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Lodzer Shabbat Bulletin

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

Shabbat Shalom

Light Candles: 7:26 PM Friday
Shabbat Ends: 8:26 PM
Triennial Year 3 
Parshat Shoftim: Deuteronomy (Chanted by Naomi Nemerof):
  1. 19:14 - 19:21  pg829
  2. 20:1 - 20:4
  3. 20:5 - 20:9
  4. 20:10 - 20:14
  5. 20:15 - 20:20
  6. 21:1 - 21:6
  7. 21:7 - 21:9
Maftir: 21:7 - 21:9  pg835
Haftarah (Chanted by Phil Drash): 
Isaiah 51:12 - 52:12  pg835

Sept. 9    Ida Abramowitz
Sept. 12  Sam Goldberg
Sept. 12  Helen Gould
Sept. 12  Avi Pasco
Sept. 13  Alla Kabacznik

Sept. 7  Lea Epstein, mother of Henry
Sept. 9  Lily Flash, grandmother of Pearl Rosen
Sept.10  Nico Himmelhoch, father of Desiree Farkas
Where in the World is Rabbi Eli?
"Where in the World" is fun to read when your rabbi is globe-trotting like crazy, sending communiques from Cote d'Ivoire today, Honolulu tomorrow, and the Queen Maud Land a week later.
   But can I keep you sufficiently entertained after a month in Scotland? Well... let's see. Today, instead of a story, you get a little poem I found in a New Jersey Schule bulletin about 20 years ago.
    From my stash, I bring you:
What’s in a name?
“In Aberdeen that bonny town
a house was full of joy
as MacPherson told his happy wife,
How grand! It is a boy!
Aye that it is, his wife agreed,
what shall we call the lad?
A good Scot’s name will do him proud.
maybe Angus like his dad.
Nay, lass, MacPherson then replied,
a better name I see
I have the lad’s name all picked out,
we’ll call him Yehudi!
Stop your jesting, said his wife,
this is indeed absurd,
of a Yehudi MacPherson pray
what Scot has ever heard?
Well, I don’t know, her husband said,
But silly it is not,
for my friend Epstein, in New York,
has named his first born “Scot.”   
Sending my best regards and Shabbat Shalom from (as it happens) Aberdeenshire,
Rabbi Elish MacCourante
People Prayer Possibility
Joe's Story

As told to Judy Hazan
I first met Joseph Shedletsky in synagogue, some months after I became a member at The Lodzer Centre Holocaust Congregation in Toronto. Joseph, like most of the older members of the Lodzer, is a survivor of the Shoah and one Shabbat morning at our congregational Kiddush, I went over to where Joe was sitting and introduced myself. A small man, slim and fit looking, Joe has a decidedly handsome face, chiseled features and a quick smile. I was charmed by him immediately; his soft-spoken demeanor; his clear eyes; his old-fashioned, gentle manners. There was something about Joe that made me feel comfortable and at ease right away. He was like putting on a pair of warm slippers. We began to talk that Shabbat morning and over subsequent Shabbats Joe began to reveal small parts of his story of survival to me. I was intrigued – not so much because his story was so different than thousands of other stories told by survivors about the most unspeakable time in civilization’s memory, but that Joe, in his struggling English managed to recall details that were tremendously vivid. The picture he painted for me with his stories compelled me to ask him for permission to write them down. He looked at me with eyes that revealed the deep sadness in his soul and told me that he would be honoured to tell me his story. We set up a time to meet.

Joe came to my house on Tuesday February 16th, 2004. His story was told to me over many weeks, sitting at my kitchen table. He refused to eat anything I offered him. He wouldn’t take a cup of coffee or tea. Occasionally he accepted a glass of water. We cried together often. This is Joe’s Story.
Event Calendar
September 7

Parshat Shoftim
This week's parshah, Shoftim, is an important chapter in the Jewish story.  It chronicles the appointment of judges in every city and province throughout Israel - ensuring a just and righteous judiciary./Judy

Judy's "Parsha of the Week" is back!
Tomorrow Night - Wed. September 4th 

7:30 to 8:30 PM

At The Lodzer
12 Heaton Street
Come Study Parsha Shoftim with Your Lodzer Friends!

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

Just a heads up for next week - Shabbat Sept. 14th
Lindsay Rosen will be laining the Maftir and Haftorah - Parshat Ki Tetze - that was her Bat Mitzvah Parshat.
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

Book Chat Sked
October 17 - The Girl They Left Behind - Roxanne Veletzos
( Hopefully we can meet in the Sukkah.)
November 14 - The Crate: A Story of War, a Murder and Justice. - Deborah Vadas Levison
(The author is speaking at Betel Centre Thursday, Nov. 7 at 1:30.)
December 12 - The Alice Network - Kate Quinn
January 9 - The Song of Jade Lily - Kirsty Manning
February 6 - Still Alice - Lisa Genova
March 5 - Washington Black - Esi Edugyan
April 2 - Hidden Figures - Margot Lee Shetterly
April 30 - Circling the Sun - Paula McLain
June 4  The Other Mrs. Smith - Bonnie Burstow 
June 25  Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens
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, Nov. 9
Karaoke evening

Cocktails & Desserts to be served

(Mark the date in your calendar.)
Lodzer on tap

Morning Minyan

Sunday - Friday: 9:00 am
Run by Arthur Zins
Breakfast following services
Come Daven, Fress & Schmooze


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 this 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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Charles Greene,
3 Sep 2019, 16:07