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E-Update July 28th, 2013
In This Edition 


1. Next Shabbat Service - Saturday, August 3, 2013 - Bar Mitzvah of Kingsley Dworin


2.  Other Shir Libeynu Items

a)   High Holy Days at Shir Libeynu - Just a little more than a month away 

b)  Upcoming Services


3. Help Wanted 

a)   Kiddush Volunteer for September Service


 4. Other Event of Interest

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


Our Next Service


Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

10:30 a.m.

 Michael Bernstein Chapel (3rd floor)


750 Spadina Avenue


Photo by Daniel Eisenkraft Klein


Kingsley Lionel McDonald Dworin, son of Ruth Dworin, wil be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah.
All are welcome.

In honur of Kingsley's bar mitzvah, his mother, Ruth, invites everyone to the Kiddush lunch after the service.
In order to facilitate set up and ordering, RSVPs would be greatly appreciated. If possible, please let us know via email by Wednesday, July 31st, whether or not you plan to attend Kingsley's bar mitzvah.

Our free childcare program will include crafts and stories


Other Shir Libeynu Items



Just a little more than a month away


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: 

  • Participatory, engaging and joyous High Holy Day services from Erev Rosh Hashanah through Neilah, including our popular Erev Rosh Hashanah dinner (menu details coming soon)
  • Reasonably-priced memberships and tickets
  • The dynamic liturgical leadership of our ritual leader, Aviva Goldberg, and our chazzan, Daniela Gesundheit
  • The energetic participation of our hands-on Board of Directors
  • Free child care with themed holiday activities
Please be a part of Shir Libeynu in 5774 by buying your membership today.





Contemplative Service on the Shabbat morning before Rosh Hashanah

Saturday, August 31st @ 10:30 a.m. 


If you've found yourself in the past walking into shul on Rosh Hashanah and wishing you'd been readier for the High Holy Days - perhaps emotionally or spiritually - this contemplative service could be for you.  Led by Lorne Blumer and Helen Bauer, we will endeavour to ready ourselves that much more for the approaching Days of Awe.

 Please note that there is no childcare available at this service.

Light refreshments will be served afterwards. 




Shabbat Sukkot Service
Saturday, September 21st @ 10:30 a.m.

This celebration of the harvest festival of Sukkot will include a visit to the rooftop sukkah, weather permitting.


Our free childcare program will include Sukkot-themed crafts and stories.


A Kiddush lunch will be served afterwards. 




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


The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

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

in the Michael Bernstein Chapel on the 3rd floorHelp




  Kiddush Helper for Shabbat Morning Service

Saturday, September 21st


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.


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




Heart to Heart

A Co-Existence Program for Jewish and Palestinian Israeli  Youth

Heart to Heart is 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. Congregation Shir Libeynu is proud to be an organizational sponsor of Heart to Heart again this year.


The 17 participants have already spent about ten days together at Camp Shomria, and as these videos show, the experience has fostered dialogue, group building and experiential learning. 


The teens from Heart to Heart will be spending their last few days in Canada visiting Toronto and Ottawa. On Wednesday, July 31st, there will be a community reception in their honour at Noor Cultural Centre.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.  The guest speaker wil be Patrick Martin, Jerusalem-based Middle East bureau chief for the Globe and Mail. The reception includes a communal meal of Iftar, the traditional breaking of the fast each evening during Ramadan.


Although registration for the reception is officially closed, if you would like to attend, please email Dalia Krusner  by the afternoon of Monday, July 29th at the latest. Numbers are required for catering and for place settings. Please note that although this is a free event, donations on line and at the door are most gratefully accepted (the suggested amout for attendees is $25 each).


The Heart to Heart Reception


Wednesday,  July 31st from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Noor Cultural Centre, 123 Wynford Drive (off the DVP and Eglinton Avenue East)


Help Shir Libeynu help this important program!


Last year, Shir Libeynu was one of only two synagogues supporting this program. It is wonderful to see that this year, its support has been more widespread. However, Heart to Heart is not quite halfway towards its fundrasing goal for 2013. Please consider ensuring  the present and future success of this amazing program by making a donation.
For more information, 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.






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 Lac-Mégantic Relief Fund


Just after 1 a.m. on Saturday, July 6, a runaway tanker train carrying crude oil derailed in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. Subsequent explosions destroyed half the downtown, leaving at least 33 dead, over 2,000 evacuated from their homes, and 17 reported missing. 


Adhering to the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), UJA of Greater Toronto has established the Lac-Mégantic Disaster Relief Fund to provide immediate aid where it is needed the most.


One hundred percent of all proceeds collected by UJA of Greater Toronto for this fund will be directed to relief efforts on the ground through the Red Cross and other effective channels, in coordination with Montreal's Jewish Federation.


To contribute to UJA's Lac-Mégantic Relief Fund,
please visit or call 416-631-5705.CampNeh





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


It's the gayest Jewish summer camp ever!­­­ 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.
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