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June 29, 2019                                                                         26 Sivan, 5779 
Lodzer Shabbat Bulletin

Shabbat Shalom

Light Candles: 8:45 PM Friday
Shabbat Ends: 9:57 PM
Rosh Chodesh Service - Tammuz, July 3-4
Triennial Year 3 
Parshat Sh'lach: Numbers:
  1. 15:08 - 15:10  pg631
  2. 15:11 - 15:16
  3. 15:17 - 15:21
  4. 15:22 - 15:26
  5. 15:27 - 15:31
  6. 15:32 - 15:36
  7. 15:37 - 15:41
Maftir: 15:37 - 15:41
Joshua 2:1 - 2:24  pg635


June 28  Lindsay Rosen
June 29  Meir Schwartz
July 1  Barbara Peters
July 3  Sharon Chodirker

June 30 Joseph Rosenberg & Hedy Steinberg
July 3  Chaim Bell & Sharon Chodirker

July 4  Nechemiah Golub, brother of Eda Kardonne
July 4  Gil Kardonne, son of Rick & Eda
July 5  Moshe Birensztok, husband of Sara
Birth Announcement
Evan Peter Waserman
born June 8, 2019
Andrea & Sam Waserman
Proud Grandparents:
Susan & Jack Waserman and Gerry and Sonia Rowan
Ester Friedenrich 
Excited Sisters:
Danielle and Talia Waserman
The Lodzer Congregation
People Prayer Possibility
Maestro Alex Veprinsky
Lodzer President Jeff Shabes & Cantor David Young
Cantorial Cabaret Co-chairs Jeff Shabes & Pearl Rosen
Humility as a Virtue
Aristotle would not have understood the idea that humility is a virtue. For him the megalopsychos, the great-souled man, was an aristocrat, conscious of his superiority to the mass of humankind. Humility, along with obedience, servitude and self-abasement, was for the lower orders, those who had been born not to rule but to be ruled. The idea that a king should be humble was a radically new idea introduced by Judaism and later adopted by Christianity.

This is a clear example of how spirituality makes a difference to the way we act, feel and think. Believing that there is a God in whose presence we stand means that we are not the centre of our world. God is. “I am dust and ashes,” said Abraham, the father of faith. “Who am I?” said Moses, the greatest of the prophets. This did not render them servile or sycophantic. It was precisely at the moment Abraham called himself dust and ashes that he challenged God on the justice of His proposed punishment of Sodom and the cities of the plain. It was Moses, the humblest of men, who urged God to forgive the people, and if not, “Blot me out of the book You have written.” These were among the boldest spirits humanity has ever produced.

There is a fundamental difference between two words in Hebrew: anivut, “humility”, and shiflut, “self-abasement”. So different are they that Maimonides defined humility as the middle path between shiflut and pride.[2] Humility is not low self-regard. That is shiflut. Humility means that you are secure enough not to need to be reassured by others. It means that you don’t feel you have to prove yourself by showing that you are cleverer, smarter, more gifted or successful than others. You are secure because you live in God’s love. He has faith in you even if you do not. You do not need to compare yourself to others. You have your task, they have theirs, and that leads you to co-operate, not compete.

This means that you can see other people and value them for what they are. They are not just a series of mirrors at which you look only to see your own reflection. Secure in yourself you can value others. Confident in your identity you can value the people not like you. Humility is the self turned outward. It is the understanding that “It’s not about you.”
Ezra Taft Benson said that “pride is concerned with who is right; humility is concerned with what is right.” To serve God in love, said Maimonides, is to do what is truly right because it is truly right and for no other reason.[5] Love is selfless. Forgiveness is selfless. So is altruism. When we place the self at the centre of our universe, we eventually turn everyone and everything into a means to our ends. That diminishes them, which diminishes us. Humility means living by the light of that-which-is-greater-than-me. When God is at the centre of our lives, we open ourselves up to the glory of creation and the beauty of other people. The smaller the self, the wider the radius of our world.  (


Birthday Wishes to our Lodzer Choir Soprano Soloist,
Lindsay Rosen who celebrated another year of accomplishments this week.
Norm and Pearl Rosen.
Rosh Chodesh Shabbat Service
with Cantor David Young.

June 29 - Tammuz, July 3 - 4

The choir will return after Summer Break in September.
Fast of Tammuz 17 + 1

Sunday, July 21 (Tamuz 18)
Because of the holiness of Shabbat, the fast of Tammuz 17 is this year postponed to today, Sunday, Tammuz 18.

The fast day mourns the breaching of Jerusalem's walls and the other tragic events that occurred on Tammuz 17.

Moses destroys the Golden Calf, and re-ascended Mount Sinai to plead G-d's forgiveness for the Jewish people.

During the Three Weeks, from 17th of Tammuz to the 9th of Av, we commemorate the conquest of Jerusalem, the destruction of the Holy Temple and the dispersion of the Jewish people.


Rabbi Eli's Class for Women

Monday, July 22, at 7 pm.

The Sisterhood third discussion of medical Halachah
will focus on surrogate motherhood and human cloning.

As the session is intended for Sisterhood members only,
Rabbi Eli is promising, by popular request, an open-door rerun for anyone interested, date TBA.

12 Heaton Street, Toronto
Please enter back door off parking lot. Door will be open.
Erev Tisha B’Av

Saturday, August 10  (9 Av)

Destruction and a Time to Build
The Romans set the Temple aflame on the afternoon of Av 9.
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)
Book Chat
Thursday, September 19
7:30 PM
Lodzer Kiddush Room
September 19 - “Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love"  by Dani Shapiro

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:
Lodzer on tap

Morning Minyan

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


Summer Break - See you in September.
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 & Rabbi Eli
includes Kiddush Luncheon
1953 - 2019
12 Heaton Street, M3H 4Y6  (416) 636-6665


We invite you to experience the Lodzer Congregation
Please join us for weekly Shabbat Services

Saturday Mornings
Birkot ha-Shachar 9:12 am
Yishtabach 9:30 AM
Led by Rabbi Eli & Cantor Young
includes Kiddush Luncheon


and special musical Rosh Chodesh Shabbat Services
with Cantor David Young and his choir.


June 29 - Tammuz, July 3 - 4 **
July 27 - Av, August 2 **
Aug. 31 - Elul, Aug.31 - Sept.1 **
Sept. 28 - Tishrei, September 30
Oct. 26 - Cheshvan, October 29 - 30
Nov. 23 - Kislev, November 28 - 29
Dec. 28 - Tevet, December 28 - 29

(** Choir on summer break)

Where in the world is Rabbi Eli?


The Lodzer Cantorial Cabaret
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
Morry Nosak, 2nd VP & Treasurer
Rafi Remez, Secretary
Josef Ber
Roz Greene
Syd Markowitz
Marilyn Richmond

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,
26 Jun 2019, 16:24