Chanukah Family Event 
Monday, December 26th:  MNJCC, 3rd Floor: 4-6 p.m.

Light up your winter afternoon with a Chanukah celebration. Spend Boxing Day doing holiday crafts, playing dreidel and hearing stories about Chanukah in Chelm. Of course, we will light the candles and sing Chanukah songs, so bring your Chanukiah. 

If you would like to help with crafts and games, or can play some Chanukah tunes, please let us know. 
Everyone is welcome. If you can bring something delicious to share, please do. If not, come anyway. There will be latkes!  Help us with our latkes estimate by telling us if you plan to attend.

To volunteer or RSVP, please write to  familyevents@shirlibeynu.ca
by Thursday, Dec. 22nd
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.  A children's program will take place 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

An experiential, meditative, musical and joyful event led by Lorne Blumer, with musical help from member volunteers. Light refreshments are served. 

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 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 wil
l 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. 

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)

Newsletter Editor:  Harriet Eisenkraft
Congregation Shir Libeynu
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