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Cantor David Young talks about the upcoming Cantorial Cabaret.

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The Lodzer Synagogue is a fully egalitarian Conservative synagogue in the heart of Bathurst Manor. It was founded by Holocaust survivors from Lodz Poland almost 60 years ago.
Your support of our efforts to make our Cantorial Cabaret a success is very much appreciated. Our fundraising efforts will ensure the continuation of the legacy of our dear founders.
May 11, 2019 / 6 Iyar, 5779                               Passover Omer: Day 21
Lodzer Shabbat Bulletin

Shabbat Shalom

Light Candles: 8:12 PM Friday
Shabbat Ends: 9:21 PM

Torah Reading:
Parsha Kedoshim: 
Leviticus 19:1 - 20:27  pg497
  1. 19:1-14
  2. 19:15-22
  3. 19:23-32
  4. 19:33-37
  5. 20:1-7
  6. 20:8-22
  7. 20:23-27
Ezekiel 20:2-20  pg1028

May 14 Sidney Lew
May 15 Jack Abrahams

May 11 Minny Peters, mother of David

Nancy & Barry Corey
honouring Barry’s 75th Birthday

Judy & Charly Hazan
honouring their grandson Eitan Sarfaty
People Prayer Possibility
We are gathered today, not in triumph but in tears. Nothing that has happened in Gaza needed to happen. All it took to avoid all the suffering was for Hamas to end firing rockets on innocent Israeli civilians. That’s all.

And let a voice go out today [2019] ... — as it has gone out from Israel since the day it was born, [71] years ago: We want peace - Israel wants peace. We who love Israel want peace. No to terror — yes to peace. Let there be an end to bloodshed and hate. Let there be peace.

We say to those who criticise Israel: You want Palestinian children to grow up with her hope. So do we. You want Palestinians to be able to live in dignity. So do we. You want Palestinian parents to have work, income, and a life for their families. So do we.
We care about the Palestinian future. We care for Palestinian children. We care about life. And that is why we say to Hamas, who for years, day after day, have been endangering the lives of innocent people: Stop killing the Palestinian future. In 2005 Israel withdrew from Gaza. It said to the people of Gaza: the land is yours. The factories, the farms, the buildings our people built are yours. The aid you seek in building an economy is yours. That is when terror should have stopped. Instead that is when the current wave of terror began. The living nightmare for the people of Sderot and Ashdod and Ashkelon. A ceaseless rain of rockets injuring and killing young and old, the vulnerable, the innocent, who wanted nothing except peace.

There are young children in Sderot who have only known a life of living in bomb shelters. Who can live like that? When Jews built the land and state of Israel - The land where our ancestors lived for 4000 years, They didn’t want to fight with their neighbours. They didn’t want to spend a lifetime fighting war and fearing terror. All they wanted to do was live. And so we ask Hamas, and Hezbollah, and the countries that give them aid and arms, Why do you want Israel to die? Stop wanting Israel to die. Start wanting your children to live.

There is one question that cries out for an answer. Why, Hamas, do you hold in such contempt not just Israeli lives but Palestinian lives? Why do you fire rockets from schools, store arms in hospitals, surround yourself with human shields? Why have you consistently acted so as to maximise the death of innocent Palestinians?
‘Hamas deploys suicide attackers including women and children, And rigs up schools and houses with booby trap explosives. Virtually every aspect of its operations is illegal under international humanitarian law. (Colonel Richard Kemp, Senior military adviser to the British cabinet)

The Palestinian future will begin The minute Hamas stops firing rockets on innocent Israelis. The minute they try to stop killing the people whom they see as enemies but who want to live as friends. The minute they stop endangering the Palestinian people by pursuing a policy that is blighting the Palestinian future.

Just say three words: Yes to peace. And a day will come when Israelis and Palestinians, Jews, Muslims and Christians, The people of Sderot and the people of Gaza, Will live together in peace. No longer fighting one another, But helping one another to live in freedom and dignity. That day will come. It could be a hundred years away, Or it could be today. It’s up to Hamas and the countries that give it arms. And for the sake of Palestinian children, and Israeli children, Let it be today. But in the meanwhile we say, Beloved God, The God we worship, The God of life who told us to sanctify life, Al Rahman, the God of compassion, The God of Avraham, Ibrahim, father of our several faiths: Show us the way to live your way. The way of Salaam, The way of Shalom. The way of Peace.
Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) explicitly threatened on Saturday to rain rockets on Tel Aviv’s Eurovision parade.
BY JPOST EDITORIAL   MAY 5, 2019 21:39  
If you’re feeling deja vu after the weekend’s events, you’re not alone. All of Israel is in the same boat.

Once again, Hamas and its fellow travelers in terrorism shot a barrage of hundreds of rockets in one day, striking Israel’s South and causing injury, death and damage. (...)

On Friday, the IDF released the numbers of the fallen who we will remember on Wednesday, which is Yom Hazikaron – Remembrance Day for Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism. Now there’s three more to add to the list, including 60-year-old Moshe Agadi of Ashkelon, who Gazan terrorists murdered with one of their rockets.

