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1953 - 2018

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Shabbat Bulletin - August 4, 2018

Isak (Esse) Goldberg

A long-time member of our congregation and Survivor of the Shoah, at age 95, passed away in the morning of Monday, July 30, 2018. He will be sorely missed.

Beloved husband of the late Toby Goldberg. Cherished and devoted father of Gerald and Ellen Goldberg, Sheldon Goldberg and Elaine Spears, and Barbara and Avi Barkin.

His remarkable strength and gentle nature will forever be remembered by all who knew him.

Shiva details

Rosh Chodesh service

with Cantor David Young

Your Life Moments


July 29  Avi Barkin

July 31  Eugene Opler

Aug. 5  Irene Szweras

Aug. 7  Sonia Goldlust

Aug. 10 Rachel Weisman


Aug. 10  Robert & Sally Berger

Aug. 10  Sidney & Barbara Lew

Aug. 10  Harvey & Helen Storm


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

Aug. 4  David Haber, father of Ellen Dagan

Aug. 4  Reva Machlis, father of Sylvia White

Aug. 7  Pearl Adelkind, mother of Sheryl Adelkind

Aug. 8  Ronald Feldman, brother of Sheila Winston

Aug. 9  Ben Shedletzky, brother of Joseph

Aug. 9  Paul Winston, husband of Sheila

Aug.10 Hartley Lichtblau, son of Fela

Our 2nd annual Project Abraham picnic was a huge success!  Thanks to all volunteers who helped to make it wonderful!! Enjoy the pics!

Debbie Rose, Project Abraham

Remember - Don’t Forget - Take Action

General Fund

Nisa Shedletzky

Torah Fund

Sheryl Adelkind

Jay Rubin

Alisa Schwartz

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



Kiddush lunch

Stay awhile and chat.

Karate is cancelled until further notice.

From Russia with Love

This past week my wife Roslyn was vacationing in Russia, (Moscow and St Petersburg.)

During one of our whatsApp conversations she tells the story:

At the hotel, I asked the maid if we could have coffee in the room.

The maid said, “That will be 350 rubles.”

“What if I already have the coffee and only need the hot water and a mug?”

“That will be 350 rubles.”

“If I buy a coffee and finish it, will you charge me for another cup of coffee?”

The maid thought for a moment,

“That will be 300 rubles.”

Later Roslyn goes down to the front desk, and asks:

“Could I have two more pillows?”

“No! We don't give out pillows.”

“Then can I have 4 towels?”

“You can only have two towels…

And I can give you two large mugs, but don't tell anyone.”

до свидания (goodbye) [dasvidania] from Russia.

Next stop Estonia.

Roslyn was blown away by her experience in Russia. Amazing cities and wonderful people.

The Synagogue pictured above:

Beit Bella Synagogue

Karu 16, 10120 Tallinn, Estonia

Enjoy the following google translation:

the open-air synagogue in Karu Street in Tallinn, an eye-catching and dignified interior.

The synagogue with a modern look is by no means unheard of, but it is an unusual glass-frosted glass. Typically, the synagogues have tiny windows because the abundance of glass surfaces makes the building easily vulnerable-attacking. It's not afraid here. The striking glass line reveals activities in the synagogue on the street as perched on the street - only the synagogue room remains completely hidden in the eye - and offers views of the synagogue with the aliens in the Karu and Aedvilja streets.

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August 4

23 Av


Candle Lighting:

8:20 PM Friday



9:12 AM

Frank Steiman


9:30 AM

Cantor David Young

Rabbi Eli

Ba'al Koreh:

Harvey Bitterman

Shabbat ends:

9:26 PM Saturday

Torah Portion

Parashat: Ekev

Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25

Moses tells the Jewish people that after they enter the Land of Israel they must:

"Take care lest you forget the Lord, your God ... and you build good houses and ... you increase silver and gold ... and everything you have will increase ... and you will forget the Lord, your God, who took you out of ... Egypt from a house of slavery..."

(Deuteronomy 8:11-14)


Human beings habitually feel that when things go well, it was their doing and not God's. But if things go poorly, then it's God's fault and not theirs. We tend to take personal credit for things that go well in our lives and blame others if they go poorly.

Moses knew this all too well. But he also knew human nature just as well. So, he pleaded with the Jewish people that when "everything you have will increase," don't forget for one second who gave it to you.

Fight your inbred desire to take credit for something that you were actually given.



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 11

30 Av


Rosh Chodesh Elul

the art of return...

If it is to be, it is up to me.

In preparation for the upcoming High Holy Days, during the month of Elul we embark on a process of self-reflection, evaluating the state of our lives and our souls. We recall those times we have missed the mark, and we seek forgiveness for the harm we’ve caused. And we ask what we need to shift in order to be our fullest, most alive selves in the coming year — to “choose life”.

