Kol Nidrei is this Friday, Sept 29th!  Yom Kippur is Saturday, Sept. 30th. 

There is still some space available at Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur services, our most popular and well-attended every year. Memberships include tickets to the High Holiday services for the member. Single service tickets are also available for purchase by non-members and for friends and family of members. 

Our warm, witty, music-filled and meaningful services  are led by Rabbi Goldberg and Chazzan Gesundheit.  There will be two new teachers for our children, with different programs for those younger (three to eight) who will hear the story of Jonah on Yom Kippur morning, and a Torah reading for the junior congregation (ages eight to 11).  We also provide childcare throughout Kol Nidre, and the day and evening on Yom Kippur, until the end of Neilah.

And for adults on Yom Kippur afternoon, we offer our annual, free workshops and activities, featuring meditation, movement, Talmudic musing and so much more. All are welcome. See link below for more details, and times.

Online sales of tickets and memberships will continue until Wednesday, September 27th at 3:00 p.m.  Tickets (and memberships) will also be for sale at the door at all High Holy Day services, subject to availability. Buy yours now, so you are not disappointed!
Rosh Hashanah 2017 at Shir Libeynu: Challah, Music & More!

After the service, some of our future shofar players practised in the sanctuary.  
Chazzan Gesundheit, our Torah reader, Ed Weiss, and Rabbi Goldberg, on 2nd day Rosh Hashanah
Chazzan Gesundheit, our Torah reader, Ed Weiss, and Rabbi Goldberg, on the  second day of  Rosh Hashanah .
Children and their adults made challah together with our teachers and Eden.

We laughed, prayed, sang, baked and even wept a little during Days 1 and 2 of Rosh Hashanah services last week.  Our musical component was complemented by more ensembles and soloists who played and sang beautifully.  Children joined us often, including for the shofar blowing, with the older ones also participating in their own junior congregation.  But many agree that a highlight was Rabbi Aviva Goldberg's poignant speech on Day 2, our healing service: Relaying her own experiences providing pastoral end-of-life solace, Aviva conveyed why all our stories must be heard, and remembered.  Read her speech, entitled: Our Stories are Today's Story here. Rabbi Goldberg will give the sermon on Kol Nidre, as usual, this year.

The Shir Libeynu School:  a weekly supplemental program that will start right after Yom Kippur, on Sunday mornings, for those ages eight to 11 years old, and run for five weeks each. These series of units will focus on specific topics.  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.
The first unit's topic  is Jewish Stories:  incorporating them from the Bible, the Torah, legends, history and other sources. 

The second unit's topic is: Jewish Time. This will include the Jewish yearly calendar, Jewish holidays, the Jewish week and Shabbat practices.
Time: 10 a.m.-Noon
Place: An office location at Adelaide St./Yonge St.   Parking is available nearby, and this office is very close to King subway station. (We will send details to all registrants.)
Dates of First Unit: Oct. 1 - Nov. 5 (no class on Oct. 8) : Oct. 1, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5.
Cost per the first five-class unit: $180 (no per-class rate).
Click  here   to register your child for the first unit.

Dates of Second Unit: Nov. 12- Dec. 10: Nov. 12, 19, 26, Dec, 3 and Dec. 10.

Third Unit: Begins in January after the public school break.
All children's programs at Shir Libeynu are taught by experienced Jewish educators, under the supervision of Rabbi Goldberg.
Read  more about our Bar/Bat Mitzvah program for 2017/2018, which is still accepting registrants.

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

Our young children's program (ages three to eight) continues with crafts, stories and songs. Our junior congregation, for ages eight to 11, has its debut, with a vibrant study of that Shabbat's themes and Torah reading. There is no charge for these children's programs. Join us for a kiddish after the service.

Adult Education Series: We are pleased to welcome  Ori Yehudau, post-doctoral scholar at Centre for  Jewish Studies,  University of Toronto, who will speak on  " Leaving Zion: Jewish Emigration from Israel in the  1950s."   Chapel, 12:45-2 p.m.

Our condolences to our member Joan Atlin on the passing of her beloved father, Gordon Atlin, on September 9th, in Toronto. We remember Mr. Atlin as a charming and sweet presence at many of the Shir Libeynu events he attended over the years with his wife, Sandy, Joan's mother. May his memory be a blessing.


Shir Libeynu Jewish Film Series: 

In Heaven,Underground ( Im Himmel unter der Erde)
Sunday, October 8th, 1:45-4 p.m.
519 Community Centre, 519 Church St., Toronto
Film, with discussion to follow.


Newsletter Editor:  Harriet Eisenkraft
Congregation Shir Libeynu
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