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Cantor David Young talks about the upcoming Cantorial Cabaret.

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May 18, 2019 / 13 Iyar, 5779                               Passover Omer: Day 28
Lodzer Shabbat Bulletin

Shabbat Shalom

Light Candles: 8:20 PM Friday
Shabbat Ends: 9:30 PM

Parshat Emor: Leviticus:
  1. 23:23 - 23:25    pg522
  2. 23:26 - 23:32    
  3. 23:33 - 23:44    
  4. 24:1 - 24:4    
  5. 24:5 - 24:9    
  6. 24:10 - 24:12    
  7. 24:13 - 24:23    
  8. 24:21 - 24:23  
Ezekiel 44:15 - 44:31    pg528


Synagogue General Fund
Phyllis Douglas
Rachel Weisman

May 24  Freda Kon

May 19  Sam & Andrea Waserman

May 18  Leslie Ann Levy, daughter of Barry & Nancy Corey
May 18  Max Szweras, husband of Irene
May 20  Dvora Geskin-Shapiro, mother of Yona Nadler
May 22  Shae Golden, father of Bluma Nemirov
The Lodzer Congregation

When celebrating simchas at our shul
please no concussion candies
we never know if there is a doctor in the house!
People Prayer Possibility
18 - 18 Youth Promo
18$ for youth under 18
It will be the Chai-light of your June!

At the last Committee meeting, Rafi wanted something, (a postcard,) that could be handed out at the UJA, Walk with Israel. I was tasked with the job.
Hey, put them under the windshield wiper blades on the cars at Kivas and bagel world, in the Metro shopping plaza at Bathurst and Sheppard. The parking area outside of Pickle Barrel at CenterPoint.
Charles Greene

Great idea. Between the stores at Center Street and Wilson. no Frills and the UJA walk we should be able to drum up business. 
Rafael Remez

This is our shot. Whoever can help please meet us at The Lodzer at 7:30 am Monday to put out lawn signs along the route. Others can distribute Charles’ post cards onto car windows in Jewish store parking lots. This is our biggest opportunity to get the word out about the concert. We need help. Let’s jump on this!!!!
Judy Hazan

Can we distribute some at the no frills at Bathurst and centre?
Jeff Shabes
We have the chance to really get some great exposure for the concert at the UJA Walk for Israel on Monday. We are meeting at The Lodzer at 7:30 am to distribute lawn signs along the route and to place postcards on car windows as well as handouts. We need help. Please meet us at the shul at 7:30 AM.
Judy Hazan

"Join us as we do the Can-Can down Bathurst for the Walk with Israel"
You do realize that once you ask everyone to help,
No one will show up!
"Prove me wrong," Charles Greene


“Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future”
Elie Wiesel
I have had the privilege of attending every event in the past several years, as part of the Zochor Coalition.  This year’s theme was Struggle for Survival: Jewish Resistance during the Holocaust. During the Holocaust, the Nazis sought to annihilate the Jews, not only physically, but to erase all traces of our culture and religion. Today, Holocaust education becomes more urgent than ever, as significant numbers of Canadians are not aware of the Holocaust, with Millennials (age 18-34) being particularly uninformed.
Survey by Claims Conference and Azrieli Foundation:
54% of those surveyed do not know that 6,000,000 Jews were killed during the Holocaust
52% of millennials aged 18-34 cannot name one concentration camp or ghetto
23% haven’t heard of or aren’t sure they’ve heard of the Holocaust
Over 200 students from Ontario and Quebec high schools attended the program. They heard first hand testimonies from Holocaust survivors. This will be the last generation to personally engage directly with Holocaust survivors. 
STRUGGLE FOR SURVIVAL:  Many Jewish resistance efforts were recorded in historical accounts of the Shoah. Deprived of resources and living in constant fear of the Nazi terror, Jews fought not only for their physical survival, but they also fought to preserve their Jewish ancestral heritage for future generations. 
It was very difficult to escape the Nazi war machine, with many resistance fighters out armed, living in the forests and underground. Illness and disease and lack of food, while other Jews were sent to labor camps, murdered or sent to Concentration Camps.  There were also the Righteous Gentiles, who helped Jewish Men, Women and Children, by hiding them at the risk of their own lives.
In addition to the Jews of the underground, there was the Cultural Resistance which, took place by documenting daily life, keeping diaries, writing poems and songs. Maintained in secrecy, various illegal underground libraries served many Jews. Perhaps the most famous diary from the Holocaust was written by Anne Frank.

Jews were not allowed to observe religious rituals in most ghettos, despite that, they continued to pray in secret and observed religious services. Prayer served to instill courage, reaffirm cultural and religious identity, and provide comfort in the face of both physical and spiritual extermination. This does not surprise me, especially after my trip to Portugal, my research on the Murano’s or New Christians of that country, and their struggle for survival. It even goes further, anytime the Jews left their homeland due to unforeseen conditions, they reemerged in another part of the world only to contribute to society as a whole. 
Jewishness runs deep, not just as a matter of survival, but it is also an inherent gift. This is more evident in times of struggle. At high cost, Jewish armed resistance would at times join partisan units in Eastern Europe or participate in underground movements in Western Europe. Close to 100 underground organizations were formed in Nazi-occupied Europe. 

The Right Honorable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, who made a keynote address, vowing to support Israel and address anti-Semitism. He also apologized on behalf of the Canadian Government.  In 1939, the MS St. Louis was carrying 907 German Jewish passengers fleeing Nazi violence. Its captain tried in vain to find homes for his passengers, looking for refuge in Cuba and the United States. But they were turned away.
The ship then tried to dock in Halifax, but then-prime minister Mackenzie King didn’t allow it. In the years leading up to and including the Second World War, the Canadian government heeded anti-Semitic sentiment by severely restricting Jewish immigration. From 1933 to 1945, only about 5,000 Jewish refugees were accepted due to what Trudeau called “our discriminatory ‘none is too many’ immigration policy” in place at that time. The Jewish refugees on the ship were forced to return to Europe, where 254 of those aboard eventually died in the slaughter that became the Holocaust.

It was an eventful day, but have we come any further to eliminating anti-Semitism? We read that incidents of anti-Semitism are on the rise. Europe is in turmoil and still some leaders depict that governments are run by Jews. Most recently, a 95-year-old accused of complicity in Nazi war crimes during the Second World War had lost his latest appeal of the federal government’s decision to strip him of his citizenship, a development that may pave the way for his removal from Canada.
Observers say that the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau must now make a political decision about whether to order the deportation of Helmut Oberlander, whose legal battles to remain in Canada began in the mid-1990s. Mr. Trudeau, I listened to your passionate speech. It’s time for actions to speak louder than words.
 We have all been victimized, if not by having our parents suffer the consequences of the Nazis -- we are forced to be vigilant of our very existence. Although some leaders have apologized, many of us sit and watch, we cannot again be victims. I have heard it said that there is no one thing that will make hate go away, only time will heal hatred. I’m not so sure of that, but at the same time I am hopeful, that a new reality takes place. 
Opinion piece by Isi Davis
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.
Monday, May 20 at 7 PM

Sisterhood Monday Nights
With Rabbi Eli

Sisterhood Monday nights are back!
May 20, June 17, July 22 - three nights dedicated to discussions of medical topics viewed through the prism of Judaism.
Organ donation, elective surgery, assisted suicide, abortions, stem cell research, surrogate motherhood, human cloning, and 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!
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 3:14 - 4:20  pg576
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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Please help us advertise this 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:

June 20 - The Other Woman
by Daniel Silva
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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Charles Greene,
14 May 2019, 20:20