Saturday, October 7th - Shabbat (Succot) Morning Service
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, Chapel and Rm. 318, 3rd floor, & Rooftop Sukkah,
10:30 a.m.

Join us for the first Shabbat service of the year, with Rabbi Goldberg and Chazzan Gesundheit leading.  We thank Harvey Worth for chanting Torah at this service.  

Light luncheon kiddish after the service.

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 3-8): will do Sukkot crafts with instructor Leanne Stevens;

Junior Congregation: (ages 8-11) this inaugural session will focus on the themes of the Shabbat service, including the Torah reading, with Ella Gladstone. Participants will join us in the chapel toward the end of the morning.

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.

Leaving Zion: Jewish Emigration from Israel in the 1950s
by Ori Yehudai, PhD, Professor of  Jewish & Israeli history at the University of Toronto

Following the establishment of Israel in 1948, masses of Jews flooded into the country, and their absorption became the primary challenge facing the young state. But during the same years, tens of thousands of Jews also left the country, either returning to their original homes or heading to new destinations. Who were these people and why did they leave? How did Israel respond to their departure? What were the reactions in the Jewish world? 

Ori Yehudai  holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and his main research interests include modern Jewish and Israeli history, migration and displacement, and the reconstruction of the Jewish world after the Second World War. 

Adult Education:  After Shabbat services/kiddish, 12:45-2 p.m., chapel, 3rd floor.  
October 7th       

Leaving Zion: Jewish Emigration from Israel in the 1950s
by Ori Yehudai, PhD, Professor of  Jewish & Israeli history at the University of Toronto
November 4th
Doris Bergen, Holocaust scholar, University of Toronto: Not Gone with the Wind: Nazi Antisemitism and White Supremacy
December 2nd
Michael Posner, journalist (Globe and Mail, Toronto Life) and writer: title TBA 

Curator/Member: Carol Zemel

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.)


Shir Libeynu Jewish Film Series: FREE ADMISSION!

In Heaven,Underground ( Im Himmel unter der Erde)

"Exquisite," says the New York Times

Sunday, October 8th, 1:45-4 p.m.
519 Community Centre, 519 Church St., Toronto
Film, with discussion to follow.


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

This critically-acclaimed documentary is Shir Libeynu's official entry in this year's Holocaust Education Week (HEW) program.

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

Other Upcoming Services & Events at the MNJCC @ 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, November 4th - Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, December 2nd - Shabbat Morning Service

Saturday, October 21st - Bar Mitzvah of Gabriel Cellarius
at the First Unitarian Toronto site, 175 St. Clair Avenue West @ 10:30 a.m.

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


Lorraine Sokolov:

Our condolences to members Louis Sokolov, Karen Beattie, and Gabrielle and Alexander Sokolov on the death of their  mother, mother-in-law and grandmother,  Lorraine Sokolov, on September 26th.  Rabbi Goldberg officiated at the September 27th funeral service.   Internment was in Winnipeg on September 28. 

Some of you may remember Mrs. Sokolov from the services she attended with us at the MNJCC recently to proudly watch and listen to Gabrielle sing from the bimah. May her memory be a blessing. 


Sylvia Fine:

Our condolences to our members Mark Fine and Amy Matchen and Rachel and Isabel Fine on the death of their mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother, Sylvia Fine, on Thursday, September 28th.  Rabbi Goldberg officiated at the funeral, which took  took place in Toronto on Monday, October 2nd. Shiva continues until Tuesday, October 3rd.  May the memory of Sylvia Fine be a blessing. 


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/or 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.)

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

Liora Salter

Long-time member Liora Salter has contributed to our High Holy Days' art shows over many years. Now Toronto's Queen Gallery is mounting a solo show of her works. Liora says that art work is her "third round." Her first was a five-year stint as a community organizer in community radio out West. Her second was a distinguished career in academe, first at Simon Fraser University and then at Osgoode Hall Law School. In 1996, on a two-year leave, Liora enrolled at the Toronto School of Art, and then pursued studies full time at the New York Studio School.

Since returning to Toronto last November, Liora and her husband, Richard (Rick) Salter, also a long-time shul member and volunteer, instituted Muckraker's, a weekly get-together to discuss news, and Muckraker Bulletin, a by-weekly publication with background information about issues in the news. ( www.muckrakers.info/ )

Says Liora: "Whether it was back in my 11 years living in a communal house (four families), or in community radio, or at Or Shalom in Vancouver, community is important. In Shir Libeynu I am very quiet, an observer more than a participant or close friend to many. Yet the fact that Shir Libeynu exists for me (and for all others) is fundamental to my own sense of being. It is a place where I learn and where I feel supported in the sense of being a Jew.

My show is called 'contested' because I am fascinated with tangles, contradictions and complexities. It provides a glimpse at the various ways I portray, and occasionally unravel, these complexities."

Liora's upcoming art show is organized as a series of open houses to which all are invited. (Show begins on Wed., Oct. 18th, 7-9 pm; Open Houses: Oct 20th-22nd, 4-6 p.m.)


with the MNJCC
Friday October 27th, 2017

For families with young children & individuals with disabilities at Holy Blossom Temple

More Information:
Annie Matan:  anniem@mnjcc.org  or (416) 924-6211 x388

(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.)

Fri., Oct. 13, 2017, 7 p.m.
Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library

Celebrating excellence in Indigenous storytelling and literature.
Tickets: Free, but must be ordered online; there is a limit of two per person.

Friday October 27th 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Kol Ami,
36 Atkinson Avenue, Thornhill

The first in a year-long series: A spirited, traditional, a cappella Friday night service based on the upbeat melodies of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Come prepared to sing your heart out! 

Pot luck pareve dinner at 6:30 p.m. RSVP to Nicole Arnold at Nicole.arnold2014@gmail.com.


October 28-29th, 2017

Israel Today and Tomorrow, 
Bridging the Divides

The conference includes speakers such as Peter Beinart and  Professor Janice Stein, as well as seminars and panels, on a myriad of issues concerning Israel and its ongoing relationship with our Canadian Jewish community.

Tickets: $25-$100

More Information:

Newsletter Editor:  Harriet Eisenkraft
Congregation Shir Libeynu
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