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Lodzer Shabbat Bulletin

 Annual Yizkor Service - honouring families on Sunday, Sept. 22 @ 10 AM 

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

Shabbat Shalom

Light Candles: 7:01 PM Friday
Shabbat Ends: 8:00 PM
Triennial Year 3 
Parshat Ki Thavo: Deuteronomy:
  1. 24:14 - 24:16  pg852
  2. 24:17 - 24:19
  3. 24:20 - 24:22
  4. 25:01 - 25:04
  5. 25:05 - 25:10
  6. 25:11 - 25:16
  7. 25:17 - 25:19
Maftir:  29:6 - 29:8
Isaiah 60:1 - 60:22  pg874

Sept. 23  Oscar Pillersdorf, father of Rachel Weisman
Sept. 23  Jaqi Rubin, sister of Judy Hazan
Sept. 24  Elizabeth Shabes, wife of Jeff

Mazel Tov
To the Sidenberg Family
on their Baby naming 

 Annual Yizkor Service - honouring families 
 This Sunday, Sept. 22 @ 10 AM

Babysitters Needed for High Holidays
Volunteer hours will be given.
People Prayer Possibility
Last call
to submit your memoriam
for the
5780 ~ 2019/2020 Yizkor Book.

Call Sarah before closing this Friday, September 20th
Where in the World is Rabbi Eli?
Cappadocia, Central Anatolia

Jews have dwelled in Cappadocia well before the birth of Christianity. Their customs, habits, and lifestyle were well known to their brethren in Babylon and the Holy Land.

Today, the region attracts many a traveler with its fanciful rock formations, elaborate underground cities, and ancient dwellings and churches hewn into the soft rock.

I am on my way home, and very much looking forward to see you this Shabbat.

Meanwhile, here is something I owe you from 4 years ago; a picture of the beautiful boat-shaped Bimah in the Ahrida synagogue of Istanbul (memory of the boats that brought Sephardi Jews from the Iberian peninsula; though some liken it nowadays to Noah's Ark).

Ahrida synagogue is carefully protected from alien eye, and photographs are very seldom allowed here. To understand the full extent of the feeling of necessity for security though, you should visit Neve Shalom synagogue in Beyoğlu district of Istabul. This Sephardic schule, also hosting a permanent museum of the Turkish Jewry, has suffered two deadly terrorist attacks; a shooting in 1986 and a car bomb in 2003. I know no other museum in the world where every visitor's passport has to be submitted a week ahead, the screening protocol rivals that of the most zealous of the airports, and passing the first foot-thick armour-plated door you find yourself in the vault between that one and its twin, sandwiched in a way that never allows for both to be open simultaneously.

Now, with radical Islam feeling more welcome in Turkey than ever due to the present regime, one can never be too careful. In case anyone would tend to forget, the synagogue administration left the bullet holes in the front row, open for all to see.

Things should be put in proportion. There are very few places in the world where Jews dwelled for centuries and have been accepted as readily as they were in Turkey. That does not negate the occasional blood libels in the 19th c, the pro-Nazi Thrace pogroms in 1934, not the recent boycotts of Jewish businesses, particularly textile. Turkish Aliyah is growing, at the estimated rate of about one family per week (which may not sound as a lot but actually is considerable with the entire Jewish population here being south of 13,000 by now).

It means there are more Turkish speaking Jews in Israel than in Turkey today.
Come to think... once over 25% of Istanbul population was Jewish!

Shabbat Shalom, and see you soon.
Event Calendar
Thursday, September 19
7:30 PM
Book Chat

Lodzer Kiddush Room

“Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love"
by Dani Shapiro
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.

Book Chat
Thursday, October 17
7:30 PM
Lodzer Kiddush Room
October 17 - "The Girl They Left Behind" - Roxanne Veletzos
“Based on the life of Roxanne Veletzos' mother, The Girl They Left Behind is a vividly told, beautifully written, impossible-but-true story. This novel is a moving testament to the power of the human spirit and to those who defied impossible odds to allow the light of humanity to shine in the darkest of times.”

"A sweeping family saga and love story that offers a vivid and unique portrayal of life in war-torn 1941 Bucharest and life behind the Iron Curtain during the Soviet Union occupation."

On a freezing night in January 1941, a little Jewish girl is found on the steps of an apartment building in Bucharest. With Romania recently allied with the Nazis, the Jewish population is in grave danger, undergoing increasingly violent persecution. The girl is placed in an orphanage and eventually adopted by a wealthy childless couple who name her Natalia. As she assimilates into her new life, she all but forgets the parents who were forced to leave her behind. They are even further from her mind when Romania falls under Soviet occupation.

Yet, as Natalia comes of age in a bleak and hopeless world, traces of her identity pierce the surface of her everyday life, leading gradually to a discovery that will change her destiny. She has a secret crush on Victor, an intense young man who as an impoverished student befriended her family long ago. Years later, when Natalia is in her early twenties and working at a warehouse packing fruit, she and Victor, now an important official in the Communist regime, cross paths again. This time they are fatefully drawn into a passionate affair despite the obstacles swirling around them and Victor’s dark secrets.

When Natalia is suddenly offered a one-time chance at freedom, Victor is determined to help her escape, even if it means losing her. Natalia must make an agonizing decision: remain in Bucharest with her beloved adoptive parents and the man she has come to love, or seize the chance to finally live life on her own terms, and to confront the painful enigma of her past.

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 The Lodzer, as part of Holocaust Education Week on 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
Saturday, November 16 @ 6:30pm

We're working on…
What's expected to be a fun night !

Havdalah service
Dinner w. Wine & Dessert
Tree of Life - Leaf Dedications
Karaoke (Beer?) 

Save the date
Stay Tuned as details become finalized.
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.

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”
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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17 Sep 2019, 13:30