Our Next Service

August 5, 2017 @ 10:30 AM
MNJCC, 750 Spadina Avenue, 3rd Floor

Join us for our annual summer lay-led service.  Member Ed Weiss will lead us, with chazzanut and musical accompaniment by members Elizabeth Abraham, Ellie Goldenberg and Penny Winestock.  We thank Alice Newman for chanting Torah at this service.

Please bring your children. They are welcome in the chapel and/or may enjoy childcare this month in the children's room (suitable for ages three to eight years old).

A very light kiddish lunch will follow the service.

Shabbat Morning Service
September 2, 2017, 10:30 AM at the MNJCC

Rabbi Goldberg will be back to lead this last service of the year, with Chazzan Daniela Gesundheit returning to conduct the musical part.

Free children's program for ages three to eight AND our inaugural junior congregation, for ages eight to 11. Children are always welcome to join us in the chapel for the service, as well.  

A light kiddish lunch will follow.HH17

High Holy Days

Membership and High Holy Tickets sales have begun.  Memberships include tickets to the High Holy Days services for the member.  Single service tickets may be purchased for friends and family of members NOW!  Single service tickets may be purchased by non-members beginning on Sunday, July 30th.



Read Rabbi Goldberg's announcement launching our new and continuing children's programs, starting September of 2017. This includes info about our exciting supplemental school project ( The Shir Libeynu School).

Tell your friends and family about them, and support the little shul that could, did and does!

Our Bnei Mitzvah Program: Still Accepting Registrants!

Our next b'nei mitzvah program will begin in the autumn of 2017, when we will welcome a small cohort of candidates.
This is a year-long series of classes, excursions and socializing that usually precedes the young person becoming a bar or bat mitzvah with Shir Libeynu.  You can expect: a  learning enrichment program    that will include a series of workshops and sessions with the youngsters, as well as their families; social opportunities for families at 
oneg  Shabbat , a tour of Jewish Toronto and other excursions; a  Tzedekah  project, and more.
Families who wish their children to  become a bar or bat mitzvah  with Shir Libeynu must enroll them in this program well in advance of the ceremony. Families usually proceed to the simcha part of the bar/bat mitzvah process after this program, but it is not a requirement.  For more detailed information on what you can expect from our entire program, including the paramaters and details of the ceremony led by Rabbi Goldberg at Shir Libeynu, click  here.
To register your child for this program or to get more information, please email our administrator at admin@shirlibeynu.ca.


Our Shabbat Volunteer, Barry Birnberg (c) with Laurie Goodman, our president, (l) and Harriet Eisenkraft (r)
Shabbat Services/Kiddish Helpers Needed 

Barry Birnberg (at right) is one of our most stalwart volunteers at Shabbat services.  He helps meet and greet, assists Joel with clean up, guides those with mobility issues and, in other words, is a real mensch for us. Why does he do it? "To give back to Shir Libeynu," says Barry. 

Are you a person who has been attending our Shabbat services and enjoying our kiddishes for years now, and often wonder: how you too can "give back"?  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 someone 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 a few of the upcoming:  (Upcoming services)  You will work with Harriet, the volunteer Shabbat coordinator, and our staff and other volunteers so you know what we need. 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.

Seeking volunteers to help during the High Holidays

Would you like to help give back to our shul? During the High Holidays we are seeking volunteers to assist us with various tasks including serving as an usher, helping those who require additional assistance and other small jobs. It's a great way to get to know the wonderful members of our community. If you would like to help out please contact our High Holiday Coordinator - James Flagal at jflagal@shirlibeynu.ca.

Sharing Our Milestones 

The shul wants to share in your life events, happy or sad.  If you wish the community to know about your milestones, such as a new baby, an important birthday, the death of a loved one, or anything of significance, please write to us at:   milestones@shirlibeynu.ca  or phone and leave a message at 416-465-5488.  You may also contact Rabbi Goldberg directly at:   rabbi@shirlibeynu.ca

Shul members can be a source of great support and strength in sending congratulations or condolences to others.  Please,  sign up  to be notified of milestones in our community, so we can all stay connected.

