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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  

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the holy of holies of Jewish time.
It is that rarest of phenomena, a Jewish festival without food.
Instead it is a day of fasting and prayer,
introspection and self-judgment when, collectively and repeatedly,
we confess our sins and pray to be written into God's Book of Life.
Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Shabbat Shalom

Light Candles: 6:23 PM Friday
Shabbat Ends: 7:22 PM
Triennial Year 3 
Parshat Haazinu: Deuteronomy:
  1. 32:1 - 32:6  pg896
  2. 32:7 - 32:12
  3. 32:13 - 32:18
  4. 32:19 - 32:28
  5. 32:29 - 32:39
  6. 32:40 - 32:43
  7. 32:44 - 32:52
Maftir:  32:48 - 32:52
II Samuel 22:1 - 22:51  pg904

Oct. 18  Sharyn Berger

Oct. 16  Frank & Esther Steiman

Oct. 17  Alex Berger, father of George
Oct. 17  Lillian Coretsky, mother of Barry

     Sponsoring a kiddush     
     is a great way to commemorate any milestone     
     from a birth, birthday, bar/bat mitzvah, anniversary, graduation, or a loved one's yahrzeit     
     and an important way in which you can support the Lodzer Congregation.    
Rabbi Eli's Blog
Greetings from Jupiter!
Shabbat Shuvah, Vayelech  2019 - Lodzer

Just as we entered the time of awe and soul-searching, right in between the Day of Judgement and the Day of Atonement, the most breathtaking open space drama since Stanley Kubrick is taking place above our heads (or right under our feet, if you prefer), a mere 650 million km from your home, give or take. Let me sum it up for those of you who’ve been on another planet, devoid of news and the internet.

Juno the space probe has been on an exploratory mission in Jupiter’s orbit since July, 2016. Initially entering it at the velocity of a full orbital cycle every 53 days, it was expected to perform a thruster burn to speed up to 14-day orbits. Yet due to a suspected engine problem the speed had to remain the same; the probe still covers the same “amount of science”, it just takes longer.

Now, here’s the rub; Jupiter casts a long, dark shadow. Juno is mortally afraid of the shadow of Jupiter. You see, spending a long time in freezing planetary shadows is not healthy for solar-powered spacecraft.  It does not usually carry spare batteries either, as those are very heavy. It took Juno 5 years to merely reach Jupiter, by which time it has covered roughly 2.8 billion km.

Should Juno have entered that shadow, the 12 hours in the freezing darkness would drain its energy, it would run out of juice and die. In a daring and inventive way of avoiding such premature demise, Juno had to burn over 70 kg of fuel for 10.5 hours in order to both increase its speed and shift its position against the shadow.

I am not going to keep you in this nail-biting suspense any longer. All's well that ends well. Juno escaped the mortal peril. In total, it is expected now to successfully accomplish 32 orbital runs before it turns to the astonishingly radioactive planet and plunges to its timely death in Jupiter’s atmosphere.

We humans hold varying views and beliefs on most everything, from our political affiliation to which Schule we go to, from the sports teams we support to our take on capital punishment, gun control, and garbage recycling. Yet somehow, we all agree when it comes to Juno’s struggle against the darkness. Everybody roots for Juno; I have yet to meet a person who would cheer for the entropy instead. And of course, it is partly because it’s very hard to cheer for entropy altogether, and partly because we always feel for the underdog. But I propose to you it is largely because we see Juno as one of us.

There is, on one hand, the eternal human tendency to strive for perfection – trying to keep your brand new shoes pristinely clean and whole, getting your soft boiled egg to be “just so”, always making the right decision, and being in the right place at the right time. We yearn to be perfect to compensate for a sense of inadequacy, the realization of our shortcomings. Even as we will stand, flushed and penitent, on Yom Kippur, and begin confessing and acknowledging our shortcomings, we want to do a perfect job of that, paradoxically.

And on the other hand, truth be told, there is no merit in being perfect; not only is it not achievable, but if it were, nobody would like the perfect person, as the perfection would be rubbing in our own imperfections.

Everybody, by contrast, likes Juno. Juno is not perfect; it’s had its share of trouble, probable engine issues, having to slow down, altering orbits. What we love about Juno is not perfection; it is functionality in spite of imperfections. Juno could not have been more anthropomorphic if it had two legs, two flailing arms, and a laughing face. We all are Juno. What with our needs, our fears, our problems and constant struggle as we hang in the air. Like Juno, we all come with individual expiry dates even though we have mercifully been spared the knowledge of what they are.

On the verge of Yom Kippur I remind you that it is not a day of sadness. It is not a day of wailing and mourning. It is a yontef, a celebration of being human, a holiday of introspection that gives us an opportunity to recharge our batteries before we bravely (or cautiously, or unwittingly; you choose) plunge back into the shadows.

And – yes, sometimes in order to recharge our batteries we need to burn a lot of fuel. It is not about perfection. It is about being fully present in the moment, being aware of our life, being functional.
Do not let entropy get the better of you. As we read in this Shabbat’ Haftarah, Shuvah Yisrael ad Hashem Elokeicha; return People Israel, return to the moment, return to the orbit, carpe diem, for this day of burning bright is the heavenly gift to you.

G'mar Tov,

Loving Elijah


We, (Sara Dimerman, Organizer,) met the Waverman family after our youngest daughter and their oldest son were in the same kindergarten class. Over the years, and despite them moving to Guelph, we have stayed in touch. Its hard to believe that the kids who met in kindergarten are now almost finished their undergraduate degrees. Now, the Wavermans are a family of five, after two more wonderful sons were born.
Their youngest, Elijah, 14, is about to begin high school. At the brink of an exciting new chapter in his life, the family has recently been dealt a heavy blow. Elijah was recently diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Now, instead of anticipating his first year of high school, he’s at Sick Kids in Toronto, awaiting his first round of chemotherapy. His parents will commute back and forth with him, from Guelph to Toronto and back, as needed. His self-employed mother will suspend her career to care for him. His father too will be taking time away from work to care for Elijah and their other children. And his brothers will support each other and do the best they can to continue with their studies.
At a time like this, it takes a village. We know that commuting, financial constraints and emotional stressors will peak during this excruciatingly difficult time. If you are able to help the Waverman family by offering some financial support, that will be greatly appreciated.

Update as of august 10, 2019
I spoke to Elijah's mom today. Elijah will be returning to Toronto in a couple of days to meet with more doctors and continue with treatment. Last week he underwent a blood tranfusion, after looking very pale and feeling very lethargic.  His mom and dad are beyond grateful for all of the generous support after determining that they will be short of around 25 000 this year as a result of this tremendous ordeal.  I have therefore increased this go fund me goal to 20,000 and urge everyone to make a donation. Any amount is appreciated.

Shana wrote on Facebook on August 24, 2019

After 6 days as an outpatient, we're finally heading home. Yeah! We want to thank everyone who has supported us on the GoFundMe, you have no idea how much we appreciate it and how much stress it will take off our shoulders during the awful year ahead.
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, Oct. 14 @ 9am - Day 1 Sukkot
Tuesday, Oct. 15 @ 9am - Day 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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