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THE LODZER CENTRE CONGREGATION

1953 - 2018

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

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Shabbat Bulletin - August 25, 2018



Will love save the world?


The Lord of the Universe who reigned

before anything was created.

When all was made by His will

He was acknowledged as King.


And when all shall end

He still all alone shall reign.

He was, He is,

and He shall be in glory.


It’s kinda sad.

Adon Olam is a sad song.

Unfortunately some of today's Tunes give it an upbeat Tempo that obscures the emotional meaning.


What is sad?

God being alone when all is gone. (Doubly sad when you think about it.)


One word describes creation…. Love. (Ahava -- I give)

Love is possibly the one word, the one answer, that could solve the problems of the world.


Will love save the world? Fat chance.


Should it be the message of the bulletin? Absolutely.


Can we sell it? Not a chance.


What do you think?


Profound Sadness as well as Deep Gratitude




Your Life Moments


Birthdays


Aug. 19  Deborah Berlach

Aug. 20  Katalin Hascal

Aug. 21  Annette Sacks

Anniversaries


Aug. 19  Norm & Pearl Rosen

Aug. 26  Syd Markowitz and Lily Silver

Aug. 29  Henry and Deborah Epstein

Aug. 30  Michael and Annette Sacks


Yahrzeits


Aug. 18  Lea Epstein, mother of Arie and Henry

Aug. 20  Lily Flash, grandmother of Pearl Rosen

Aug. 21  Nico Himmelhoch, father of Desiree Farkas

Aug. 29  Jacob Helman, husband of Bronia, father of Honey Spitzen and Malka Arluk

Aug. 29  Jack Iseman, father of Howard Iseman and Roslyn Greene




Remember - Don’t Forget - Take Action


Synagogue General Fund

Rick and Reisa Grunberg

Dora Usher


Torah Restoration Fund

Bronia Helman

Honey Spitzen

Malka Arluk


Siddur Dedication

Charlie and Roslyn Greene

Shlomo Ben Bracha

Remembered with great love by sister Abigail

The Brand family


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

take action as not to forget.





Ongoing

Programs

Participants will be notified by

e-mail of scheduling changes.

Wednesday


P.O.W.


7:30-8:30 pm


Shul Kiddush

Rm


All are

Welcome


Open

to the public

at no cost

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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.


Thursday



7-8 pm


Shul

Upstairs foyer


Summer Break

Conversational

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

cathyrzeldin@gmail.com

Thursday

(monthly)



8 PM


Shul

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:

cathyrzeldin@gmail.com


Oct. 11 - ‘The Paris Architect’

by Charles Belfoure

Saturday


After

Kiddush lunch



Stay awhile and chat.




High Holy Days Are Fast Approaching!

If you don’t have your High Holy Day tickets

please purchase by Wednesday September 5

Ticket Pricing for 2018


Members pay

$136 Adults / $80 students

Children 5 to 13 $36 (under 5 free)


Non-members

$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.

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NEW TOYS NEEDED

FOR LODZER HIGH HOLY DAYS CHILD CARE


Please donate new toys!

Puzzles, non-electronic games, dolls, toy cars, etc.


Bring your gifts to the office.


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Upcoming

Events

Saturday,

August 25


14 Elul


Shabbat


Candle Lighting:

7:48 PM Friday


Birkot

ha-Shachar

9:12 AM

Frank Steiman


Yishtabach

9:30 AM

Cantor David Young

Rabbi Eli


Ba'al Koreh:

Harvey Bitterman


Shabbat ends:

8:51 PM Saturday

Torah Portion


Parashat: Ki Tetzei

Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19


One laws that is of utmost importance is when it comes to making a vow to God. Regarding this, Moses said:


"You shall observe and carry out what emerges from your lips..." (Deuteronomy 23: 24)



A LIFE LESSON

It's incredible just how often someone will say something with which he has absolutely no intention whatsoever of following through.


keeping your word makes you feel terrific. Only someone who has a high self worth cares about following through with what he says. The more you do what it is that you say you'll do - even the most simplest of commitments - you'll increasingly feel better about yourself. aish

Saturday,

Sept. 1


21 Elul


Shabbat

The Soul Lives On


The essence of every human life is the soul. After death, the soul lives on. Yizkor is about life, death and eternity; about the core mission we all share to bring light, life, kindness and goodness into this often dark and cruel world; about the transcendent bond and timeless connection between you and someone you loved, and still do. Yizkor is far more than a ritual or prayer. Yizkor is a gift from your soul in this world, to the soul of your loved one, in the next world.



