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April 27, 2019 / 22 Nissan, 5779          Passover Omer: Day 7
Lodzer Shabbat Bulletin
Light Candles 7:56 PM Friday
Shabbat Ends: 9:02 PM

Torah Reading:
Deuteronomy 14:22 - 16:17 pg810
  1. 14:22-29
  2. 15:1-18
  3. 15:19-23
  4. 16:1-3
  5. 16:4-8
  6. 16:9-12
  7. 16:13-17
Numbers 28:19-25 pg695

Isaiah 10:32 - 12:6 pg1023

The Congregation
May 3  Fred Bloch

April 27  Abraham Goldberg,
father of Alla Kabacznik
April 27  Brana Hascal,
mother of Marcel
April 27  Chaya & Moisha Nosak,
grandparents of Morry
April 27  Max Applebaum,
father of Sheilah Solomon
May 1    Pola Arluk,
mother of Victor
May 2    David Cohen,
father of Dianne Herzog
May 2    Rae Himmelhoch,
mother of Desiree Farkas
May 4    Sam Koller,
uncle of Raul Knoll
May 4    Mary Richmond-Yelin,
sister of Sheldon Richmond
People Prayer Possibility
Stromboli, Aeolian Islands
We humans tend to be visual creatures. Perceiving a story through physical senses will typically enhance it greatly, make it play in colour in our heads.
To quote rabbi William Shakespeare, all the world is a stage.
Standing in the ruins of the picturesque Greek theatre in Taormina, we prepare here excitedly for a full day on and around one of the most fascinating volcanoes on the planet.

Stromboli has been in pretty much continuous eruption for the past 2,000 years.
We sail out to the island of Stromboli - from here, those of us who opt to ascend the volcano are going to climb some 900 m above the sea and peek into the fire-belching crater. Then, we will come back and join those sailing around.
Nature can be truly humbling - our Sages even introduced a blessing recited when you witness a volcanic eruption. Baruch Ata... she-Kocho u-Gevurato maleh Olam, Blessed are You, oh God... Whose power and might fill the universe.
Three days after reading the Haggadah, we actually get to witness the smoldering lava, burning fire and steaming ash coming live out of the earth.
As we keep climbing, we encounter the first burning bush. Should we take our shoes off? Moses did, after all. Then again, he was explicitly told to.
Here comes the pillar of smoke by day, and pillar of fire by night. We smell the sulfur, see bits of ash flying in the air. And the roar, the low grumbling of the mountain's guts. You could hear it miles away. If that mountain were floating above your head, like Sinai above the heads of our ancestors according to the Midrash, would you have refused the Almighty's gentle offer of the Torah and its commandments?
We head home, davening Ma'ariv onboard. 
As the Bard tells us, the Shul must go on.
The prayer comes out quite inspired. We can't help but compare our own finality to the little part of something very, very big that we just touched.
Mo'adim le-Simchah you beautiful people. See you next week in the Promised Land. We just need to behave, lest the week turns into 40 years.

Why I Love Passover
Judy Hazan
Call me crazy, but I love everything about Passover – including the cleaning the organizing, the cooking, the preparations. I love the new beginnings, the fresh start, the clean slate that celebrating our freedom brings. When you think about it, what an incredible opportunity Pesach gives us. Every year we have the chance to show our gratitude to the Almighty for the freedom we enjoy; who else has such an opportunity built in to their calendar? Passover is a uniquely Jewish concept – and one that has withstood the test of time from Sinai to today. We are compelled to think about freedom and we have a well-worn method to accomplish this – the Haggadah which we read year after year at our seders. 

The seders are over and all that’s left of Pesach is its end. Soon we will put away our dishes, wrap up our best pesach silver, and bring hametz into our homes. For this brief week we have honoured our Creator by respecting this beautiful time and giving this holiday our very best efforts. I’m sad to see it go, but we have next year to look forward to! 

May you and your family be blessed with health and mazel this year; may you enjoy another Passover with your loved ones and may the spirit of Pesach sustain you for another year.

Hags sameach! 


Passover Services

Celebrate our Freedom

Friday_April_26_2019 (21 Nissan)
Passover Day 7 Service starts at 9 AM

Saturday_April_27_2019  (22 Nissan)
Omer: Day 7 
Shabbat services start at 9 AM
Pesach Yizkor - approximate starting time 10:15 - 10:30 AM
The Parsha reading catalogs the annual cycle of festivals, their special observances, and the offerings brought on these occasions to the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

The last day of Passover is particularly associated with Moshiach and the future redemption. The Haftarah  describes the promised future era of universal peace and divine perfection.

