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Our Next Service

Saturday, February 3, 2018, Shabbat Morning Service (during Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month)
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, Chapel and Rm. 318, 3rd floor
10:30 a.m.

Rabbi Goldberg will lead our service, with Paula Wolfson conducting the chazzanut. We thank Ed Weiss for chanting Torah this week.  

A light luncheon kiddish will follow the service. After the kiddish, please join us for our adult- education program with Anna Shternshis (see below for more information)

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

Younger Children (ages 3 to 7/8).  This week, the children will do activities and crafts related to the Hebrew alphabet. All children are welcome at this program & in the chapel with their adults. Instructor: Leanne Stevens

Junior Service (ages 7/8 to 11).This Shabbat, we will be  learning about Parshat (Torah portion) Yitro, discussing the Ten Commandments and reviewing some of the prayers  we've already learned. We will also play "Jew-pardy," a fun game for all! Instructor: Ella Gladstone Martin

Jewish Children's Books Wanted

Do you have  gently-used, Jewish children's books that you or your family are no longer using? Our younger ones (ages three to six) in the program would benefit from them. Board books, stories, picture books with Jewish themes, songs and tales will be very welcome. Please drop them off with the teacher, Leanne, in the children's room, or give them to Joel, our staff kiddish manager, on the third floor when you come to shul for the February morning service. (Books cannot be accepted at the MNJCC at any other time. No receipts will be given. Please limit your donation to Jewish-themed books for this specific age group.)  And thank you!

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

Presented by  Professor  Anna Shternshis - University of Toronto, 
Director, Anne Tannenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies & Associate Professor, Yiddish Studies

Anna Shternshis
Topic: "Why Are Russian Jews The Way They Are?"

Why do Russian Jews not see the connection between Judaism and being Jewish? Why do they choose classical music to Klezmer, and chess over Talmud? The lecture by Dr. Shternshis discusses the history and culture of Russian-speaking Jews and their 21st century Diaspora.

(Please do not bring any food or beverages, except for water, into the chapel at any time.  Enjoy your kiddish first in Rm. 318 before attending.)


Other Upcoming Services

Saturday, February 24, 2018 , Bat Mitzvah of Judith Lorenzo Gutman and Shabbat morning service,  First Unitarian Site, 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, March 3, 2018, Shabbat morning,  with children's program and junior service. MNJCC, 10:30 a.m., Chapel and Room 318, 3rd floor

Saturday, April 7, 2018, Shabbat and Passover morning, MNJCC, 10:30 a.m. Chapel and Room 318, 3rd floor, with children's programs and junior service.  Followed by our adult education/speaker's series session presented by Professor Sara Horowitz (York University, Comparative Literature and Jewish Studies) at 12:45 p.m. 

Saturday, May 5, 2018, Shabbat morning , MNJCC, 10:30 a.m. Chapel and Room 318, 3rd floor, with children's programs and junior service.  Followed by our adult education/speaker's series presented by community activist/writer, Bernie Farber, at 12:45 p.m



The Shir Libeynu School: Fourth Unit/Module to Begin on Sunday, March 25 

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 Arts (including Music) and Culture is the topic of the fourth and final unit of the school year.  It begins on Sunday, March 25th and ends on April  29th (no classes on April 1st) at a central location, accessible by public transportation.  Registration has begun; please sign up by Sunday, February 4th, 2018   More info.  

We are already planning next year's sessions.  A get-together will take place in the spring to announce the  exciting programming for next year.   If you wish to be informed about it, and/or next years sessions, please email    shirlibeynu@yahoo.ca .


Bnei Mitzvah Program
Young people who will be at least age 13 in 2019 to early 2020 are eligible to become a Bar/Bat Mitzvah at Shir Libeynu, and for the mandatory one-year  learning-enrichment program*, which  will begin in the autumn of 2018.

Registration will take place for our 2018/2019 Bnei Mitzvah program in late spring, when we will welcome a small cohort of candidates.

For more information about our current program, please click here.

If you are interested in next year's program, please email admin@shirlibeynu.ca  and we will inform you of any upcoming information sessions and registration  details.

*Students in the learning program are not obliged to participate in a Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony, although most families do choose this option upon completion of the program.

Help Spread the Word!

Please share the information about the final school module of the year, next year's plans for the Bnei Mitzvah program and Shir Libeynu school and our other current children's programs (see Shabbat service above) with your family and friends who have children.  With your help, we can go from strength to strength.  

Information about our program and events is always available on our website  or by contacting our administrator at admin@shirlibeynu.ca.

And if you have any ideas about all ways to promote our innovative programs and classes, the communications coordinator would like to hear from you.

