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Our Next Service

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

Rabbi Goldberg will lead our service, with Paula Wolfson conducting the chazzanut. We thank Brian Cohen for chanting Torah this week.  

A light luncheon kiddish will follow the service. 

Our enriching, free drop-in  younger children's program will be up and running during the entire morning.

Younger Children (ages 3 to 7).  This week, the children will listen to the story and do crafts  . about Purim. All children are welcome at this program & in the chapel with their adults. Instructor: Leanne Stevens

Junior Service (ages 7/8 to 11).This Shabbat, we will be  learning about Parshat (the Torah reading) Ki Tisa, doing prayers and also a golden-calf related arts & craft activity. Instructor: Ella Gladstone Martin

Jewish Children's Books Wanted

Do you have  gently-used, Jewish children's books that you or your family are no longer using? Our younger ones (ages three to six) in the program would benefit from them. Board books, stories, picture books with Jewish themes, songs and tales will be very welcome. Please drop them off with the teacher, Leanne, in the children's room, or give them to Joel, our staff kiddish manager, on the third floor when you come to shul for the March morning service. (Books cannot be accepted at the MNJCC at any other time. No receipts will be given. Please limit your donation to Jewish-themed books for this specific age group.)  And thank you!


Other Upcoming Services and Speaker Series Presentations

Saturday, April 7, 2018, Shabbat and Passover 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 session, "Talking to God: How Modern Poets Develop Prayers for Modern Lives", presented by Professor Sara Horowitz (York University, Comparative Literature and Jewish Studies) at 1:00 p.m. 

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.



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.

*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.

Shir Libeynu Jewish Film Series: FREE ADMISSION!  
A discu ssion always follows the film.

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

This German- Luxembourgish-French  biographical   drama,  directed by  Margarethe von Trotta , with a cast of esteemed actors, focuses on the German-Jewish philosopher, Hanna 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  

Volunteers Needed for Pride, 2018

Have you always wanted to participate in and maybe influence how we celebrate Pride at our shul and as a community? Would you like to be part of a committee to plan and organize our service and our social event afterwards (Sat., June 16, a Havdallah service and party)?  Would you like to march in the parade under our banner and, possibly, with other groups?  

We have been holding Pride Shabbat services since 2007, and joining the parades and in other community events over the years as well.  In 2014, we helmed the Jewish community's participation  in multifaith activities during World Pride. That included the outstanding outdoor Havdallah service downtown, led by Rabbi Goldberg and Chazzan Gesundheit.  It was a first for Toronto!  We've rallied for persecuted LGBTQ individuals here and in other countries.  We have welcomed members of Rainbow Railroad and other advocacy groups and a young member of a Jewish day school who spoke about the gay/straight alliance there.  We have grieved over the victims of the Orlando club tragedy and rejoiced with great Queer Jews worldwide. Allies have always been a part of our Pride pride!

Now it's your turn to make a difference in 2018, and beyond for Pride at Shir Libeynu.  Write to us here.

The 2017 board of directors with past presidents before the service at the MNJCC
Paula and Gabrielle practice for the service, 2017

Our Condolences

To long-time members Danielle McLaughlin and Chavva Tal on the death of Danielle's father and Chavva's great-grandfather, Jack Ludwig  on Monday, February 12, in New York. You may extend condolences to the family here.

May the memory of Mr. Ludwig be a blessing and a comfort.
LGBTQ+ Shabbat - for LGBTQ+ and allies at the Wolfond Centre
Friday, March 16 2018
36 Harbord Street, Toronto
For  Adults 20s-30s

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 LGBTQ+ Shabbat .

More Information on this and other upcoming Shabbat dinners.

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