Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, November 2, 10:30 a.m.
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, 750 Spadina Ave., Chapel and Room 318

Rabbi Goldberg will lead, with Paula Wolfson as cantorial soloist.  Thanks to Harvey Worth for chanting the Torah portion. The service will include a recognition of Holocaust Education Week and  will be followed by a  kiddish sponsored by Amy Matchen and Mark Fine, in honour of their first grandchild, son of Rachel Fine and Casey Casselman.

After our kiddish, please join us for our Holocaust Education Week presentation.

Holocaust Education Week Presentation
Selfies, Tattoos, and the "Yolocaust": When Holocaust Remembrance Goes Wrong
Saturday, November 2, 1:15 p.m.
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, 750 Spadina Ave., Room 318

In this interactive workshop, Daniel Panneton will address distinctive ways that people are engaging with Holocaust remembrance in the 21st century. Topics of discussion will include the ethics of taking selfies at concentration camps and Holocaust memorials, the rise of Holocaust related memes on the Internet, the Miss Holocaust Survivor pageant,  Holocaust tattoos, and more.   Daniel Panneton is the Programs & Education Assistant at the  Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre.

The theme of this year's Holocaust Education Week (Sunday, November 3 - Sunday,
November 10) is "The Holocaust and Now." Congregation Shir Libeynu thanks the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre for providing a speaker for our pre-Holocaust Education Week presentation.


Roundtable Discussions
Sunday, November 17, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
First Unitarian Congregation Site, Workman Hall, 175 St. Clair Ave. W.

Our congregation is going through a very important transition as Rabbi Goldberg retires and we search for a new spiritual leader. The search committee* values your input as part of this process. Please join us for facilitated roundtable discussions so we can learn what is important to you as we consider applicants. We will take notes and consider the results of these discussions. If you require childcare, please let us  know by November 12.

* The members of the committee are Jamie Flagal (co-chair),  Amy Matchen (co-chair),  Harriet Eisenkraft, Jon Novick, Jonathan Silin and Ilana Teitelman. 

If you would like to see the job posting, click here. Please share it with any individuals or organizations you think might be interested in our search for a new rabbi or experienced lay leader. The application deadline is November 20. 


Hebrew Reading Course for Adults

L earn the basics with Shir Libeynu's new five-week course on Sunday mornings in November and December. The course will be taught by our long-time member, Vered Philip, using materials from NJOP (formerly the National Jewish Outreach Program). Walk out of the first class already reading some words! 

Classes will take place at a central location (TBC) but students may have to climb stairs to access the classroom. There is no cost to take the course.   NJOP is generously providing the materials and our shul is covering all other costs. However, space is limited and you must  register by Thursday, October 31.
Donations to help fund other educational programs at our shul are very welcome by  PayPale-transfer or cheque. Tax receipts will be issued by December 31, 2019.
Classes: Nov. 10, 17, 24 & Dec. 1, 8, 10:00 -11:30 a.m.


" My Best Enemy"
Sunday, November 10, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
The 519, 519 Church St, Rm 201 (Room subject to change; check monitor on arrival.)
In this dark comedy set in prewar Vienna, Victor and Rudi, friends since childhood,  are divided by history. Full of twists and turns, the film includes a forgery, a partisan attack and a case  of mistaken identities. (Director: Wolfgang Murnberger, Austria, 2011) The film will be followed by a Q&A session.
Admission is free (donations welcome). Light snacks may be brought into the venue. Planning to attend? RSVP to (not required but appreciated). This is the second film of our six-film series.

Thank You from Rabbi Goldberg

I would like to take this opportunity to publicly acknowledge and thank our incredible volunteers and staff for these High Holy Days. (And do forgive me if I have inadvertently omitted your name.)

Thank you to our unflaggingly energetic administrator Natalie Wallach.

Thank you to our wonderful speakers, Steven Logan and Lorne Gould, whose respective words challenged and illuminated us. 

