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1953 - 2018

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We Remember Them

In the rising of the sun and in its goin’ down,
we remember them.
In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter,
we remember them.
In the opening of buds and in the rebirth of spring,
we remember them.
In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer,
we remember them.
In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of autumn,
we remember them.
In the beginning of the year and when it ends,
we remember them.
When we are weary and in need of strength,
we remember them.
When we are lost and sick at heart,
we remember them.
When we have joys we yearn to share,
we remember them.
So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us,
as we remember them.

Poem by Rabbi Sylvan Kamens & Rabbi Jack Riemer


May you have a Peaceful and Blessed Yom Kippur

Shabbat Bulletin - September 15, 2018

Thanks to all that came out to help last week

in preparations for the High Holy Days.

We need and appreciate your help.

G’mar Chatima Tova

Your Life Moments


Sept. 9    Ida Abramowitz

Sept. 9    Lily Gerber

Sept. 12  Helen Gould

Sept. 12  Avi Pasco

Sept. 13  Alla Kabacznik


Sept. 15  Leo & Cheryl Zaidman


Sept.15  Al Grunberg, father of Rick

Sept.16  Shirley Goldman, mother of Brian

Sept. 16  Dina Lew, mother of Sidney

Sept. 16  Izzy Simmons, husband of Faye

Sept. 16  Rachel Waserman,  aunt of Reisa Grunberg

Sept. 19  Yosef Fichtenbaum, uncle of Pearl Rosen

Sept. 19  Zindi Fichtenbaum, grandfather of Pearl Rosen

Sept. 19,  Al Golden, brother of Bluma Nemirov


Anyone who saw Richie and Dan would have assumed that they were brothers. They practically dressed the same, they liked to play the same games, and they were nearly always together. Who would have guessed that just three weeks ago they hadn't even known each other?

Their two families had met each other during their summer vacation at the Sunny-Side bungalow vacation colony. And while both families really hit it off, nothing came close to the wonderful friendship that had developed between the two boys.

The weeks went on and soon it was time for the summer to end. The boys' families, along with the rest of the colony, were busily packing up their belongings for their trips back home.

"Richie!" his dad called out from behind their back porch, "Can you please help me take apart the bar-b-que?"

There was no answer. Soon the family realized that Richie was nowhere in sight. They went out to the main grounds to look for him and were surprised to find Dan's family searching for their son. After a tense hour of searching and almost calling the police, they discovered that both boys had walked down to the lake.

Their parents were relieved to find the boys, but they were also dismayed when they realized why the boys had walked off without telling anyone.

"We don't want to go home!" said Richie.

"Please don't make us leave," pleaded Dan.

Their parents understood that the new best friends didn't want to break up. But they patiently explained to them that there was no choice.

Sadly Richie and Dan ... walked back together toward the bungalows, trailing behind their families. As they made their way down the quiet, tree-lined path to the bungalow, Richie, through teary eyes murmured to Dan, "I wish we never came here!"

His friend turned to him with a sympathetic look.

Richie continued, "Why did we bother making friends here just to have to go home?"

Dan nodded and said, "You know, it has been a great summer, and it's really hard to see it end. But I'm glad I came, anyway."

Richie, who was playing with a twig he had found, looked up. "Why?" he asked.

"Even though we only got to be friends for a little while, if I hadn't come we wouldn't have gotten to be friends at all," Dan said. "You wouldn't have taught me how to throw a curve-ball, and I never would have realized that there was anyone else in the world who liked peanut-butter pizza!"

The boys laughed. As they walked on they talked about all the great times they'd had. They planned to write to each other and to ask their families to come back next summer, even though they realized that it might not happen.

"I guess I'm also glad I came," admitted Richie as the boys neared the end of the trail. "A friend like you was worth making for any amount of time." aish (modified)

Vayelech (Deuteronomy 31)

Life is always changing. Each person we meet, each place we go, and each thing we do, is an opportunity to experience, learn from, and just plain enjoy.

But most situations don't last forever. We may find ourselves experiencing some transitions in life. Some changes will be easier, some may be more difficult.

The Jewish people had to face a big change when Moses, their great teacher and leader, gathered them together to tell them he would be leaving this world very soon. He wanted to share his wisdom with them one last time. Although the people felt sad and anxious that he was leaving, Moses tried to encourage them and to help them to realize that their time together had been valuable and what they had gained from the opportunity would remain with them.

We can learn from this how to deal positively with life's transitions and know that even if something good comes to an end, the good that we found in it will remain with us forever. aish

Liberation Through Non - Clinging



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.


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.

1.4 2.1 2.8




Sept. 15

28 Elul


Candle Lighting:

7:11 PM Friday



9:12 AM

Frank Steiman


9:30 AM

Cantor David Young

Rabbi Eli

Ba'al Koreh:

Harvey Bitterman

Shabbat ends:

8:11 PM Saturday

May we all be inscribed in the

Book of Life.

Discovering Ourselves

Deuteronomy 31

"Beyond all the good, rational reasons, Torah is the mysterious bridge which connects the Jew and God, across which they interact and communicate, and by means of which God fulfills His covenant with His people to sustain them and protect them.

"When we study Torah, we are not studying an abstract and arcane text of the ancient world. We are studying the way in which God wants us to live on this earth... (We) are in fact engaged in discovering the essence of Judaism, which is to say, the essence of ourselves..."

Rabbi Emanuel Feldman


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?


Sept. 22

6 Tishrei


Shabbat was and is a glorious gift from the Almighty, or at least from the Jewish people if you prefer.  Just consider the concept, especially in the ancient world. Shabbat is about expressing joy!! Joy at being able to carry out mitzvot, joy at being able to enjoy life and the greatest joy of all, that of being Jewish!  RE

Unplug from the internet and turn off your cell phone

once a week

and fully experience

real "analog" life

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.

At no other time do we celebrate our relationship with the Torah like we do on Simchat Torah. Dancing with the Scroll as though it were our beloved bride, singing love songs and clutching the Torah in a tight embrace, we emphasize the message of the Torah’s relevance today, as it was hundreds and thousands of years ago. RE


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


Reserve in advance or pay at the door.


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



Chairman: Anita Johnson


Sylvia Babins & Camila Kucharczuk


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




Vegan and Vegetarian Menus Available. Please advise Sarah.


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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