Shabbat Bulletin‎ > ‎



1953 - 2018

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


Shabbat Bulletin - July 28, 2018

Where in the world is Rabbi Eli

In Shul - Shabbat Shalom

In response to Rabbi Eli’s question, “Does anyone mourn on Tisha B’Av?”

A post Tisha B’Av message (from your Bulletin editor)

From Auschwitz to America:

Lessons from Europe’s Killing Fields

Events like the Holocaust don’t happen overnight. They result from a process of systematic racism, intimidation, and discrimination that lasts many years.

Antisemitism had long been present across Europe. Nazi Germany harnessed that hatred to humiliate, marginalize, and weaken the Jewish people, as it prepared to unleash the largest genocide in history.

The parallels to recent events should not be lost on us. In the last two decades, America and, in particular, Europe have seen a steady rise in antisemitism from the radical Right, the radical Left and from radical Muslims.

Individuals Harboring Anti-Semitic Attitudes

19% The Americas (North, South

and in between)

24% Western Europe (France, etc.)

34% Eastern Europe (Hungary, etc.)

74% Middle East & North Africa

23% Sub-Saharan Africa

22% Asia

14% Australia & New Zealand

Graphic: Anti-Defamation League

It seems the only thing shared by all the radical movements is their hatred of the Jewish people. While European governments publicly express strong support for the importance of protecting their Jewish communities, history tells us that nothing lasts forever.

We must recognize and fight against antisemitism with all of our power whenever we encounter it.

When we don’t act, we legitimize antisemitism, allowing it to become mainstream. We become an accomplice to its growth and influence.

Jews in America today have the power to stand up, speak out, and fight back against the antisemites. We should use this power now – before it’s no longer available.

We must support Israel, the homeland of the Jewish people and the ultimate insurance policy for all Jews.

Israel did not exist during the time of the Holocaust. In it’s short history, it has already saved millions of Jews fleeing antisemitism around the world.

Israel has changed the game when it comes to the security of the Jewish people.

Remembering the Holocaust is not enough. We must turn the tragedies of the past into lessons for the future. Nothing less than the continuation of the Jewish people is at stake. It’s in our hands to ensure that Never Again really means Never Again.

Full story: The Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation

This month, we had the privilege to learn more about the devastating and cruel truths of the Holocaust. We traveled to six countries – the Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Germany – with 100 leading American philanthropists and scholars, and together, we tried to wrap our heads around the scope of the genocide carried out by Nazi Germany and its European collaborators. <click the link above>

Far too many people — including some within the Jewish community — don’t believe that the antisemitism that existed in Nazi Germany might happen again, especially in America.

Gila and Adam Milstein

Your Life Moments


July 26  Ida Ash

July 27  Eli Batsre

July 29  Avi Barkin

July 31  Eugene Opler


July 17  Etyan Broder & Penny Hung

July 23  Sheldon & Marilyn Richmond


July 23  Jacob Kabacznik, husband of Alla

July 23  Reuben Yellin, father of Susan Yellin

July 24  Harry Epstein, father of Henry & Arie

July 25  Taylor-Kate Bowser, great granddaughter of Betty Siegel-Snyder

July 26  Reuben Sidenberg, father of Allen

July 27  Sam Friedenrich, son of Ester, brother of Ricki Black & Susan Waserman

July 30  Yizchak Abramowitz, husband of Ida, father of Miriam Epstein

July 30  Florence Edlin, special aunt of Sam & Doreen Herzog

Aug. 1   Chaim Rochwerg, father of Alisa Schwartz

Remember - Don’t Forget - Take Action

Donations in memory of Charlotte Sapers

Joseph & Cindy Ber

Helen Gould

Sarah Senior

Synagogue General Fund

Ida Ash

Myrna Lichter

Allen & Ida Sidenberg

Sheila Winston

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.

News out of Israel

Iran is already here !!!

The Orthodox monopoly over

Jewish practice in Israel

As he waited to be interrogated by the Israel Police for conducting a non-Orthodox wedding, Rabbi Dov Haiyun began a Facebook post with three words: “Iran is here.”

Iran is already here !!!

He starts the morning by knocking on the door at 5:30 and two policemen summon me for questioning. It turns out that the Orthodox Rabbinical Court in Haifa has filed a complaint against me for holding canopies.

Currently at the Haifa police station.

Share !!!!

