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J u l y  20,  2 0 1 9                                                          17 Tammuz, 5779 
Lodzer Shabbat Bulletin

Shabbat Shalom

Light Candles: 8:36 PM Friday
Shabbat Ends: 9:44 PM
Triennial Year 3 
Parshat Balak: Numbers:
  1. 23:27 - 23:30  pg677
  2. 24:1 - 24:9
  3. 24:10 - 24:13
  4. 24:14 - 24:19
  5. 24:20 - 24:25
  6. 25:1 - 25:6
  7. 25:7 - 25:9
Maftir: 25:7 - 25:9
Micah 5:6 - 6:8  pg682


July 20  Nisa Shedletzky
July 26  Ida Ash

July 21  Eytan Broder & Penny Hung
July 23  Sheldon & Marilyn Richmond

July 21  Israel Koplowitz, father of Shirley Smoskowitz
July 22  Sara Koplowitz, mother of Shirley Smoskowitz
July 24  Elka Richmond, mother of Sheldon
July 24  Esther Storm, mother of Harvey
July 25  Avram Lazar, father of Anca Knoll
July 26  Vittel Fichtenbaum, grandmother of Pearl Rosen

In Passing
Leo Zaidman, husband of Cheryl and brother of Sally Berger.
Joseph (Joe) Shedletzky, husband of Nisa.
Howard Iseman and Susan Yellin
in honour of their first grandchild 
Aiden Manfred Kitay
People Prayer Possibility
On Suffering

“According to Buddhism, the root of suffering is neither the feeling of pain nor of sadness nor even of meaninglessness. Rather, the real root of suffering is this never-ending and pointless pursuit of ephemeral -- fleeting or short-lived -- feelings, which causes us to be in a constant state of tension, restlessness and dissatisfaction. Due to this pursuit, the mind is never satisfied. Even when experiencing pleasure, it is not content, because it fears this feeling might soon disappear, and craves that this feeling should stay and intensify.

People are liberated from suffering not when they experience this or that fleeting pleasure, but rather when they understand the impermanent nature of all their feelings, and stop craving them. This is the aim of Buddhist meditation practices.

In meditation, you are supposed to closely observe your mind and body, witness the ceaseless arising and passing of all your feelings, and realise how pointless it is to pursue them. When the pursuit stops, the mind becomes very relaxed, clear and satisfied. All kinds of feelings go on arising and passing – joy, anger, boredom, lust – but once you stop craving particular feelings, you can just accept them for what they are. You live in the present moment instead of fantasising about what might have been. The resulting serenity is so profound that those who spend their lives in the frenzied pursuit of pleasant feelings can hardly imagine it.

It is like a man standing for decades on the seashore, embracing certain ‘good’ waves and trying to prevent them from disintegrating, while simultaneously pushing back ‘bad’ waves to prevent them from getting near him. Day in, day out, the man stands on the beach, driving himself crazy with this fruitless exercise. Eventually, he sits down on the sand and just allows the waves to come and go as they please. How peaceful!” 

Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari is an Israeli historian and a professor in the Department of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the author of the international bestsellers Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century.
"How do Jews overcome and relieve suffering?"

Jews believe suffering can bring people closer to God. In times of trouble many people turn to religion for comfort and support. When we suffer, material distractions tend to lose their allure and we realize only G-d can help us. We then draw closer to Him, thereby elevating our souls.

Some Jews believe suffering helps people to empathise with others and to assist them when necessary. Man is admonished to share in the suffering of the community and not enjoy himself while others are suffering. We need each other.

Through suffering, we discover our hidden strengths and abilities we did not know we possessed -- humility, empathy, patience and perseverance. We grow as individuals.
"Suffering is part of the destiny of the Jews"
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:

Tuesday, July 23, at 7 pm.
All are welcome!

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.
Saturday, August 10
Today’s Kiddush is dedicated to
Sarah Senior!
In appreciation of her years of loyal service
to the Lodzer Congregation.
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
$10 pp

Lodzer Annual BBQ
(weather permitting)

Please Keep the Date!
Friends and Families Welcome

Burger BBQ
Venue: Lodzer West Garden
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)
Saturday, September 14
Honorary Shabbat Kiddush

tree of life plaques people to be honoured
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. 22 @ 10 AM - Annual Yizkor Service, honouring families.
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
 Thursday, Nov. 14
Karaoke evening

Cocktails/Desserts to be served
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 thru ...
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, 16:21