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Rosh Hashanah

A rolling-out of one year and the rolling-in of the next,

where we look forward, as well as look back,

and gather ourselves upon our own two feet.

Shabbat Bulletin - September 8, 2018

Sincere Greetings and with the blessing of

Kesivo Vachasimo Toivo

to be inscribed and sealed

for a happy and sweet year

These days at the end of the outgoing year, and on the eve of the new year, may it bring blessings to us all, call for self evaluation in respect of the year about to end, and - in the light of this self-appraisal - for making the necessary resolutions for the coming year.

Such a "balance sheet" can be valid only if the evaluation of the full extent of one's powers and opportunities was a correct one. Only then can one truly regret, in a commeasurable degree, the missed opportunities, and resolve to utilize one's capacities to the fullest extent from now on.

If a person does not fulfill his task, and does not utilize his inestimable divine powers - it is not merely a personal loss and failure, but something that affects the destiny of the whole world.

Wherever you are

G‑d be gracious unto you


Your Life Moments


Sept. 1  Jenny Finkelsthain

Sept. 1  Fay Simmons

Sept. 2  Sheryl Adelkind

Sept. 5  Michael Goldgrub

Sept. 6  Peter Biro

Sept. 9    Ida Abramowitz

Sept. 9    Lily Gerber

Sept. 12  Helen Gould

Sept. 12  Avi Pasco

Sept. 13  Alla Kabacznik


Sept. 1  Simon & Rachel Weisman

Sept. 2  Ronald Csillag & Deborah Berlach

Sept. 2  Howard Iseman & Susan Yellin

Sept. 3  Joseph & Nisa Shedletzky

Sept. 6  Sena & Shari Majerovic


Sept. 3  Oscar Pillersdorf, father of Rachel Weisman

Sept. 3  Jaqi Rubin, sister of Judy Hazan

Sept. 4  Elizabeth Shabes, wife of Jeff

Refuah Sheleima
to those within the community & abroad,
in hospital or ill at home

You are in our thoughts and prayers and we wish you
a refuah and quick recovery to full health.

To those who are alone and lonely
"You are not forgotten and are also in our thoughts"

Vegans find bee honey production problematic

There is no commandment in Judaism to dip an apple in honey on Rosh Hashanah. But what would the Jewish New Year be without the custom? JTA

Honey is NOT an animal product.

Bee honey is derived from the nectar of a flower and not from something that’s part of the bee’s body.

It’s more of an animal rights issue - It’s cruel and exploitative

The "milk and honey" of the Bible actually refers to date honey. Making the new year sweeter is the whole point of the custom.

Dates provide a good source of fiber, phytonutrients, and antioxidants. They contain more vitamins and minerals compared to other common fruits, and are considered a rich source of dietary minerals. In addition, dates are one of the highest ranked sources of potassium.

By not eating honey, vegans feel good about themselves as if they’re actually helping the animals, obsessing about where some trace ingredient comes from, when in fact it may have the opposite effect. “We” may be hurting animals by making veganism seem more like petty dogmatic self-flagellation. Michael Greger

If we choose to avoid honey, fine.

Let’s just not make a huge production of it

and force everybody to do the same if they want to join the club.

Remember - Don’t Forget - Take Action

Synagogue General Fund

Joe & Cindy Ber

Rose Berman

Helen Gould

Israel Liquornik

Susan Waserman

Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund

Brian Goldman

Prayer Book Fund

Nancy & Barry Corey

Brian Goldman

Susan Yellin

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

take action as not to forget.

“My fellow Americans, whom I have gratefully served for sixty years, and especially my fellow Arizonans,

Thank you for the privilege of serving you and for the rewarding life that service in uniform and in public office has allowed me to lead. I have tried to serve our country honorably. I have made mistakes, but I hope my love for America will be weighed favorably against them.

I have often observed that I am the luckiest person on earth. I feel that way even now as I prepare for the end of my life. I have loved my life, all of it. I have had experiences, adventures and friendships enough for ten satisfying lives, and I am so thankful. Like most people, I have regrets. But I would not trade a day of my life, in good or bad times, for the best day of anyone else’s.

