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Our Next Service

Saturday, December 2 - Shabbat Morning Service
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, Chapel and Rm. 318, 3rd floor
10:30 a.m.

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

A luncheon kiddish will follow the service.

Adult Ed: "Leonard Cohen - The Untold Stories" by Michael Posner (see below)

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

Ella Gladstone Martin

Leanne Stevens
Younger Children (ages three to seven/eight): Instructor: Leanne Stevens.  This week, the children will be doing crafts, spinning dreidls and and reading stories about the upcoming Chanukah holiday. 

Junior Congregation: (ages seven/eight to 11): We will learn Shabbat prayers, and also about Jacob wrestling with an angel (Torah portion) and  sing some Chanukah songs, then join the adults in the chapel.

For Rabbi Goldberg's description of our NEW Junior Congregation, please read here.

All children are welcome at these programs & in the chapel with their adults!


Adult Education:  After Shabbat services/kiddish, 12:45-2 p.m., chapel, 3rd floor.

Presented by Michael Posner

Michael Posner
Topic: " Leonard Cohen: The Untold Stories "
Leonard Cohen

Based on interviews that author/journalist Michael Posner is conducting for his new oral biography on Cohen.  

Michael Posner is a former senior writer for the Globe and Mail, and a former assistant managing editor of Maclean's magazine. He has written books about medicine, film, Anne Murray, Mordecai Richler, money and polling trends, and is the author of several plays.   

All Welcome!

(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.)
Adult Education Curator/Member: Carol Zemel

Shir Libeynu Jewish Film Series: FREE ADMISSION!

Sunday, December 3rd, 1:45-4 p.m.
5 19 Community Centre, 519 Church St., Toronto.

Film, with discussion to follow.
Oma & Bella 

This 2012 German film, produced by Oma's granddaughter, provides an intimate, poignant glimpse into the world of two dynamic, elderly Holocaust survivors.  Having survived the camps, Regina Karolinski (Oma) and Bella Katz stayed in Germany after the war, and started living together a few years ago.  
 They love to cook, and as they do so, they remember their childhoods, maintain a bond to one another, and answer questions about heritage, memory and identity.The film follows them through their daily lives, and a portrait emerges of two women who tell vivid stories, maintain a humorous outlook and have a deep fondness for good food.

Says  Rotten Tomatoes: "(It's a) showcase for some of the most unique and delicious looking dishes we've ever seen on film." 

FREE! For more information, please email slmovies18@gmail.com After the movie, please join us for a dessert from the Oma & Bella recipe book, and bring gastronomic memories of your family food for a conversation to follow.

Curators/Volunteers: Terry Maiden & Dinah Rosen

Annual General Meeting

Sunday, December 10th, 2017, MNJCC, 10 a.m., Room 218

More Information will be forthcoming by the end of this week.

Chanukah Party
Sunday, December 17th
Free Times Cafe, 320 College Street
4:30-7:00 p.m.

Celebrate the sixth night of Chanukah with your Shir Libeynu mishpocha at Free Times Cafe. Bring your friends, your family and your Chanukiah for songs, stories, dreidel and candle lighting.

It's an order-your-own-food-and-drink event - Free Times has the best latkes in town. To make sure there are plenty on hand, RSVP to chanukah@shirlibeynu.ca by Thursday, December 7th.

All ages are welcome. Please bring your Chanukiah and candles for a communal lighting at around 6 p.m.



Saturday, January 6th, 2018 - Shabbat Morning Service, MNJCC

Saturday, January 20th, 2018 - Bat Mitzvah of Bat Mitzvah of Isa Berinstein Blackstock, First Unitarian Congregation Building

Module #3 of the Shir Libeynu School - (Sundays) January 21, 28, February 4, 11, 25 .  Location in St. Clair W. area.  Registration starting soon.


SaturdayFebruary 3rd, 2018 - Shabbat Morning Service, MNJCC


Dear Friends:

Shir Libeynu is still what we always have been, the little shul that could. But we have greatly expanded our offerings to our members and the greater community. We are, of course, your spiritual home but we also strive to be your cultural and social home,   Whether it is it is strategic planning for our children's educational programs , adult-education sessions, Pride celebrations, or our film series and much more, we can only exist and thrive in the future with your volunteer help. We need more of our membership to give their time and ideas to maintain and expand our offerings.

If you are new to our shul, or if you come only for High Holy Days' services, if you've attended our services for years but have never really been involved or if you were involved in the past but took a pause from volunteering, we need you to help us plan, create and implement programming for our families, our singles, our community-young, young at heart and everyone in between. You can help us create new projects and events, find new funding sources and help us make sure our doors are always open to all regardless of financial situations.Some of our most immediate needs/portfolios include:

Kiddish and other event organizing;
- Grant  research & applications writing;
- Fiscal & Accounting;
- Social media marketing;
- High Holidays coordination (on and off site);
- And more...

(And if board membership seems daunting or not what you have in mind, please consider volunteering to do any of the roles mentioned above, or others.)

Board membership and other volunteering actions are a way for you to get closer to the community, and to give back to our shul.

Our annual general meeting is on Sunday, December 10th, so please email me asap at lgoodman@shirlibeynu.ca to let me know you are interested in joining the Shir Libeynu board or if you have any questions regarding your possible participation on the board or in any other way for the community.

Laurie Goodman, President
Congregation Shir Libeynu


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. Register for eight film events. Call (416) 924-6211 x 0.

General: $103 per person (includes CIF & HST)
Young Adult (age 18 - 35): $60 (includes CIF & HST) 
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., TJFS

This is a subscription series. Rush Seats on sale 30 minutes before each screening.
 $15 General Admission $10 Young Adults (Ages 18-35)

"Hello Other Moon": Illustrations by Yaara Eshet after poems by Ronna Bloom.  
Dec. 2, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2018. 
The Gallery at the J, MNJCC. 

Join Ronna Bloom, who has read her poems at several of our services and events, for her talk with the visual artist on Dec. 3, at 4 p.m. for a conversation about their process in creativity and collaboration.


(Items listed in this section have been included at the request of Shir Libeynu participants and/or are considered to be potentially 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.)

Sacred Spaces: Jewish Cemeteries, Past, Present and Future

Beth Tzedek Congregation,  1700 Bathurst Street, Toronto
7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

With guest speakers from around the world, this community-wide series brings new perspectives on cemeteries and burial practices. Topics of sessions (some have already occurred): Jewish cemeteries in small Canadian towns, the state of abandoned European cemeteries, halakhah and eco-friendly burial practices, the relationship between Jewish and Indigenous burial rites, the future of Jewish burial in Toronto, and more.

Remaining Sessions in this Series:

Nov 29, 2017
Toronto and the Future of Jewish Burial

December 6,  2017, 
What Happens When I Die? Practical Answers to a Theological Question

Events feature audio-visual presentations and discussions. Moderated
by Rabbi Adam Cutler.

Newsletter Editor:  Harriet Eisenkraft
Congregation Shir Libeynu
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Shir Libeynu November 26, 2017