Shabbat Morning Service

Saturday, April 2, at the  MNJCC : 10:30 a.m.

Led by Rabbi Goldberg with chazzanut by Paula Wolfson.
Our children's program (ages 3 to 8) will feature special pre-passover activities.
Please click here for a very special adult education session after the service, led by Professor Harold Troper.
We will serve a very light Shabbat kiddish snack in Room 318, starting at noon.
All Welcome!
Other Upcoming Services at the  MNJCC

Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, April 15, 7:30 p.m., MNJCC

Come celebrate our Kabbalat Shabbat service for Shabbat Hagadol: the great Sabbath.  Join us as we herald in this pre-Pesach Sabbath with songs and prayer, and stories of miracles, redemption, freedom and responsibility .
Shabbat Morning Services
Saturday, May 7, 10:30 a.m.

Rabbi Goldberg will lead this service, when we will also be discussing the community's strategic planning and vision for the future, and honouring those who guided us and participated actively in the ongoing dialogue about it.

At this service, we will also honour members Ed Weiss and Mollie Roskies on the occasion of their upcoming marriage.

Our children's program (ages 3 to 8) will include a special art project for a local senior's residence.

Click here for a pre-service adult education session led by Rabbi Goldberg.


Children's Activities during our Shabbat Morning services
Saturday, April 2, 10:30 a.m.

Get a head start on Pesach by making your own Seder plate with Rebecca. We know matzah is an important part of the Seder, but what other special foods do we eat at Pesach? And why?
Saturday, May 7, 10:30 a.m.

Save the date! The kids of Shir Libeynu will be working together on a very special art project. With the help of member Shoshana Pellman we will be creating a Jewish/LGBTQ-themed collage to help decorate True Davidson Acres Seniors' Residence. 
*New* Information Session for  2016/2017 B'nei Mitzvah Program
Sunday, May 8, 2016, 10:30 a.m.
The session will focus on the learning-enrichment sessions and other details of our unique, enriching program (see below for more information;  sign up NOW for the May 8 session here).
We are recruiting families with young people who will be at least age 13 in 2017 to early 2018.    Our next b'nei mitzvah program will begin in the autumn of 2016, when we will welcome a small cohort of candidates.

Our present cohort of Bnei Mitzvot learners and their families and friends went on a tour of Jewish Toronto in the Kensington Market area last November. Here they are in front of Cecil Community Centre, the site of Shir Libeynu's High Holy Day services for many years and a shul in the 1920s.

You can expect: a learning enrichment program that will include a series of workshops and sessions with the children, as well as their families; social opportunities for families at  oneg Shabbat , tours of Jewish Toronto and other events; a  Tzedekah  project, and more.
This is an informal series of Jewish learning workshops on various topics that our members say are important and relevant to them.  They usually take place after the kiddishes, in the chapel or classroom at the MNJCC, starting at 12:45 p.m. and ending at 2 p.m; occasionally they will take place at other times. You do not need expertise in any of these topics in order to participate. If you have enough expertise to lead a session or if you have specific questions, write to: (Jonathan Silin-Education Director) adulteducation@shirlibeynu.ca.

Upcoming Adult Education Programs

Saturday, April 2, at the  MNJCC
12:45 - 2 p.m., after the kiddish, in Room 305
"Games on the Road to Holocaust: Canada and the Nazi Olympics," presented by Harold Troper

As the 2016 Olympic Games draw near, it is appropriate to recall the most infamous of all Olympic Games, the 1936 Olympic Games in Nazi Germany, and the effort by the organized Canadian Jewish community to forestall Canadian participation in the Nazi Olympics. The Jewish campaign failed. Canada participated in what turned out to be a Nazi propaganda bonanza. In his talk, Harold Troper will discuss the legacy of the Nazi Olympic Games and Canada's role in Nazi Olympic saga.
Harold Troper is a professor at the University of Toronto and author or co-author of 10 books. He is perhaps best known for None Is Too Many, chosen by the Literary Review of Canada as one of the 100 most important Canadian books of all times. Professor Troper's most recent book is More than Just Games: Canada and the Nazi Olympics, co-authored with Richard Menkis of the University of British Columbia.MaNishtana

Saturday, May 7, at the  MNJCC
9:00 am, before the service, in the chapel

"Ma Nishtana: Tell me what is the difference?" led by Rabbi Aviva Goldberg

Defining the Shir Libeynu ethos from our inception to today. This is an opportunity for us to consider together the basic tenets of Congregation Shir Libeynu: our philosophy, theology and approach to Jewish worship, ritual and prayer.

