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February 1, 2015


1. Services and Program on Saturday, February 7, 2015, at the MNJCC


a) Shabbat Morning Service, 10:30 a.m.  


b) Jewish Learning Program - Rituals R Us # 1- Transmitting Tradition,  12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

2. Other Shir Libeynu Services and Programs


a) Contemplative Chanting Service - Saturday, February 21st, 2015 @ 10:30 a.m. at the MNJCC


b) Other Upcoming Shir Libeynu Services and Learning Program

3. Events and Programs at the MNJCC, our Community Partner

a) Family Day Events - Monday, February 16th, 2015


b) Hockey Night In Shushan - Saturday, February 28th, 2015

c) Purim Carnival-Sunday, March 1st, 2015: Volunteers Needed

d) Yoga for All


 Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, February 7/18th Sh'vat
@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.

Led by Rabbi Aviva Goldberg, with Paula Wolfson as Chazzan.

A light kiddush lunch will follow the service.


Shabbat: The Junior Edition
Happy Birthday to Us!!!!

This month, our Shabbat children's program is two years old. Rebecca is throwing a birthday party with stories, crafts, games and a fun snack. Whether you've been coming for two
whole years or this is your first time, there'll be something special for you. 

Inclusive Practices:

No Shir Libeynite Left Behind


Saturday, February 7th @ 12:45-2 p.m.

This Month's Topic:

Rituals R Us # 1 - Transmitting Tradition


Led by Rabbi Aviva Goldberg


Judaism is understood as having the qualities of both an orthodoxy and orthopraxy- that is to say we emphasize correct conduct and ethics, as well as underlining ritual and liturgy (words of prayer). This workshop will examine the many ways we ritualize our lives. We will discuss the following: How do we as Jews celebrate rituals in our lives, on a weekly, monthly, and annual basis? Do these rituals, their action and their words, continue to represent us or do we perform them merely by rote and repetition? In what ways can we make them more significant to us?


All Welcome!!

Other Upcoming Services and Programs  

Contemplative Chanting Service
February 21st
MNJCC, 3rd floor chapel, at 10:30 a.m.

If a mindful and musical Shabbat experience appeals to you, please join us for our next contemplative chanting service.  We will ground ourselves in silence, and - if past experience is any indication - lift off for the sublime.  To be led by Lorne Blumer, with other members of the Shir Libeynu community.  No chanting or singing experience necessary.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Please note that Torah will not be read at the service, and childcare will not be available. We will observe Kaddish.

  Upcoming Services March 2015
-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.

Our Jewish Learning Program
Inclusive Practices:

No Shir Libeynite Left Behind


Saturday, March 28th @ 12:45-2 p.m.


Rituals R Us # 2 - Innovation and Invention


Led by Rabbi Aviva Goldberg


We continue our discussion on Jewish ritual by investigating contemporary ritual innovations and inventions. We will examine several new rituals, including LGBTQ and feminist in order to answer the following questions:  How are contemporary liberal Jews re-visioning ritual? What kinds of new rituals are we creating? In what ways do these new rituals invigorate our tradition?  Finally we will consider the lasting legacy of these new rituals.  


All Welcome!!

Events and Programs 
at the MNJCC, 
our Community Partner

Come out for FREE Family Day activities all day at the MNJCC. With a dance party, "Frozen" characters,  jungle gym, balloon animals, face-painting, soccer demos and much more, this festival has something for everyone! February 16th,  9am.-5pm. Co-ordinated by Shir Libeynu member Daniel Eisenkraft Klein, the MNJCC athletics coordinator:; 416924-6211, x521.

Hockey Night in Shushan
Saturday, February 28th from 8-11 pm for families with kids ages seven (7) and older. This will be a family hockey tournament, co-coordinated with MNJCC athletics coordinator, Daniel Eisenkraft Klein. We've booked Turn Up Entertainment, a lively Bnei Mitzvah band to keep the party going for families who are off the "ice." $20 per family (up to 5 people). 
Register by Feb 25th at 416-924-6211 x0. 
Info: or 416-924-6211 x388.


Volunteer for the MNJCC Purim Carnival,

 Sunday, March 1st

 Shir Libeynu will be bringing the Story of Esther to life at the carnival with a Purimschpiel. We need a whole cast of costumed characters: brave Esther, wise Mordecai, foolish King Ahaseureus, wicked Haman or independent Vashti.

We'll be holding a two-hour run through on Saturday, February 28th and will be at the carnival on Sunday, March 1st from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. 


We are especially looking for people in middle school and high school!!!!


To volunteerwrite to us by Sunday, February 8th.


Too shy to be a Purim character? Help is also needed with set up, clean up, running booths, and other carnival activities. 

Sign up here to provide hands-on assistance.  


High school students can earn community service hours by volunteering for any of the above. 

Yoga For ALL
The MNJCC announces its Accessible Yoga (or All-Access Yoga) program, now held monthly, with plans to hold it bi-weekly starting in the spring if enough interest prevails. 
This fully inclusive yoga class is open to people of all abilities; participants practice in chairs with optional standing poses. 
The registration number is (416) 924-6211 x330.


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.


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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P.O Box 73509

Toronto, Ontario

M6C 4A7


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