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Cantor David Young talks about the upcoming Cantorial Cabaret.

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May 4, 2019 / 29 Nissan, 5779          Passover Omer: Day 14
Lodzer Shabbat Bulletin

Shabbat Shalom

Light Candles: 8:04 PM Friday
Shabbat Ends: 9:11 PM

Torah Reading:
Parsha Acharei Mot:
Leviticus 16:1 - 18:30  pg480
  1. 16:1-17
  2. 16:18-24
  3. 16:25-34
  4. 17:1-7
  5. 17:8 - 18:5
  6. 18:6-21
  7. 18:22-30
Samuel I  20:18-42  pg948

May 7    Anita Johnson
May 9    Barry Corey
May 10  Pearl Rosen

May 4  Mary Richmond-Yelin, sister of Sheldon Richmond
May 5  Leon Arluk, father of Victor
May 8  Frances Bitterman, mother of Harvey
May 8  Lea Moshe, mother of Ben-Zion
May 9  Izak Kozlowski, father of Paula Litman, Phyllis Rich and Mary Bien
Synagogue General Fund
Marcel & Katalin Hascal
Ron & Linda Rotman
Raul & Anca Knoll

Prayer Book Fund
Barry & Nancy Corey
Sam & Doreen Herzog
The Congregation
People Prayer Possibility

Heichal Shlomo & the Great Synagogue of Jerusalem.

Tomorrow night, we begin marking the annual Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day. Colloquially known in Israel and abroad as “Yom haShoah, this abbreviated reference robs us of perhaps the most important, shrill, intense message of the day; survival is achieved by heroes. Those who find the strength, the foresight, the willpower to overcome the horrors of the unthinkable and carry on.

Tomorrow night, we are going to sit at my dad’s place and talk of the family. Those who did it – fighting, some of them eventually chasing the Nazis all the way back to Germany, and those who didn’t make it, leaving the survivors to pick up the pieces. If your relatives were in Eastern (or central) Europe at the time, chances are we all have those stories to tell; all of them the same, each of them unique.

On the stage of Beit Avi Chai on the corner of King George and JNF street in Jerusalem, they were showing See Under: Love, based on David Grossman’s eponymous book. If you haven’t read it you should. I still remember my first time when the book was still a new release, over 30 years ago.

David Grossman speaks of the silence that surrounded in the 50’s the whole subject of the Holocaust in the families of many survivors. His protagonist Momik grows up in a Jerusalem neighbourhood catching up occasional phrases and building his own picture of what happened through the efforts of his parents to protect their son from knowing the truth.

Just as Israel is ready to celebrate yet another birthday, the country takes a deep breath and pauses to tell the story. The story, while full of unimaginable horrors, while overflowing with pain and suffering, is a tale of our nation pulling through and finding its strength.

The heroism never ceased (if you forgot or doubted it for a moment watch below the message from Rabbi Goldstein of Chabad Poway, who survived the horrific shooting attack on the last day of Pesach).

Am Yisrael Chai. Get together, go to your friends and family, go to your non-Jewish neighbours and tell them the story.

Regards from Eretz haKodesh, I’ll be back home next week; right in time to celebrate Yom haAtzmaut.

Shabbat Shalom,

D’var Torah
Parsha Acharei Mot

This morning’s parsha tells the story of the two goats selected for the ritual expiation of Israel’s sins during the Yom Kippur rites performed by the Kohen Gadol. 

One goat was designated for sacrifice to God and the other for Azazel or to Azazel depending upon what you believe the meaning of Azazel is. 
Some of our Sages believed Azazel to be a devil-like deity and others believed it to be a place. I summarized an article about the meaning of the word “Azazel” written by Dr. Michael Avioz, Department of Bible, Bar Ilan University:
  1. The root is aleph-zayin-lamed which is Aramaic and means “The goat that is sent away or the goat that goes off” – this is the acceptable translation from Mishna, Torah, Vulgate and Ibn Ezra.
  2. Other interpretations say Azazel is a place. In this sense Azazel means an inaccessible region – a place of cliffs and rocks. This is Rashi’s preference. 
  3. Some interpret it to mean a specific mountain - Accordingly, Azazel refers to the name of the mountain to which the goat was taken. In the Second Temple period the goat was taken to a cliff on this mountain and pushed off into the abyss. 
  4. Another interpretation: “The deity has power.” The original version of the text read AZaZ EL (the Hebrew letters ayin, zayin, zayin, aleph, lamed) but was changed in the Masoretic Text to AZAZeL (ayin, zayin, aleph, zayin, lamed) switching the order of the letters alef and zayin in order to obscure the pagan character of this entity, since the Bible does not recognize the existence of other deities and certainly would not call them El, G-d. 
  5. Modern commentators mostly believe Azazel to be the name of a demon. (A demon by the name of Azazel or Azael occurs in post-Biblical literature. Enoch and other works tell of a mystical angel named Azael, who was among those who were attracted by the daughters of men. He reigned over magic, war, and harlotry. The angel Raphael had been ordered to cast him into the wilderness, to live there, imprisoned under rocks and boulders, until the Day of Judgment.
At any rate, the goats of the world could rest easy when their use as a scapegoat to expiate Israel of its sins as part of the Yom Kippur ritual was replaced by prayers, acts of charity and seeking forgiveness.  

