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1. High Holy Days at Shir Libeynu


2. Upcoming Services


3. Other Shir Libeynu News 

        a) Heart to Heart: A Summer Mitzvah Project 

        b) Calling all artists, photographers and writers for special exhibit honouring the late Oscar Wolfman

        c)  New Mailing Address

        d)  Downtown Jewish Community School


4.  Other Items of Interest

       a) To Life! Retreat at Kavannah Garden

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


Join us for inclusive, innovative and truly egalitarian High Holy Days services

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


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


To view greetings from our spiritual leaders, and our board, our High Holy Days schedule and to purchase a membership and/or extra tickets to the Erev Rosh Hashanah Dinner, please visit our High Holy Days information page


YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS to Shir Libeynu are important!

Funds from membership and ticket sales,

and your donations, help pay for:

  • Monthly Shabbat services and the Kiddushes, where all are welcome. This includes the rental of the MNJCC chapel, the children's room, the kitchen and Kiddush room, the food and the staff for these Kiddushes
  • High Holy Day services, including rental of space at First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto
  • The children's holiday-themed activities at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, including a music session with Daniela and our Yom Kippur family service, led by Aviva
  • Free childcare available at all services for Shabbat and High Holy Days
  • A portion of our new children's and youth education programming, including our pre-Bar/ Bat Mitzvah initiatives
  • Adult education programming
  • Social and cultural events, including cabarets, literary events, film screenings and our participation at Pride Toronto (our community table and karaoke night with Kulanu) and during Holocaust Education Week
  • Materials for our choir
  • Holiday celebrations, such as our rousing Chanukah and Purim parties, our participation in Tikkun Leil Shavuot at the MNJCC and the annual Sukkot service
  • Monthly E-newsletter to more than 500 people
  • NEW THIS YEAR: Seasonal Oneg Shabbats on Friday evenings
  • Our Part-time Administrator
  • Part-time salaries for both our lay Rabbinic leader and our Chazzan/Music Coordinator
  • Other administrative costs, such as insurance and a post-office box
  • Endorsement of Heart to Heart, an annual project that brings Jewish and Arab Israeli youth together at an Ontario summer camp and in Toronto
  • Subsidies for members in need, including memberships, tickets and meals
  • Community help at times of illness and bereavement
  • Support from our liturgical leaders during significant lifecycle events, through difficult periods and for simchas

We are an inclusive and diverse congregation, welcoming families and individuals of all backgrounds, including multi-faith and LGBTQ.


To make a donation to Congregation Shir Libeynu,

please click here.



Upcoming Services


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Our Annual Musical Service

Saturday, August 4th

 10:30 a.m.




Co-led by our chazzan Daniela Gesundheit and long-time member Lorne Blumer, will be an alternative celebration of Shabbat featuring chanting and some quiet contemplation.


Please note that there will not be a Torah reading in August. 







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


Other Upcoming 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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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, attending a reception with all the youth and their Toronto friends on Thursday, July 26, or making a donation to the program. Please contact Dalia Krusner, Program Coordinator at for more information.


Attention All Shir Libeynu

artists, writers and storytellers

Call for submission; Fire & Renewal 2012

Juried Group Art Exhibition


From: Mahrokh Ahankhah, owner, Queen Gallery:


In remembrance of Oscar Wolfman, Queen Gallery is hosting an event to follow through with another curatorial project of his, which he began before his untimely death in late 2011. Queen Gallery hosted his first two exhibitions and would like to fulfill his wish for another event, as his memory is very much alive with us.


We would like to offer you, the artist, an opportunity to be a part of this juried group exhibition.

We hope to feature some of his work as well as artwork that he too would have chosen and admired. The show will take place in December, 2012, on the longest night of the year, just as he requested.


This is a tribute to Oscar, an artist who accented our lives and memories with his life and -artwork. We, therefore, would like to encourage any art-related recommendations you might have to make this event more colourful. We have already added storytelling to the program and would love to share your ideas as well.


If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact us at


For more information on Fire and Renewal 2012 and instructions on submitting your work for the exhibit, please click here.


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  




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.)



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
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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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Congregation Shir Libeynu

Our New Mailing Address:

P.O Box 73509

Toronto, Ontario, M6C 4A7