Our Next Shabbat Morning Service :

Saturday, February 4th, 2017
10:30 a.m., MNJCC, 3rd Floor (Chapel and Rm. 318)

Join us for our service, led by Rabbi Goldberg with chazzanut by Paula Wolfson. We are participating in the city-wide Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month (JDAIM) roster, and Rabbi Goldberg will deliver a dvar Torah on the theme of making Jewish life accessible to all.

Thank you to Ed Weiss for chanting Torah at this service.   A children's program will take place in a classroom during the service, but children are always welcome to join us in the chapel as well.  All are invited for a light kiddish afterwards (Noon-12:45 p.m.).

We thank Brian Cohen and Steven Cohen for sponsoring the kiddish, which will follow the service, in memory of their beloved father, Sid Cohen, who died recently.

After the service and kiddish, please join us for our special adult education program at 1 p.m. in kiddish room (318). We will end the kiddish earlier this week to accommodate.* Note special arrangements for this presentation.* EcoIsrael

Eco-Israel: Sustainability and Innovation 

In February, 2017, as we approach Tu B'Shvat, the "New Year of Trees" in Israel, we will  have the opportunity to learn about The  Society for the Protection of Nature  In Israel (SPNI).   Using slide show images and discussion, Allan Shiff, president of CSPNI, will present the  successes and current challenges of Israel's environmental movement. In light of the recent and tragic fire in the Haifa region, this lecture may prove very timely. 

Allan Shiff, President, CSPNI
The foremost environmental organization in Israel, the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI), was founded in 1953. Allan and his wife, Helaine, were so inspired by the work of SPNI that they decided to
establish a chapter in Toronto in 2011.  Currently there are branches in Canada, USA, UK and France.

Israel is a tiny country and also one of the most bio-diverse countries in the world. Its flora and fauna have played an integral part in its history - as well as the history of its people - for millennia.  The pressures related to environmental issues in a small, dynamic country like Israel are great.  

"Educate, Love, Protect" is the motto of SPNI.  Allan will provide an overview of the numerous programs designed to meet the unique environmental challenges of Israel.

We thank Shoshana Fainsilber for arranging this wonderful adult-ed session.

* - This particular adult education session will include a media slide show, and will take place in the kiddish room (318), starting at 1 p.m. We will finish serving the light kiddish at 12:45 p.m. to accommodate this event.  Those who do not wish to attend the session may continue their conversations in the chapel (where no food or drink except water are allowed)or the children's room (where coffee/teas are allowed), until 1:30 p.m. 

Other Upcoming Services and Events

Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, March 4th
10:30 a.m., MNJCC, 3rd Floor (Chapel and Rm. 318)

Join us for our service, led by Rabbi Goldberg with chazzanut by Paula Wolfson.  We thank Alice Newman for chanting Torah at our service.    A children's program will take place during the service, but children are always welcome to join us in the chapel as well.  All are invited for a light kiddish afterwards.


Shir Libeynu Purim
Saturday, March 11th: 7-10 p.m.

Purim, 2012
Our Purim celebration will kick off with an all- ages costume contest and rousing rendition of the whole Megilah - the adventures of Esther as told by resident storyteller, Eden Nameri.

There will then be a pyjama party for kids, with crafts, games, snacks and movies and a karaoke cabaret for the grown ups.

Stay tuned for further details.

Meanwhile, we need people to:
  • Make Hamentashen
  • Bring other treats
  • Help with set up and clean up
  • Provide prizes
  • Sing, play instruments, dance, juggle, etc.
If you can help, please contact  familyevents@shirlibeynu.ca.


We are pleased to announce the first three screenings in our series to take place at The 519, a community centre on Church Street, on the following Sunday afternoons, from 1:30-4:30 p.m.:  April 30 , May 28 and June 18.

The first screening on April 30  will be the German-Jewish comedy,  '"Go for Zucker, "a hilarious, award-winning film, which has had screenings at the TJFF.  Stay tuned for more info and a way to reserve your spot at this and other upcoming screenings.



Our Condolences

Our community sends its sincere condolences to Brian Cohen on the death of his beloved father, Sid Cohen.  Mr. Cohen passed away on January 4, 2017, at the age of 89, in Ottawa. Over many years, he was most supportive of Shir Libeynu and he delighted in Brian's participation with us.  May Sid Cohen's memory be a blessing.


No-Shush Family Shabbat Dinner & Event
Friday, February 3rd, 2017, at the MNJCC
Doors at 5 p.m. | Activities start at 5:30 p.m. | Food served at 6 p.m.

$10/adults and children over 12 years of age; 
Children 12 and under are free

People who need a support person, will not have to pay additional fee for him/her. 

Families with children of all abilities and of any age (infant to adult) are invited to a "no-shush" communal kosher dinner, plus Shabbat-friendly activities.(There will be an adjacent quiet room with bean-bag chairs where those who need to can chill, and everyone is free to come and go.) 

This event takes place during Jewish Disability-A wareness and Inclusion Month. Shir Libeynu is pleased to be a co-sponsoring partner with the MNJCC for this event.

Registration is required and space is limited.

Call (416) 924-6211 x 0 to register
Questions: Tamar Levy at tamarl@mnjcc.org; (416) 924-6211 x388

LGBTQ Elder's Drop in -  Wise Aging with Dr. Elaine Cooper

A program for LGBTQ people ages 55+
Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina Avenue

In small groups, explore the years beyond midlife as an opportunity for growth and discovery, engaging in discussion based on text study, reflection and contemplative activities. 

You may still register for this event, even after the first-day session.

(Items listed in this section have been included at the request of Shir Libeynu participants and/or are considered to potentially be 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.)

Muckrakers: An Initiative and an Opportunity
First meeting - February 6th, Monday, 6.30-8 p.m.
Innovation Lab at the Centre for Social Innovation
215 Spadina (at Sullivan), Toronto, 4th floor

We each bring an article, from any source, one that we personally think is useful. Every person gets up to five minutes to explain the content (the articles themselves are circulated afterwards), and then everyone discusses. While we do take turns presenting/discussing, the fact is that that various articles inform each other, and so we end up discussing all.

Muckrakers has a great history that began in Vancouver and eventually morphed into Co-op Radio.  See more here.

Questions, RSVP: Liora Salter 

Keshet B'Gesher - Jewish LGBTQ Family Weekend
Friday, Sept. 8th to Sunday, Sept. 10th

Enjoy a fall weekend at Camp Gesher on Lake Pringle - an inclusive, safe, accommodating space that welcomes all families between queer and Jewish spectrums.

Highlights include Kabbalat Shabbat and Havdallah, hiking, eco-activities, Israeli folk dancing, storytelling, singing, visual and dramatic arts, boating and, temperature permitting, swimming.

Cost: $250 to $350 per family
Price includes accommodation, kosher meals and programming. 

More Information

To reserve a space or for more information, write to campkeshet2017@gmail.com

Newsletter Editor:  Harriet Eisenkraft
Congregation Shir Libeynu
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