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E-Update January 28th, 2013
In This Edition 


1. Next Shabbat Service 


2. Other Upcoming Services

            a) (Post) Purim Service - March 2, 2013

            b) Contemplative Shabbat Service - March 9, 2013

            c) Announcements at Services


3. New Feature: Help Wanted

            a) Hamentashen Request


4.  Community Announcements 

a) Jewish LGBTQ Speed Dating Event - Thursday, February 7, 2013

b) Purim Carnival - Sunday, February 24, 2013


 5. New Feature: Shir Libeynu People




Our Next  Service


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Saturday, February 2, 2013

10:30 a.m.


Come in from the cold for a warm, participatory Shabbat service.


In this week's parsha (Torah portion), Yitro, Moses receives the Ten Commandments. Aviva Goldberg will be leading the service and providing commentary on the original Top Ten List. 





Our regular services usually take place at 10:30 a.m. on the


 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








Our (Post) Purim Service

Saturday, March 2, 2013 @ 10:30 a.m.


Our March service will continue the topsy-turvy fun of Purim by celebrating it just a little late. Child care will include special Purim activities.

ContemplativeA Kiddush lunch will follow the service.


Contemplative Shabbat Service

Saturday, March 9, 2013 @ 4:30 p.m.



Shir Libeynu is happy to offer another contemplative service: an opportunity to enjoy some Shabbat stillness, and maybe even settle into a prayerful state, through chanting, silence and a little guided meditation. With any luck, a soulful time will be had by all. No experience with singing, meditation or even prayer? No problem! All are welcome. The service will again be anchored by Lorne Blumer, co-leading with Justine Apple, Helen Bauer, Harvey Weisfeld, and Penny Winestock


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


Announcements at Services


As our congregation grows, our practice of inviting individuals to make announcements at the end of services has become increasingly unwieldy. In order to ensure that people can effectively share their interests, instead of oral announcements, space will be provided on a table in the kiddush room for flyers or brochures congregants wish to display, as is done at High Holy Days.


Please drop any materials off on the table opposite the door of the Kiddush room and collect any leftover copies before you leave. Advertised items are not necessarily endorsed by Congregation Shir Libeynu or its members and, in the event that materials pose a potential conflict for Shir Libeynu, including scheduling issues, you may be asked to remove the promotional material.


Services take place at

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





This new section will let you know how you can help out at Shir Libeynu - one project at a time.

Calling All Bakers: Hamentashen Needed

To make our (Post) Purim Kiddush truly festive, we need lots of hamentashen. If you are willing make and bring in some Purim pastries, please email Harriet, our Shabbat coordinator.

Multiple volunteers are welcome - if four people make two dozen each, we will all enjoy a sweet celebration.




Announcements in this section appear at the discretion of the newsletter editor to help promote Shir Libeynu's community partners and other organizations.


3rd Annual Jewish LGBT Speed Dating

Thursday, February 7, 2013 


Come meet your match at the 3rd Annual LGBT Jewish speed dating. It will be taking place at The Vic Public House (580 Church Street). Approximately a dozen four-minute speed dates! Age categories: 19 to 34 and 35+. Groups are divided by gender. Cost is only $10 and includes vegetarian hors d'oeuvres and a free drink. Co-hosted by Kulanu Toronto and LGBTQ Jews.

Register at 7:00 p.m. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. sharp

Spaces are limited, so RSVP today to The deadline is January 31, 2013.

Payment is accepted online. Join the event page on Facebook for more details! 




MNJCC Purim Carnival

Sunday, February 24, 2013

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. @ the MNJCC

(750 Spadina @ Bloor)



Put on your favourite costume and come to the MNJCC's annual community Purim carnival! Musicians, games, prizes, hamentashen and special guests. Check in for upcoming details.





This new section will provide a chance for our congregants to get to know more about each other. If you are engaged in a project, have an interest, have experienced a life cycle event or know of a congregant who has, please let us know. We request that submissions be in before the THIRD MONDAY of the month. Editorial considerations include -- but are not limited to -- length of items, scheduling of listed events, frequency of submissions, and generality of interest.

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