Shabbat Morning Service

Saturday, May 7, 10:30 a.m.

Rabbi Goldberg will lead this service, when we will also be discussing the community's strategic planning and vision for the future, and commend those who guided us and participated actively in the ongoing dialogue about it.

We thank Harvey Worth for reading Torah this week as he honours the memories of his and Arlene Grajcer's family members.

At this service, we will also honour members Ed Weiss and Mollie Roskies on the occasion of their upcoming marriage.  
Our children's program will include a special art project for a local senior's residence.
Join us for a light kiddish after the service.

Click here for a pre-service adult education session led by Rabbi Goldberg.
Other Upcoming Services at the  MNJCC

Shavuot Contemplative Chanting Service
Sunday, June 12th, 2-3:30 p.m., MNJCC, third floor

An experiential, meditative, musical and joyful service, relating to Shavuot, and led by long-time member Lorne Blumer.

Pride Havdallah Service and Reception
Saturday, June 18, evening, MNJCC, third floor

Led by Rabbi Goldberg and Chazzan Daniela Gesundheit at our annual tribute to Pride.  Stay tuned for more details!


Children's Activities during our May Shabbat Morning service
Saturday, May 7, 10:30 a.m.

The kids (even older ones this time) of Shir Libeynu will be working together on a very special art project. With the help of member Shoshana Pellman, we will be creating a Jewish/LGBTQ-themed collage to help decorate True Davidson Acres Seniors' Residence. 

*New* Information Session for  2016/2017 B'nei Mitzvah Program
Sunday, May 8, 2016, 10:30 a.m.
 (Tell your friends and family all about this, please)
The session will focus on the learning-enrichment sessions and other details of our unique, enriching program (see below for more information;  sign up by Friday May 6th at 4:00 pm, for the May 8 session here).
We are recruiting families with young people who will be at least age 13 in 2017 to early 2018.    Our next b'nei mitzvah program will begin in the autumn of 2016, when we will welcome a small cohort of candidates.
If you are interested in the program, but cannot make it to the session on May 8, we will be happy to share the info with you.  Just get in touch!

Our present cohort of Bnei Mitzvot learners and their families and friends went on a tour of Jewish Toronto in the Kensington Market area last November. Here they are in front of Cecil Community Centre, the site of Shir Libeynu's High Holy Day services for many years and a shul in the 1920s.

You can expect: a learning enrichment program that will include a series of workshops and sessions with the children, as well as their families; social opportunities for families at  oneg Shabbat , tours of Jewish Toronto and other events; a social-action/tikkun olam  project, and more.
This is an informal series of Jewish learning workshops on various topics that our members say are important and relevant to them.  They usually take place after the kiddishes, in the chapel or classroom at the MNJCC, starting at 12:45 p.m. and ending at 2 p.m; occasionally they will take place at other times. You do not need expertise in any of these topics in order to participate. If you have enough expertise to lead a session or if you have specific questions, write to: (Jonathan Silin-Education Director)

Saturday, May 7, at the  MNJCC
9:00 a.m., before the service, in the chapel

"Ma Nishtana: Tell me what is the difference?" a conversation with Rabbi Aviva Goldberg

Defining the Shir Libeynu ethos from our inception to today: this is an opportunity for us to consider together the basic tenets of Congregation Shir Libeynu, including our philosophy, theology and approach to Jewish worship, ritual and prayer.

Please note there is no food or drink (except water) allowed in the chapel.  

All Welcome!


Chants March2016
In Memoriam
The Shir Libeynu community extends its sincere condolences to member Barbara Center on the death of her beloved mother, Molly Center. Molly passed away on Sunday, March 13, 2016, at the age of 97, with Barbara and grandson Ryan at her side.  A graveside service was held in Windsor on March 15. May the memory of Molly Center be a blessing.

Donations can be made to the: 
Molly Center and Israel Center Memorial Fund, Click here for more information.


Community-Partner Programs, MNJCC

ReelAbilities Film Festival
May 12-19, 2016

Festival of film and disability culture coming to Toronto for the first time.

ReelAbilities Toronto Film Festival:  In partnership with HOT DOCS, TIFF, Toronto Jewish Film Festival, Inside Out Film Festival, Reel Asian Film Festival, Toronto International Deaf Film and Arts Festival, Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival, Toronto Jewish Film Society and more.Click here for the full film schedule and ticket information.
Visit email  or call  416-924-6211 x 330.  for more information about access and inclusion at the J.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Shir Libeynu is once again a proud co-sponsor of this event.  Rabbi Goldberg and Eden Nameri will be presenting at the festival.

A full night of community, study, singing, snacking and more! Over 50 sessions reinterpret and reimagine traditional Jewish texts and open up new community conversations. Special programs for kids and teens. All are welcome! Come for the cheesecake. Stay for the learning.

New This Year: Advance Registration recommended. Stay tuned for details in May 2016.

( 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.)

Jewish Hospice Visiting Training Program
May 16-June 20, 2016

Circle of Care will be starting their next training for their Jewish Hospice Visiting program, beginning on May 16th . This is a 30-hour training that volunteers receive,which entitles them to become hospice volunteer and work with palliative clients who wish to remain in their home.

A hospice volunteer provides companionship for the client and respite for the caregivers.

More information:
Newsletter Editor:  Harriet Eisenkraft
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