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E-Update July 30th, 2012
In This Edition 

1. Next Shabbat Service 


2. Other Upcoming Services


3. High Holy Days at Shir Libeynu


4. Other Shir Libeynu News 

        a) Snowblink Concert and New Album

        b) Fire & Renewal 2012: call for submissions for an exhibit in honour of Oscar Wolfman

        c)  New Mailing Address

        d)  Downtown Jewish Community School


5.  Other Items of Interest

       a) To Life! Retreat at Kavannah Garden

       bJF&CS In Urgent Need of Adoptive Home for 8-Year-Old Child



Our Next  Service


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Our Annual Musical Service

Saturday, August 4th

 10:30 a.m.


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


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 Services


Saturday, September 1st
Don't miss our end-of-summer, back-to-shul service.
Saturday, October 6th
Join us for a Sukkot-themed Shabbat 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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For inclusive, innovative and truly egalitarian High Holy Days services,  please visit our High Holy Days information page to purchase a membership and/or tickets.

Also on view: our High Holy Days schedule, greetings from our spiritual leaders and our board and information on our ever-popular Erev Rosh Hashanah Dinner.



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.



Other Shir Libeynu News 

Snowblink: A Concert and A New Album


Our Chazzan, Daniela Gesundheit, will be performing
with her group Snowblink at the 
Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West, Toronto)
on August 8th and will preview new material from
her upcoming record Inner Classics,
available September 11th on Arts & Crafts Records.


Attention All Shir Libeynu artists, sculptors, photographers, storytellers and writers.



Juried Group Art Exhibition



In remembrance of our late member, Oscar Wolfman, Queen Gallery, which hosted his first two exhibitions, is following through with a curatorial project Oscar began before his death in late 2011. 


Members of the Shir Libeynu community are being offered an opportunity to be a part of this juried group exhibition. Fire & Renewal hopes to feature some of Oscar's 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.


Queen Gallery would would like to encourage any art-related recommendations you might have that would make this tribute to Oscar --  an artist who accented our lives and memories with his life and artwork -- even more colourful. Please send your ideas, questions or suggestions to


For more information on Fire & 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 supplementary Jewish education. 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.  




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 3V3    

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.


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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