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Shir Libeynu E-update
February 27, 2015



1. Our Upcoming Services and Programs @ the MNJCC 


a) Kabbalat Shabbat,  Friday, March 6th, 7:30 p.m.  


b) Shabbat Morning Service - Saturday, March 28th, 10:30 a.m.

c) Jewish Learning Program - Rituals R Us # 2 - Innovation and Invention, Saturday, March 28th, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.

2. In Memoriam

a) Sheila Henry

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

a) Purim Carnival-Sunday, March 1st

b) Yoga for All

4 . Other Community Events

a) Limmud Toronto -Sunday, March 8th


Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, March 6th/Adar 16
@7:30 p.m.
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
750 Spadina Avenue, 3rd Floor
Michael Bernstein Chapel 

Led by Rabbi Aviva Goldberg, with Paula Wolfson as Chazzan.
We thank Debbie Barman and Linda Zelicki for sponsoring the light dessert kiddish after the service to honour the Yahrtzeits of their parents, Elka and Leon Zelicki, who died in 1973 and 2004 respectively.

Erev Shabbat: The Junior Edition

Celebrate the welcoming of Shabbat with Rebecca by
learning about derech eretz  -- learning the best ways
to be the best people we can be!

Other Upcoming Service in March
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!!

In Memoriam

With sadness, we announce the death of member Sheila Henry, beloved wife of Howard Henry and the cherished mother of our president, Jamie Flagal.  Sheila passed away on February 6, 2015 in Toronto.  The funeral was held on February 8, 2015. Donations in Sheila's memory can be made to Parkinson's Society Of Canada (800) 565-3000. To read more about Sheila, click here


Our community extends sincere condolences to Sheila Henry's family. May her memory be a blessing.


Events and Programs 
at the MNJCC, 
our Community Partner

 Party at the Palace!

Purim Carnival


Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Sunday, March 1

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Attention princesses, superheroes, and pirates! Put on your best costume and come to the annual Purim carnival! Musicians, games, prizes, crafts, hamentaschen, a book nook and more! Kosher lunch provided.


Please join your fellow Shir Libeynu congregants in attending the MNJCC's carnival.

Pre-registration: $15 per family (up to 5 people);
At the door: $20 per family (up to 5 people);

Register: (416) 924-6211 x0


For more information: Email or call 416-924-6211 x 388 

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 summer if enough interest prevails. 
This fully inclusive yoga class is open to people of all abilities; participants practice in chairs with optional standing poses. For a recent "Toronto Star" article on the program, see:

For more information contact Daniel, email  or call (416) 924 6211 x521


Other Community Events

(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.)

Limmud Toronto
March 8, 2015

Limmud Toronto will be holding a day-long "celebration of Jewish expression" on March 8, 2015. Long-time member and story teller Eden Nameri will be presenting 
"Mothering Moses: The Women of the Exodus" at 2
p.m.  For more info on the program and prices for the day:

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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