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Lodzer Shabbat Bulletin

Unetaneh Tokef — Let Us Cede Power

Shabbat Shalom

Light Candles: 7:51 PM Friday
Shabbat Ends: 8:52 PM
Triennial Year 3 
Parshat Eikev: Deuteronomy:
  1. 10:12 - 10:15  pg789
  2. 10:16 - 10:22
  3. 11:1 - 11:9
  4. 11:10 - 11:12
  5. 11:13 - 11:15
  6. 11:16 - 11:21
  7. 11 :22 - 11 :25
Maftir: 11 :22 - 11 :25
Isaiah 49:14 - 51:3  pg794

Aug. 30  Jack Greene

Aug. 26  Sydney & Lily Markowitz
Aug. 29  Henry & Deborah Epstein

Aug. 24  David Haber, father of Ellen Dagan
Aug. 24  Reva Macklis, mother of Sylvia White
Aug. 27  Pearl Adelkind, mother of Sheryl Adelkind
Aug. 28  Ronald Feldman, brother of Sheila Winston
Aug. 29  Paul Winston, husband of Sheila
Aug. 30  Hartley Lichtblau, son of Fela

Today’s Kiddush is sponsored by
The Lodzer Congregation
Where in the World is Rabbi Eli?
Little Jerusalem - Dublin, Republic of Ireland

It is raining in Dublin today - on and off every hour, as is the way with the summer weather here.

Five Jewish merchants (apparently from Normandy) came to Ireland with gifts for the king of Munster, and were soon sent packing. The next we hear of Jews in Ireland is 1232, when King Henry III grants the office of the Irish Exchequer "The Custody of the King's Judaism in Ireland". Jewish history here is every bit as tumultuous as it was everywhere else.

This is the community that produced Baron Rabbi Immanuel Jakobovits, later the Chief Rabbi of the UK; Chaim Herzog, a rabbi's son and the sixth president of Israel; Max Abrahamson, the author of what became known as "the engineer's bible"; and many other prominent figures in public life. 
The most famous Irish Jew, of course, never even existed; Poldy Bloom's day is apparently celebrated annually by antisemites and Jews alike - not to mention a whole lot of supporters who never read as much as a page of Ulysses. :)

 A hundred years ago, the area to the south of the city centre was known as Little Jerusalem; the Jewish community, about 6,000 strong, over 90% of them coming from the Russian Empire, gave a special flavour to those streets. 

6 active synagogues, yeshivah, kosher butcher shops and bakeries, Yidden both frum and secular were busily roaming these streets. Those days are gone. After the war, so many immigrated to Israel or New York, others moved to the suburb of Terenure, Schules were relocated, and buildings sold (though one of them still contains an active Jewish museum, the curator of which is a member of the original community, always happy to take visitors down his memory lane).

Live and learn: just found out Harry Potter was Jewish. Or at least, the actor who played him.
Always was under the impression somehow that Daniel Radcliffe was Irish; it was an Irish gent at a pub, one of those magnificently colourful Joyce-ian old school establishments, who told me he was born to a Jewish mother in England (and - yes, much as I put stock in everything I hear at the pub, I did check).

The weather has actually cleared as I am writing this.
Warm regards and Shabbat Shalom from Dublin.
People Prayer Possibility
Unetaneh Tokef—Let Us Cede Power

In colonial times, monkeys were trapped using a hollowed coconut connected to a stake in the ground. A hole was carved in the coconut that was just barely large enough for a monkey’s hand to fit into. Inside the coconut would be food for the monkey such as a banana or rice.
A monkey would come along, smell the food, and reach his hand into the coconut to grab it. Unwilling to let go of the food and unable to escape, the monkey would be trapped.
Too often we are trapped in monkey traps of our own making.

“The origin of man is dust, his end is dust. He earns his bread by exertion and is like a broken shard, like dry grass, a withered flower, like a passing shadow and a vanishing cloud, like a breeze that blows away and dust that scatters, like a dream that flies away.”
“Just Let Go!”
Event Calendar
Rosh Chodesh Shabbat Service
with Cantor David Young.

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

The choir will return after Summer Break - October 26th.

Here’s your opportunity to participate during our Shabbat service:

August 24 - Harvey Bitterman
August 31 -  Rafi
September 7 - Roz Greene
September 14 -  Marilyn R.
Thanks to all those who participated.
Rabbi Eli returns September 21st.
Last call for the BBQ  --  RVSP by Thursday

Saturday, September 14
Honorary Shabbat Kiddush

Tree Of Life - leaf dedications
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.

The Lodzer BOOK CHAT is going into its 6th season.  We have been meeting every 6 weeks and beginning this 2019-2020 season, by popular request, we’ll meet monthly.

We are a group of people who love to read and discuss books that we choose from suggestions made by our regular attenders.  Most books contain a Jewish theme.   Having read the book or not, you are welcome to join us.  We talk, learn, laugh, have snacks and get great ideas for books to read and movies to watch.  We meet Thursdays at 7:30 pm at the Lodzer.
If you are interested in learning more about us, contact

October 17 - 
November 14 - 
December 12 - 
January 9 - 
February 6 - 
March 5 - 
April 2 - 
April 30 - 
June 4  (5 weeks due to Shavuot) - 
June 25  (3 weeks) - 
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
  • Speaker: TBA

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 @ 6:27pm - Kol Nidre
  • 9am - Yom Kippur
  • 11am - Yizkor
  • 4:45 to 5:45 PM - Conversation with Rabbi Eli
  • 5:50pm - Mincha & Neila

Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 14 - 15 @ 9am - Day 1 - 2 Sukkot

Sunday, Oct. 20 @ 9am - Hoshana Rabbah

Monday, Oct. 21 @ 9am - Shemini Atzeret
  • 10:10am - Yizkor

Monday, 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.
Saturday, November 2

Dear Lodzer Family and Friends,
Please share our pride and joy as our daughter Arielle Sheyna 
is called to the Torah in honour of her coming to the age of mitzvoth
on Shabbat, portion Noach, the Fourth of Cheshvan 5780,
corresponding to November 2, 2019.

A light Kiddush refreshment will follow.

There will also be a Havdalah Service on the same evening at 7:45 pm followed by a buffet dinner at The Lodzer Centre Congregation.

As our capacity is limited by the space of the dining hall, please make sure to RSVP at by September 26th.

(Of course, there will also be the usual morning kiddush alternative for those who choose not to send a response.)

Please make sure to respond separately for the evening and morning. If you prefer calling to online resources, please phone (647) 294-3323 and leave your name and number of people coming for the morning Kiddush and/or Havdalah dinner.
Looking forward to see you,
Rabbi Eli and Irina Courante
 Saturday, Nov. 9
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.


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”
Returns September 21st.
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.

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Charles Greene,
20 Aug 2019, 12:43