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J u l y  13,  2 0 1 9                                                          10 Tammuz, 5779 
Lodzer Shabbat Bulletin

Shabbat Shalom

Light Candles: 8:41 PM Friday
Shabbat Ends: 9:51 PM
Triennial Year 3 
Parshat Chukat: Numbers:
  1. 21:11 - 21:13  pg660
  2. 21:14 - 21:16
  3. 21:17 - 21:20
  4. 21:21 - 21:25
  5. 21:26 - 21:28
  6. 21:29 - 21:33
  7. 21:34 - 22:1 
Maftir: 21:34 - 22:1 
Judges 11:1 - 11:33  pg664


July 15  Richard Grunberg
July 17  Anna Holtzman
July 19  Jeff Shabes
July 19  Shirley Smoskowitz

July 7  Barry & Nancy Corey
July 7  Ben-Zion & Sarah Moshe

July 13  Morris Bitterman, father of Harvey and Perry
July 13  Irving Gula, brother of Esther Steiman
July 16  Barry Gold, husband of Lisa
July 19  Goldie Landis, mother of Lorraine Landis
Perry and Harvey
in memory of their father Morris Bitterman
Where in the world is Rabbi Eli?
My Monides or Yours?
Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon, better known as RaMBaM in Hebrew and the western languages, was a sage, philosopher, and physician. He is known for his great agility of mind in matters of biblical interpretation and philosophic discourse. He is not, however, known for his affinity for mysticism, which he largely rejected, for waxing poetry which he despised, or for his sense of humour, which he... uhm. Well. Let's say, there actually is a letter from the sage to an admirer/follower who begs for two minutes of his time in order to ask an important question face-to-face. In response, Maimonides describes in great detail, over nearly two pages how busy his day is and how presumptuous it was to expect him to spare even one single moment of that immensely tense and crazily hectic schedule of a great Rabbi and the Egyptian court physician... all that, without a shadow of a smile.

There are many great things you can glean from the works of Maimonides. He practically single-handedly brought Aristotelean thought into Jewish philosophy and biblical exegesis. He introduced formal views to the fields of Jewish theology where it was sorely lacking before. He opened a whole new world of discourse. He is known as 'The Great Eagle'. Rabbis used to say, "From Moses (the prophet) until Moses (Maimonides) there was none like Moses". In Rambam's works, you can find enlightenment, foresight, and inspiration. But if you happen to be looking for fun today, you may want to turn to other sages first.

As Rabbi Hasdai Crescas, one of the greatest critics of Maimonides, used to say, he forbade his disciples from reading the famous Maimonidean "Guide for the Perplexed", lest one reads the description of heresy and gets so bored he falls asleep before getting to the refutation part, thus spending the night as a heretic...

Anyhow, Cordoba is justly proud of being the birthplace of the great scholar, whose statue was erected in the Jewish Quarter, La Judaria, over half a century ago.


From Andalusia the project takes us up north, all the way to the old Toledo. The two once-gorgeous synagogues here are known as El Transito and Santa Maria La Blanca (a name like that's a sure sign your Schule is in trouble even if you never heard of the Expulsion).

Indeed, though both synagogues had been turned into churches once the Jews were expelled, El Transito contains the Sephardic museum of Toledo today. As for Santa Maria La Blanca (the white name was adopted in the 16th c. by the monks trying to "drive out the darkness of its Jewish past"), it is still in the Catholic Church possession. Once known as Ibn Shoshan, the largest and most glorious of Toledo synagogues, it fell in the Church' hands after the terrible pogroms of the 14th c, connected to the Black Death coming in the city.


The Spanish Jewry keeps pressing for the restitution of the synagogue to the community; so far, in vain. Ironically, simply paying the entrance fee to the empty building you drop a few pennies in the coffers of the Spanish Church. On the upside, nobody will try to burn you at the stake, not anymore. The community even organized a couple of services here in the last few years. Things definitely are looking brighter.

Looking forward to seeing you next Shabbat at The Lodzer,

Event Calendar
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.
Rosh Chodesh Shabbat Service
with Cantor David Young.

Saturday, July 27 - Av, August 2

The choir will return after Summer Break in October.
Sunday, August 4th
2 PM
Queen’s Park Legislature Building

The mass murder of more than 10,000 Yezidi people by fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) will be remembered on Sunday, August 4th at Queen's Park. We invite you to stand with members of the Canadian Yezidi community in memory of those who died in the genocide at Mount Sinjar five years ago. 

On the morning of August 3, 2014, ISIS fighters entered the Yezidi city of Sinjar, bent on total destruction.  In the days that followed approximately 10,000 Yezidis were executed in cold blood – shot, beheaded, burned alive. More than 7,000 Yezidi women and girls were taken by ISIS and forced into sex slavery.  Holy shrines were desecrated.

