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E-Update October 28th, 2013
In This Edition 


1. Upcoming Shir Libeynu Service

 a) This Saturday: Shabbat Morning Service - Saturday, November 2nd at the MNJCC 


2. Help Wanted

a) Moving Mitzvah


3. Other Items of Interest

a) Raise the Roof: A Fundraiser Featuring Jewstice League Klezmer Ensemble - Tuesday, October 29th

 b) S. Bear Bergman at the International Festival of Authors - Sunday, November 3rd Next

 c) Shir Libeynu Goes to the Theatre - Sunday, December 22nd


Our Next Service  






November 2, 2013 / 29 Cheshvan, 5774

@ 10:30 a.m.


 Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Michael Bernstein Memorial Chapel (3rd floor)

750 Spadina Avenue (@ Bloor)



If you became a member of Shir Libeynu for the first time these past High Holy Days (or came back as a member after many years away), this service will celebrate your commitment.


A Kiddush lunch will be served afterwards.




Shabbat: The Junior Edition


We will be making tzedakah
boxes to collect coins to help those in need. We'll talk about the many ways we can make a difference by helping people.


This free children's program will run during the service.


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







Help Wanted


Moving Mitzvah


Shir Libeynu member Barbara Center could use some help with her upcoming move -- before and after. Barbara needs assistance with packing and cleaning up her current apartment on Saturday, November 2 (come by after shul!) and on Sunday, November 3, as well as help unpacking at her new place on Sunday, November 10.


 If you think you can lend a hand, please call Barbara at  416-960-5234.

High School Students:


Earn credit towards your community hours requirement by helping Barbara out.





Other Items of Interest


(Items listed in this section have been included at the request of Shir Libeynu participants and/or are considered to potentially be of interest to our congregation. Listed items are not necessarily endorsed by Congregation Shir Libeynu or its members. Listings appear at the discretion of the newsletter editor.)sukkahville



We have  a triple-header of arts offerings from members of Shir Libeynu. Try to catch them all!


Jewstice League Klezmer Ensemble Featured at Raise the Roof

Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas Street West)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 @ 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)




Jewstice League Klezmer Ensemble -- its members include Shir Libeynu-ites Jeremy Aranoff, Jesse Guttman and Elise Eisenkraft Klein -- is one of five bands playing tomorrow night at a benefit for Toronto Friends of Refugees. Jewstice League played at our Chanukah party last year and at our Augsut bar mitzvah. Click here for more details and/or to purchase tickets.berg
S. Bear Bergman at the International Festival of Authors
Sunday, November 3 @ 11 a.m.
Harbourfront Centre  



Our member S. Bear Bergman's recent performance of his one-person show,  Machatunim: A Suite of Stories About Making Queer Jewish Family, had the audience laughing and crying and, quite literally, shouting "Amen!" Shir Libeynu  was proud to be its presenter. Bear will be be reading from his most recent work, Blood, Wine, Marriage & Glitter, at the International Festival of Authors. Click here for futher details and/or to buy  tickets. 

Shir Libeynu Goes to the Theatre

The Musical of Musicals: The Musical

Panasonic Theatre (651 Yonge Street)

Sunday, December 22 @ 7 p.m.


The Musicals of Musicals: The Musical, will be at the Panasonic Theatre from December 18 to January 4. Join the already sizeable Shir Libeynu contingent at the 7 p.m. performance on Sunday, December 22.  After the show, we will all go out for dinner together.
Tickets to the performance can be purchased through this link (remember, it's Sunday, December 22 at 7 p.m., NOT at 2 p.m.). Try the code MORESHOWS (all caps) for a substantial discount. Let us know when your tickets are purchased and we'll make sure you have up-to-date information about the post-show dinner.






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 one  Saturday morning of each month, in the Michael Bernstein Chapel, on the 3rd floor of the Miles Nadal JCC, followed by a Kiddush. A free Shabbat program is offered for children during 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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Congregation Shir Libeynu

Our Mailing Address:

P.O Box 73509

Toronto, Ontario, M6C 4A7