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A u g u s t  31,  2 0 1 9                                                         30  Av, 5779 
Lodzer Shabbat Bulletin

And the great shofar will be sounded and a still, small voice will be heard.

Shabbat Shalom

Light Candles: 7:39 PM Friday
Shabbat Ends: 8:39 PM
Triennial Year 3 
Parshat Re'eh: Deuteronomy:
  1. 15:1 - 15:6  pg811
  2. 15:7 - 15:11
  3. 15:12 - 15:18
  4. 15:19 - 15:23
  5. 16:1 - 16:8
  6. 16:9 - 16:12
  7. 16:13 - 16:17
Maftir: Numbers 28:9-15  pg695
Isaiah 66:1 - 66:24  pg944

Sept. 1  Jenny Finkelshtain
Sept. 1  Fay simmons
Sept. 2  Sheryl Adelkind
Sept. 6  Peter Biro

Sept. 1  Simon & Rachel Weisman
Sept. 2  Ronald Csillag & Deborah Berlah
Sept. 2  Howard Iseman & Susan Yellin
Sept. 6  Sean & Shari Majerovic

Sept. 1  Raizel Kurant Davidson, grandmother of Reisa Grunberg
Sept. 1  Mary Ginsburg, mother of Barbara Lew
Sept. 2  Marlene Mather, aunt of Pearl Rosen
Sept. 2  Tobie Steinberg, mother of Hedy Steinberg
Sept. 3  Michael Berlach, father of Deborah Berlach
Sept. 5  Joseph Factor, husband of Esther
Sept. 5  Samuel Finkelshtain, son of Reuben & Jenny
Sept. 9  Nathan Super, brother of Dora Usher

Mazel Tov to
Zack Remez and Dasi Wolpin
on their upcoming marriage

Today’s Kiddush is sponsored by
Rafi & Tammy Remez
Nancy & Barry Corey
Where in the World is Rabbi Eli?
The Isle of Islay, Inner Hebrides, off the west coast of Scotland
For a single malt scotch enthusiast, there is only one thing better than having a deep, tarred, peaty nip of Islay malt; and that's having it on Islay. The smell of heather in the air, the salty sea breeze, the sharp cries of seagulls, the taste of the creek water on your lips all collude with that crafted juice of the barley, the intense liquid goodness in your hand to entice you to live the moment to its fullest.

Worry not, it is only the first 7 or 8 wee drams that impel your rabbi to wax poetic; by now, we are way past poetic, hence the turn of philosophy cometh. 

Lately, a new gift has gained popularity in the west; those self-aging whisky kits where you pour a young rough drink into a tiny barrel and wait for it to mature quickly on account of the drink having much more exposure to the wood all around it. Now, not to rain on anyone's parade but other than the novelty of the experiment, you should not expect a great end result. You see, as the water of life, uisge-beatha, hits the barrel, it starts undergoing three simultaneous processes.

There's the addition of the wood sugars, tannins, the char, vanillin, and whatever other tastes the barrel can share with the liquid. Then, there's the subtraction of the coarser, heavier particles from the drink where the barrel acts as a natural filter. And, at the same time as the other two reactions, there is the interactive transformation, catalyzed by the oxygen exposure, where the particles of the drink start slowly bonding and interacting with each other, eventually attaining levels of depth and maturity.

With replacing time with more wood exposure, you can ensure the latter reaction, but it would still take years to have the former two. Don't get me wrong, it can still be a very pleasant experience, great start in understanding and appreciating whisky production, and good fun altogether. Just don't expect it to be perfect. That takes time, toil, patience, and perspicacity.

                 Why am I telling you all that on the doorstep of Elul, the month of soul-searching and contemplation? - It just occurred to me that our process of Teshuvah is not too far from good whisky aging. When you start teshuvah, there are three ways in which you hope to become better; by seeing the goodness in the world around you, and working to achieve some of that goodness, claim ownership over it (additive change); and by releasing whatever negativity has claimed hold over you (subtractive change); and, by putting yourself to such scrutiny that will help you prevail in that grappling match with your inner self, and come out of it the very "best you" can be (there's your internal change).

Of the three changes, only the first one can happen more or less speedily. Once we see all the good that surrounds us, it can become contagious, and imbibing it is practically natural. Nothing happens fast with the other two aspects. Whatever negative, destructive feelings have been gnawing at your soul for years - old slights, pangs of envy, pains of rejection, sorrows of a wounded pride - you can't expect to shed them off in the time it takes to listen to the shofar and get through a couple prayers and sermons. It's a long process, full of doubt, struggle, and searching. Same, of course, applies to the interactive metamorphosis; even whisky can't do it in less than 6-9 years, and you are more complicated than whisky (probably). No barrel, no service, no magic bullet can transform you into that best you instantaneously. Yet the journey has to start somewhere - and the call to take our seats has been issued, as the shofar resumes its calls every morning.

Work on your changes, slowly and meticulously - and if you want to see the quick improvement, by all means, do look at yourself before and after the mini-barrel of the High Holy Days.

So much for the thought of the week. And if I said more than I should have, blame it on the whisky, for I'm about to hit Send...

Shabbat Shalom from Islay.
People Prayer Possibility
What has meaning?

There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, “Morning, boys. How's the water?” 

The two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and asks, “What is water?”

Sometimes the most obvious, ubiquitous, important realities are often the ones that are the hardest to see and talk about. 
Event Calendar
Shabbat Rosh Chodesh
Saturday, August 31

Fancy Hats & Bowties
“Let’s dance!”

August 31 -  Rafi
September 7 - Roz Greene
September 14 -  Marilyn R.
Thanks to all those who participated.
Rabbi Eli returns September 21st.
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

The High Holy Days are a gift. They are a refuge from our busy lives, a sacred opportunity to
pause and reflect on our lives, on where we have been and where we would like to go.

We are once again offering our congregants the opportunity to make personal dedications (in honor of or in memory of)… for the 2019-2020 Yizkor book.

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

(Of course, there will also be the usual morning kiddush 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.


Oct. 26 - Cheshvan, October 29 - 30
Nov. 23 - Kislev, November 28 - 29
Dec. 21 - Tevet, December 28 - 29

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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29 Aug 2019, 07:51