Our Next Shabbat Morning Service :

Saturday, January 7th, 2017
10:30 a.m., MNJCC, 3rd Floor (Chapel and Rm. 318)

Join us at our first service of the secular new year, led by Rabbi Goldberg. Paula Wolfson will lead chazzanut.  We thank Gita Schwartz 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.

After the service and light-lunch kiddish, please join us for a fascinating adult education program:

The Time of Salvation: Jews in Medieval Christian Literature

Christian writers in medieval Europe represented Judaism in two ways: as a dangerously retrogressive "Old Law," and as a foreshadowing of the last days and Apocalypse to come. Why, and how?

Suzanne Akbari is Professor of English and Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto. She is the author of Idols in the East: European Representations of Islam and the Orient.

Other Upcoming Services and Adult Education Programs

Contemplative Chanting Event
Saturday, January 14th, 2017
10:30 a.m., MNJCC, Room 318

A chance to shake off the demands of the week and relax into Shabbat ease, this contemplative circle offers silent meditation, chanting of Jewish prayers, and the joy of song. Led by Lorne Blumer, along with musical leadership by fellow members of the Shir Libeynu community.

If you're able, please bring snacks or light refreshments for the potluck that will follow (bring directly to Room 318).   And if you're not able, join us anyway!
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.   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.).

After the service and kiddish, please join us for our special adult education program at 1 p.m. in kiddish room (318).* Note special arrangements for this presentation.*

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. 

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

Join us for our service, led by Rabbi Goldberg.    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 afterward.

Moving Forward: Board News!

The AGM that took place on Dec. 4, 2016, saw the election of four new members to our board of directors (see below for their bios), with current member, Laurie Goodman (bio below), staying on. Shir Libeynu's outgoing president, Jamie Flagal, gave his report, which included information about the shul's future governance scenario: three former presidents (Harriet Eisenkraft, Jamie Flagal and Eden Nameri) will serve in ex-officio capacity during a time of transition; Rabbi Goldberg will continue to consult with the board and attend meetings regularly. These measures will ensure continuity and institutional memory while supporting growth and innovative ideas from new members of the board.

A motion was also approved to change the bylaws and provide for a smaller board this year.  Our by-laws now allow for a board from five to seven people. 

Jonathan Barrentine ( Jonathan's bio)
Shlomo Gleibman ( Shlomo's bio)
Laurie Goodman  (Laurie's bio)
Roman Konoplev-Esgenburg ( Roman's bio)
Terry Maiden ( Terry's Bio)

Harriet Eisenkraft ( Harriet's bio)
Jamie Flagal ( Jamie's bio)
Eden Nameri ( Eden's bio )

Our Condolences

The Shir Libeynu community sends its sincere condolences to Bear Bergman and j wallace skelton upon the recent death of Bear's beloved grandmother, Rita Bergman. Mrs. Bergman, great-grandmother to Stanley and Solomon of our shul, died on Dec. 27, and was buried in New York, where the shiva also occurred.

May the memory of Rita Bergman be a blessing.

If you would like to send Bear a personal note of condolence, please do so by clicking here.


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/adult; $5/child; babes in arms for free

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.

(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.)

The JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest 2017: Looking for Athletes

The organization is looking for female soccer athletes,  between 13-to-16-years-old as of August 1st, 2017.  They need to be fairly good players (most of the players are at the rep level). The games will take place during August in Miami, Florida.
For more info on this team recruit: Honey Vineberg Levi @ 416.562.2796
or  honeyvlevi@hotmail.com or Menashe Levi @ 416.562.2797 or  mlevidd@sympatico.ca

Newsletter Editor:  Harriet Eisenkraft
Congregation Shir Libeynu
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