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Special Pride Edition of our E-Update
In This Edition


1. Shir Libeynu News


     a)  Pre-Pride Karaoke Night with Kulanu - Saturday, June 23rd @ 9:30 p.m.       

     b)  Shir Libeynu Is Coming Out to Pride   

     c)  Shir Libeynu in the News

     d)  Unveiling of Oscar Wolfman's Tombstone



2. Upcoming Shabbat Service - Saturday, July 7th @ 10:30 a.m. at the MNjcc


3. Other Upcoming Services


4.  Other Items of Interest

       a) Support Kulanu at the Pride Parade

       b) Heart to Heart: A Summer Mitzvah Project 


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Join Shir Libeynu and Kulanu for a pre-Pride karaoke night this coming Saturday, June 23rd, at Spirits Bar & Grill (642 Church Street, at Bloor).

Arrive 9:30 p.m.
Karaoke starts 10 p.m.
Appetizers served.
No entry fee.

RSVP by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 22nd to
Bring yourself and your Pride spirit.
Friends and allies welcome.



Shir Libeynu Is Coming Out to Pride!


This year, for the first time, Shir Libeynu will have a table at Pride Toronto's Community Fair on Saturday June 30th and Sunday July 1st. Even now, in 2012, many people are still searching for a place to belong as queer Jews. We want to make sure that the LGBTQ community and their supporters and loved ones know about our welcoming and inclusive congregation. 


Come out, say hello and shmooze with us, at Booth # 23, near Gloucester and Church. Look for our green-and-white striped awning. We will be there from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. See you at PRIDE Toronto.


Shir Libeynu in the News


On May 30th, the Canadian Jewish News published an article about Shir Libeynu by Sheri Shefa, which included an interview with Aviva Goldberg about the upcoming June 2nd Pride service, an annual event.  Here's a link to it:



Unveiling of Oscar Wolfman's Tombstone


The unveiling ceremony for Oscar Wolfman will be held on Sunday, July 8th at 11:00 a.m. sharp at the Pardes Chaim Cemetery, 11818 Bathurst Street, Vaughan (905-884-1888), two miles north of Teston Road/Elgin Mills Road.
All are welcome at the reception afterward, whether able to attend the unveiling or not. It will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the home of Oscar's spouse, Rob Monro (97 Leslie Street in the Leslie and Queen St. E. area. 416-462-0411).


If you would like to attend the unveiling but do not have transportation, or if you plan to attend and have room in your vehicle for an extra passenger or two, kindly write to us at by Wednesday, July 4th. Although we cannot guarantee success, we will try to match up those in need of a lift with a driver.

Upcoming Service


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Our First Service of the Summer

Saturday, July 7th

 10:30 a.m.










The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
750 Spadina Avenue @ Bloor and Spadina
(across from Spadina Station)
in the Michael Bernstein Chapel on the 3rd floor



Saturday, August 4th
Saturday, September 1st


Our Monthly Services Take Place

 On The First Saturday Morning of the Month

10:30 a.m.

The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

750 Spadina Avenue @ Bloor and Spadina

(across from Spadina Station)




Other Items of Interest 


(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.)


Join Kulanu at the Pride Parade 


Kulanu invites everyone from Shir Libeynu to march with them on Sunday, July 1st and/or to donate to Kulanu Toronto as a supportive gesture to help them offset their many Pride expenses (e.g., signs, banners, balloons). 

Please contact Justine at 416.819.7431 or email her at
  to make your donation and/or to sign up to march. 




Bringing 20 Arab-Israeli and Jewish-Israeli youth to a three-week co-existence program at Camp Shomria, in Perth, Ontario, this program fosters the growth of lifelong friendships and creates an open and honest dialogue about the conflict in Israel. There are many ways to get involved, including sponsoring an activity, hosting participants at your homes while they are in Toronto between July 25th to 29th or making a donation to the program. Please contact Dalia Krusner, Program Coordinator at for more information. 


Need more information? Please contact us at: or at (416) 465-5488


Congregation Shir Libeynu, P.O. Box 62, Station P,

Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2S6

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Congregants wishing to celebrate a simcha or commemorate a special occasion or honour the memory of a loved one can make arrangements to speak at a Shabbat service.



Whether you are celebrating a simcha or honouring the memory of a loved one, sponsoring a Kiddush is a wonderful way to mark a milestone with your congregation. 

For further details on any of the above. please email

Harriet Eisenkraft 

or call

(416) 465-5488.


Shir Libeynu Fund

Proceeds from the fund will go towards ensuring that Shir Libeynu continues to thrive while ensuring access to everyone, regardless of their financial situation.


Click here to donate to the Shir Libeynu Fund (please note that we do not have credit card capability - just PayPal). 


Alternatively, you can make out a cheque to Congregation Shir Libeynu (please write "Shir Libeynu Fund" in the "Memo" or "Re" section on the cheque) and mail it to 


Shir Libeynu, 

P.O. Box 62,

Station P,

Toronto ON, 

M5S 2S6. 


Please send an email message to 

stating the reason for your donation so we can acknowledge it in the Shabbat handout and on our website. Donations in any amount are welcome and income tax receipts will be issued.


The congregation holds Shabbat services on the first Saturday morning of each month, in the Michael Bernstein Chapel, on the 3rd floor of the Miles Nadal JCC, followed by a Kiddush. Free childcare is available during the services. We also offer adult education workshops and programs, the possibility to participate in our choir and chanting events, as well as holiday celebrations and Oneg Shabbat dinners throughout the year.



Congregation Shir Libeynu is unaffiliated, liberal, inclusive and egalitarian. Our participatory services combine tradition and innovation. Shir Libeynu is Hebrew for "song of our hearts," and our services include prayers and music both ancient and modern. Our diverse community is a welcoming one.











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