Please note this service takes place on the Saturday after Labour Day.  There is no service this Saturday, August 31st.

Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, September 7, 2019, 10:30 a.m.
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre (MNJCC),  3rd floor chapel 

Rabbi Goldberg will lead, with Paula Wolfson as cantorial soloist.   The service will include thoughts and discussion on preparing for the High Holy Days Thanks to Alice Newman for chanting the Torah portion. 

A kiddish lunch will follow the service in room 318. We thank George Saltzberg and Timothy Swift for generously sponsoring the kiddish in memory of George's beloved sister,  Ann Saltzberg. Ann passed away in May 2019 in Winnipeg.

**Please note: the kiddish will be served until 1:00 p.m. only a nd followed by an adult education program (see next item).  


Sister Scholars, Or How Orthodox Women Took the Torah into Their Own Hands
Prof. Naomi Seidman
Presented by Prof. Naomi Seidman (University of Toronto)
Saturday, September 7, 2019, 1:00 p.m.
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre (MNJCC),  Room 318

I n 1917, a seamstress with an eighth grade education named Sarah  Schenirer founded Bais Yaakov in her dressmaking studio, a school that taught Torah to Orthodox girls. If this radical idea was accepted by the rabbinical establishment, it was only because a tidal wave of defections by Orthodox girls (boys were "protected" from heresy by their education) made them desperate for new solutions. Over the next two or three decades, Bais Yaakov grew to hundreds of schools throughout Europe and beyond. It continues to flourish today in thirteen countries.

Bais Yaakov
This talk will explore Bais Yaakov through a history of the  movement and through a 1931 school songbook I discovered in the YIVO Archive.  I hope  you'll sing along!
Alphabet of Wrongdoing: A Musical High Holy Day Adult Learning Session
Friday, September 27, 2019, 7:30  p.m.
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre (MNJCC), Room 318

Along with her musical collaborator Johnny Spence, Chazzan Daniela Gesundheit will sing selections from the
Yamim Noraim --  the Days of Awe -- and discuss the themes of atonement, reckoning, and forgiveness that run throughout the liturgy of the High Holy Days. Participants will be invited to talk about the songs and prayers, and will come away with a deeper understanding of this familiar repertoire. 

This workshop is suitable for young people 11+. There will be childcare for ages 5-10.

Free and priority registration for 2019/2020 members and/or High Holy Days ticket holders.  After Sept. 15 and subject to availability, we will open this program up at a cost of $11.50/ticket for all others until Sept. 20 at 5:00 pm, when registration will close.

2019/20 members and/or High Holy Days ticket holders will receive a password/promo code when they submit their High Holy Days membership and ticket order form.  If you have already submitted your form, you will receive an email with this code shortly.


The High Holy Days will begin on the evening of September 29, 2019.    Join us for services and experience a sense of community and peace. The membership and ticket form is now online.  We encourage you to fill in your form as soon as possible to ensure availability.

The Yom Kippur "Break the fast" will take place on Wednesday, October 9 at 8:00 p.m. at the Free Times CafĂ©, 320 College St. Participants must order from the set menu and are responsible for their own bill. Registration deadline is October 4 at 4 p.m. Click  here  to register.


Registration is still open for the 2019/20 SESSIONS of the Supplemental Jewish Learning Program (ages 7-11)

This Jewish learning program starts September 15. It meets on Sundays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at a central location. An optional Hebrew language component is available from 9:15-9:45 a.m. We have limited spaces available.

Sessions are organized to familiarize children with our vibrant tradition of Torah study. The year, our innovative curriculum will include Jewish music, and focus on the roles of women in Jewish history. Class Schedule

The fee for the fall session is $595 (slightly higher for PayPal/credit cards). Families who register a child at full fee in one of Shir Libeynu's fall learning programs receive a 5% discount for siblings.
Our Bnei Mitzvah Program, for older children in Grades 6-8,  has very limited space available. It starts on September 20.  Registration deadline is Tuesday, September 3rd.

Upcoming Shabbat Services

Morning services on the first Saturday of the month, usually led by Rabbi Goldberg, begin at 10:30 a.m. at the MNJCC, 3rd floor chapel.  A kiddish always follows the Saturday service in room 318.

Shabbat Morning Service, Saturday, November 2, 2019
Rabbi Goldberg will lead, with Paula Wolfson as cantorial soloist and will include a recognition of Holocaust Education Week

Shabbat Morning Service, Saturday, December 7, 2019
Rabbi Goldberg will lead, with Paula Wolfson as cantorial soloist.

Upcoming Education Programs
MNJCC, 3rd Floor

Saturday, November 2, 2019, 1:15 pm
Holocaust Education Week Presentation: 
Selfies, Tattoos, and the "Yolocaust": When Holocaust Remembrance Goes Wrong
Presented by Daniel Panneton, Programs & Education Assistant
Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre 

Saturday, December 7,  1:00 p.m. 
Reverend Dr. Cheri  DiNovo, Topic TBA

A Rainbow Thread by Noam Sienna
Book Launch 
Wednesday, October 2, 8:00 pm
Wolfond Centre, 36 Harbord Street

Noam Sienna
Noam Sienna is a Jewish educator, artist, and doctoral candidate in Jewish History and Museum Studies at the University of Minnesota. A Rainbow Thread: An Anthology of Queer Jewish Texts From the First Century to 1969 is his first book. Featuring poetry, literature, law, midrash, and memoir, it is an unprecedented examination of the histories of gender and sexuality over two millennia of Jewish life around the world. Come discover centuries of hidden history, from a gay brawl in a medieval synagogue to a gender-bending Jewish stowaway in colonial Canada. 

Shir Libeynu is proud to be a co-sponsor of this event with other downtown community organizations

The Ve'ahavta Project: Act to Impact
December 8, 2019
Ve'ahavta is inviting EVERYONE to join us for a day of meaningful volunteerism. This event will bring together members of our community in a meaningful way.
This day of ACTION will mobilize the community to have an IMPACT on individuals experiencing poverty and homelessness.


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.

Jews Unite for a Liveable Future
Friday, September 27
11:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m. 
Rally will begin at Queen's Park

Shoresh invites you to join them at the  Global Climate Strike. The future depends on all of us. 

Adults across the world are being called upon by youth to help them ensure a viable planet at the upcoming Global Climate Strike.  This event, run by high school students in coalition with a huge number of NGOs, environmental groups, labour unions, and religious and cultural organizations will be the largest climate march in history.

Shoresh is NOT organizing this but they are trying to bring our community together to demonstrate that sustainability is a Jewish value and that we are willing to invest time, resources and energy to walk the talk.

Please RSVP by September 14th.

Liberation75: The Global Gathering of Holocaust Survivors, Descendants, Educators and Friends

As Elie Wiesel said: "Only in remembering what happened to us,
can the world assure that it will not happen to others."

This once-in-a-lifetime event will be held in Toronto from May 31-June 2, 2020 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of liberation from the Holocaust.
Liberation75  will focus on remembering the victims, honouring the survivors, showcasing the future of Holocaust education, reflecting on antisemitism in the world, celebrating the role of the liberators, and committing to protecting freedom, diversity, human rights and inclusion. Liberation anticipates thousands of attendees from around the world.

Registration opens October 2019.

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Shir Libeynu, August 30 , 2019