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Lodzer Shabbat Bulletin

  Tuesday, Oct. 8  
  6:27pm - Kol Nidre  

  Wednesday, Oct. 9  
  9:00am - Yom Kippur Services  
  11am - Yizkor  
  4:45 to 5:45 PM - Conversation with Rabbi Eli  
  5:50pm - Mincha & Neila  

Behold the Day of Judgment!
Who shall live and who shall die?

Shabbat Shalom

Light Candles: 6:35 PM Friday
Shabbat Ends: 7:34 PM
Triennial Year 3 
Parshat Vayyelech: Deuteronomy:
  1. 31:1 - 31:3  pg887
  2. 31:4 - 31:6
  3. 31:7 - 31:9
  4. 31:10 - 31:13
  5. 31:14 - 31:19
  6. 31:20 - 31:24
  7. 31:25 - 31:30
Maftir: 31:28 - 31:30
Hosea 14:2-10; Micah 7:18-20; Joel 2:15-27  pg891

Oct. 6  Frieda Walton
Oct. 7  Irving Spitzen
Oct. 9  Nina Rubin

Oct. 5   Al Grunberg, father of Richard
Oct. 6   Shirley Goldman, mother of Brian
Oct. 6   Maria Kissin, mother of Diana Kissin
Oct. 6   Dina Lew, mother of Sidney
Oct. 6   Rachel Waserman, aunt of Reisa Grunberg
Oct. 9   Yosef Fichtenbaum, uncle of Pearl Rosen
Oct. 9   Zindl Fichtenbaum, grandfather of Pearl Rosen
Oct. 9   Al Golden, brother of Bluma Nemirov
Oct. 9   Simcha & Szeina Naiman, grandparents of Leon Pasternak

Babysitters & Ushers Needed for Kol Nidre & Yom Kippur day

     Please call Sarah if you would like to sponsor a Kiddush.     
Event Calendar
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!

Tuesday, Oct. 8 @ 6:27pm - Kol Nidre
Wednesday, Oct. 9 @ 9:00 a.m. - Yom Kippur Services
    - 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, Services and Hakafot
    - The Lodzer welcomes Congregation BINA for a combined family-friendly service.

Tuesday, Oct. 22 @ 9am - Simchat Torah, Services and Hakafot Dancing

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.

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

Thursday, Nov. 7 @ 1:30pm

(Part of Holocaust Education Week)

“The Crate: A Story of War, a Murder and Justice”

Q & A with author Deborah Vadas Levison
at The Lodzer

After surviving the horrors of the Holocaust – in ghettos, on death marches, and in concentration camps – a young couple seeks refuge in Canada. They settle into a new life, certain that the terrors of their past are behind them. They build themselves a cozy little cottage on a lake in Muskoka, a cottage that becomes emblematic of their victory over the Nazis. The charming retreat is a safe haven, a refuge from haunted memories.

That is, until a single act of unspeakable violence defiles their sanctuary. Poking around the dark crawl space beneath their cottage, they discover a wooden crate, nailed tightly shut and almost hidden from view. Nothing could have prepared them for the horror of the crate’s contents – or how the peace and tranquility of their lives would be shattered.
Family still dealing with fallout of murder victim
hidden in crawl space of Muskoka Cottage

Samantha Collins was the victim of a grisly murder that saw her remains hidden in a Bracebridge cottage and not discovered until three years after she had been killed in March of 2007. Her boyfriend, Ian Charles Borbely was finally convicted of the crime in 2013 and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 17 years.

Now, their daughter, Deborah Vadas Levison, an award-winning journalist, tells the extraordinary account of her parents' ordeals, both in one of the darkest times in world history and their present-day lives. Her parents were Holocaust survivors and built the cottage as a testament to their new home and idyllic life. She says the horrors they saw in Europe were behind them only to have the awful realization of what Borbely had done come to rest, literally under their feet.

Vadas Levison says while there have been profound effects on her parents and extended family who all visit the cottage annually, it is important to remember the actual murder victim as she is also very much in the minds of her whole family. 
The cottage, which was hand built by her parents
is very much an important part of her family and how they all get to spend time together.

Written in searing, lyrical prose, THE CRATE: A Story Of War, A Murder, And Justice examines man’s seemingly limitless capacity for evil... but also, his capacity for good.
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 Birkat HaChodesh 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
Jan. 25 - Shevat, January 27
Feb. 22 - Adar, February 25 - 26
March 21 - Nissan, March 26
April 18 - Iyar, April 24 - 25
May 23 - Sivan, May 24
June 20 - Tammuz, June 22 - 23

Yizkor Services @ 10 AM
October 21 - Shemini Atzeret
April 16 - 8th Day of Pesach
May 30 - Shavuot

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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Charles Greene,
2 Oct 2019, 10:26