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E-Update Dec. 31, 2013
In This Edition 


1. Upcoming Shir Libeynu Services

a) This Saturday, January 4, 2014,  10:30 a.m.: Shabbat Morning Service at the MNJCC 

b) Other upcoming services 


2. Help Wanted

      a) Kiddush help for our upcoming services


3. Other Shir Libeynu Item

a) Jewish Learning Program - Inclusive Practices: No Shir Libeynite Left Behind, Saturday, January 4, 2014, 12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the MNJCC   


4. Another Item of Interest

        a) Tehilah:The Music of Prayer - Sunday, January 12, 1:00 p.m. - 6 p.m.



Our Next Shabbat Morning Service  



January 4, 2014 / 3 Sh`vat, 5774

@ 10:30 a.m.


 Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Michael Bernstein Memorial Chapel (3rd floor)

750 Spadina Avenue (@ Bloor)

Join us for the first service of the secular new year.  Co-led by our c
hazzan, Daniela Gesundheit, and our member, Lorne Blumer, the service will include the chanting of the parsha (Torah portion) Bo.

 Shabbat: The Junior Edition

Brachot (blessings) are a way to make everyday things special.
Learn how to say them, what they mean and why they are
important. Rebecca will lead crafts and other activities and
Eden will tell stories. At the end of the service, teach the grown
ups what you learned.


  A Kiddush lunch will be served afterwards.






Other Upcoming Services


Shabbat Morning Services


February 1, March 1, and April 5

@ 10:30 a.m.



Our inclusive, egalitarian and participatory Shabbat morning services are led by our ritual leader, Aviva Goldberg (unless otherwise noted) and our chazzan, Daniela Gesundheit (her schedule permitting). A free educational children's program is offered during morning services. All are welcome at the Kiddush lunch served immediately afterwards.


Watch for further details about our upcoming Shabbat morning services.



Contemplative Shabbat Services


February 15, April 19, and June 7

Time(s) to be confirmed

(Please note the February service is on the 15th, not the 25th, as was originally announced. All dates may be subject to change; updates will be provided.)
Shir Libeynu is offering a four-part series of contemplative Shabbat services. In addition to the service being held this Saturday, three more contemplative services will be held in 2014. Through music and chanting, with some grounding in silence, we catch our breaths, we pray, and find innovative ways to navigate our way to the pleasures of connecting to the here and now, to Shabbat and to community.
These services are led by Lorne Blumer, with the assistance of fellow Shir Libeynu soul jammers Justine Apple, Helen Bauer, Lorne Gould, Harvey Weisfeld and Penny Winestock.
Light refreshments are served after each service. There is currently no childcare available during the contemplative services.

All services take place at 

 Miles Nadal Jewish Community CentreHelp

Michael Bernstein Memorial Chapel (3rd floor)

750 Spadina Avenue (@ Bloor)





Kiddush Helpers for Shabbat Morning Services


 Saturday, February 1 or Saturday, March 1

We need energetic people to come in a little early to help our board volunteer and our staff person prepare for the kiddush(es) and clean up afterwards.  Help would be required from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. AND 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. This is a great way to get involved and to give back. 
Community service hours available for high school students.

Please email if you would like to volunteer for the February or March Kiddush.





 Inclusive Practices:

No Shir Libeynite Left Behind

This is an informal series of Jewish learning workshops on various topics that our members say are important and relevant to them.  They will take place after the Kiddushes, in the chapel, starting at 12:45 p.m. and ending at 2 p.m. You do not need expertise in any of these topics in order to participate. If they are of interest to you, please join us whether or not you make it to the Shabbat service in the morning.


 *THIS* Saturday: Tu B'Shvat: The New Year of the Trees


Go beyond Hebrew school memories of sponsoring the planting of a tree in Israel and learn about Tu B'Shvat, the midwinter New Year of the Trees.


Led by longtime member Charlie Lior, who has frequently conducted services and study groups.


Here is a list of upcoming workshops, subject to change:    


February:  Finding Your Way Around The Basic Structures of the Prayer Book - led by Aviva;


March: Torah Study - The Parsha and Its Connection to Pesach Ritual - Connecting to Passover - led by Aviva;


April: Tefillah 101 - Innovation/Appropriation in Jewish Ritual, led by Aviva, with the participation of other members;


May:  Torah Study, Facilitator TBA;


September:  Finding Your Way Around the Machzor (High Holy Days Prayer Book), led by Aviva.









Sunday, January 12, 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Hosted by Aviva Chernick 


Celebrate Shabbat Shira - the Sabbath of Song - with an afternoon of melodies and midrash, of concert and conversations. Choose from creative workshops, song circles, and intimate conversations with community prayer leaders, then close out the day with a musical mincha


This program will feature many local Jewish musicians and prayer leaders, including Shir Libeynu's chazzan, Daniela Gesundheit. Daniela will be co-leading "Sing, Pray Learn : A Song Circle", from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. ,and will be participating in the interactive panel "Between Tradition and Innovation," from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. 


$15 in advance, $20 at the door

To register, call 416-924-6211 x0


Click here for further details, including the schedule. 


  Need more information? Please contact us at: or at (416) 465-5488


Congregation Shir Libeynu

Our 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 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 He
brew 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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