I owe that satisfaction to the love of my family. No man ever had a more loving wife or children he was prouder of than I am of mine. And I owe it to America. To be connected to America’s causes — liberty, equal justice, respect for the dignity of all people — brings happiness more sublime than life’s fleeting pleasures. Our identities and sense of worth are not circumscribed but enlarged by serving good causes bigger than ourselves.

‘Fellow Americans’ — that association has meant more to me than any other. I lived and died a proud American. We are citizens of the world’s greatest republic, a nation of ideals, not blood and soil. We are blessed and are a blessing to humanity when we uphold and advance those ideals at home and in the world. We have helped liberate more people from tyranny and poverty than ever before in history. We have acquired great wealth and power in the process.

We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe. We weaken it when we hide behind walls, rather than tear them down, when we doubt the power of our ideals, rather than trust them to be the great force for change they have always been.

We are three-hundred-and-twenty-five million opinionated, vociferous individuals. We argue and compete and sometimes even vilify each other in our raucous public debates. But we have always had so much more in common with each other than in disagreement. If only we remember that and give each other the benefit of the presumption that we all love our country we will get through these challenging times. We will come through them stronger than before. We always do.

Ten years ago, I had the privilege to concede defeat in the election for president. I want to end my farewell to you with the heartfelt faith in Americans that I felt so powerfully that evening.

I feel it powerfully still.

Do not despair of our present difficulties but believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here. Americans never quit. We never surrender. We never hide from history. We make history.

Farewell, fellow Americans. God bless you, and God bless America.”


JTA: John McCain’s parting shot is a warning about the ‘alt-right’

Timesofisrael: Joe Lieberman lauds McCain’s sensitivity to Jewish observance, love of Jerusalem

Haaretz: John McCain Made Israelis Feel He Was One of Them



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.



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

Nov. 22 - A Gentleman in Moscow

by Amor Towles

Jan. 3 - The Weight of Ink

by Rachel Kadish

Feb. 14 - My Father’s Paradise:  A Son’s Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq

by Yona Sabar

March 28 - A Backpack, A Bear and Eight Crates of Vodka

by Lev Golinkin

May 9 - All We Leave Behind: A Reporter's Journey Into the Lives of Others

by Carol Off

June 20 - The Other Woman

by Daniel Silva



Kiddush lunch

Stay awhile and chat.

Last Call!

Please purchase your High Holy Day tickets

by Wednesday September 5

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.




Please donate new toys!

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

Bring your gifts to the office.


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Sept. 8

28 Elul


Candle Lighting:

7:24 PM Friday



9:12 AM

Frank Steiman


9:30 AM

Cantor David Young

Rabbi Eli

Ba'al Koreh:

Harvey Bitterman

Shabbat ends:

8:24 PM Saturday

The Lodzer Centre Congregation wishes everyone a beautiful and meaningful Rosh Hashanah.

Torah Portion

Parashat: Nitzavim

Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20

God tells the Jewish people that He placed before them life and death. God then implores them to:

"...choose life, so that you will live..." (Deuteronomy, 30:19)


When the body's desires win over the soul's desire, death wins. If the soul wins, then life is chosen.

Anything that takes effort and is hard to do, but makes you feel on the top of the world when you do it, is choosing life. But choosing death is easy. Not growing or challenging yourself is easy. Anyone can do that. And most of us do.

We're ALL designed for greatness. We're designed for life. Make the right choices and you'll feel richer than you can ever imagine. Like God said, "... choose life, so that you will live." Choose life and you'll know what living really is.  aish

Rosh Chodesh Service

Cantor Young & the Choir


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


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.


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.


Sept. 15

28 Elul


Shabbat Manifesto

Avoid technology

Connect with loved ones

Nurture your health

Get outside

Avoid commerce

Light candles

Drink wine

Eat Challah

Find silence

Give back

Prayer -- Power, Mystery and Hope.

The Lord is my light and my help.


Sept. 16

Shul Kiddush


1 - 3 pm

Meeting in support of

the Yezidi

All Welcome

No Charge

Sep 16th

Oct 14th

Nov 11th

Dec 15th


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.


September 17

8 Tishri, 2935

826 BCE


Temple Dedicated

The 14-day dedication festivities, celebrating the completion of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem built by King Solomon, commenced on the 8th of Tishrei of the year 2935 from creation (826 BCE). The First Temple served as the epicenter of Jewish national and spiritual life for 410 years, until its destruction by the Babylonians in 423 BCE.