I used google translate -- expect some inaccuracies

Haiyun uses a traditional Jewish ceremony in his weddings, so a religious court in Haifa invoked the law and ordered the police to interrogate him.

non-Orthodox weddings would only run afoul of the law

if they were performed using traditional Jewish rites

The law outlaws any traditional Jewish marriage performed outside the authority of the Chief Rabbinate, the state-sanctioned body dominated by haredi Orthodox rabbis that controls all recognized Jewish marriage, divorce, burial and conversion in Israel. Weddings performed in Israel outside its purview — including all Conservative and Reform marriages — are not recognized by the state.

“I feel disappointed in my state that this is what’s happening in my country -- The only country that discriminates between Jews in the entire Western world is Israel. In the United States, I can perform weddings and they recognize me.

Haiyun continued, “The police don’t catch criminals this quickly.”

a large majority of Israelis oppose

the Chief Rabbinate’s control over marriage

Haiyun says he isn’t worried that this will deter other couples from seeking non-Orthodox weddings. In the day-and-a-half since he was detained, he’s received a number of requests to perform weddings. He knows of other couples who have sent their names into local police stations confessing to their non-Chief Rabbinate weddings.

dramatically inconsistent with Israel’s promise

as the home of the entire Jewish people

“I only benefited from this and the Conservative movement only benefited from the publicity. Finally, it’s time for the State of Israel to deal with this issue and solve it.”

Rabbi Dov Haiyun

Full Story: Israel detained a rabbi for performing a wedding

— and people are angry about it

YouTube: Alternative Weddings in Israel

1.4 2.1 2.8




July 27

15 Av

Tu B'Av


May Tu B’Av truly usher in the achdus (to love a fellow Jew) for which we yearn to bring the geulah (redemption / deliverance) for us all.


Tu B’Av on the 15th of Av has become known, especially in modern Israel, as the holiday of love - when man and woman are together, in total harmony, with true complementary and mutual love and cooperation - somewhat replacing Valentine’s Day.
On Tu B’Av the Tribes of Israel were permitted to intermarry with each other. Second generation Jewish women would go dancing in the vineyards looking for their beshert and unmarried men would go to the fields to pick out a wife.


July 28

16 Av


Candle Lighting:

8:28 PM Friday



9:12 AM

Frank Steiman


9:30 AM

Cantor David Young

Rabbi Eli

Ba'al Koreh:

Harvey Bitterman

Shabbat ends:

9:36 PM Saturday

Today’s Kiddush Lunch

is sponsored by

Cheryl & Harley Klein

on the occasion of

the baby naming of their granddaughter

Mazel Tov !

Torah Portion

Parashat: V'etchanan

Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11

Moses reiterates to the Jewish people the Ten Commandments they heard on Mount Sinai. Moses tells that Jewish people that:

"Six days shall you labor and accomplish all your work; but he seventh day is Sabbath to the Lord, your God..." (Deuteronomy, 5:13-14)


The amount of things we have to do NEVER ends. But that's okay, because the only thing God demands of us is the effort we put forth in these endeavors. Therefore, God tells us that for six days we need to put in the necessary effort to make a difference and then our "work" is completed. On the seventh day, God wants us to take a breather and stop putting forth any more effort.

When you focus only on your effort and not the outcome, you're certain to be on the track of a balanced and happy life.

Change requires Effort


July 29

10 - 3 PM

Beverly Acres Public School

283 Neil Drive

Richmond Hill

Annual Yazidi Picnic

All members of Project Abraham community and their family are welcome to attend!

Volunteers will be needed to help out at the picnic.  If you are planning to attend and can lend a hand, please let Nick Pandit know.


August 4

23 Av

Jerusalem Family Massacre

In 2003, Av 22, an Arab terrorist blew himself up on the #2 bus en route from the Western Wall in Jerusalem, killing 23 people and wounding 136, many of them children. The attack occurred on a double-length bus crowded with families on a summer vacation outing, and became known as the "family massacre." The bomber, from a Hamas cell in Hebron, was apparently disguised as an Orthodox Jew. Following the attack, the Israeli government decided to wage an all-out war against Hamas and other terrorist elements, and to freeze the diplomatic process with the Palestinian Authority. aish


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


No Ham-burgers,



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

4-Havatat Aravot.jpg

Havatat Aravot:

On the last day of Sukkot, Hoshana Rabba, we beat a bundle of willow branches (actually one is enough) on the floor. To prepare the ground for the rain to penetrate.

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

Simchat Torah_w200.jpg


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

Eli Batsre

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


Who we are - Contact Info


Bar and Bat Mitzvahs

High Holy Days 2017

Rabbi’s Corner

Shabbat Bulletin

For submissions/feedback:

Help us get the word out:

Share the bulletin!

Lodzer Office

Sarah: 416-636-6665

Office Hours

Monday through Thursday

9am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm


9am to 1pm