Shabbat Morning Service :

Saturday, December 3, 2016
10:30 a.m., MNJCC, 3rd Floor

Led by Rabbi Goldberg. We thank Brian Cohen for chanting Torah at the service. 

Children are always welcome in our services with their adults.  There will also be a program for those ages three to eight in Room 304 from 10:30-11:55 a.m.

We thank long-time members  Earl and Penny Winestock and Lorne Gould for sponsoring the kiddish in honour of Penny's 65th birthday.

All Welcome!

Annual General Meeting

Our annual general meeting will take place on Sunday, December 4th, 2016 at 1:15 p.m.

All are welcome (only members can vote).

Click here for more information.

Chanukah Family Event 
Monday, December 26th:  MNJCC, 3rd floor: 4-6 p.m.

Light up your winter afternoon with a Chanukah celebration. There will be Chanukah stories and songs, a dreidel spin-off and crafts. Everyone is welcome. If you can bring something delicious to share, please do. If not, come anyway. 

Other Upcoming Services and Adult Education Programs

All Shabbat morning services include o ur children's program (ages 3 to 8) and will have special activities and stories. Contemplative chanting events do not include child's programming or childcare. 

Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, January 7, 2017
10:30 a.m., MNJCC, 3rd Floor

Join us at our first of the secular new year service, led by Rabbi Goldberg.  A children's program will take place in Room 304.

After the service and kiddush, please join us for our adult education program:

The Time of Salvation: Jews in Medieval Christian Literature

Christian writers in medieval Europe represented Judaism in two ways: as a dangerously retrogressive "Old Law," and as a foreshadowing of the last days and Apocalypse to come. Why, and how?

Suzanne Akbari is Professor of English and Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto. She is the author of Idols in the East: European Representations of Islam and the Orient.

Contemplative Chanting Event
Saturday, January 14, 2017
10:30 a.m., MNJCC, 3rd Floor

An experiential, meditative, musical and joyful event led by Lorne Blumer, with musical help from member volunteers. Light refreshments are served. 

Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, February 4, 2017
10:30 a.m., MNJCC, 3rd Floor

Join us for our service, led by Rabbi Goldberg.  A children's program will take place in Rm. 304.   All are invited for a light kiddish afterwards.

After the service and kiddush, please join us for our adult education program:

Eco-Israel: Sustainability and Innovation 

In February, 2017, as we approach Tu B'Shvat, the "New Year of Trees" in Israel, we will have the opportunity to learn about The  Society for the Protection of Nature  In Israel (SPNI).    Using slide show images and discussion, Allan Shiff, president of CSPNI, will present the  successes and current challenges of Israel's environmental movement. In light of the recent and tragic fire in the Haifa region, this lecture may prove very timely. More info will follow.


Jewish Support for the Lakota Nation in Opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline
Rabbi Goldberg has given her support and signed a statement alongside other liberal Jewish spiritual leaders across North American, supporting the Lakota nation in its opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline.  This 1,200-mile pipeline would traverse across Native American burial and prayer sites, threatening culturally significant artifacts as well as the Sioux Tribe's drinking water. 
On behalf of the congregation, Rabbi Goldberg is also supporting/applauding the action of Reverend Shawn Newton and two other ministers of First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto, our community partner and the site of our High Holy Days' services, numerous simchas for our families and other events. These three ministers will be travelling to Standing Rock next Sunday, Dec. 4, to participate in an interfaith day of protest there. 
The Few, The Proud: Jews Stand With Standing Rock: Read here.


Supporting Those Who Mourn

When we mourn, we need to feel connected to and buoyed by our community. Shul members can be a source of great support and strength, by sending condolences to others.  We would like to gather together names of those who would like to have the shul notify you in the case of the deaths of the loved ones  of members (family or close friends).

Please sign up to be notified by clicking here.

(Members of Congregation Shir Libeynu can expect the shul to send out timely notices, once permission is granted, about deaths in their families and friends. When a member passes away, a special notice is sent to all members, and placed in a subsequent newsletter.)


( 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.)

Lectures this Week at the Anne Tannenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies, U of T:

Long-time member Professor Carol Zemel, who has had a big hand in curating our own adult education series, will be among the illustrious academics presenting at the University of Toronto next week.

Shoshana Shier Lecture Series
Monday, November 28th at 4:00.p.m.

Daniel Schroeter,  ( University of Minnesota)

"850,000 Refugees? Explaining the Flight of Jews from the Muslim World to Israel"

Gerstein Lecture Series
Wednesday, November 30th at 4:00.p.m.

Carol Zemel, (York University)

"Who Took the Pictures of the Kishinev Pogrom? The First Atrocity Photographs"


Comfort: A Theatre Piece about Human Rights for Women

Three years ago, Shir Libeynu partnered with various organizations during Holocaust Education Week for a presentation on the topic of Comfort Women, the Asian (and some European) sexual slaves of the Japanese Imperial Army during WW 2. We have kept in touch with Diana Tso, a playwright and activist and, now, her play with original music has come to fruition, starting Nov. 25.  For more info, here.

For a look back  here at the event in 2014 that we co-sponsored.

Newsletter Editor:  Harriet Eisenkraft
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