Shir Libeynu Logo
E-Update July 2nd, 2013
In This Edition 


1. Next Shabbat Service -  THIS Saturday, July 6, 2013


2. Other Shir Libeynu Items

a)  Upcoming Services

b)  High Holy Days at Shir Libeynu

c)  Shir Libeynu's Recent Bar Mitzvah Hits the Blogosphere 


3. Help Wanted 

a)  Kiddush Volunteer for August Service 

b)  Heart to Heart: A Co-Existence Program for Jewish and Palestinian Israeli Youth


b)  Camp Nehirim 


Our Next Service

Saturday, July 6, 2013

10:30 a.m.

 Michael Bernstein Chapel (3rd floor)

MNJCC (750 Spadina Avenue)


Please join us for some summertime joy at our annual, musical service, led by chazzan Daniela Gesundheit and member Lorne Blumer, along with other musical members of the Shir Libeynu communityAll willing voices are welcome.
Please note that there will be no Torah reading during this month's service.
For the early(ish) risers among you, there will be a 9:30 a.m. meditation in the chapel. We'll find our way into a prayerful state through silence, some chanting and working with the Birkot HaShachar (Morning Blessings).
Our free childcare program will include crafts and stories.OtherSLItems 

A Kiddush lunch is served at noon.


Other Shir Libeynu Items




Our monthly morning  services begin at 10:30 a.m.


Saturday, August 3rd

 Everyone is invited to the Bar Mitzvah of Kingsley Dworin, son of Ruth Dworin.


Saturday, September 21st

Join us for a special Sukkot Shabbat.


Please note that there is no service on Saturday, September 7th.

Further details of these services will be forthcoming.


A Kiddush lunch takes place immediately after services. 
Free childcare is 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.Blog


Shir Libeynu's Recent Bar Mitzvah Hits the Blogosphere

On Saturday, June 1st, 2013, Shir Libeynu helped celebrate the bar mitzvah of Doran Hazzan Green. Here is what blogger Ruth Malloy (Toronto Muticultural Calendar) had to say about the bar mitzvah of Doran.Help




  Kiddush Helper for Shabbat Morning Service

Saturday, August 3rd


We need an energetic person to come in a little early to help our board volunteer and our staff person prepare for the bar mitzvah 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.


HeartPlease email if you would like to volunteer for the August Kiddush.



Heart to Heart

A Co-Existence Program for Jewish and Palestinian Israeli  Youth

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

Wednesday,  July 31st at 7:00 p.m.
Noor Cultural Centre, 123 Wynford Drive 

Guest speaker: Patrick Martin, Jerusalem-based Middle East bureau chief for the Globe and Mail

A community Iftar meal to be served at sun down 
(approximately 8:45 p.m.)


Donations by attendees encouraged

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. 


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


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


KingsleyTzedeah*NEW FEATURE*


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.KingsleyProject


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.


Click to read more
With his Bar Mitzvah coming up, Kingsley Dworin has been busy studying and preparing. He is also making a difference in the world by participating in a Tzedekah project to help NOLA, an organization that rescues and places dogs in loving homes and advocates for just treatment of animals. He has already helped raise funds for the group through Puppy Love, an event at St. Alban's Club, and he continues to volunteer for NOLA (New Orleans Lab Rescue). 




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

UJA's Southern Alberta Flood Relief Fund


In the wake of the devastating floods that have submerged parts of southern Alberta, including large sections of Calgary, United Jewish Appeal of Greater Toronto has established the UJA Southern Alberta Flood Relief Fund to assist beleaguered flood victims.


Funds raised by UJA's Southern Alberta Flood Relief Fund will go to those victims requiring immediate assistance such as temporary housing, as well as for food, drinking water, blankets, hygiene kits, cleanup efforts, and more.


To contribute to UJA's Southern Alberta Flood Relief Fund, please click here or call 416-631-5705.



Camp Nehirim for Nice Jewish Boys & Their Friends
August 21-25, 2013


It's the gayest Jewish summer camp ever!ญญญ Now in its fourth year, the Nehirim Summer Camp is five days of swimming, hiking, volleyball, river tubing, campfires, hot tubbing, cookouts, delicious food, inspiring workshops, and that special Nehirim ruach (spirit) of community and spirituality. Imagine the best of Jewish summer camp... but everyone's gay!



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.
High Holy Days
at Shir Libeynu