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Jazz, Chagall, Ethiopian Hebrews, and snowstorm

Mark Chagall loved Chicago. In the mid-seventies, having come here to install the mosaics of the Four Seasons, he ended up creating also this gorgeous set of America's Windows for the Art Institute of Chicago (you may remember them from the hugely popular film "Ferris Bueller's Day Off", produced 10 years later).

Have you seen his (probably most famous) stained glass work, the windows for Hadassah Ein Karem in Jerusalem? There are twelve of them, one for each tribe - just like in our Sanctuary. He made a number of those since, from Zurich to the UN building in New York. 
On a sales trip, I will typically (and counterintuitively) have more time for sightseeing than when on a travel project. And in the Windy City, no serious sightseeing can go without a night at a jazz club.
If you are also a jazz fan, enjoy the little musical video I shot for you. The Israeli guitarist Gilad Hekselman has been ripping the North American jazz scene ever since he moved to New York 15 years ago. 
The saxophone is Ben Wendell, it's his composition.
 There is quite a bit to be said about the Jewish architects' input into the development of Chicagoan famous art nouveau.
As we only have so much room here, (and I need to leave something for the next time I report from here,) I will tell you instead of the Synagogue I visited last Shabbat.

Beth Shalom B'nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation is 100 years old. In its early days, it was seriously influenced by Rabbi W.A. Matthew, the founder of the Commandment Keepers and the bearer of the Black Hebrews movement' values and ideas in America.
The original Commandment Keepers congregation in West Harlem, NY fell apart due to inner conflict. The synagogue building was shut down and eventually sold; yet there are a number of Black Jewish congregations around, Beth Shalom B'nai Zaken probably the most influential among them - and the only one outside of New York, to my knowledge.

Majority - though not all - of its congregants are African American, and  Jewish either by ancestry or conversion.
The style of the unaffiliated congregation is "Conservadox"; separate sitting but no mechitzah, women will stand alongside the men and children on the Bimah. The singing is strong and deep, with many original tunes. 

The powerful, passionate sermons are delivered by Rabbi Capers Funnye (pronounced as foo-nay); born in a Methodist Christian family, he became Jew by choice in his late teens, and was later ordained as a Conservative Rabbi. He is very well known, widely respected and recognized for his welcoming and open attitude, outreach work, and passion for social justice.
His story is every bit as fascinating as the history of the movement, and the synagogue service is well worth a visit. Meanwhile, if Chicago is not part of your itinerary for the near future, feel free to roam the congregation's site: bethshalombz

Meanwhile, the blizzard jumbled up my so carefully-laid plans. By the time Chicago was willing to let planes take off again, Pearson airport shut down for arrivals. I still have a couple days to get home - so, hope to see you this Shabbat!

Shabbat Shalom,
Combating Anti-Semitism Committee
The inaugural meeting of the Combating Anti-Semitism Committee was held on  December 16, 2018 at the Lodzer.
Jeff Shabes led off the meeting by suggesting topics for a Lodzer Centre program that would include speakers from all levels of government, survivors of the Holocaust and people who have experienced some form of bigotry. He also suggested we get media coverage from outlets such as CP24, the Sun and City News.
He noted that he tried to get in touch with other synagogues for an educational outreach program in the area to see if they would join us in a group program but to no avail.
Others in the group said we need to have a clear message that we want to send to the general community before embarking on any specific programs.
Other suggestions included:
•    Talking to a film director who has gone out to schools with a film on the Holocaust and the importance of visuals in getting children to learn.
•    Getting different groups such as CIJA, CIJR, Bnai Brith, Jewish Defence League and a Holocaust Education group to come talk to the committee first to tell us what they are doing in the community and how we may be able to glean some ideas from them.
•    Others suggested that those interested in combating anti-Semitism simply join with one of the above-named groups, all of which have a wider audience than the Lodzer.
•    One person suggested that a self-defence course be taught in tandem with the outreach plan.
RESULT: One of the committee members will get in touch with a member of one of the above groups for a meeting to be held on February 24. 
Next meeting: Sunday, February 24 at 10:00am
All are welcome.
Rabbi's Class for Women

On the third Monday of the month, unless otherwise advertised.
7:00 - 8:00pm

Monday, February 25 - The History of Jewish Superstition
Shabbat Rosh Chodesh Service
with Cantor David Young and his choir.

March_2_2019  (25 Adar I)

The Lodzer Centre Sisterhood


An Interactive Magic Experience


Jonah Babins

Tuesday, March 12 @ 7:30pm
Shushan Purim
Oneg Shabbat Service and Dinner

Shabbat Service at 630pm and Full Dinner Following
Friday, March 22

Join us as we commemorate Purim and celebrate the salvation of the Jewish people in ancient Persia from Haman’s plot “to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day,” as recorded in the Megillah (book of Esther).
Thursdays (see schedule)
7:30 PM

Lodzer Kiddush Room

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:
by Lev Golinkin
by Carol Off

June 20 - The Other Woman
by Daniel Silva
Craft Beers and Finger Foods
With Jeff Shabes and Rafi Remez (JRAF)
THURSDAY MAY 30 at 6:30pm
Cantorial Concert 

Thursday, June 13th

Mark it down on your calendar.
Community Events
Ever wonder how much money you’ll need to make it in Israel? Retire in Israel? Join us on Tuesday March 12, 2019 at Lipa Greene Building for a practical workshop about creating a realistic budget, maximizing your active and passive income and understanding your expenses. Separate workshops for retirees and families will be offered. 6 PM-7:30 PM will be for retirees and 8:00 PM-9:30 PM for general families and singles . Please register at: WWW.NBN.ORG.IL/DOLLARSANDSENSE
1953 - 2018
12 Heaton Street, M3H 4Y6  (416) 636-6665

We welcome you to join us for weekly Shabbat Services
and special musical Shabbat Services for Rosh Chodesh
with Cantor David Young and his choir.
Shabbat Rosh Chodesh dates for 5779:
March_2_2019  (25 Adar I)
March_30_2019  (23 Adar II)
May_4_2019  (29 Nissan)
June_1_2019  (27 Iyar)
June_29_2019  (26 Sivan)

Yiskor services will be held on:
Saturday_April_27_2019 -- 8th day of Pesach  (22 Nissan)
Monday_June_10_2019 -- Shavuot  (7 Sivan)

Where in the world is Rabbi Eli?
By the breath of God the ice is formed, and the wide waters freeze solid  Iyov, 37:10
Rabbi Eli will be presiding over most Shabbat services
until mid-March.
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.

Making a difference to our shul
The Board along with Rabbi Eli are setting a new direction for our shul. "We are making changes to shul services and programming, and becoming more of a community." The Board discusses procedures and suggested innovations on a monthly basis. "We're not alone in this and would greatly appreciate your help."
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."
Daily Minyan
Sunday – Friday: 9:00 am
Run by Arthur Zins
- includes Breakfast following.
Come Daven, Fress & Schmooze

Saturdays: Shabbat Service
Birkot ha-Shachar 9:12 AM
Yishtabach 9:30 AM
  - Led by Cantor Young
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.

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.

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