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Our Next Service

Saturday, April 7, 2018, Shabbat and Passover Morning Service 
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre (MNJCC) Chapel and Rm. 318, 3rd floor
10:30 a.m.

Join us for our Shabbat and  Passover service, led by Rabbi Goldberg, with Paula Wolfson conducting chazzanut.  Thank you to Ed Weiss for chanting Torah at this service.

*** There will be a desserts only (hot and cold beverages, sweets, fruits) kiddish after the service, and all will be kosher for Passover items.  Please eat your matzoh-brei-or- whatever breakfast before you come to shul, and then join us for a simple nosh and shmooze after the service.***  As usual, we request that only staff and designated volunteers enter the kitchen.

After the kiddish, please join us for our adult- education program with Professor Sara Horowitz (see below for more information).

Children: Come Celebrate End of Passover with Shir Libeynu and Camp Shomria

This month, we are presenting a special joint program for both the junior-service (ages 7-12)and younger children's (ages 3-7) groups: Our teachers, Ella Gladstone Martin (junior service) and Leanne Stevens (younger children's program), will be joining staff from Camp Shomria (Hashomer Hatzair) for a Passover-themed activity and craft.
All Welcome!


Adult Education Speaker Series: 
After Shabbat services/kiddish, 1:00-2:00 p.m., chapel, 3rd floor.
Presented by
Professor  Sara Horowitz - York University, Comparative Literature and Jewish Studies
Topic: "Talking to God: How Modern Poets Develop Prayers for Modern Lives"
We're modern, we're skeptical, we're spiritual, we're secular. We've inherited a traditional liturgythat sometimes stirs us, sometimes bores us, sometimes angers us. And we contend with complicated modern lives. Can we pray as moderns? How can women leave an imprint on a liturgical tradition developed by and for men? Let's talk about how contemporary poets are evolving new prayer forms:  private meditations, new rituals, and other ways of talking to God that link to inherited tradition and respond to contemporary life.
(Please do not bring any food or beverages, except for water, into the chapel at any time.  Enjoy your kiddish first in Rm. 318 before attending.)

Other Upcoming Services and Speaker Series Presentations

Saturday, April 21, 2018   , Bar Mitzvah of Simon Beck and Shabbat morning service,    First Unitarian Site, 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, April 28, 2018, Bar Mitzvah of Noah Rosen and Shabbat morning service,  First Unitarian Site, 10:30 a.m.

Bernie Farber
Saturday, May 5, 2018, Shabbat morning , MNJCC, 10:30 a.m. Chapel and Room 318 3rd floor, with children's programs and junior service.  Followed by our adult education/speaker's series,  "A Canadian Genocide in Search of a Name"  presented by community activist/writer, Bernie Farber , at 1:00 p.m.

Saturday evening, June 16, 2018, Annual Pride Havdallah Service, MNJCC;


Shir Libeynu Jewish Film Series: FREE ADMISSION!

"Hannah Arendt" (with English subtitles)
Sunday, April 15, 1:45-4 p.m.
519 Community Centre, 519 Church St., Toronto

A discu ssion always follows the film

This German- Luxembourgish-French  biographical   drama,  directed by  Margarethe von Trotta ,with a cast of esteemed actors, focuses on the German-Jewish philosopher, Hannah Arendt .  The film is about her reportage of and response to the 1961 trial of Adolph Eichman for  New Yorker  magazine, when she introduced the concept of the "banality of evil." The film makes use of footage from the actual trial, and testimony of survivors.

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NO TICKETS NECESSARY! For more information, please email slmovies18@gmail.com  



Are you a parent, grandparent or otherwise involved in the lives of children who might benefit from our many offerings for them at Congregation Shir Libeynu?  

Come hear about our programs, classes and services, including our Bnei Mitzvah learning-enrichment sessions, our new supplemental Sunday school and the Saturday morning ones.

*Learn about our 2018-19 programs for children ages 3-13
*Meet other CSL families
*Talk with Rabbi Goldberg and our educators

Sunday, April 22, 5-7 p.m.
Space is limited.  For more information (including location and to RSVP), please email chilprog@shirlibeynu.ca

Presented and organized by the education committee of Congregation Shir Libeynu.

Help Our Community

Dear Shir Libeynu Community,

Hi! My name is Dorothy Rusoff and I am writing you on behalf of Bonnie Smith and myself who are coordinators for the bikkur cholim (helping and visiting the ill) committee. The role and purpose of this committee is to provide service to congregants in need. By need, we mean providing support to people. For example, if someone is laid up, they might need help with grocery shopping, or picking up medications. Or, it could be visiting someone who is house bound, or could use a friendly face during their hospital stay.

We are looking for volunteers who would agree to be on a list of people who could be called on to assist in one of these areas, irregularly. The idea is that with enough volunteers and working on a rotating system, we would not need to call on anyone very often.

This committee has been in existence for about one and a half years. Up until now, we have had very little need for support. Luckily, Shir Libeynu congregants are pretty healthy and/or have had family support for their needs.

