Your monthly news & updates
In this newsletter: Shabbat service on February 1 st ; Prof. Shelley Hornstein talks about why Jewish museums matter (following the service and kiddish); Tu B’Shvat Groove for children 2-10 on February 2 nd ; the new Shir Libeynu board elects its executive and calls for volunteers… and more.    

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Upcoming events
Next Shabbat Service [click for more info]
Saturday, February 1, 10:30 am , MNjcc, Chapel, 3 rd floor, followed by a kiddish in room 318

Prof. Shelley Hornstein, York University
Saturday, February 1, 1:00 pm , MNjcc, room 318

Tu B'Shvat Groove [click for more info]
Sunday, February 2, 2:30 - 4:30 pm , Artscape Wychwood Barns — Explore Tu B'Shvat through arts & crafts, movement, songs and activities for children 2-10 and their grown-ups. Everyone welcome!  
Shul news
New Board [click for more info]
Shir Libeynu’s new board met for the first time on Sunday, January 19 th  and elected its executive: Karen Charnow Lior, President; Ilana Teitelman, Vice-President; Mark Fine, Treasurer; and Dahlia Klinger, Secretary. In addition, Jamie Flagal and Abbe Edelson serve on the board—a total of six members.
 
As you know, our congregation is going through a very important transition as Rabbi Goldberg retires and we search for a new spiritual leader. The board’s focus will be on ensuring that we have the building blocks in place to hire a new leader and continue to grow. We will be developing key policies in areas such as employment, inclusion and accessibility. We will keep you updated on this work and reach out to you to get involved!

Call for Volunteers!
The board discussed the need to engage more members in the work of Shir Libeynu. There are many ways to get involved: collaborate with a few other members to organize the kiddish and special events; work with a couple of board members to search for a new venue for High Holy Day services; represent Shir Libeynu in the broader Jewish community and on important issues; join the board (our By-Laws allow for up to seven directors). If you would like to volunteer or find out more, please let the board know by emailing slboard@shirlibeynu.ca  or leaving a message at 416-465-5488. You will be hearing more about volunteer opportunities at Shabbat services and in future newsletters.

Rabbi Search
Thank you to everyone who participated in the November 17 th  roundtable discussions and provided valuable input. The search committee is currently interviewing candidates. It hopes to conclude its work and bring recommendations to the board in late winter/early spring.
Condolences
Linda Zelicki
 
Our shul community sends our sincere condolences to Linda’s devoted partner, Jim Gibbs, sister and brother-in-law, Debbie and Mohan Barman, niece and nephew, Mira and Michael, and their families, and Linda's multitude of dear friends. Linda was a long-time member of Shir Libeynu and contributed in so many ways, including teaching yoga at High Holy Day services. We will miss her greatly. May her memory be a blessing. https://www.benjaminsparkmemorialchapel.ca/ServiceDetails.aspx?snum=136233&fg=0

Fay Sidenberg 

Our shul community sends our sincere condolences to Bonnie Lester and her family on the death of her beloved mother, Fay Sidenberg. May her memory be a blessing. https://steelesmemorialchapel.com/condolence/fay-sidenberg/
Community news & events 
LGBTQ+ Purim Shabbat Dinner
Friday, March 6, 6:45 - 9:00 pm , Schwartz/Reisman Centre (Vaughan), Leo and Sala Conference Centre — Save the date! Event registration will be up in February. For more info, contact:  danielk@srcentre.ca

Fundraiser: Singing with Parkinson’s
Led by Shir Libeynu’s Paula Wolfson
Sunday, March 8, doors open at 1:00 pm , Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, $25.00 — Tickets at  buddiesinbadtimes.com . Watch the amazing  YouTube  video created by the Canadian Opera Company.

Climate Change Action
The Danforth Jewish Circle is organizing a number of downtown shuls to work together on climate change action. If you are interested in attending a planning meeting on Sunday, March 22 (date and time TBC) on behalf of Shir Libeynu, please let the board know by emailing slboard@shirlibeynu.ca   or leaving a message at 416-465-5488.
Congregation Shir Libeynu