Shabbat Morning Service and Holocaust Education Program :

Saturday, November 5th @ 10:30 a.m.
MNJCC, 3rd Floor

Jacquie Buncel
Please join us as Rabbi Goldberg leads our special service during Holocaust Education Week.  Paula Wolfson will conduct chazzanut.  We thank Harvey Worth for chanting Torah this week.
During the service, long-time member Jacquie Buncel, a poet and second-generation Holocaust educator, will present selections from her collection, "Turning the Corner at Dusk," and other works. More
We will also honour survivors and their families.This service presentation is part of the HEW community programs roster. 

Our children's program (ages three to eight) will have special activities and stories.
A kiddish follows the service.
All Welcome!


Other Upcoming Services and Events

All Are Welcome

Shabbat Morning Services
10:30 a.m., MNJCC, 3rd Floor
A Kiddish Follows all Services:

Professor Yigal Nizri
Shabbat Morning Service: Saturday, November 19th **NEW**. First of our mid-month Shabbat services this year. Rabbi Goldberg will lead, and a children's program for those ages three to eight will take place.

After the kiddish "My Heart is in the Maghrib: Moroccan Cultural Revival in Israel."   An adult-education session with Professor Yigal Nizri of U of T's D epartment for the Study of Religion &  Centre for Jewish Studies.  See more here .

Shabbat Morning Service: Saturday, December 3rd.  Rabbi Goldberg will lead, and a children's program for those ages three to eight will take place.

Chanukah Family Event:
Monday December 26th: MNJCC; Stay tuned for more details!


What Do These Members Have in Common?

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All A Board!

Are you ...

interested in joining the Board?

curious about what the Board does?

wondering how to become a more involved member of Shir Libeynu?

If you have answered "Yes" to one or more of these questions, come to our informational board meeting on Sunday, November 13th, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the home of our president, Jamie Flagal, who lives a few minutes' walk from the Landsdowne subway. 

Whether you are a long-time member or brand new, a regular attendee or a once-a-year person, come find out if you are a good fit for the board and whether the board is a good fit for you. Bring your best ideas. Tell us what you are excited about.

Attendance indicates interest, not commitment.

Anyone eligible for Shir Libeynu board membership (18 or older) is welcome to attend.

Please RSVP by 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 10th by emailing admin@shirlibeynu.ca. We will give you more details about the venue address at that time.


Rabbi Goldberg: We Need You to Volunteer for Shir Libeynu's Board/and or other Group/Committee/Initiative!
Our little shul that could, and did, can only exist and thrive in the future with your volunteerism help. This year, if you are new to our shul, or if you have come only for High Holy Days services, or if you've attended for years but never really been involved, and for those of you interviewed in our Dialogue of last year, those of you age 18 or older -- think about becoming a board member. Help us to plan, create and implement programming for our families, our singles, our community. If your acumen is in fundraising and/or grant applications we could really use your assistance in obtaining funding so that we can find ways to open the door to our synagogue to more people whose financial situations are precarious.  You can help us create new projects and events, too. If you are wondering about the scope of the commitment from you for our hard-working board, an information meeting is taking place in early November for such purpose (see above).  It's a way to get to know your shul, so please think about attending. Read More


Shabbat Services/Kiddish Helpers Needed
Are you a person who has been attending our Shabbat services and enjoying our kiddishes for years now, and often wonder: how can I help?  Or are you new to Shir Libeynu but see a place for yourself among other volunteers who assist in keeping this shul running, especially on Shabbos?  Are  you a person who can meet, greet, help with seating, attend to the needs of our elderly and disabled members in line for food, clean up after kiddishes?  If the answer to all or one of these is "YES," we need you at our Saturday morning Shabbat services and kiddishes, even if you can only attend one or a few of the upcoming: (Shir Libeynu All Year Long)  You will work with Harriet, the Shabbat coordinator, and our staff and other volunteers so you know what we need.  But you will be doing a big mitzvah for us, and we will thank you with unlimited (within reason) rugelah!  Write to: shabbatcoordinator@shirlibeynu.ca.  Click here for a further breakdown of the tasks involved (all or some).

We thank those who already help or have recently volunteered to do so.


Our Condolences

With sadness, we announce the death of member Helen Sussman, in Brooklyn, New York, on Monday, October 24, 2016, after a short illness.  We send our sincere condolences to members Eden Nameri, her devoted daughter-in-law, and grandchildren, Jacob and Zohar, as well as to her son, Marc Nameri.  


Shul members can be a source of great support and strength in sending  condolences to others.  If you would like to be notified about the deaths of family or close friends of other members, please,  sign up here.

(Members of Congregation Shir Libeynu can expect the shul to send out timely notices, once permission is granted, about deaths in their families or among their close friends. The deaths of our members are always conveyed in notices to the entire community, once permission is granted.)

If a Loved One Has Died, click here.

Thank you
To member Carol Zemel for curating our adult education programs. 

Professor Zemel, along with Professor Jonathan Silin, our education director, exemplify volunteerism in action at Shir Libeynu.

Upcoming lectures by Dr. Zemel at the University of Toronto:


Interested in an adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah?
April 15, 2017/5777 has been designated as the Shabbat service for those who would like to celebrate their Bat/Bar Mitzvah by chanting Torah as part of a group. R eading Hebrew is an asset, but for those who can't read Hebrew, and who want to be part of this, there is time to learn enough to be part of this group.  All members are welcome and we will work together
Depending on how many want to take part, each person will chant a couple of verses of the Torah portion (or more). It is an ideal situation for those who have not had the chance to become a Bat/Bar Mitzvah and who want to reaffirm their commitment to living a Jewish life in this way.
Barbara Cooper will coordinate the preparation for this celebration with those who wish to take part. Participants will study the Torah portion and learn how to chant. It can take six to eight weeks to prepare, depending on the number of people taking part. There are many variables, but Barbara will meet weekly with individuals/the group in February and March. There will be a small fee.
If you are interested, please be in touch with Barbara at adultbneimitzvah@shirlibeynu.ca  by November 1st.
We will meet once in November to determine the form of the celebration and set the time frame for getting together prior to April 15th.


(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.)


Holocaust Education Week Program
The Power of Memoir and Storytelling: How do we Teach Others about the Pain of the Past?
The event will be a discussion between holocaust survivor Nate Leipciger and former chief of the Sagkeeng Ojibway First Nation and Residential School surivivor, Theodore Fontaine. The two inspiring survivors will discuss how they came to write and publish their memoirs, the use of storytelling as a way of coping with their experiences and the transformative power of sharing one's tragedy.
The event is a co-presentation of Ve'ahavta, Facing History and Ourselves, the Equity Studies Program, New College - University of Toronto and the Azrieli Foundation.

Thursday November 3rd, 7 p.m.
University of Toronto,
New College William Doo Auditorium
45 Willcocks Street, Toronto
ASL Interpreters will be present during the program.


Paul Penna DJDS Open House

Paul Penna  Downtown Jewish Day School  (DJDS), at the MNJCC,  is a thriving school that  delivers an  integrated curriculum in a pluralistic, egalitarian community. Join them o n Tuesday, November 8th, at 7 p.m., for an OPEN HOUSE.

To learn more or to RSVP, please contact Sheri Rapp at 416-928-3537 or  sheri@djds.ca.


Act to End Violence Against Women

Behind Closed Doors: Shattering the Myths about Domestic Violence in the Jewish Community

A series of discussions and presentations with survivors of domestic violence and activists, professionals and rabbis.  At various shuls across the GTA between November 14th-17th.

Newsletter Editor:  Harriet Eisenkraft
Congregation Shir Libeynu
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