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E-Update November 28th, 2012
In This Edition 



1.  Shabbat Service This Weekend -- Saturday, December 1st, 2012


2.  Erev Chanukah/Shabbat -- Friday, December 14th, 2012


3.  Other Upcoming Shir Libeynu Events 


4.  Other Items of Interest




Our Next  Service

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Saturday, December 1st

10:30 a.m.


Come in from the cold and celebrate together with warmth and joy. Join us at our innovative, truly egalitarian and participatory Shabbat service, led by Aviva Goldberg and Daniela Gesundheit.


Our free childcare program will be

getting the kids into the Chanukah spirit

with crafts and stories about the holiday. 








in Chelm


Friday, December 14th

@ 6:00 p.m.

First Unitarian Congregation

in Sunderland Hall

175 St. Clair Avenue West

(at Avenue Road)



Make it a double mitzvah by

celebrating Chanukah AND Shabbat

with Congregation Shir Libeynu.


Sing and dance to Yiddish, Hebrew, Ladino and English tunes. The Jewstice League Klezmer Ensemble and their special guests and our chazzan, Daniela Gesundheit, will make for a magically musical evening.  






 Chant the brachot with our ritual leader, Aviva Goldberg. Light up the night by bringing your chanukiah from home. 





At Chanukah, the people of Chelm are sillier than ever.  Hear Eden tell tales of their (mis)adventures. 





Our light dairy dinner (with lots of latkes!) is being catered by Free Times Cafe. Cost: $20 per person ($5 for children younger than 13). All are welcome, but everybody must register by Tuesday, December 11th. After registering, you can pay online or bring cash or cheque to the event. 




Thank you to Gary A. Klein and Harriet Eisenkraft for their donation toward this event in honour of their daughter, Elise Eisenkraft Klein, recent graduate of McGill University (Bachelor of Arts, 2012, Jewish & Women's Studies) and a founding member of the Jewstice League Klezmer ensemble.


Last year we sold out.

Don't be foolish! Reserve now.






Shir Libeynu's AGM

Sunday, December 2nd @ 12:30 p.m.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre (750 Spadina Avenue)

Room 318


Our sixth Annual General Meeting is being held on Sunday, December 2nd, 2012. The meeting will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. and will run for one hour. The AGM is taking place in Room 318 (not Room 218, as previously announced) at the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre (750 Spadina Avenue at Bloor and Spadina).   All are welcome to attend, but only members may vote. Members 13 years or older (or post bar/bat mitzvah) are eligible to vote.


*NEW* Contemplative Shabbat Service

Friday, December 7th 

7:00 p.m.


The intention of this Erev Shabbat service is to help us quiet our minds, catch our breaths, and settle more deeply into themes of Jewish prayer. We'll be getting there through chanting, meditation and even some silence. We may also slip in a little joy.  No musical or chanting experience?  No problem!  All are welcome.


The service will be led by Lorne Blumer, along with contributions from others. Lorne took us through some guided meditations at this year's High Holy Day services, and has periodically co-led other services for Shir Libeynu.


Please note that child care will not be available for this service.


Chanukah Candle Lighting

Saturday, December 15th @ 6:00 p.m.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre (750 Spadina Avenue)


On the last night of Chanukah, join members of the Shir Libeynu choir as they light eight candles and sing Chanukah songs.




Fire & Renewal:

an Exhibit in Memory of Oscar Wolfman

Opening Thursday, December 6th, 2012

@ 6:30 p.m.

Queen Gallery

382 Queen Street East


In remembrance of Shir Libeynu member Oscar Wolfman, Queen Gallery is hosting Fire & Renewal, an event to follow through with another curatorial project of his. The show will feature some of Oscar's work as well as artwork that he would have chosen and admired.


Oscar was an artist who accented our lives and memories with his life and artwork. Oscar's identity as a gay man, a Jew, and the child of Holocaust survivors is reflected in his much of his work. Upon joining our congregation, he frequently invited members of Shir Libeynu to be his models.


The show opens on Thursday, December 6th (6:30 to 9:00 p.m.) and ends on Friday, December 21st -- the longest night of the year, just as Oscar requested.


At the opening on Thursday, December 6th, Aviva Goldberg, Ph.D., will speak about her ongoing scholarly investigation of Oscar's oeuvre and Eden Nameri will tell a story in Oscar's memory.


DJCS  Winter Clothing Drive for Ve'ahavta


The Grade Seven class at the Downtown Jewish Community School will be in the foyer of the MNJCC on Sunday, December 2nd, collecting warm clothing, especially for adults. Warm coats, sweaters, pants, hats, mitts, blankets are needed; toiletries are also being collected. Please help out the most vulnerable members of the community by bringing these items to our AGM on Sunday, December 2nd.

Ve'ahavta is a Canadian humanitarian and relief organization that is motivated by the Jewish value of tzedakah - the obligation to do justice - by assisting the needy locally and abroad through volunteerism, education, and acts of kindness, while building bridges between Jews and other peoples, worldwide.


Drive for Dreidels


Please help Jewish Family and Child Services ensure that ALL Jewish children in Toronto celebrate Chanukah this year. Drop off new, unwrapped toys, books or games at the lobby of the MNJCC or contact JFC&S about  purchasing gift cards or making a donation.  Details about Drive for Dreidels.




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.

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