourism in Iceland is growing at an alarming rate. When I wrote to you from here a year ago, Hallgrim's church was the "closest" you could find here to a synagogue. Now, there is a full-time Chabad presence in the country, with a weekly minyan and even the possibility of kosher catering (dairy only, for the moment. $60 for the basic meal option, which is kinda normal for Iceland).

You should see how wildly happy Israelis become at the sight of such quantities of ice! Those icebergs are young, the ice is about 1,000 years old. Tastes quite fresh, though.

Ice is not mentioned in the Torah even once (unless you count hail among the ten plagues). The first time it appears in the Tanach is the 2nd Book of Samuel, then - Isaiah, Ezekiel, the Minor Prophets, nine times in the Psalms, and finally, four very poetic occasions in Job.

By the breath of God the ice is formed, and the wide waters freeze solid

Iyov, 37:10


Many thanks to everyone who responded to my Scottish Bar-Mitzvah message. It was heart-warming to receive so many messages. I promise to answer everybody in person, hopefully before Shabbat.

A small extra bit of trivia for you; bet you didn't know what an utterly Jewish instrument the bagpipe was.

In fact, Jewish sources depict playing bagpipes as early as 700 years ago!

Judge for yourself:

The Barcelona Haggadah is a 14th c illustrated manuscript. (I did not make it up, this stunningly illustrated Haggadah can be viewed in the British Library.)

And - at last, after many years of this frustrated and suppressed desire - I got to hear Tumbalalaika played on the bagpipe! You would have to admit, hearing it once, Tumbalalaika and the bagpipe were made for each other.

Wishing you warmly Shabbat Shalom from sunny Iceland,

Looking forward to see you next week.


Your Life Moments


July 7  Esther Friedenrich

July 8  Simon Jackson

July 15  Richard Grunberg

July 17  Anna Holtzman

July 19  Jeff Shabes

July 19  Shirley Smoskowitz

July 20  Nisa Shedletzky


July 7  Barry & Nancy Corey

July 7  Ben-zion & Sarah Moshe

July 17  Cantor Morris & Sonia Goldlust


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

July 15  Leo Kon, husband of Freda and father of Lily Silver

July 15  Harry Markowitz, father of Sydney

July 15  Bernard Steiman, brother of Frank

July 16  Hava Lea Sosner, mother of Sara Moshe

July 19  Louis Slutchuk, father of Nancy Corey

July 20  Annie Hercberg, mother of Helen Storm

Remember - Don’t Forget - Take Action

Synagogue General Fund

Howard & Susan Yellin

Marcel & Katalin Hascal

Betty Siegel

Torah Restoration Fund

Norm & Pearl Rosen

Prayer Book Fund

Arthur Zins

Siddur Dedication

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


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

Parsha of the Week is on Summer Vacation and will return on Wednesday October 3rd with Genesis.


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

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:

Oct. 11 - ‘The Paris Architect’

by Charles Belfoure

Stay tuned… for more 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.

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July 14

2 Av


Candle Lighting:

8:40 PM Friday



9:12 AM

Frank Steiman


9:30 AM

Cantor David Young

Rabbi Eli

Ba'al Koreh:

Harvey Bitterman

Shabbat ends:

9:51 PM Saturday

This week’s Kiddush

is cosponsored by:

Helen Gould for the yahrzeit of her husband David


Syd & Lily Markowitz for their fathers Harry Markowitz and Leo Kon

Torah Portion

Parashat: Matot

Numbers 30:2-32:42

God tells Moses that the Jewish people should wage war against the people of Midian. Moses then gave them specific instructions on how they should wage this war. When they returned from the battle, however, Moses learned that they failed to follow his exact instructions and:

"Moses... and all the leaders of the assembly went out to meet them outside the camp. Moses was angry with the commanders of the army..." (Numbers 31:13-14)


Even though Moses was angry with his commanders, he didn't let it get the better of him. He chose to go outside the camp so he wouldn't embarrass them in front of their men.

Do the same when disciplining your own children. This will not only make them actually listen to what you're saying, but it will also build your own self-esteem by not living in the fantasy world that you can get taller by publicly knocking someone else down. 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 of the Book of Lamentations  (Eicha)


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 5

Shul Kiddush


1 - 3 pm

Meeting in support of

the Yezidi

All Welcome

No Charge

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.


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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Oct. 11

8 pm




Kiddush Room

The Paris Architect

Charles Balfoure

Lucien Bernard is a conflicted man.

Author Charles Balfoure has set his novel The Paris Architect during the Occupation of France in World War II. Lucien Bernard is an architect, solicited for a testy job—finding some way to build a hiding place for Jews. His first reaction is NO; he has no sympathy for the Jews and prefers not to be associated with helping them.

It does not take long for Manet, the man who pays for Lucien’s services, to convince him, both financially and morally, of the right thing to do. Lucien agrees to help, just this once, and of course, just this once turns into again and again. more

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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