Many feel like fragments of their whole self that are searching for a home; an emptiness that has been looking for fulfillment. The truth is, it can all be found and realized within.


Sunday,

Sept. 2


Morning

Services

9 AM


Yizkor

9:30 AM


Pre-Holy Days

Community

YIZKOR

Service



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

Tuesday,

Sept. 4


&


Wednesday,

Sept. 5

(if needed)


7:00 p.m.

High Holy Day

set up


Need people to help



Students can do setup for volunteer hours


RSVP to the office 416-636-6665  lodzercentre@rogers.com


Or Rafi at rzremez@gmail.com



Sunday,

September 9


Shul Kiddush

Rm


1 - 3 pm


Meeting in support of

the Yezidi


All Welcome


No Charge


Sep9 Oct7 Nov4 Dec2

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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!


Debbie

Executive Director

Project Abraham/Mozuud

STOP THE SLAUGHTER:

THEY'RE TAKING OUR HOMES,

OUR WOMEN AND OUR LIVES


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.

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

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The ten days starting with Rosh Hashanah and ending with Yom Kippur are commonly known as the Days of Awe (Yamim Noraim) or the Days of Repentance.

This is a time for serious introspection, a time to consider the sins of the previous year and repent before Yom Kippur.


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On Rosh Hashanah God judges individuals, but that judgment/fate is "sealed" on Yom Kippur and "sent out" on Hoshana Rabba (the seventh day of Sukkot).

Here’s hoping that your fate, that is sealed, is a good one.

Tuesday,

Sept. 18


6:45 pm

Kol Nidre

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Wednesday,

Sept. 19


9:00 am

Yom Kippur


10:40 am

Yizkor


4:45 - 5:30 pm

Conversation with Rabbi Eli


8:09 pm

Yom Kippur Ends

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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.

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May the memories of those who have preceded us make us new and better people.
May we use the time and opportunity given us to live lives that are replete with acts of goodness and kindness.
And when we have fulfilled the measure of our days, when we have become but a memory, may we have lived the kind of lives that make us worthy not just of being remembered, but also of being inscribed in the book of those who live on after us, the book of the living.

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Have you treated your friends royally this past year?

If you haven’t given them a call this past year, why?  Calls to renew acquaintances or just to say hello do not take long.

Question: Should we be editing our ‘friends list’ in the same way we edit our homes of clutter?

Next up: What have you done, (or not done,) to improve your own situation or that of the greater community around you?  How much more could you do?

Sunday,

Sept. 23


Erev Sukkot


no evening service


Monday Sept. 24

and

Tuesday Sept. 25


9:00 am

Sukkot

Sukkot is a time to commemorate dwelling in temporary structures as guests of the Lord.

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When God created the first human beings, God led them around the garden of Eden and said: Look at my works! See how beautiful they are - how excellent! For your sake I created them all. See to it you do not spoil and destroy My world; for if you do, there will be no one else to repair it.



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.

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Tashlich (תשליך) is a ritual that many Jews observe between Rosh HaShanah and HaShanah Rabah. "Tashlich" means "casting off" in Hebrew and involves symbolically casting off the sins of the previous year by tossing pieces of bread or another food into a body of flowing water.

Don’t feed the birds

in Toronto Parks!
Here are suggestions for breads which may be most appropriate for specific sins or misbehaviours.


For ordinary sins: White Bread
For complex sins: Multigrain
For twisted sins: Pretzels
For sins of indecision: Waffles
For sins committed in haste: Matzoh

(The list goes on, and on…)

Monday,

Oct. 1


9:00 am

Shemini Atzaret


10:10 am

Yizkor


6:45 pm

Erev Simchat Torah

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Falling just after Sukkot, (the 8th day,) Shemini Atzeret is the holiday on which Jews start praying for rain.


“On the eighth day you should hold a solemn gathering; you shall not work at your occupation.”

