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Shir Libeynu E-update July 2, 2014

1. Upcoming services 

a) Saturday, July 5th, Shabbat Morning Service @ 10:30 a.m. at the MNjcc

b) Other Summer Services 

 

2.   We Need To Hear From You - Canada's New Anti-Spam Law 

 

3.  
High Holy Days 2014/5775: Our 
Chai 
Year!!!!

 

4.  World Pride Parade 2014

 

5.  Food and Drink at Shir Libeynu 

a) Kiddush Policy

b) Help Wanted: Food Contributions to Kiddushes

 

6.  Shir Libeynu Partnership Event: Heart to Heart Community Reception 

 

Upcoming Services
 
Our Next Service 
 

Shabbat Morning Service 

Saturday, July 5 @ 10:30 a.m.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

750 Spadina Avenue 

 

Join us this Saturday for a summer morning service, led by Aviva Goldberg, with Paula Wolfson providing chazzanut. We will read parshat Balak - the Torah portion with an angel, a stubborn donkey and a curse that turns into a blessing. Rabbi Deborah Brin will be our special guest. 

  
  
Shabbat: The Junior Edition
This week, it's all about letters! Make a colourful, sparkly sign to decorate the High Holy Day Kids' Room AND learn the aleph bet (Hebrew alphabet) with Rebecca.
  
  
More Shabbat Summer Services

 

Erev Shabbat Service 

Friday, August 1 - evening - starting time TBA

 

Led by our chazzan, Daniela Gesundheit, our annual music service will welcome Shabbat. Please join us for a song-filled warm summer evening.

 

Shabbat Morning Service 

Saturday, September 6 @ 10:30 a.m.

 

Wind up your summer with our meaningful morning Shabbat service.  A learning session on High Holy Days liturgy, led by Aviva, to follow.

 

Each service offers a free educational children's program and a post-service kiddush for all.  


 

 

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High Holy Days, 2014/5775: Our Chai Year!!!!
 
Although summer has just begun, this fall's High Holy Days will be here sooner than you think (September 24 - October 5).  As always, you can expect joyous, meaningful and participatory services, led by Aviva Goldberg and Daniela Gesundheit.  Here is the membership and ticket fee structure for the holidays.
 

Shir Libeynu's first High Holy Day services took place 18 years ago, in 1996, making this our Chai year. This year marks the first of a multi-year plan to expand our programming extensively and, eventually, to repair our Torah (or buy a new one) and purchase new High Holy Day machzorim. The slight rise in prices reflects these goals as well as our ongoing realities.  Shir Libeynu is an unaffiliated shul, with no current foundational support, and your donations, membership and ticket fees make up our entire revenue.  Those fees pay not only for the High Holy Day expenses, they also fund: monthly Shabbat services and other services all year; staff and clergy costs; rentals of our venues; our education programs, such as the after-service learning sessions; the free children's programming and childcare we always offer; Pride activities; holiday celebrations; subsidies for the most needy among us; as well as all kiddushes and receptions.

 

The fee changes reflect our commitment to both fiscal responsibility and accessibility for all. Congregation Shir Libeynu's membership fees and ticket prices remain equal to or lower than similar organizations in Toronto. We can do it because of our dedicated clergy and staff, a hard-working group of volunteers and your support, to keep the "little shul that could, and does" running, in this, our Chai year. Be a part of it by joining us all year long.

 

Respectfully,

The Board of Directors

 

High Holy Days Order Form

Schedule of High Holy Days Services 

Greetings From Our Liturgical Leaders

Membership and Ticket Price List

Limited Income Guidelines and Criteria

  
 
High Holy Days: The Junior Edition  
Stay tuned for information on the exciting holiday-themed activities Rebecca is planning for our youngest congregants.
 
