Our Pre-Chanukah Shabbat Morning Service
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre (MNJCC) Chapel and Rm. 318, 3rd floor
Saturday, December 1st2018 
10:30 a.m.

Rabbi Goldberg will lead, with Paula Wolfson as cantorial soloist.  

We  thank Barbara Cooper for chanting the Torah portion.  Come hear our choir sing a medley of Chanukah songs, as well as a Shabbat t une played by Lorne Gould and Penny Winestock.
Children are welcome in the chapel, and/or for those ages three to six there is also childcare, with fu n activities including crafts and stories, down the hall. 
A kiddish lunch including latkes will follow the service.  We thank  Luisa Bonilla  and Eric Rubinstein for sponsoring the kiddish in honour of their son Yaron`s 13th birthday.  Yaron will be having his bar mitzvah in 2019.
Rm 218, MNJCC

Members will receive by e-mail an official notice and agenda in the next few days.

Chanukah Dinner
Sunday, December 9th at 7 p.m.
Free Times Café, 320 College Street (near Spadina)

Join Congregation Shir Libeynu for a Chanukah dinner. Eden Nameri will relay a story of Chelm. It's an order-your-own-food-and-drink event, which can include the famous Free Times latkes. To make sure there are plenty on hand, please  RSVP  by Sunday, December 2nd.

Shir Libeynu Film Series 
519 Church Street Community Centre, Rm 301 
(room subject to change, please check monitor at 519 when arriving for the film screening)    

December 16th: Dough (2015: U.K./Hungary)
A Jewish baker in London struggles to keep his business afloat until his Muslim apprentice drops cannabis in the dough, sending sales sky high.  Dough is a warmhearted and humorous story about overcoming prejudice and finding redemption in unexpected places.

All films will start at 1:30 p.m.followed by a question/answer session. The program will conclude by 4:00 p.m.

Other Upcoming Services and Events
Morning services led by Rabbi Goldberg begin at 10:30 a.m. at the MNJCC, 3rd floor chapel.

A kiddish always follows the Saturday service in Rm. 318.

Saturday, January 5th, 2019

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019

Saturday, March 2nd, 2019

Friday (evening), May 10th - NEW DATE

Workshop led by Chazzan Daniela Gesundheit on the musical liturgy and songs of Friday night's Shabbat at home.  Please look for more information in upcoming newsletters and on our website and social media.

Editor's Note: We held our November service Shabbos service a week after the horrific murders at the Pittsburgh synagogue, and during Holocaust Education Week in Toronto.  We packed the chapel at the MNJCC to pray, sing and mourn together. It was not just a sad service: we also celebrated an anniversary and doted on the joyful babies in their parents' arms. Rabbi Goldberg addressed the congregation with humility and restraint, admitting that she felt somewhat "speechless" in the face of such tragedy. But she was able to inspire with ideas on how to move forward with strength, action and commitment to making a better world. Her address in the form of an edited essay is below:

We could not have joined a more welcoming community than the one we found with Congregation Shir Libeynu.  The School is also a great fit for our child, his interests, and our wishes for a progressive Jewish education.
                                                                           -Jon & Denis, Parents/Members 

Great news: We have a school venue in the Annex and are now accepting registrations for the Winter/Spring session. First class starts on January 20, 2019.

Some of last year's School participants (with a young guest) 

Sign your Children Up NOW!

Shir Libeynu Choir

The Shir Libeynu choir will be getting together again on Tuesday, December 4th, at 7p.m. 

Anyone who would like to sing is welcome; no previous experience or Hebrew knowledge is required.

Please write to Ellie Goldenberg at for location details or any other questions you might have.  


LGBTQ+ Allies Shabbat
November 30th, 2018
Wolfond Centre,  36 Harbord Street

Traditional egalitarian services at 6 p.m. | Vegetarian Potluck dinner at 7:30 p.m.
Come alone or with a friend for a relaxed, soulful, and playful Shabbat experience. LGBTQ+ individuals and allies of all backgrounds and Jewish affiliations are welcome.
Register  here .
Info:  or 416-924-6211 x 388.
Presented by Congregation Shir Libeynu, Annex Shul, MNjcc and Holy Blossom.

Ve'ahavata Winter Camp
Monday, December 24
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Location: Ve'ahavta, 200 Bridgeland Ave
Ages: 10-14
Registration: $72
Eye-opening tikun olam workshop with various hands-on and listening activities to help clients who may be e xperiencing poverty, homelessness and/or marginalization in our community.

Shir Libeynu is proud to partner with Ve'ahavta on its Mobile Jewish Response to Homeless.  As part of the tikkun olam initiative, our Bnei Mitzvah students and one of their parents  join the Ve'ahavta outreach worker for a van shift delivering coffee, food, clothing, hygiene supplies, and supportive companionship to the city's homeless population in Toronto's downtown core. 
Newsletter Editor:  Harriet Eisenkraft
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Shir Libeynu July 29, 2018