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June 1, 2019 / 27 Iyar, 5779                                                Omer: Day 42
 
Lodzer Shabbat Bulletin

Shabbat Shalom

 
Light Candles: 8:33 PM Friday
Shabbat Ends: 9:45 PM

Parshat Bechukotai: Leviticus:
1: 27:1-4  pg547
2: 27:5-8
3: 27:9-15
4: 27:16-21
5: 27:22-25
6: 27:26-28
7: 27:29-34
maf: 27:32-34
  
Haftarah: Jeremiah 16:19 - 17:14  pg551
 

YOUR LIFE MOMENTS
 

Birthdays
June 1  Isaak Dagan
June 5  Talia Baldor
June 5  David Bottner
June 5  Matthew Grossman
June 5  Syd Markowitz
June 5  Alan Shievitz
June 6  Sarah Moshe
June 7  Roz Greene
June 7 Mark Johnson

Anniversaries
June 1  David & Barbara Peters
June 7  Michael & Debbie Spigelman

Yarzheits
June 1  Rose Gould Lefko Cohen, mother-in-law of Helen Gould
June 4  Milton Yudell, father of Arnold
June 5  Zenek Wajgensberg, father of Dorothy Tessis
 
 
TODAY’S KIDDUSH IS SPONSORED BY
Simon Jackson for his 90th Birthday


PLEASE...
When celebrating simchas at our shul
please no concussion candies
we never know if there is a doctor in the house!
People Prayer Possibility

Mazel Tov to Michael & Debbie Spigelman
on the birth of their granddaughter
Roni Bayla daughter of Shelby & Shane Altbaum

A Letter to the World from Jerusalem 

by Eliezer Ben Yisrael
Summer 1969

I am not a creature from another planet, as you seem to believe. I am a Jerusalemite like yourselves, a man of flesh and blood. I am a citizen of my city, an integral part of my people.

I have a few things to get off my chest. Because I am not a diplomat, I do not have to mince words. I do not have to please you, or even persuade you. I owe you nothing. You did not build this city; you did not live in it; you did not defend it when they came to destroy it. And we will be damned if we will let you take it away.

There was a Jerusalem before there was a New York. When Berlin, Moscow, London, and Paris were miasmal forest and swamp, there was a thriving Jewish community here. It gave something to the world which you nations have rejected ever since you established yourselves - a humane moral code.

Here the prophets walked, their words flashing like forked lightning. Here a people who wanted nothing more than to be left alone, fought off waves of heathen wouldbe conquerors, bled and died on the battlements, hurled themselves into the flames of their burning Temple rather than surrender, and when finally overwhelmed by sheer numbers and led away into captivity, swore that before they forgot Jerusalem, they would see their tongues cleave to their palates, their right arms wither.

For two painfilled millennia, while we were your unwelcome guests, we prayed daily to return to this city. Three times a day we petitioned the Almighty: “Gather us from the four corners of the world, bring us upright to our land; return in mercy to Jerusalem, Thy city, and dwell in it as Thou promised.” On every Yom Kippur and Passover, we fervently voice the hope that next year would find us in Jerusalem.

Your inquisitions, pogroms, expulsions, the ghettos into which you jammed us, your forced baptisms, your quota systems, your genteel antiSemitism, and the final unspeakable horror, the holocaust (and worse, your terrifying disinterest in it) - all these have not broken us. They may have sapped what little moral strength you still possessed, but they forged us into steel. Do you think that you can break us now after all we have been through? Do you really believe that after Dachau and Auschwitz we are frightened by your threats of blockades and sanctions? We have been to Hell and back a Hell of your making. What more could you possibly have in your arsenal that could scare us?

I have watched this city bombarded twice by nations calling themselves civilized. In 1948, while you looked on apathetically, I saw women and children blown to smithereens, after we agreed to your request to internationalize the city. It was a deadly combination that did the job. British officers, Arab gunners, and American made cannons. And then the savage sacking of the Old City; the willful slaughter, the wanton destruction of every synagogue and religious school; the desecration of Jewish cemeteries; the sale by a ghoulish government of tombstones for building materials, for poultry runs, army camps - even latrines.

And you never said a word.

You never breathed the slightest protest when the Jordanians shut off the holiest of our places, the Western Wall, in violation of the pledges they had made after the war - a war they waged, incidentally, against the decision of the UN. Not a murmur came from you whenever the legionnaires in their spiked helmets casually opened fire upon our citizens from behind the walls.

Your hearts bled when Berlin came under siege. You rushed your airlift "to save the gallant Berliners". But you did not send one ounce of food when Jews starved in besieged Jerusalem. You thundered against the wall which the East Germans ran through the middle of the German capital - but not one peep out of you about that other wall, the one that tore through the heart of Jerusalem.

And when that same thing happened 20 years later, and the Arabs unleashed a savage, unprovoked bombardment of the Holy City again, did any of you do anything?