Please note there is no food or drink (except water) allowed in the chapel.  

All Welcome!

Eden Eden Nameri: Our Resident Storyteller

The Story of Esther: The Whole Megillah
Sunday, April 3, 2016 @ Noon
I have been telling the Story of Esther to our congregation for many years - sometimes in family-friendly format and sometimes with more adult content. Although Purim has already passed, I am delighted to be bringing the Story of Esther to this year's Toronto Storytelling Festival.

A beautiful maiden with a secret. A foolish, fickle king. When their fairy-tale marriage flounders, the fate of an entire people is threatened. Although often told to children, Esther's story is one of intrigue, deceit, danger and desire, set in the glittering court of the Persian empire. For a very grown-up version, please join me at Storytelling at the Gladstone, held on Sunday, April 3 at noon. I will be performing in the Ballroom of the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West). I hope to see many members of my Shir Libeynu family in the audience.

Storytelling at the Gladstone features a number of Toronto tellers. Eden's performance kicks off this all-day event - come to hear all about Esther, and stay for other stories that may capture your fancy. Tickets will be sold at the door for $20. These provide admission to all performances at the Gladstone that day.

Chants March2016
Chant ReEncounters
Sunday, April 24, 2:00-4:00 pm
The informal chanting circles which supplements our contemplative chanting services -will have its next gathering on Sunday, April 24 from 2 to 4 p.m.  Dorothy Rusoff will again be hosting.  To RSVP and for location details, please contact Dorothy at  chanting@shirlibeynu.ca . And for questions about Chants ReEncounters in general, please get in touch with Lorne Blumer at  reencounters@shirlibeynu.ca


If you have a place or two at your table for the upcoming Pesach seders (starts evening of April 22) please write to us with the info, by April 8, at: shirlibeynu@yahoo.ca.


Building Heart 2016, Heart to Heart's annual fundraiser
Sunday, April 10
Reception at 5:15 p.m.; Door open at 6:00 p.m.; Program begins at 7:00 p.m.

Shir Libeynu is pleased to be a sponsor of Heart to Heart. We will be returning with other sponsors and other supporters to the Lula Lounge   in celebration and support of Heart to Heart.

The evening will feature keynote speakers  Yaniv Sagee (Executive Director of Givat Haviva) and  Mohammad Darawshe (Director of Planning at the Centre for Shared Society at Givat Haviva). They will both be joining us from Israel for the occasion. We also have great musical entertainment lined up with a performance by the
Ventanas, a trans-Mediterranean ensemble. 

Click here for pricing and registration information.

Community Partner Programs, MNJCC

Living with Dementia: Caring and Coping
10-week Program, with sessions once weekly
April 13 - June 22, 2016

T his free, 10-week supportive skills-based program helps you learn to problem solve
and communicate effectively, and includes a concurrent,stimulating and creative workshop for your family member with dementia.

Confidentiality assured. 

Cosponsored by: Cyril & Dorothy, Joel & Jill Reitman Centre for Alzheimer's Support 

ReelAbilities Film Festival
May 12-19, 2016

Festival of film and disability culture coming to Toronto for the first time.
ReelAbilities Toronto Film Festival:  In partnership with HOT DOCS, TIFF, Toronto Jewish Film Festival, Inside Out Film Festival, Reel Asian Film Festival, Toronto International Deaf Film and Arts Festival, Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival, Toronto Jewish Film Society and more. Full film schedule coming soon. For more information, email inclusion@mnjcc.org or call 416-924-6211 x 330.
Visit http://mnjcc.org/browse-by-interest/accessibility  for more information about access and inclusion at the J.
Newsletter Editor:  Harriet Eisenkraft
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