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Lodzer Shabbat Bulletin
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Shabbat Shalom

Light Candles: 8:29 PM Friday
Shabbat Ends: 9:36 PM
Triennial Year 3 
Parshat Balak: Numbers:
  1. 28:16 - 28:25  pg695
  2. 28:26 - 28:31
  3. 29:1 - 29:6
  4. 29:7 - 29:11
  5. 29:12 - 29:16
  6. 29:17 - 29:28
  7. 29:29 - 30:1
Maftir:  29:35 - 30:1 
Jeremiah 1:1 - 2:3  pg710


July 27  Eli Batsre
July 31  Eugene Opler

July 27  Frida Nadler, mother of Sam
July 30  Pepi Moses, wife of Marcel
July 31  David Gould, husband of Helen
Aug. 1  Sadie Applebaum, mother of Sheilah Solomon
Aug. 2  Eddie Dagan, brother of Isaak
Synagogue General Fund
Helen Gould
Raul & Anca Knoll
Raul & Anca Knoll
in memory of Avram Lazar
People Prayer Possibility
Lee Harris writes, we in the West [have] forgotten the concept of an enemy. Liberal democratic politics and market economics create a certain kind of society, a specific way of thinking and a characteristic type of personality. At their heart is the concept of the rational actor, the person who judges acts by their consequences and chooses the maximal option. He or she believes that for every problem there is a solution, for every conflict a resolution. The way to achieve it is to sit down, negotiate, and do on balance what is best for all.

In such a world there are no enemies, merely conflicts of interest. An enemy, says Harris, is simply “a friend we haven’t done enough for yet.” In the real world, however, not everyone is a liberal democrat. An enemy is “someone who is willing to die in order to kill you. And while it is true that the enemy always hates us for a reason, it is his reason, not ours.” He sees a different world from ours, and in that world we are the enemy. Why do they hate us? Answers Harris: “They hate us because we are their enemy.”

Whatever the rights and wrongs of Harris’s specifics, the general point is true and profound. We can become mind-blind, thinking that the way we – our society, our culture, our civilization – see things is the only way, or at least that it is the way everyone would choose if given the chance. Only a complete failure to understand the history of ideas can explain this error, and it is a dangerous one. 

Not everyone sees the world the way we do, and, as Richard Weaver once said: “The trouble with humanity is that it forgets to read the minutes of the last meeting.”

…and may You swiftly uproot, break, crush, and subdue
the reign of wickedness speedily in our days.
Event Calendar


Rabbi Eli's Class

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

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

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.
Saturday, August 3
Here is your opportunity for participation during our Shabbat service:

Do you want to share some thoughts?
Give a D'Var Torah?
Talk about something?
Do a reading?

These dates are available: 
Please call Sarah to book.
August 3 - 
August 10 - 
August 17 - 
August 24 - 
August 31 - 
September 7 - 
September 14 -  taken, can share 
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 for her years of loyal service
to the Lodzer Congregation.
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.

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.
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 Rabbah
Monday, Oct. 21 - Shemini 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. 24 - Elul, Aug.31 - Sept.1 **
Oct. 26 - Cheshvan, October 29 - 30
Nov. 23 - Kislev, November 28 - 29
Dec. 21 - Tevet, December 28 - 29

(** Choir on summer break)

Where in the world is Rabbi Eli?


“Know Before Whom You Stand”
July 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 Sarah.
Sarah maintains the Master Calendar.

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.

Editor: Charles Greene
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Charles Greene,
23 Jul 2019, 13:22