Shabbat Shalom,
Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day 2019

The War Within the War:
the Struggle of the Jews to Survive During the Holocaust

Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah in Hebrew) is a national day of commemoration in Israel, on which the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust are memorialized. It is a solemn day, beginning at sunset on the 27th of the month of Nisan and ending the following evening, according to the traditional Jewish custom of marking a day. Places of entertainment are closed and memorial ceremonies are held throughout the country. The central ceremonies, in the evening and the following morning, are held at Yad Vashem and are broadcast on the television. Marking the start of the day-in the presence of the President of the State of Israel and the Prime Minister, dignitaries, survivors, children of survivors and their families, gather together with the general public to take part in the memorial ceremony at Yad Vashem in which six torches, representing the six million murdered Jews, are lit. The following morning, the ceremony at Yad Vashem begins with the sounding of a siren for two minutes throughout the entire country. For the duration of the sounding, work is halted, people walking in the streets stop, cars pull off to the side of the road and everybody stands at silent attention in reverence to the victims of the Holocaust. Afterward, the focus of the ceremony at Yad Vashem is the laying of wreaths at the foot of the six torches, by dignitaries and the representatives of survivor groups and institutions. Other sites of remembrance in Israel, such as the Ghetto Fighters' Kibbutz and Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, also host memorial ceremonies, as do schools, military bases, municipalities and places of work. Throughout the day, both the television and radio broadcast programs about the Holocaust. In recent years, other countries and Jewish communities have adopted Yom Hashoah, the 27th of Nisan, to mark their own day of memorial for the victims of the Holocaust.

"If we wish to live and to bequeath life to our offspring, if we believe that we are to pave the way to the future, then we must first of all not forget."
Prof. Ben Zion Dinur, Yad Vashem, 1956
Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Memorial Day
begins at sundown on Wed, 01 May 2019.
Yom HaShoah is observed as Israel's day of commemoration for the approximately six million Jews and five million others who perished in the Holocaust as a result of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany and its accessories, and for the Jewish resistance in that period.
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 Pirkei 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
Monday, May 27 @ 7:30 PM

From Broadway to the Met
An Evening of Opera, Operetta and Broadway Favourites

Hazzan Tibor Kovari
(Part of Jewish Music Week)

Beth Tikvah Synagogue
3080 Bayview Avenue

$36 in Advance / $40 at Door
Beth Tikvah presents an evening of music by Jewish composers including Gershwin, Alan and Marilyn Bergman (Yentl ), Kalman, Offenbach, Lerner and Loewe as well as Leonard Bernstein, marking 100 years since his birth . An outstanding cast of world class performers are showcased this evening: ... and Hazzan Tibor Kovari (lyric tenor). This program will tug at your heartstrings and bring a smile to your face. Whether you are a fan of Opera, Operetta, Broadway Musicals or all of the above, you are sure to find gems to delight your musical palette. This is an evening you don’t want to miss!


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
Saturday, June 8 - 5 Sivan

Omer Day 49

9:30am Shabbat Services
Bamidbar: Numbers 1:1 - 4:20
Hosea 2:1-22
Jews Accept Torah 
On this day, (1313 BCE,) Moses made a covenant with the Jewish people at the foot of Mount Sinai at which the people declared, "All that G-d has spoken, we shall do and hear" (Exodus 24:7) committing themselves to observe the Torah's commandments ("do") and strive to comprehend them ("hear"), while pledging to "do" also before they "hear."
(Light Holiday Candles after 9:52 PM)

Sunday, June 9 - 6 Sivan

Shavuot 1st Day

9am Morning Minyan
Exodus 19:1 - 20:23
Numbers 28:26-31
Ezekiel 1:1-28; Ezekiel 3:12

On the 6th Sivan of the year 2448 from creation (1313 BCE), seven weeks after the Exodus, G-d revealed Himself on Mount Sinai. The entire people of Israel (600,000 heads of households and their families), as well as the souls of all future generations of Jews, heard G-d declare the first two of the Ten Commandments and witnessed G-d's communication of the other eight through Moses. Following the revelation, Moses ascended the mountain for 40 days, to receive the remainder of the Torah from G-d.

Monday, June 10 - 7 Sivan

Shavuot 2nd Day

9am Morning Minyan
Deuteronomy 15:19 - 16:17
Numbers 28:26-31
Habakkuk 2:20 - 3:19

Yizkor services @ 10:30am

At Sinai, G-d rescinded the "decree" and "divide" (gezeirah) that had been in force since the 2nd day of creation separating the spiritual and the physical into two hermetic worlds; from this point on, "the higher realms could descend into the lower realms, and the lower could ascend to the higher." Thus was born the "mitzvah" -- a physical deed that, by virtue of the fact that it is commanded by G-d, brings G-dliness into the physical world.

Dear Congregants & Friends,

I am thrilled to announce that on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 7 p.m. the Lodzer Congregation will be hosting a Cantorial Cabaret Concert featuring our choir, Cantor Tibor Kovari from Beth Tikvah and his choir,  accompanied by a pianist, cellist and violinist and special guest appearance, my son Jakie.
It will be a memorable musical evening of liturgical, secular and operatic pieces.
Looking forward to seeing you and sharing in this wonderful evening.

Cantor David Young


Hazzan Tibor Kovari, Hazzan and Music Director at Beth Tikvah synagogue since 2003, studied at the Theological Seminary of Hungary in Budapest. He has performed in Israel, Europe and North America and is Past President of the Toronto Council of Hazzanim.

To purchase tickets 
Contact Lodzer Office Manager, Sarah Senior


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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:
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 Mount Etna in the background.

Mount Etna, or Etna, is an active stratovolcano on the east coast of Sicily, Italy, in the Metropolitan City of Catania, between the cities of Messina and Catania. It lies above the convergent plate margin between the African Plate and the Eurasian Plate.

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
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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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1 May 2019, 14:18