Living the Holidays - The Jewish Way


When the seven days of Sukkot end, the Bible decrees yet another holiday, the Eighth Day of Assembly.  The Rabbis interpreted this as an encore. After the High Holy Days, after the intense seven days of Sukkot and pilgrimage, the Jewish people [or, we should say, more accurately, "God's people"] are about to leave, to scatter and return to their homes.  God grows nostalgic, as it were, and pensive. The people of Israel will not come together again in such numbers until Passover six months hence. God will soon miss the sounds of music and pleasure and the unity of the people. The Torah decreed, therefore, an eighth day of assembly, a final feast/holy day.  On this day Jews leave the sukkah to resume enjoying the comfort of solid, well built, well insulated homes. The lulav and etrog are put aside; this day, Shemini Atzeret, is a reprise of the celebration of Sukkot but without any of the rituals. The message is that all the rituals and symbolic language are important but ultimately they remain just symbols"

Rabbi Irving Greenberg

Monday,

Oct. 1


6:45 pm

Erev

Simchat

Torah

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Simchat Torah is the holiday that celebrates the conclusion of the yearly cycle of reading the Torah, after which we begin anew reading the Five Books of Moses, starting from the first chapter of Genesis.


Saturday,

October 6


27 Tishrei


Shabbat

Bereshit

Shabbat Bereshit


After reading the final words of the book of Deuteronomy, we turn back to the very beginning, to creation. This week we will read about the creation of the earth.







Safe!!!

How Good Do We Need To Be?


Genesis teaches us that G-d loves us, even if we don’t listen, even if we disobey, even if we are not perfect. The purpose of Judaism, of any religion, is not to be perfect but is to be whole, and to know that we are loved by G-d and there is enough love to go around. Even if you are jealous of your siblings, you squabble with your spouse, you place unreasonable expectations on your children.


Life is like the baseball season, where even the best team loses at least a third of its games, and even the worst team has its days of brilliance. The goal is not to win every game but to win more than you lose, and if you do that often enough, in the end you may find you have won it all.

Rabbi Harold Kushner


Works for me!




Thursday,

Oct. 11


8 pm


BOOK

CHAT


Shul

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

Thursday,

Oct. 25


7 pm


LODZER CHALLAH BAKE


$$$

Learn how to make

a delicious challah.

You can take your unbaked challah home and bake it for Shabbat.

As part of the Shabbat Project,

we invite you to join


THE LODZER CHALLAH BAKE


SAVE THE DATE!


Saturday,

Oct. 27


18 Heshvan


Havdalah

Service

&

Dinner


6:30 PM Service

Dinner following.

Call Sarah

For Tickets


Limited Seating


Members:

Adult: $40

Children (<13): $15

Children (<5): $5


Non-members:

Adult: $50

Children (<13): $20

Children (<5): $5

Havdalah Service

&

Dinner


SAVE THE DATE!




CJN: TORONTO KOSHER FOOD BANK MAY BE FORCED TO CLOSE SHOP

The first kosher food bank in Toronto will be forced to close its doors to the 150 families it feeds every week, unless it receives help soon.


Officials with the Pride of Israel Synagogue’s kosher food bank said that its two main benefactors can no longer continue their support.


...the cost of the food bank is $800 per week. Pride of Israel has sent out over 30 letters to other synagogues and institutions asking for help with donations and food.


URGENTLY NEEDED

KOSHER FOOD BANK AT PRIDE OF ISRAEL

NEEDS OUR HELP!


Pride of Israel: Office: (416) 226-0111




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.


Contributions

Please consider sponsoring a kiddush, or contributing to the building, programming, or any specific interest fund.


Tickets

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.

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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 RabbiEli@Lodzer.ca with your phone number and he will call you as soon as possible.

Executive

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

RabbiEli@Lodzer.ca

Cantor David Young

Ba'al Koreh:

Harvey Bitterman

Gabbais:

Arnie Yudell

Rafi Remez

Shabbat Handout:

Judy Hazan

e-Bulletin:

Charles Greene

Office Manager:

Sarah Senior


Website: lodzer.ca

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Lodzer Office

Sarah: 416-636-6665

lodzercentre@rogers.com


Office Hours

Monday through Thursday

9am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm

Friday

9am to 1pm





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