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Shir Libeynu E-update
December 15, 2014


1. Upcoming Services and Events


a) Shir Libeynu Chanukah Party - Saturday Afternoon, December 20th, 2014, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the MNJCC


b) Shabbat Morning Service  - Saturday, January 3rd, 2015 @ 10:30 a.m. at the MNJCC


c) Other Upcoming Shir Libeynu Services

2.  Shir Libeynu People

Shir Libeynu Chanukah Party

Saturday Afternoon, December 20th,

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre (MNJCC)

750 Spadina Avenue

3:00-5:00 p.m.

 Fun for All Ages!


Kids' Activities (Room 305) 3:00-4:00 p.m.


Take a tour of Rebecca's Round Robin of fabulous Chanukah activities. Kids and their grown ups can enjoy holiday crafts, games and stories together.


Celebration Central (Room 318) 3:00-5:00 p.m.  

From 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., enjoy sweets, socialize and maybe play a little dreidel.


Four o'clock is latke time! Kids and grown ups alike enjoy delicious latkes from Free Times Café.


At 4:15 p.m., it's Chanukah-palooza!


  • Chanukah music by Daniela and friends
  • Storytelling
  • Communal candle lighting
  • Chanukah sing-a-long 
Please RSVP by Wednesday, December 17th. Let us know how many people will be coming and whether any of them are kids.


Bring your chanukiah (and candles) so we can make a great light together!


Our Next Shabbat Service

 Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, January 3rd @10:30 a.m.
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
750 Spadina Avenue, 3rd Floor
Michael Bernstein Chapel 
Please join us for an egalitarian and participatory Shabbat service.


A light kiddush lunch will follow the service.


Shabbat: The Junior Edition
Our youngest congregants (ages three to eight) celebrate Shabbat every month with songs, stories, special activities and healthy snacks.
Other Upcoming Services
February - March 2015

Saturday Morning, February 7, at 10:30 a.m.
Kabbalat Shabbat, Friday Evening, March 6th
Saturday Morning, March 28th, at 10:30 a.m
(This Passover Shabbat HaGadol service will occur in lieu of the April service). 
Stay tuned for more details.

Shir Libeynu People
(News about our Members)
Jaclyn Piudik attained her Doctor of Philosophy in Medieval and Jewish studies at the University of Toronto, in November, 2014.  Jaclyn delivered a fascinating D'var Torah, which included her ongoing research, at a Shir Libeynu Purim service in 2011.She is now a teaching assistant in poetry at the university.  Mazel Tov, Dr. Piudik!


Jonathan Silin was the recipient of the 2014 Block Distinguished Career Award in Early Childhood Education. The award is presented by the Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education Conference, which this year met at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, November 2-5. 

 Dr. Silin  was a founding member of this conference in the early 1990's when it "set out to challenge traditional ideas about child development and expand the field's theoretical grounding." Shir LIbeynu is honoured that Jonathan has volunteered to help expand and enhance our own educational programs, both for adults and the bnei mitzvah group.   


The congregation holds Shabbat services monthly, 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


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


On November 22nd, we honoured Aviva for her dedication and service to Congregation Shir Libeynu and celebrated her ordination (smicha) as a rabbi for our community. 


Along with a traditional Havdalah service, we held this unique celebration of Jewish leadership, Jewish continuity and progress. With Aviva's guidance and bravery, Shir Libeynu has led the way in Toronto for acceptance and full involvement of women, interfaith couples and the LGBT community. We were the trailblazers and we will continue to be the leading edge in Jewish pluralism and social responsibility in Toronto and Canada. 


In honour of this day and to build for the future, we started the Rabbi's Program Development Fund. We continue to welcome funds from Congregation Shir Libeynu family and friends to make a special donation in Aviva's honour to the Rabbi's Program Development Fund. Donations will provide funds for programming and projects that are near and dear to Rabbi Aviva's heart and reflect the shul's interest and needs.


For more information, on Rabbi Goldberg's ordination on November 22nd, 2014/57752 or  to make a donation to Rabbi's Program Development Fund, please click here.


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