Yizkor, the remembrance prayer for departed parents, is recited today after the morning reading of the Torah.
Shabbat Rosh Chodesh Service
with Cantor David Young and his choir.

May_4_2019  (29 Nissan)
The annual National Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony, held at the National War Museum in Ottawa, commemorates the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and pays tribute to the survivors who rebuilt their lives in Canada. The program includes a personal account by a Holocaust survivor, remarks by the leaders of the major Canadian political parties, and moving musical presentations. Participants come from Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto as well as other communities, including 200 high school students. The 2019 theme is, "Struggle for Survival: Jewish Resistance during the Holocaust." A reception follows the event.
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 Carol Off

June 20 - The Other Woman
by Daniel Silva

SHABBAT MAY 11 - A Special Treat

Chapter One Pirke Avot will be chanted by
8-year old Eitan Sarfaty (grandson of Judy and Charly Hazan)
in the Sephardic style.
UJA’s Walk with Israel is one of the largest Israel solidarity fundraising events in the world. First held in May 1970, the Walk is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019 by returning to our roots in the heart of the Jewish community along Bathurst Street in North York. An estimated 20,000 people will join the Walk in an inspiring show of Jewish unity, pride, and support for our unbreakable bond with the land and people of Israel.

UJA's Walk with Israel takes place on Monday, May 20, 2019 - rain or shine! Pre-Walk festivities, Registration, and Walk Package Pickups, including route maps, start at 9am. The Walk begins promptly at 10 a.m.
The eight-kilometre Walk begins at Earl Bales Park in North York and winds its way through neighbourhoods along Bathurst Street, as far south as St. Germain Avenue, before heading back north, ending up at the first-ever Renee & Irwin Nadal Bathurst Street Fest. The Street Fest will see a one-kilometre route from York Downs Drive to Charleswood Drive closed to traffic from 11.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. for a family-friendly 50th anniversary celebration complete with music, dance, entertainment, food & more!


SUNDAY MAY 26 at 10:30 AM


Craft Beers and Finger Foods
With Jeff Shabes and Rafi Remez (JRAF)
THURSDAY MAY 30 at 6:30pm
$50 pp / $75 couple
Reserve now 416-636-6665
3pc. Musical Accompaniment.
Special appearances
by Jakie Young and other renowned guests.
Dessert Reception by Lodzer Sisterhood following.

Buy Tickets Now 416-636-6665
Contact Jeff Shabes
Lodzer on tap

Morning Minyan

Sunday – Friday: 9:00 am
Run by Arthur Zins
- includes Breakfast following.
Come Daven, Fress & Schmooze


Wednesday evenings from 7:30 - 8:30 PM
Please join this lively group,
led by Judy Hazan


Fridays 9:30 am
With warm-ups for joints and boxing drills. Free.
Led by David Birken.

David also leads the Karate up at Bernard Betel on Tuesdays at 2 PM.

Shabbat Services

Birkot ha-Shachar 9:12 am
Yishtabach 9:30 AM
Led by Cantor Young
includes Kiddush Luncheon
1953 - 2019
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:
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?
Last sighting: Standing in the ruins of the picturesque Greek theatre in Taormina, overlooking the volcano on the Aeolian island of Stromboli in the background.

Taormina is a hilltop town on the east coast of Sicily. It sits near Mount Etna, an active volcano with trails leading to the summit. The town is known for its ancient Greco-­Roman theater still used today. Near the theater, cliffs drop to the sea forming coves with sandy beaches.

The Aeolian Islands are a volcanic archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea north of Sicily, named after the demigod of the winds Aeolus. The islands' inhabitants are known as Aeolians. The Aeolian Islands are a popular tourist destination in the summer and attract up to 200,000 visitors annually.
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."

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.

Team Lodzer

Office Manager
Sarah Senior: 416-636-6665

Office Hours
Monday through Thursday:
9am - 1pm & 2pm - 4pm
Friday: 9am to 1pm

Rabbi Eli Courante
Cantor David Young
Ba’al Koreh Harvey Bitterman
Gabbai Arnold Yudell
Gabbai Sheni Rafi Remez

Board of Directors
Jeff Shabes, President
Harvey Storm, 1st VP
Judy Hazan, 2nd VP
Morry Nosak, Treasurer
Marilyn Richmond, Secretary
Josef Ber
Roz Greene
Syd Markowitz
Rafi Remez

Honourary Board Members
Eli Batsre (refuah shleimah)
Leon Pasternak
Frank Steinman (Welcome back, Frank!)

The Lodzer Sisterhood
Please Contact:

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.

Editor: Charles Greene
Bulletin Oversight: Judy Hazan
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Charles Greene,
24 Apr 2019, 13:48