The only time you came to life was when the city was at last reunited. Then you wrung your hands and spoke loftily of "justice" and need for the "Christian" quality of turning the other cheek.

The truth is - and you know it deep inside your gut - you would prefer the city to be destroyed rather than have it governed by Jews. No matter how diplomatically you phrase it, the age old prejudices seep out of every word.

If our return to the city has tied your theology in knots, perhaps you had better reexamine your catechisms. After what we have been through, we are not passively going to accommodate ourselves to the twisted idea that we are to suffer eternal homelessness until we accept your savior.

For the first time since the year 70 there is now complete religious freedom for all in Jerusalem. For the first time since the Romans put a torch to the Temple, everyone has equal rights. (You prefer to have some more equal than others.) We loathe the sword - but it was you who forced us to take it up. We crave peace - but we are not going back to the peace of 1948 as you would like us to.

We are home. It has a lovely sound for a nation you have willed to wander over the face of the globe. We are not leaving. We are redeeming the pledge made by our forefathers: Jerusalem is being rebuilt. "Next year" and the year after, and after, and after, until the end of time - "in Jerusalem!"
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This "letter" (written by Eliezer Whartman) first appeared as an editorial in the summer of '69 in the Times of Israel (long defunct). Some of the sentences do not fit today's situation perfectly, but the point of the letter, and its passion is as on the mark as it was over 38 years ago.

Who should read this letter? People - nonJews or Jews - who think that Jerusalem does not belong to the Jewish People, and only to the Jewish People. And what about Jews who love Jerusalem and want to see it and all of Israel in Jewish hands? This letter is wonderful CHIZUK. Enjoy it.   jr.co.il

JERUSALEM OF GOLD

The mountain air is clear as wine - And the scent of pines Is carried on the breeze of twilight - With the sound of bells.

And in the slumber of tree and stone - Captured in her dream - The city that sits solitary - And in its midst is a wall.

Chorus:
Jerusalem of gold - And of copper, and of light - Behold I am a violin for all your songs.
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How the cisterns have dried - The market-place is empty - And no one frequents the Temple Mount - In the Old City.

And in the caves in the mountain - Winds are howling - And no one descends to the Dead Sea - By way of Jericho.

Chorus:

But as I come to sing to you today, And to adorn crowns to you - I am the smallest of the youngest of your children - And of the last poet.

For your name scorches the lips - Like the kiss of a seraph - If I forget thee, Jerusalem, - Which is all gold...

Chorus:

We have returned to the cisterns - To the market and to the market-place - A ram's horn calls out on the Temple Mount - In the Old City.

And in the caves in the mountain - Thousands of suns shine - We will once again descend to the Dead Sea - By way of Jericho!

Chorus...

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

Saturday, June 1  (27 Iyar)

Yom Yerushalayim
Celebrating The Heart Of Israel
Jerusalem

 
Jerusalem Day is an Israeli national holiday commemorating the reunification of Jerusalem and the establishment of Israeli control over the Old City in the aftermath of the June 1967 Six-Day War. The day is officially marked by state ceremonies and memorial services.
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  pg290
Numbers 28:26-31  pg696
Ezekiel 1:1-28; Ezekiel 3:12  pg1027

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  pg814
Numbers 28:26-31  pg696
Habakkuk 2:20 - 3:19  pg1032

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
416-636-6665


18 - 18 Youth Promo
$18 for youth under 18
It will be the Chai-light of your June!
 
SPONSORSHIP AVAILABLE
 


YOU CAN HELP US TO GET THE WORD OUT

Cantor David Young talks about the upcoming Cantorial Cabaret.
Please share the following video link to social media and with friends via e-mail:
https://youtu.be/hCADPnIPz-8

Please help us advertise this event.
Hand out the postcards to friends & share on social media

Roadtrip!

Monday, June 17 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
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:
cathyrzeldin@gmail.com


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.

info/RSVP: getto@centrumdialogu.com
 
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
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PARSHA OF THE WEEK
(POW)

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

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.
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Shabbat Services

Birkot ha-Shachar 9:12 am
Yishtabach 9:30 AM
Led by Cantor Young
includes Kiddush Luncheon
THE LODZER CENTRE CONGREGATION
1953 - 2019
12 Heaton Street, M3H 4Y6  (416) 636-6665
lodzercentre@rogers.com

SHABBAT BULLETIN
lodzercongregation@gmail.com
Lodzer.ca
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?
 
Walk with Israel 2019 North York
Photo Credit: Susan G  (thanks)
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.

Contributions 
Please consider sponsoring a kiddush, or contributing to the building, programming, or any specific interest fund.

Tickets
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
lodzercentre@rogers.com

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

Pulpit
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: JudydHazan@gmail.com

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 RabbiEli@Lodzer.ca with your phone number and he will call you as soon as possible.

SHABBAT BULLETIN & Lodzer.ca
Editor: Charles Greene
Bulletin Oversight: Judy Hazan
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Charles Greene,
29 May 2019, 13:53
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