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Lodzer Shabbat Bulletin
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Shabbat Shalom

Light Candles: 8:21 PM Friday
Shabbat Ends: 9:27 PM
Triennial Year 3 
Parshat Matot-Masei: Numbers:
  1. 33:50 - 34:15  pg716
  2. 34:16 - 34:29
  3. 35:1 - 35:8
  4. 35:9 - 35:15
  5. 35:16 - 35:29
  6. 35:30 - 35:34
  7. 36:1 - 36:13
Maftir:  36:10 - 36:13
Jeremiah 2:4 - 28; 3:4  pg725 - 729

Franka Kon will talk about her own experience of being deported from the Lodz Ghetto
to the Auschwitz-Birkenau killing center in early August, 1944.

Aug. 5  Irene Szweras
Aug. 7  Sonia Goldlust

Aug. 3  Raul & Anca Knoll
Aug. 8  Paul & Alana Spitzen

Aug. 3  Charlotte Sapers, mother of Tammy Remez
Aug. 4  Leo Kon, husband of Freda, father of Lily Silver Markowitz
Aug 4  Harry Markowitz, father of Sydney
Aug. 4  Bernard Steiman, brother of Frank
Aug. 5  Hava Lea Sosner, mother of Sarah Moshe
Aug. 8  Louis Slutchuk, father of Nancy Corey
Aug. 9  Annie Hercberg, mother of Helen Storm
Synagogue General Fund
Talia Baldor
Syd & Lily Markowitz
Susan Waserman

Torah Restoration Fund
Sheila Winston
Sydney & Lily Markowitz
for the yahrzeits of their fathers
Harry Markowitz & Leo Kon
People Prayer Possibility
Death March, Tisha B'Av 1944

Between 1939 and 1945 hundreds of thousands of Jews perished in death marches. This was especially true in the last year of the war as the Third Reich crumbled. Even when it was clear that Hitler's Germany was doomed, the Nazis continued to march hapless Jewish prisoners aimlessly and mercilessly from one place to another.

This is the story of one of those "death marches" as related by Mr. Reuven.

Mr. Reuven was a teenager in 1944 when the Germans arrived in his town and sent him to Auschwitz. While the Red Army rampaged west in the summer of 1944, the Nazis sent him and other able-bodied prisoners to Warsaw as slave labor to help the Germans build fortifications to defend the city. They worked at a furious pace and many people died of exhaustion, but they were fed relatively well. The Germans knew their own lives depended on these fortifications.

From the gunfire that lit up the sky each night, it was becoming more and more obvious that the Russians were coming. With the Russians on the verge of breaking through, the Germans decided to march Mr. Reuven and his fellow prisoners some 80-100 miles west to a train station, from where they would be sent to the concentration camp at Dachau.

It was a boiling day when the Germans marched them out. They gave them meager rations of dry bread and thirst-inducing salted cheese. In addition, everyone had to carry his own bowl and cover. No one was allowed to leave them behind -- it would be considered "sabotage."

Sick prisoners who couldn't walk anymore were offered the "opportunity" by the Germans to travel by bus. About 240 prisoners volunteered and were told to step over to the side of the road. They were all shot.

Those who did not keep pace were shot to death by soldiers.
Mr. Reuven and the others walked from morning till late afternoon before the Germans told them to halt. The commander of the march and his assistants rode in cars and on bikes in the rear to make sure there were no stragglers. Those who did not keep pace were run over and/or shot to death by the soldiers who marched alongside the prisoners, taking turns so as not to get tired.

When some non-Jewish farmers tried to give the prisoners pails of water, they were attacked by the SS guards, who chased them away and spilled the water on the ground. In the afternoon, the group reached a river. The Nazis told the prisoners that they could go and drink. However, this was a ruse only to torment them; when the first group approached the river, they let their attack dogs loose and opened fire, shouting at them to stop.

Soon after, the march continued, their throats parched. Toward the evening, they stopped for the night at a field, which was soaked with water! They bent down on their hands and knees, scooping up water. But with so many people trying to grab some, the water quickly became muddy and undrinkable. Most barely got their lips wet.

That first day they marched about 20 miles. That night, as they slept under the sky in an open field, someone said, "Tonight is Friday night, Tisha B'Av!

