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Shir Libeynu E-update
October 8, 2014

 

1.   Upcoming Events

a) Our Next Service - Thursday, October 16th, Simchat Torah @ 7:00 p.m. at the MNjcc (Children's activities begin at 6:30 pm) 

 

b) Rabbinical Ordination of Aviva Goldberg - Saturday, November 22 - Havdallah Service and Celebration at First Unitarian Congregation

 

c) Shabbat Morning Service -  Saturday, November 1st @10:30 a.m. at the MNjcc 

 

d) Contemplative service - Saturday, November 15th @ 10:30 a.m. at the MNjcc 

 

e) Shir Libeynu Chanukah Party - Saturday Afternoon, December 20th at the MNjcc

 

2.   Shir Libeynu 2014/5775 High Holy Days in Review
  
a) Thank You to All
  
b) Sermons Online 

 

3.  Another Shir Libeynu Community Event 

a) An Open Conversation about Israel with DJ Schneeweiss, Israel's Consul General in Toronto, for Diverse Downtown Jewish Communities - Tuesday, October 28th,  7:30  to 9:30 p.m. @ the MNjcc

4.  Other Items of Interest

      a) Sukkahville
 
       b) Doing Jewish Off the Grid: Politics, Identity, and Spirituality

 

Upcoming Events
  

Simchat Torah

Thursday, October 16th @ 7:00 p.m.

(Children's flag making begins at 6:30 p.m.) 

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

750 Spadina Avenue

 

Don't miss Shir Libeynu's first Simchat Torah celebration. We will all rejoice together as we carry our Torahs around shul in hakafot (circuits). Singing and dancing will be followed by a dessert kiddush.
   
  
Simchat Torah: The Junior Edition
6:30 p.m.
    
The children will meet a little earlier to make flags they can proudly display as part of the Simchat Torah parade. The celebration at 7:00 p.m. is for all ages!
  
 
Rabbinical Ordination of Aviva Goldberg
Havdallah Service and Celebration
Saturday, November 22nd
Time TBA
First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto
175 St. Clair Avenue West
  
After 18 years as the spiritual leader of Congregation Shir Libeynu, Aviva Goldberg is going to be ordained as our rabbi. Smicha (ordination) will be bestowed upon Aviva by her mentor, Rabbi Deborah Brin. Please join us at this very special Havdallah service. A most joyful celebration will follow!

 
Want to Help Out?
  
There is a lot of excitement about Aviva's ordination. If you want to help out at this special event,
please send us a message. 

 
Upcoming Shabbat Services
 @ Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
750 Spadina Avenue

 Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, November 1st @10:30 a.m.
 
Please join us for an innovative, participatory and egalitarian Shabbat service. It will include recognition of Holocaust Education Week.
  
A kiddush lunch willl follow the service.
  
Our children's program (ages 3 to 8) will have special activities and stories.

 Contemplative Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, November 15th @ 10:30 a.m.

This is the first in a series of alternative Shabbat services being held in 5775.   
 
Please stay tuned for more details on our November Shabbat services.


Shir Libeynu Chanukah Party
Sunday Afternoon, December 20th
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
750 Spadina Avenue

Save the date! Our joyous celebration will include songs, stories and treats, as well as the lighting of the Chanukah candles. We will be sending more information about the family-friendly Chanukah fun heading your way.
 
 
Shir Libeynu 2014/5775
High Holy Days in Review
  
Thank You To All

A number of kind people have sent messages letting us know how much they enjoyed High Holy Day services this year. As always, we are grateful for the outstanding leadership of Aviva Goldberg and Daniela Gesundheit. Our congregation is fortunate to have so many generous, gifted and thoughtful members who shared their talents and ideas with us during serices or workshops. Our less visible but very busy volunteers and staff worked tirelessly behind the scenes.One of the things that makes our services so meaningful is that those in attendance are truly present and participatory. We are proud to have such engaged congregants.
  
  
Sermons Available Online

High Holy Day sermons by Aviva Goldberg and members of Shir Libeynu can be found here.
 

 

A Shir Libeynu Community Partnership Event

 

An Open Conversation about Israel
with
DJ Schneeweiss
,
Israel's Consul General in Toronto,
for Diverse Downtown Jewish Communities

Tuesday, October 28th

7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Miles Nadal JCC - 750 Spadina Avenue


 

This summer's conflict in Israel and Gaza has left many of us with questions and concerns surrounding both that conflict and Israel's ongoing relationship with Palestinians. Our diverse downtown Jewish communities will come together for an evening of open, honest, and respectful questioning, listening, and learning from Israel's Consul General and from each other.

 

In order to facilitate a thoughtful, substantive program, please arrive on time.

 

Presented by Congregation Shir Libeynu, Annex Shul, City Shul, Danforth Jewish Circle, First Narayever Congregation and Makom: Creative Downtown Judaism

 

 

 

 

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
  

Sukkahville 2014 takes place on October 14th and 15th at Nathan Phillips Square outside Toronto City Hall. Competitors hail from France, the United States, Mexico, Cyprus, Calgary and Toronto. Winners will be announced between noon and 1 p.m. on Wedensday, Oct. 15. Admission is free. To find out more or to donate, visit sukkahville.com

Link to Sukkahville site is here.

 

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Doing Jewish Off the Grid: Politics, Identity, and Spirituality
 

Jewish community from diverse backgrounds and leanings -  whether you're Orthodox, Reform, Reconstructionist or secular, politically active or neutral - is invited to join this conference for a gathering of workshops and discussions, networking, and brainstorming. Everyone is welcome.


 

The conference will begin on the evening of Saturday, October 25th with the Jewish ritual, Havdallah, signifying the end of Shabbat and the start of a new week.


 

Havdallah will be followed by Daniel Thau-Eleff's one-person show Good People, Bad Things, in order to highlight the interconnection between Jewish identity, politics and spirituality.


 

On Sunday October 26th, there will be a full day of workshops at the Steel Workers Hall (25 Cecil St, Toronto). The intention for this day is to create a space that recognizes the diversity of Jewish perspectives, to movement-build with progressive Jewish community, and to generate alternative discussion around issues that do not currently hold enough space in the mainstream.


 

This gathering is an opportunity for those marginalized within Jewish community-- by race, class, ability, gender, sexual identity, political beliefs, or other factors--to come together to network, form projects, and strategize.
 

Cost: $20 - 45 CAD



 

 http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/887682


 

 

 

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.

 



 

 

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 e-letter and on our website. Donations in any amount are welcome and income tax receipts will be issued




 

 

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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.