 
World Pride Parade 2014


Congregation Shir Libeynu was a strong presence as part of the interfaith contingent at the World Pride Parade on Sunday, June 29th. Various faith groups marched together in support of Rainbow Railroad, an organization that helps LGBTQ refugees from around the world who come to Canada. Rainbow Railroad's excellent work was mentioned at Shir Libeyu's Kabbalat Shabbat and Havdallah services during Pride. There are a number of ways to support this life-saving organization.
  
 
Food and Drink at Shir Libeynu
 
Kiddush Policy
 
Please note that our non-sponsored kiddushes (such as the one on July 5) will be a little lighter than in the past. For morning light lunches, you can still count on bagels, gluten-free crackers, cream cheese and humous, plus hot and cold beverages every month.  But the more elaborate - and expensive - spreads will be reserved for the occasions when we receive generous financial support from sponsors. As we expand our programming,  we must also shift our limited financial resources and the efforts of our small volunteer base to our new and exciting classes, services and other events for the community.  Of course, we hope you will consider sponsoring a kiddush in honour of a simcha, to remember a loved one or to celebrate a milestone or event. See below for ways to contribute sweets or fruit to our non-sponsored kiddushes, as well.

So come to our services and then enjoy our kiddushes afterwards, as well as the new learning workshops that often occur later in the day, after the lunches (no food or drink in the chapel, please).  As some of our mothers used to say: "It's not just the food, it's the company," and we are blessed with plenty of both at Shir Libeynu.
  
For information on how to help out with kiddushes, please see the "Help Wanted" section below.

 

 

HELP WANTED: 

 

Food Contributions to Kiddushes

 

Contributions of dessert (baked goods, fruit platter) to our Shabbat kiddushes for all to enjoy are most welcome.  

Please notify us by the Friday morning before the kiddush of your intention, and we will tell you how and where to bring your item. Write to us, and give us a description and quantity to help us plan.

 

 

Heart to Heart Community Reception

 

Volunteers Needed! 

 

Be an active participant in Heart to Heart's community reception, attended by both Muslim and Jewish supporters of the program, by helping to serve and/or clean up. We are looking for at least TEN volunteers. Sign up here. High school students can earn community service hours by helping. 

  

Monday, July 21, 2014

Noor Cultural Centre 

Meet and Greet: 6:00 p.m.

Reception: 7:45 p.m.

Dinner:  $20/adult

Student/Child fee: TBA

 

 
 
Meeting with Participants and Iftar Dinner

 

Heart to Heart 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. The program culminates with a visit to Toronto, including a reception where the participants speak about their experiences. The keynote speaker, Professor Janice Stein, will address the role of personal encounters in conflict management. The evening includes a vegetarian iftar dinner (the evening meal that breaks the daily fast during Ramadan), served at sunset.

 
Because of Congregation Shir Libeynu's strong support for this important  program, our members are all invited to participate in an intimate meet-and-greet
with Heart to Heart participants before the main event. 
 

Registration is required by Thursday, July 17th.

 

  

 

  

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

Congregation

Shir Libeynu, 

P.O Box 73509

Toronto, Ontario

M6C 4A7

 

Please send an email message to shirlibeynu@yahoo.ca 
 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 light Kiddush. A free Shabbat program is offered for children during services. We also offer adult education workshops and programs, the opportunity to participate in our choir and chanting events, as well as holiday celebrations and Oneg Shabbat dinners throughout the year.

 

Shir Libeynu is a liberal, egalitarian congregation, unaffiliated with any particular stream of Judaism. 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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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

Congregation

Shir Libeynu, 

P.O Box 73509

Toronto, Ontario

M6C 4A7

 

Please send an email message to shirlibeynu@yahoo.ca 
 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 light Kiddush. A free Shabbat program is offered for children during services. We also offer adult education workshops and programs, the opportunity to participate in our choir and chanting events, as well as holiday celebrations and Oneg Shabbat dinners throughout the year.

 

Shir Libeynu is a liberal, egalitarian congregation, unaffiliated with any particular stream of Judaism. 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.

 

 

 Join Shir Libeynu's 

New Facebook Group   

 

  

Join our Facebook group