Thank you to our musicians and singers whose expertise, exuberance and skills brought meaning and joy to every service. 

Thank you to our pianist Elizabeth Acker, our cellist Mary Katherine Finch, our singers and choir members Alex Samaras, Jamie Flagal, Elizabeth Abraham, Marc Green, Helen Bauer, Abby Pope, Barry Birnberg, Lorne Gould, Penny Winestock, Gaby Sokolov, Maria Mendl, Arturo Mondigo, Johnny Spence, Helen Spitzer, Ellie Goldenberg, Shelley Glazer, Ariela Weisfeld, Harvey Weisfeld, and our choir leader Vered Philip. 

Thank you to Elise Eisenkraft Klein for challah baking and Dana Rubinshtein for child-care. 

Thank you to all who participated in the services by giving readings, holding Torah scrolls, calling Yizkor names, providing flowers, coordinating and volunteering for Yom Kippur afternoon workshops and working behind the scenes to make sure all worked smoothly. Finally, a very huge thank you to our magnificent chazzanim, Paula Wolfson, our Shabbat chazzan, and Daniela Gesundheit, our High Holy Day chazzan and musical coordinator for these services. 

Truly, it is because of everyone's contributions to these services that they are so meaningful and significant.

May this new year bring health, happiness and contentment to all and may you continue to share with us your many gifts and talents.

Shana Tova


Please see our website to read the High Holy Day Sermons.


Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, December 7, MNJCC, 3rd floor chapel
Rabbi Goldberg will lead, with Paula Wolfson as cantorial soloist.  A kiddish follows the service in Room 318.

Adult Education Session
Saturday, December 7,  MNJCC, 3rd floor, 1:00 p.m. 
Reverend Dr. Cheri DiNovo,  Trinity-St. Paul's Centre for Faith, Justice and the Arts, will present "The Queer Evangelist."

Chanukah Groove
Sunday, December 15MNJCC, 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Join Shir Libeynu and our partners for  fun and community as we explore Chanukah through arts & crafts, movement, songs and activities for children (up to age 10) and their grown-ups. Everyone is welcome!  Pre-registration will be required. 

Shir Libeynu Annual General Meeting
Sunday, December 15, The 519, 519 Church St., Fireplace Room, 2:00 p.m.
The meeting will include year-end reports and elections for the new board.

The Ve'ahavta Project: Act to Impact
Sunday, December 8, 2019, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Roll up your sleeves for a day of community-wide volunteering. The Ve'ahavta Project is a chance to make a difference with your own two hands by creating essential supplies for people experiencing poverty and homelessness. You will also learn what you can do to make real and lasting change happen. 


Items in this section are included at the request of Shir Libeynu participants. They are not necessarily endorsed by Congregation Shir Libeynu or its members.

LGBTQ+ Out in the Hall Shabbat Dinner
Friday, November 15, 6:45- 9:00 p.m., East Atrium, Schwartz/Reisman Centre, 9600 Bathurst St. 
Join us for the Schwartz/Reisman Centre's very first LGBTQ+ Out in the Hall Shabbat Dinner! Meet other LGBTQ+ families and come together as we showcase our pride for all things LGBTQ+ and Jewish. Welcoming all ages, including allies, parents, grandparents, siblings and friends of the LGBTQ+ community. Show your support!  
JCC Maccabi Games and Artsfest 2020

The JCCs of Greater Toronto are looking for athletes and artists to participate in the JCC Maccabi Games and Artsfest 2 020.   Participants must be 13-16 for sports and 13-17 for Artsfest by August 1, 2020.

More information:  Email Honey Vineberg Levi  or call 416-562-2796.

Interfaith Couples Survey

The Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University is looking to speak with interfaith couples in the GTA about their needs, preferences and experiences.
Eligibility guidelines: couple with one Jewish partner (do not need to be married), both younger than 45, and children 5 and younger or no children.

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Shir Libeynu, October 27, 2019