Now, we have an elderly congregant who is house bound, but very well otherwise, and very energetic. If you would be able to make the occasional visit to this woman, that would be terrific. Just reply by email telling me of your interest and availability. At that time, I will answer any questions or concerns you may have. Both Bonnie and I have experience in doing this type of work and can offer you support for any unusual issues that might arrive.

All the best, 

Bnei Mitzvah Program

Young people who will be at least age 13 in 2019 to early 2020 are eligible to become a Bar/Bat Mitzvah at Shir Libeynu, and for the mandatory one-year learning-enrichment program*, which  will begin in the autumn of 2018.

Registration will take place for our 2018/2019 Bnei Mitzvah program in late spring, when we will welcome a small cohort of candidates.

For more information about our current program, please click here.

If you are interested in next year's program, please email admin@shirlibeynu.ca  and we will inform you of any upcoming information sessions and registration  details.

Four of this year's group at a recent learning-enrichment class. Students in this program learn about Jewish ritual, history, ethics, and also participate in a social-action project and engage in social events together with their families.

*Students in the learning program are not obliged to participate in a Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony, although most families do choose this option upon completion of the program.

Help Spread the Word!

Please share the information about next year's plans for the Bnei Mitzvah program, the Shir Libeynu School, and our other current children's programs (see Shabbat service above) with your family and friends who have children.  With your help, we can go from strength to strength.  

Information about our program and events is always available on our website  or by contacting our administrator at admin@shirlibeynu.ca.

And if you have any ideas about all ways to promote our innovative programs and classes, the communications director would like to hear from you.

Our Condolences

To George Saltzberg and Timothy Swift on the death of George's father, Walter Saltzberg  on Thursday, March 08, in Winnipeg. You may extend condolences to the family here.

May the memory of Mr. Saltzberg be a blessing and a comfort.
Community Shabbat at the Miles Nadal JCC
Friday, April 13 2018
MNJCC, 750 Spadina Avenue, Toronto

Service at 6:00 p.m. | followed by  a Shabbat dinner at 7:00 p.m.
prepared by Andrew Cohen of Gourmet Galaxy

Come alone or with a friend for a relaxed, and soulful Shabbat experience. Individuals, families and allies of all backgrounds, and Jewish affiliations are welcome.

Contact:  carag@mnjcc.org  or 416-924-6211 x 388.  Register and More Information.

Shir Libeynu is delighted to be a co-presenter of the Community Shabbat

More Information on this and other upcoming Shabbat dinners.
And I Am a Stranger: Becoming Ruth, with Dr. Avivah Zornberg
Sunday, April 29, 2018, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. 
MNJCC, 750 Spadina Avenue, Toronto
World-Renowned Torah scholar and Professor of English literature, Dr. Avivah Zornberg, joins us from Israel for a richly textured exploration of biblical narratives, modern midrash and the biblical unconscious.

In preparation for Shavuot, when we traditionally read the book of Ruth, we'll journey into her enigmatic character. Ruth is a stranger in more senses than one. Who is this unknown woman who is destined to become mother of royalty? What is the process by which she finds her way into a foreign and unwelcoming culture and religious tradition? How does destiny come about?

$10 in advance; $15 at the door

Students w/ ID: $5 in advance; $10 at the door

Co-sponsored by Congregation Shir Libeynu and these organizations.
Saturday May 19, 8:00 pm - Sunday, May 20. 8:30 am 
MNJCC, 750 Spadina Avenue, Toronto

Free for everyone

So you're planning to pull an all-nighter?  You belong here on Shavuot!  Join the MNJCC for a free night (and later night...and morning) of community, study, singing, snacking and more! Over 50 sessions to attend.  Reimagine traditional Jewish texts and open up new and engaging conversations. Special programs for kids and teens. All are welcome! 

More info to come.
Shir Libeynu is proud to be a sponsor of the Tikkun Leil Shavuot again this year.  Our Rabbi Aviva Goldberg and Shir Libeynu member Eden Nameri will be among the presenters. 

Toronto Jewish Film Society

Subscribe to Toronto Jewish Film Society's 40th season of Jewish film gems on select Sundays with noted speakers in the Al Green Theatre. Call (416) 924-6211 x 0. 

Shir Libeynu is a promotional partner of the Society's June 3rd screening of "Melting Away."
TWO SCREENINGS: 4:00  AND 7:30 p.m.

This is a subscription series. Rush Seats on sale 30 minutes before each screening.
 $15 General Admission; $10 Young Adults (Ages 18-35)
SAVE THE DATE: LGBTQ+ Shabbat - for LGBTQ+ and allies at the 519
Friday, June 8, 2018

More information.

Presented by the MNJCC.  Shir Libeynu is proud to be a sponsor of this event.  

Newsletter Editor:  Harriet Eisenkraft
Congregation Shir Libeynu
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Shir Libeynu February 25 , 2018