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E-Update May 27th, 2013
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1. Next Shabbat Service - Shabbat Morning Service/Doran Hazzan Green Bar Mitzvah - Saturday, June 1, 2013 at First Unitarian Congregation 


PLEASE NOTE: Due to a bar mitzvah, our June 1st Shabbat service does NOT take place in our usual location, the chapel of the MNJCC, but at the First Unitarian Congregation building (175 St. Clair Ave. West, near Avenue Rd.), where we hold our High Holy Days services. Please see below for details.


2. Upcoming Services

a)  PRIDE Oneg Shabbat - Friday, June 7, 2013

b)  Meditative Afternoon Service - Saturday, June 22, 2013

c)  Other Upcoming Services


3.  *NEW FEATURE* Help Wanted 

a)  Heart to HeartNextService



  Our Next  Service


Shabbat Morning Service and Bar Mitzvah


Saturday, June 1st, 2013 @ 10:30 a.m.


First Unitarian Congregation

175 St. Clair Avenue West


Doran Sergei Hazzan Green,
 Marc Green and Arlene Hazzan Green, will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah.


This special service will include the participation of Doran's family. As well, Doran will be presented with a gift on behalf of the congregation. Please join us for Congregation Shir Libeynu's first official bar mitzvah.  


All are welcome.


In honour of Doran's bar mitzvah,
the Greens and the Hazzans invite everyone to the Kiddush lunch served after the service.


Our free childcare program will include crafts and stories.


Please note that this service takes place at First Unitarian Congregation, 175 St. Clair Ave. West.Pride





It's our first-ever Oneg Shabbat in celebration of Pride! 
All members of the LGBT community as well as friends and allies are welcome. However, we do require an RSVP by Tuesday, June 4th.

Click here to RSVP to our PRIDOneg Shabbat.



Meditative Shabbat Afternoon Service 


Saturday, June 22nd, 2013 @ 4:30 p.m.


Miles Nadal JCC 

 750 Spadina Avenue @  Bloor

Michael Bernstein Chapel



This meditative service, anchored by Lorne Blumer, will provide an opportunity to enjoy some Shabbat stillness through chanting, silence and some guided meditation. All are welcome. 


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


Light refreshments will be served afterward.




Shabbat Morning Services


Stay tuned for further details on Shabbat morning services taking place this summer:


Saturday, July 6 -- Musical service led by Daniela Gesundheit and Lorne Blumer 


Saturday, August 3 -- Bar Mitzvah of Kingsley Dworin, son of Ruth Dworin


These services will take place

at 10:30 a.m. on



The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre750 Spadina Avenue @ Bloor and Spadina(across from Spadina Station) in the Michael Bernstein Chapel on the 3rd floor









Last year, Congregation Shir Libeynu was one of only two synagogues in the GTA that was a supporter of Heart to Heart, a program that brings a group of Jewish and Palestinian Israeli youth from Israel to a three-week co-existence program hosted by Camp Shomria, a lake-side sleepaway camp in Northern Ontario. This outdoor camping environment is ideal for fostering dialogue, group building, experiential learning and leadership training for this group of teenagers who have taken on the responsibility of moving forward on a path they will forge together. 


There are THREE ways to help Shir Libeynu support this important program: 

  • Be A Host Family

Heart to Heart is looking for families to host two or more participants each, from Wednesday, July 31st to Saturday, August 3rd, 2013. This commitment mainly consists of providing participants with a comfortable place to sleep and several meals. 

  • Sponsorship of Activities

There are many activities included in the program's four-day visit to Ottawa and Toronto. Full or partial sponsorship of any of these activities, or of the cost per participant to run the program, would go a long way towards helping make Heart to Heart as amazing as possible! Details can be found on Heart to Heart's Donate page


  • Attend the Heart to Heart Reception

A community reception open to the public will be held on the evening of Wednesday July 31st, 2013. This is an opportunity to hear the participants speak about their experiences with the program and a chance to mingle and talk with the program participants and organizers. Further details TBD.


For more information on any of these options, please contact program coordinator Dalia Krusner by email or by phone at 647-829-9812. 


For more detailed information on the Heart to Heart program, please read the attached brochure.SLPeople









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.

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


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.