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Shir Libeynu E-update
October 30, 2014

 

1.   Upcoming Sevices

 

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

 

b) Jewish Learning Workshop - The Dreyfus Affair and Why It Still Matters - Saturday, November 1st @ 12:45 p.m. at the MNjcc

 

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

 

d) Celebration of Aviva Goldberg's Rabbinical Ordination and Havdallah Service - Saturday, November 22nd @ 7:00 pm at First Unitarian Congregation

 

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

 

2.  Another Shir Libeynu Event


a) In Commemoration of Holocaust Education Week
"Comfort Women" in Asia: Alone in Atrocity, Together for Justice - Monday, November 3rd, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. - Toronto ALPHA at New College, University of Toronto

3.   Other Items of Interest

 

a) This Is My Land - Documentary Film -  Sunday, November 2nd @ 7:00 p.m.

 

b) Genetic Screening for Jews of Ashkenazi Jews - Sunday, November 2nd, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 

c) Queer Faith History Series - Wednesday, November 5th @ 5:00 p.m.

 

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

 Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, November 1st @10:30 a.m.
 
All are welcome to take part in our innovative, participatory and egalitarian Shabbat service. It will include recognition of Holocaust Education Week. The parsha (Torah portion) is Lech Lecha.
  
A kiddush lunch will follow the service.

  
Shabbat: The Junior Edition
 
Be Our Guest!
    
Learn all about hachnasat orchim: being welcoming to guests, making them feel at home and learning how to be  a good guest yourself. There will be stories and activities with Rebecca as well as a healthy snack.


Jewish Learning Workshop 
(after the Shabbat Service)
Saturday, November 1st  @ 12:45 p.m.
 
The Dreyfus Affair and Why it Still Matters
led by Shir Libeynu member Brian Smith

The court martial and conviction of Albert Dreyfus made clear the deep and pervasive nature anti-Semitism in France. It prompted Theodore Herzl, among others, to conclude that there was no future for Jews in modern Europe. The modern Zionism that he promoted, based on secularism as well as religion, became a new and powerful ideology.

 

This is one of a series of informal Jewish learning workshops on various topics that our members say are important and relevant to them. If it is of interest to you, please join us whether or not you make it to the Shabbat service in the morning. 

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT NO FOOD OR DRINK (EXCEPT WATER) WILL BE ALLOWED INTO THE CHAPEL DURING THESE SESSION.



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

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.
  
This service will be led by Lorne Blumer, with the participation of Justine Apple, Helen Bauer, Lorne Gould, Harvey Weisfeld and Penny Winestock.

Rabbinical Ordination and Havdallah Service

Saturday, November 22, 2014/5775
7:00 pm,
Reception To Follow

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 Rabbi Deborah Brin. Please join us at this very special celebration. A most joyful reception with light refreshments will follow!


 

Free childcare is available.

Please rsvp so we know our numbers for seating and light refreshments.
 
There is a lot of excitement about Aviva's ordination. If you want to donate to the new Rabbi's Program Development Fund in Aviva's honour, please click here


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

Save the date! Our late-afternoon 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.
 

 

Another Shir Libeynu Event

 

In Commemoration of Holocaust Education Week

 

"Comfort Women" in Asia: 
Alone in Atrocity, Together for Justice
  
Monday, November 3rd, 2014, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

 

Toronto ALPHA at New College, University of Toronto
William Doo Auditorium, 45 Willcocks Street
 
How do we preserve the individual memories and national narratives of survivors of sexual slavery? What is added to this effort when survivors collaborate across cultures and nations? What is threatened? During the years of the Asia-Pacific War, the Imperial Japanese Army mobilized more than 200,000 women from across Asia into a military sexual slavery system. The victims, euphemistically referred to as "Comfort Women," include women who were Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian, Fillipino, Indonesian and Dutch. Since 1991, survivors have come out publicly with their stories. While the "Comfort Women" system impacted women from over 20 nations and territories across East and Southeast Asia, each with a distinct culture, identity, heritage and memory, the ongoing struggle for justice has brought these diverse women together in solidarity. A plenary moderated by Dr. Joseph Wong, founder of Toronto ALPHA, with Executive Director of the Women's Human Rights Education Institute, Angela Lytle, author of Chinese Comfort Women, Peipei Qui, and filmmaker of Within Every Woman, Tiffany Hsuing, will explore both the tension and possibility that exists when they collaborate in solidarity for justice and peace. Short film screening followed by moderated panel discussion.

For more information and to RSVP, click here.
 

Co-sponsored by Congregation Shir Libeynu

and the Equity Studies Program 



 

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.)

 

 

This Is My Land

Sunday, November 2, 2014
University of Toronto Multifaith Centre
569 Spadina Avenue
7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:45 p.m.)

This Is My Land is an acclaimed documentary film that examines educational systems in the West Bank and Israel. This event, put on by JSpaceCanada and Canadian Friends of Peace Now, reflects the values and goals of Heart to Heart, the Shir Libeynu partner organization that brings together Jewish and Palestinian Israeli youth each summer.
 
For more information, click here.

 

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Free Screening for Seven Genetic Disorders

for People of Ashkenazi Descent 

Sunday, November 2, 2014
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mount Sinai Hospital
600 University Avenue, Toronto
Ambulatory Blood Lab (4th floor) 


For more information, click here.

 

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Queer Faith HistoryToronto

 

Wednesday, November 5th @ 5 p.m.

University of Toronto

St. Michael's College

 Brennan Hall, in The Coop

 

Justice Harvey Brownstone and Shir Libeynu member Professor David Townsend will be speaking about their leadership in the early queer groups in Toronto -- Jewish and Lutheran, respectively.  This is a unique chance to learn history from those who made it.


This event is part of Queer Faith History Toronto, the fall 2014 Qu(e)erying Religion series.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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




 

Join

Shir Libeynu's 

New Facebook Group   

 

  

Join our Facebook group