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March 20, 2015


1. Our Upcoming Services and Programs @ the MNJCC 


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

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

c) Kabbalat Shabbat Contemplative Chanting Service - Friday, April 17th @ 7:30 p.m.

d) Other Upcoming Services

2. Community Events Co-Sponsored by Shir Libeynu

a) Building Heart: It Takes A Community, documentary film premiere about Heart to Heart - April 15, 2015 @ 7:30 p.m.

b) Let My Torah Go: The Latest from the Women of the Wall - April 27, 2015 @ 7:30 p.m. *(Save the date)*

3. Program at the MNJCC, our Community Partner

a) Invitation to Dance: Film Screening and Mixed Abilities Dance Event - Sunday, March 22nd


Saturday Morning

Saturday, March 28th/Nisan 8
@10:30 a.m.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
750 Spadina Avenue, 3rd Floor
Michael Bernstein Chapel 
Led by Rabbi Aviva Goldberg
We thank long-time members Karen and Charlie Lior for sponsoring the kiddush in celebration of their 40th wedding anniversary.


(This Passover Shabbat HaGadol service will occur in lieu of the April service)

Shabbat: The Junior Edition

Exciting news about Shir Libeynu's kids program! We will have new activites and projects that make being part of the Shir Libeynu congregation fun and meaningful. Next service, we will introduce the topic of Derech Eretz, begin creating our own books and make Pesach Mitzvot goals You don't want to miss this!    Stay tuned for an email next week with more details about the revamped kids program.

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 ones,  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!!

Kabbalat Shabbat
Contemplative Chanting Service
Friday, April 17th @7: 30 p.m.
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
750 Spadina Avenue, 3rd Floor
Michael Bernstein Chapel 

Let's get contemplative and joyful - at the same time!  Please join us for our next contemplative chanting service - a Kabbalat Shabbat- where we'll be making the transition from the demands of the work week to the island in time of Shabbat.  Led by Lorne Blumer along with other members of the Shir Libeynu community.  No chanting experience necessary.
Light refreshments will be provided.
There will be an opportunity for those who wish to recite the Mourner's Kaddish. 

 Please note that childcare will not be available.  
Other Upcoming Services
-Saturday Morning, May 2nd, at 10:30 a.m.

-Saturday, June 20, Our Annual Pride Service, Havdallah, and party to follow.

-Saturday Morning, July 4, at 10:30 a.m.
Stay tuned for more details.

Community Events Co-Sponsored by Shir Libeynu



April 15, 2015
Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West
Join us for an exciting and informative evening. 
Doors Open: 6:30 p.m.      Show Starts: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $40/adult; $20/student (dinner not included)
$12 general admission after 9:00 p.m.

Congregation Shir Libeynu is pleased to co-sponsor the presentation of the premiere of Building Hearta new documentary film about Heart to Heart and the experiences of the 2014 participants. Joining us from Israel to deliver our keynote address will be shared society educator Usnat Atamna. Usnat works to create opportunities for dialogue among Jewish and Palestinian Israeli youth living in largely segregated societies, and also accompanied our Heart to Heart participants on their trip to Canada last summer.

After the main program, there will be dancing and live music with Pudding and the Stunning Brunettes.

for more information.

Monday, April 27 @ 7:30 p.m.
Miles Nadal JCC (750 Spadina Avenue)

Don't miss the opportunity to hear Lesley Sachs, Executive Director of Women of the Wall, give a first-hand account of the history, challenges and triumphs of WoW. Congregation Shir Libeynu, a longtime supporter of Women of the Wall, is delighted to be a co-sponsor of this free event. No RSVP is necessary; please join us.


Program at the MNJCC, our Community Partner

Sunday, March 22
Miles Nadal JCC (750 Spadina Avenue)

Simi Linton, a wheelchair-riding social activist takes us out dancing with the avant-garde of disabled artists and radical thinkers - unstoppable in their quest for "equality, justice, and a place on the dance floor."

2:00 pm - Film Screening followed by panel discussion with Dr. Eliza Chandler, Ryerson School of Disability Studies and Tangled Art + Disability.

4:00 - 6:00 pm - Mixed Abilities Dance Event with DJ and 5Rhythms® Teacher Layah Jane (by donation).

Reservations required.

To register for the film and/or dance,
phone (416) 924-6211 x 0 

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.

Recent donations to the Shir Libeynu Fund: 

Sid and Barbara Cohen,
In memory of Jamie Flagal's mother, Sheila Henry

Yona and Zev Frishman,
In memory of Nathan (Nutke) Frishman, Zev's father on his 31st yahrzeit


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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