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Our Next Service

Saturday, November 4th - 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.

A luncheon kiddish will follow the service.

We thank Amy Matchen and Mark Fine for sponsoring the kiddish in honour of their one-year wedding anniversary.  And we wish them a hearty Mazel Tov!

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's theme is Breishit, with  fun activities relating to the Jewish story of how the world came into existence and an emphasis on how we can take care of it. 

Junior Congregation: (ages seven-11): With instructor Ella Gladstone Martin,  who will teach the brachot of Adom Olam and the Shema, and lead a discussion about kippas around the world.

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.

Doris Bergen

Topic: "Not Gone with the Wind: Nazi Antisemitism and White Supremacy"

What is the relationship between anti-Black racism, antisemitism, and Nazism? Why did the white supremacists and nationalists who marched at Charlottesville, Virginia to protest removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee shout, "Jews will not replace us?" This talk addresses these questions by looking back at the history of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust and analyzing connections to our own times.

Doris Bergen
Dr. Bergen is the 
Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor of Holocaust Studies, University of Toronto. Her research focuses on issues of religion, gender, and ethnicity in the Holocaust and World War II and comparatively in other cases of extreme violence. 

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

The Shir Libeynu School: Second Unit/Module to Begin on Nov. 19
Our supplemental program is  a pilot project with a series of five-week classes focusing on specific topics. It runs on consecutive Sundays for each module/unit, at a convenient downtown location accessible by public transportation. This is a program that will be especially welcoming of those children who have had minimal or no formal Jewish education, and for whom this is a first learning experience about their heritage. By all reports, the first unit was a great success, with the participants vowing to "come back and bring (their) friends!"

We are now accepting registrations for the second unit, Jewish Time , learning about the yearly calendar, history, life events and Shabbat .   It runs from Nov. 19,through Dec. 17.  The cost is $180/child for the unit's five classes. Please click  here  to register your child. Deadline for registration for the second unit is November 5.  If you wish to register for subsequent units, please email    shirlibeynu@yahoo.ca .

Dana Rubinshtein
Our teacher for the School is Dana Rubinshtein. 

Holocaust Education Week Program: FREE ADMISSION!

Germans & Jews (2016)
Sunday, November 5th, 2:15 - 4:15 p.m.
Toronto Public Library Northern District
40 Orchard View Blvd, Toronto, Room 200

Presented by Shir Libeynu and the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre.

Through personal stories, the critically-acclaimed documentary Germans & Jews explores Germany's changing narrative of the Holocaust and its transformation since the end of World War II.  Read More


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 our new school, 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...

If you are wondering about the scope of the commitment to serve on our congregation's board, an information meeting is taking place on the morning of November 19th, from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at my home.  Please think about attending, even if you are uncertain about making such a commitment.

(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.

Please email me at lgoodman@shirlibeynu.ca to let me know you will be attending the session or if you have any questions regarding your possible participation on the Shir Libeynu board or in any other way for the community.

Laurie Goodman, President
Congregation Shir Libeynu


Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 - Shabbat Morning Service, with Junior Congregation & Younger Childrens' program

Adult Education: Michael Posner, journalist ( Globe and Mail, Toronto Life) and writer. Topic:
Revisiting Leonard Cohen

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

Saturday, January 6th, 2018 - Shabbat Morning Service

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." 

Curators/Volunteers: Terry Maiden & Dinah Rosen

The LGBTQ+ Experience in the Holocaust and Beyond

This panel discussion includes Kimahli Powell, of Rainbow Railroad, and others. 

Co-presented by the MNJCC and curated by CIJA in partnership with Holocaust Education Week. 

Nov. 6th, 7 p.m., MNJCC, Rm. 318.

For more info: akimmel@CIJA.ca, Facebook or click here.
An interesting  and independent event in the broader Toronto community that we encourage you to consider.

Hineinu: an initiative for Jewish contemplative practice, led by Lorne Blumer

Long-time member Lorne Blumer led contemplative chanting gatherings at Shir Libeynu for four years (and has always been an active volunteer in other ways, including many years on our board). Lorne has recently launched Hineinu (Hebrew for "here we are"), an initiative for Jewish contemplative practice.  Through silence, meditation, chanting and prayer, Hineinu's gatherings will be an opportunity to cultivate stillness on Shabbat.

The next gathering will be for Havdalah on Saturday, November 11th at 5:30 p.m., and held in the Annex.  For more details, or to be added to the Hineinu e-mail list or ask questions, please contact  Lorne Blumer


(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.)

The Night of Broken Glass: An Event for/with Regesh Family and Child Services
Thursday, November 9th 
6- 9 p.m.
1126 Finch Ave West, Unit 1, Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre; Toronto
Tickets: $50

Nate Leipciger, a survivor of Auschwitz concentration camp, will  give a keynote address.  He has recently written a  book about his experiences that will be available at the event.

Read member Cara Clairman's note about this event and Regesh, on whose board she serves.

Newsletter Editor:  Harriet Eisenkraft
Congregation Shir Libeynu
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Shir Libeynu October 29, 2017