Shir Libeynu Jewish Film Series: FREE ADMISSION!  
A discu ssion always follows the film.

"Footnote" (An Israeli film with English subtitles)
Sunday, February 11, 1:45-4 p.m.
519 Community Centre, 519 Church St., Toronto

The story of a father and son, both Talmudic scholars in Israel, and  rivals for academic recognition. Nominated for an Academy Award (Best Foreign Film, 2012), 
" Footnote requires little knowledge of Judaism and its texts. Rather, it's about the complications of love, guilt, and rage," says David Denby. of the New Yorker magazine.

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



Our Condolences

To long-time members Charlie and Karen Lior on the death of Charlie's mother, Florence Shidlowsky  on Tuesday, January 16. You may extend condolences to the family here.

To the family of long-time member Edie Goldstein who passed away on Saturday, January 13. Please share your memories/stories of Edie here.

To Risa Barkin Worth, our simcha/special events caterer, on the death of her father, Dr. Martin (Moishe) Barkin who passed away on Sunday, January 21.

May memories of your loved ones be a blessing and a comfort.

Chazzanut News from Paula Wolfson

I have created two new musical additions on the Shir Libeynu website

The first is Oseh Shalom. You may have heard Rabbi Goldberg speak about its  text, which asks for "peace for Israel and all who dwell on earth." We now have a version of the song to reflect this. 

Also, I thank Juana Berinstein and Sarah Blackstock who, for the celebration of their daughter Isa's Bat Mitzvah, asked that we adapt Hinei Ma Tov to include the feminine, as follows:

"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers and sisters to dwell together in unity." That new version is also on the site.

Looking forward to singing with you all soon! 

( Here's the link to the page, with the original Shabbat prayers sung by Chazzan Gesundheit, and the two new prayers by Paula Wolfson.)

Lifecycles Events

Memorable Milestones: Elizabeth celebrates her birthday and Pride with family and friends at shul
In Jewish tradition, we benefit from laughing and crying and celebrating and mourning togetheras a community.  Some of the life-cycle events that our members practice and participate in with us at Shir Libeynu are baby namings, anniversaries, birthdays, aufrufs (pre-wedding ritual), and memorials (Yahrtzeits or remembrances)  You may wish to take part in a service, ritual  or other event to mark a specific milestone in the life of your family or yourself, or sponsor a kiddish for the same reason.  Inquire here.

To speak in confidence with Rabbi Goldberg: rabbi@shirlibeynu.ca 

More information on lifecycles and support at our shul.

February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM)

Since 2009, North American Jewish communities have been celebrating Jewish Disability Awareness Month in February. Now known as Jewish Disability and Inclusion Month (JDAIM), it is an opportunity to celebrate our commitment to removing barriers, celebrating diversity and connecting with our Jewish values. Making Jewish life accessible for all is one of most important community responsibilities, and one of the greatest community opportunities to benefit from what everyone has to contribute.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, 750 Spadina Avenue
Friday, February 23, 2018,  6:30 - 10:00 p.m.

Have you or someone in your family ever felt "shushed" out of Jewish ritual? This event is for you! Come to a family service from 6:30-7:00 p.m., followed by a Kosher, dairy Shabbat dinner at 7:15 p.m. and kids programming from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Come alone or with your whole family to a relaxed, playful, and accessible Shabbat experience. Individuals and families of all backgrounds and Jewish affiliations are welcome. Free, but donations are encouraged.

Contact:   carag@mnjcc.org  or 416-924-6211 x 388.  Register and More Information.

Shir Libeynu is delighted to be a co-presenter of No-Shush Intergenerational Shabbat.

*Wheelchair accessible. To request accommodations (e.g. ASL, large print handouts, kosher food, other allergy friendly food) please contact: Liv Mendelsohn at livm@mnjcc.org or 416-924-6211 x330.

More Information on this and other upcoming Shabbat dinners.


(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.)

Centre for Jewish Studies: Anne Tannenbaum Centre
Date: Monday, January 29 at 6:10 pm
Location: 81 St. Mary Street, Charbonnel Lounge in Elmsley Hall, St. Michael's College

Women in Auschwitz: Space, Memory, and Narration
Bozena Karwowska,
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
University of British Colombia
This event is free and open to the public. No registration required.
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THE AGM (2017)

The minutes from our 2017 AGM will soon be completed.  If you are a member and would like to see the completed minutes, please click here to be contacted when they are ready.

Newsletter Editor:  Harriet Eisenkraft
Congregation Shir Libeynu
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Shir Libeynu January 28 , 2018