Our Annual Pride Havdallah Service
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre (MNJCC), 
3rd floor chapel 
Saturday, June 15, 2019, 7:00  p.m.

R abbi Aviva Goldberg and Paula Wolfson
Join us for our 13th annual Shabbat in celebration of Pride, led by Rabbi Aviva Goldberg with chazzanut and music by Paula Wolfson. This evening service will include Havdallah, the end of Sabbath ceremony. We will use traditional and modern prayers, and supplements from religious and secular literature and thought that reflect LGBTQ+ experience.

Imam El-Farouk Khaki
Our special guest speaker at the service this year is El-Farouk Khaki, a human rights activist, refugee lawyer and the co-founder and imam of El-Tawhid Juma Circle (2009). El-Farouk is also the founder of Salaam: Queer Muslim Community.
The Pride Havdallah service will be followed by a dessert reception.
Allies welcome!

The event is open to all ages.


Registration now open for
Bnei Mitzvah (Grades 6+) &
Weekly Learning Supplemental School (Ages 7-11) Programs

Weekly Learning Supplemental School 

The Jewish learning program for children ages 7-11 meets weekly on Sunday mornings beginning September 15 at a central location. Sessions are 2.5 hrs, starting at 10 a.m. and ending at 12:30 p.m. We will be including Jewish music in our curriculum as well. An optional Hebrew-language component is available from 9:15-9:45 a.m.

This year our innovative program will focus on the roles of women in Jewish history. Sessions are organized to familiarize the children with our vibrant tradition of Torah study.  Class Schedule

We are now accepting registrations for the fall session.  We are offering an early bird fee for the fall session of $495*.   The deadline for registration and payment for the early bird fee is Tuesday, June 18, 2019.  The regular fee for the fall session of the School is $595*.  Limited spaces available.  A 5% sibling discount is available for families who have registered at least one child at full fee either in the fall school session or the 2019/2020 Bnei Mitzvah Enrichment sessions.  

Bnei Mitzvah (Grades 6+) Program

Our next  b'nei mitzvah  program will begin in the autumn of 2019, 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.   The classes and sessions run mainly on Sunday mornings, at a central location. The  cost   for this year's  learning enrichment program  is $800*
Registration deadline for the 2019/2020 program is Sunday, June 16th, 2019.
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.  
Our administrator,  Natalie Wallachcan help you with any questions about the supplementary school, the enrichment sessions and also walk you through the steps necessary to booking and planning a bar/bat mitzvah simcha with the shul (one-year learning program is a pre-requisite before having a simcha with our shul). .
*There is a slightly higher registration cost for programs paid for by PayPal (credit card).   


Rabbi Goldberg explored the relationship of Hagar to Abraham and Sarah at the 
Trinity-St Paul's United Church and Centre for Faith, Justice and the Arts Multi-Faith Service on May 12, 2019


Other 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. 

Bar and Bat Mitzvah services take place at the First Unitarian site, 175 St. Clair Avenue West at 10:30 a.m.

Bat Mitzvah of Alana Chapnick, Saturday, June 15, 2019

Our Annual Lay-Led Shabbat Morning Service, Saturday, August 3, 2019

Shabbat Morning Service, Saturday, September 7, 2019

Please note there is no July service.

High Holy Days 5780

The High Holy Days will begin on the evening of September 29, 2019.  Check your inboxes in the next few weeks for more information on how to renew/become a member (includes High Holy Days tickets) or to buy High Holy Days tickets.

Shir Libeynu Choir

The Shir Libeynu choir will be getting together on Tuesday, June 18th at 7:00 p.m.

Anyone who would like to sing is welcome; no previous experience or Hebrew knowledge is required.

Please write to Ellie at  for the location details or any other questions, or i f you are interested in participating in our High Holy Days choir.

C ondolences

Our shul offers sincere condolences to our members, George Saltzberg and Timothy Swift, on the passing of George's sister, Anna Frances Saltzberg on May 23, 2019 in  Winnipeg.   You can read the obituary here.

May Anna's memory be a blessing. 

Tikkun Leil Shavuot: Jewish Learning Festival at the MNJCC
Saturday, June 8, 2019,  8:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m.

A full night of community, study, singing, snacking and more! Over 50 sessions reinterpret and reimagine traditional Jewish texts and open up new community conversations. Special programs for kids. All are welcome!   Free for everyone.

More information

Pre-register herePlease note - advanced registration for Shavuot Kids is mandatory.

Shir Libeynu is proud to be a long-time sponsor of this annual event.

As part of the festival, our Rabbi, Aviva Goldberg  will be taking part in an interfaith panel on
Sanctity and Queer Identity
8:30 p.m - 9:30 p.m., Room 308

Leaders and community members of diverse faith communities will discuss their personal experiences and community work in asserting the sanctity of LGBTQIA+ identity and experience. How do we break down heteronormativity and cisnormativity in our religious spaces? How do we heal the history of exclusion that our communities have upheld to become truly welcoming and accessible to all?  
Panel: Andi Yumansky (moderator), Rabbi Dr. Aviva Goldberg, Reverend Dr. Cheri DiNovo, Haran Vijayanathan

Faith For Creation: Declare A Climate Crisis!
June 10, 2019, 5:45 p.m.,  Yonge and Dundas
Faith leaders and Extinction Rebellion Toronto call for action. Interfaith gathering to occupy the intersection for 15 minutes, with Councillor Mike Layton, Rabbi Aviva Goldberg, Imam El-Farouk Khaki, Rev. Cheri DiNovo and others. Gather at 5:45 p.m., occupy at 6 p.m. Free.

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.

The Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition

Have you got a play in the works? Submit it by July 3, 2019!

You must be Canadian but you don't have to be Jewish. Your play must have a Jewish focus, depicting a strong theme or aspect of Jewish life. It must be 1-2 hours long.

The winner will receive $1,000 and an 8-hour workshop with an Equity director and up to six Equity actors. The workshop concludes with a public reading. This program is generously funded by The Asper Foundation.

For more information, visit here.
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8171 Yonge Street # 122
Thornhill, Ontario   L3T 2C6
(416) 465-5488

Shir Libeynu, June  6 , 2019