(Members of Congregation Shir Libeynu can expect the shul to send out timely notices, once permission is granted, about deaths in their families, in addition to the postings in the subsequent newsletter.)


It has come to our attention that some congregants are suffering from sensitivities and allergies to various scents worn by a few others. Perfumes and colognes can also cause breathing issues for certain people. Please be mindful of their needs so that we can all be comfortable and enjoy our services. Please refrain from wearing strong scents, in all products, or be modest in the application of them when attending our events and services. 

Thank you, Mishpoocha.


 One in an occasional series on some of the incredible people in our shul.

Elizabeth Abraham

You may all know long-time member Elizabeth as a soulful chazzanut volunteer at services, or for her past help preparing and delivering food to shiva mourners, or for her d'var Torah deliveries from the bimah.  And, of course, you have seen her always on the ready to join in with a circle of dancers at our events.

Elizabeth is all that, and more - especially lately.  Now she is project manager for  Opera For All  (OFA), an inclusive and accessible community opera program led by Maestro Alvaro Lozano Gutierrez. OFA is the brainchild of Alvaro and Elizabeth, and is hosted for the second year by the MNJCC, our community partner. (The program's sessions are well underway now, and there is a chance for all of us to see the results of their work at the 2017 Opera for All concert on July 31, at 7 p.m. at Trinity St. Paul's Centre.)

Now retired, Elizabeth is the former manager of Interpretation and Translation Services at Toronto's University Health Network, She currently dedicates her time pro bono for projects such as Opera for All, and the  Task Force on Migration, Equity and Diversity (Reggio Emilia, Italy).

Elizabeth's past, other volunteer positions include: president of the Healthcare Interpretation Network, vice -president of the board of  Critical Link International, and the chair of the ATIO Committee on Qualifications and Training of Medical and Community Interpreters. 

Elizabeth has masters degrees in Spanish-American literature (University of Toronto) and in forensic and biological anthropology (Bournemouth University) and is a certified translator (Spanish-to-English).  

Elizabeth blogs at  The Mental Breast.


July 26, 2017, Reception,  6:30 p.m., Program and Dinner, 7:15 p.m. 

Please join Heart to Heart in celebrating the success and hard work of the 2017 delegation. Reception hosted by Sayeda Khadija Centre in cooperation with Solel Congregation, in Mississauga.  Tickets are free, advance registration is necessary.


Shir Libeynu has been supporting the  Heart  to   Heart  initiative for many years.  Please read this  letter/article f rom long-time member Karen Lior on her own involvement with Building Heart , an associated initiative.



Monday, July 31 2017
7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Maestro Alvaro Lozano Gutierrez conducts a chorus of over 100 community singers from the MNjcc's Opera for All, SICA Opera and Opera Studio programs. Hear favourite opera choruses and solos from Madame Butterfly, Tosca, Carmen and more! With pianist Clive Walton.
Trinity St. Paul's
427 Bloor Street West
$15 - General Seating

Available  on Eventbrite  and at the MNjcc information desk. (Please note - there is no will call at the MNjcc desk. Tickets must be taken in hand.)
If you require accessible seating, please email Michelle Alderson  michellea@mnjcc.org

(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.)

Reclaiming Tradition: A Queer & Trans Shabbaton
Friday, August 25, arrive between 4-6p.m. until Sunday, August 27, 2 p.m.
Buck Lake, just outside Gravenhurst, Ontario

This liberation-based shabbaton is an opportunity to come together around shared and diverse experiences of being queer and Jewish. We will [re-]connect to Jewish spirituality as well as discuss issues which are alive for us in this moment.

Cost: A donation of $60-$80  plus carpool pitch-ins (if applicable).  No one turned away for lack of funds--sliding scale is available.

For more information contact  shabbatonTO@gmail.com  or the event's facebook page.

Newsletter Editor:  Harriet Eisenkraft
Congregation Shir Libeynu
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