The timing of the latest onslaught of rocket fire from the radical Islamists in Gaza is not accidental. The day after Yom Hazikaron, we mark Yom Haatzmaut – Independence Day – and Israelis around the country plan to celebrate the 71st anniversary of Israel’s establishment. But Hamas does not assault Israel in the first week of the Hebrew month of Iyyar every year.

This year is different. This year, we have a once-in-two-decades event: the Eurovision Song Contest set to take place in Tel Aviv in less than two weeks. Musical acts from across Europe and beyond have already arrived in Israel and begun rehearsals, as well as touring the country and sharing their experiences with their fans at home via social media.

Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) explicitly threatened on Saturday to rain rockets on Tel Aviv’s Eurovision parade.

Thus far, the so-called “Tel Aviv bubble” has not been popped, and in the White City, residents and tourists alike – pop stars or not – can go about their business as planned, for now. But it was less than two months ago when the city’s Thursday-night revelers had to run from bars, clubs and theaters, and its parents had to rush children from bed to bomb shelter when an air raid siren went off. The Jerusalem Post’s Amy Spiro reported that the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said the show must go on, and continued rehearsals.

“We continue to work alongside KAN and the Home Front Command to safeguard the well-being of everyone working in and joining us at Expo Tel Aviv. We will continue to closely monitor the current situation, and rehearsals will continue as normal,” the EBU said.

For Israel, too, things are continuing “as normal.” The problem is that our “as normal” has included Hamas and PIJ shooting rockets at civilians for well over a decade. There are 18-year-olds from the South enlisting in the IDF who cannot remember a life that is not punctuated with sporadic sirens, running for shelter and prayers that their loved ones made it on time.

This is absolutely unacceptable.

We need to put a stop to the rockets from Gaza once and for all. But it is also time that we come up with a clear strategy of what to do with Gaza. If we are going to use military force to try and solve the Hamas threat, then the force this time needs to be overwhelming so that it will deter Hamas for as long as possible – not like after the last round of violence, which was just five weeks ago.

If the government is working to reach a new “arrangement” with Hamas, then that, too, is an option – but it needs to be done in a way that works and does not unravel every time Qatari money is late in making its way into the Strip.

Hamas and other terrorists think that they can set the agenda and decide when we fight and when we don’t. One of the goals of terrorism - as its name implies - is to strike fear in the hearts of civilians and disrupt their lives.

Israelis throughout the country, including south of the “Tel Aviv bubble,” have a right to normalcy that doesn’t involve rockets and war. We should be able to celebrate Independence Day without our reservists being away from home – and to hold a major international cultural event safely and proudly.

Let’s hit Hamas and Islamic Jihad hard, and then show them that they can’t kill our spirit and our way of life. Let’s stop the wave of rockets, and then celebrate 71 years of the Jewish people having our own country and being strong enough to defend it.

Proud Grandparents.
The name... we'll find out Thursday at the Bris.


Yom HaZikaron

begins the evening of
Tuesday, May 7
Yom HaZikaron is Israel's official remembrance day, enacted into law in 1963. While Yom HaZikaron has been traditionally dedicated to fallen soldiers, commemoration has also been extended to civilian victims of terrorism.

Yom Hazikaron is an especially solemn time and marked by ceremonies and silences across the country.

Yom Ha'atzmaut

begins the evening of
Wednesday, May 8
Independence Day is the national day of Israel, commemorating the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948. 

David Ben-Gurion, who was the first prime minister of Israel, publicly read the Declaration of Independence of Israel on May 14, 1948. According to the Jewish calendar, this was the fifth day of Iyar.
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!
Online Registration

Be on the lookout!
The Lodzer Congregation
will walk under its own banner.


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
Shabbat Rosh Chodesh Service
with Cantor David Young and his choir.

Saturday, June 1  (27 Iyar)
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

Cantor David Young began his musical career at the age of 9 performing as a child soloist with Cantor Nathan T. Adler and the Shaarei Shomayim choir. 
Under the mentorship of Cantor Harold Klein, Cantor Young became the youngest conductor in Canada when appointed musical director of the choir at the tender age of 16.
Cantor Young has served in the past as Cantor for the Shaar Shalom, Beth Torah and Borochov congregations, and has studied voice under the guidance of Robert Leowen and David Dunbar.

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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August 25 - 31
City of Łódź
Official commemoration of the
75th Anniversary of Liquidation of the Litzmannstadt - Ghetto.

Main Commemorations
29 August 2019
11am - Jewish Cemetery, 40 Bracka St.
12am - March of Remembrance from the Jewish Cemetery to the Radegast Station.
12:30pm - Museum of the Independence Traditions in Łódź, Radegast Station.
8pm - Survivors Park, 83 Wojska Polskiego St.
We Long for a Home… Jazz concert inspired by music 1945-1949 by artists who survived the Łódź ghetto.

Please join us for this milestone event...

Syd Markowitz / Freda Kon (survivor)
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:
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: Heichal Shlomo & the Great Synagogue of Jerusalem.
Heichal Shlomo is the former seat of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and currently a museum. It is located adjacent to the Great Synagogue on King George Street, Jerusalem, opposite the Leonardo Plaza Hotel. The building was erected between 1953 and 1958, following plans by German-born architect Dr. Alexander Friedman. 
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 Steiman (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.

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