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The Time of our Rejoicing

Shabbat Bulletin - September 22, 2018

Your Life Moments


Sept. 27  Laura Catz-Biro

Sept. 28  Reuben Finkelshtain


Sept. 15  Leo & Cheryl Zaidman

Sept. 28  Edward and Desiree Farkas


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

Sept. 27  Alex Berger, father of George

Sept. 28  Lillian Coretsky, mother of Barry Corey

Remember - Don’t Forget - Take Action

Synagogue General Fund

Simon & Rachel Weisman

Rose Berman

Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund

Brian Goldman

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.



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.

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Sept. 22

13 Tishrei


Candle Lighting:

6:58 PM Friday



9:12 AM

Frank Steiman


9:30 AM

Cantor David Young

Rabbi Eli

Ba'al Koreh:

Harvey Bitterman

Shabbat ends:

7:58 PM Saturday

This week’s Kiddush

is sponsored by The Landsberg Family

honouring Alexandra’s

50th Birthday


Deuteronomy 32

Moses foretold the future, (in song,) and warned the Jews that they would:

"become fat ... and ... desert God..." (Deuteronomy, 32:15 )

Don’t let success go to your head and give up those principals that got you where you are today.

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


Sept. 24

Sukkot I

9:00 am


Sept. 25

Sukkot II

9:00 am

Holiday ends:

7:52 PM

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. 29

20 Tishrei


Sukkot VI


The holiday of Sukkot is a time that we remind ourselves that we are not in control. We leave our homes and go into a temporary dwelling, in order to reinforce the idea that our security, our protection, does not come from the roof over our heads. It does not come from our security systems and it does not come from our investments. True protection comes from the Almighty and the Almighty alone. (modified)  aish

At Sukkot,

celebrate the season of

abundance, warm hospitality

and togetherness.


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


October 14

Shul Kiddush


1 - 3 pm

Meeting in support of

the Yezidi

All Welcome

No Charge

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.


Oct. 25

7 pm


Reserve in advance & 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


Men & Women Welcome


Chairman: Anita Johnson


Sylvia Babins & Camila Kucharczuk


Oct. 27

18 Heshvan





6:30 PM Service

Dinner following.

Call Sarah

For Tickets

Limited Seating

Havdalah Service




Vegan and Vegetarian Menus Available. Please advise Sarah.


Adult: $40

Children (<13): $15

Children (<5): $5


Adult: $50

Children (<13): $20

Children (<5): $5

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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