As ISIS overran Sinjar, thousands of Yezidis fled to Turkey.  Approximately 15,000 Yezidi refugees, mostly women and children, now live in UNHCR camps in Nusaybin, Diyarbakur, and Midyat. 

There is a word for what the Yezidis have endured.  It is genocide.

Five years later, the survivors of this genocide bear wounds that have not healed.

Mass executions, the abduction of sons and daughters, the torment of sexual slavery -- these memories are replayed through every waking moment and restless night.

As new mass graves are discovered, hopes are cruelly dashed that missing relatives will be found alive. 

On August 4, 2019 at 2:00 PM the Yezidi community living in the Greater Toronto Area and London, Ontario will commemorate the Mount Sinjar Genocide at Queen's Park with the largest gather of Yezidis in Canada.  Among them will be survivors of the massacre and sexual slavery that followed.

We are honoured to have as our keynote speaker Irwin Cotler, Chair of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights.  Our MC will be Karen Goldenberg, Chair of Project Abraham.  Mirza Ismail, founder of Yezidi Human Rights Organization International will represent the Yezidi community in prayer.

The broader Canadian community can help the healing of these survivors by standing with them to mark the fifth anniversary of the genocide. A large and compassionate assembly on August 4th will show these men, women and children that they are not alone.  It would be an honour if you could attend.
The Lodzer Congregation - proud sponsors of Project Abraham

Our thanks goes out to those volunteers who have extended their hearts to the Yezidi and have generously supported Project Abraham’s work in easing their integration into Canadian society.

Support this very important initiative by
attending the August 4th Commemoration at Queen's Park.
Tisha B’Av
Destruction and a Time to Build
The Romans set the Temple aflame on the afternoon of Av 9.

Erev Tisha B’Av
Saturday, August 10  (9 Av)
8:15 PM - Shabbos Mincha with Torah Reading

9 PM - Maariv Service from Megillah Eichan Lamentation Books

9:10 PM - Brief Havdallah with blessing over candle.
Megillah reading of Eichan (Lamentations) to follow.

Tisha B’Av
Sunday, August 11  (10 Av)

9 AM - Morning Service
With Torah/Haftorah reading
And Recitation of Kings (Durges)

- Singing of traditional Tisha B’Av song Eli Tzion
- No Tallisim/Tefillin to be worn this morning.

2 PM - Mincha Service 
with Torah/Haftorah reading

- Tallisim/Tefillin to be worn in this service instead of the morning service on this day.
Sunday, August 25
4 PM

Lodzer Annual BBQ
(weather permitting)

Please Keep the Date!
Friends and Families Welcome

Details to be announced!
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
In the spring of 2016, through a genealogy website to which she had whimsically submitted her DNA for analysis, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. She woke up one morning and her entire history–the life she had lived–crumbled beneath her.
Inheritance is a book about secrets–secrets within families, kept out of shame or self-protectiveness; secrets we keep from one another in the name of love. It is the story of a woman’s urgent quest to unlock the story of her own identity, a story that has been scrupulously hidden from her for more than fifty years, years she had spent writing brilliantly, and compulsively, on themes of identity and family history. It is a book about the extraordinary moment we live in–a moment in which science and technology have outpaced not only medical ethics but also the capacities of the human heart to contend with the consequences of what we discover.
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:
High Holidays 2019

The High Holiday period is an important period of introspection, of clarifying life's goals, and of coming closer to God. Because when the big day of Rosh Hashanah comes, and each individual stands before the Almighty to ask for another year, we'll want to know what we're asking for!

Sunday, Sept. 29 - Erev Rosh Hashanah
Tuesday, Oct. 8 - Erev Yom Kippur
Sunday, Oct. 13 - Erev Sukkot
Sunday, Oct. 20 - Hoshana Raba
Monday, Oct. 21 - Shmini Atzeret / Simchat Torah
Lodzer on tap

Morning Minyan

Sunday - Friday: 9:00 am
Run by Arthur Zins
Breakfast following services
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.

Karate resumes Friday, Sept. 6


Shabbat Services

Birkot ha-Shachar 9:12 am
Yishtabach 9:30 AM
Led by Cantor Young & Rabbi Eli
Kiddush following services
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
Kiddush following services


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


July 27 - Av, August 2 **
Aug. 31 - Elul, Aug.31 - Sept.1 **
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?


“Know Before Whom You Stand”
July 20, 27; September 21...
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

All bookings go through the Lodzer office.
The Master Calendar is there.

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
Leon Pasternak
Frank Steiman

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,
16 Jul 2019, 16:24