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E-Update February 25th, 2013
In This Edition 


1. Next Shabbat Service - This Saturday, March 2, 2013


2. Other Upcoming Services

a)  Contemplative Shabbat Service - March 9, 2013

b)  Shabbat Morning Service - Saturday, April 6, 2013

c)  Announcements at Services

d)  Our Songs and Prayers Online


3. New Feature: Help Wanted


4.  Community Announcements 

 a)  How-To Passover Seder: 101 Ideas to Maximize Participation and Customize Your Own Passover Seder -- Sunday, March 3, 2013 


5. New Feature: Shir Libeynu People




Our Next  Service


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Saturday, March 2, 2013

10:30 a.m.


Please join us for an even-more-joyous-than-usual post-Purim Shabbat service.


Our free childcare program will include Purim activities, a lively, interactive rendition of the Story of Esther and a costume parade.



Our regular services usually take place at 10:30 a.m. on the FIRST SATURDAY of the MONTH 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








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.

Light refreshments will be served afterward.


Springtime Shabbat

 Saturday, April 6, 2013 @ 10:30 a.m.


Celebrate the renewal of spring by attending our April service.

Our free childcare program includes crafts and stories.

A Kiddush lunch will follow the service.

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.


Our Songs and Prayers On Line


Shir Libeynu means "song of our hearts," so music is an important part of all of our services. Our website provides live streaming of our chazzan, Daniela Gesundheit, singing a number of the songs, prayers and chants that make our Shabbat services so special. Daniela includes possible variations, including suggestions for singing harmony.

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. Please keep an eye out for ways to pitch in.




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

How-To Passover Seder:

101 Ideas to Maximize Participation and Customize Your Own Passover Seder


Enrichment for Veterans and Novices, for Grandparents and Parents


Featuring Noam Zion, author of A Night to Remember: The Haggadah of Contemporary Voices


Sunday, March 3

9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Miles Nadal JCC ( 750 Spadina Ave at Bloor)


Discover how to transform the Passover experience: questions, stories, topics to debate, photographs, humorous and thought-provoking illustrations, and a free take-home Seder planner. Come dispel five big misconceptions, and liberate the Seder to reach its potential.

Noam's books will be for sale on discount at the event.


For more information or to reserve a space,

contact Yudit Timbo

Noam Zion, a fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute, has an ABD in philosophy from Columbia University . His numerous publications include: A Different Night: The Family Participation Haggadah, A Different Light: The Big Book of Hanukkah and A Day Apart: Shabbat at Home and A Night to Remember: A Haggadah of Contemporary Voices.



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