Traditionally, we are called to focus most on our relationship to others and to God. We are expected to do teshuva, or repair, for harm caused in the two major categories of commandments: ben adam l’havero—between one person and another—and ben adam la-makom—between a person and the Divine. Perhaps because we don’t quite have the same traditional language for it, or perhaps it feels indulgent or less important, or can be the most difficult to see, we often pay less attention to the ways in which we’ve harmed ourselves.

As we approach the High Holidays and evaluate where we are and where we’d like to be, we should not forget the importance of also making amends in a third category: ben adam l’atzmo, within ourselves. We are, each of us, on a journey through our own spiritual wilderness. The poet Sylvia Plath once wrote, “the worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” Finding our path requires creative risk-taking as we chart an unknown course. As we make our way during the sacred days ahead, may we find those who help us remember the Divine spark within us, and may this give us the strength and the confidence to stay the course towards the Promised Land.  inContext

possibility and responsibility


August 12

Elul 1

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


The Bible refers to Yom Kippur as Shabbat Shabbaton (“Sabbath of Solemn Rest,” or “Sabbath of Sabbaths”) because, even though the holy day may fall on a weekday, it is on Yom Kippur that solemnity and cessation of work are most complete.

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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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

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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

“Excellent book true story” -- Simon Jackson

In memory of Sergei Magnitsky

Nataliya Magnitskaya, mother of Sergei Magnitsky, grieves over her son's body during his funeral at a cemetery in Moscow in this photo from November 20, 2009.

Sergei Magnitsky was working for British-American financier William Browder in 2008 when he accused law enforcement and tax officials of involvement in a tax scam that used Browder’s investment company, Hermitage Capital, to defraud the Russian treasury out of an estimated $230 million.

Magnitsky was later arrested on fraud charges himself and was jailed in a notorious Moscow prison where his supporters allege he was beaten, denied medical care, and ultimately died in November 2009. His family and friends say he was targeted as retribution for blowing the whistle on the tax scam.

Background: Bill Browder, Putin Enemy No. 1

Author Bill Browder, an American financier formerly operating in Russia, provides an in-depth look at what we should have been afraid of for a long time.

"Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice"

The story is Bill Browder’s real-life thriller about his harrowing experiences in Russia, the murder of his principled young attorney, and his dangerous mission to expose the people responsible in the Kremlin.

Bill Browder: ...Putin started out just for the money. So, when he first came into power, he wanted to get as much money as he could as quickly as he could. To do so, he had to put a lot of people in jail, he had a lot of people arrested, he had a lot of people killed. Over the course of time, he created a lot of enemies and one thing he also did was, while he was stealing money for himself and the people around him, the top people in Russia were stealing money as well, the average Russian was basically getting nothing. If you were a regular middle class Russian, they don’t have medicine in the hospitals, the teachers aren’t being paid at the schools, there’s huge holes in the roads because they’re not filling them. The country was basically crumbling while Putin and his cronies and his oligarchs were sailing around on superyachts or flying around on Boeing business jets and so on and so forth. After a while, people started to get upset and Putin said to himself, what am I going to do to make sure these people don’t overthrow me? And so that’s when he started this whole idea of creating foreign enemies, invading foreign countries and creating this false scenario that Russia is being surrounded and potentially invaded so they need to fight all these enemies. This grand plan of fighting in Ukraine and fighting in Syria is all a huge distraction strategy to keep people from turning on Putin and saying why don’t we have medicine and you’re rich?

...Putin loves playing in the shadows. He’s a former secret policeman so he loves playing in the shadows. What he’s understood very adeptly is that for very little money, he can go and make mischief all around the world in a way that nobody can hold him responsible for because he’s doing it in the shadows. This whole idea of computers and emails and systems and voting machines all happened so quickly and the ability to invade, hack, disrupt has also happened very quickly and while we figured out how to do all this stuff with computers, we haven’t figured out how to prevent bad guys from breaking in and so Putin is taking advantage of that right now to do all sorts of stuff very cheaply. It’s much cheaper to do a hacking operation than it is to do a military operation. For him, this is just the perfect asymmetric warfare, asymmetric way of destabilizing the world. If everybody is worrying about what’s going on in their home countries, they’re not going to be worrying about what Russia’s up to in its country and so it serves Putin’s interest in all different ways for him to be hacking, disrupting and doing everything he can to make life in the west more unstable.

<<YouTube: Bill Browder talk>>

Streamed live on Apr 19, 2017

Some US TV network audio is blanked out. The interview is outstanding.

What sparks a revolution?

Is the anger greater than the fear? Or, is the fear greater than the anger?

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


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