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Our Next Service

Saturday, January 6, 2018, Shabbat Morning Service
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, Chapel and Rm. 318, 3rd floor
10:30 a.m.

Rabbi Goldberg will lead our service, and will discuss the upcoming holiday of Tu B'shvat with us.  Paula Wolfson will conduct the chazzanut. We thank Alice Newman for chanting Torah this week.  

A luncheon kiddish will follow the service. We thank the Weisfeld and Zevaviv families for sponsoring the kiddish in memory of Zvi Puni צבי פוני, the beloved father of long-time member Ariela Weisfeld.  Mr. Puni passed away on January 15th, 2017, in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Our enriching, free drop-in  younger children's program will be up and running during the entire morning.

Younger Children (ages three to seven/eight).  Teacher: Leanne Stevens.  This week, the children will learn about the Havdallah (end of Shabos) ritual, and do crafts related to it. All  children are welcome at this program & in the chapel with their adults.

Children engaged in crafts and stories with their parents, grandparents and teacher: Oct., 2017

Junior Congregation
There will be no junior congregation this month, but will resume with the February service.  We encourage all tweens and their families to celebrate with the Blackstock-Berinstein family on January 20, as Isabel becomes a Bat Mitzvah.  (See below for more info and to rsvp for kiddish.)

For Rabbi Goldberg's description of our NEW Junior Congregation, please read  here.


Saturday, January 20, 2018 
Bat Mitzvah of Isabel Blackstock-Berinstein and Shabbat Morning Service
First Unitarian Site, 175 St. Clair Avenue West.
10:30 a.m.

Click here for more information and to meet Isabel.
RSVP  for Kiddish required by Sunday, December 31st.

Other Upcoming Services

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018, Shabbat Morning Service, MNJCC, 10:30 a.m., Chapel and Room 318, 3rd floor

Saturday, February 24th, 2018, Bat Mitzvah of Judith Gutman and Shabbat Morning Service,  First Unitarian Site, 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018, Shabbat Morning Service, MNJCC, 10:30 a.m., Chapel and Room 318, 3rd floor


The Shir Libeynu School: Third Unit/Module to Begin on Sunday, January 21 

Our supplemental program, for children ages seven to eleven, is  a pilot project with a series of five-week classes focusing on specific topics. It runs on consecutive Sunday mornings for each module/unit, at a convenient location accessible by public transportation. This is a program that will be especially welcoming of those children who have had minimal or no formal Jewish education, and for whom this is a first learning experience about their heritage.

Jewish Families: Historical, Traditional & Contemporary is the topic of the third unit.  It begins on Sunday, January 21st and ends on February 25th (no class on Feb. 18th) at a midtown location.  Registration has begun; please sign up by Wed., Jan. 10th, 2018   More info

If you wish to register for subsequent units, please email    shirlibeynu@yahoo.ca .

Upcoming Adult Education:  After Shabbat services/kiddish, 12:45-2 p.m., chapel, 3rd floor.

February 3rd:  Professor  Anna Shternshis (University of Toronto, Director, Anne Tannenbaum Centre for  Jewish Studies)

April 7th: Professor Sara Horowitz (York University, Comparative Literature and Jewish Studies)

May 5th: Bernie Farber (Writer and Social Activist)

Shir Libeynu Jewish Film Series: FREE ADMISSION!

Our Next Film:
The Women`s Balcony
Sunday, January 7th, 1:45-4 p.m.
5 19 Community Centre, 519 Church St., Toronto.

Film, with discussion to follow.

A huge box office hit in Israel, "The Women's Balcony" (2017) was also a critic's pick of the New York Times. It focuses on an already devout community suddenly under pressure from a ultra-Orthodox rabbi to observe their faith in a more rigid way. While the mood is that of a gentle and affectionate comedy, the film makes some significant points about fanaticism, sexism masked as holiness, and tolerance among the faithful.

NO TICKETS NECESSARY! For more information, please email slmovies18@gmail.com  MoreFilms



Our New Boar d

At our AGM on December 10th, the following members were elected to the Shir Libeynu board:

Lil Manger
Valeria Ryrak
Carol Zemel 

They join our members Shlomo Gleibman, Roman Konoplev-Esgenburg and Terry Maiden, who are continuing to serve on the board.

The executive will be selected by the board members at the first meeting taking place in early January.


We thank the following people for their contributions to the Shir Libeynu fund:

Brian Cohen:  In memory of Brian's beloved partner, Gary (Gershon) Sevitsky, who died in New York, 2013. Our community marked the 4th yahrzeit at the December service.

Yona and Zev Frishman: In memory of Nathan (Nutke) Frishman, Zev's father, on his 33rd yahrzeit.

Casandra Campbell and Jonathan Klein: I n honour of their wedding.

Jinks Hoffman: In honour of Rabbi Aviva Goldberg.

Marla and Joey Zegman: In honour of Laurie Goodman's birthday.


We extend our sincere condolences to long-time members Ruth Dworin and Kingsley Dworin on the recent death of her mother and his grandmother,  Janet Myra Tolin Dworin.  She died on Dec. 8, in Colorado.  May Mrs. Dworin's memory be a blessing.


Community Shabbat Dinner
Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst Street
Friday, January 19, 2018,  6-10 p.m.

All are welcome at the Community Shabbat Dinner.  Come alone or with a friend for a relaxed, soulful, and playful Shabbat experience. Individuals, families and allies of all backgrounds and Jewish affiliations are welcome.

More Info: djccstaff@mnjcc.org or 416-924-6211 x 388. Register.

Presented by Miles Nadal JCC, Jewish Family and Child, Matanot Lev, CIJA, Mazon Canada, and Ve'Ahavta.


Toronto Jewish Film Society

Subscribe to Toronto Jewish Film Society's 40th season of Jewish film gems on select Sundays with noted speakers in the Al Green Theatre. Register for eight film events. Call (416) 924-6211 x 0. First film in subscription series is Jan. 21, 2018.

General: $103 per person (includes CIF & HST)
Young Adult (age 18 - 35): $60 (includes CIF & HST) 
Shir Libeynu is a promotional partner of the Society's June 3rd screening of "Melting Away."
TWO SCREENINGS: 4:00  AND 7:30 p.m.

This is a subscription series. Rush Seats on sale 30 minutes before each screening.
 $15 General Admission; $10 Young Adults (Ages 18-35)


(Items listed in this section have been included at the request of Shir Libeynu participants and/or are considered to be potentially of interest to our congregation. Listed items are not  necessarily endorsed by Congregation Shir Libeynu or its  members. Listings appear at the discretion of the newsletter editor.)

Israel: A Safe Haven for Whom?
Thursday, Feb 8th,  7:30-9 p.m.
Makom - 402 College St., Toronto

In 1951, Israel was among the first states to sign the UN Refugee Convention that protected the rights of persecuted people to cross borders in search of asylum. It was unimaginable at the time that non-Jewish Africans fleeing persecution would one day seek asylum in Israel. But just as unlikely as most of Israeli history is, this is exactly what happened. 

Speaker: Tamara Newman, Director of International Relations, Hotline for Refugees & Migrants, Israel.

Newsletter Editor:  Harriet Eisenkraft
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Shir Libeynu December 30 , 2017