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Shir Libeynu E-Update
July 2nd, 2012
In This Edition


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

2. Other Upcoming Services


3. Other Shir Libeynu News 

    a)  Unveiling of Oscar Wolfman's Tombstone

    b)  New Mailing Address

    c)  Downtown Jewish Community School

    d)  High Holy Days at Shir Libeynu 


4.  Other Items of Interest

       aHeart to Heart: A Summer Mitzvah Project 

       b) Something From Nothing at The Fringe Festival

       c) To Life! Retreat at Kavannah Garden

       d) JF&CS In Urgent Need of Adoptive Home for 8-Year-Old Child


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
Our annual musical service
Saturday, September 1st
Our end-of-summer, back-to-shul service


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)



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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.


Please Take Note of Our New Mailing Address:


P.O Box 73509

Toronto, Ontario, M6C 4A7



Downtown Jewish Community School: Shir Libeynu's Partner in Education


Congregation Shir Libeynu recommends Downtown Community School (DJCS) as its first choice for quality Jewish education in supplementary Jewish school. Our congregation has entered into a community partnership with DJCS -- like Shir Libeynu, it is inclusive and egalitarian.


Running from Junior Kindergarten through Grade 7, DJCS offers a Jewish Studies program with an optional Hebrew component beginning in Grade 2. In Grade 7, the bar/bat mitzvah year, the focus is on understanding and performing mitzvot (good deeds). High-school aged students can participate in the DJCS once-a-month Sunday Brunch High School discussion group.


The DJCS is conveniently located in the Miles Nadal JCC at the corner of Bloor and Spadina. Tuition fees are fully tax deductible and include a free MNJCC membership for each enrolled child.


Visit the Downtown Jewish Community School's website to learn more: | Or, "like" it on Facebook at  



High Holy Days at Shir Libeynu


At the height of summer, it's hard to believe that this year's High Holy Days are just around the corner. 


High Holy Day information will be arriving shortly in your inboxes and mail boxes, including a link

to our online High Holy Day Membership order form (membership includes tickets to High Holy Day services).


In the meantime, our price list and a schedule of services is available here:


Non-member tickets will be on sale later in the summer, subject to availability.


Shir Libeynu endeavours to accommodate all membership and ticket requests; however, space at our High Holy Day services is limited.


We encourage you to place your order early to ensure availability.





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.)



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. 



Something From Nothing


The Fringe Festival is not just for grown ups. The Cascade Theatre Presents a stage adaptation of Phoebe Gilman's beloved children's book, Something From Nothing, at the Palmerston Library (560 Palmerston Avenue).


Click here for more information, 

including show times and pricing. 



To Life! Retreat at Kavannah Gardens


An all-day retreat at Shoresh's Kavannah Gardens provides a day full of yoga, meditation, music and sound, nutrition and wellness, Pilates, movement, drama, drumming and more!!!


Sunday,  August 26th  10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Shoresh's Kavanah Garden at 18 Lebovic Campus Drive in Vaughan


Cost: $100 (financial assistance available)

Registration: please visit:


A vegetarian lunch will be prepared by Lo's Catering (sponsored by Schecter Dental).


For more information, and for carpooling assistance, please contact Julia Segal at:



JF&CS Urgently Needs Home for 8-Year-Old Child 

Not all adoptions involve babies. Jewish Family & Child Services has kids of all ages who are available for adoption. Right now, a loving, permanent home  is needed for an eight-year-old boy with some medical and learning challenges. He's a sweet, funny, active child who will thrive in a forever home.
If you are interested in adoption or if you know someone who would make a great
parent for an eight-year- old boy, JF&CS wants to hear from you. Please call 416-638-7800 and ask for Intake.
Single parent homes and LGBT homes are welcome.
Jewish Family & Child 4600 Bathurst Street, 1st Floor, Toronto, ON M2R

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


Congregation Shir Libeynu

Our New Mailing Address:

P.O Box 73509

Toronto, Ontario, M6C 4A7


Quick Links








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 73509

Toronto, Ontario

M6C 4A7


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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