(We’ve been around awhile!)


The Holy Temple is the Divine "home" and "place," as the "gate of Heaven" for man's service of G-d, and as the ultimate embodiment of G-d's desire to create life and mankind's endeavor to sanctify it.

September 17




Camp David Accords

Will there ever be another Arab leader willing to make peace with Israel?

Anwar Sadat


“Peace is much more precious than a piece of land... let there be no more wars.”


The Camp David Accords, establishing peace between Israel and Egypt, were signed by Anwar El Sadat and Menachem Begin on this date in 1978 with U.S. President Jimmy Carter serving as witness and facilitator. The Accords resulted in Israel’s withdrawal from the Sinai, which was restored to Egypt; recognition of Israel by Egypt, which became the first Arab state involved in earlier wars with Israel to do so; agreement by Israel to permit the establishment of a “self-governing authority” in the Palestinian territories and to withdraw from the occupied territories; the firm entry of Egypt into the pro-American bloc of Middle Eastern states (which came to include, most significantly, Jordan and Saudi Arabia); and a Nobel Peace Prize shared by Begin and Sadat — who would be assassinated for his peace-making in 1981.


Sept. 18

6:45 pm

Kol Nidre



Sept. 19

9:00 am

Yom Kippur

10:40 am


4:45 - 5:30 pm

Conversation with Rabbi Eli

5:35 pm




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.


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.

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?

September 22



Until his death at age 84, Marcel performed 300 times a year and taught 4 hours a day at his pantomime school in Paris . He died on Yom Kippur, 2007.


It’s good to

Shut up Sometimes

Born to a Jewish family in Strasbourg , France in 1923, young Marcel Mangel discovered Charlie Chaplin at age five and became an avid fan. He entertained his friends with Chaplin imitations, and dreamed of starring in silent movies.

Marcel (Mangel) Marceau

When Marcel was 16, the Nazis marched into France , and the Jews of Strasbourg - near the German border - had to flee for their lives. Marcel changed his last name to Marceau to avoid being identified as Jewish, and joined the French resistance movement.

Masquerading as a boy scout, Marcel evacuated a Jewish orphanage in eastern France . He told the children he was taking them on a vacation in the Alps, and led them to safety in Switzerland . Marcel made the perilous journey three times, saving hundreds of Jewish orphans. He was able to avoid detection by entertaining the children with silent pantomime.


Sept. 23

Erev Sukkot

no evening service

Monday Sept. 24


Tuesday Sept. 25

9:00 am


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


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.

September 28


Shimon Peres

1923 - 2016

The last of






Shimon Peres was the last of Israel's founding fathers.
Ariel Sharon, David Ben-Gurion, Levi Eshkol, Moshe Dayan, Moshe Sharett, Golda Meir, Yigal Allon, Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Shamir, and Yitzhak Rabin are all gone.
And now so is Shimon Peres.

“My father struggled all of his life with his tremendous love for the State of Israel… His biggest dream – peace – my father did not get to see realized.
I ask, in the spirit of my father, that you don’t stop dreaming and daring, because it’s the best thing that could happen to our beloved country”

Chemi Peres

He grasped completely the extraordinary potential there would be if Israel and the region were working together, not simply on security, but on economic advancement, technological breakthroughs and cultural reconciliation. The country Peres wanted to create was to be a gift to the world.

Tony Blair


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.


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…)


Oct. 1

9:00 am

Shemini Atzaret

10:10 am


6:45 pm





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


Oct. 2

9 am



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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.


October 6

27 Tishrei



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.


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!

October 6



Yom Kippur War


The Yom Kippur War

On Saturday October 6th, 1973, as all of Israel came to a standstill to observe the High Holiday of Yom Kippur, Egyptian and Syrian forces launched a surprise attack against Israel knowing she would be caught off-guard.



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


Oct. 25

7 pm



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




Oct. 27

18 Heshvan





6:30 PM Service

Dinner following.

Call Sarah

For Tickets

Limited Seating


Adult: $40

Children (<13): $15

Children (<5): $5


Adult: $50

Children (<13): $20

Children (<5): $5

Havdalah Service





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.




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.


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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