Shabbat Morning Service
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre (MNJCC),  3rd floor chapel 
Saturday, May 4, 2019,  10:30 a.m.

Rabbi Goldberg will lead, with Paula Wolfson as cantorial soloist. 

Thanks to Harvey Worth for chanting the Torah portion. 

All children are welcome in the chapel. For those ages three to six, there is also childcare down the hall, with fun activities, crafts and stories. 

A kiddish lunch will follow the service in room 318. 

The kiddush is sponsored by Maya Hammer and Matt Snyder to honour the baby naming for Audrey Hammer Snyder, their daughter. Audrey's Hebrew name is Orli which means "my light".

Blessings: Chazzan Gesundheit Teaches the 
Music of Prayers & Songs for Friday Night's Home Shabbat 

Friday, May 10, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, 750 Spadina Avenue, Room 318 (Please sign in at information desk on main floor)

Chazzan Daniela Gesundeit will guide us the through the musical liturgy of the home ritual.

In his influential book,  The Sabbath, Abraham Joshua Heschel describes Shabbat, the Sabbath, as " ... not an interlude but the climax of living." Friday nights are traditionally a time to gather with family and friends, to feast and sing, to bring an end to a week of work and the mundane, and to usher in the sacred day of rest. Using insights from  The Sabbath, and consulting the colourful musical traditions of Kabbalat Shabbat and the blessings for the Sabbath meal, we will discuss, learn, and sing our way through a Shabbat evening together. Participants will come away with an enriched understanding of the prayers and blessings for this weekly ritual. 

This is a free event for the community, but you need to register through  Eventbrite before May 10.  Space is limited so please register now.

All welcome! Children and youth may attend with their adults but no childcare will be provided. We will serve challah and beverages as part of the ritual. 

Registration now open for the
Bnei Mitzvah (Grades 6+) & 
Weekly Learning Supplemental School (Ages 7-11) Programs

To register your child, please email 

For general information that does not yet include some details about next year's programs, please go to:  Supplemental School and Bnei Mitzvah Program 

Upcoming Shabbat Services

Morning services on the first Saturday of the month, led by Rabbi Goldberg, begin at 10:30 a.m. at the MNJCC, 3rd floor chapel.  A kiddish always follows the Saturday service in room 318. 

Bar and Bat Mitzvah services take place at the First Unitarian site, 175 St. Clair Avenue West

Bar  Mitzvah of Jonah Jojkic - Saturday, May 11, 2019 

Bat Mitzvah of Camilla Cellarius - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Bat Mitzvah of Alana Chapnick - Saturday, June 15, 2019

Our June service will be our annual Pride Havdallah held on the evening of Saturday, June 15 at the MNJCC.  More information will be available in the next newsletter. 

Shir Libeynu Choir

The Shir Libeynu choir will be getting together on Tuesday, May 7 at 7:00 p.m.

Anyone who would like to sing is welcome; no previous experience or Hebrew knowledge is required.

Please write to Ellie Goldenberg at  for the location details or any other questions.  

LGBTQ+ Allies Shabbat
Friday, May 3, 2019
Wolfond Centre, 36 Harbord Street

Come alone or with a friend for a relaxed, soulful, and playful Shabbat experience. LGBTQ+ individuals and allies of all backgrounds, and Jewish affiliations are welcome.

Vegetarian potluck dinner at 8:30 p.m. is preceded at 7 p.m. by a contemplative, songful traditional egalitarian Shabbat service.

Info:  or 416-924-6211 x 388.

Presented by the MNJCC with Congregation Shir Libeynu, Annex Shul, Eshel, Holy Blossom Temple, Moishe House Toronto, LGBTQ+ at the J.

Tikkun Leil Shavuot: Jewish Learning Festival at the MNJCC
Saturday, June 8, 2019,  8:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m.

A full night of community, study, singing, snacking and more! Over 50 sessions reinterpret and reimagine traditional Jewish texts and open up new community conversations. Special programs for kids. All are welcome!   Free for everyone.

More Information

Pre-register herePlease note - advanced registration for Shavuot Kids is mandatory.

Shir Libeynu is proud to be a long-time sponsor of this annual event.

4th Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival
May 24 - June 2, 2019

Presented by the MNJCC in conjunction  with many government and community partners 

Now in its fourth year, ReelAbilities Toronto Film Festival is proud to showcase Canadian and international shorts, features, and documentaries about Deaf and disability cultures and by filmmakers and actors with disabilities and/or who are Deaf.

Full schedule and tickets available now at

Toronto Jewish Film Society 2019 Season

Toronto Jewish Film Society presents its  41st season of Jewish film gems  on select Sundays with noted speakers in the Al Green Theatre. 

Shir Libeynu is proud to  partner  on the June 2nd presentation of the movies,  Summer Vacation (Chofesh Gadol) and Yossi & Jagger (Yossi ve Jager)
Al Green Theatre, MNJCC
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m

Click here for more information on the June 2nd films including special advance ticket pricing for Shir Libeynu members and an additional screening at 4:30 p.m.


Items in this section are included at the request of Shir Libeynu participants. They are not necessarily endorsed by Congregation Shir Libeynu or its members.

The Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition

Have you got a play in the works? Submit it by July 3, 2019!

You must be Canadian but you don't have to be Jewish. Your play must have a Jewish focus, depicting a strong theme or aspect of Jewish life. It must be 1-2 hours long.

The winner will receive $1,000 and an 8-hour workshop with an Equity director and up to six Equity actors. The workshop concludes with a public reading. This program is generously funded by The Asper Foundation.

For more information, visit here.
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8171 Yonge Street # 122
Thornhill, Ontario   L3T 2C6
(416) 465-5488

Shir Libeynu, April 28 , 2019