Since Tisha B'Av in 1944 occurred on a Shabbos, the fast was pushed off till Sunday. And, indeed, as bad as things were for Mr. Reuven and his fellow Jews, they were about to get even worse.
Tisha B'Av is a day of national mourning when we fast. People often wish each other to have an "easy and meaningful fast." The moments during the fast when I invariably feel hungry or thirsty and wish I could take a drink of water or reach for a small snack, that's when I stop and think to myself:

"People in the Holocaust had it so much worse. Here I am dying for a cup of coffee after only a few hours of fasting. They were starving or felt they were dying of thirst day after day – often with a sadistic guard standing nearby. They had to deal with fear and the death of loved ones and friends on a daily or even hourly basis. Throughout history Jews have suffered horribly at the hands of anti-Semites for their beliefs or for no other reason than that they were Jews. Thank God I do not live in those times. Please God, protect us from ever having to experience those times ever again. The least I can do is take this moment of hunger or thirst to feel a solidarity with their plight, with what it means to be a Jew, a people who stand for values and morality. I am part of a great chain stretching back 3,000 years. And although to be a Jew means much more than to suffer, sacrificing for our values has often been part of it. May this moment of deprivation I am feeling now link me to my ancestors in both body and soul so that I may merit to be considered part of that great chain."
Such thoughts do not necessarily take away the hunger or discomfort, but they connect me to those who suffered and my heritage in a way no intellectual exercise can equal.

Mr. Reuven's story accentuates the meaning of Tisha B'Av. The Jewish people may go through enormous tribulations, but the Jewish spirit and its message to humanity survives, rising from the ashes to rebuild and live on. At the end of the day, this is arguably the greatest message of Tisha B'Av.
Event Calendar
Saturday, August 3
Here’s your opportunity to participate during our Shabbat service:

Do you want to share some thoughts?
Give a D'Var Torah?
Talk about something?
Do a reading?
Available dates - Please call Sarah to book.
August 3 - Franka Kon
August 10 - Jeff
August 17 - 
August 24 - 
August 31 -  Rafi
September 7 - 
September 14 -  Marilyn R.
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 Eicha Lamentation Books

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

Tisha B’Av
Sunday, August 11  (10 Av)

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

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

11 AM - Bathurst Lawn Cemetery, Lodzer Section
Weather permitting (Otherwise, the commemoration will follow Morning Services at 10:30am)
Lodzer Centre Congregation
Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the
Liquidation of the Lodz Ghetto

The Nazi Death Marches
From August 9–28, 1944, SS and police units liquidate the Lodz ghetto and deport more than 60,000 Jews and an undetermined number of Gypsies to the Auschwitz-Birkenau killing center.

Join us for a symbolic "March of Remembrance" from the Lodzer section, around the roundabout until we form a continuous ring and then back to the Lodzer section for the commemoration.
Please March with us,
Not with a Yellow Star,
But with a Yellow Rose.

“I no longer have to wear a yellow star. I can finally celebrate life with a yellow rose.”  Franka Kon
2 PM - Mincha Service 
with Torah/Haftorah reading

- Tallisim/Tefillin to be worn in this service instead of the morning service on this day.
Rosh Chodesh Shabbat Service
with Cantor David Young.

Aug. 24 - Elul, Aug.31 - Sept.1

The choir will return after Summer Break in October.
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 @ 6:30pm - Erev Rosh Hashanah
Monday, Sept. 30 @ 8:30am - 1st Day Rosh Hashanah
Tuesday, Oct. 1 @ 8:30am - 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah

Tuesday, Oct. 8 @ 6:30pm - Kol Nidre
Wednesday. Oct. 9 @ 9am - Yom Kippur, (Yizkor @ 11am)
Wednesday. Oct. 9 @ 4:45 to 5:45 PM - Conversation with Rabbi Eli

Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 14 - 15 @ 9am - Day 1 - 2 Sukkot
Sunday, Oct. 20 @ 9am - Hoshana Rabbah
Monday, Oct. 21 @ 9am - Shemini Atzeret, (Yizkor @ 10:10am)
Tuesday, Oct. 21 @ 6:30pm - Erev Simchat Torah
Tuesday, Oct. 22 @ 9am - Simchat Torah

Call Sarah to purchase tickets.
Members pay $136 Adults / $80 Students / Children 5 to 13 $36 (under 5 free)
Non-Members pay $160 Adults / $80 Students / Children 5 to 13 $36 (under 5 free)
We will not have a children's program this year but babysitting will be available.
 Thursday, Nov. 14
Karaoke evening

Cocktails/Desserts to be served
Canada’s chief electoral officer says voting day this fall should not be moved.

Election day can be no later than Oct. 21 under federal law, which this year falls on the Jewish holiday known as Shemini Atzeret, meaning Orthodox Jews are not permitted to work, vote or campaign.

Oh Canada!

More advance polls and longer hours
More and more Canadian electors are voting before election day. In the 2015 election, there was a 75% increase in votes cast at advance polls. In anticipation of high demand, we are extending hours at all advance polls from noon– 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. We also plan to have more advance voting sites to give Canadians more convenient options.
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.


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”
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:

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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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2 Aug 2019, 08:01