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E-Update June 20th, 2013
In This Edition 


1. Upcoming Services  

a)  Contemplative Shabbat Afternoon Service - This Saturday, June 22, 2013

b)  Shabbat Morning Services


2. High Holy Days at Shir Libeynu 


3.  Other Shir Libeynu Items

a) Our First Pride Oneg Shabbat

b)  Help Wanted - Volunteers for July & August services and Pride 2014


4.  Shir Libeynu People

a)  Paula Wolfson in The Musical of Musicals: The Musical


5.  Community Announcements

a)  Kulanu at Pride

b)  Grand Slam - A pre-Pride fundraising party Upcoming



Upcoming Services


 A Contemplative Shabbat Service

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013 @ 4:00 p.m.

Please note the service does not begin at 4:30 p.m. as originally announced
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

750 Spadina Avenue @ Bloor


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.


Light refreshments will be served afterward.shabbatMorning





Saturday, July 6 - Musical service led by our chazzan, Daniela Gesundheit, and longtime member Lorne Blumer

Saturday, August 3 - Bar Mitzvah of Kingsley Dworin, son of Ruth Dworin, led by Aviva Goldberg, our liturgical leader


Please note that there is no service on Saturday, September 7. Instead, our September service will take place on the morning of Saturday, September 21 and will include a celebration of Sukkot.

Further details of these services will be forthcoming.


Services begin at 10:30 a.m.


A kiddush lunch will take place immediately after the service. Free childcare will be provided.


The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

750 Spadina Avenue @ Bloor and Spadina (across from Spadina Station)

in the Michael Bernstein Chapel on the 3rd floorHH






Memberships to Congregation Shir Libeynu, which include admission to all High Holy Day services, are now on sale. Please use our on-line form to place your order.


NEW this year: 

  • A $30 membership fee for those 30 and under, regardless of their study status or whether they are living with their parents;
  •  Expanded criteria for automatic qualification for Limited Income status;
  • Single-service tickets (i.e. either day of Rosh Hashanah; Kol Nidrei or Yom Kippur morning). These will go on sale in mid-August, subject to availability.

 Shir Libeynu continues to offer: 

Please be a part of Shir Libeynu in 5774 by buying your membership today.Otherupcom



Our First Pride Oneg Shabbat

On Friday, June 7th, Congregation Shir Libeynu held its first Pride Oneg Shabbat, co-presented with Kulanu Toronto. With prayers, readings and songs both traditional and contemporary, our liturgical leader, Aviva Goldberg, and our chazzan, Daniela Gesundheit, conducted a service that celebrated the arrival of Shabbat and of Pride Month.


The joyousness of the evening was tempered by the realization that in many countries, there can be no such celebration and that people who openly identify as LGBT do so at great risk.The members of our Pride Committee took turns introducing speakers from organizations that are active in assisting LGBT refugees in escaping from hostile 
Volunteerscountries and settling into a safe space: Iranian Railroad for Queer & Refugees (IRQR)The Rainbow Railroad and Group of 5.    Continue Reading



  Kiddush Helper for Shabbat Morning Services

Saturday, July 5 and/or Saturday, August 3

We need an energetic person to come in a little early to help our board volunteer and our staff person prepare for the Kiddush and clean up afterwards.  Help would be required from 9:30 -10:30 a.m. AND 1:00 to 2:00  p.m. This is a great way to get involved and to give back. We also give credit to high school students for their community hours requirement. 


Please email if you would like to volunteer for one or both of our summer Kiddushes.



Pride 2014: It's Sooner Than You Think


In 2014, Toronto is hosting World Pride. Help make
Shir Libeynu an international sensation by
signing up now  to help organize Shir Libeynu's participation in the 2014 Pride parade, as well as other Pride events.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 ofWolfson items, scheduling of listed events, frequency of submissions, and generality of interest.

Paula Wolfson, a longtime member who sometimes does chazzanut for Shir Libeynu, writes

If the rain is getting you down, maybe I can cheer you July...!

The Musical of Musicals: The Musical

I'm very excited to be in rehearsals for The Musical of Musicals: The Musical (it's a musical...!) with Vinetta Strombergs at the directorial helm, Michael Mulrooney snapping the musical whip, and featuring  Mark Cassius, Adrian Marchuk, Dana Jean Phoenix and ME.


We're part of the 25th Annual Toronto Fringe Fest, on the comfy Factory Theatre mainstage, July 3 to 14. Tickets go on sale now.







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

Kulanu At Pride

Kulanu Toronto, the Jewish LGBTQ social group, invites Congregation Shir Libeynu to join Kulanu and its supporters in the Pride parade on Sunday, June 30th. For updated information on the parade as well a number of other Pride-related events, including its pub night on Saturday, June 29th, please visit Kulanu's website.


GrandSlamThe Grand Slam: A pre-Pride fundraising party!

Sunday, June 23rd
3 to 8 p.m.
1430 Yonge Street (at St. Clair Avenue)


Spend a Wimbledon-themed Sunday afternoon on a penthouse terrace, enjoying herbal cocktails and cucumber sandwiches. Slam
Group of 5 has partnered with Rainbow Railroad on a special project to raise emergency funds to help individual LGBT people from Jamaica escape extremely violent and dangerous situations. Rainbow Railroad has a number of urgent cases that need help right now.  

Tickets are $75 and include beverages, berries and cream and fun in the sun.



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 see some recent donations from our generous community.


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


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